The best season to travel to Bali is during the dry season which starts around April to November. This is therefore also the best season for those who love hiking on many of the volcanoes scattered around the island. When standing on one of their summits you might be lucky to see as far as Java Island and Lombok Island.
When we talk about the dry season it is a really dry season, it hardly rains and when it does it’s only a shower-look-alike. There are average temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius but fortunately there’s enough cool wind coming in from sea.
During the European summer time (July/August) the Bali weather can get chilly in the central part of Bali, even in Ubud where you might need a thick duvet to cover you from the cold. This might seem strange but during this period there are winter winds coming from Australia.
The rainy season starts around November and lasts till April and it can rain 3-5 times more than back home in Europe. On more than one occasion you can experience floods around the island. Sometimes you even have to take another road or use one of the hotel staff to point you the location of the hotel’s swimming pool since it has become unrecognizable.
Travelers to Bali often forget to apply sunscreen lotion more than once a day. They are used to the weather in southern Europe or the USA and forget that the island of Bali is located near the equator.
The Australians on the other hand often know what it takes to enjoy a couple of weeks on this tropical island. Some surfers look like Casper the friendly ghost when catching their ways; they use as much sunscreen lotion as possible.
When buying sunscreen check on the label if it protects you from UV-B and UV-A rays. UV-B rays cause sunburn and tanning which is actually not a sign of health but your skin’s attempt to screen out the radiation of the sun.
UV-A is an even bigger problem because it penetrates deeper into your skin and so damages underlying cells causing wrinkles, skin cancer and other damages.
To prevent radiation damages from the sun is to try to stay out of the sun as much as possible, especially from 10 am to 2 pm, at water surfaces and white sand. Try to use a high rate of sun block and make sure to protect your children as severe sunburn during childhood can raise the risk of skin cancer.
The most unpredictable Bali weather can be found in the mountains where it seems to be cool but where you easily get sunburned. So before you go hiking on Bali’s volcanoes head over to the Guardian drug store. Here you can get some quality sunscreen and aloe vera after sun just in case you might get sunburned.
Matt Verbaan travels around the island of Bali and loves to share his experiences of traveling in this part of the world. All his travel stories and wide range of excellent tips about this tropical island are found on his website http://www.bali-travel-life.com/bali-weather.html