If you’re planning a trip to Bali this month, you’ll undoubtedly want to go armed with a list of some of the most popular locations to see and activities to do while you’re there. While any trip to Bali is bound to be nothing less than wonderful, having an idea of what you’d like to do and see will only enhance your visit. Any time is a great time to visit Bali, and January is no exception. Although January is smack in the middle of Bali’s rainy season, it’s certainly no reason to postpone your visit! There are plenty of precipitation perks to be had! Following are some of the benefits of visiting during this time of year, along with some ideas to keep you happily busy during your stay:
Bring on the Rain! One of the best benefits of visiting during the rainy season is the cooler weather rain will tend to pull down temperatures a bit, bringing with it some relief from the hot sun. In addition, it makes for nice cool nights once the rain is over, too. Also, Bali doesn’t have a monsoon season like you would find in certain places in India and Thailand. Their rainy season is much more mild.
Fewer Crowds: Another perk you’ll be able to take advantage of when visiting Bali during January is thinned-out streets, attractions and locales. There will be other tourists and locals who will avoid being out and about during the rain, which means some respite for you from crowds of people everywhere. Keep in mind that even during the rainy season, it doesn’t rain all day every day and in fact, periods of rain are most often quite brief.
Photo Opportunities Knock: Rain in Bali brings with it the opportunity to catch some amazing and unique shots during your vacation. Bali is truly magnificent after a rain, with lush fertile countrysides and shiny street ways. Take advantage of the rain and bring out the shutterbug in you!
In With You! While the temptation to remain outdoors during your entire trip to Bali is completely understandable, there are plenty of attractions and things you won’t want to miss out on that take place indoors. Visiting during the rainy season may give you a little extra push to spend some time inside.
Popular Sights, Attractions and Things to Do in Bali During January
With so many options to get as much out of your experience as possible, it can be difficult to choose which opportunities to fit into your schedule. Following are some of the most popular activities and places to visit for you to consider:
Lembongan Island cruise: This is a favorite of many tourists, and consists of a boat that takes you and a couple hundred other people to a pontoon that is off the island of Lembongan. There, tourists can ride a banana boat, go snorkeling, take a tour of the village there and enjoy the water slides.
Speaking of water slides, Waterbom Park is one of the most popular water parks for tourists to visit. Enjoy cocktails at your poolside cabana while your kids have a blast!
Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest and Mount Batur Volcano: Both of these attractions offer unique opportunities to see the not-so-common. The Monkey Forest really is full of monkeys, which children get a kick out of, and the Volcano offers a stunning contrast to the beaches. Be sure to dine at one of the restaurants that line the ridge and take in amazing views of the volcano and the lakes that surround it.
During your trip to Bali in January, you won’t want to miss the opportunity for a genuine tropical spa treatment. Beautiful spas and expert personnel are sure to allow you to indulge, in true Balinese style!
Tanah Lot is located in Tabanan and is a sacred Hindu temple that rests on a large rock out in the ocean. Purportedly the work of a priest in the 15th century, this is one of Bali’s most holy and popular tourist destinations. The sunsets behind the temple are astounding, so plan to go during this time of day.
Be sure to sample as many of the local eateries and restaurants as you can, whether it be at Mozaic, Sarong, Metis, and any of the other famed dining destinations in Bali. Experiencing great food is not an activity to be overlooked, at any time of the year in Bali. You just may want to plan your meals around shopping excurisions at Jenggala, Simple Konsep Store, and plenty of other shops, stores and boutiques.
Learn to Surf! There are some excellent surfing schools in Bali, and you may very well find that they are worth every penny and every bit of your time, even if you don’t plan on surfing when you get back home. There are several great surfing schools including Rip Curl School of Surf, Odyssey and Uluwatu break. You could also hire a local guide as an alternative, too.
Even if you’re not an avid Yogi, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to experience yoga in Bali. You can select personally guided cultural excursions that blend yoga sessions to afford you the absolute ultimate yoga workouts as you combine unique retreats and world-class instructors.
While this has been only a small snippet of all that is available to experience in Bali, the possibilities are endless. From beaches and yoga to volcano visiting and monkey sight-seeing, no matter what you choose to do in Bali during the rainy season, you’re sure to have the experience of a lifetime.