Escaping the chill of winter is attractive to many who crave warmth and sun. Thawing out in a warmer climate is a popular idea; however, it takes a bit of research when heading to a balmier destination like Indonesia. While the Northern Hemisphere experiences winter, Indonesia experiences a rainy season. Therefore, it is important to know exactly where to go to make the most out of your winter vacation without drowning in precipitation. Bali is a great choice to provide you with the warmth you seek while delivering minimum rainfall.
Explore Stunning Beaches
Some of the best beaches to visit in Bali during the winter are Seminyak, Padang Padang, and Jimbaran. The rainstorms typically come and go quickly within a few hours. This gives you the opportunity to still enjoy beachline lounging and sunset cocktails. The best time to go during the winter months is December and stay for the festive New Year celebration. Watersports, rafting, marine park safaris, outdoor festivals and decadent seaside meals are among the many attractions you can still enjoy during this time. While you unwind poolside or on a beach, you will have time for a tropical pause to soak in all the wonders of Bali. You may fantasize about redesigning your home with Balinese flair, cooking up your favorite Indonesian dishes when you return home, or looking into swimming pool financing options to replicate the tranquil soak or infinity pool from your luxurious coastline getaway.
Visit Breathtaking Temples
The temples of Bali are abundant, with a count reaching around 20,000! You will not be able to see them all; however, an important tip is to plan ahead and see as many as you can in one outing. Seeing a temple is truly magical, even during the rainy season. The temples are amazing, and it is difficult to narrow it down to just a few. The temples at the top of your list should be the Uluwatu Temple at sunset, the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple at Lake Beratan Bedugul for a day on the lake, and the Taman Ayun Temple to see the beauty of a combination of Balinese and Chinese architecture.
Participate In Abundant Shopping and Festivals
Bali is a shopping mecca from indoor centers to outdoor markets. The Ubud Artisan Market in December is well-known for unique homemade gifts and fashions. This makes it a perfect Christmas shopping destination. There are abundant crafts and plenty to purchase. Remember that bargaining is all part of the experience at the artisan markets and is expected. Festivals also offer an opportunity for a unique shopping experience. Chinese New Year, which takes place in January or February, provides abundant opportunities to participate in activities honoring the Chinese cultural influence. Other festivals that are celebrated in the winter months are the Denpasar Festival, an end of the year festival rooted in celebrating Balinese happiness; Saraswati Day, commemorating knowledge and beauty; and Tumpek Landep, celebrating metal and sharpening the mind. There is no shortage of opportunities for deep immersion into the Balinese culture.
Prepare For Bugs
Aside from the remarkable atmosphere, it is important to address the mosquitos. Mosquitos and the like are always a nuisance no matter where you travel. It is best to bring great insect spray. A recommended local repellent, Soffell, is popular for keeping the mosquitos away. Also, it is wise to bring a repellent-treated sleeping net to ensure that you get a restful night's sleep without worrying about nocturnal insect predators to dampen an extraordinary vacation. Many hotels offer them; however, that is not always the case.
The Main Takeaway
Although Indonesia’s rainy season is unfortunately congruent with the Northern Hemisphere’s winter, Bali is a great destination for outdoor activities. With proper preparation, you will enjoy the season no matter what the weather brings. It is best to pack quick-drying clothing and a rain jacket in preparation for the moments you caught in a downpour; however, do not let a little rain dissuade you from visiting this impressive island.