Indonesia has more than 17,000 islands, and yet Bali in September shines the brightest in terms of tourism. The Balinese hold many events and ceremonies in this month, which fascinate tourists from around the globe. You can also enjoy Bali’s culture through several music and dance events. The island’s flower gardens are in full bloom at this time of the year, and the sacred rivers and waterfalls are gushing with water. Truly, there’s no better time to visit Bali than September!
Weather In Bali In September
The weather in Bali in September is not very different from, let’s say, June to August. The average daytime temperature is 31 degree celsius and the average nighttime temperature is 22 degree celsius. September is marked by sunny days, little breeze, and no rain. The chance of rainfall increases in the month end. September is the last month of Bali’s dry season. The island makes a transition into wet season in October.
Things To Do In Bali In September
Take a look at the assortment of remarkable activities that take place in the tropical paradise in September:
The best time of the year to learn how to surf in Bali in September is the month end. That is because at that time, the trade winds are blowing offshore. The surf at some of the most famous surfing spots is usually spread across a few different peaks where you can normally find your own spot. Take a surf lesson from a beach boy – a lot of locals are more than happy to help you with it.
Best places: Dreamland, Kuta Beach, Jimbaran, Bingin Beach, and Batu Bolong Beach
Average price: INR 2,512 per person
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If you’re going white water rafting in Bali in September, you get to choose from between the Ayung River and the Telaga Waja. The pick up time is usually from 9 AM to 9:30 AM. The duration of the entire experience is around 2-2.5 hours. Lunch is always included and consists of local food: fruit, rice, noodles, a vegetable or a meat dish. The length of the river you cover is usually around 12-14 kms.
Best places: Ayung River and Telaga Waja River
Average price: INR 1,865 per person
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If snorkeling in Bali is your priority, there is no better time than September. The sea is not choppy and you will find a cool breeze blowing. Most people prefer snorkeling over scuba diving since the former doesn’t require a certified license. It is a safe sport for non swimmers, provided you don’t go out alone. The visibility underwater in the month of September and the water temperature is excellent for snorkeling.
Best places: Nusa Dua, Padangbai Blue Lagoon, and White Sand Beach
Average price: INR 1,000
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4. Watch The Sunset At Tanah Lot
Bali has the world’s most amazing sunsets and and some pretty great places to watch it from. Tanah Lot, a temple by the sea, is known to offer great views of the sky turning a warm palette of orange. The only problem that you may encounter is the crowd. To counter that, make sure you arrive super early and climb to one of the rooftop restaurants to catch the best views.
Location: Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82121
How to reach: Take the main highway from Denpasar to arrive in the town of Kediri. There is a sign at the intersection announcing the southwest turn to Pura Tanah Lot.
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5. Climb Mount Batur At Sunrise
There are two different routes you can take to complete the 11 km-long hike. The easiest one takes the longest and winds its way around the mountain. The hardest route is a steep incline straight up to the summit and is the fastest way to get there. If you haven’t arrived at the start of the hike on time, we’d recommend taking the harder route, so you don’t miss the beautiful sunrise.
Location: Bangli Regency, Bali
How to reach: The fastest way to get there is via a bus from Ubud to Kintamani. The journey takes 1 hour.
Events In Bali In September
How is Bali in September? It’s like a dream come true. Don’t believe us? Attend these upcoming events in Bali in September and see for yourselves:
Soundrenaline is known as one of the premier music events in Indonesia. The event has been known to showcase huge international artists. It featured Grammy nominee Limp Bizkit as headliner in 2018. Alongside mainstream global acts, the festival is also known for showcasing music talents in the country as well as from across Southeast Asia.
Dates: September 7 – September 8
Venue: Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park , Bali
Highlight: Music performances by Burgerkill, Efek Rumah Kaca, Dipha Barus, and Tulus
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2. Maybank Bali Marathon
Maybank Bali Marathon consists of four categories, namely the marathon (42.197 kilometers), half-marathon (21.097 km), 10k run and kids dash. It was named as one of the most “remarkable races in the world”. The international-level race is said to be a collaboration between running coaches and participants.
Registration date: 28 March
Venues: Gianyar and Klungkung
Highlight: The challenging route highlights Bali’s wonderful landscapes and cultures, including its songs and dances.
3. Lovina Beach Festival
Lovina Beach Festival is a three-day festival up in North Bali. It takes place in Kalibukbuk and Kaliasem villages. It is the perfect opportunity to escape the crowded, tourist-filled south beaches and get a stronger glimpse of Balinese culture. From live music to tons of food stalls, there’s no dearth of attractions in the event.
Dates: September 20 – September 23
Venues: Kalibukbuk and Kaliasem
Highlight: Balinese marching band, Gong Kebyar performance, Ki Barak Panji Sakti Dance
4. Ombak Bali Surf Film Festival
The Ombak Bali Surf Film Festival showcases Indonesian and international surf films and documentaries. These films explore the diversity of surfing. It is an annual event and is well established with a complete jury, a great movie selection, and awards. The event celebrates the art of surfing in the grandest way possible.
Date: September 21 – September 22
Venue: The Lawn, Canggu, Bali
Highlight: The festival focuses on recent feature films and short films with a message.
BALINALE is Indonesia’s only International Film Festival held annually on the island of Bali. Each year, it features international films and workshops. The festival was established in 2007 by Bali Taksu Foundation to provide an opportunity to invite foreign filmmakers to screen their films. The festival also gives Indonesian filmmakers an opportunity to present their work to a global audience.
Dates: September 24 – September 30
Venues: Lippo Mall, Kuta (Lower Ground) Plaza Renon, Bali (Top Floor) Aryaduta Bali Colony
Highlight: The festival celebrates independent films from Indonesia.
5 Money Saving Tips To Visit Bali In September
Here are five effective hacks and strategies to trim your expenses on a holiday in Bali in September:
1. Sign up for e-newsletters of budget airlines like TigerAir and AirAsia so you’ll be among the first to know when they’re slashing the ticket fares.
2. If you’re going to Bali in September in a group or four or more, you can book a cliff-side villa on Airbnb at a very affordable rate instead of booking a drab hotel room.
3. Skip the metered taxis and get day-passes in air conditioned shuttle buses for unlimited rides.
4. Eat like a local at cafes and shacks instead of opting for expensive exotic meals. A plate of chicken/veggies and rice will only set you back by around INR 70.
5. Be sure to use your haggling skills to book water activities like parasailing in Bali in September end.
How To Get Around Bali In September
Bali offers plenty of affordable transportation options. Scooters are the best way to travel around on your own and they are also inexpensive to rent out at INR 360 a day. Two people can easily ride on one scooter if you both are traveling light.
If you’re traveling longer distances, you can take the Kura-Kura bus. It has multiple departure times throughout the day and almost always runs on schedule. Make sure to check the bus schedule a night before traveling. An Uber is three times cheaper than the local taxis, but it is prohibited in certain areas.
The genuine warmth and friendliness that Balinese locals exude will make you feel at home in Bali in September 2019. The mere mention of the destination evokes thoughts of a paradise. As someone rightly said: it’s more than a place; it’s a tropical state of mind. Book your trip to Bali in the month of September with TravelTriangle to take part in the exquisite cultural processions.
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