Among the 18,307 islands in the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is the largest and the most popular tourist destination. The amalgamation of ancient culture, exotic food, adrenaline pumping adventure and awe-striking activities distinguishes Bali from the other destinations in Indonesia. Bali’s pristine beaches, coral reefs, dense jungles and volcanic mountains showcase its natural essence that attracts thousands of people all year along.
The Balinese culture that exhibits warm hospitality, its magnificent palaces, varied cuisines and exquisite night-life altogether creates an enchanting experience for everyone. The value-for-money shopping experience adds another colour to Bali’s spectrum. Before you succumb to this temptation and begin to pack your bags, here is some information that might help you plan your trip better.
Weather in Bali
The island of Bali is situated 8 degrees south of the Equator and approximately 200 km away from the mainland of Indonesia. Being a tropical island, it is humid and warm mostly throughout the year with an average temperature of 31 deg C. The weather in Bali is characterized by two seasons - dry and wet. The dry season spans from May to September and the wet season spans from October to April.
Weather in February
The weather in Bali remains warm and humid even during February. It is relatively drier weather with overcast skies and frequent rains. The average temperature will hover around 28-30 deg C. Do not forget to carry your raincoats, ponchos or umbrellas if you are planning to visit Bali in February!
Festivals in Bali during February
Balinese culture is rich and ancient. It is a mix of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and traditional Balinese customs. As a result, Balinese people celebrate a number of festivals. In February, the Balinese Hindus celebrate the Galungan festival.
To celebrate the victory of good over evil or as it is known in Balinese as Dharma over Adharma, the festival of Galungan is celebrated. Galungan marks the beginning of a 10 day period in the month of February which is marked with feast, prayers and dance. The Balinese people believe that the spirits of their ancestors visit them on Earth during this time. As an expression of their gratitude towards their ancestors, they make sacrifices and offerings to them. Fried rice cakes, bananas and meat (pigs,chicken) are placed on banana leaves and offered at temples.
The streets are lined up with tall bamboo poles or penjor which are decorated with colourful flowers, fruits and leaves. The offerings to the spirits (of ancestors) are tied to the ends of these penjors. Devotees flock the temples and offer prayers and sacrifices in the name of the spirits.
The Kuningan Day marks the end of the 10 day festivities. It is believed that the spirits return to their abode in heaven after visiting their families on Earth.
The festivals apart, February is still a very good month to visit Bali. The months of February, May, June, September, October, November and early December is the best time to visit Bali. The weather is favourable, the places are less crowded and the biggest advantage is that these months are budget-friendly with comparatively lower rates.
Places to visit in Bali in February
Bali is beautiful throughout the year. Be it rain or no-rain, Bali shall not disappoint its visitors. However, since February is still under the influence of Monsoon, one might have to take a little precaution while planning their trip.
The places that you may consider which can rarely disappoint you even during the wet seasons are:
1. AmedIf you want to just relax or have a chill-out experience then Amed is the place. On the flipside, if your preference is an itinerary filled with energetic activities, again, Amed should be on your list.
Amed is located on the eastern part of Balinese island and is pretty laid-back. However, its beaches offer some of the best activities you could think of. You could choose between snorkelling ,scuba diving, wreck diving, hiking and trekking or end up doing all of them. There are many places which conduct free diving classes too. Kayaking could be considered too if that is on your bucket list
2. JimbaranIf your idea of vacation is to do a mix of everything, then Jimbaran is the place to visit. With its relatively calm waters and long beach, it offers an amazing experience to relish the exotic sea food of Bali. Grab a sundowner drink or two and enjoy the spectacular sunset view from one of the beach clubs or bars. You could also head out on a cultural tour to visit the ancient Hindu temples in Jimbaran. If you are a shopaholic, then visit the Samasta Lifestyle Village or Jimbaran Corner to empty your pockets while you fill loads in your bags. You could take some surfing lessons from one of the clubs or just head out to the Jimbaran beach for a long walk or a swim if you fancy one.
3. CangguTo fulfill your desire for lavish stays, high-end shopping and exuberance, you must plan a visit to Canggu. It is a resort region on the south coast of Bali. The major attractions of Bali like the terraced rice paddies, Seminyak, the Hindu temple of Tanah Lot and some of the sought after restaurants and resorts are all at close proximity to Canggu. Canggu beach is a surfer’s paradise with strong surf experience. Overall, a visit to Canggu can cover a lot in a single stop.
4. UbudUbud is thronged by people who wish to experience the uniquely preserved warm and hospitable Balinese culture. Entice yourself with a visit to the popular temples of Goa Gajah, Tirta Empul and Gunung Kawi. Rejuvenate your senses while you sniff the freshness in the air as you bike through the trails in Ubud. With a vibrant nightlife, bars and cafes of Ubud shall help you savour a different flavour altogether. Visit the popular restaurants for some authentic Balinese food. Your visit to Ubud can help you relax and rejoice, forgetting about the weather’s unexpected turnouts.
5. Nusa LemboganNusa Lembogan is an island located on the southeast of Bali. Often called the island of tranquility, Nusa Lembogan has almost no shops and a few activities for nightlife Hiking, snorkelling, diving, cycling and exploring the villages can be chiefly considered while in Nusa Lembongan. Secluded beaches like the Sunset Beach and the Dream Beach are a must visit too.
6. PadangbaiPadangbai is a charming village with some lovely beaches. It has a laid-back atmosphere with a few nightclubs and backpacker kind of accommodation predominantly. It has a few compact cafes too. Snorkelling is a great activity to consider while in Padangbai.
- Carry an insect repellant : Since it is a tropical island, rain and insects are a common feature. Therefore, carry an insect repellant to stay away from the little trouble-makers.
- Light rain-jackets, raincoats and umbrellas are a must: Even though February is fairly dry, frequent drizzles are common. Raincoats, ponchos, rain jackets and umbrellas are a must to carry.
- Check for weather alerts from the met department frequently: Since it is a house for several volcanic regions, please make sure to check the weather and alerts from the met department before you head out somewhere in Bali.
- Carry a first-aid kit : It is always better to be prepared with essential medicines in a first-aid kit for those unexpected situations.
- Sunscreen is a must: The weather is hot even in February. Better to use a sunscreen while heading out in the sun.
- Carry beachwear : You wouldn’t want to miss a chance to get wet and sporty while you are on the beaches of Bali, do you? So,please carry your beachwear so that you have no regrets later!
- Footwear : Hiking, trekking or long walks are some of the activities that you may indulge in. So plan your footwear according to the activities you have on your itinerary. It is better to carry a water-resistant footwear in any case.