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As one of the summer break months, August makes for a popular time to visit Bali.

But how is Bali in August? Is it the paradise that everyone imagines when you hear “Bali”?

There are many questions to ask before jumping the gun and booking an August Bali trip.

Luckily for you, I am a full-time traveller and a lot of my blog content focuses on South East Asia , so I have created this guide to spending August in Bali.

Let’s get straight into it!

Is August a good time to visit Bali?

August is definitely one of the best months to visit Bali for sure. It’s everything you picture Bali to be and more. The chilled-out beach lifestyle that everyone imagines Bali to have is rarely more present than in August.

Bali weather in August

The weather in Bali in August is nothing short of perfect. It’s actually the month when Bali experiences the least rainfall, with only 3 rain days , on average, in the whole month. This is great news for travellers escaping to sunny Indonesia.

And it’s only made better by the temperatures throughout the month, with an average daily temperature of 27°C / 80°F . It’s as warm as Bali gets, so there really is no better month than August for Bali when it comes to weather.

No rain and sunny skies make for the perfect combination, and the great weather allows Bali to shine. When you plan a trip to Bali, you picture yourself relaxing on a beach with golden sand, crystal clear water, clear blue skies and a gorgeous sun, and this is precisely what August offers.

So even though many people wrongly think Thailand is in Indonesia , you can expect similar weather in both countries at this time of the year.

July and August time is also the planting season for the famous rice terraces in Bali so it’s pretty cool to see them at this time of the year too.

A picture of a beach in Bali in August.

What to expect in Bali in August

As the conditions in August are so idealistic, August is also one of the most popular months for tourists to visit Bali.

So you should expect heightened prices for accommodation, particularly luxury stays such as private pool villas. The increase in visitors naturally leads to an increase in the cost, due to basic supply and demand theories.

You may also experience higher prices for activities and things to do. Especially Bali tour packages, they go up in the summer months. So if you’re heading for your honeymoon, make sure to save a lot!

And naturally, as it is the most popular time of year, you should expect Bali to be busy, with large crowds pretty much everywhere. Especially the most popular beaches, bars, photo spots like Nusa Penida, Nusa Dua, etc. Mount Batur can even get pretty busy.

But don’t worry, despite the crowds, you are still guaranteed to have the trip of a lifetime if you head to Bali in August.

A drone shot of a beach in Bali in August.

Holidays in Bali in August

There isn’t too much when it comes to public holidays in August in Bali, except Independence Day which is on the 17th of August.

It’s a national holiday throughout the whole of Indonesia celebrating the independence of Indonesia from 1945. Visiting during this time is one of the best Bali travel tips as the atmosphere is special.

Preparations begin a few weeks before the day, with banners, bunting, etc. decorating the paradise. It’s quite cool to see.

On Independence Day itself, large businesses and government buildings close, as well as banks, so be sure to duly plan if you visit over the day. When it comes to supermarkets, cafes, or any other smaller businesses, it’s typically “business as usual” so it shouldn’t inconvenience your Bali experience too much.

A person sitting by a flag of Indonesia flying by the sea.

What to wear in Bali in August

Since the weather in Bali is so warm, you can dress for summer weather.

Shorts, t-shirts, summer dresses, etc., are all viable clothing options for warm temperatures.

You’ll want light and breathable clothing so you don’t sweat too much.

Also, remember to bring your swimming stuff. Bali is incredible for swimming. The sea’s crystal clear water is so inviting on a warm day relaxing by the beach.

But it’s also important to remember to bring clothing that you can wear if you choose to visit any temples or religious buildings where you have to dress respectfully. A general rule is to have your shoulders and knees covered.

Things to do in Bali in August

There are so many wonderful things to do in Bali, no matter what time of year. Although August is considered one of the best times to visit, there are no bad months for visiting Bali. That being said, here are 5 of the best things to do in Bali in August specifically.

1. Have fun at the Sanur Village Festival

The Sanur Village Festival is held annually in the village of, you guessed it, Sanur in Bali. The festival is one of the biggest cultural celebrations in Bali and is held each August.

There are fashion shows, food competitions, sporting events and lots of other fun activities. It makes for a really good place to go out and enjoy yourself.

Whether you choose to dance, eat, or simply take in the atmosphere, you’ll have a good time at the Sanur Village festival.

2. Watch a Kecak Show

Watching a Kecak show in Bali is one of the most memorable experiences you will take away from a trip to the Indonesian island.

The fire dances are never better than in front of a beautiful August sunset, making August the perfect time to see one of these shows for yourself.

You watch the fire dance for approximately one hour in the evening, absorbing the unique culture and atmosphere surrounding the dancers. It’s spectacular.

3. Go snorkelling or diving

Okay- admittedly you can go snorkelling or diving at any point in the year, but there’s really no better time than in August.

Due to the high temperatures, the water is much nicer to swim in. While exploring the underwater world, you can see so many different fish and other marine life in Bali.

Experts also say that between April and September is the best time for snorkelling in Bali. Southeast Asia is also one of the best regions in the world for earning your PADI (diving certification) as it’s usually half as expensive as in the US.

A picture of someone diving in Bali.

4. Admire the Bali Kite Festival

The Bali Kite festivals take place in either July or August, so this one depends on the year you are visiting.

If you get lucky and visit Bali in August when there’s a kite festival, you are in for a treat.

It’s an amazing sight seeing so many kits flying high in the sky, it’s comparable to seeing the hot air balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey .

5. Celebrate Indonesian Independence Day

Lastly, as I mentioned earlier in the article, Indonesia’s Independence Day is celebrated on the 17th of August.

Why not join in the celebrations yourself as part of your trip to Bali? It’s something unique, authentic and immersive, without a doubt.

Everyone is welcome to join in and celebrate the day, both locals and tourists, with many fun activities taking place like climbing competitions or tug of war.

Bali in August: FAQ

Below are some questions related to visiting Bali in August along with my answers.

On average, there’s 19mm of rain throughout August which really isn’t much at all. There are usually only 3-4 rain days in the whole month, meaning most days will be dry. This makes sense as August is in Bali’s dry season.

Yes, the weather in Bali is very hot in August. It’s pretty much as warm as it gets on the island, being the sunniest month of the year. You can expect an average temperature of around 27°C.

No, quite the opposite. August is the sunniest month of the year and one of the warmest too. You can expect temperatures of around 27°C throughout the day during August in Bali.

August is one of Bali’s busiest months. Due to the warm weather, lack of rain and being a popular time for vacations, Bali is very busy in August. But don’t let the crowds put you off- Bali can be enjoyed by anyone no matter how many people are there. And there’s no better time to visit than in August.

This depends on where you are flying from. Flights from Thailand are going to be significantly cheaper than from the US, for example. But you can expect flights in August to be pretty expensive as it’s the most popular month of the year to visit Bali, leading to higher demand, and higher prices as a result.

Final thoughts: Bali in August

And there you have it, a complete guide to visiting Bali in August.

It’s one of the best times to visit the island for sure, and you are almost guaranteed to have a flawless trip.

A trip to Bali any time in August will lead to the trip of your dreams , exactly as you visualise it, with blue skies, clear waters and sunny days. What more can you ask for?

So I hope you enjoy your trip to Bali in August, you’ll have the time of your life! 🙂

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Best Time to Visit Bali: When to Go & When to Avoid!

Home » Blog » Travel Tips » Best Time to Visit Bali: When to Go & When to Avoid!

Bali makes an excellent destination for vacationers year-round. However, each season has unique draws and drawbacks. We’re going over exactly what to expect in each season to help you determine the best time to visit Bali for YOU!

Things to do in Bali Campuhan Ridge Walk

Bali technically sits below the equator in the southern hemisphere (exactly 8° south of the equator if you want to get precise). Which means the seasons are opposite those of the Northern Hemisphere.

However, Bali has a warm, tropical climate all year round. This means they don’t experience the same changing of the seasons like you would see in say  New Zealand .

Temperatures in Bali don’t fluctuate much throughout the year. The two distinct seasons in Bali are simply the rainy season and the dry season . Otherwise known as the busy tourism season, and the even busier tourism season. 

This may sound pretty straight forward… you want to visit during the dry season right?? Well, we think the answer is just a bit more complicated than that.

There are pros and cons to visiting during both seasons and as with any destination, the weather is never as predictable as we’d like it to be.

So this begs the question…

When is the best time of year to visit Bali?

In short, you’ll have the best chance of comfortable weather during the peak of the dry season, June – August. We’d recommend to avoid visiting during the December holidays as not only is this peak rainy season, but crowds are also heavy. 

Our personal pick would be to visit Bali during the shoulder months, May, June or September, to avoid the rain and the crowds. But more on that later…

Bali Beach Katie Diederichs

Truthfully, as with all questions of this nature, there is no correct answer. Bali makes an excellent destination for vacationers and digital nomads all year round. Each season has its own unique draws (and  drawbacks  too).

But fear not…

We’re going to go over the pros and cons of visiting Bali during each season to help you decide which time of year is ideal for YOU.

Answer these questions to get started:

  • Do you mind a bit of rain?
  • Are you easily bothered by crowds?
  • Are you negatively affected by high humidity?
  • Do you prefer to spend your time outdoors hiking and cycling?
  • Are you into water sports such as scuba diving or surfing?

Thinking about your answers to these questions is going to help you start to determine when to visit Bali.

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  • Our experience in Bali

Bali geography overview

Weather in bali.

  • Dry season in Bali
  • Rainy season in Bali
  • What to pack for Bali

Overall BEST time to visit Bali

Want a quick recommendation? Jump down to see our personal advice for the best time to visit Bali. Plus, we’ll share what times of year we’d avoid visiting!

In our opinion…

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Our experience in Bali 

We’ve visited Bali for multiple month stretches during the the spring, summer & fall months

When: August (2015), mid-August – mid-November (2018), June – August (2019), March – April (2023)

Things to do in Bali harvesting rice

Our experience:

  • The rainy season was prolonged a bit further into April than usual in 2023, but the sun still came out daily
  • It was noticeably more humid in March than in April
  • Observing Neyepi (the Balinese day of silence) in Bali was an interesting experience as no one was allowed to leave the home and we couldn’t turn on the lights after dark (around 6:30 p.m.)

Would we recommend visiting Bali in spring? 

Mostly, yes. As long as you don’t mind a bit of rain and humidity, visiting during the shoulder season means less crowds than in summertime. Most activities are enjoyable year round in Bali. 

Things to do in Bali Aling Aling Waterfall

  • We experienced pretty dry, warm weather in the summer months with lots of sunshine
  • The ocean temperatures are warmer in the winter and spring than in the summertime
  • We were able to go scuba diving in Amed with just a shorty wetsuit
  • The popular tourist hubs like Canggu and Ubud are very busy during the summer and traffic can be quite chaotic

Would we recommend visiting Bali in the summer? 

Yes! The weather in Bali is at its best during the summer months of the northern hemisphere. Even though the summer draws more crowds (mostly vacationers from Australia who are fleeing the winter down under), it’s worth it to experience the best weather possible. 

Things to do in Bali Surfing

  • October is known as one of the last months of the dry season, with humidity building until the rainy season begins (typically November – April). 
  • Personally, we didn’t notice the humidity getting much worse during our stay from August through November, and we don’t remember any rain during this period.
  • We had great weather, clear skies, and beachy temperatures during our stay.
  • We did leave Bali in mid-November (for a trip to New Zealand ), so we missed the rainy season.
  • It seemed that the fall crowds of foreigners were mainly digital nomads and expats, rather than people on vacation, which you’ll see more of in the summer months.

Would we recommend visiting Bali in the fall? 

Yes, we’d recommend early fall. If possible, try to visit between September and early to mid-November so you can avoid the rainy season.

Uluwatu cliffs Bali

Bali is a small island in Southeast Asia between the Indian and the Pacific oceans. As one of the 17,000+ islands that make up the nation of Indonesia , Bali is commonly the most recognized and easily the most visited by tourists.

The volcanic island is made up of peaks, some of which rise over 3,000 meters (almost 10,000 ft high!). And some are still active. In fact, recent eruptions in the past few years have been known to cause flight delays and cancelations due to ash in the air.

Bali’s volcanic nature, combined with the mountain peaks that bring rain, contribute to it’s lush greenery and exceptional fertility . Rice is the most common crop grown on Bali and you’ll see evidence everywhere you go with terracing rice fields making beautiful backdrops in your photos.

Since Bali is so close to the equator, the daylight hours are pretty consistent year round . The longest day of the year is 12.5 hours and the shortest day of the year is 11.5 hours. This makes the sunrise and sunset pretty consistent around 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. daily.

Rice fields Bali

As we mentioned above, Bali predominantly has two distinct seasons: the rainy season and the dry season . Being in a tropical climate, humidity and precipitation are the only patterns that really change with the season. Daytime temperatures hover between mid-70s to mid-80s ( ° F) throughout the year.

At just about 3,500 sq. miles (5,632 km² to be exact), the island is fairly small and weather doesn’t vary much from coast to coast. However, the volcanic peaks that make up the center of the island will have consistently cooler temperatures and more rainfall than the lower coastal areas.

Stats on Bali weather & seasons:

  • Warmest month in Bali:  April
  • Coldest month in Bali:  August
  • Rainiest month in Bali:  January
  • Driest month in Bali:  August
  • Most crowded months in Bali:  April, June – August & December
  • Least crowded months in Bali:  September – November & January – February

Dry Season in Bali

Uluwatu Beach Bali

Temptation to escape the winter months in the southern hemisphere, combined with little rain and lower humidity in Bali makes the dry season a very crowded time to visit. The is particularly true for the winter months of June – August.

Accommodation can also be hard to come by with so many tourists on holiday, so it’s a good idea to book in advance if you plan to visit during Bali during this time of year.

Dry season months at a glance

Things to do in Bali Mount Batur Sunrise

April:  The island tends to see the warmest temps during April. The Easter holiday week is a busy time in Bali, but the rest of the month tends to see more “shoulder season” traffic.

  • Average daily temp: 77-94° F (25-34° C)

May:  Moving into the “shoulder season” for tourism, May is still very hot but humidity is going down.

  • Average daily temp: 75-92° F (24-33° C)

June:  The first month of the winter in the Southern hemisphere, and temperatures continue to drop. June is on the edge of “shoulder season” and peak tourism near the end of the month.

  • Average daily temp: 72-89° F (22-32° C)

July:  Tourism spikes during the month of July and prices for accommodation may jump as much as 50%. You should book accommodation early if you plan to visit during July as places tend to book up quickly.

  • Average daily temp: 73-87° F (23-31° C)

August:  Bali typically has coolest temperatures of the year during the month of August. The peak of tourism runs through August and accommodation prices stay as high as they were in July. Indonesian Independence Day is celebrated on Aug 17th.

  • Average daily temp: 72-85° F (22-29° C)

September:  Tourism drops off just a bit after August as September is the first month of the typical “shoulder season” in Bali. 

  • Average daily temp: 73-89° F (23-32° C)

October:  Temperatures are beginning to rise, but it’s still fairly dry with less humidity. Crowds are slightly thinner during this month.

  • Average daily temp: 75-93° F (24-34° C)

Best places to visit during dry season in Bali

Nusa Penida Bali

  • Amed :  the popular diving region on Bali’s east coast, home to the famous USAT Liberty Shipwreck. Just a 2 hour drive from Denpasar.
  • Off-the-beaten-track destinations such as  Sideman : a 45 min drive from Ubud, beautiful laidback countryside filled with rolling hills and rice terraces
  • Get away to the nearby islands such as  Nusa Penida,  Lombok  (which includes the famous Gili Islands), or  Flores . 

Best things to do during dry season in Bali

Things to do in Bali Countryside Bike Tour

  • The weather during dry season is ideal for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, sailing, etc. 
  • Try a new water sport such as surfing or diving
  • Hike Mount Batur at sunrise
  • Do a bike tour of the Balinese country-side with  Ring a Bike Tour  (and be sure to tell Ring that Two Wandering Soles sent you!)
  • Bali Arts Festival (2nd Saturday of June – mid-July)
  • Bali Kites Festival (Jul-Aug)
Related Reading:  30 Amazing Things to Do in Bali You Can’t Miss

Pros of visiting Bali during the dry season

  • Very little rain
  • Humidity is bearable
  • Mosquitoes/insects aren’t as big of a concern
  • Lots of festivals and events happening

Resort pool in Bali

Cons of visiting Bali during the dry season

  • Peak tourism season (particularly July/Aug)
  • Hotel prices spike in July/Aug
  • Traffic gets pretty crazy in Bali (all the time) but especially so in the major tourism areas such as Kuta and North Kuta during the high season. More tourists on the roads mean a higher chance for accidents from people driving in unfamiliar territory. 
  • Major tourist attractions such as temples and parks will be very crowded 

What to pack for Bali during the dry season

  • Good hiking/walking shoes (we recommend  Chacos sandals  as they are perfect for hiking, and lighter than hiking boots)
  • Reef safe sunscreen
  • Optional: Surfboard or diving gear

Rainy Season in Bali

During the rainy season in Bali, the weather is more inconsistent. Downpours can span for days, or dissipate after just an hour.

