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The weather in Bali remains more or less pleasant throughout the year, the best time to visit Bali depends mainly on the specific weather and on high and low season. High season is during the months of July and August, during Easter Holidays, Late December and early January due to Christmas and New Year when party lovers from all over the world assemble here. These are the busiest times in Bali.
However, for many other reasons, a lot of people prefer and say that best time to come to Bali is between April, May, June, and September. That is, just before and just after high season. The weather then is still dry, the level of humidity is slightly less, and economically speaking room prices and villa rentals can be a lot cheaper than during what you will find in the high season.
Incidentally, these months are also the best time to indulge in water sports and activities that Bali is known for. Waters are clear and since the place is low on the crowd, you will get to avail the best deals.
While packing for your trip to Bali, the best advice one can give you is to pack light. You need to find that delicate balance between packing light and making sure you have everything you need. The best thing about this place is that you are sure to get the things you may have forgotten in the island, and for as cheap as you will find in India. Here are some of the things that you must carry:
Since Bali is located near the equator, it has a very warm, tropical climate throughout the year. This makes it a huge draw for tourists. Average year-round temperature stands at around 26-27°C with a high humidity level of about 85%-90%. Water temperatures are always pleasant.
The Monsoon season in Bali, which stretches from October to March typically, brings daily rain with quiet overcast days.
The rain is recorded mostly in between December and February. Occasional showers can also be expected during the dry season but usually at night or early morning.
Throughout June to August, you will experience a refreshing cool breeze all day long. The central mountain area is typically cooler than the lower coastal areas mainly, especially at night.
Yes, Bali is the perfect destination for an adventurous holiday filled with water activities. Whether you are a beginner or a water sports junkie, there is something for everyone that the beautiful island has to offer. There are a lot of options in water activities as well, so you can choose the one you feel comfortable and safe in.
Bali is a paradise for everyone who enjoys water sports. There are a lot of water sports you can do here. The must do water sports are –
The best beaches for water sports in Bali are as follows –
While the age requirement varies from activities to activities, a child can do most of the water activities. The minimum age requirement usually is 4-5 years and above for most of the sports. For some activities like fly boarding you need to be above 18.
Small kids can do the following water activities –
There are plenty of water parks in Bali that you can go to. Some of the most famous ones are as follows –
Yes, non-swimmers can also do water activities in Bali. There is no dearth of water activities for non-swimmers. Some of the water activities that non-swimmers can do are as follows-
If you want to explore the best underwater beauty of this tropical island, the following will be the best scuba diving sites for you –
Depending upon your level of expertise and the diving site you choose, the cost of Scuba Diving will be anywhere between INR 6,000 and 20,000. The cost is inclusive: 2 dives, transport, dive guide, tanks, weights, lunch & snacks, towels, any porter or park fees and dive insurance.
Yes, depending upon your service provider, you can possibly have pictures taken during your dive in the ocean.
Yes, you can do scuba diving to see the famous underwater sculptures in Nusa Dua. They are located all around The Big Rock, and are man made statues that have been planted here at the dive site to give divers something extra to see, besides the marine life that live in this area.
You can do rafting in Bali in the rivers in Bali are Ayung River in Ubud and the more challenging Telaga Waja in East Bali.
The Ayung River rafting valley is the main hub and most famous for rafting. The river runs down an approximate 75km, where different white water rafting operators operate by taking their different starting and finish points. Some take off at the Petang village, which lies roughly an hour’s drive away from Denpasar and others further up north in Campuhan, passing by unique bat caves in the valley.
Overall, the white water rafting adventure lets you enjoy Bali’s real natural beauty while sharing the fun and thrills with friends.
Telaga Waja in East Bali is extreme for river rafting. It has a length of 16 Kilometers, and you will need two and a half hours to finish all the rafting route at Telaga Waja River.
Depending on which operator you choose the river rafting will cost anywhere between INR 3000 to 5000 per person.
The Telaga Waja river is perfect for people who are beginners in white water rafting activities. The Telaga Waja White water river rafting is in fact one of the best rivers for a beginner, kids and those with family. It offer a mix of difficulties with rapids class from class II to class IV. Despite the existence of some difficult rapids in the river, the Telaga Waja Whitewater river is suitable for a families and beginners. All you need to do is follow the instructions of your rafting guide tells you, and everything will run smoothly.
