Why You Should Visit Bali in August 2022

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Traditional giant kites and the Indonesian flag flying over MertasariBeach in Sanur, Bali, during the International Bali Kite Festival. Photo Credit: Johannnindito Adisuryo (Yohanes Nindito Adisuryo) .

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Is August a good time to visit Bali? To start with, August in Bali is the peak season. So discounts will be hard to find. However, August in Bali is also the dry season. So chances of rain are few. And the relative humidity is relatively low. In addition, two important festivals and Independence Day take place in August. Moreover, the on-going kite festival is also flying high.

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Weather in Bali in August

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Sunny skies are the norm in Bai in August. Photo Credit: Nick Wehrli.

What is the weather like in Bali in August? Because Bali is near the Equator, there is little variation in temperature from month to month. To clarify, Bali has two seasons: wet and dry. Wet season runs from October to April. And dry season runs from May to September. In fact, August is falls in the middle of the dry season in Bali.

In terms of temperature,  the average temperature in Bali in August is a high of 30 degrees Celsius, or 85 degrees Fahrenheit; and a low of 22 degrees Celsius, or 72 degrees Fahrenheit. And it rains an average of only three days in August. To clarity, an average of less than one inch of rain falls in August. In fact, August is Bali’s driest month of the year.

Finally, because August is one of the windiest months of the year, it is a great time to fly kites, an activity popular with locals and foreigners alike.

Ave. HighAve. Low Ave. RainfallRainy Days
Canggu30 C / 85 F22 C / 72 F0.9 inches3
Denpasar30 C / 85 F22 C / 72 F0.9 inches3
Kuta30 C / 85 F22 C / 72 F0.9 inches3
Sanur30 C / 85 F22 C / 72 F0.9 inches3
Seminyak30 C / 85 F22 C / 72 F0.9 inches3
Ubud30 C / 84 F20 C / 68 F3.3 inches3
Based on averages according to Google.

Visiting Bali in August

August is peak tourism season in Bali. So expect to pay top dollar for hotel rooms. However, there are lots of activities in August. If you like action, Sanur and Ubud would be your top choices. Other hotspots include Benoa, Kuta, Nusa Dua, and Seminyak.

What to Do in Bali in August

Two of Bali’s most important cultural festivals take place in Bali in August. If you include, the Bali Kite Festival – which spans four months – make that four. A short guide to the most important August events in Bali follows.

Bali Kite Festival – Ongoing

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Traditional giant kites flying over Mertasari Beach in Sanur, Bali, during the International Bali Kite Festival. Photo Credit: Johannnindito Adisuryo (Yohanes Nindito Adisuryo) 

The Bali Kite Festival is an annual event. And it takes place during the windiest months of the year. But the dates vary because they depend on weather conditions. Basically, it gets underway when the winds start to blow. And it ends when the winds die down.

Usually, the festival kicks off in July and concludes in October. But July and August are when it is at its peak. Because that is also one of Bali’s peak tourist seasons. And most of the action is at the beach.

Bali Kite Festival – Padanggalak (north of Sanur), Bali.

Ubud Jazz Festival – 12 to 13 August 2022

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Musicians performing at the 4th annual Ubud Village Jazz Festival in Ubud, Bali.

The Ubud Village Jazz Festival features various types of jazz music performed by domestic and international museums. In addition, there are jazz workshops. The festival is now in its ninth year. And the theme in 2022 is New World.

This year’s lineup will include The Bernard Van Rossum Quartet from The Netherlands and Sum Kim from South Korea.

And the following groups from Indonesia will also perform: Tohpati Bertiga, Balawan Batuan Ethnic Fusion, Gev Delano & Krisna Dharmawan Trio, Pancea, Soulfeggio’s “Tribute to Natalie Cole”, Warman Sanjaya & Irsa Destiwi Project, Kasyfi Kalyasyena Trio Feat. Sandy Winata and Gustu Brahmanta Project.

Ubud Village Jazz Festival – Agung Rai Museum of Art, Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali.

Indonesian Independence Day – 17 August 2022

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Celebrating Indonesian Independence Day. Photo Credit: Arifedisant.

Indonesian Independence Day is a public holiday in Indonesia. And it is celebrated on 17 August each year. To clarify, it commemorates Indonesia’s independence from Dutch colonial rule.

Indonesian Independence Day is celebrated in Bali with parades, cultural performances, air shows, marching bands, and food fairs.

Sanur Village Festival – 17 to 21 August 2022

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Cultural activities are an important part of the Sanur Village Festival. Photo Credit: Sanur Village Festival.

The Sanur Village Festival is a yearly event held in the coastal village of Sanur. And it celebrates arts, food, culture, fashion, yoga and the environment. In fact, a number of large scale events are held concurrently with the festival.

And examples include tennis, a traditional boat competition, marine water sports, a surfing competition, a photography contest and exhibition, a kite flying festival, a village cycling tour, a bazaar, a coral plantation, a baby turtle release, a food festival, a music and cultural show, yoga, an open golf tournament, and the Bali International Triathlon.

Sanur Village Festival – Pantai Matahari Terbit, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali.

Tumpek Kandang – 28 August 2022

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Monkeys are often given food on Tumpek Kandang. Photo Credit: Sebastian Voortman.

Tumpek Kandang is one of the six auspicious days on the Balinese calendar. These days occur when the fifth day of the five-day Balinese week falls on a Saturday. And this happens every 35 days. In fact, it takes 210 days to complete the cycle. To clarify, the Balinese year has 210 days.

Tumpek Kandang is the fifth day in the Tumpek cycle. And it is the day that the Balinese express their gratitude for their domestics animals. On this day, animals might receive special foods. Or they might be dressed up in special clothes.

Cows usually receive the greatest attention because of their role in plowing fields. However, dogs, monkeys, elephants, and other animals are also celebrated.

But don’t confuse this as a form on animal worship. Instead, it is done to express their appreciation to the gods for the services that animals provide.

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