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Bali in September
Welcome to paradise! If you’re considering a trip to Bali, there’s no better time to visit than September. You’ve missed the rainy season to prepare yourself for warm weather, stunning landscapes, vibrant culture and some seriously good food! Bali is a dream destination for travellers seeking a unique and enriching experience. Let’s explore the island of gods, from the favourable weather conditions to exciting festivals and events that take place during the month of September. Grab your sunnies, pack your swimsuit and get ready for unforgettable adventure!
Bali Weather in September
In September, Bali experiences delightful weather that is perfect for days out exploring the island. The month marks the transition from the dry to wet season, so there’s a refreshing change to the landscape. The average high temperature during September ranges from 29-32 degrees, while the average low temperatures hover between 23-25 degrees – not bad ay? There may be some occasional showers but they usually occur in short bursts and definitely provide a bit of relief from the tropical heat.
Festivals and Events in Bali in September
Makepung Bullock Races
The Makepung Bullock Races are a thrilling and adrenaline-pumping event. Locals participate in traditional races with their decorated buffalo-drawn carts, showcasing the island’s unique rural traditions. It takes across various villages in Bali from July – November so whatever month you are travelling in, you have the opportunity to experience this. The bull racing is an age-old tradition highlighting the agrarian way of life on the island. During the final days of the event, locals and visitors gather to cheer on the racers and will get to experience the ‘buffalo fashion show’ as these beautiful animals are dressed and embellished with ornaments before competing in the best dressed section. Sounds pretty unique right?
Everyday Is A Party!
We mean it when we say everyday is a party in Bali. If you’re looking for an event to enjoy chilled vibes, a few cocktails, some tasty food and bask under the sun, then you need to try some of the beach clubs and make the most of the fantastic energy. If you’re in Canggu, La Brisa and Finns Beach Club are a must see, you can spend the day here with your pals and take dips in the ocean.
Ulu Cliffhouse is the ultimate Uluwatu hotspot. You can lounge on day beds, backdropped with swaying palm trees and take breaks dipping your toes in the Indian Ocean.
Whatever happens, don’t miss out on visiting Bali’s first adults-only dayclub – Omnia. This one of a kind venue is the perfect place to dance the day into night and enjoy a few drinks.
Best Places to visit in Bali in September
Known as Bali’s cultural heart, Ubud is a must-visit destination for your Bali itinerary. Picture lush greenery and rice terraces! Ubud is home to many wellness centres where you can practice yoga, sound healing and meditation or if you’re a foodie like us, you can visit some of the local warungs or try out the Instagram worthy coffee shops and restaurants. Don’t forget to explore the iconic Monkey Forest, visit ancient temples like Goa Gajah, and immerse yourself in traditional Balinese arts and crafts at the local markets.
Situated on the southern coast of Bali, Uluwatu is renowned for its stunning cliffs, mesmerising sunsets, and world-class surf breaks – the perfect place for adventurers. Visit the Uluwatu Temple perched on a cliff edge, catch a traditional Kecak dance performance, relax with a book on the pristine beaches of Padang Padang and Bingin, and explore the vibrant beach clubs and restaurants that line the coast.
If you’re looking for breath taking natural beauty and island vibes, head to Nusa Penida. The island is located southeast of Bali and you can take a day trip there via boat and be escorted throughout the island by a driver who will take you to visit the stunning viewpoints. Nusa Penida is home to Kelingking Beach, Angel’s Billabong, and Broken Beach, where dramatic cliffs meet turquoise waters. You can spend time snorkelling or diving and encounter magnificent marine life.
A visit to Bali is incomplete without witnessing the iconic rice terraces, and Tegallalang offers some of the most picturesque landscapes. Located near Ubud, these terraces showcase the traditional subak irrigation system and not to mention, an awe inspiring backdrop for photography. You can take a leisurely stroll through the terraced fields or enjoy a meal at one of the many cafes overlooking the lush scenery.
Best Things to do in Bali in September
Explore Water Temples
Bali is home to several iconic water temples, and visiting them in a must-do activity. Take a trip to Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a stunning temple located on the shores of Lake Bratan. Another must visit is Tirta Empul, known for its sacred springs where locals and visitors can participate in a traditional purification ritual.
Discover Bali’s Underwater World
September is the perfect time for snorkelling and diving in the vibrant marine ecosystem. Check out popular spots like Menjangan Island or Amed. If you’re a certified diver, make sure you explore the famous USS Liberty shipwreck in Tulamben or the colourful coral reefs around Nusa Penida.
Trek to Mount Batur
You may not be an early morning person, but rest assured this is worth the 2am wake up call. You can embark on an early morning trek up Mount Batur, an active volcano in Bali. The hike begins before dawn, allowing you to reach the summit in time to witness a breath taking sunrise and panoramic views of Lake Batur and the surrounding mountains while you enjoy a much needed breakfast.
FAQ about travelling to Bali in September
What is the weather like in Bali in September?
In September, Bali experiences pleasant and warm weather. The average high temp ranges from 29-32 degrees with occasional rain showers. It’s a transition month from the dry to wet season, but the rain showers are very short lived.
Is September a good time to visit Bali?
Yes, September is a great time to visit Bali. The weather is warm, the landscapes are lush, and it’s the shoulder season, meaning fewer crowds compared to the peak tourist months. It’s an ideal time for outdoor activities and exploring.
Is it safe to swim and surf in Bali in September?
Bali beaches are generally safe for swimming and surfing in September. While there might be occasional showers, they pass quickly. However, we recommend always checking local weather and surf conditions before heading out and follow the instructions of lifeguards. Be cautious of strong currents and heed any safety warnings.
What are some popular tourist destinations to visit in Bali in September?
You will never find a shortage of things to do and see in Bali. Our top picks are to explore Ubud, Uluwatu, Nusa Penida, Tegallalang Rice Terraces or visit Munduk in North Bali for some awe inspiring waterfalls.
What should I pack for a trip to Bali in September?
We recommend packing light weight and breathable clothing; shorts, tshirts, swimwear and sundresses. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen as this can be quite expensive to buy on the island, a hat, sunglasses of course and some comfortable shoes because if you love adventure, you will get a lot of walking in.
Are there any travel restrictions or entry requirements for Bali in September?
Upon arrival in the airport, you will be asked for you vaccination cert, but travel restrictions and entry requirements can and will vary over time, so it’s essential to stay updated with the latest information on the Indonesian government’s official website.
So, are you thinking of travelling to Bali in September? Whether you’re an adventurer or looking to sit back and relax, Bali has something for everyone. From early morning hikes and water sports, to white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. There is almost too much to mention in one blog post, so do lots of research to make sure you get the full experience. And guess what? If you’re a yoga enthusiast, we have a special treat for you! You can join our rejuvenating yoga retreats happening in Bali this September. You will stay in Ubud for 4 nights to explore the wellness capital before being transported to Nusa Lembongan, neighbouring the island of Nusa Penida for 6 nights of relaxation in a luxury private villa. You will be immersed in daily yoga sessions, indulge in healthy meals, and find serenity amidst Bali’s natural beauty. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to unwind, recharge and explore the magic of Bali. Book your spot here and embark on a transformative journey. Check out our blog post on the top 9 places to eat in Ubud.