Bali in August: Weather, Things to Do & Travel Tips

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As one of the summer break months, August makes for a popular time to visit Bali.

But how is Bali in August? Is it the paradise that everyone imagines when you hear “Bali”?

There are many questions to ask before jumping the gun and booking an August Bali trip.

Luckily for you, I am a full-time traveller and a lot of my blog content focuses on South East Asia, so I have created this guide to spending August in Bali.

Let’s get straight into it!

Is August a good time to visit Bali?

August is definitely one of the best months to visit Bali for sure. It’s everything you picture Bali to be and more. The chilled-out beach lifestyle that everyone imagines Bali to have is rarely more present than in August.

Bali weather in August

The weather in Bali in August is nothing short of perfect. It’s actually the month when Bali experiences the least rainfall, with only 3 rain days, on average, in the whole month. This is great news for travellers escaping to sunny Indonesia.

And it’s only made better by the temperatures throughout the month, with an average daily temperature of 27°C / 80°F. It’s as warm as Bali gets, so there really is no better month than August for Bali when it comes to weather.

No rain and sunny skies make for the perfect combination, and the great weather allows Bali to shine. When you plan a trip to Bali, you picture yourself relaxing on a beach with golden sand, crystal clear water, clear blue skies and a gorgeous sun, and this is precisely what August offers.

So even though many people wrongly think Thailand is in Indonesia, you can expect similar weather in both countries at this time of the year.

July and August time is also the planting season for the famous rice terraces in Bali so it’s pretty cool to see them at this time of the year too.

A picture of a beach in Bali in August.

What to expect in Bali in August

As the conditions in August are so idealistic, August is also one of the most popular months for tourists to visit Bali.

So you should expect heightened prices for accommodation, particularly luxury stays such as private pool villas. The increase in visitors naturally leads to an increase in the cost, due to basic supply and demand theories.

You may also experience higher prices for activities and things to do. Especially Bali tour packages, they go up in the summer months. So if you’re heading for your honeymoon, make sure to save a lot!

And naturally, as it is the most popular time of year, you should expect Bali to be busy, with large crowds pretty much everywhere. Especially the most popular beaches, bars, photo spots like Nusa Penida, Nusa Dua, etc. Mount Batur can even get pretty busy.

But don’t worry, despite the crowds, you are still guaranteed to have the trip of a lifetime if you head to Bali in August.

A drone shot of a beach in Bali in August.

Holidays in Bali in August

There isn’t too much when it comes to public holidays in August in Bali, except Independence Day which is on the 17th of August.

It’s a national holiday throughout the whole of Indonesia celebrating the independence of Indonesia from 1945. Visiting during this time is one of the best Bali travel tips as the atmosphere is special.

Preparations begin a few weeks before the day, with banners, bunting, etc. decorating the paradise. It’s quite cool to see.

On Independence Day itself, large businesses and government buildings close, as well as banks, so be sure to duly plan if you visit over the day. When it comes to supermarkets, cafes, or any other smaller businesses, it’s typically “business as usual” so it shouldn’t inconvenience your Bali experience too much.

A person sitting by a flag of Indonesia flying by the sea.

What to wear in Bali in August

Since the weather in Bali is so warm, you can dress for summer weather.

Shorts, t-shirts, summer dresses, etc., are all viable clothing options for warm temperatures.

You’ll want light and breathable clothing so you don’t sweat too much.

Also, remember to bring your swimming stuff. Bali is incredible for swimming. The sea’s crystal clear water is so inviting on a warm day relaxing by the beach.

But it’s also important to remember to bring clothing that you can wear if you choose to visit any temples or religious buildings where you have to dress respectfully. A general rule is to have your shoulders and knees covered.

Things to do in Bali in August

There are so many wonderful things to do in Bali, no matter what time of year. Although August is considered one of the best times to visit, there are no bad months for visiting Bali. That being said, here are 5 of the best things to do in Bali in August specifically.

1. Have fun at the Sanur Village Festival

The Sanur Village Festival is held annually in the village of, you guessed it, Sanur in Bali. The festival is one of the biggest cultural celebrations in Bali and is held each August.

There are fashion shows, food competitions, sporting events and lots of other fun activities. It makes for a really good place to go out and enjoy yourself.

Whether you choose to dance, eat, or simply take in the atmosphere, you’ll have a good time at the Sanur Village festival.

2. Watch a Kecak Show

Watching a Kecak show in Bali is one of the most memorable experiences you will take away from a trip to the Indonesian island.

The fire dances are never better than in front of a beautiful August sunset, making August the perfect time to see one of these shows for yourself.

You watch the fire dance for approximately one hour in the evening, absorbing the unique culture and atmosphere surrounding the dancers. It’s spectacular.

3. Go snorkelling or diving

Okay- admittedly you can go snorkelling or diving at any point in the year, but there’s really no better time than in August.

Due to the high temperatures, the water is much nicer to swim in. While exploring the underwater world, you can see so many different fish and other marine life in Bali.

Experts also say that between April and September is the best time for snorkelling in Bali. Southeast Asia is also one of the best regions in the world for earning your PADI (diving certification) as it’s usually half as expensive as in the US.

A picture of someone diving in Bali.

4. Admire the Bali Kite Festival

The Bali Kite festivals take place in either July or August, so this one depends on the year you are visiting.

If you get lucky and visit Bali in August when there’s a kite festival, you are in for a treat.

It’s an amazing sight seeing so many kits flying high in the sky, it’s comparable to seeing the hot air balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey.

5. Celebrate Indonesian Independence Day

Lastly, as I mentioned earlier in the article, Indonesia’s Independence Day is celebrated on the 17th of August.

Why not join in the celebrations yourself as part of your trip to Bali? It’s something unique, authentic and immersive, without a doubt.

Everyone is welcome to join in and celebrate the day, both locals and tourists, with many fun activities taking place like climbing competitions or tug of war.

Bali in August: FAQ

Below are some questions related to visiting Bali in August along with my answers.

Does it rain in Bali in August?

On average, there’s 19mm of rain throughout August which really isn’t much at all. There are usually only 3-4 rain days in the whole month, meaning most days will be dry. This makes sense as August is in Bali’s dry season.

Is Bali hot in August?

Yes, the weather in Bali is very hot in August. It’s pretty much as warm as it gets on the island, being the sunniest month of the year. You can expect an average temperature of around 27°C.

Is Bali cold in August?

No, quite the opposite. August is the sunniest month of the year and one of the warmest too. You can expect temperatures of around 27°C throughout the day during August in Bali.

How busy is Bali in August?

August is one of Bali’s busiest months. Due to the warm weather, lack of rain and being a popular time for vacations, Bali is very busy in August. But don’t let the crowds put you off- Bali can be enjoyed by anyone no matter how many people are there. And there’s no better time to visit than in August.

How much are flights to Bali in August?

This depends on where you are flying from. Flights from Thailand are going to be significantly cheaper than from the US, for example. But you can expect flights in August to be pretty expensive as it’s the most popular month of the year to visit Bali, leading to higher demand, and higher prices as a result.

Final thoughts: Bali in August

And there you have it, a complete guide to visiting Bali in August.

It’s one of the best times to visit the island for sure, and you are almost guaranteed to have a flawless trip.

A trip to Bali any time in August will lead to the trip of your dreams, exactly as you visualise it, with blue skies, clear waters and sunny days. What more can you ask for?

So I hope you enjoy your trip to Bali in August, you’ll have the time of your life! 🙂