Temperatures are at their highest during this time of year in Bali and with the frequent precipitation comes high humidity as well. Insects, as we know, love humidity, so be prepared to fight off swarms of mosquitos!

Bali is pretty full of tourists all year round, however, this is technically “low season” for tourism because of the rain and humidity. Even during the rainy season though, you’re likely to get sunshine in between showers. 

Rainy season months at a glance

Things to do in Bali Rent a Motorbike

November:  You may be tempted to beat the rising November heat by swimming, surfing or diving in Bali. However, it’s a good thing to keep in mind that the sea is usually roughest during November.

  • Average daily temp: 74-91° F (23-33° C)

December:  Bali is typically most crowded over the Christmas/New Years holidays. Prices will spike over the holidays as foreigners come to celebrate while on vacation. Accommodation over the holidays will be pricy and fill up fast. However, the rest of the month is relatively less crowded.

January:  The least crowded month in Bali, but also the month with the most rainfall. January typically sees very few days without at least a drizzle. That being said, even during rainy season, the skies dry out every once in a while.

February:  Between low and “shoulder season,” February is still quite hot and humid. However, with the frequent precipitation you’re likely to see slightly less tourists.

  • Average daily temp: 76-92° F (24-33° C)

March:  Crowds start building as it’s spring break in the northern hemisphere and people are starting to filter in for the dry season. Nyepi, the Balinese New Year, falls in March. It is important to be aware of this date because the Balinese Hindu people celebrate this day with a day of silence. For a full 24 hours, everyone (even tourists) is expected to remain indoors and no noise is permitted. Beaches and businesses are closed down for the day, including the international airport. So this will definitely affect your trip if you are planning to visit Bali in March. 

Best places to visit during rainy season in Bali

Tanah Lot Bali

  • Tannah Lot Temple  – be sure to visit during low tide so you can walk out to the entrance of the temple and be blessed with the spring water that flows from the temple and is considered holy. 
  • Uluwatu Temple  – Watch out for the moneys here! They are everywhere and very sneaky. Make sure you have your bags zipped and close to your body at all times. Put sunglasses and anything loose into your bags while here, or those moneys may just try to rob you. If you are holding a phone or camera, make sure you keep a good grip on it and hold it close to your body when not in use. 

Bali Things to do Monkey Forest

  • Ubud Monkey Forest  – one of the most popular attractions in Ubud is a good place to visit during low season, particularly if you go while it’s drizzling out. (See our note about watching out for monkeys above as they are prone to swipping here as well.)
  • Sekumpul Waterfall  – Often referred to as the most beautiful waterfall in Bali, we tend to agree!
  • Banyumala Twin Falls  – This stunning waterfall doesn’t always have enough water flow, so it’d best to visit during rainy season to ensure an epic view.

Best things to do during rainy season in Bali

  • Try a  cooking class
  • Devdan Dance and Music Show
  • Balinese massage, or go full-out and pamper yourself with a spa day!
  • Craft-making workshop (such as a  Batik class  or  soap carving workshop )
  • Take a yoga class (we recommend The Practice in Canggu or Yoga Barn in Ubud)
  • Nusa Dua Festival (Oct-Nov)
  • Mekepung Buffalo races (held in Negara during the fall)

Pros of visiting Bali during the rainy season

Sekumpul Waterfall Bali

  • High humidity/high temps deter some tourists from visiting during this time, so Bali tends to be less crowded.
  • Typical tourist attractions such as temples and beaches will be less crowded than in busy season.
  • Traffic on the roads won’t be quite as busy as the typical hustle and bustle of high season.
  • Bali’s weather is still fairly sunny, even during the rainy season you’ll usually see sunny skies for at least part of the day.

Cons of visiting Bali during the rainy season

  • Higher chance of rain – as often as daily in January
  • High temperatures and high humidity
  • Mosquitos…eek!
  • Decreased visibility at dive sites due to weather

What to pack for Bali during the rainy season

  • bug repellant  (solids are the way to go)
  • rubber flip flops
  • light, loose fitting, breathable clothing

Things to do in Bali Beach Club

In our opinion, the best time to visit Bali would be during the “shoulder season” months of May, June or September. Here are our primary reasons for choosing this time:

  • Room prices are not at peak rates (usually 30-50% lower)
  • Weather is dry and less humid than peak of rainy season
  • Not too crowded
  • Good sea conditions for diving/surfing/snorkeling
  • Reasonable airfare can be found (Hint: Use these  hacks for booking cheap flights !)
  • Promotional sales in shops on the island

We’d recommend to avoid visiting during the December holidays as not only is this peak rainy season, but crowds are also heavy. 

What to pack for your trip to Bali

We know it can be overwhelming packing for a trip to a new destination. That’s why we spent hours creating this super helpful PDF just for you.

In this free SE Asia packing list PDF download , we’ve provided packing checklists for everything from clothing and toiletries (for both women and men!) to what shoes to pack and extra medicines you may want to have on-hand just in case.

Plus, we’re sharing tons of packing hacks and tips for traveling in SE Asia that you won’t find anywhere else!

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  • Head To Bali In August For A Fun-Filled, Festive, And A Leisurely Vacation!

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The beautiful island of Bali isn’t just a place, but a balmy state of mind. Just the thought of it fills one’s mind with picturesque images of sparkling sand beaches and deep blue waters. The island of Bali is a paradisiacal getaway with luxury resorts and private pool villas catering to the qualms of all its visitors. The scenic treks to the volcanic mountains through the lush forests, the iconic rice paddies, and the beaches to laze at are all out of the dream. With ornate temples, amazing yoga retreats, thrilling water sports, and dazzling nightclubs, Bali in August gives its visitors the best of all the worlds!

Visiting Bali In August

Wondering if traveling to Bali in August is a good option or not? Well, you should then be packing your bags already! August is a great time to visit the tropical island of Bali which has a long duration of monsoons from October to April. August is therefore quite dry and you need not worry about incessant showers. The weather in Bali during August is relatively warm with the temperatures ranging between 29ºC to 23ºC.

How To Reach Bali

  • By Air: There are international flights available to and fro from the Denpasar International Airport which is at a distance of 13 kms from Denpasar, the capital city of Bali.
  • By Ship: One can travel to Bali via sea from Singapore, Sumatra, and Java.

Things To Do In Bali

If you are visiting Bali in August then you are in for a cultural treat. Here are a few things that you shouldn’t miss when visiting Bali in August:

1. Enjoy the Sanur Village Festival

Sanur Village Festival

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Held in the coastal village of Sanur, this is one of the best Bali festival in August which celebrates art, culture, food, and environment. Engage yourself with the locals and participate in the activities like the planting corals and exotic endangered plant species. Other than the environment conservation programs there are a lot of food stalls to gorge on the local culinary delights.

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2. Participate in the Lively Legian Beach Festival

beachfron bazaar

Image Source This outdoor day and night festival is one of the other exciting events in Bali in August. It flaunts the longest beachfront bazaar amongst other fun activities and competitions to keep its visitors entertained. Let Balis best bartenders entertain you with their skills as you enjoy the live music, dance, surfing competitions, and the local Balinese food here.

Location: Legian Beachfront

3. Experience a Kecak show


Watch the Balinese traditional dance which is a lot more than just an art form for the locals there. The Kecak is a recital of the epic Ramayana demonstrated through the Balinese dance form. There are multiple places where you can watch the Kecak being performed. The best experience is at the Uluwatu temple where it is performed against the beautiful sunset in the backdrop.

Here are the beautiful places that you should definitely visit on your trip to Bali in August:

Suggested Read: Best Things To Do In Seminyak To Make The Most Of The Happening Beach Area In Bali

Places To Visit In Bali In August

1. mount batur volcano in kintamani.

Mount Batur Volcano

Image Source The Kintamani is a popular breathtaking trek in Bali. Climb up to Mount Batur and enjoy calming sunrises on your early morning treks. Penelokan, one of the villages in the Kintamani area, gives one the best vistas of Baturs rugged lava slopes against the lush green vegetation. On the way also lies the village of Toya Bungkah which has hot springs known for their healing mineral water.

2. Sekumpul Waterfall

waterfall bali

Sekumpul Waterfalls are one of the most beautiful scenic attractions of Bali. These waterfalls are 6-7 cascades bunched together in Balis densely forested bamboo valley. The falls are a three-hour trek along the rice paddies, coffee plantations, and forested trails. Crossing over various streams throughout this scenic trek, one finally reaches to the base of these 80 meters high pretty cascades.

Suggested Read: 10 Picturesque Waterfalls In Bali Where You’ll Find Heaven On Earth

3. Bali Safari & Marine Park

Bali Safari & Marine Park

Image Source This is one park that one shouldnt miss when traveling to Bali in August. The safari and marine park is full of fun and adventure. There are various packages that one can choose from which provides with different activities. Some even include transfers from ones hotel. You can enjoy the Elephant Trek, and the Bali Agung show which is Indonesias best cultural theatre performances amongst many others here.

4. Seminyak Beach

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Seminyak is the most lively of all the beaches of Bali. It is a long stretch of beautiful white sand with amazing beach bars and plenty of restaurants. Starting at the outskirts of Kuta and going all the way to Canggu, Seminyak is a destination in itself. Soak up the sunshine and enjoy the waves as you lie back on comfortable bean bags here!

Further Read: 12 Places To Visit In Nusa Dua For An Extra Dose Of Excitement To Your Bali Holiday

Excited to visit Bali in August ? Book your trip to Bali now. Enjoy your Bali holidays in August with Balinese cuisine, culture, dance, and more!

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The best times to visit Bali based on your travel goals

Oct 30, 2023 • 4 min read

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In Bali, the weather is warm and the hammocks are comfortable year-round © anyaberkut / Getty Images

With awe-inspiring scenery, dense layers of culture, plenty of sun, surf and sand, and balmy temperatures year-round, Bali calls out like a beacon to adventurers, sun-seekers and travelers who like to truly immerse themselves in the countries they visit. Whatever your travel tastes, you'll find rewarding things to see and do in Bali at any time of year.

The dry season, from April to September, is the most enjoyable time of the year for outdoor activities, including basking on beaches, hiking, surfing, sailing, diving and canyoning. Visit during the wet season (November to March), and you'll experience frequent downpours, but there's good surf on the east coast, and you can still enjoy the outdoors, especially in drier areas in the east and north of the island. Temperatures in Bali don’t vary much from season to season, hovering between 28°C and 32°C (82°F to 90°F) year-round, though it's often cooler in mountain areas. Whatever you're looking for in Bali, here are the best times to come.

Yoga teacher guiding an outdoor Yoga class and leading students into a tree pose in Bali.

The high season (July–August and December) is the best time for festivals and partying

The high season in Bali coincides with the traditional summer vacation season in Europe, America, and Australia in July and August. It's the height of the dry season and the peak time for surfing on the west coast at the breaks around Canggu and Seminyak . Bali's original beach hub, Kuta , can be mobbed at this time of year, as many travelers come here specifically for the party season. 

Most parts of Bali are inundated with visitors in summer, as tourists come to sample the island’s many delights and enjoy some of its most colorful festivals. Indonesia celebrates its independence from colonial powers on August 17 with plenty of pomp and fanfare. Expect entertaining parades and street parties in the bigger towns. 

The period around Christmas and New Year also sees a large influx of travelers seeking a reprieve from cold northern winters. Many hotels, restaurants and other venues organize special dinners and entertainment to mark the festive season. New Year’s Eve is particularly memorable, with spectacular fireworks at midnight to help you rock in the new year in style. Key events to look out for are the Pemuteran Bay Festival, Penglipuran Village Festival and, of course, New Year’s Eve celebrations. 

High season means high prices and pressing hordes in tightly-packed tourist areas; for a quieter experience, seek out more remote spots such as Nusa Penida and Pemuteran .

Indonesia, Bali, Canggu, two female surfers in the water watching the sun

The shoulder season (April–June and September–October) is best for adventurous travelers

The shoulder season in Bali falls at either end of the dry season, when the weather is either improving after the rains or getting slowly wetter after the dry months. Things are quieter without the summertime crowds, and the weather is normally still dry enough for outdoor activities. However, the two-week Easter spring break can get very busy in tourist areas such as Kuta and Legian .

May marks the surfing season in full swing on the west and south coasts, and rafting, trekking and spelunking beckon adventure sports fans.

As rain showers in October are more frequent than in the dry summer months, plan to spend some time indoors visiting temples, museums and cultural institutions in Ubud , Denpasar , and other centers for Balinese culture. Top international events in October include the  Ubud Village Jazz Festival  and the  Ubud Writers and Readers Festival . 

A farmer tends rice paddies near Ubud, Bali

The low season (January–March and November) is best for budget travelers

Bali’s low season coincides with the rainiest months of the year, and this can be an unpredictable time for outdoor activities. The crowds have decamped back home, and the island is returning to a more relaxed vibe, but there's still decent surf on the east coast at such legendary locations as Padang Padang, and the weather is still warm. Accommodation prices fall considerably, which is great news for budget travelers.

At the end of January or the start of February, Chinese New Year celebrations feature typical Balinese elements such as traditional percussion bands and dancers dressed as the mythological lion-like creature Barong. 

The festival of Nyepi, the Balinese New Year, moves with the lunar calendar but frequently falls in March. This is a culturally fascinating time to visit Bali, but after the colorful parades of ogoh-ogoh puppets the night before the festival, the Day of Silence itself can be a tricky time for visitors as everything closes, transport ceases, and nobody is allowed out on the streets.

Understanding the Balinese calendar

Note that religious festivals such as Galungan and Kuningan are scheduled according to the Balinese 210-day pawukon calendar. This means they happen roughly every seven months, according to the Western calendar. Dates for village festivals are not always set in stone either, and the timing of the Nyepi festival is dictated by the lunar saka calendar, meaning the date changes every year. If you’re planning a trip around a festival or event, check the precise dates before you book your flights.

This article was first published December 2021 and updated October 2023

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The Best Time to Visit Bali for Every Activity

Bali seasons, explained — these are the best times to visit the island, whether you're coming for the beaches, hiking, or festivals.

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Bali is a magical destination with so much to offer, from the jungle surrounding Ubud (largely considered Bali's cultural center) to the beaches lining its southern shore.

You can make your Bali vacation whatever you want it to be — a tour of the island's many temples, a spiritual journey to learn more about Hinduism, a yoga retreat, a luxury hotel immersion, a hiking adventure, or a stop on a longer trip around Indonesia. You might even want to visit Bali specifically for one of the many festivals or spiritual celebrations hosted each year.

Bali has a tropical climate with average temperatures hovering between around 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. Its two seasons are defined as dry (April to October) and wet (November to March). Here's a general breakdown of Bali's tourist seasons:

  • High Seasons:  June to August and November to December
  • Shoulder Seasons:  April to May and September to October
  • Low Season:  January to March

Below, we've mapped out the best times to go to Bali, depending on how you want to spend your vacation.

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Best Times to Visit Bali for Smaller Crowds

January to March is Bali's true off-season. These months can be humid and rainy, which means you won't find crowds in search of perfect beach weather and diving conditions. And because you'll also be avoiding the biggest holiday months (November and December), you'll find the island to be calm and populated by locals and expats.

While the rain brings mosquitos and may take activities like diving and surfing off the table, it's not a deal-breaker if you're in Bali to tour temples, practice yoga, and find pure relaxation. In fact, you might find that the peaceful rain in the Ubud forest adds to the overall serenity of your experience. The jungle and rice paddies thrive in this season — and the magnificent green color and sprouting vegetation are worth seeing.

Best Times to Visit Bali for Good Weather

Sunseekers should time their trip with Bali's dry season, which runs from April to October. During this period, humidity and rain decrease, creating ideal conditions for visiting beaches, surfing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. It still rains during these months, especially in April, May, and October, but showers are usually short and followed by clear skies. May is one of the hottest months, with an average high of 82 degrees Fahrenheit.

For the best weather, visit during July and August, the peak of the dry season. With less humidity, these months feel cooler, with an average temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit, so they're perfect for enjoying a mix of active adventures and beach time. Those coming to Bali to catch some legendary waves should also aim to visit during the dry season, with June to August bringing larger swells to the main surf spots along the southwest coast.

