Averages for Bali in January
Although January is often considered a "winter" month, the temperatures in Bali this month are very warm. The average temperature is 26°C (79°F), while the average low is 23°C (73°F), and the average high is 29°C (84°F). The beginning of the month brings warm temperatures and a daily average temperature of 25°C (77°F). There is also a decent chance of rain, as January is part of Bali's "wet season," meaning days will mostly be overcast. Althou...
Daily averages for Bali
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Although January is often considered a "winter" month, the temperatures in Bali this month are very warm. The average temperature is 26°C (79°F), while the average low is 23°C (73°F), and the average high is 29°C (84°F). The beginning of the month brings warm temperatures and a daily average temperature of 25°C (77°F). There is also a decent chance of rain, as January is part of Bali's "wet season," meaning days will mostly be overcast. Although even during a rainy day, there is a good chance the sun makes an appearance when the rain stops. The middle of the month sees much of the same, with the daily average temperature rising slightly to 26°C (79°F), but still with a good chance of rain. The end of January sees temperatures again rise to a daily average of 27°C (81°F), yet still with the threat of rain ever-present. The lowest recorded temperature in January was 22°C (72°F), while the highest recorded temperature was 33°C (91°F).
When the sun does come out in January, it should be taken advantage of, as the average daily sunshine only lasts for six hours. This is tied with February for the least amount of daily sun in Bali all year. In addition to days with limited sun, January is Bali's rainiest month. The average amount of rainfall is 90mm, spread out over 16 days, or more than half of the month.
Even though there is the potentially for minimal sun and a decent amount of rain, the average sea temperature in January is the warmest of any month (tied with February). With an average temperature of 29°C (84°F), the sea is very warm and enjoyable for everyone. It is possible to stay in the water for a long period of time without feeling cold or uncomfortable.
Due to its tropical climate, Bali is basically always humid. However during January, it is especially humid, thanks to the high volume of rain. The average humidity this month is 80%, which can be uncomfortable, especially when combined with days that reach the 30's°C (90's°F).
Things to do
Take advantage of Bali's warm sea temperatures this month and go scuba diving. Baruna Dive Center offers several different types of dives, including the options to check out reefs with lots of marine life (fish, sharks, sea critters), or the easily accessible USS Liberty shipwreck. Prices vary depending on the type of dive, but they do offer special discounts for things like unlimited diving. They are located in the "center of Tulamben Village," which is on the eastern coast of the island.
Often considered the best waterfall in Bali, Sekumpul Waterfall is a place to not to miss. There are several falls here, which are surrounded by lush, green plants on all sides. It requires a short hike through the jungle to reach the falls (about 1km), so dress appropriately. In order to avoid large groups of tourists, getting there in the early morning is recommended. Bringing a swimming costume is also suggested, as jumping in the water at the bottom of the falls is an option. There are local guides for hire at the beginning of the hike, who will ensure you get to the right place. Seukumpul Waterfall is located on the northern part of Bali, about a 90 minute drive from Ubud.
Sekumpul Waterfall, Bali.
In order to discover some of Bali's history, check out Gunung Kawi. It is a temple that was built in the 11th century and is made up of 10 shrines cut out of stone. In order to protect the shrines, the cliff behind them was carved out, serving as a natural barrier, as they are almost encased. It is believed that some of the shrines are "funeral monuments" created in dedication to King Anak Wungsu and his queens. The temple is located roughly in the middle of Bali and is a 25 minute drive from Ubud.
Hit the beach
Located in the village of Pecatu, Blue Point Beach is not one of Bali's most well-known beaches, but is still well worth the trip. This beach has a little bit of everything, as it is made up of white sand that is perfect for relaxing on, but also has large rocks and cave areas for exploring. There are some steep stairs you will have to climb down to reach the beach, but besides that, it is easy to access. This is a popular beach for swimming and surfing, as well as other water sports like paragliding. Blue Heaven Bali is a restaurant close by offering a wide range of food and drinks. Blue Point Beach is located on the southern tip of Bali and is about an hour drive from Ubud.
Blue Point Beach, Bali.
Mengiat Beach is another white sand beach with lovely, clear, blue water. It is also a public beach and can be used at any time, although it is not overrun with tourists and there is just a small amount of vendors. There are beach chairs for rent and they have a nice swimming area, where there is also a lifeguard on duty. If driving here is necessary, do not worry as they have a parking lot as well. It is also one of Bali's only beaches to allow women to go topless. They also offer showers and clean water here, which is rare in Bali's beaches. For some fresh, local seafood, check out Yasa Segara Café, located between the Grand Hyatt and Ayodya hotels. Mengiat Beach is located about a 45 minute drive from Ubud.
Where to eat and drink
For a take on local cuisine using contemporary techniques, check out Restaurant Locavore. Their menu varies by the day, depending on what fresh ingredients they were able to obtain that day. They typically offer two different "tasting" menus for guests to choose from, one which includes seafood and meat dishes, while the other is strictly vegetarian. They also offer a variety of cocktails and wines. They are located just outside of Ubud, about a 20 minute walk or five minute drive.
Restaurant Locavore, Ubud, Bali.
If you are in search of "gourmet comfort food," head to Scratch. The Canadian chef cooks a variety of dishes, from steaks, tapas, pastas, and American and Asian staples alike, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The inside of the restaurant is air-conditioned, and they also have an outdoor patio for fresh air. Scratch offers an extensive cocktail list, as well as serving a variety of beers. They are closed on Sundays but are open for lunch and dinner (12 PM – 10 PM) Monday through Saturday. Scratch is located about a 40 minute drive from Ubud.
Craving a burger? Then head to Wacko Burger for a delicious take on this classic meal. They offer over 10 different types of burgers, from traditionally made ones, to ones with guacamole, sour cream, nachos, and jalapenos served on them. They also offer fish and chips, hot dogs, fried rice, and spaghetti for the non-burger crowd. In addition to the main course, Wack Burger also serves desserts like Belgium waffles and a selection of ice creams. They also make milkshakes, and have a variety of other beverages like soft drinks, juices, and beer as well. They have two locations, one in Seminyak and one in Jimbaran. Both are open from 12 PM to 9:30 PM, and Seminyak is openly daily, while Jimbaran is closed on Sundays. The Seminyak location is about a 40 minute drive from Ubud, while the Jimbaran location is about a 50 minute drive.
Where to stay
The Samaya is a villa that offers several different types of rooms for their guests, from single bedroom options, to three bedroom villas meant for families or groups traveling together. Each villa comes with its own type of private swimming pool as well. The hotel also offers complimentary airport transfer and shuttle service to Ubud, a daily snack, fruits, and beverages, and wireless Internet. The Samaya has a spa, two restaurants, a gym, 24-hour room service, as well as offering daily activities like nature walks and cooking classes. They are located about a 10 minute drive from Ubud.
The Amori Villa offers seven suites and villas, perfect for either a couple traveling alone, or a group interested in booking the entire property. Each villa has plenty of space, privacy and their own bathroom, but also includes a shared living and dining area, kitchen, infinity pool, and spa area. All rooms also come with air-conditioning and a full breakfast. Other meals and drinks (including wine from a large cellar) can be ordered a la carte. The villa also has contracted drivers available for transportation anywhere, a free shuttle to Ubud, and a spa offering massages. They are located about a seven minute drive away from Ubud.
Amori Villa pool area.