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Best Times for Bali Holidays

by MCA on 27/04/10 at 1:57 am

Bali is packed with holiday makers and tourists every day of the year. Over the Christmas and New Year period beach lovers and families flock here from Australia particularly. Bali is a legendary holiday spot for Australians. However, the tourist scene in Bali is truly international.

Bali is packed with holiday makers and tourists every day of the year. Over the Christmas and New Year period beach lovers and families flock here from Australia particularly. Bali is a legendary holiday spot for Australians. However, the tourist scene in Bali is truly international.

When is the best time to visit Bali? This is a question that many potential visitors ask and it’s a valid one since the weather can make a difference to the Bali holiday experience. High heat and high humidity is part for the course every day of the year here but some visitors may prefer to avoid coming to Bali during the wet season.

Technically, the wet season runs from December to April but apart from daily thunderstorms there are plenty of hours to lie on the beach or explore the hill town of Ubud. Of an evening, rain may continue but again, outdoor activities are still possible and the range of nightlife options mean that indoor activities are even more plentiful.

During other times of the year the weather in Bali is superb but it doesn’t necessarily come with a larger or more frantic influx of tourists. In general, any period of the year is peak season for Bali but the Christmas and New Year period is especially busy. Also, the middle of the year sees many people arriving for the dry season.

During summer months, European tourists flock here to escape the northern winter but again, the general busy atmosphere of Bali can absorb the ebbs and flows of the tourist seasons without any real visible changes. Rooms and prices for other services tend to stay at their usual great bargain lows. Subtle increases can be expected during the peak periods, naturally.

In other words, any time of the year is a good time to visit Bali but for tourist information, the wet season runs from December to April and heavy rains can break the heat at any time of the day of night during this period. Unlike many other holiday destinations in Southeast Asia, prices tend to be consistently low at all times of the year.

Bali has several annual festivals that some visitors may be interested in experiencing. These include the Galungan festival, Bali’s major feast holiday that runs annually, every March. The Kuningan holiday occurs after the Galungan festival each year and is a public holiday in Bali.

During holiday and festival times visitors should be mindful that religious feasts and events are very important to many Balinese. A festive atmosphere shouldn’t entail a breach in normal standards of etiquette and decency. Check guide books or do some internet research to learn what is acceptable and what isn’t.

The Balinese New Year is Nyepi and this too takes place in March. People from all over the island as well as the Indonesian archipelago take part in this important annual festival which is marked by a total fire ban across Bali as well as all kinds of festivities. The Sarwaswati festival is a religious weekend held in January and again in August, and the Pagerwesi holiday occurs a couple of days later, in both months.

The temperature in Bali does not tend to drop below 30 degrees Celsius at any time of the year. Visitors to Bali should anticipate high heat and high humidity no matter when they choose to visit. Humidity is at its lowest between May to August but visitors from colder and dryer climates will still notice a stickiness all times of the year.

June to September are generally promoted as the best months to journey to Bali, because the rain eases and the humidity takes a break also. However, during these times accommodation prices are higher since more people arrive, and also, the influx of tourists can fray the tempers of locals as well as holiday makers.

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VTech

Apr 27th, 2010

Good Post

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