Best Times to Visit Bali for Lower Prices

The busiest and most expensive time in Bali is during the dry season, with hotel prices peaking between June and September. Tourism also sees a boost during the holidays, so you can expect higher hotel prices in November and December.

The most affordable time to visit Bali is from January through March, the rainy-season months that fall outside of the festive season. Hotel prices during this time tend to be lower due to the lack of demand, making it possible to score ocean-view rooms or multi-bedroom villas for a fraction of the price you would pay during the dry season. You may also find deals during the quiet shoulder season months, April and October.

Best Months for Hiking in Bali

If you're traveling to Bali specifically to hike, visiting between April and October is ideal, as the rainy season can cause trails to be muddy and slippery. For those planning to do some waterfall hikes, the best time to visit Bali is in April, May, and June, when the cascades are strong following the wet season, and the days are more likely to be sunny. Hikers who rent motorbikes will also have an easier time zipping around the island during the dry season since the roads can become treacherous in the rain.

Best Time to Hike Mount Batur

Mount Batur is perhaps the most iconic Bali hike. Typically, you'll book through a tour company that will pick you up from your hotel at about 2 a.m. for the 1,717-meter (5,633-foot) trek. You'll summit the active volcano as the sun rises, and depending on your guide, you may even be treated to eggs boiled in the volcanic steam at the top of Mount Batur. The two-hour hike to the summit is best done between May and September to ensure dry weather and clear views.

Best Times to Visit Bali for Festivals

One of the most iconic annual events in Bali is the Bali Arts Festival, which occurs in June and July. Indonesian Independence Day (or Hari Merdeka) falls on August 17 and is commemorated with parades and outdoor celebrations. Keep in mind that if you're traveling for a Hindu celebration, Balinese Hindus often celebrate different holidays than Hindus in India. Galungan, for example, is an important 10-day celebration of the triumph of good over evil (dharma over adharma) that occurs every 210 days according to the Balinese Pawukon calendar. Nyepi, a day of silence, fasting, and meditation before the New Year, typically takes place in March.

Best Months to Visit the Beach in Bali

May to September is the best time to visit Bali for a classic beach vacation. Days tend to be hot, sunny, and dry, creating ideal conditions for snorkeling, diving, and other water sports. However, the drawback of visiting Bali during this period is that most of these months fall within the peak season. The temples, beaches, hotels, and yoga classes will be crowded, so it's likely you won't have as many opportunities to soak up that sweet Balinese serenity you're treated to in the low season.

Worst Times to Visit Bali

Of course, those looking for a quintessential Bali vacation with plenty of sunshine and outdoor activities will want to avoid the rainy season (especially during the wettest months, December and January). At this time of year, it's common to experience choppy seas, muddy trails, and afternoon storms, which can quite literally put a damper on your plans. However, travelers looking to spend their days practicing yoga, visiting temples, or enjoying cultural experiences indoors may prefer the quieter atmosphere.

Due to higher levels of precipitation, mosquitos can be particularly prolific in the rainy season and the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses (like dengue fever) increases accordingly. If you do plan to visit during the wet season, wear bug repellant — especially when hiking in the jungle. Some locals also drink lemongrass tea, which is believed to be a natural insect repellent.

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Best Time to Visit Bali: Month by Month Breakdown

Bali is one of the most popular islands in Southeast Asia, and deciding the best time to visit Bali is going to affect not only the weather you experience but also how many other tourists are there with you.

Like most of tropical Indonesia, Bali only really has two seasons throughout the year, the dry season and the wet season. 

All year-round, it’s hot, and for many, Bali can be visited any time of the year, but between November and March, you can expect downpours most days during the wet season. 

April to October is the dry season and you can expect larger crowds and higher prices but the weather will be perfect.

Often, the best time to visit Bali is a trade-off between the weather and the number of visitors. 

To help you to plan your trip, here’s our guide on the best time to visit Bali. 

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Bali Dry Season

LIna Stock of Divergent Travelers enjoying a beach in Bali

The dry season is the best time to visit Bali when it comes to the weather because for half of the year you can expect beautiful clear skies and almost no rainfall.

The dry season in Bali runs from May to October, although this can vary each year. The peak months are the height of the Balinese winter, which is June, July, and August.

May in Bali

Mount Batur - Best time to visit Bali

May is the start of the official dry season in Bali, but you can still expect a mixed bag when it comes to the weather.

One year it could be raining all through May but the next it can be dry from as early as April. 

If it does rain in May though it’s guaranteed to just be a few light showers, and this is the best time to visit before you hit the high season from June to August.

Prices will be lower in May and with the better weather, it’s a good time to start diving and snorkeling, as the water visibility clears up.

It’s getting cooler too and less humid, so a hike to the summit of Bali’s mysterious volcano, Mount Batur, can be a great activity in May, as you’ll miss the crowds and enjoy better conditions for hiking. 

June in Bali

Uluwatu Temple Bali

June is the start of the high season in Bali, although it’s not quite as busy a month as July and August. The weather is likely to be perfect with temperatures averaging in the mid-twenties and humidity low. 

You’ll have to be really unlucky to see even a light rain shower, so it’s a great time to hit up the beaches and make the most of the clear skies and sunshine. 

Prices start to climb in June, but you’ll miss the worst of the high season which picks up towards the end of the month when the European summer holidays begin in earnest. 

In June you should visit the more touristy attractions such as the famous temples in the south – Uluwatu for instance – or the increasingly popular Nusa Islands before the summer crowds make their appearance. 

July in Bali

Beach in Bali, Indonesia

July is usually the busiest month to visit Bali, but for good reason, and that’s because you’ll be enjoying the best weather of the year. 

But as well as enjoying sunny, clear skies and zero rain, you’ll be sharing the beaches and resorts with hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers. People flock here from Europe, America and more than anywhere else, from Australia. 

Prices will be higher for flights and hotels, but if you do want to escape the crowds then head north.

This is a great time to experience a side of Bali that most miss, and by exploring the black sand beaches of Amed or the coast and jungle of Bali Barat National Park, you’ll see how the south of Bali was a few decades previously. 

August in Bali

LIna Stock of Divergent Travelers Adventure Travel blog enjoying a luxury resort in Bali

Much like July, August is always super busy in Bali. The weather is again beautiful, with clear skies and sunny days, and it’s a great time for lounging on beaches and drinking cold Bintang Beers. 

If you want to escape the holiday crowds though then plan a trip north, and visit the beautiful coastline in more rustic destinations such as Lovina or Amed, where tourism has only recently begun to develop.

There are great snorkeling and diving up north too, including some famous shipwrecks, and as it’s the height of the dry season the water will be beautifully clear.

September in Bali

Sunset with surfers in Kuta Bali

September can be the best time to visit Bali if you want a great mix of good weather and smaller crowds. 

Things will still be busy and flights will be more expensive than the later shoulder season months. But you’ll save money compared to the true high season and have fewer people around when you explore touristy destinations such as Ubud, Kuta or the Nusa Islands. 

October in Bali

Temple in Ubud Bali

October is a great shoulder season month, but the dry weather is coming to a close. There are more and more rainy days, but these can be unpredictable.

If you’re in Bali for two weeks, you’ll most likely have enough dry days to make the most of your visit. 

Enjoy the south and the more traditional beach areas, get cultural in Ubud or escape to the north to see a wilder side of the island. 

Bali Wet Season 

Surfer in Bali

The wet season in Bali runs from November through to April, corresponding with the southern hemisphere summer and fall.

It’s tropical, and that means that while it does rain hard when it rains, showers and storms are brief but fierce.

The rainy season can be a great time to miss the crowds but give December and January a miss because these two months are still incredibly popular despite the wet weather. 

November in Bali

Lina Stock of Divergent Travelers Adventure Travel blog at a luxury resort in Bali

November is when the rainy season starts in Bali, but just how much rain there will be, can vary.

You’ll have good odds of having lovely sunny days still, and it’s a great time to visit because you’ll miss the Christmas crowds who are just around the corner. 

You can get wonderful deals on flights and hotels through November, and you’ll still be able to snorkel and dive before the water gets too cloudy from the rains.

It’s getting hotter, but take a trip to the summit of Mount Batur and you’ll be able to cool down after a challenging hike to the top of Bali’s iconic volcano. 

December in Bali

Monkey of Monkey forest in Ubud Bali

December is usually the rainiest month of the year, and weather-wise, this really is not the best time to visit Bali. 

The tourist crowds would beg to differ though because while you might get soaked, it’s also incredibly warm still.

That draws over the Christmas crowds seeking winter sun from Europe and North America , and it still brings over the Aussie crowds looking for a cheap getaway. 

It’s a lively time to be in Bali, and it’s not a bad place at all to spend Christmas and New Year, but be prepared for high prices and lots of other travelers and tourists. 

January in Bali

Boat on a beach in Bali

January can be just as busy as December and unfortunately, just as rainy. This is the height of the wet season, but again, it doesn’t put off the crowds. 

If you do visit, then the southern beaches and classic resort areas are best avoided. Head north instead, and find a bit more peace and quiet in the lesser-visited parts of Bali.

February in Bali

Waterfall Bali

In February, the weather starts to cool down slightly and the rainy days begin to disappear, but it’s still very much the wet season. 

It’s a great shoulder season month, right after the Christmas crowds go home, and you can enjoy many of Bali’s best sights with fewer people around. 

Head to the waterfalls, as they will be in their element, and the jungle will be lush and green from all the rainfall over the last few months. 

March in Bali

Shoulder season in Bali - Street with no travelers

March can be a wet month or it can be a dry month, the weather gods in Bali are unpredictable this time of the year. 

It will be a quiet month on the tourism front though and that makes it the best time to visit Bali if you’re a fan of shoulder season travel. 

The Christmas and New Year crowds are long gone, and the dry season tourists are a few months away.

You can get great deals on flights and resorts if you book in advance, and you’ll find that lots of beach areas in the south such as Kuta, Seminyak or Canggu are quieter.

This is Bali though, so if you’re here for the social aspects then there are always other travelers around to hang out with. 

April in Bali

Ubud rice terraces in April

April is a great shoulder month, but be careful of the Easter Holidays in Australia or Europe, as Bali becomes a popular holiday break destination during this time of the year. 

You could enjoy almost all sunny days or conversely it could also rain a lot, but that’s the gamble in April as the rainy season draws to a close. 

It’s the tail end of the wet season though and Bali will be blooming, making this a great month to visit the waterfalls and the rice paddies before they start to dry out again.

Visit Ubud for cultural festivals and then hike through the rice terraces nearby.

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If Bali is not part of your bucket list of places to visit, then you’re probably skipping one of the most iconic destinations in the world. If you’re looking for a wholesome vacation that offers a good balance of fun, nature, and culture all at the same time, then Bali is the place to be. Located in the country of Indonesia, Bali is called the ‘Island of the Gods.’ Intrigued? Read on to find out more about Bali in August ! Plan your Bali tour package in August for an amazing trip!

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can we visit bali in august

Of course, every destination has a so-called peak season and an offseason. But guess what? Bali is an all year round destination and if you’re planning a vacation to Bali in August , ‘Om Swastyastu!’ Bali says hello to you. The Bali temperature in August are pleasant as Bali would just be welcoming the autumn season. Sounds ideal for a vacation right?

Bali is the perfect destination for a honeymoon or even for a family vacation for the plethora of experiences it has to offer. Be it basking under the sun at the South Bali beaches, climbing the majestic Mount Batur or witnessing the Kecak dance overlooking the beautiful Uluwatu sunset, Bali has got it all for you. What’s the cherry on top you may ask? Well, what’s better than private pool villas at affordable prices with your loved one!

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How to Reach Bali in August


Bali has good connectivity in terms of flights and particularly from India, there are one-stop flights from all major cities. Alternatively, you can also reach Bali via ship. But the most preferred option is a flight as it is convenient and time-saving. So take the flight for your trip to Bali in August !

Top Things to Do in Bali in August

1. sanur village festival.

Sanur is one of the major port regions in Bali and hence one of the coastal areas where you get to treat yourself to traditional mouthwatering Balinese cuisine and not to mention the in-depth connect you would feel with the locals who engulf you into the beauty of art and culture of Bali. Interestingly the Indonesian cuisine is a lot like Indian food but with a sprinkle of an international flavour. So you get the best of both worlds on your trip to Bali in August !

2. Beach Festival

While all beaches in Bali always have a festive vibe, it is the Legian Beach Festival that is captivating to true beach lovers. The area is lined with markets selling traditional Balinese souvenirs. Brace yourselves for a fun-filled day as you sway to the music and dance your heart away at the beach.

3. The Kecak Dance


The Kecak dance is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful dance forms you will ever witness. This traditional Balinese dance form is performed by the locals at the Uluwatu temple in South Bali. The local art form depicts excerpts from the Indian epic Ramayana. Witnessing this dance form with the Uluwatu sunset in the background is a breathtaking experience to have on your Bali vacation in August.

Places to Visit in Bali in August

1. seminyak- the party hub.

can we visit bali in august

Seminyak is the heartbeat of Bali and like they say, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, we can say “What happens in Seminyak, stays in Seminyak.” The beaches and bars down the beachside are filled with vibrant Balinese party animals and you can be rest assured that the time you spend in Seminyak Bali in August will blow your mind away.

2. Tegenungan Waterfall


Moving slightly to the Northern side of Bali, serene landscapes of waterfalls and rice terraces await you. The most famous waterfall at Ubud in Bali is the Tegenungan Waterfall . You can swim your way through these waterfalls and click some of the most Instagram worthy pictures here on your trip to Bali in August. What’s even better is that private transfers can be offered from your hotel to the Tegenungan Waterfalls.

3. Sunrise Trek to Mount Batur

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This is a must-do on your Bali holiday in August especially if you are a nature and an adventure lover. This trek starts in the wee hours of the morning as a guide takes you through the Kintamani area leading up to the magnificent Mount Batur. Once you reach the summit, brace yourselves as you take in the stunning view of the sunrise. On your way back you also get to see the Kintamani volcano and the village. This expedition ends with a simple breakfast before your transfer back to the hotel. Sounds just about perfect right?

4. Rice terraces and the Bali swing

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The rice terraces are situated in the natural hub of Bali in Ubud . These rice terraces namely Tegallagang rice terraces and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces are nature at its peak. The Balinese style of growing crops can very well be seen in the artistic plantations. What’s more? Almost every rice terrace in Bali has the famous Bali swing . This exhilarating experience as you soar through the sky overlooking the rice terraces is probably one of the best ways to end your vacation in Bali in August.

Beaches, parties, culture, and nature all in one place. Doesn’t seem that unreal now, does it? That’s why Bali is regarded as the ‘Island of the Gods’. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and say ‘Om Swastyastu!’ to Bali.

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The Bali temperature in August is very similar to that of May and June. The average temperature is at 27°C with average highs at 29°C and average lows at 23°C.

Sekumpul waterfalls, a scenic waterfall with 80m high pretty cascades, Seminyak beach – a long stretch of white sand line up with the best beach clubs and restaurants, Tanah Lot Temple, an iconic temple in Bali are some of the best places to visit in Bali in August.

August in Bali is quite dry and there is no need to worry about occasional showers. The weather in August in Bali is warm and ranges between highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C.

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Bali Weather in August: Best Places to Go & Travel Tips

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This article covers weather in August in Bali including average temperatures and rainfall as well as travel tips on places to go and what to wear in August.

  • Weather in August: Overview
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Bali Weather in August: Overview

  • Temperature range : 23–30°C (73–86°F)
  • Rainfall : 3 cm (1 inch)
  • Rainy days : 4
  • Sunshine hours/day : 10
  • Ocean temperature : 27°C (81°F)
  • Humidity : 60%

August is the driest month in Bali and one of the coolest months, and along with July, it is one of the two busiest months for tourism .

It is noticeably cooler than the wet southern-hemisphere summer — by about 4°C (7°F). The daily high temperature is only about 30 °C (86 °F) , so if you do not enjoy hot, humid summer weather, then the lack of rain, comfortable humidity, sunny skies, and warm weather would make August the month with the best weather for you.

It is one of the best months for enjoying the outdoors and the beaches . In August, the beaches and sea are about clearest of both floating trash and sediment.

Because there are 10 hours of bright sun per day on average, it still feels hot if you're under the sun during the day. The temperatures are mild at night, even cool in the mountains. The average daily maximum is 30°C (86°F), and the average nightly minimum is a comfortable 23°C (73°F). The sea is comfortable for just about everyone. This is beach weather.

Bali can expect an average of 4 days with rain in August. If it rains, rainfall falls for a few hours in the later afternoon or evening, so you could plan your activities earlier in the day to miss the rain. August is one of the windier months, so you can be thankful for the refreshing evening breezes.

