Bali's climate is tropical monsoon with daytime temperatures hovering between 20 and 33 degrees Celsius. The wet season runs from October to March. Travellers taking cheap flights to Bali between these months should expect heavy showers and high humidity. The summer months (June through September) are the dry months, the days are hot but humidity is not a factor.
When to fly to Bali
Most Australians take cheap flights to Bali during the dry season (June through September) and for Christmas. Of the dry season months, July and August are the most popular. This is when schools are out and tour groups take trips around the island. The weather is hot but not as humid as during the wet season.
The wet season (October to March) is generally considered the low season, but travellers who don't mind the humidity can benefit from lower fares and fewer crowds. It doesn't rain steadily throughout these months, usually the rains start to fall in December and January.
Getting around Bali
Travellers to Bali will discover that there are several ways of getting around the island. Bemos (small vans with a set routine) and buses are cheap if on the slow side. Taxis - chartered or metered - are convenient and inexpensive compared to other countries. Renting a car, motorbike or bicycle offers most independence. The most traditional mode of transport is a dokar (a horse and cart).
Bali insider information
- Kerobokan jail is a tourist attraction for many Australian visitors. Infamous inmates include Schapelle Leigh Corby, the Australian woman convicted of drug smuggling, Michael Loic Blanc, the French man convicted of drug smuggling, and the Bali Nine drug smuggling gang.
- Bedugul is where the Balinese flee during the very hot and humid weather. This retreat is tucked into the crater of an extinct volcano, 1,400 metres above sea level. The air is fresh, the countryside lush and the fruit and vegetables considered the finest in Bali.
- Ubud is Bali's fine-arts, dance and music centre (and a staple on the Eat, Pray, Love pilgrimage trail). The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival takes place towards the end of the year. It is considered to be one of the world's top literary festivals.