Surreal, scintillating, and serene is exactly what defines Bali in December. And despite the fables of the heavy rains on the island, which make it not a good month to visit, we can vouch that it has a plethora of experiences for you to indulge in even in the wet season. Yes, water sports too!
But, apart from the thrill, the island is also home to other unique attractions and activities, which are a must-do to make your holiday during this month even more special!
Weather In Bali In December
Unlike the other months, the island during this time witnesses the wet season at its peak, especially if November hasn’t seen much rainfall. The average temperature stays around 27 degrees Celsius, and drops barely to a minimum of 25 degrees, keeping the air a bit humid throughout. But, despite the less hours of sunshine and more of downpours, December is a great time to visit Bali.
10 Experiences For Enjoying Your Bali Trip In December
Famous mostly for its beaches and water sports, December rains might change your mind about visiting the island. But, if you’re planning to travel to Bali in December, don’t let anything keep you away. The island has an endless number of experiences for you, of which the following are magnificent enough to help you have a holiday of your lifetime!
1. Visit the famous temples around
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The Bali temples look and feel like magic woven with the stones, and there is no denying that. While the island is home to innumerable shrines and temples, the most famous are the ones you would be easily able to cover during your trip. And believe us, they are all worth your visit and time!
Best temples in Bali: Tanah Lot, Uluwatu Temple, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Besakih Temple, and Goa Gajah.
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2. Be a part of the Denpasar Festival
Being celebrated for the last nine years, the Denpasar Festival this year would be the tenth one of its kind. From cultural performances to display of art, it is the largest open space festival in Bali, which is held at the end of the year. It is the one place where you would get to witness everything that makes the island so captivating and gorgeous.
Dates for Denpasar Festival: 28th to 31st December
3. Shop till you drop at the famous markets
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Surf wear, classy designer fabrics, Kopi Luwak coffee and chocolates, silver jewelry, and a zillion types of souvenirs to bring back home – Bali has got it all! If you’re a Shopaholic at heart, we bet that you could explore the markets all day long and not feel bored at all, as it an exceptional experience to have when you’re here.
Best places to shop in Bali: Ubud Market, Seminyak, Rip Curl, Quiksilver Boardriders Cafe in Jalan Legian
4. Visit the Ubud Monkey Forest
Officially known as the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, visiting this place is the most unique experience to have in Bali. With over 700 monkeys and 186 species of trees, there’s a lot here that would leave you startled. You could capture them from a distance and exploring the nature at your own pace.
Entry Fee: IDR 40,000 for kids, and IDR 50,000 for adults
Timings: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali
5. Refresh yourself on the beaches
While a few beaches in Bali might not be too perfect to visit during the rains, some of them still are. If you’re too much into adventure, going the cliche way and indulging in water sports at Benoa Harbor is another of the top things to do in Bali in December.
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Best Beaches To Visit In Bali During December: Padang Padang, Belangan, Pandawa, Jimbaran Beach, and more.
6. Stay in a luxury resort
Home to beaches and luxury, the island has an endless list of resorts that would add oomph to your holiday. World-class comfort, absolute privacy, and unmatchable hospitality is what you would experience. Also, a stay at one of the best hotels would help you whisk away the worry of the wet season.
Best luxury resorts in Bali: Banyan Ungasen, Viceroy Bali, The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa, and Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort.
7. Explore the Bali Safari & Marine Park
Located one hour drive away from the Ngurah Rai Airport, this is one of the best places to visit in Bali in December. A safari journey through the park would let you witness creatures like owls, warthog, tiger, and more. Apart from wild spotting, the unique animal performances here also makes it a place you mustn’t miss!
Entry Fee: IDR 135.000 for kids, and IDR 150,000 for adults
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Jl. Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19,8, Serongga, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali
8. Get your creative side on
If the hours of rain make you feel like you’re missing out on a lot, worry not. Bali is also home to a lot of indoor spectacular experiences like painting a pot, creating your own fragrance, and more. This wouldn’t only help you in bringing the artist in you come alive, but also add on to your holiday memories.
Best indoor experiences in Bali: Fragrance making at L’Atelier Parfums et Créations (Ayana Resort), painting a pot at Jenggala Keramic Bali in Jimbaran, taking Bali Cooking Classes, and more
9. Eat at the best restaurant around
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Be it beach dining or a fancy candle lit dinner in a luxury restaurant, Bali has it all. And there is no way why you should miss it. December being the month of gorgeous views, eating at the best place around is one experience that would make your trip even more special.
Best Places To Eat In Bali: Soleil, Kubu Restaurant, and Cascades Restaurant
10. Put a musical end to your New Year’s Eve
With a lot of music festivals happening around the island to ring in the new year in style, you could experience celebrations at their best in Bali. From the best DJ’s flying to the hip and happening vibes all around, there’s a lot to spark up your last evening of the year with your loved ones!
Famous music festival venue: Garuda Wisnu Kencana Monument
Tips For Visiting Bali In December
- Do check the weather once before planning and booking your trip.
- Make sure you pack an umbrella or raincoats. In case you forget, worry not. Shopping in Bali doesn’t cost a bomb.
- Stay up to date with the rain predictions for every day, and adjust your trip itinerary accordingly.
- Make a list of all the things you wish to do so that you don’t miss out on any experience.
- Avoid going to areas such as Kuta or Nusa Dua as they tend to witness higher tides during the rains.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bali
Q1. What is the best time to visit Bali?
A. Boasting dry season, and a perfect weather to indulge in all types of experiences, the months from May to September are the best time to go to Bali.
Q2. What is the weather like in Bali in December?
A. December in Bali is mostly the peak time of the wet season, while the temperature usually stays around 27 to 28 degree Celsius, making the weather humid throughout the day.
Q3. What are the best things to do in Bali in early December?
A. Temple hopping, exploring the beaches, visiting the famous Bali Safari and Marine Park, indulging in indoor experiences like fragrance making, watching Kecak Dance, and dining near the ocean are some of the best things to do on the island in early December.
Q4. Where to go on Honeymoon in December, Bali or Mauritius?
A. While it mostly depends on one’s interests, the best decision would be to opt for a honeymoon in Bali in December. The island not only has beaches and natural beauty, but also experiences for vulture vultures, activities for adventure seekers, and luxury resorts and restaurants for the die-hard romantics.
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