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Best time of year to visit Bali

Beautiful coral reefs, isolated beaches, and stunning volcanic sites make Bali number one vacation spot in Indonesia. The dry season from April to October is the best time to visit Bali and make the most of the sunny weather. This is also the best time to try surfing on its famous waves and to witness the colourful Bali Kite Festival. Besides, it's the best occasion to spot the ocean sunfish, called mola mola, the largest bony fish in the world. You can also plan your trip around Galungan and Kuningan, which is a unique Balinese holiday when temples and houses get decorated with colourful bamboo poles. It celebrates the victory of good over evil. Rainy season from November to March is the prime time for visiting the iconic rice paddies and go for white water rafting.

9 THINGS TO DO IN BALI (JULY 18 - JULY 27)

Makepung Buffalo Races

Makepung Buffalo Races

mid-July–mid-November  • event

The tradition of buffalo races is a long one in Jembrana

Diving

Diving

May–November  • activity

Go scuba diving in one of the most magnificent places in the world!

Mola Mola

Mola Mola

July–November  • nature

An enormous sunfish swimming around—the incredible diving experience

Surfing

Surfing

April–August  • activity

Surfing in Bali may be an intimidating but awesome experience!

Kecak or Monkey Dance

Kecak or Monkey Dance

all year round • event

A fascinating performance charms the audience and tells the story of the island

Wayang Kulit Puppet Theatre

Wayang Kulit Puppet Theatre

all year round • activity

This art from ancient times is fascinating even without understanding the language—enjoy the music and the mysterious dance of shadows!

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking

March–December • activity

One of the best ways to explore the untouched beauty of Indonesia

Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah

April–October • activity

The Elephant cave honours Ganesha and scares off evil spirits

Lovina Dolphin Watching

Lovina Dolphin Watching

May–January • nature

The premier dolphin watching spot in Bali

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Bali Kite Festival

Bali Kite Festival

August 29, 2019 • event

The kite festival that sends a message to the Hindu gods

Omed-Omedan

Omed-Omedan

March 08, 2020 • event

The kissing festival for the singles

Makare-Kare or Pandan War

Makare-Kare or Pandan War

May–June • event

A traditional tribute to Lord Indra, the protector of Tenganan village

Nyepi

Nyepi

March 25–26, 2020 • event

According to Balinese calendar, New Year comes in spring and means "the Day of Silence"

Perang Api

Perang Api

March 24, 2020 • event

The Fire War to scare the demons away!

Galungan and Kuningan

Galungan and Kuningan

February 19–29, 2020 • event

The festival to honour the win of good over the evil

Bali Spirit Festival

Bali Spirit Festival

March 29–April 05, 2020 • event

The festival focuses on spirituality and helps you find the harmony and raise awareness of environmental and health issues

Purnama Kedasa

Purnama Kedasa

March 20 • event

The full moon celebration is one of the most signi​fic​ant holidays for the Balinese Hindus

Manta Rays

Manta Rays

April–May  • nature

Try diving with the beautiful and huge manta ray fish

Durian

Durian

December–March  • food

Considered to be the king of the fruits, this smelly fruit tastes like nothing you've had before!

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

January 24–25, 2020 • event

The celebration of dragons and lions, prayers and temples, firecrackers and fireworks

Perang Tipat Bantal or Rice Cake Wars

Perang Tipat Bantal or Rice Cake Wars

September 24, 2018 • event

The day that starts with a prayer ends with a fierce battle of the rice cakes

Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot

mid-January–mid-April | mid-September–mid-December • activity

A picturesque Hindu temple is one of the most popular photo spots in Bali, especially at sunset

Ngerebong or Ngurek

Ngerebong or Ngurek

January 13, 2019 • event

Stabbing and not bleeding ritual of protecting the island from the bad spirits

Rice Terraces

Rice Terraces

October–March • activity

Visit iconic lush green rice paddies where farming is still done the same way it was hundreds of years ago

Bali Arts Festival

Bali Arts Festival

June 16–July 14, 2019 • event

The biggest cultural event of the year on Bali

Mangosteen

Mangosteen

December–March  • food

Considered to be the queen of fruits, mangosteen is a perfect buddy for the durian!

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting

November–March • activity

Generally rivers in Bali are all class II and III, but during the wet season they may rise up to class IV