Bali is excellent for visiting all year round. Bali only really has 2 seasons: a wet and a dry season. As Bali is situated near the equator, its temperature is quite constant; it varies between 28 and 32 degrees by day and between 22 and 26 degrees by night. In the mountains it is considerably cooler.
The dry season runs from March to November and the wet season from November to March.
However, during the wet season Bali is also a good place to be, as even in the wet season Bali has many dry days/parts of days. By far, it rains most in the late afternoon, in the evening and at night.
Despite Bali being very green during most of the dry season, nature is at its best during the wet season.
CULTURE / RELIGIONCULTURE/RELIGION
The population of Bali is mainly Hindu, then Islam and all are very religious and very respectful of all religions. Apart from the big Hindu temples that are spread out over Bali, almost every building or object has its own Hindu temple, large or small whichalso goes for most villas and resorts on Bali. Sanggah, means family temple in Balinese. Villa Sanggah has a wonderful Sanggah on our land. All religions are represented in Bali, Indonesia is very tolerant of everyones beliefs, all Holidays are honored, from Ramadan to Christmas.
Every day, twice a day, the Balinese pray at their temples large or small and offerings are made, e.g. small bamboo or palm handwoven offering plates of flowers, rice, money, coffee, incense and more depending on the event or the god of the temple.
Large village ceremonies and processions are a regular occurrence on Bali. You will without a doubt experience this when you are travelling through Bali or during day trips, for example because the road has suddenly detoured due to a local ceremony procession. Cremations can be very large to very small. When a high caste Balinese is being cremated, the local villagers that cannot afford a cremation, will join with their deceased in the larger ceremony, this is very common.
One of the most popular ceremonies by far on Bali takes place once a year (NYEPI). Please bear this in mind when planning or booking your (return) flights as Bali's public life then comes to a total standstill. Even Bali's international airport is closed.
Dates of NYEPI for the coming years: 2013: 12 March / 2014: 31 March / 2015: 21 March / 2016: 9 March
2017: 28 March / 2018: 17 March / 2019: 5 April / 2020: 23 March
CURRENCY / MONEY MATTERS CURRENCY / MONEY MATTERS
The Indonesian Rupiah is the currency on Bali (Indonesia) code IDR. Please take into account that in most shops you can only pay cash. Only in the south there are store chains where you can pay with your credit card. When going to a money changer, it is best that you go to a larger one, such as Central, that charges a commission, if they say No Commission, what they mean is they give you a lower rate of exchange.
Withdrawing cash, from ATMs, is no problem. There are many ATMs on Bali in the larger populated areas.
Please take into account that from many ATMs you cannot withdraw large amounts of cash unlimitedly. Make arrangements with your bank regarding your withdrawals abroad.
Villa Staff: 100,000 per week, per staff member Taxi: 5,000 - 10,000 rupiah Services: Massage, Mani-Pedi: 10,000 rupiah Restaurants: 5-10'% of Bill 1 Day Drivers: 50,000 rupiah per day