When planning your tropical Bali holiday, it's important to know when the best times are to visit. Although Bali is a beautiful destination to explore all year round, there are a number of factors that may influence your decision of when to travel. Considerations such as peak seasons, weather forecast, prices of accommodation and flights, as well as which destinations you would like to visit all play a role in your holiday planning. Consider the following factors to decide when you think will be the perfect time to visit Bali.
Peak season in Bali occurs from early July until the end of August. This peak period is the most popular time to visit, but also the busiest and most expensive. During July and August, the Bali climate is in its dry season, and is less likely to receive rain. It is also when many families venture to Bali to make the most of the school holidays. Off peak season generally occurs between October and March where regions are less crowded and accommodation prices are cheaper.
Although surfing in Bali is fantastic year round, some hot spots perform better under different weather conditions. From April to October, surfing is at its best on the west coast, while from November to March, the east coast offers better conditions. Usurpingly, the dry season is more popular for surfing but is also the most crowded.
A major attraction when visiting Bali are some of the vibrant events and festivals that are held throughout the year. The biggest of all is Bali New Years Eve which is highly celebrated by the locals and tourists. Bali comes alive with fireworks, music, dancing, food and festivities making it a truly memorable holiday experience. One of Bali's more surprising events is the Negara Bull Races, where extravagantly decorated bulls and chariots race against each other around a 3km dirty circuit. The race generally occurs to around July to commemorate the end of the rice harvest.
As a tropical destination, Bali's weather is characterized by a tropical monsoon climate where the summer months, November to April receive high amounts of humidity and rain. The dry season falls from May to October and is a much more pleasant time to visit as there is plenty of sunshine and the oceans are cleaner.