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The Best Places to Visit in Bali in August

With great weather and high tourism, you might want to try to find places to get away from the crowds. You could go to the hills and mountains, to the west and north side of the island where fewer tourists go, or to one of the three nearby islands southeast of Bali.

You can have adventurous outdoor activities in the clearest of seas, including surfing, diving, and snorkeling.

1. Canggu for Surfing, Sunbathing, and Family Vacations

With the weather so good in August, it is a great time to go to the beaches. Canggu has among the best surfing in Bali , and lifeguards are stationed all along the beach. This help make the beach suitable for children. However, because the waves are so big, families should keep watch over their little children. There is black sand with some boulders.

Experienced surfers like Canggu. Its best spot to surf is Echo Beach and August is the best time to come.

Transport : Canggu is close to Denpasar, and it is only about 5 km (3 miles) from Seminyak. It is about 20 minutes from the airport by vehicle.

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2. Enjoy Western Bali - Get Away From the Crowds

When the rest of Bali gets crowded, you could get away from the crowds by going to the western half of the island. In addition to less tourism and more local culture, there are natural and outdoor activities.

For example, you could swim in the clean Gelar River that is fed by springs . It is actually more like a stream than a river, but the natural scenery and clean water makes it worth a visit if you are in the area.

The Papuan Rice Terraces are in the western part too . They are not all that beautiful and are simply large and mostly flat fields. But there are waterfalls you can walk to amid the jungle, and you could stay in a hotel or guesthouse and relax. Papuan is a favorite stop for cyclists along the highway.

For more about the Papuan Rice Terraces, see: The Top Bali Rice Terraces: Which to Visit

Transport :

  • The Gelar River is about an hour and 45 minutes by road from Denpasar Airport.
  • West Bali National Park is about 2 hours from the airport.
  • The Papuan Rice Terraces are about an hour from the airport.

3. Hike on Mount Batur

Since it is so dry, August is maybe the best month to hike in the volcanic mountains that run in a chain across the middle of the island from east to west. Mount Batur is one of the easier ones to hike up , and it is recommended for those who want an easier climb and for getting in shape for other hikes. The hike up is about 2 hours .

The weather in the mountains is appreciably cooler than along the coast, so many people like hiking in the mountains and staying in lodges there. Mount Batur is 1,717 meters (5,633 feet) tall, and its top is about 10 °C (18 °F) cooler that at sea level.

If you stay in Ubud and want to be at the top to see the sunrise, you should depart at about 2:00 am . You could also hike up the day before and stay at the top overnight.

Transport : Mount Batur is about 75 to 95 minutes from Denpasar by private driver or taxi (45 to 55 USD).

4. Go to Gianyar Night Market in Ubud

When you are in the Ubud area, you can enjoy a meal at dusk at the Gianyar night market. It is known for its Balinesian and international food and drink at low prices . A whole meal including ice tea can cost just 35,000 IDR (2.50 USD).

Two typical Balinesian treats to try are martabak manis (sweet pancakes) that are local-style pastries and Sate Lilit (roasted meat on lemon grass stalks or bamboo slivers) — the local way of making shish kebabs.

There are numerous stalls that sell everything from cheap electronics to pets.

Location : The market is in Gianyar at Jalan Ngurah Rai about 11 kilometers (7 miles) from Ubud. It closes about 10:00 pm, but it is open all day. So, you could get breakfast or lunch there and shop during the day too.

5. Leave the Crowds and Have Adventures around Munduk

The northern part of Bali is good for adventurous activities such as mountain climbing, hiking, going to waterfalls , volcano adventures, and diving . It is also good for those who want to relax and stay at luxury resorts or just golf .

There are less bothersome crowds in the north side of the island, and the weather is cooler. It is still a fairly easy place to go to since it is only about 90 minutes from Denpasar by road .

There are rice fields in Munduk to hike around in and watch the farmers .

The area is full of natural highlights :

  • Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan are two lakes to see.
  • Munduk Waterfall (entrance fee about 1 USD) is nearby, and it is impressive.
  • About a 30-minute drive from it is another famed waterfall called the Banyumala Twin Waterfall, and there are two others in the area too.
  • You could also hike up the Mount Sengayang volcano.

To avoid getting lost and also for safety on the trails on the mountains and to the waterfalls, we suggest you go with a local guide and use our private vehicles and drivers.

Crowds and Costs in August

The busiest travel months of the year are July and August . The number of international tourists in August might be 50% or 60% more than in May. Australians especially come to take a vacation in August during their winter. It is holiday season for many countries, and people take the opportunity to enjoy time in Bali.

Prices for hotel rooms and apartment/villa rentals are up at the same level as the busy Christmas and New Year vacation days . The south of Bali, especially the beach areas, such as Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur, Canggu, and Nusa Dua, might have crowds of tourists. There may also be crowding in the south-central part of Bali around Ubud.

For information about costs for tourists in Bali, see: How Much Does a Bali Trip Cost?

What to Wear in August

August averages 10 hours of sunshine a day, and it is one of the sunniest months. To protect yourself from solar radiation and heatstroke, it is important to bring light, cool, and quick-drying clothing that covers your skin or sunblock .

Insect repellent might be required in the evenings especially in the rural areas.

Sandals and other cool, breathable footwear are generally recommended , except when you go hiking in the mountains.

Wear strong comfortable trainers or light hiking boots to support your feet and ankles when you hike in the rice terraces and on the volcanoes.

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Why You Should Visit Bali in August [2024]


Is Bali in August a good time to visit? To start with, Bali in August is the peak season. So discounts will be hard to find. However, August in Bali is also the dry season. So chances of rain are few. And the relative humidity is relatively low. In addition, two important festivals and Independence Day take place in August. Moreover, the on-going kite festival is also flying high.


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Weather in Bali in August


What is the weather like in Bali in August? Because Bali is near the Equator, there is little variation in temperature from month to month. To clarify, Bali has two seasons: wet and dry. Wet season runs from October to April. And dry season runs from May to September. In fact, August is falls in the middle of the dry season in Bali.

In terms of temperature,  the average temperature in Bali in August is a high of 30 degrees Celsius, or 85 degrees Fahrenheit; and a low of 22 degrees Celsius, or 72 degrees Fahrenheit. And it rains an average of only three days in August. To clarity, an average of less than one inch of rain falls in August. In fact, August is Bali’s driest month of the year.

Finally, because August is one of the windiest months of the year, it is a great time to fly kites, an activity popular with locals and foreigners alike.

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Visiting Bali in August

August is peak tourism season in Bali. So expect to pay top dollar for hotel rooms. However, there are lots of activities in August. If you like action, Sanur and Ubud would be your top choices. Other hotspots include Benoa, Kuta, Nusa Dua, and Seminyak.

What to Do in Bali in August

Two of Bali’s most important cultural festivals take place in Bali in August. If you include, the Bali Kite Festival – which spans four months – make that four. A short guide to the most important August events in Bali follows.

Makepung Bullock Races – Ongoing


Nine Makepung Bullock Races are held in six different competitions every other Sunday from July to November .  The Regent Cup is held in August . And the Governor Cup is held in November . Moreover. traditional arts are on display. Talk about a feast for the eyes!

Makepung Buffalo Races – Jemberana Regency, Bali.

Bali Kite Festival – Ongoing


The Bali Kite Festival is an annual event. And it takes place during the windiest months of the year. But the dates vary because they depend on weather conditions. Basically, it gets underway when the winds start to blow. And it ends when the winds die down.

Usually, the festival kicks off in July and concludes in October. But July and August are when it is at its peak. Because that is also one of Bali’s peak tourist seasons. And most of the action is at the beach.

Bali Kite Festival – Padanggalak (north of Sanur), Bali.

. Traditionally, the Balinese believed that their ancestors souls left their family compounds on this day.

Because the Pawukon calendar has only 210 days, Galungan will take place again in 210 days, with Kuningan following in 10 days.

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Indonesian Independence Day – 17 August 2024


Indonesian Independence Day is a public holiday in Indonesia. And it is celebrated on 17 August each year. To clarify, it commemorates Indonesia’s independence from Dutch colonial rule.

Indonesian Independence Day is celebrated in Bali with parades, cultural performances, air shows, marching bands, and food fairs.

Tumpek Uduh – 31 August 2024


Tumpek Uduh  is the second day in the Tumpek cycle. And it is the day the Balinese make offerings to the  Food God . On this day, they show respect to trees and other plants.

Tumpek Uduh is one of the six auspicious days on the  Balinese Pawukon Calendar . These days occur when the fifth day of the five-day Balinese week falls on a Saturday. And this happens every 35 days. In fact, it takes 210 days to complete the cycle. To clarify, the  Balinese Pawukon Year  has 210 days.

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  • 2025 – 29 March; 25 October
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  • 2027 – 17 July

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The Best Time to Visit Bali: A Season-by-Season Breakdown

As the most popular and well-known island in Indonesia, Bali is a bustling hotspot no matter the time of year. Whether you choose family-friendly Nusa Dua, spiritual Ubud, or buzzy Seminyak, there’s something for every traveler on the “Island of the Gods.” Read on to discover which season best suits your priorities and start planning your Balinese escape.

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While it can often seem like the island goes from busy to busier, tourism ebb and flow typically coincides with weather patterns. Bali has two distinct seasons, the dry season (April to October) and the wet season (November to March). Fewer rains and less humidity make the dry season the most popular time to visit, whereas the wet season can yield fewer crowds and more affordable nightly rates. Travelers can also take advantage of shoulder seasons—such as the beginning or tail-end of the dry season—when the weather is moderate but the island is still abuzz.

Coastal landscape at Water Blow, Bali, Indonesia

Spring (March to May)

The beginning of the dry season is one of the best times to visit Bali: crowds are light and the rains drop off dramatically by the end of March. Though temperatures typically hover in the 90s (more or less the norm for Bali outside of high season), you’ll find a comfortable breeze in beach towns such as Seminyak, Uluwatu, Canggu, and Nusa Dua.

Travelers who prefer to park it on the sand all day can rent a lounge chair at trendy Sundays Beach Club , in Ungasan. Not only is the beachfront super private, but the club stays open through the evening, allowing you to cap your rosé all day with a bonfire dinner.

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If it’s a sunset ‘Gram you crave, head to Jimbaran’s Rock Bar , one of the premier venues to take in Bali’s sorbet-hued kaleidoscopic skies. Be sure to arrive early so you don’t have to wait in line—the open-air bar is situated on an elevated platform above the ocean and accessible only by funicular, so headcount is strict.

Burrata in Bali might sound like an oxymoron, but you’ll be surprised by the quality of the Italian fare at Da Maria . The Seminyak restaurant is an Amalfi Coast doppelgänger, and the mouthwatering homemade pastas and pizzas are sure to fire up your date night (or induce a carbo-coma).

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Summer (June to August)

If moderate temperatures and less humidity are a requirement for your Balinese vacay, then the high season summer months are for you. Temperatures hover in the mid-80s and rainfall is at its lowest, so take your pick—every corner of the island is in its prime.

Escape the crowds on lesser-known beaches, like locals-only Thomas Beach or Bingin Beach, in Uluwatu. About halfway down the stretch of white sand you’ll find Kelly’s Warung , a hole-in-wall café serving one of the island’s tastiest frozen dragonfruit bowls.

You’ll have to book a room at the Bvlgari Resort Bali to eat at La Spiagga, but it’s worth the expensive overnight. Not only are the grilled seafood and Herbojito cocktails legendary, the cliffside setting and super private surrounds guarantee the exclusive vacay vibes you’ll crave during high season.

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Fall (September to November)

The tail end of the dry season and beginning of the wet season is another timely bridge to take advantage of.

Now’s the time to head to the heart of the island, Ubud, where, thanks to more reasonable rates, you can splurge on a riverfront pool villa at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve . By day, snap pics of mind-blowing sites like Tegalalang Rice Terrace before being lulled to sleep by the rushing waters of the Ayung River.

Adventure enthusiasts can make the guided trek up Mount Batur, a 5,000-foot, still-active volcano near the northwestern village of Kintamani. Or, test your balance on the breaks off surfer’s paradise Canggu. After you towel off, head to L.A.-meets-Bali lounge The Lawn Canggu , where the beachfront setting and sunset views tee up the perfect evening.

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Winter (December to February)

The weather is largely unpredictable during the height of the wet season: rainstorms may dissipate within a few hours or deliver a constant downpour for days on end. (Do yourselves a favor and pack extra bug spray.)

However, there are advantages to traveling in winter, beyond the affordable room rates. The island’s already lush landscapes spring to life during the “green” season, and you might find attractions like Ubud’s Goa Gajah ( Elephant Cave ) all to yourselves.

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Same goes for some of the island’s prohibitively popular restaurant/bars. While there’s often a line out the door for Single Fin ’s famously fun Sunday night dance parties, fewer crowds mean guaranteed front-row seats for a postcard-worthy sunset dinner in Uluwatu.

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The best time to visit Bali is generally during the summer months of June, July, and August when the weather is driest and the days are sunny. Unfortunately, that's also when the island becomes the most crowded—you won't be the only one in search of surf, sand, and sun!

The opportunity to escape the Southern Hemisphere's winter months is just a little too tempting for tens of thousands of Australians who grab short, inexpensive flights up to Bali .

No matter the time of year, expect Bali to be bustling. The island only goes from busy to busier. In fact, a majority of travelers to Indonesia, the world's largest island nation and fourth most populous country, only visit Bali.

It's not for lack of choices in Indonesia . Bali is just one of more than 17,000 islands in the archipelago.

Peak Season in Bali

If you don't mind heavy traffic and sharing crowded beaches, go when the weather is best. July and August are often the driest months with pleasant temperatures.

A good compromise is to risk occasional rain showers in exchange for more peace. The shoulder months before and after the high season (particularly April, May, and September) are enjoyable and experience many sunny days.

The wettest months to visit Bali are from November to March. December, January, and February are extra rainy and a little hotter. These are the peak months in Thailand and countries north of Indonesia that are celebrating their dry seasons before the heat really moves in.

Despite the rain and slightly hotter temperatures in December, Bali still becomes busy with revelers during Christmas and the New Year holiday.

Weather in Bali

Although Bali is warm and comfortable throughout the year, the island has two distinct seasons: wet and dry.

Unsurprisingly, the number of visitors increases as sunny days increase. Everyone's favorite island activities, particularly sunbathing, trekking, and motorbiking, are far more enjoyable without monsoon rain.

Temperatures in Bali during July and August range from the 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius), and December and January aren't too far off these balmy temperatures.

Bali is situated just eight degrees south of the equator and enjoys a tropical climate. Those factoids become a sweaty three-shower-a-day reality once you wander too far from the breezy coast. Humidity often hovers around 85 percent. One exception is the green Kintamani region north of Ubud in the interior. Mount Batur provides enough elevation to even make weather chilly and drizzly some days for travelers on a motorbike.

Traveling during the dry and high season doesn't guarantee all sunny days. Mother Nature keeps the island green throughout the year. Even during the dry season, you'll want to be prepared for brief pop-up storms.

Visiting Bali During the Low Season

Although rain doesn't exactly make for a nice day on the beach or exploring the island's interior, there are some advantages to visiting Bali during the "green" season.

You'll get better deals on accommodation and can upgrade to nicer rooms for the same price you would ordinarily pay for a budget guesthouse. With a few insider tricks, you can score great deals on hotels in Bali.

Plus, fewer tourists will be clogging popular hotspots such as Ubud. You may have attractions such as Goa Gajah (the Elephant Cave ) to yourself. During high season, you may have to wait to go inside. Also, the air is cleaner. Less dust and particulate matter from fires hang in the air. And finally, interactions are sometimes friendlier when locals are not so overworked during peak season.

Of course, visiting during the low season has its downsides, too. Sometimes consistent downpours span for days while others dissipate within an hour. You never know. Plus, humidity is much higher, making the heat feel that much worse. Mosquitoes are much worse between rains, making dengue fever more of a threat on the island. Visibility at dive and snorkel sites is often worse because of sediment washed into the sea. Rougher seas may make boat trips less enjoyable.

The drawbacks sound less than appealing, but many travelers prefer to visit destinations only during the low seasons.

Why Is Bali So Popular?

Perhaps because Bali is predominantly Hindu rather than Muslim or Christian, it boasts a unique vibe that differs from surrounding islands. No matter the reason, Bali is always a top destination in Asia .

Bali has been a popular stop for backpackers on the Banana Pancake Trail for a long time. The island is also a famous surfing destination in Southeast Asia and a top honeymoon spot in Asia .