Yes, you can do the beginner level river rafting under the supervision of professionals even if you don’t know how to swim. Make sure you let the professionals know well in advance that you are a non swimmer so that they can take necessary precautions
You can do jet-pack ride or flyboarding in Tanjung Benoa, Bali’s so-called ‘water sports playground.
Yes, the activity is safe to do. Make sure you check the weather conditions, as they may need to reschedule your ride for a better time. You will get the pre-flight preparations and introductions by a professional instructor where they will go through all the technicalities for the activity to ensure your safety.
You can do river kayaking in Ayung river and sea kayaking in Pandawa beach.
It will cost between INR 1500 to 2500 per person.
You can do wake sliding in Tanjung Benoa in Bali.
Yes, the activity is super safe and conducted under the supervision of experts. All the required equipment meet international standards of safety, and you do not even need to know swimming to do this activity.
Wake sliding is a very adventurous, yet safe water activity to do. However, ensure you are always under the supervision of an expert. Do it under people who are professionals and certified. They will use the top quality equipment, which will not put you in any danger. And, do not start the sport without wearing a life jacket.
Yes, a non swimmer can easily do this activity.
You can try to do snorkeling in Sanur, Menjangan Island, Blue Lagoon, Tulamben & Amed, Nusa Lembongan. Each place is a true treasure with abundant natural beauty to be seen and explored.
Snorkeling will cost you anywhere between INR 2000 to 4000 per person depending on the place, time and the equipment.
Yes, you can enjoy parasailing in Bali, whereby you will be flying in the air above the ocean as a speedboat pulls you around the coast.
You can try it in Tanjung beach as well as in South Kuta.
Flying fish, which is the newest sport in Bali can be experienced in Tanjung Benoa beach.
Yes, you can do Jet Ski in Bali in the Tanjung Benoa beach. You will get to rise a motorized sea vehicle while experiencing the fresh breeze flying through your hair as you speed your way through the blue waters!
It costs around INR 1000 to 1500 per person.
Yes, you can absolutely do that donut boat ride in South Kuta and Tanjung Benoa in Bali. The donut boat, which is also know as Big Marble, is an pump-up donut which is towed by a speedboat. The challenge is to hold on tight to it, so that you do not fall off the boat.
You can do Sea walking in Sanur, Tanjung Benoa and Lembongan Island. The most special thing about sea walking is that anyone can do it. Unlike scuba diving and snorkeling, which requires you to know certain skills (like swimming), sea walking does not require you to know any of it.
You just go down the ocean bed wearing a specially designed underwater helmet and walk while enjoying the marine life, witnessing the beauty of reefs and fish without having to even wet your hair.
The average cost of a sea walking tour is between INR 7000 to 10,000 per person. The Sea walking tours can be enjoyed by all ages from 10 years up. No diving experience or swimming skills are necessary.
Yes, you can do surfing in Bali. Bali’s waves are very famous for surfing. It is done in Kuta, Canggu, Medewi, Uluwatu, and Bukit. Surfing in Bali is available to everyone. Experienced surfers can head to the outer reef breaks of the southern Bukit Peninsula, while beginners can opt for smaller waves in the lagoons.
Bali is a great place to pick up the sport, with board rentals and surf schools widely accessible. So do not worry even if you do not have any experience, you can learn here.
Yes, you can do wakeboarding in Bali Wake Park near Benoa in Bali. The park is easy to located, situated near the entry into the Bali Mandara toll road and Benoa Marina in Pesanggaran.
It will cost you around INR 5000 to 7000 per person. No, experience is not mandatory for you to try your hands on wakeboarding. You can do it even if you are a beginner.
Yes, you can do water ski in Bali. You can do it in Uluwatu, Tanjung Benoa Beach, Kuta.
It will cost you anywhere around INR 1000 to 1500 per person.
Here is a list of places you can do cliff jumping in Bali –
Some things you must keep in mind before cliff jumping are -
Although it is generally not advisable for non-swimmers to do cliff jumping, especially if you are prone to anxiety attacks. However, if you have an experienced person with you and are ready to take the challenge confidently, you can try it from a cliff which is not too high, and where the ocean and the waves are not very violent.
Yes, there are a lot of opportunities to do fishing in Bali. There are special tours and cruises which will allow you to enjoy fishing.
