Why You Should Visit Bali in May [2023]

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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.

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Ave. HighAve. Low Ave. RainfallRainy Days
Canggu35 C / 94 F24 C / 75 F11 inches17
Denpasar34 C / 92 F24 C / 75 F11 inches17
Kuta34 C / 92 F24 C / 75 F11 inches17
Sanur34 C / 92 F24 C / 75 F11 inches17
Seminyak32 C / 91 F24 C / 75 F13 inches19
Ubud30 C / 86 F22 C / 71 F11 inches17
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 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.

Waisak Day – 6 May 2023

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.

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Idul Fitri Festival – 21 to 22 April 2023

Idul Fitri is a public holiday throughout Indonesia. And it celebrates the end of the  30-day fast in the month of Ramadan. In fact, it is also known  as Lebaron.

A Muslim holiday, it is marked by prayer sessions and family feasts. And many restaurants serve special menus. While Muslims account for 93% of the population of Indonesia, they account for only 5% of the population of Bali, where Hinduism is the dominant faith.

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Pagerwesi – 24 May 2023

Pagerwesi is a festival dedicated to the spiritual strengthening and development of individuals’ forces against evil. On this occasion, the prayers and offerings aim at saving humanity, keeping evil away from men and ancestors.

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Saraswati Day – 20 May 2023

Balinese Hindus honour Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music, the arts, and wisdom, on Saraswati Day. To clarify, devotees sprinkle holy water on her and books. And children pray and make offerings at the temples at their schools. Because the Balinese calendar has 210 days, it falls on a different date (and month) each year.

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Bali Spirit Festival – 2023 Dates to Be Announced

Photo Credit: Bali Spirit Festival.

The Bali Spirit Festival is all about yoga, dance, music, and healing. To clarify, there will be more than 300 activities including love imusic, workshops, and a community fair. And highlights will include healing, breathwork, martial arts, meditation – the list goes on..

Bali Spirt Festival – The Yoga Barn and Puri Padi Hotel, Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali

Ascension Day of Jesus Christ – 18 May 2023

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.

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