Elizabeth Gilbert really spread the word with her hit book Eat, Pray, Love . Julia Roberts starred in the 2010 movie of the same name, opening the floodgates to Ubud. Prior to 2010, Ubud was mostly quiet and attracted budget travelers interested in a healthy alternative to the raging parties in Kuta.

But Hollywood isn't as much to blame as geography. Backpacking students and Australian families—along with plenty of retired expats—choose to escape cooler weather in the Southern Hemisphere by grabbing cheap flights to Bali.

With many students out of school during the summer months, party epicenters such as Kuta become rowdy as young revelers come to enjoy the nightlife. The atmosphere along Jalan Legian resembles what you would expect at some American beaches during college spring break. Fortunately, there are plenty of lesser-known places along the coast: Amed, Lovina, and Padangbai still offer escape. And if things really get out of control, the nearby islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida are tempting.

Spring brings rain to Bali in March and temperatures can be quite hot. However, wait a month and you'll find April to be much more comfortable, and the dry season begins in May. Spring is a popular time for surfing off the island.

Events to check out:

  • Nyepi, the Balinese Day of Silence, falls on the Hindu New Year and will certainly affect your trip—but the night before is a lot of fun. For a full 24 hours, tourists are expected to remain inside their hotels and no noise is permitted. The beaches and businesses close—even the international airport shuts down. Nyepi hits in March or April, depending upon the Hindu lunar calendar.
  • The colorful festival of Holi is usually celebrated in late March.

What is summer for most Westerners is winter in Bali. It's also the best time to visit if you prefer warm and dry weather (although locals consider July and August "cold"). There are occasional rains, but nothing like monsoon season .

  • Hari Merdeka ( Indonesia's Independence Day ) on August 31, may also affect travel to and from Bali. Indonesians also enjoy visiting Bali and come from as far as Sumatra and other places in the archipelago.
  • The Bali Arts Festival is a long-running festival that is among the most popular in the country. The festival traditionally starts on the second Saturday of June and runs through mid-July.

While Indonesia as a whole doesn't truly have an autumnal season, the stretch of months from September through November begins with clear, dry weather (their spring). In November, there are fewer tourists but if you hope to swim, the seas can be rough at this time.

  • The Nusa Dua Fiesta is a fun week of art exhibitions, cultural performances, and more along Bali's southeast coast. It's typically held in October or November.
  • Among Bali's most popular events, the makepung (buffalo) races are held throughout the fall in Negara.

December kicks of Indonesia's summer season. Humidity is high and hours of thunderstorms aren't unheard of. Warm seas have rough waters, making swimming less than ideal, but February conditions are great for surfers.

  • As with all popular destinations in Asia, Lunar New Year (dates change from year to year) draws a crowd, despite rainy weather in January and February.
  • Galungan is the most important religious holiday in Bali. It marks the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth. There are two of celebrations throughout the year due to the Pawukon calendar.

The best time to visit Bali is in the shoulder season, either in the early summer or fall when the weather is dryer and there are fewer tourists.

Bali's rainy season lasts from November to March with January and February being the hottest and rainiest months.

If you don't like large crowds of tourist, you should avoid visiting in Bali between June and July. Although, this is when the weather is most pleasant.

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The month of August is very dry, just like July. The expectancy of a rainfall is the lowest in August and it’s one of the hottest months even when the temperature in Bali is more or less the same throughout the year. August marks the end of the dry season in Bali, which is considered to be the perfect time for travelling to Bali. It encompasses the shoulder season of Bali where the weather is about to start its transition from the dry season to the wet season. Hence, August marks the end of the peak season in Bali.

The weather in Bali in August is quite pleasant with temperatures ranging from 22ºC to 29ºC. The average rainfall is nearly 3mm and you can expect rainfall for about 3 days.

Average Temperature - 27° C Expected Rain - 8 mm per month Average Humidity- 78 %

Places to Visit in Bali in August

There’s a lot Bali has got to offer in the month of August. Ranging from fancy temples and rip-roaring water sports to fantastic night clubs and wonderful yoga retreats, you can experience the culture and thrill of Bali in full swing in the month of August! It’s the best time to indulge in various water sport activities like Scuba Diving, Surfing, Snorkelling, etc. August is the best time to witness the sunny side of Bali. During the dry season, the beaches in Bali are pretty clean and show off their most beautiful side.

1. Mount Batur Volcano, Kintamani

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The Volcano in Kintamani is a popular and adventurous trek in Bali. Mount Batur is an active volcano which is known for the mesmerizing view of the sunrise from its peak. The lush green vegetation and the rugged lava slopes are best viewed from Penelokan, a small village near Mount Batur. You can also stop by at the village of Toya Bungkah which is home to the hot springs known for their healing properties.

Elevation: 1,717 m Location: Bangli Regency, Bali, Indonesia

2. Sekumpul Waterfall

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Sekumpul Waterfall is the most picturesque waterfall of Bali. The waterfall is a collection of 6-7 narrow cascades in Bali’s dense rainforests. You need to trek through rice fields, coffee plantations and forested trails for 3 hours to reach this scenic waterfall. The height of the falls varies between 80m to 100m.

Entrance Fee: IDR 20,000  (With Free Parking) Location: Sekumpul, Lemukih, Sawan, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81171, Indonesia

3. Bali Safari & Marine Park

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Filled with a lot of adventure and fun, The Bali Safari and Marine Park is a must-visit for people travelling to Bali in August. The bus trip takes you around the natural habitat of animals where you can easily spot various indigenous animals. There’s also a petting zoo where you can feed and play with small furry animals like rabbits, ducks and ponies. The Night Safari and the cultural show at the end is like a cherry on the cake. You can book your tickets from the official BSMP ticketing partner Voyagin.

Address: Jl. Profesor Ida Bagus Mantra km 19,8, Serongga, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80551, Indonesia Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

4. Seminyak Beach

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The most-lively and happening beach of Bali, Seminyak Beach has a long stretch of beautiful white sand with multiple bars and restaurants right on the beach. Seminyak is a beautiful destination where you can enjoy the waves and the sun as chilling on the comfortable bean bags available there.

Price: No entry fee Timings: Always open

5. Nusa Penida

Bali in August

Nusa Penida is a beautiful destination which is untouched and not much explored. It’s an example of nature at its best. Separated from Bali by Badung Strait, Nusa Penida is an exquisitely amazing place to visit in Bali. Much less crowded as compared to other parts of Bali and surrounded by turquoise blue waters, it’s a treat for the photographers and explorers searching for off-beat peaceful locations. It is home to many Hindu Temples, lagoons and limestone formations, further adding to the serenity of the place.

Location: Nusa Penida, Nusa Islands, Klungkung Price: No entry fee Timing: Always Open

Festivals and Events in Bali during August

6. bali kite festival.

Bali kite festival

The Kites festival in Bali is a seasonal religious festival that is celebrated to send a message to the Gods to ensure good harvest and abundant crops. People from all over the world make and fly their giant traditional kites to emerge as the winner of the Kite Festival.

7. Sanur Village Festival

sanur village festival

The festival aims at promoting Sanur as a safe and beautiful travel destination by incorporating various themes in its festival. The festival is a collection of art performances, water sports, fishing competitions, culinary bazaar, etc

Sanur Village Festival Dates 2023 - 27 August, 2023

8. Ubud Village Jazz Festival

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9. Buleleng Festival

Buleleng Festival

10. Kuta Sea Sand Land Fest

Kuta SeaSandLand Fest

It is a 5-day long event held from August 15 to August 19 every year to celebrate Indonesia’s independence from Dutch rule. Considering sand as a symbol of Diversity and land as a symbol of Unity, the traditional villages feature folk parties, food festivals, art and culture festivals and various youth-engaging activities. It’s a festival celebrated for exploring and preserving the cultural art and the traditions of the local community.

Crowd and Cost in Bali in August

The dry season being the best season to visit Bali, the season is at its peak and South Bali is as crowded as it’s for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The accommodation prices turn exorbitant owing to the huge crowd in August, so it’s advised to book your accommodation well in advance if you plan to visit Bali in the month of August. 

 Hope we’ve answered all your questions regarding the weather and things to do in Bali in August. So pack your bags and get ready for a Bali adventure. 

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Bali Weather In August: Your Complete Guide To The Warm, Sunny Weather Of August

August is the holiday season in Bali and that means its high season! The tropical climate on the island is the ideal place to get away from it all and bask in the sunshine all day long.

Hotel rooms might be a little bit more expensive at this time of year but most people agree that it’s worth the price and this is why.

What Is The Weather Like In Bali In August?

beautiful scenic view of ocean, cloudy sky and sunlight, Bali, Indonesia

Bali in August is sunny, hot and generally pleasant for the entire month. The average temperature each day is between 20 and 29 degrees Celsius (that’s 68 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit).

There’s almost no rainfall and the Southeast monsoon is long forgotten with only 3 days of rain in the whole month!

This is peak season in Bali and everything from mountain climbing to the beaches is better for the weather in August.

However, it’s worth noting that the rice fields aren’t at their best without rain and you might want to stick to places that really excel in the sun like Nusa Dua and Canggu, the home of the best beach club in the world , FINNS.

An Overview Of The Average Weather In August In Bali

So, let’s turn to a breakdown of the weather in numbers and these are figures that many countries would be jealous of when it comes to attracting visitors.

Minimum to Maximum Temperatures (Average Temperatures)

The average temperature (at a minimum) is between 20 and 23 degrees Celsius (68 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit) each day and the average daily maximum is 29 degrees Celsius (84 degrees Fahrenheit).

Experts say that this is the most comfortable range of temperature for human beings and that means everyone should feel comfortable when enjoying Bali in August.

Monthly Rainfall And Rainy Days

It really is the dry season in August here in Bali and that means just 3 days of rain and between 1.5 and 4 centimetres of rain (0.5 to 1.5 inches) for the whole month!

That makes August the driest month of the year in Bali and the weather in Bali really doesn’t get much better than this.

It’s ideal for climbing Mount Batur or Mount Agung as a lack of rainfall almost guarantees excellent visibility when you reach the peaks.

Hours Of Sunshine Per Day

You get a fair few hours of sunshine per day in August too. On average you can expect to see 8-10 hours of sunshine in every 24 hours, which is why the average temperature is so pleasant.

No wonder so many people wait all year round to visit Bali in August.

Relative Humidity Levels

Bali is an island and that means it has relatively high humidity all year round due to the high temperatures and ocean evaporating in the sun.

However, August is the least humid month in Bali and relative humidity sits between 77 and 80% all month long.

Average Sea Temperature

The sea temperature is very pleasant during the hottest months in Bali and August sees the water sitting at 26 to 27 degrees Celsius (79 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit).

The water tends to remain clear and is excellent for diving and snorkelling when there’s no rainfall.

What Are The Best Places To Visit In Bali In August?

Pretty girl at Tegenungan Waterfall, Bali

Tegenungan Waterfall – this waterfall in the North of Bali doesn’t dry up as badly as others do in this season and you can still get some awesome Instagram shots of the falls. It’s got a nice pool at the base to swim in too.

Breathtaking sunrise views on Batur volcano, Bali

Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking – no rain means great sunrises and the Mount Batur trek is best done without rain. The whole area around the volcano is pretty awesome too and Kintamani is a bit cooler than the rest of the island if you want a break from the heat.

long tailed monkey enjoying bananas in natural habitat

Bali Safari & Marine Park – if you love wild animals, birds, etc. and to be entertained while you learn about them, this is a great place to go. They also have some interesting local marine life to show you.

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FINNS Beach Club – we hate to blow our own trumpet but beach weather here in August is amazing and you really do need to spend some time at the best beach club in the world, FINNS. You can enjoy relaxing on our loungers and splashing around in our infinity pools, sipping cocktails with an amazing view of the Indian Ocean. It’s not a holiday in Bali without a visit to FINNS.

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Nusa Penida – the Nusa islands are pretty awesome all year round but the boat ride out to them can be a bit rough if the weather brings rain and storms. So, head out there in August and enjoy some unspoiled beauty without the seasickness.

What Are The Best Things To Do In Bali During August?

There are some great events at this time of year in Bali including:

Sanur Village Festival – if you’re a foodie this could well be the perfect destination as it offers an amazing showcase of Indonesian and Balinese food. If you think Indian food but with a touch of international ideas, you’ve pretty much got a hold on what to expect at the Sanur Village Festival.

Ubud Jazz Festival – as you might expect this is a festival dedicated to jazz music and the talent is both local and international. There are events all over Ubud town during the festival and not all of them require a ticket. If you do want tickets, we’d recommend booking ahead as they can sell out pretty fast.

Legian Beach Festival – this is a great place to enjoy a huge market-style festival with loads of authentic locally made souvenirs to snap up. Everyone has a good time at this festival but shopaholics just can’t go wrong. There’s also plenty of live music, dancing and tasty local food if you’re not up for shopping.

Take In A Kecak Dance – sunsets are pretty much guaranteed to be amazing in August and that means this dance performance which relies on a great sunset is at its best during this month. The Uluwatu Temple where it’s held is also fantastic at sunset with spectacular clifftop views over the Indian Ocean.

What Should I Bring To Bali In August?

Happy woman in bali posing against mansion

You don’t have to bring much that you wouldn’t normally bring at this time of year.

However we do recommend that you focus on lightweight, loose clothes and skip the rain macs, there’s just not enough rain to justify it.

You should also bring some swimwear to get the best out of the beaches and so you can go surfing in the pleasant waves.

It’s also handy to have a pair of walking shoes as well as thongs, so you can explore the island comfortably.

Is August A Good Time To Go To Bali? Is There Warm Weather? What’s The Average Temperature?

Yes, in fact, there’s no doubt that the climate at this time of year means that a visit to Bali is going to be very pleasant, indeed.

If you love sitting on the beach, doing a bit of surfing and exploring the tourist hot spots , the weather can’t get much better than this.

The lower levels of humidity make the heat very bearable too. The average temperature is between 23 and 29 degrees Celsius.

However, you should know it’s the busiest time in Bali apart from the Christmas to New Year period and prices are a bit higher than they are in the rest of the year.

Is Bali Rainy In August? Does It Rain A Lot In Bali In August?

No, in fact, it barely rains in Bali during August at all. It’s hot and sunny and rainfall is so infrequent that you don’t need to worry about it.

If you stay for the whole month, you’re only likely to see a maximum of three days of precipitation. It’s another reason that August is the best month to come to Bali.

Is It Windy In Bali In August?

It depends on how we define “windy”. What tends to happen during the drier months in Bali is that the humidity drops and the number of hours of sunshine goes up.

This creates a feedback loop with the ocean which makes for a light breeze on land almost all of the time as the cooler air from the sea moves to displace the warmer air on land.

This makes the weather even more pleasant because if you’re sweating in the Bali sun, it evaporates faster in the breeze.

However, if we mean “windy” as in “like a hurricane” then Bali is absolutely not windy in August and it’s perhaps the month with the least chance of  extreme winds of the whole year.

What Is The Humidity In Bali In August?

Humidity during August in Bali is as low as it gets and it’s between 77% and 80%. Because Bali is surrounded by the sea, it tends to be fairly humid all year.

However, thanks to the onshore breeze at this time of year, it’s rarely too hot and the weather feels comfortable most of the time.

If you do feel too warm, you can always go for a swim, just make sure you pick a beach with gentle waves and no rip tides for your swim.

What Season Is It In Bali In August?

It’s the dry season in Bali in August. Because Bali is between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, it has only two seasons compared to the four seasons of most other countries.

There’s also a wet season , but mainly, the wet season isn’t as rainy as it sounds like it might be and you can enjoy plenty of hours of sunshine in the wet season too.

However, the dry season has less rain and it’s less humid too.

What Is The Coldest Month In Bali?

The coldest month is January but given that it has an average temperature of 26 degrees Celsius, it’s not exactly cold.

This is because, in the tropics, there just isn’t very much variation in temperature throughout the year.

The sun never gets particularly far from Bali because of how close Bali is to the equator.

What’s The Weather Like In Bali In July/August?

The weather in July and August in Bali is about the best weather you can ask for anywhere in the world. If you visit at this time of year it will be hot, sunny and wonderful.

You can splash about in the sea, lay out on the beach, and travel around without a care in the world.

What Are The Best And Worst Months To Go To Bali?

We don’t think there are any bad months in Bali. However, the weather’s worst in December and January and at its best during July and August.

Is August Part Of The Dry Season In Bali?

Yes. August is part of the dry season in Bali.

How Should I Book An August Holiday In Bali?

We always recommend that you book your holiday in Bali, no matter what month you want to come, through the awesome people at the Bali Res Centre.

