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How to Plan a trip to Bali
Bali, as a travel destination, is so popular that sometimes it is thought of as a country. However, it is a part of one of the many diverse islands that form the country of Indonesia. Some time on the island, and you will be swept off your feet by the rich culture, colorful coral, crystal clear waters, and heartwarming locals. Bali in an ultimate vacation destination for luxury travelers and backpackers alike. However, planning a trip to Bali can be daunting as with so many options come a lot of confusion. Some tips and tricks can help you make your travel convenient. Bali International Airport is well-connected with South-East Asia, Australia and the rest of Indonesia.
A good travel plan would involve a good understanding of when to visit Bali. The Island of Gods is located about 8 degrees above the equator, so the climate remains tropical, warm and humid all the year round. It basically sees two major seasons: the dry season and the wet season.
Best time to travel
April to October (Best time to visit Bali)
The dry season extends from April to October. Temperatures during the period soar to as high as 33 degrees Celsius with little rainfall. The days get warm with lovely clear skies while cool breeze dominate the atmosphere during the evenings. The dry season is considered to be the best time to visit Bali for many reasons. Firstly, the atmosphere is less humid and the days bearable. Water sport activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing along the west coast can be experienced at their best. If you are planning to climb a volcano, dry season might be the best time to do that because, let's face it, no one wants a slippery slope on return. The dry season is basically a good time for outdoor pursuits like trekking through the spectacular fields all the way to the Bedugal Waterfalls, cycling, taking a dawn trek to the Mount Batur and watching a spectacular sunrise over the horizon, or other such outdoor activities. Book lovers have yet another reason to visit Bali during the dry season. The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, an annual event held in October, sees participation of eminent writers from all over the world. The months of July and August see the skies filled with flying colors of giant kites taking up the air during the traditional Bali Kite Festival. The only downside of the season is that the beaches get crowdier and prices of most hotels shoot up. To avoid that, try and visit during the months of April, May, June, and September except during the school holidays, for a comparatively cheaper stay and less crowded Bali.
November to March
From November to March, Bali sees severely high rainfall. While you can somehow manage with the high amount of rainfall, the humidity and clammy armpits would be enough to deter you. The upside of the wet months is the easy availability of the usually high priced hotels and restaurants. For those seeking extreme adventure, canyoning in the hidden volcanic gorges and rivers filled with water will be perfect to sooth that adrenaline rush. Or those of you who could use a laid-back travel, seek a shelter from the torrential daytime and soak in the frangipani bath. Bali celebrates a peculiar holiday during the month of March called the ‘Day of Silence’ or Nyepi. Everything is deserted during the day and human footprint on the nature is minimized. The young people of Banjar Kaja Sesetan, a small village in Bali, observe Omed-omedan or the Kissing Ritual during the festival. A little more to learn about the Balinese traditions!
That being said, the best time to visit Bali is during the dry seasons from April to October particularly during the months of April, May, June, and September.