What weather to expect when traveling to Bali in October

Visiting Bali is a stunner year around. During October you have the benefit to enjoy ‘The Island of the Gods’ without the crowds of the peak season. The sea temperature is around 27°C (81°F) which is enjoyable for a short swim but also very comfortable for longer water sport sessions. On an average there are 15 days with light rain fall in October, mostly during the night. So it´s really a good month to visit and one of the best to get cheap hotel rooms and villas, as it is definitely low season. Great international festivals draw in crowds in certain areas at times, but in general you will experience a quiet and magic Bali for your perfect spiritual holiday.



Events, Festivals and Ceremonies worth joining this month

Nusa Penida Festival

Nusa Penida is the largest and most exotic of the 3 Nusa islands, thanks to its collection of unique Hindu temples and picturesque natural features of cliff formations and lagoons. A vibrant festival is taking place during the first weekend in October. Expect Music, Dance and finest food during the 4 day celebration. Book ahead as accommodation is limited.

When:        05.-08. October 2019

Where:       Banjar Nyuh, Nusapenida, Klungkung, Bali



Perang Tipat Bantal

The villagers of Kapal and Padang Luwih, Badung Regency, have a very unique tradition called "Perang Tipat Bantal" or “Tipat Bantal War” that has been held since 1337. After a community prayer the villager's priest will sprinkle holy water to beg for the protection of all society and participants who carry out the war tradition. Hundreds of bare-chested men are divided into two groups to threw tipat (cooked rice wrapped in a square-shaped woven coconut leaf) and bantal (cooked rice wrapped cylindrical shape made from coconut leaf). So basically all the participants start a massive food fight that lasts about 10mins on the street. Try to get a glimpse on that super entertaining event when you are around that area on the 13th of October.

When:        13. October 2019

Where:       Kapal Village / Padang Luwih Village, Pura Desah Lan Puseh, Desa Adat Kapal



Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

From humble beginnings in 2002, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has evolved into one of the world’s most celebrated literary and artistic events – an annual pilgrimage for lovers of literature and conversation. The event celebrates its 16th year as Southeast Asia's leading festival of words and ideas. With 180+ writers, journalists, thinkers, activists, artists and performers appearing in 170+ events across 70 venues, the UWRF transforms the artistic village of Ubud into a thriving creative hub for five days each year. Bringing together some of the world’s most powerful voices in a melting pot of artists, authors, thinkers and performers, the Festival is a platform for meaningful exchange and cross-cultural dialogue. A place where artists and audiences alike can discuss shared inspirations, ideas and concerns.  Across five days, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival delivers an eclectic program of events – from fiery conversations to intimate literary lunches; gripping live performances to hands-on workshops. Nearly  40% of the event is  free: from the Indonesian Film Program – a mini Indonesian film festival in its own right – to a wide range of Book Launches, Art Exhibitions, Live Music & Arts performances, Festival Club and Children & Youth events, it's easy to enjoy the Festival on a budget.

When:          23.-27. October 2019

Where:        Multiple Venues in Ubud


THINGS TO DO IN BALI IN OCTOBER Ubud Writers and Readers Festival


Nusa Dua Fiesta

The southern part of the island, Nusa Dua, will become a fun and colorful weekend of exhibitions, arts, sporting events and cultural performances. The fiesta opens with a spectacular ceremony along the Nusa Dua Peninsula and is followed by live musical performances, colorful cultural dances as well as market stalls, food stalls and a parade in the evening with floats. For all foodies: To appease your appetite numerous food stalls offer international and Indonesian viands. The closing day spectacle includes a colossal dance with thousands of people performing the Mentari Pulau Dewata or ‘Sun of the Island of the Gods’. Grab your family and friends for an ‘illuminating’ trip to the stunning Nusa Dua area.

When:        25.-27. October 2019 Daily (from 6am-10pm)

Where:       Various venues, Bali Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) complex,

                   Peninsula Island – Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua, Benoa



Bali Heritage Food Festival

The event is organized by ITDC and held in October, features a number of culinary activities, such as cooking classes, a cooking battle, cooking competitions, a  food contest, eating spicy food competitions, making mass satay and making Balinese Food “Lawar” that is made with a mixture of herbs, vegetables, and grated coconut.  Get an insight of various kinds of culinary in Indonesia, starting from the way of serving, cooking techniques, and the uniqueness of the cuisine in each region.

When:        25. October 2019

Where:       Various venues, Bali Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) complex,

                   Peninsula Island – Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua, Benoa



Uluwatu Festival

Pecatu or better known as Uluwatu presents the Uluwatu Art Festival every year. It is the annual agenda of the Badung Regency run in October at Uluwatu Temple and Labuan Sait Beach or Padang-Padang. Different kinds of local  activities presented, such as surf club tag team challenges, night surf exhibitions, sand sculpting competitions, Jukung fishing tournaments, acoustic competitions, Jukung fishing tournaments, fruit carving competitions, Baleganjur competitions, Balinese dance and gamelan competitions. There will be cultural arts performances, including shows of local musicians, the hatchlings release and delicious food. Tourists who attend this event can enjoy the beautiful view of clear seawater, the vast expanse of white sand, and solid rock that surrounds Padang-Padang beach.

When:        25. October 2019

Where:       Pura Uluwatu - Labuan Sait Beach / Padang-Padang Beach

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