Bali: March Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||7 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||32 %|
|Rainfall days||14 days|
|Chance of Rain||32 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||3 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||9 %|
Averages for Bali in March
As the year progresses it continues to get warmer in Bali in March. The average temperature this month is 27°C (80°F), while the average low is 23°C (73°F), and the average high is 30°C (86°F). The beginning of March brings a mixture of days filled with sun, with those that are overcast, and a daily average temperature of about 26°C (79°F). The middle of the month is roughly the same, with a slight decrease in the chance of rain, and with a slight increase in temperature, to a daily average of 27°C (80°F). The end of the month again brings a smaller chance of rain, as well as slightly warmer temperatures, with a daily average of 28°C (82°F), not much of an increase from the beginning of the month. The coldest ever recorded temperature in March was 22°C (72°F), while the hottest ever recorded temperature was 37°C (97°F).
As the days get warmer, the amount of daily sunshine increases as well. The average amount in March is seven hours a day. This coincides with a decrease in the average amount of rain this month. The average total this month is the same as in February (90mm), but as it is spread out over less days (15 in February to 14 in March) – and there are more days in the month in March – means less total rainfall.
Although the days are getting longer and hotter, the temperature of the sea is actually cooling. The average sea temperature in March is 28°C (82°C), which is a slight decrease from February. Even with the decrease, this is still very warm water that can be enjoyed by everyone, and for sustained periods as well, not just a quick dip.
The humidity in March stays constant with the high totals in January and February, which is likely to do with it still being “wet season.” The average humidity in March is 80% which is high enough to cause discomfort. As the average high this month is 30°C (86°F), this means there are plenty of days with temperatures warmer than this, which is an unpleasant combination with already high humidity levels.
It is important to note that Nyepi Day is in March, which is a holy day in Bali. Practicing Hindus remain completely silent on this day and all residents are to remain indoors and make no noise. Outside activity is forbidden and the holy day lasts from 6 AM to 6 AM the following day. Beaches are closed and the airport is shutdown as well. In 2015, this day falls on March 21st, but check your calendar as it is a different day of March each year.
Where to stay
The Legian offers 67 aparment-style suites that all face the sea. Guests can choose from studios suites, one-bedroom deluxe suites, two-bedroom suites, and specialty suites. Regardless of which room chosen, they all have balconies with unobstructed views of the sea, perfect for watching the sunset. They have four locations on-site for food and drink, each with a wonderful view of the Indian Ocean. Transportation to and from the airport is complimentary, and the hotel has bicycles for the use of guests to get around. The Legian also offers a spa with several massage and beauty options, as well as a fitness center for working out and for taking yoga classes. They are located about a 37 minute drive from Ubud.
The Kunja is a resort that offers 18 villas, made up of 14 one-bedroom villas and four three-bedroom villas, for guests to choose from. Every villa has a large living area, an exclusive swimming pool and accompanying sundeck, a kitchen that is full-service, a tropical garden, as well as private bathrooms. They also offer to-and-from the airport transportation, as well as a dinner cooked by the private chef, or three different “themed” style (BBQ party, garden party, romantic dinner) meals can be cooked for you in your villa. The Kunja also has a spa providing massages and other therapeutic treatments. Booking online also gives you the option of selecting a “package” deal, such as an “adventure” package, which also includes a white water rafting trip. The Kunja is located in Kerobokan, which is about a 40 minute drive from Ubud.
Things to do
One of the best ways to explore Bali is to go on a hike through its nature. Mayong Tracking Experience offers the ability to do just this. They offer three to four hour hikes in groups no larger than 12, in order to keep the mood more personal. The hike takes you through the village of Mayong, which is the home village of the hike’s guide, so that you can their see daily routines. The hike will also go through the surrounding countryside and forests and the guide will teach you about the plants you encounter, many of which can be used for medicinal purposes, such as treating sunburns or allergies. At the conclusion of the hike, there is the option of having a traditional Indonesian meal in the home of the guide and cooked by his wife. His wife uses fresh and local ingredients to cook the meal and vegetarian or dietary restrictions can be accommodated. The hike must be booked in advance, and this is where any food concerns should be mentioned. They are located about 90 minutes north of Ubud.
