When to Go

High Season (Jul–Aug)

  • The driest months bring peak crowds.
  • Pre-book accommodation where possible.

Shoulder Season (May–Jun, Sep)

  • The weather is still generally dry, and the worst crush in the Gilis and Kuta can be avoided.

Low Season (Oct–Apr)

  • Rains make the paths up Gunung Rinjani unsafe (they're closed from January to April) but surfing is at its best.
  • Many festivals take place in this period: Perang Topat, Peresean stick-fighting competitions and Narmada buffalo races.
  • Christmas and New Years bring a revival of high season prices (and crowds)