Averages for Bali in September
After three months of the same average temperatures in Bali from June to August, the average temperatures in September stay the same as well. The average temperature this month is 27°C (81°F), the average low is 22°C (72°F), and the average high is 31°C (88°F). September begins with lots of sunny days filled with cool breezes, little to no rain, and a daily average temperature of 27°C (81°F), which stays this way throughout the month. The midd...
Daily averages for Bali
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After three months of the same average temperatures in Bali from June to August, the average temperatures in September stay the same as well. The average temperature this month is 27°C (81°F), the average low is 22°C (72°F), and the average high is 31°C (88°F). September begins with lots of sunny days filled with cool breezes, little to no rain, and a daily average temperature of 27°C (81°F), which stays this way throughout the month. The middle and end of September are very similar to the beginning, except that the chance of rain increases as the days pass, and there are slightly more cloudy days mixed in with the sunny ones. The lowest recorded temperature in September in Bali is 20°C (68°F), and the highest ever recorded temperature this month is 35°C (95°F).
September is the last month of Bali's "dry season" and as the transition from this season to "wet season" happens, there is less sunshine on average per day compared to the three prior months. The average amount of daily sunshine in September is nine hours. Along with moving towards wet season is an increased amount of rainfall. The average amount of rain in September is still minimal at just 50mm spread out over four days, but it is an increase from July and August totals.
Although there is a slight decrease in sunshine and a slight increase in rainfall, the sea temperature does not change in September from the two months before it. The average sea temperature this month is 27°C (81°F), which is warm water able to be enjoyed by all.
The humidity levels this month are the lowest they get for the year, with an average of 70% for the month. This is slightly uncomfortable, and high temperatures can make it feel worse, although there is some relief due to a fairly constant cool breeze this month.
Things to do
A great way to both learn about Indonesia's history, as well as experience some of its culture, is to visit Taman Nusa. Described as a "cultural park," their goal is to inform visitors about the numerous ethnic groups that make up Indonesia. They do so in an enjoyable and interactive way that keeps visitors engaged, all while being surrounded by Bali's marvelous nature, as much of the park is outdoors. The park is built on 37 acres of land and goes through the entire history of Indonesia, from before the Bronze Age, up until present day. There are numerous structures that are designed as they would be in a certain time period, helping explain the advances and changes that occurred over time, as well as statues and temples throughout the grounds. Tickets are $29 for adults and $19 for children and the park is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. They are located about 21 minutes east of Ubud.
Taman Nusa, Tongkonan, Traditional house of Toraja, Bali.
If you are interested in seeing some of Bali's wildlife, and specifically monkeys, check out Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. The goal of the sanctuary is to maintain the sacredness of the forest – monkeys play a large role in Balinese Hinduism – while also promoting it and opening it to visitors. The type of monkeys located in the sanctuary are called "long-tailed macaques," and are known to live both wildly in nature without any contact with humans, as well as living among humans and interacting with them. Even though they are capable of living in areas occupied by humans, without the conservation and protection of Bali's forests, like what is being done at this sanctuary, it is believed that macaques would not be able to survive. The sanctuary is home to 605 of them, consisting primarily of juveniles and infants. Visitors are free to walk among the grounds that are basically a forest consisting of almost 50 different types of trees, and view the monkeys. The sanctuary is open every day from 8:30 AM to 6 PM and is located about a 10 minute walk from Ubud.
If you are need of an adrenaline rush, head to Bali Paintball Arena. They are the only location in Bali offering three different courses, spread out over an area of almost five acres. They also offer different types of "game scenarios," like capture the flag or attack and defend, as well as an air rifle course for target shooting. Their equipment is high quality, imported, and up to date, and all safety equipment (goggles, facemask, etc.) is provided. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes as you will be running around, but everything else, including a camouflage jumpsuit to protect you from the paint is provided. They are open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM and pickups from your location can be arranged. The arena is located about a 57 minute drive from Ubud.
Bali Paintball Arena. Photo by vacabo indo.