If you are in need of some relaxation or searching for a good workout, head to Desa Seni for some yoga. They offer a variety of yoga classes, as well as a meditation class, and a Balinese dance class for children. Their staff consists of both locals and “foreigners,” all with different, yet extensive yoga backgrounds. Classes are offered daily, occurring at various times throughout the day. Reservations are not needed for the classes, although checking the schedule ahead of time to plan your visit is recommended. All props for the classes are provided, as is a complimentary lemongrass tea. Desa Seni also offers private lessons with one-on-one instruction, as well as training on how to become a yoga teacher. They are located about a 42 minute drive from Ubud.
Don’t let rain in March ruin your day and instead check out the Museum Pasifika. This relatively new museum (it opened in 2006) is home to over 600 works, created by local artists and by visiting artists from all over the world, who were both influenced by Indonesian creativity and their culture. The museum is broken up into different areas based on where the artist was from. For example, there is a room of Indonesian artists, a room of Italian artists, a room of Dutch artists, a room of French artists, etc. In addition to the permanent works, they also have temporary exhibits which primarily are used for promoting the culture of both Bali and internationally. Tickets are $8 for adults and children under the age of 10 are free. They are located about a 47 minute drive from Ubud.
Hit the beach
Jimbaran Beach is a fine, white sand beach that is very clean. The surrounding hotels do daily cleans so any trash is not left sitting for long. There are some areas on the beach that provide chairs and sunbeds for rental, most from local cafes. The water in front of specific parts of the beach can also be rocky and rough in certain places, although not the case in others and perfect for swimming, so be sure to check out the water before jumping in. Depending on the day there can be waves large enough for surfing as well. Much of this beach is usually quiet and not crowded, with more locals than tourists spending time there. There is a free parking area nearby if you choose to drive here. End your day at the beach at Jimbaran Bay Beach Restaurant, with a sunset meal right on the beach and your toes in the sand. They specialize in fresh seafood and also offer a variety of cocktails. Jimbaran Beach is located about a 45 minute drive from Ubud.
Pasir Putih, also known as White Sand Beach, is difficult to get to, but worth the trip. To find it, look for the Pura Bale Agung temple, and from there it is about a 1km walk over rocks down to the beach. The beach has green hills on either side, further hiding it from view. As its name suggests, it is a beach of white sand that hosts several warungs. These are small, usually family run shops, which offer sunbeds, chairs, and umbrellas for rental on the eastern side of the beach. Some also offer fishing or sailing tours as well. The water here is calm, making it a great swimming area and there are places to snorkel as well. You will not have to wander far for food or drink, as there are several stands directly on the beach, offering things like grilled, fresh seafood. Pasir Putih beach is located about a 50 minute drive to the east of Ubud.
Where to eat and drink
For a taste of France in Bali, check out Pearl Restaurant. They offer a variety of starters, with an emphasis on seafood, such as “homemade Ravioli stuffed with Eggplant Caviar, goat cheese and thyme sauce.” They also serve plenty of seafood as their main course, but also have meat dishes like veal, duck breast, and lamb. They also offer a selection of French desserts, like profiteroles and chocolate mousse. Pearl also has an extensive wine list, as can be seen by the variety of bottles that cleverly line their walls. Reservations cannot be made online and they are open every day except Wednesdays, serving only dinner from 6 PM until dinner is finished. They are located about a 40 minute drive from Ubud.
Sisterfields Café is a self-described “boutique café,” offering an “all-day” menu which consists of breakfast dishes like pancakes or eggs benedict, as well as lunch options like pork belly or tuna tataki. They also serve freshly made sandwiches, pastries, and salads in addition to their “all-day” menu. They don’t serve alcohol, but they do offer soft drinks, juices, teas, coffees, and fruit smoothies. The café has a modern feel, with both indoor and outdoor seating available. They are open daily from 7 AM to 5 PM and are located close to Seminyak Square, or about a 40 minute drive from Ubud.