That’s a locally owned and operated travel service that excels at all things related to Balinese holidays. They can help you get the best accomodation, flights and any tours you need.

They offer very competitive pricing and because they’re local, when you do business with them, you keep your cash in the local economy.

Final Thoughts On Bali Weather, August

We always maintain that there’s no bad time to come to Bali but, perhaps, the best time for a visit is during the month of August.

Bali sees more sun and less rain than at any other time of year. It’s the best part of the year to climb Mount Batur or just lie on the beach.

Hopefully, when you come, we’ll be able to welcome you to FINNS in Canggu, FINNS is the best beach club in the world, and August weather is ideal for beach club fun!

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What is the best month to visit Bali?

As with all things in life, the best month to visit Bali depends on what you’re looking for. What are your interests? Are you looking for new things to do or want time for relaxation? Whether it’s hiking, beaches, arts and culture, or festivals - there’s no wrong time of the year or best month to visit Bali.

So that means there is a best month to visit Bali for you .

So let's dive deep and see if we can pick the perfect month for your trip.


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The Dry Season - Many say the dry season , which runs from April to October have the prime choice of best month to visit Bali. This is the best time to visit as it is sunny and dry, with temperatures ranging between 28°C and 32°C. During this time, you can visit beaches , visit famous museums and enjoy other outdoor activities such as jogging or hiking.

The Wet Season - Alternatively, you can visit during the wet season , which lasts from November to March . This is when the jungle comes alive, the rice paddies are at their best and the waterfalls are pumping, making these the best month to visit Bali if you love these sorts of adventures.

The Windy Season - It's not like the wind is cyclonic, so don't worry! It's just that in June to August the winds pick up and that is when a million kites fill the sky. So if your kids (or you!) want to fly a kate this is the best month to visit Bali.

What This Means for You - Overall, so long as you pick the right activities, any month of the year can be your best month to visit to Bali. However if you have special activities in mind like surfing, spending all day at the beach or diving then there are certain months that are optimal, so let's dig deep and check each month out.

So Is There a Best Month to Visit Bali?

January - best month to visit bali for peace and calm.

January is the best month to visit Bali for relaxation

The wet season in Bali lasts from November to March, with the peak of the season occurring between January and February. This time of the year is best for value-based tourists looking for a vacation filled with sunshine, beaches (morning to mid-afternoon, before the rain), and activities. During the wet season, hotel and flight prices are cheaper as there isn't as much demand as peak time. The holiday season in Bali is especially busy during Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

February - Best month to visit Bali for low rates

February is the best month to visit Bali for low rates

The weather in February can be hot and humid with tropical rainfall, making it ideal for outdoor activities for the fit and able, and the best month to visit Bali for waterfall chasing. Diving and snorkeling visibility is often reduced due to rough seas. However, February is a great time to find good deals on hotel accommodation and flights to save money.

March - Best month to visit Bali for slowing rains

March is the best time to visit Bali for ceremony

Nyepi , also known as the Day of Silence, is a day of celebration in Bali. This day falls on the 25th of March. The whole island shuts down and becomes eerily quiet - but don't worry, hotels look after you, everything is blissfully quiet and the experience is serene . The humidity drops significantly during the month of March, as temperatures average around 28 degrees Celsius. This makes for a cool and dry time to visit Bali, as you will be able to enjoy the dry weather while exploring the local wildlife.

April - Best month to visit Bali for dry, but still very green

Even in the dry season, waterfalls are still flowing well

In April , the weather tends to be cooler and wetter than in other months of the year. Easter often coincides with a peak season for tourism in Bali for Australians, making accommodation hard to find and hotel prices higher during this time.

May - Best month to visit Bali for surfers

May is the best month to visit Bali for surfing

May is the peak season for visiting Bali - so obviously a lot of people think this is the best month to visit Bali. The dry season in Bali runs from April to October. It's best to book your hotel or villa in advance if you want to guarantee a availability. As average rainfall and humidity decrease during the dry season, temperatures also tend to drop. This makes it an ideal time for travelers who like cooler temperatures and less humidity.

June - Best month to visit Bali to kick off party times

June is the best month to visit Bali to get the party started

June is also considered by many to be the best month to visit Bali with average temperatures of 24°C to 31°C (75°F to 88°F) and clear skies/ocean. The annual Bali Arts Festival is held in mid-June to mid-July and offers a great opportunity to explore the local arts and culture. If you are planning a visit in June, make sure to book in advance as the peak season (in terms of hotel rates) begins at the end of June. June offers good conditions for outdoor activities, such as hiking and mountaineering, as well as for sightseeing on Mount Batur, the island's highest peak . There is only a slim chance of rain during this month.

July - Best month to visit Bali if you like it busy

July is the best month to visit Bali if you like it busy

Bali is located near the equator, which is why it experiences only two distinct seasons: the dry season (April to October) and the wet season (November to March). The dry season in Bali runs from May to October, with peak months being June, July , and August. During this time, temperatures in Bali range from 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) and humidity hovers around 85 percent. It can be hard to find accommodation during the dry season as it is a time of high demand.

August - Best month to visit Bali for fun for families

August is a great month for families to have a Bali beach holiday

August is one of the busiest times of year on the island, with many Australians and New Zealanders traveling during their winter school holidays. August is arguably the best month to visit Bali for families because all the hotels are geared up, many with kids clubs, and there will be lots of friends for your children to play with.

September - Best month to visit Bali for festivals

September is the best time to visit Bali for festivals

September is a great time to visit Bali as the weather is warm and clear with low rainfall. If you are planning a vacation in September, make sure to check hotel rates and plan ahead to save money. Average temperatures range from 24°C to 31°C (75°F to 88°F) during this time of year.

October - Best month to visit Bali and see nature come alive

October is the best month to visit Bali and watch nature come alive!

October is the ending of Bali's dry season, which runs from April to September. During this time, the average temperature of the island ranges from 26°C to 30°C, with temperatures typically reaching peak levels in the afternoon and early evening. You can expect mostly dry weather and sunny days and rain at night, making it a great time to go sunbathing, do watersports, etc. At peak season, accommodation can be hard to find, so it's best to book in advance.

November - Best month to visit Bali for yoga and reflection

November is the best month to visit Bali for yoga and wellness

November in Bali is known for its high humidity and temperatures, averaging around 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. This season is also characterized by lower crowds and reduced visibility at dive sites as the heavy rainfall and high humidity can make it hard to see underwater. So it is not one of the best months to visit Bali for diving but is still okay for snorkelling.

December - Best month to visit Bali for a family reunion

December in Bali is popular for family reunions

December is the off-peak season in Bali, with prices typically 20-40% lower than peak season making it a best month to visit Bali for a bargain. This is due to the cooler temperatures and fewer crowds. The weather in December is a transitional period between the dry season and wet season, with temperatures beginning to rise as the month progresses. Dengue fever and malaria are more prevalent.

Best Months for Hiking in Bali

April to October are perfect for hiking in Bali

As the temperature in Bali rises, hiking season also comes to an end. The best month to visit Bali for hiking in Bali are April through October, during the dry season. During the dry season, the average daily temperatures range from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. As a result, hikers can expect beautiful weather with sunny days and comfortable dry nights. The dry season also offers the least humidity and fewer chances of rainfall.

Best Months for Hiking Mount Batur

When is the best month to climb and hike Mount Batur

The dry season months of April-October are the best month to visit Bali for Mount Batur for hiking . During this time, average daily temperatures are in the high 20s, making it a great time to hike. The dry season offers sunny days and clear skies, making it a perfect time for hiking as well. However, occasional rainfall showers do occur during this time as well. The shoulder months prior to and after the high season (April, May, and September) are also enjoyable and sunny days. However, the temperature can be chilly and drizzly some days even during the dry season. Also, be prepared for Mount Batur's weather conditions as they vary from day to day.

Best Months for Surfing

What is the best month to go surfing on Bali?

The best month to visit Bali for surfing on the west coast are from May to September. These months are considered the peak time for surfing as the weather is best for the activity. During this time, visibility is good as water temperature is also warm enough for best performance. The months of May and June are the best time to visit the island as these months witness the emergence of first-time surfers and new season.

On the east coast, the best month to visit Bali for surfing are from mid-November to early March as water temperature is low and visibility is great during this time. In addition, low rainfall also ensures that most beaches remain open even during this time of year.

Best Month to Visit Bali for Waterfall Chasing

What is the best month to see waterfalls on Bali?

Looking for the best month to visit Bali and chase waterfalls? The dry season in Bali begins in May and lasts through October, making these months perfect for waterfall chasing. The dry season is recommended for families and the less able to visit Bali and Lombok's best waterfalls because pathways and steps will be less slippery and waterfall overspray will be less.

Rainy season falls between November and March, but travellers shouldn’t let the rainy weather stop them from exploring the waterfalls as the rain adds to the experience. March and April are great times to visit as the temperatures are more comfortable and rainy season has not yet begun. This time of year is also when travellers can enjoy sunny days without worry of dew or humidity. With so many great months to visit waterfalls, no traveller should miss out on the opportunity to chase waterfalls on this beautiful island.

When Is The Best Month to Visit Bali to Fly a Kite?

What is the best month to fly a kite on Bali?

The months of July and August are the best month to visit Bali to kite-fly as the lower rainfall and higher winds are favourable.

One kite hot spot is Padanggalak Beach north of Sanur , the most famous place for kite-flying as it hosts the annual Bali Kite Festival.

Best Month to Visit Bali for Photography

What is the best month for photography on Bali?

If you are planning a visit to Bali, the best month to visit Bali for photography are April to October as the weather is dry and sunny during this time. On the other hand, December to March is the low season in on the island, during which prices for accommodation and flights are cheaper which is perfect for budget-conscious hobby or student photographers. Mahy professional photographers prefer the wet season because everything is bursting with life - waterfalls, jungles and ricefields all come alive.

Best Months for the Beach

What is the best month to visit Bali for beach fun?

Overall, the best month to visit bali for the beaches in Bali are May, June, July, August, and September. The best time to visit beaches on the west coast is from May to September. On the other hand, beaches on east coast are best visited between November to March with sunny days and pleasant weather. This is because mid-November to mid-March is considered as the best time for surfing on west coast due to low rainfall and high temperature.

Best Months for Asia's Best Luxe Resort Holiday

The best month to visit Bali for a luxe resort holiday will be found in these seasons:

Best month to visit a luxe resort on Bali?

- Peak season from early July to the end of August , with high prices and more crowds .

- Dry season from March to June and September , with low prices and fewer tourists .

During the peak season, accommodation prices are high and the weather is sunny. During the dry season, rice fields are still green and temperatures are cooler.

So if you are looking for a good deal on a luxe hotel or villa, try March-June and if you don't mind rainy season (and we think its actually the best time of year anyway!) then consider November and early December for some great deals.

Best Month To Visit Bali for Honeymoon

What is the best month to visit Bali for a honeymoon?

The best months to visit Bali for a honeymoon are April, May, June, October, and September. These months offer sunny weather and less crowded beaches, making them the best time to enjoy the island’s tourism offerings. Avoid visiting in July and August and the Easter holidays because these are peak seasons for family tourism and there are kids everywhere the the pools are crowded. Alternatively, consider a private villa for the ultimate seclusion. The dry season from April to October is the most popular time for surfing, but it can also be crowded. Water sports enthusiasts should visit in June or September for the best conditions.

Best Month to Visit Bali for Festivals

Best month to visit Bali for festivals

In terms of festivals, the months of April, May and September are great months for the Bali Arts Festival and the Ubud Food Festival . In July and August, peak months for festivals, the Bali Kites Festival and the Nusa Dua Festival are popular. March is a great time to visit as Nyepi celebrations are held. June is a great time to visit as both the Bali Arts Festival and the Nusa Dua Festival are held in that month. November through March are months of increased rainfall and can be a good time for budget holidays. These months provide great weather conditions with dry and sunny days.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hottest months in bali.

The hottest months in Bali are July and August , with temperatures ranging from 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit (21-27 degrees Celsius). These months witness high season in the island, as these months typically have the highest temperatures of the year and the least amount of rainfall.

The dry season generally lasts from April to September making it the best time to visit if you're looking for sunny days, minimal rainfall, and balmy temperatures. So if you prefer extremely hot weather and sunny skies, then visit during these months. Having said this, it can feel hotter in the rainy season because the humidity makes it feel hotter than the actual ambient air tempreture.

How to choose the best month to visit Bali?

If you are looking for the best month to visit Bali, then it is recommended that you visit the island in either of the months of June or September . Both of these months have balmy temperatures and low rainfall, making them the ideal time to visit without having to worry about wet weather. In addition, hotel prices tend to be a little lower in September as compared to peak season months such as July and August.

The dry season between April and October is best time to visit overall, as it offers balmy weather, low rainfall and humidity levels.

On the other hand, the peak season time period which includes early July to late August , as well as Christmas and New Year is best avoided as hotel prices tend to be higher at this time due to increased tourism activity

What are the advantages of visiting during winter months in Bali?

Visiting during the winter months of December to February brings several advantages. Firstly, the dry season begins in October and usually lasts until April. This means rainfall is much lower and outdoor activities can be enjoyed without worry of wet weather. Secondly, the school holidays of countries in the Southern Hemisphere end late January, meaning far fewer crowds in February.

Additionally, the first half of the year before the peak season starts up is great time to visit as you'll find package deals and discounts on stays at all-inclusive resorts across the island. And best of all, between mid-March and late May you'll get the best experience with fewer crowds and lower prices accompanied by good weather conditions as well. Finally, rainfall during this time is usually brief showers that bring sunshine afterward - a great time for photos!

Which months are best to visit Bali, Indonesia?

The best time to visit Bali is between April and October as these months are dry season months with the best weather conditions. During these months the temperature stays balmy and the humidity low, making it great time to visit with no rainfall or humidity worries.

If you want to avoid crowded beaches and peak tourism then avoid visiting in the months of July, August and the Easter holidays. May, June, and October are great months to visit for sun seekers as the temperatures are still high and hotel prices low.

If water activities like scuba diving and snorkelling are on your mind then visit from May - September as this time of year offers great visibility for up to 20 meters underwater, low winds, warm dry season weather, no rainfall, and no humidity.

And lastly, if what you're looking for is low prices in accommodation, food, and transport then come visit between January-April as this season marks a low season period for tourists in. You get torrential rain at times but the prices do come down drastically.

Is January a bad time to go to Bali from the USA?

January is considered to be peak season for tourists visiting Bali from the USA, as many people take a break during the winter holidays from the Northern Hemisphere. This is a period of higher rainfall and humidity.

That said, if you visit during peak season, you should be aware that beaches may be crowded and hotel prices may be high. If you're looking for the best weather, comfortable temperatures and low humidity levels, then April to October would be the best time of year to visit Bali from the USA and you will find rates vary from shoulder to peak, so do some homework....even a few weeks either side of peak can make a big difference in hotel and villa rates.

Conclusion: What is the best month to Visit Bali?

The bottom line is this: If you visit during low season, you can take advantage of lower prices and smaller crowds. However, if you visit during high season, you can enjoy balmy weather and fewer rainy days. Plus, you can visit popular festivals such as the Ubud Festival of Dance and Music (October) and the Bali Spirit Festival (December).

In the end, we think the best month to visit Bali is the month that best fits your preferred activities and budget and whether you are a couple looking for off-season seclusion, a party animal wanting crowds or you are coming with the family for the ultimate tropical beach holiday. We promise, no matter when you come you are going to have an awesome time!