Some of the fishing cruise and tours are as follows –
You can do fly boarding in Tanjung Benoa and Nusa Dua.
It will cost you anywhere between INR 2000 to 4000.
You can interact up-close and personal with the dolphins just off the coast of Sanur is Serangan Island.There is a "Dolphin Lodge", a floating sea pen which is a three-minute boat ride from Serangan Island. It is here where visitors can interact with dolphins in their natural environment.
You can do the Dolphin Sunrise Tour in Lovina beach. It is a black sand beach where you reach around 4 in the morning, hire a boat and sail somewhere in the middle of the ocean to witness what will possibly be the best sunrise of your lives with dolphins jumping in front of your eyes.
Balinese are predominant Hindus, so there culinary is very much influenced by Indian culture, including Chinese and Indonesian culture too. Indian influence cuts out beef from their major dishes but you will still find some people who consume beef. - Babi Guling: A traditional dish for which a hole is dugged in the ground and heated stones are placed inside where the pig is kept and covered with leaves and left to cook. - Bubur Sum Sum: It is a dessert which is made by cooking rice flour with coconut milk till it thickens. - Lawar: It is a mixture of vegetables, coconut, minced meat with some rich herbs and spices. - Sate Lilit: A mix of meat, grated coconut, coconut milk, lemon juice, shallots and pepper is wrapped around bamboo, sugarcane or lemongrass sticks and then roasted on charcoal. The meat could be of pork, fish, chicken, beef or even turtle.
So you cannot expect an easy hand on it but Bali is famous for it rice production and you will get tasty authentic Balinese as well as Indonesian food which includes a ‘lot’ of steamed rice. Besides that you can find vegetarian food, Non-vegetarian food, Seafood, International and Fusion cuisine.
Being influenced by so many cultures and experimenting with their foods, you shouldn’t miss a lot of ethnic food such as:
Balinese are predominant Hindus, so there culinary is very much influenced by Indian culture, including Chinese and Indonesian culture too. Indian influence cuts out beef from their major dishes but you will still find some people who consume beef.
- Babi Guling: A traditional dish for which a hole is dugged in the ground and heated stones are placed inside where the pig is kept and covered with leaves and left to cook.
- Bubur Sum Sum: It is a dessert which is made by cooking rice flour with coconut milk till it thickens.
- Lawar: It is a mixture of vegetables, coconut, minced meat with some rich herbs and spices.
- Sate Lilit: A mix of meat, grated coconut, coconut milk, lemon juice, shallots and pepper is wrapped around bamboo, sugarcane or lemongrass sticks and then roasted on charcoal. The meat could be of pork, fish, chicken, beef or even turtle.
The cruise services in Bali are really good, posh, luxurious and value for money. They make a good and memorable experience. Depending on the kind of package you take the meal plans differ. Mostly all the cruise services in Bali serve yummy 4-5 course meals.
Carry age-proof because certain water sports have age bars. Apart from that you may consider carrying your insurance documents if it covers water sports.
If you are pregnant it is strongly advised not to indulge in water activities that might be hazardous for your health. However there are a lot of other water activities that you can do like watching marine life in submarine or going out to sea in a glass-bottomed boat.
It is advised for you to consult your doctor before your trip to understand your current health situation before you indulge in the water activities.
No, wearing spectacles or contact lenses during water sports are very risky. While the spectacle can break or get lost while you are enjoying your ride, the soft contact lenses are more likely to remain in your eyes. However, they are porous and can absorb chemicals and bacteria, increasing the risk of eye irritation and infection.
Hence, it is advisable to wear swim goggles if you are retaining your contact lenses during the water sports.
Bali’s medical infrastructure is very advanced. Facilities like air ambulances, multilingual staff, and specialists in difficult emergency disciplines all represented on the island to ensure the tourists are safe and in the best care. The BIMC Hospital is one of the most recognized hospitals in Bali. It mostly exclusively caters to foreigners, so all doctors and nurses speak English. Most insurance companies have a tie-up with them so you probably won’t have to pay upfront and the hospital will directly bill your insurance company. It has a branch in Nusa Dua as well.
Apart from this, there are a lot of private clinics and other hospitals as well. So do not worry, in case things go wrong, you will be in the best of care.