Why You Should Visit Bali in May [2024]

Photo Credit: Bali Spirit Festival


Is May a good time to visit Bali? The weather is good, but it’s a slow month for tourism. Therefore, not only is it less crowded – with better weather. In addition, there’s a good chance you can strike a bargain on hotel rooms! Meanwhile, there is the Bali Spirit Festival! But about the latest travel regulations?

Weather in Bali in May

Bali has two seasons: wet and dry. Wet season runs from October to April. And dry season runs from May to September.

Because Bali is near the Equator, there is little variation in temperature from month to month. However, there is more chance of rain during wet season. And the humidity tends to higher, as well.

In fact, May marks the beginning of dry season in Bali. Consequently, the humidity is lower. And the chance of rain is lower. However, this is the Tropics, so a few rainy days are inevitable during the month

In terms of temperature,  the average high temperature in Bali in May is 28 degrees Celsius, or 82 degrees Fahrenheit. It rains an average of 8 days in May. And there is an average of 9 centimeters of rainfall.


  Ave. High Ave. Low Ave. Rainfall Rainy Days
Canggu 35 C / 94 F 24 C / 75 F 11 inches 17
Denpasar 34 C / 92 F 24 C / 75 F 11 inches 17
Kuta 34 C / 92 F 24 C / 75 F 11 inches 17
Sanur 34 C / 92 F 24 C / 75 F 11 inches 17
Seminyak 32 C / 91 F 24 C / 75 F 13 inches 19
Ubud 30 C / 86 F 22 C / 71 F 11 inches 17
Based on averages according to Google.

If you would like to know whaBali t is like in other months, check out this link: Best Time to Visit Bali>>

Tourism in Bali in May

Despite the great weather, May tends to be a slow month in Bali. As a result, hotels and resorts can drop prices by as much as 50%.

Not only that, restaurants and clubs also tend to be less crowded. Likewise, June and September are also good months to visit. And for the same reasons.

Things to Do in Bali in May 

There are three national holidays in Bali in May. In addition, there is at least one important island-wide festival. Most importantly, the Bali Spirit Festival!  However, many temples and villages have their own festivals, as well. But these are too numerous to count.

  • Ascension Day of Jesus Christ – 9 May 2024

Known as Hari Kenaikan Isa Almasih in Indonesia, the Ascension Day of Jesus Christ is an official holiday in Indonesia, where Christians account for less than 1% of the population. And it always falls on Thursday.

All Over Indonesia

Future Ascension Dates

    • 2024 – 9 May
    • 2025 – 29 May
    • 2026 – 14 May
    • 2027 – 6 May


  • Tumpek Kandang – 18 May 2024

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

Tumpek Kandang is one of the six auspicious days on the Balinese Pawukon 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 Pawukon 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 of animal worship. Instead, it is done to express their appreciation to the gods for the services that animals provide.

Click here for more information: Tumpek Days Explained>>

Held Across Bali

Future Tumpek Kandang Dates

  • 2024 – 18 May; 14 December
  • 2025 – 12 July
  • 2026 – 7 February; 5 September 
  • 2027 – 3 April; 30 October


Waisak Day – 23 May 2024

Waisak Day is a national holiday in Indonesia. And it is the holiest day on the Buddhist calendar. Also known as Vesak Day, it celebrates  the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha. Buddhists account for 0.5% of the population in Bali, where Hinduism is the dominant faith.

All Over Indonesia

Future Waisak Day Dates

  • 2025 – 12 May
  • 2026 – 31 May

Ubud Open  Studios – 28 to 29 May 2024

More than 70 studios will throw open their doors during Ubud Open Studios, Participants will include painters, illustrators, architects, interior designers, photographers, ceramicists, glass blowers, leatherworkers, weavers, costume makers, and carvers.

And in case you didn’t know it, Ubud is considered Bali’s cultural hub. And it is home to a large number of artists. So this will be a great chance to interact with some of the island’s most creative talents.

Ubud – Bali

Bali Spirit Festival – 2024 Date Pending


The Bali Spirit Festival is a celebration of yoga, music, and dance. And it is held in Ubud, which is the cultural heart of the Island of the Gods.

The festival offer an amazing schedule of activities. First, there will be holistic healing and yoga. Next, there will be concerts and DJ nights. Deleted: Finally, there will be than 300 workshops and classes. For example, topics will include:

    • Acro Yoga
    • Ashtanga
    • Biodynamic Yoga
    • Breathwork
    • Bodywork
    • Flow
    • Hatha
    • Jivamukti
    • Kundalini
    • Laughter Yoga
    • Shamanic Yoga Flow
    • Vinyasa

Purnati Center for the Arts (Yayasan Bali Purnati) – Jalan Gunung Abang, Br. Penataran, Batuan, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali.

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