Hit the beach
Seminyak Beach is a wide beach that is also about 3km long and made up of white sand. The beach is clean with little to no trash. It is also quieter than the surrounding beaches, especially after the "peak season" of July and August have passed. There are decent waves here making it good for surfing, but they also make it difficult to swim unless you are a proficient swimmer, although there is a protected swimming area. The beach has sunbeds and umbrellas available to rent, as well as some water activities like scuba diving and snorkeling. Since the beach is so wide, visitors experience panoramic views of the sea, which also makes this a wonderful place to watch the sunset. Viewing the sunset can be done at Mano Beach Side Café, which serves things like sandwiches and pastas, as well as a variety of drinks, right from the beach. Seminyak Beach also has public facilities like toilets and changing areas. The beach is located about a 41 minute drive from Ubud.
Bias Tugel Beach, sometimes referred to as Pantai Kecil meaning Little Beach, is a white sand beach that is often considered Padang Bai's best beach. It is great for swimming and snorkeling (beautiful coral reef), but swimmers must be cognizant of their surroundings, as there is a strong current at times. This beach is a favorite among locals and is a bit difficult to reach, possibly scaring off tourists. In order to reach the beach, it is about a five minute walk down a steep, rocky hill that follows a construction road. During this walk, be sure to stop and admire Mount Agung in the distance, which is Bali's largest mountain. As Bias Tugel is more of a local beach, you might not be able to find places that rent sunbeds and umbrellas, but there are warungs on this beach that could potentially have them to rent. The warungs without beach equipment will likely be selling food and drinks and as there aren't many accommodations on the beach, they are your only option for food. The beach is about a 45 minute drive from Ubud.
Bias Tugel Beach. Photo byPaul Greenway.
Where to eat and drink
Bridges is a "casual fine dining restaurant" serving both local and international fare. Their menu consists of tapas, fresh fish, curry dishes, meats and pastas, as well as a variety of desserts. While the wine list for diners offers about 20 different options from all over the world, Bridges also has its own wine bar and shop with over 180 different types available for purchase. In addition to wines, they also serve a selection of cocktails and beer. Bridges also offers both indoor and outdoor seating, some areas with wonderful views looking out to the lush surroundings. Reservations are recommended and they are located about a three minute drive from Ubud.
For a unique take on Asian-style cuisine, check out Fat Chow. Their dishes are created using perfected family recipes that have been updated with a modern feel. You can expect to find things like barbeque ribs, Thai curry, oriental burgers, cashew chicken, and fresh seafood on their menu. They also serve fresh, homemade juices and have a full bar as well. Fat Chow also prides itself on being "green," as almost anything in the restaurant can be recycled. They are open from 10 AM to 10 PM daily and are located about a 44 minute drive from Ubud.
Fat Chow Restaurant, Bali.
Where to stay
Aria Villas Ubud is a resort offering eight different villas for guests to choose from, consisting of either one or three-bedroom options. Each villa comes with a private pool and it is possible to combine adjoining villas for a four-bedroom option containing two private pools. Regardless of which type of villa is selected, they all come with a living area, bedroom, dining area (either outdoor or indoor), and a private cabana. There is also a spa on-site offering massages and body treatments, which are also available in your villa if you prefer. They do not have a restaurant on-site, but instead food for every meal of the day can be ordered to your villa from a menu offering both local and international cuisine. They also have a bartender capable of making a variety of drinks per request. The Arias Villas are located in Ubud.
Damai offers five different villa-style room options, each with slightly different amenities than the other. The garden villa, which is the smallest room choice, is the only room that does not come with its own private pool, but they do have open-air bathrooms with Jacuzzis instead. Every room is surrounded by lush, green gardens and most also have sea views. The Damai has a spa offering massages and both body and beauty treatments, as well as yoga classes. There is also a restaurant on-site, serving fresh and local dishes consisting of both Asian and western style cuisine. They also have outdoor seating looking out to the sea. They are located 90 minutes from Ubud, on the northern coast of Bali.
Damai pool villa.