Living in Bali – The Weather
(I finally found some time to write something, I apologize if I didn’t write for a long time, although I did leave you in my Cris’ beautiful hands).
Since I was a kid I wanted to live on a tropical Island. Of course, when someone tells you they live in the tropics, all you can think about is Coconuts, Palm trees, Sun, Beaches and smiling locals. While this is exactly how it looks like, there is so much more to it. As life at the equator is not all flowers, I thought it would be a good idea to write some articles on what you could find useful when moving to or be visiting the tropics, and more specifically Bali. As we currently live in Ubud (in the middle of the island), we’ll start from here and we’ll move forward to other districts, from more specific topics to more general ones. Why should you read another blogger about “how to go and what to do in Bali?”. You shouldn’t, but I’m going to write about it anyway, so you might as well take what you can use from a person that learned things the hard way here.
Let’s start saying that if you want to embrace the tropical lifestyle, you have a lot to embrace, and not all of it is paradise.
This article will start from one of the main topics to get some people on the right track about what to prepare to enjoy a short OR long stay in the Island of the Gods.
Weather in Bali.
The weather in Bali is classified as equatorial. Equatorial weather means a shitload of rain and very hot Sunny days. Yes. Both. Often multiple times on the same day. Accompanied by a nice 60000% humidity rate.
A typical day in Bali could start with a super-clear sky. The sunshine is kissing your pillow and you wake up at your villa remembering why you decided to be in paradise. A jump in the pool makes everything fresher and after a day at the beach, you have dinner with your loved one and/or your friends in a local “Warung”. Great…this is exactly why you are on this Island.
Unfortunately, this happens every 4th day or May to September. The rest of the days, you will be driving around with a poncho in your scooter, knowing that a storm will probably hit. Short or long, that’s totally up to the gods. We have seen small raining lasting the time of a quick Thai lunch and storms lasting for hours and hours. It will always give you a break eventually but it can go for hours. The pattern usually is pretty predictable. The rainy season starts in October with some showers and you notice a certain time it usually starts in the day.
That’s going to be it, shifting toward night time through the season. That’s the general rule…but again, the gods kind of do what they want around here so bring the poncho. Always bring the poncho. The rainy season can be a difficult time to stay here long term as some people get slightly depressed but, in my opinion, it comes with its perks: fewer tourists, fewer tourists and fewer tourists. Moving from place to another is no longer a traffic nightmare, prices are semi-normal and you can find a spot at your favourite restaurants. Remember: rainy season does not necessarily translate into a bad experience: we came here twice during this time, as it’s been amazing. Both time. The first time it barely rained and when it did it was so hot that we thanked all the gods for it. Just take this in account when you book your flight.
Ubud is always slightly colder the coast so if you think of staying around here, at night time you might need a little something to put on while scooting around. If you stay down close to the beach, you’ll probably want to remove your skin by the time the sun goes down.
In case you don’t wanna read the graph….that’s a shitload of rain
As I mentioned, humidity is the key here; the plants need it to survive, and there are heaps of plants. We love plants so we don’t complain.
Unfortunately, another nice organism that needs it to survive is mould, so be aware of it. I and Cris left our clothes for almost 2 months here packed in a suitcase at our place thinking we were doing the smart thing and we had to throw away half of them. Make sure you leave them always dry and in a sunny and airy spot. Just do it, please. If you have air conditioning, that will change your life, and you won’t realise until you don’t walk into your dry and slightly cooler room. The dehumidifier built into the A/C will save your life. If you end up with mould on anything anyway (because you totally ignored my advice above), use vinegar or bleach (or a mould killer, duh), and make everything dry in the sun. The sun hates mould or the other way around…either way, it works.
Usually, when I write about the weather I write about what clothes to bring but really, that’s an aaaaaall different topic in Bali so I’ll write my next article about it.
Here you go, there is nothing more to say about the weather here: hot, rainy and humid in the Wet Season (October to March) and still hot, humid but less rainy in the Dry.
Now you know.
I hope this will help you out a bit to take the right choices around here…about the weather of course. Your life choices are totally up to you.