Another really common question I get asked is about the best time to come to Bali. I thought it would be useful to talk about first of all the Bali wet season and the pros and cons , because it seems that it’s got a bit of a bad reputation and people don’t really want to come to Bali in that time.
I’m just going to run through some of the pros and cons so you can make up your mind for yourselves. Let’s just say the wet season runs from late September right through to mid-April. These can vary. This isn’t a set time obviously and year on year there can be differences, but it’s about six or so months.
Cons of the Bali Wet Season
Let me dive into the cons first of all, providing some of the things that you might not have thought of. First of all, because of the rain and because most of you will be driving on scooters or motorcycles, it is worth pointing out that it is that much more hazardous on the roads. As the roads and drainage systems don’t deal with heavy rains very well, it often leads to floods and streams of water across the roads. On a motorbike, as you can imagine or as you may well know, this type of water can be extremely dangerous, especially when you combine it with things like potholes that can fill up and hide the real depth, which are extremely hazardous. Combine this with the crowded Bali roads and lack of general regulation on them and you get an overall added edge to driving. Driving is certainly more hazardous in the wet season; that’s not to say it can’t be done, it’s just that much more caution is needed.
Obviously the wet season means it is wetter than the dry season, but also the temperature is a little bit higher and also the humidity goes up quite substantially. Not only does it rain a bit more, but it does become that much more humid, which I certainly found quite difficult to deal with when I first arrived in Bali, . Obviously, it depends on what you’re used to and if you come from a humid place, this might not be such an issue for you.