Situated close to the equator, Bali is a tropical island, and although its dry season is enjoyable with sunny, low-humidity days, it is often warmer than most visitors are used to. It’s essential to dress comfortably and appropriately for the tropical climate and respectfully for Bali’s religion and culture (primarily Hindu). Loose-fitting, lightweight, breathable clothing like cotton and linen is best during Bali's dry season. Modestly designed tops, sundresses, short-sleeved shirts, shorts and long pants are usually suitable for most occasions. When visiting a temple, carrying a sarong or scarf to cover your shoulders and knees is a good idea.
As evenings are cooler during the dry season, it’s worth taking a wrap or light jacket with you, especially for dining outdoors. Although little rain is expected, packing a small umbrella or light rain jacket is advisable. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, a cover-up, and sun protection are essential to fully enjoy those delightful sunny days at the beach or under a refreshing waterfall. Comfortable and breathable footwear, like sandals, flip-flops, and lightweight walking shoes, are suitable for exploring the island. Good hiking shoes are essential if you plan on trekking and hiking.
What are Prices like during Bali’s Dry Season?
Prices during Bali’s dry season are at a premium, with accommodation and tours between 30-70% more expensive in some cases due to higher demand. The peak months during Bali’s dry season are June, July and August when it’s school holidays and winter in Australia and New Zealand. Preplanning and booking early is advisable to secure the best deals and rates for airfares, accommodation and tours during Bali’s dry season.
Alternatively, look out for accommodation and tour businesses offering discounts (often between 30-50% off) during the shoulder months of May and September/October and outside of school holidays, when traveller numbers are lower, but the dry season weather is still delightful.
Bali Travel Tip: Airfare prices are lowest when purchased at least four weeks before departure, and on average, morning departures are 15-20% more expensive than evening flights.