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 Every Bali vacation is incomplete without going on a safari at the Bali Safari and Marine Park. If you are travelling with family or a group of friends then it is the ideal day out for you. Get on this unique experience of waking up to the sounds of lions roaring and birds chirping around you. This park is more of an open zoo where you will find numerous animals imported from different regions of the world. If you feel like grabbing a bite after a tiring day then they also have a unique restaurant called ‘Tsavo Lion Restaurant’ where you can eat your meal while watching glorious animals in their natural habitat. The price range of the park varies from 50,000 IDR to 60,000 IDR which is definitely worth the experience. Click Here to Book Now: Bali Safari and Marine Park Tickets Check Out:  Best Places to Visit in Bali in January

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Comprising the amalgamation of three coastal strips - Legian, Batubelig beach and Petitenget beach, Seminyak beach is one of the best places to visit in Bali in August. If you are seeking some privacy with your partner but still want to be a part of the group then Seminyak is the ideal place for you. It is a serene and refined beach with numerous options for high-end shopping centers, sleek bars, and numerous resorts. You can also give a visit to Tanah Lot temple which is considered a must-visit place when in Bali located near Seminyak beach. If you wish to try authentic Balinese dishes at nominal prices then this is the place for you with an array of eateries located near the shore. Also, Check:  Best Waterparks in Bali for Family Day Outs                         Bali Family Tour Packages


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It is home to more than 60 species, all of which meander aimlessly in huge walled in areas that copy their characteristic living spaces. Appreciate riding on a safari transport to visit the creatures, viewing interesting elephant ability appears, get cuddly with child orangutans, and view infant sharks at the aquarium.Highlights: In Bali Safari and Marine Park there are 80 species and around 400 species from three regions - Indonesia, India and Africa, including spotted deers, Himalayan bears, nilgai, dark bucks, African hippos, zebras, camels, ostriches, monkeys, blue wildebeests, and lions. The most epic in plain view are the unbelievable Indian white tigers. Visitors board safari transports to go through various regions of the recreation center.Location: Bali Safari & Marine Park is located at Jl. Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19,8, Serongga, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80551,Indonesia. Timings: Opens from 9:00 AM–5:00 PMClick Here to Book Now: Bali Safari and Marine Park TicketAlso Read: Best Activities to Do in Bali

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Things to Do in Bali Indonesia

Bali, an enchanting island located in Indonesia, is a tropical paradise renowned for its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality. Visit the rice terraces, relax on its pristine beaches, visit the ornate temples, and learn more about the Balinese culture…these all top the list of the best things to do in Bali.

With its blend of natural beauty, cultural wonders, and modern amenities, Bali is a joy to visit. It’s a great spot to visit for budgets of all sizes and perfect for those in search of outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, and time on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

In this guide, we share with you the best things to do on Bali with tips to help you plan your experience.

While visiting Bali be mindful that many of the tourist sites (temples, mountains, etc.) are considered sacred. People visiting these sites are expected to act and dress in a manner that is respectful to local culture and customs.

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Overview of Bali

Bali is one of over 17,500 islands that make up the archipelago of Indonesia, and it may be the most famous. It’s the only island in Indonesia that is primarily Hindu and it is an excellent hub of culture and adventure.

Up north in Bedugul, you’ll travel off-the-beaten-path and hunt for the island’s best waterfalls, such as Banyumala and Sekumpul. The town itself is situated between several lakes that rest under looming peaks. Travel up here for some spectacular views!

To the east, the peaks of Mount Batur and Mount Agung rise up from an ancient caldera. Swing by some of the most prominent Hindu temples such as Besakih Great Temple, Tirta Gangga, and Pura Lempuyang.

Central Bali is the perfect spot to unwind and take everything in. Here you’ll explore vast rice fields such as Tegalalang and the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, wander through the town of Ubud, and visit the Sacred Monkey Forest.

Southern Bali features the best beaches on the island, such as Balangan Beach, Uluwatu Beach, and Melasti Beach. Don’t forget to enjoy coastal views at Uluwatu Temple.

Nusa Penida is a smaller island accessible via a 45-minute-long ferry. Making the time to visit Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach, and Diamond Beach is well worth it.

Pura Lempuyang Bali | Best Things to Do in Bali

Pura Lempuyang with Mount Agung in the background | Best Things to Do in Bali

Best Things to Do in Bali

In no particular order, here are the best things to do in Bali. At the end of this list you can see all of them on a map.

1. Banyumala Twin Waterfall

Visiting Banyumala was one of our favorite experiences on the island. Towering at a height of roughly 26 meters, this waterfall is both impressive and one of the best instagrammable spots in Bali. It’s not as popular as some of the other nearby falls, so you may have the entire place to yourself. Banyumala is also two waterfalls that converge in the same pool. Talk about a great spot for a swim!

Banyumala Waterfall | Best Things to Do in Bali

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls | Best Things to Do in Bali

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There is a small parking lot that’s a 10 minute walk to the actual falls. On the way you’ll pass a small concession stand where you can pay the entry fee. Further on is a steep staircase down to the falls which can be slippery when wet. We arrived at 9 am and had the entire place to ourselves. If you’re planning on having a photoshoot here, we recommend getting here early in the morning. You’ll have great lighting and minimal crowds.

Hours: 8am-6pm Cost: 25K IDR

2. Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

This picturesque temple sits right on Lake Beratan. Situated right off the main road, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple (also called Pura Ulun Danu Beratan) is very easy to reach and well worth your time. You get stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountainside. There is also a small park and other minor temples situated within the campus, allowing you to make the most of your money.

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple | Best Things to Do in Bali

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple | Best Things to Do in Bali

Hours: 7am-7pm Cost: 75K IDR

3. Sekumpul Waterfall

Sekumpul Waterfall is the tallest waterfall in Bali and one of the most impressive. We never made it here due to closures from the national Nyepi Day holiday, but we wish we could have.

This hidden gem is nestled deep within the rainforest and is roughly 3 times the height of Banyumala. Visitors will have a brief walk from the carpark to reach the viewpoint of Sekumpul Waterfall. From here, you have the option to hike down to the base of Sekumpul and visit other, smaller “hidden” falls. You may be pressured to hire a guide upon purchasing tickets, but a guide is not necessary or worth the extra money.

Sekumpul Waterfall | Best Things to Do in Bali

Sekumpul Waterfall | Elizaveta Galitckaia/shutterstock.com

Most visitors daytrip to Sekumpul from Ubud, where it is roughly a 2 hour drive one way. We instead recommend staying in Bedugul, a small mountain town that sits between several large lakes. Use Bedugul as a “home-base” if you’re planning on visiting several waterfalls in the area. Sekumpul is located roughly an hour away from other waterfalls such as Banyumala and Aling-Aling. If you’re staying in Bedugul, you can drastically reduce travel times and allocate more time to seeing the waterfalls.

Hours: 8am-5pm Cost: Viewpoint 20K IDR, Sekumpul & Hidden Falls 125K IDR, Sekumpul, Hidden Falls, & Fiji Falls 250K IDR

4. Aling-Aling & Nearby Waterfalls

Growing up my parents always asked me “would you jump off a cliff if all your friends did?” While I’d always say “no” to please them, today my answer has soundly changed.

On visiting Aling-Aling waterfall and the waterfalls that are located next to it, we were expecting some spectacular views and maybe a bit of a swim. However, we were met with something a whole lot more exciting: cliff jumps and a giant waterfall slide.

This was my favorite experience out of the 10 days I spent in Bali, due to the adrenaline rush that you can’t get anywhere else on the island. There are 3 cliff jumps to attempt, all of varying heights, with the last one standing at a whopping 15 meters high. For all the jumps there is a tiny ledge for daring visitors to jump off from, and below lies a deep pool of water. There is also an 8-meter-tall waterfall slide.

Upon entry, you’ll hire a guide that will show you around the area and assist you on the waterfall slide. Our guide was fantastic, and this wouldn’t have been my favorite experience if it weren’t for him. Life jackets are provided for the waterfall slide so you don’t damage your back.

Aling Aling Waterfall Slide | Best Things to Do in Bali

Kroya Waterfall Slide | Best Things to Do in Bali

Aling Aling Waterfall Jump

Cliff jump in front of Kroya Waterfall

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10 meter jump at Kembar Waterfall

Aling Aling Waterfall | Best Things to Do in Bali

We also did the 15 meter jump from Pucuk Waterfall, but we don’t have photos to share, unfortunately (but you can see a video of it on our Guide to the Aling-Aling Waterfalls ). It was exhilarating! 

Visit this group of waterfalls was such an epic experience that we recommend anyone to make the time to visit. Even if you don’t consider yourself an adrenaline junky, there is still plenty of fun to be had.

Hours: 8am-5pm Cost: 125K IDR (includes guide, which is required)

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5. Handara Gate

Flocked by thousands of tourists every year, Handara Gate has become a bit of a tourist trap. The gate is iconic, yes, but we found that the whole experience is not worth it. When we visited in late March, we found a very slow-moving line of people waiting to get their photo taken. After waiting in line for over 30 minutes, we quickly snapped our photos before moving on.

We found that the gate was a lot more underwhelming than it appeared in the photos. This fact, along with the crowds of people, made it a poor experience. However, the gate is very easy to get to if you’re visiting other sites around Bedugul, and the design of the gate is impressive. There is also an employee that can snap your photo if you do not have your own camera. We still recommend checking it out but beware of the crowds. We arrived around sunset, which is when the gate may be most crowded.

Cost: 30K IDR

Handara Gate Bali | Best Things to Do in Bali

Handara Gate | Best Things to Do in Bali

6. Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Located in central Bali, the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces may be one of the most scenic locations on the entire island. Massive rice fields stretch out for as far as the eye can see, framed by several of Bali’s largest volcanoes in the background. Jatiluwih is an underrated site that doesn’t get a lot of attention from tourists, which I found shocking due to its stunning beauty.

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces | Edmund Lowe Photography/shutterstock.com

The best time to visit is from February to April as the rice stalks will be in full bloom. We recommend visiting either at sunrise or sunset for the best views and minimal tourists. While here, soak in the views and wander the fields. The area is so expansive that you could spend hours hiking. If interested in learning more about hiking, check out this article.

Hours: 8am-6pm Cost: 40K IDR

7. Enjoy One of Many Bali Swings

There is a right way and a wrong way to do this. Photos of people swinging out over the countryside have become popular on social media in recent years. There are several large-scale locations that offer all kinds of different swings, but I found this to be a giant tourist trap and waste of both time and money.

You can find better, more secluded swings all throughout the island, such as at Tegalalang or the northern waterfalls.

Check to make sure there is somebody nearby before swinging at a private location. As this can be private property, it’s most important to respect the local’s space. It is likely that, at these smaller sites, you will need to pay a tiny fee to go for a swing (~15K IDR). For the photos and a good bit of fun, this is definitely worth it.

Bali Swing | Best Things to Do in Bali

8. Tegallalang Rice Terraces

The rice terraces at Tegallalang may be one of the most picturesque spots on the island. When planning a trip to Bali, a trip is incomplete without a view of this terraced valley. We visited at the late end of the rainy season in March, so everything had a lush green color, and the rice plants were in full bloom.

There are plenty of different areas of Tegallalang that are worth your visit. Some spots offer extraordinary views and others may feature a signature swing. Visitors are welcome to wander this UNESCO site at their own leisure and may have to pay tiny entrance fees that go towards supporting the local infrastructure.

Tegalalang Rice Terraces | Best Things to Do in Bali

Tegallalang Rice Terraces | Best Things to Do in Bali

Tegalalang Bali

Hours: 7am-6pm Cost: 25K IDR

9. Tirta Empul Temple

Tirta Empul is a sacred Hindu Balinese water temple located only a few miles from Tegallalang. The main draw of this temple is its pools of holy water and spiritual influence. Visitors will travel to bathe in the water, taking part in a cleansing ritual for self-purification. Whether you’re an active practitioner or not, anyone is welcome within these pools.

Tirta Empul | Best Things to Do in Bali

Tirta Empul Temple | Best Things to Do in Bali

Tirta Empul Koi Pond

The temple itself isn’t very large and may only take you five minutes to wander the full thing. Your length of stay will be determined by your choice to take part in the purification ritual. If interested in entering the pools (which is something we strongly recommend), there are sarongs to rent at the temple for 10K IDR.

Hours: 8am-6pm Cost: 50K IDR, 10K extra for a sarong

10. Besakih Great Temple

The largest Balinese Hindu temple, the Besakih Great Temple, must be on any traveler’s to-see list. It’s a giant complex of smaller shrines and temples that can only be described as impressive. Besakih is also the oldest and holiest temple on the island, rightfully being nicknamed “The Mother Temple”. Located near Mount Agung, the highest peak in Bali, you are treated to spectacular views of the volcano and surrounding countryside.

Besakih Temple | Best Things to Do in Bali

Besakih Temple | Best Things to Do in Bali

Besakih Temple Statue

Since Besakih is such a massive site and draws thousands of tourists, there are also plenty of scammers. An entry ticket will cover the cost of a provided sarong and guide. However, there will be locals trying to rent you sarongs or guides may demand outrageous tips. As pushy as they may seem, respectfully ignore the scammers and stick with the provided services on your ticket. Tips are not mandatory for guides, but for the officials who lead you through the temple, a tip here would be generous.

Hours: 8am-6pm Cost: 60K IDR

11. Tirta Gangga

The water gardens at Tirta Gangga are a unique spectacle that is almost always flocked by tourists. The former palace-turned-sanctuary is famous for its array of fountains and stepping stones which have caught the eye of photographers over the past couple years.

When I visited in March of 2023, I found it to be packed with hundreds of visitors all attempting to get their perfect photo. The only problem was that practically every stepping stone was occupied by someone, making it impossible to grab a half-decent shot.

Although it can be considered a tourist trap, a visit to Tirta Gangga may still be worth it for you. It’s a beautiful sanctuary that is also conveniently located near other great locations to visit. The site is located near the eastern shores of Bali and a short drive from the base of Mount Agung. If you’re patient, arrive at a less popular time of day (near opening and closing), or if you’re just very lucky, you may get the perfect photo you’re looking for.

Tirta Gangga Bali | Best Things to Do in Bali

Tirta Gangga | Best Things to Do in Bali

Tirta Gangga

Hours: 8am-5pm Cost: 50K IDR

12. Pura Lempuyang

When planning your trip to Bali, chances are you’ve seen a photo at this iconic Balinese gate. The Gate of Heaven frames Mount Agung, and in some pictures you can see a perfectly reflective pool of water. Spoiler Alert! The reflective pool of water you may have seen in photos is actually an optical illusion created through clever photography.

Pura Lempuyang is another beautiful temple that has fallen victim to large crowds in recent years. I found that the gate itself was stunning, but not nearly as impressive as in the photos. Similar to Handara, there is a massive queue of people waiting to have their photo taken, creating queue times upwards of 3 hours long! When I visited in the early-evening, I had over 100 people ahead of me in line.

Pura Lempuyang is worth it IF you’re willing to simply admire the Gate of Heaven and smaller temples in the complex (which are still cool to see), or if you consider yourself extremely patient. Photos are best at sunset but expect massive crowds. If you want to beat the crowds you’ll need to arrive before opening, which could be a pretty early wakeup given where you are staying.

Pura Lempuyang

Pura Lempuyang | Best Things to Do in Bali

Pura Lempuyang Steps

Gate of Heaven | Best Things to Do in Bali

There is a large carpark at the base of the temple. From here, you’ll ride a shuttle up to Pura Lempuyang and purchase your entry tickets. You cannot drive your own vehicle up to the temple, you must take the shuttle or walk (it’s a steep 40-minute uphill walk). Your entry ticket will include a sarong that you must wear on temple grounds.

Hours: 7am-5pm Cost: 45K IDR (shuttle) & 55K IDR (entry) Get more information on the official website.

13. Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud is one of the most popular attractions in Bali. This nature reserve houses hundreds of monkeys that freely roam the collection of forested temples. A major highlight for us was getting up close with a few of the monkeys under the guidance of a park guide.

Cam with Monkey

The monkeys will not harm you unless they are given reason. Don’t feed them and be careful about what you bring into the park. They will mistake paper/plastic bags to be holding food and will try to steal whatever is inside. We even learned not to open our own backpacks as that could draw similarly unwanted attention.

There are more than monkeys to see at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Much to our delight, there are several temples to visit. The highlight of the temples are the carvings of monkeys, frogs, and other strange looking animals, all looking somewhat ferocious and menacing. Their moss-covered bodies made the temples seem mystical and otherworldly, like we were out in the middle of the jungle even though we were in downtown Ubud.

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary Ubud

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary | Best Things to Do in Bali

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary Photo

Hours: 9am-6pm Cost: Adult 80K IDR, Child 60K IDR. Get more information on the official website.

14. Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot rests on a small outcropping by the shore and is famous for it’s romantic setting and sunsets. At low tide, you can walk out to the base of the temple, but tourists are not allowed to enter. Despite this fact, it has remained one of the most popular attractions in Bali, and I’d consider it to be 100% worth it.

There is a park that rests up on the cliff above that viewers can enter. Wander the cliff edge and admire the waves crashing against the temple’s base. Come here at sunset for some absolutely stunning pictures but be wary of crowds.

Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot | Sergii Figurnyi/shutterstock.com

Hours: 7am-7pm Cost: Adult 60K IDR, Child 30K IDR. Get more information on the official website.

15. Uluwatu Temple

This Balinese Hindu temple provides scenic views of the surrounding cliffs and is also an excellent hub of unexpected entertainment. The temple is perched atop a cliff that overlooks the southwestern shores, making for some incredible views.

Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple | Best Things to Do in Bali

The main attraction for us, however, were the monkeys that roamed the temple. These guys were surprisingly bold, stealing hats and sunglasses right off visitors’ heads! Luckily, the monkeys are more curious than aggressive, so keep a tight grip on your belongings here.

