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When is the Best Time to Surf in Bali?
Given Bali's tropical climate and warm water temperatures, Bali is an excellent surfing destination year-round. That being said, the very best time to surf in Bali is from May to September, when clear water, strong offshore winds and large swells combine for perfect conditions on Bali’s beaches. West coast beaches like Padang Padang, Echo Beach and Bingin Beach are particularly good at this time.
The wet season (November-April) is the best time to surf Bali's east coast breaks such as Nusa Dua, Serangan and Sanur. This is because the offshore winds change direction during the wet season months, creating big swells. As the wet season is when there are fewer tourists around in Bali, its an ideal time to surf with fewer crowds around.
It’s recommended for beginners to learn to surf in Bali's dry season, from May to October, when the weather is more predictable, the waves are generally smaller and more manageable, and the water is warmer. The conditions are ideal in this period for a safe and enjoyable introduction to surfing, although Bali's surf beaches do get busy around July and August. We highly recommending booking a surf lesson with one of the local surf instructors, or one of Bali's many surf schools, to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
The water temperature is ideal for surfing in Bali all year round, with oceans remaining between 26 – 30°C all year round. The advantage of surfing in the warm waters of Bali is that you never need a wetsuit!
Best Bali Surfing Beaches during the Dry Season: Kuta, Canggu, Uluwatu, Pandang Pandang, Bingin, Dreamland.
Best Bali Surfing Beaches during the Wet Season: Green Bowl, Sanur, Nusa Dua, Serangan, Keramas, Sri Lanka .
When is the Best Time to Dive in Bali?
Bali is a popular place to dive throughout the year, given that ocean temperatures range between 26°C and 30°C all year round. However, underwater visibility tends to be poor in Bali's wet season, with rains and bad weather causing murky waters. The best time to dive in Bali is between May and November when the waters are calm, visibility is high and there's optimal conditions for witnessing Bali's coral and marine life. For the highest likelihood of seeing Manta Rays, plan your Bali dive in October, but to witness Mola Mola, we recommend diving between August and October.
Here are the ideal times to dive in Bali to see other types of marine life:
- Manta Rays: October
- Molta Mola (Oceanic Sunfish): August to October
- Seahorses: July to November
- Whitetip and Blacktip reef sharks: July to November
- Hawksbill turtle: April to September
Sea creatures aside, there are more than 400 species of coral and a host of shipwrecks to explore in Bali – so check out Bali’s famous diving spots around Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Padangbai. Just keep in mind, these areas get quite busy during Bali’s peak holiday period of July and August, so some of the lesser-known Bali diving spots are your best bet if you want to avoid crowds.
When is the Best Time to Snorkel in Bali?
With its plethora of marine life and year-round ocean temperatures, Bali is a great place to snorkel any time of year. However, snorkelling conditions during Bali's wet season are often challening due to strong currents and low visiibility. The best time to snorkel in Bali is from May to September, when the outside weather is typically warm, the ocean is calm and clear, and marine life is thriving. Many of Bali's most incredible sea creatures, like Sea Turtles and Mola Mola (Oceanic Sunfish), come out to play in this period.
Early mornings or late evenings are considered the ideal time of day for a Bali snorkelling trip, when the water is calmest.