How’s Bali during the rainy season?
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If you’re planning on visiting Bali and are worried about travelling during the rainy season, don’t be!
If you’re planning on visiting Bali and are worried about travelling during the rainy season, don’t be! It may not be as bad as you think. We had an amazing time in Bali during the rainy season, and I would do it again, in a heartbeat!
First of all, it didn’t rain every day. In fact, we only saw rain for two days straight — once in Ubud and once near Lovina Beach (a northern coastal town). Even when there was rain, it was usually only while we were sleeping or overnight. Otherwise, there were periods of light drizzle to sunny skies.
It may sound like I’m trying to convince you that it doesn’t rain at all during the rainy season… But trust me when I say that we did see some torrential downpours while we were there! However, these heavy rains happened mostly overnight or first thing in the morning or late afternoon (before dinner), so they really didn’t impact our sightseeing plans.
There are plenty of things to do on the island during the rainy season in Bali
Skeptical? Don’t be. Bali is a year-round destination (also see is Bali the best place to visit) and there are plenty of attractions that can be enjoyed whether it’s wet or dry. I heard from other visitors who have travelled to Bali during the rainy season that they did not regret their decision to travel at this time of year because they were pleasantly surprised with the variety of activities they could undertake.
Many people enjoy sightseeing and shopping in Ubud, visiting temples such as Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, and Goa Gajah – all of which are open throughout the rainy season.
Others prefer to travel around island like Nusa Penida on boat rides while some others go hiking in areas such as Mount Batur.
Bottom line: you can visit Bali during the rainy season and not be disappointed!
You can relax in a hot spring or go white water rafting along the Ayung River
No matter what you choose, you won’t be disappointed. The Ubud area is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the slow pace of life, while Canggu has a lot of great cafes and restaurants. And when it rains, there’s always plenty to do:
- Relax in a hot spring
- Go white water rafting along the Ayung River
- Indulge in a day spa treatment
If you want to escape the rain for a few hours, visit the Bali zoo or spend some time shopping at one of the local markets
If you want to escape the rain for a few hours, visit the Bali zoo or spend some time shopping at one of the local markets.
Bali Zoo is home to more than 350 animals and also offers fun activities such as elephant riding, animal feeding and morning/evening safaris. If you want to shop instead, Ubud Market is a good place to go. It is filled with interesting crafts and knick-knacks that are perfect as souvenirs or gifts. Another recommended market is Pasar Badung which has a wide selection of local products at reasonable prices.
There are many other markets in Bali that offer traditional snacks, clothing, accessories and even fresh food produce like seafood and meat for those who prefer cooking at their accommodation rather than eating out. This includes Pasar Seni Sukawati as well as Pasar Kereneng which sells all kinds of goods from clothes to electronics!
Other notable ones include: Pasar Semawang (smaller version of Badung), Pasar Malam (night market) located near Seminyak square with lots of street food stalls; and finally if you’re looking for something unique then take some time off your itinerary during dusk or dawn hours where one can see traditional Balinese dances being performed at various temples around the island.”
The wildlife is more active, so take advantage!
If you’re a fan of animals, the rainy season is actually a great time to visit Bali. The island’s diverse wildlife is far more active and comfortable in the wetter weather.
You’ll see monkeys all over, especially in Ubud and Monkey Forest, where they are most at home. There are also more birds out during these months; you’ll have better luck seeing the many species that live on this lush island. On top of that, if you head out on a mid-morning whale watching excursion from Lovina Beach in northern Bali, there’s an increased chance of spotting some breaching mammals.
You’ll see more monkeys and if you’re lucky, more whales.
Yep, there is a rainy season, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid Bali. In fact, the wet season is one of the best times to visit. You’ll experience less tourists and a more authentic side of Bali.
Accommodation and flights are also significantly cheaper during this time. And if you’re lucky enough to be in Bali over whale watching season (July to October), then you can spend your days on boat tours spotting humpback whales frolicking in the Indian Ocean!
Kuta Beach during rainy season
You’ll also see more monkeys, or so I was told by drivers in Ubud who seemed surprised when I said that I hadn’t seen any yet (I had only been in Bali for a few days). Well, maybe it was their lucky day because no longer than five minutes after saying this we saw some big-ass monkeys roaming around on the side of the road!
Travelling to Bali during any season is always a good idea
The general weather in Bali is pretty much the same all year round. The peak season starts from July to August, while the rest of the year sees a lesser amount of visitors. However, you can visit Bali at any time during the year and it will be equally rewarding.
The rainy season in Bali falls between October and April, but it doesn’t rain for long periods of time and usually happens mostly at night. For example, we visited Bali in February (right smack in rainy season) and couldn’t believe how little rain we actually saw — only an hour or so a day!
Bali is a tropical island so you can expect hot temperatures all year round. In fact, most locals are surprised when they see us wearing jeans as they don’t need to cover up! So pack those short shorts and singlets because you’ll want to be staying cool in that heat!
What is the best month to visit Bali?
The weather in Bali is quite consistent throughout the year. The peak season is from July through August, with less visits throughout the rest of the year. However, you may visit Bali at any time of year and have an equally gratifying experience. Bali’s rainy season runs from October to April, but it rarely rains for significant periods of time and occurs largely at night. For example, we went to Bali in February (right in the middle of rainy season) and were astounded by how little rain we experienced – about an hour or two every day!
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