You cannot enter the very top of the temple unless for prayer. I learned that the shots I saw online of the temple were all via drone, which is now banned. Instead of grabbing the perfect shot of the temple, I instead admired the coastline and watched the monkeys wreak havoc on unsuspecting tourists.

You will receive a sarong with your entry ticket, which is required at the temple. The temple also hosts a Kecak dance performance daily at 6pm (150K IDR per adult). If you have the time, check it out!

Hours: 7am-7pm Cost: Adult 50K IDR, Child 30K IDR

16. Uluwatu Beach

From great restaurants, stunning views, and fantastic surf, Uluwatu Beach (also called Blue Point Beach) has it all. The cliffside is terraced with restaurants and shops that overlook the water below. Wander the paths, shop at a few vendor stalls, and enjoy the secluded beach that rests below. If you’re into surfing, Uluwatu Beach has some of the best surf in all of Bali.

We spent our time here soaking up the views at Single Fin, a restaurant located at the top of the cliffside.

Uluwatu Beach | Best Things to Do in Bali

Uluwatu Beach | Best Things to Do in Bali

Lunch in Bali

Lunch at Single Fin

17. Kelingking Beach on Nusa Penida Island

Many of those who plan a trip to Bali fail to consider day tripping out to the nearby island of Nusa Penida. In my opinion, Kelingking Beach is the most scenic beach in the region, more so than any of the beaches in Bali. When visiting it felt as if I’d been transported back to Krabi, Thailand. If that’s not reason enough to make the trip, I don’t know what is.

At Kelingking Beach, visitors can walk down the picturesque steps to the beach below. It is a long walk, so make sure you bring some water on a hot day. 

Kelingking Beach | Best Things to Do in Bali

Kelingking Beach | Best Things to Do in Bali

How to Get to Nusa Penida:

The only way to get to Nusa Penida from Bali is by boat. By ferry, it takes 45 minutes to travel to Nusa Penida. The ferry departs from Sanur Beach, located 45 minutes from Ubud. You can visit Nusa Penida on your own, but we’d recommend booking a tour if you’re planning on day tripping. It’s a bit more expensive but eliminates a ton of unwanted hassle.

We booked with Four Elements and had a wonderful experience. They provided transportation from our resort to & from the Sanur harbor, as well as a guide that drove us around the western side of Nusa Penida.

Another option is to travel by ferry to Nusa Penida and hire a private driver for the day . This allows you to travel on your own schedule and visit only the sights you want to see.

This full day tour of Nusa Penida includes your transportation to Nusa Penida in a fast boat, your entry tickets, and visits to some of the most scenic spots on the island.

If you have the time, we recommend spending a night on Nusa Penida as there is so much to see. We only had time for the day tour that covered the western end, but people also rave about the eastern end of the island. Spend 2 days here, see both ends and decide which region you prefer most!

18. Visit a Coffee Plantation

Bali singlehandedly turned me into a coffee drinker. Before traveling here, visiting a coffee plantation would never have made my itinerary. One day our driver spontaneously asked us if we’d like to visit a plantation to taste some local coffee & tea. Although hesitant, I kept an open-mind and went along with the experience.

We arrived for the tasting session at this quaint house out in the countryside. The woman working there came out with a tray of 16 tiny cups, each with a different flavor. Each and every one of them was delicious. So much so that I immediately purchased several bags of coffee grounds to take home. Sitting out in the countryside and sipping on tasters was one of the highlights of my trip.

When in Bali, you must make time to visit a nearby plantation. It’s a phenomenal experience for visitors who could use a nice burst of energy during their day. You’ll find various plantations across the island, but we recommend the Abian Kusuma Sari Coffee Plantation ).

Bali Coffee Plantation

Bali Coffee Plantation | Best Things to Do in Bali

Bali Coffee Tasting

Coffee and tea tasting | Best Things to Do in Bali

19. Surf at Balangan Beach

The first time I visited Bali back in 2015, I spent a week in Seminyak. Expecting a beautiful white sand beach, I was disappointed to see it run down and covered in trash.

8 years later, I finally found what I was looking for. Balangan beach is stunning. It’s much more secluded and lesser known, giving it some charm. This golden sand beach is nestled at the bottom of a short cliff, with parking lots located close above.

Go for a swim in the pristine water, then unwind under an umbrella and sip a cocktail. We spent hours here surfing the waves and had a perfect day for it. A few hours at Balangan beach may end up being the highlight of your trip.

Balangan Beach

Balangan Beach | Best Things to Do in Bali

20. Melasti Beach

Looking for a beautiful, lesser-known beach with golden sands and turquoise waters? Look no further than Melasti Beach, located on Bali’s southern shores. This beach is perfect for a swim, where you’re treated to beautiful views of the surrounding limestone cliffs.

Melasti Beach

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Melasti Beach

Melasti Beach | Iriskarightnow/shutterstock.com

Bali Mountain Ban – Plans to do the Mount Batur Sunrise Hike?

The Mount Batur sunrise hike is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bali, as well as one of the most scenic sunrise hikes in the world. However, the Governor of Bali has issued an immediate ban on all mountain activities across the island, beginning on May 31 2023. This is due to foreign tourists damaging the sacredness of Bali’s most prominent and holy mountains, with some polluting or posing naked in photos.

After two weeks, tours of the Mount Batur hike resumed, so it still remains to be seen if and how this Bali mountain ban will be enforced. Currently, it looks as if you can still hike Mount Batur but this could change at any time.

You can only experience this excursion with a tour guide; self guided hikes are not allowed. Also, bans on recreational activities on Bali’s mountains (including hiking) can occur. So stay in touch with your tour operator ahead of your trip to make sure your tour hasn’t been cancelled.

Learn more about this hike in our guide to the Mount Batur Sunrise Hike.

Mount Batur Sunrise Hike

Mount Batur Sunrise Hike

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Mount Batur Hot Springs. Just a 15-minute drive from Mount Batur, these hot springs are the perfect place to relax after a busy morning. Here you’ll find a collection of heated infinity pools that are essentially giant hot tubs.

Mount Batur Hot Springs

Mount Batur Hot Springs | Best Things to Do in Bali

Jimbaran Beach for sunset dinner. Check out the nearby fish market, where locals will prepare you a fresh selection of the day’s catch.

Jimbaran Beach | Best Things to Do in Bali

Jimbaran Beach | Best Things to Do in Bali

Gitgit Waterfall. One of the most impressive waterfalls in Bali. There are 2 sites that showcase different segments of the waterfall. One hosts a small pool to swim in, and the other reveals Gitgit’s full power.

Git Git Waterfall

Gitgit Waterfall | Best Things to Do in Bali

Wanagiri Hidden Hill Lookout. This viewpoint offers a stunning view out at Bedugul and the surrounding lakes and mountains.

Wanagiri Hidden Hill Lookout | Best Things to Do in Bali

Wanagiri Hidden Hill Lookout | Best Things to Do in Bali

GWK Festival Park. Visit this giant sculpture park to learn more about Balinese culture. One of the main attractions is the immense Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue, which stands at 121 meters tall. It’s so large you can see it from Jimbaran Beach! Find out more here.

Places to Skip in Bali

When traveling through Bali, do not waste your time visiting the beaches around the airport, primarily Kuta Beach. A lot of tourists, myself included, make the mistake of staying there since it’s a convenient location and the photos online depict it differently than it really is. The resorts there are all really nice, but the area is trashy and way too touristy. The beaches are rundown and are littered with trash.

If you want better beaches, visit the area around Uluwatu or Nusa Penida. If you want a great resort that offers a more personal experience in the heart of Bali, stay directly outside Ubud.

Our Top 10 Favorite Things to Do in Bali

  • Aling-Aling & the nearby waterfalls (waterfall slides and cliff jumps)
  • Banyumala Waterfall
  • Mount Batur sunrise hike
  • Surfing at Balangan Beach
  • Purification Ritual at Tirta Empul
  • Visiting a coffee plantation
  • Wandering Tegalalang Rice Terraces
  • Day tripping to Nusa Penida Island
  • Eating and watching the surfers at Uluwatu Beach
  • Unwinding in the Mount Batur hot springs

Best Things to Do in Bali: On a Map

How to Use This Map: Click the icons on the map to get more information about each point of interest. Click the star next to the title of the map to add this map to your Google Maps account. To view it on your phone or computer, open Google Maps, click the menu button, go to “Your Places,” click Maps, and you will see this map on your list.

How to Get Around Bali

The roads of Bali are a nightmare to traverse. Local drivers take a more relaxed style to traffic laws and lanes are non-existent. There almost always will be traffic (don’t expect to crack 20miles/32km per hour in urban areas), and the roads can be described as “organized chaos.”

Knowing this, always allocate more time to traverse the island as you will most likely get caught in a slowdown. The time estimates on Google Maps are pretty accurate (but add 15-30 minutes just in case).

Private Driver

This is the easiest and safest way to traverse the island, but also the most expensive. This was how we traveled between sites every day of our trip.

You can hire a driver with GetYourGuide and prices average out to roughly $50 to $65 USD to have a driver for 10 hours for a group of five people.

If you simply need to hire a transfer between two locations on Bali (for example, Ubud and Seminyak) you can also do that through GetYourGuide.

With a private driver, you have the freedom to select when and where you want to travel. They are there to make the most of your trip, and from my experience they were some of the kindest people I’ve ever met. We booked with Bali Hire Driver and had no issues. Ask for Suwardana, he was our driver for the last 3 days of our trip and is an absolute legend!

A good rule of thumb is to tip an extra 100K IDR ($6) for their service. We recommend hiring a driver a few days in advance.

Friends of mine rented a car to travel around Bali. Although it is much cheaper than hiring a driver, I don’t believe the hassle of driving your own car is worth it. Having to worry about parking and driving Balinese roads, which can be pure chaos, is only recommended if you’re absolutely confident in your ability behind the wheel. Ensure you have a viable international driver’s license before renting.

Scooter Rental

Using a scooter to navigate Bali can be more relaxed than driving a car, and gives you a higher sense of freedom. This is our recommendation for those who want to save money and aren’t afraid of the roads (scooters are best used up north where there is less traffic).

Make sure you have a viable international driver’s license as this is required. You should also have experience driving a scooter. The crazy roads of Bali are not a good place for newbie scooter drivers.

For more information, check out this article as they explain the process very well.

Public Transport

Taxis are easy to find in Bali. When walking down the street you may have dozens of Balinese people ask if you’d like a ride. As tiresome as it can be, it is pretty convenient. This is only recommended for traveling short distances, as taxi drivers can scam you by taking the longer route. If you’re travelling across the island, you’re better off hiring a private driver.

There is a bus system, although it can be hot, dusty, and crowded. We found that they were almost always packed to the brim with people. Traveling by bus may be the cheapest option, but it doesn’t always give you the flexibility to view sites along the way to your final destination.

Note: There is NO UBER in Bali! Use “Grab” instead, an app that functions in a similar way to Uber.

Ulun Danu Beratan | Best Things to Do in Bali

How Much Time Should You Spend in Bali?

The minimum amount of time we recommend is five days, since that is just enough time to visit the highlights in Bali. More time is ideal, with 7 to 10 days being the sweet spot for getting to explore a lot of Bali and have some downtime for relaxing on the beach or surfing.

For a short visit to Bali, take a look at our 5 Day Bali Itinerary  and our 7 Day Bali Itinerary. With 10 days in Bali, you can visit the highlights, a few hidden gems, and have plenty of downtime in Ubud and at the beaches.

Tours of Bali

Joining a tour takes the hassle out of arranging transportation and allows you to do something unique, such as taking a mud bath with elephants or swimming with manta rays.

If you have any questions about the best things to do in Bali, or if you want to share your experience, let us know in the comment section below.

More Information for Your Trip to Bali

BALI: Learn more about Bali in our guide to the best things to do in Bali, how to visit the Aling-Aling Waterfalls, what it is like to visit Bali on Nyepi Day , and how to do the Mount Batur Sunrise Hike.

BALI ITINERARY: If you are planning a quick visit to Bali, take a look at our 5 Day Bali Itinerary  and our 7 Day Bali Itinerary.   If you have more time, learn how to spend 10 days in Bali, visiting the highlights and a few hidden gems.

FIJI: Read about our experience spending one week in Fiji and how to visit Modriki Island , filming site for the movie Castaway.

SAMOA: In our Guide to Samoa, we cover the best things to do in Samoa, planning information for Upolu and Savai’i islands, a sample itinerary, plus where to stay and where to eat.

OCEANIA: For all of our articles about New Zealand and Australia, take a look at our New Zealand Travel Guide and Australia Travel Guide.

ADVENTURE TRAVEL: Here are 50 adventures to turn your next trip into an epic travel experience.

Read all of our articles about Indonesia in our Indonesia Travel Guide.

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Set out on a tour of Indonesia when the weather is at its driest and warmest. This is the time of year when visitors from around the world are drawn to this tropical island country. Known the world over for its pristine beaches, prolific rainforests and steaming volcanoes, Indonesia in August is a perfect destination for travelers of all preferences. Explore the stunning water temple in Tanah Lot, party at Kuta Beach, snorkel around Menjangan Island and visit the stunning Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java to see the volcano mountains. August is the month to indulge in an unforgettable getaway in Indonesia.

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Indonesia Weather in August

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August is one of the best times to visit Indonesia. The western and central islands see plenty of clear skies and sunshine. Temperatures in these regions range between 30°C and 33°C during this time of year, perfect for watersports like snorkeling and surfing. Bali, meanwhile, is cooler with an average maximum of 29°C during the day. Expect the temperature to drop to a minimum of 24°C in the evening. Although August is considered one of the driest months in Indonesia, North Sulawesi and the islands further east, including Raja Ampat, West Papua, and the Moluccas still see rain showers.

For a seasonal overview, read our article on the best time to visit Indonesia .

Weather in Indonesia in August - Rainfall and Temperatures

Why visit indonesia in august.

The architecture in Bali takes your breath away.

August is part of the peak season in Indonesia. The country’s attractions are busier than normal during this time. But August also happens to be one of the best times to explore this archipelago country, known for its geographical and cultural diversity. Here are some reasons why it is the best time to visit Indonesia in August:

  • Fairly consistent price: Contrary to what most travelers think, not all prices soar in Indonesia during the August tourism rush. In fact, food, transportation, and entertainment activities remain pretty consistent. So despite the high season, travelers can rest assured they are not being made to cough up unreasonable amounts.
  • Well-rounded experience: The vast variety of destinations, activities, food, festivals, and cultures make for a well-rounded holiday experience for all kinds of travelers visiting Indonesia in August.
  • Entertainment aplenty: From the tribal war enactment at Baliem Valley Cultural. Festival, celebrated by the tribes in the eastern province of Indonesia, to Bidar Boat Race, where handmade boats as long as 30 meters, compete against each other in South Sumatra, Indonesia hosts many exciting events in August
  • Holidays and Festivals: Out of the many holidays and festivals celebrated in Indonesia in August, the most famous one is Muharram, the Islamic New Year. Indonesian islands celebrate the day with music, dance, and food. On August 17, the country also marks its independence day from the Dutch colonial rule. The magnificent parade held in front of the presidential palace is also a must-see spectacle.

Where to Go and What to Do

View of a lake in the morning at Kawah Ijen volcano , East Java, Indonesia

Southern Sumatra, Palembang, Ubud, and Raja Ampat Islands are some of the best places to visit in Indonesia in August. In South Sumatra, go see the Air Batu Lake and hike Mount Dempo, visit the iconic Ampera Bridge in Palembang and discover the local legends at Kemaro Island. Head to the Raja Ampat Islands in West Papua, home to the largest diversity of marine species on earth. Here you can experience the best of everything related to water, from scuba diving to whale watching.

For adventure seekers, Bali offers white-water rafting in the Ayung River, ATV rides through the countryside, and waterfall tours. In the town of Ubud, amble through the coffee plantation and tour the Elephant Cave, famous for its stone images and sculptures associated with both Hinduism and Buddhism. Also, shop for handmade batik and try some authentic Indonesian food at the Beringharjo Market in Yogyakarta and Pasar Gede Solo, a traditional market in Central Java.

For more interesting travel tips and ideas visit our guide on how many days to spend in Indonesia .

August falls right in the thick of the busiest travel period in Indonesia when the crowds and prices will be on the upper end of the scale. Yet the fabulous weather and lively happenings around the country will make sure that travelers get to enjoy the finest that Indonesia has to offer.

You can also browse through our collection of travel itineraries in Indonesia in August , or contact our local travel experts to get a tailor-made tour to Indonesia .

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