North West Bali Weather Guide: The Best Time to Visit

North West Bali Weather Guide: The Best Time to Visit

The most perplexing part of planning your holiday is figuring out the best time to go to a destination. With the wet and dry season offering such different experiences across most of Asia, trying to align your holiday time with the most rewarding time to go somewhere might be difficult. 

Bali, like the rest of Asia experiences a notable change in conditions as the rains set in. The landscape changes, different colours start to pop, and various mysterious local fruit and vegetables start to appear in the markets. Regardless of when you come to Bali, there is much to explore and discover. Here is a guide to what you can expect from North West Bali at different times of the year: 

The Dry Season I (April – July) 

The dry season marks the long, lazy days of soaking in the sun, beach days and more! While this is the busiest time of the year, it is also the best time to visit if you want to truly to be free to explore the island. A period of low humidity and minimal rainfall, this means that the weather is unlikely to foil your plans for the day. With a temperature range from 27 to 32 degrees, you are in for a warm, sunny treat. April, May and June are quieter periods, with lesser tourists flocking to the island but as the European summer break sets in, expect to see the hotspots flooded with happy humans. 

In April, the wild greenery of nature is still preserved and there is a poetic power in the scenery. The heat levels keep increasing, the dryness takes over the vegetation and the sunsets get more and more breathtaking. In July, it starts to cool down and the nights have a pleasant chill.

This is the period during which the water based activities in Bali are at their finest. The water is clear and the visibility is high, making it the best time to snorkel and dive. This time of the year is also less windy so you can hit up a surf camp or two and enjoy the waves. 

The Dry Season II (August – November)  

North West Bali Weather Guide: The Best Time to Visit

A great way to optimize the timing and weather is to flee the commercial regions in favour for the less explored, more untouched parts of Bali. In the dry season, North West Bali is the place to be! With open, cloudless skies changing colour as the sun rises and sets over the mountainous landscape, even more so towards the end of the dry season. You can watch the sunset from the beach, from hilltops, from old temples, from treetops and more! 

The water is warm and inviting and you will be thrilled by the opportunities for cultural and ecological immersion here. You can visit Metamorfosa’s reef restoration project in the Bay of Sumberkima, the Turtle Nursery project or the Biorock nursery in Pemuteran. You can take a cooking class from top restaurants or spend your days on Gili Putih, canoeing and exploring the mangrove forests. 

North West Bali Weather Guide - The Best Time to Visit

For avid bird watchers, the dry season is the best time to visit Barat National Park as you can spot the birds much better amongst the sparse vegetation. Guided tours of the park are much more fruitful when you can actually spot the birds you have come to see! 

By the time October rolls around, mango season is upon us! You can try the many varieties of mangoes and find your favourite. From mangga manis to mangga telur, there is much to learn about the king of the fruit!  The mangoes make up for the heat, as October is one of the hottest months of the year, due to the dry winds that blow in from Australia and the occasional shower offers a welcome respite from the heat. 

The Wet Season (December – March) 

As the hot, dry season draws to an end, the wet season kicks in. The wet season in Bali is not as fierce as some parts of Asia, where the rain does not cease for days. Bali experiences fast and furious style rain where the downpour lasts only a few hours, often takes place overnight and leaves warm, humid days in its wake. The rains change the scenery dramatically from December onwards, transforming dry, arid landscapes into lush green oases of wilderness. January is the wettest month, with February slowly but surely slowing down the onslaught. March is a transitional month – you will notice the days growing longer and the amount of sunshine increasing. 

North West Bali Weather Guide - The Best Time to Visit

Though this might not be the busiest time of the year, there are several tourists who have fallen in love with Bali’s wild, wet beauty during these months and return every year to meditate in the silent bliss of the wet season. This is a great time to explore Bali beyond its beaches, discover the teeming wildlife in the jungle, take cooking classes, get to know the sea creatures that reside in the waters and visit old temples. 

In North West Bali, the region truly comes to life in the wet season. There are so many wild wonders waiting for you! You can enjoy quiet retreats, pamper yourself with spas, work on your art, embrace solitude in a scenic setting as you escape the cold European winter and become entwined with nature as the trees double in size over the season. 

FAQs: Your North West Bali Weather Guide

What are the primary seasons in North West Bali?

North West Bali primarily experiences two seasons: the dry season and the wet season. The dry season can be subdivided into two parts: Dry Season Part I (April-July) and Dry Season Part II (August-November). The wet season spans from December to March.

Is it advisable to visit during the wet season?

Absolutely! While the wet season does bring rainfall, the showers are often brief and nocturnal. This season offers lush landscapes, fewer tourists, and a more authentic Balinese experience with an array of cultural activities.

When is the best time for beach and water activities?

The dry season, especially between April and July, is ideal for beach activities, snorkeling, diving, and surfing due to clear waters and predictable weather.

Are there any local events or festivals during these periods?

July, during the dry season, witnesses several local festivals and ceremonies. It’s a fantastic opportunity to delve into the rich Balinese culture.

How do accommodation prices vary with the season?

Tourist-heavy months like July might see a surge in prices. However, the latter part of the dry season, especially October and November, often has discounts and deals. Always check in advance and book early for the best rates.

Is it safe to drive or trek during the wet season?

While the beauty during the wet season is unparalleled, roads can be slippery. If you’re trekking, always opt for registered tour guides, and if driving, ensure you’re comfortable with Bali’s road conditions, especially during rains.

Are there any specific packing essentials for North West Bali?

Packing light rainwear is advisable regardless of the season. Also, comfortable footwear for treks and beachwear for the dry months is essential.

How’s the internet connectivity in North West Bali?

Most tourist areas and accommodations offer Wi-Fi. However, for uninterrupted connectivity, especially in more remote areas, consider purchasing a local SIM card.

What local delicacies should I try based on the season?

October in the dry season is renowned for its diverse range of mangoes. Throughout the year, though, indulging in local eateries will introduce you to seasonal and fresh Balinese flavors.

Can I participate in eco-tours and wildlife spotting all year round?

Yes, though the type of experience varies. The dry season, especially August to November, is ideal for bird watching and eco-initiatives like reef restorations. The wet season, with its lush greenery, is perfect for jungle treks and wildlife photography.

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