Averages for Bali in March
What's the Weather Like in 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 tem...
Daily averages for Bali
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What's the Weather Like in 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).
Average Sunshine Hours
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.
Average Sea Temperature
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.
Bali Hotels in March
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.
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.
Sudamala Suites and Villas combine traditional Balinese styles with modern comforts and conveniences. Occupying a prime spot on the beachfront, the hotel offers a number of suites which makes it ideal for both romantic escapes and family holidays. Enjoy the hotel's renowned onsite spa, or take part in the diving and other watersports available if you're feeling adventurous. Guests also receive a complimentary foot massage and 10% off on local tours when they book directly through its website.
Bali Beach for March
If you're looking for a relatively secluded beach that's ideal for swimming and bathing, then Jimbaran Beach is your best bet. A 45-minute journey from Ubud, there's abundant onsite parking which means it's easy to get to if you're travelling either by car or public transport. While this beach is best suited to swimming and bathing, the waves are large enough to provide opportunities for surfing. 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, locally-caught seafood and also offer a variety of cocktails.
Pasir Putih, also known as White Sand Beach, is a bit off the beaten track but well worth the trip. Flanked either side by rolling green hills, this beach really lives up to its name as the azure waters lap against the pristine white shores. It's secluded, but there are a number of family-run shops which provide sunbeds, chairs and umbrellas for hire; some also offer fishing and sailing. As the water on this beach is mostly calm, this makes the ideal place for swimming, bathing and snorkelling. You'll also find a number of stands selling freshly-caught grilled seafood, which is delicious.
Bars and Restaurants
If you're serious about breakfast and brunch, you won't want to miss a trip to Elgin Avenue Cafe while you're in Bali. It's a bit off the beaten track, but the quality of the food and the range of the dishes available definitely justify the journey. The cafe's signature Eggs Benedict are highly recommended, as is the French Toast. Coffee lovers will certainly be pleased by the offerings available here.
For a taste of France in Bali, check out Pearl Restaurant. They offer a variety of starters, with an emphasis on seafood and classically French meat dishes. A variety of French desserts also grace the menu, and you can wash your meal down with one of the many fine wines, which are cleverly displayed on the restaurant's walls. Reservations can't be made online and the restaurant only serves evening meals from 6PM onwards.
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 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.
Based in Kerobokan, Biku is the place to go for tasty "fusion food" which brings together the best of Indonesian and western cooking under one roof. Everything on the menu is worth a try, although the restaurant's desserts are a typical favourite. There's also a quality children's menu, making it a good place for family dining. If you're not after an evening meal here, then pop by earlier and try a sumptuous afternoon tea at the restaurant.
Things to do in Bali in March
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.
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.
Check out the Museum Pasifika if you're stuck with a rainy day in Bali. This relatively new museum 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.