Our Indonesia travel guide aims to point responsible travelers in the right direction when it comes to what we rate & what we don’t as well as all the information you need on food, shopping & people to assist in your quest to discover Indonesia like a local.
Best time to visit Bali
Bali's proximity to the equator creates balanced, year-round temperatures with a rainy season from Oct to May and the dry season on the flip side.
Sandwiched between the island's seasonal split you'll find the best time to visit Bali is June or Sept as it's drier, not so humid, and European kids haven't broken up from school. Australians break up for their winter vacations the last week of June and first two weeks of July – you have been warned. Although it rains in Jan-April and Oct-Nov it's still a great time of year to visit as prices are down, there are fewer crowds and it's usually bright in the morning followed by an afternoon downpour, to freshen things up a bit.
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What happens when in Bali
Jeremy Kwan, from our supplier Intrepid Travel, shares his best time to go snorkelling in Bali, and why: “The dry season, from April to October, is the best time to go snorkelling in Bali, especially around Menjangan Island. Water clarity is much better and you can expect to see numerous types of nudibranchs, trevallies, fusiliers, flounders, razor fish, catfish and clown fish.”
Festivals & events in Bali
Nyepi – the Day of Silence
This Hindu celebration and public vacation is held the day before Balinese New Year. Nyepi consists of fasting, meditation and being as quiet as possible with airports closing and TV stations switching off as the whole island observes 24hrs of self-reflection. The day before Nyepi is quite the opposite as unmarried men, especially in the villages, parade demonic effigies, known as Ogoh-Ogoh, as well as undertaking mock fights and generally making as much noise as possible to scare away the evil spirits before burning the Ogoh-Ogoh as the Day of Silence begins at 6am.
More about Bali
As our Bali travel guide sets out to explain, there's plenty of this idyllic Indonesian island to go round with Aussie surfers, cultural adventurers and underwater explorers all finding their own pocket of perfection, just the way they like it.
Discover how to make the most of your time on Bali by checking out our interactive Bali map & highlights guide which features some of the island’s off the beaten track locations including Bali Barat National Park and the rural villages situated north of Ubud, within the central highlands.
Bali vacations offer much more than just beautiful beaches, although they’re a good place to start, and if you’re looking to snorkel over coral reefs, cycle through rice terraces or stay with a family on a volcanic mountain slope, then right here is how you find out how to do just that.
There’s no getting away from it - Bali’s beaches are bountiful which is why this entire page is dedicated to the best beaches for sunsets, surfing and snorkelling.
Bali vacations for solo travelers are the bridge between independent and group travel, welcoming you into a group of travelers with a similarly free-thinking attitude.
Find out how to get around Bali, what to pack and where & what to eat as you read advice and tips from our friends in Bali and take the time to travel safely in Bali after checking out our health & safety travel guide containing everything from mosquitoes to metered taxis.
There are no excuses not to travel right in Bali with mass tourism, street kids and dolphin watching tours all big issues that the island needs to address, and fast.