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Frequently we’ve been asked what is the best time to visit Bali or Lombok. This question can’t be answered easily because it depends on many variables. However, we will try to give you some advice in this very article.

Particularly, I want to answer this question for Lombok (including the Gili Islands) because I lived on the island a long period and therefore experienced all of the seasons. Since Bali is right next to Lombok, most of the information applies to Bali as well.

Best travel time for Bali, Lombok & the Gili Islands: When should I go?

Clouds over rice fields on Bali
Clouds over rice fields on Bali

Basically, you can travel the islands at any time. However, the best time of the year (high season) starts at the end of May/beginning of June and lasts until the end of September.

You will have by far the least rainy days during the dry season from July to September. Here you can almost be sure that the sun is shining every day. Good weather is nearly inevitable and you don’t need to worry about raining when planing some nice day trips. At most, a few clouds can occasionally wind up.

Please note that in this so-called peak season the hotel and flight prices are the highest. Often rooms (especially on the Gili Islands) are sold out or only very expensive.

Another small disadvantage during the dry season is that the islands don’t have their lush green color as usual. If you visit Lombok during that season of the year for the first time you will still be very impressed. But I have to say it is more beautiful when the mountains and landscapes are in a bright green.

Otherwise, don’t be afraid of the rainy season!

This season takes place from November to February (partly even March). Most of the time it’s raining on a daily basis and the showers are quite powerful, but the rain stops often after one or two hours. However, sometimes a shower of rain can last half a day or continue until the night falls – something like that is rarely predictable and luck of the draw. If you are lucky, you can also experience hot and sunny days without any rain during that season.

Usually there is a daily routine during the rainy season. This means: early in the morning the sun is shining and the sky is clear, at noon the first clouds start to show and in the afternoon the rain will start.

If you decide to visit Lombok during the low season/rainy season, you should plan your day trips in the early morning if possible. You will note this daily routine especially on the Gili Islands, which have their kind of own microclimate. While the clouds get stuck over the mountains of Lombok, they pass the Gilis much faster.

A small shower of rain in front of Gili Kedis near Lombok
A small shower of rain in front of Gili Kedis near Lombok

During the rainy season on the islands the air is really hot and humid and the average temperatures are slightly higher than in the dry season. In that season the heat is really bearable and at night the temperature can drop to 20° (in the mountain regions like Tetebatu oder Senaru even below that). Sometimes it’s a pleasant cool down for a change.

The months of April and May are often unpredictable, but it’s still a very good time to visit Lombok or Bali. There can still be some rainy days, but they are quite limited.

Lombok during the 'green season' (Nipah Beach)
Before: Lombok during the “green season” (Nipah Beach)
Lombok during the dry season (Nipah Beach)
After: Lombok during the dry season

My personal recommendation for the best time to visit would be the months after the rainy season and before the high season, in other words from April to May (and beginning of June). The islands are still in a lush green and not so dry, there are just a few rainy days and the hotels are still available and not too expensive.

What is in your opinion the best time to visit Bali & Lombok? When did you visit the islands and how was the weather during your trip?

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Marcel

Hi, I'm Marcel! Blogger, author, web & graphic designer and digital nomad. I love traveling in Southeast Asia and exploring wonderful beaches and trying delicious food. My home base is Koh Phangan, Thailand. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.