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Bali In November & December: What To Expect

Bali In November & December: What To Expect
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There is no dearth of experiences in Bali – from thriving Kuta to cultural Ubud, from serene Tabanan to spiritual Batur, the region is loaded with things to see and do, irrespective of the weather. If you’re someone who prefers to take off during the busy festive season, Bali can make it to your list.

November and December are primarily wet in Bali, and may not be the most ideal months to go if you intend to spend a lot of time outdoors. However, despite the rain, tourists still flock to the island for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.

Image via Bali Chronicles

The year-end celebrations are long drawn and thrilling, but you can also cut away from the noise if you prefer a quiet entry into the new year. You may find fewer crowds than the peak season of June-August, so you can explore Bali in all its quiet glory.



Part 1

Weather

Since Bali is water-locked, it has a tropical, monsoon climate. November and December are right in the middle of the high monsoon season, so you can expect the rain to increase as the month progresses.

Average temperature: 27 degrees C, with the highest being 30 degrees C and the lowest being 25 degrees C.

Humidity: High

Average Rainfall: 90 mm, for about 13 days of the month

Sunshine: About 8 hours

The days are pleasant, with quite a bit of rain and occasional bouts of sunshine. The rain comes in spells and can sometimes clear up quickly. The weather is drier inland, and hotter along the coast. The nights can get slightly cold, especially if there are rainstorms.

Part 2

What to Pack & Carry

An umbrella is a must if you don’t intend to stay indoors during the day. Showers of rain during the afternoon are common, but it’s not too heavy, so you can enjoy long walks. If you’re a stickler for convenience, go for a poncho or raincoat.

Carry a light jacket in case the evenings get nippy.

For footwear, carry walking shoes or boots for treks and walks in the rain, and belted sandals or flip-flops for the beach. Though if you ask us, we prefer to go barefoot for the latter!

Bring along a hat and sunglasses in case the sun decides to make a visit.

Remember to bring waterproof phone and camera cases, so you don’t miss out on capturing your memories.

Part 3

Things to do in November & December

Bali has different experiences for every month of the year, and the shoulder season in November-December makes it ideal to experience Bali with fewer crowds and within budget rates. Here are some fun things to do in Bali in these two months.

1. Beaches In South, North & East Bali

Exploring the beaches in Bali is an adventure. The best part? You’ll never run out of them! Head to the cleaner, quieter beaches in South, North and East Bali in November and December like Balangan, Lovina and Sanur.

Image via cocohut_padang_padang

It’s best to avoid beaches like Kuta and Nusa Dua where the tide can be quite high, and the waves can bring in a ton of debris. These beaches are always crowded, so in the event of rain, you’re likely to find yourself uncomfortably stuck in a crowd.

2. Shrines

You cannot complete a holiday in Bali without visiting at least a handful of temples from the 20,000 on the island, each with its own unique history! The magical landscapes surrounding these temples are an added feast for the eyes.

Image via jasonlamx

In November and December, temples like Pura Taman Ayun and Pura Besakih come alive with fresh flowers, greenery and cool winds.

3. Nightlife

Music festivals are all the rage in Bali in November and December, and you can easily find one to attend during the festive season.

Potato Head Beach Club via @govnix

Partygoers are in such a frolicking mood, that even a little rain can’t dampen their spirits. Besides this, indoor clubs in Kuta and Seminyak are open throughout the year

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Venues: Head to Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park in Badung for an outdoor extravaganza and Potato Head Beach Club in Kuta for an indoor party.

4. Festivals

The last four days of December see Bali come alive with local arts, crafts, culture, music and dance at the open-space Denpasar Festival. Initiated over a decade ago, this joyous event is a celebration of Bali’s inimitable culture.

Image via ernakrisnantarii

The show is packed with theatre shows, mask parades, art workshops, cultural shows, music performances, exhibitions and movie screenings from 28 to 31 December.

Christmas and New Year’s celebrations are also thoroughly enjoyed here, with outdoor and indoor parties at various nightclubs and private hotels, replete with fireworks and twinkling lights.

5. Shopping

Load up on swimsuits, surfing goods, designer wear, homegrown coffee, colourful trinkets and souvenirs in Bali’s local markets. Narrow streets are lined with goodies that you can use on your holiday and take back home as memories.

Bali street shopping via Trip Factory Blog

The street shops may move their wares indoors during the rain, but they will be open for business.

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Where To Shop: Seminyak, Ubud, Jimbaran and Nusa Dua

6. Monkey Forest

Once you enter Bali, you’ll know it’s pretty as a picture. And its natural resources play a big role in this. To catch a glimpse of Bali’s flora and fauna, and some of its primary residents, head to the Ubud Monkey Forest for a closer look at these primates.

Monkey forest via @georgia_hurd

The sanctuary has hundred of monkeys of different species. The forest is about an hour’s drive from the airport. You’re also likely to spot monkeys in temples around the island.

7. Indoor Activities

Spas: Massages and spa sessions are quite popular with tourists for the true taste of Balinese treatments. If the moody weather prevents you from stepping outside, you can indulge in one of these relaxing activities until the sun comes out and it’s time to hit the beach again.

Seminyak Spa via @spaingo.id

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Ithaka Recommends Prana spa, Royal Kirana Spa, Bodyworks, Mandara Spa. Also, check the spa offerings at your resort. Most hotels have their own private experience for guests. This way, you won’t have to leave the comfort of your resort in case of a downpour.

Yoga & Art Lessons: Yoga Therapeutic activities like yoga programs and even art lessons are options if you’re in the mood for a creative rush.

Roof Yoga via UltimateFitnessHoliday

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Yoga sessions: Naya Ubud Yoga Retreat, Uluwatu Yoga & Surf Retreat, Ubud Sari Retreat Center
Art lessons: Puri Lukisan Museum, ARMA Museum, Pranoto’s Gallery

Visit a Water Park: On the other hand, if you want to amp up your experience, head to one of Bali’s water parks where you won’t have to worry about getting any more drenched in the rain.

Image via waterbombali

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Ithaka Recommends: Waterbom Bali, Splash Waterpark Bali, Circus Waterpark

Part 4

Activites to Avoid

Since downpours can strike suddenly on any day during the prime monsoon, it is best to be wary of certain activities during this period.

Hiking: Bali is home to small hills and large cliffs, and consequently, easy and difficult trails for hiking. In the rain, the trails can get slippery and you won’t be guaranteed to get a great view when you get to the top.

Extreme Water Sports: Surfing, white water river rafting, parasailing, snorkelling and scuba diving can be a little dangerous than usual in the wet season. Strong winds, waves and rapids can sometimes play against you, so it’s best to stick to these activities on days when the forecast is normal. However, operators are known to close down tours when the water crosses the safety limit. So you can ask around with a few operators before deciding to hop onto a boat. The tide can throw up a lot of debris, so park yourself at a distance from the shore if you’re spending some time on the beaches.

Temples: In the monsoons, some sea temples like Tanah Lot and Pura Pulaki can remain closed due to rising sea levels. However, there are a number of beautiful cliffside temples like the Uluwatu and Gede Perancak that are open and offer breathtaking views of the seaside and surrounding cliffs.

Waterfalls: In the lush foliage of certain parts of Bali, with the monsoon come gushing waterfalls that surge down hundreds of metres of the hillside. Although the waterfalls are a fresh spectacle in November and December, not all of them are easily accessible. These natural phenomena can sometimes be dangerous, especially if the water falls from a huge height. NungNung and Aling-Aling waterfalls are best avoided in the monsoons. However, you can enjoy the more accessible Gitgit, Jembong and SingSing waterfalls even during heavy rain.

Part 5

Tips for Travelling in November & December

The weather in Bali has become unreliable over the last few years, so it’s best to be prepared by packing all your essentials. Carry an umbrella or raincoat whenever you step out, and check the weather forecast before booking any outdoor activities.

Book your accommodation well in advance, so you don’t miss out on the property of your choice. Hotels and resorts can run full during the festive week.

Traffic congestion in Bali has increased over the years. Avoid crowded areas like Kuta and Seminyak, especially in the monsoon.

Carry insect repellent and avoid contact with farm and forest animals.

Consume bottled water only. Do not drink from the tap.

Owing to its culture and locale, Bali has become a year-round destination for tourists. The landscape is lush, sunsets are eye-catching, markets are alive and waves are a sight to behold. Even during the high monsoon months, the rain rarely ruins the while day, so you can always find something to do, both indoors and outdoors.

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Date: 2018-08-04 19:08:31



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