What weather to expect when travelling to Bali in September

Look forward to mostly perfect weather conditions for all kind of activities. With less humidity, a cool breeze and shallow waters all kind of sports, spa treatments and sightseeing will be a pleasure. This month is an insider view for all these who want see the tropical paradise shown from its best side. Typically the central highlands and the area around Ubud are cooler and also rainier than the lower coastal areas. Sometimes at night temperatures can drop significantly in the mountains and highlands. Be prepared and bring warmer clothes for your trip there especially when you are planning a hike up the volcanoes. Bring plenty of sunscreen for the beach and sightseeing days. If it´s still getting  too hot for you during the daytime take a relaxing spa timeout or visit some of the lush yoga studios for a refreshing session with meditation. Magic Bali offers an unbelievably wide variety of activities for all tastes, budgets and weather conditions. Let yourself get swept along on an adventurous tour through this amazing Island of the Gods.

Learn about Balinese heritage at Lovina Beach Festival

As Lovina is located on the northern coast of Bali, not many people make the effort to travel up there during their stay in Bali. That is exactly why you should go there: find unspoilt beaches and a very lush rural area with enchanting people. The reasons why this festival at the Kalibukbuk Beach attracts many tourists is that it remains true to the rich cultural heritage with a number of traditional shows, dance, music and arts & crafts exhibitions. Calculate around 3 hours’ drive from the southern beaches, so better stay a night or two and have a look at one of the many waterfalls or simply enjoy the refreshing cool breeze up in the mountains for a small walk on the way there or back.

When:        9.9.-13.9.2018
Where:       Lovina, Kalibukbuk Beach, Jl. Raya Singaraja, Singaraja, Kaliasem  

Ombak Bali Surf Film Festival - Latest film releases of the surfing world

Look forward to mind-blowing visuals with this year’s fabulous line-up of films, filled by epic adventures, whimsical journeys and low budget escapades by those impassioned by the motion of the ocean. The Ombak Bali crew has searched far and wide to find the most awesome, awe-inspiring films of the genre, films that go beyond the waves and show how surfing can mobilize, inspire and fuel social change. Both talented newcomers and more established directors are being celebrated during the four-day event. All screenings are free of charge and take place in open air under the stars of the absolutely stunning gypsy inspired beach club ‘La Laguna’ in Canggu. This year’s 10th Ombak Bali is an annual event and ever since its first edition in 2008 in Kuta it has become a solid landmark to celebrate surfing and surf lifestyle in its most creative forms. The program offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected surf documentary features, action films, shorts, animations and media art. All films at the festival are World, International or Asian premieres. The Ombak Bali is the 1st showcase for international independent surf films and documentaries in South East Asia.

When:       12.9.-15.9.2018, daily from 6pm
Where:      La Laguna, Jalan Pantai Kayu Putih, Berawa, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
Price:        FREE

...and more movie news at the Balinese Film Festival Balinale

'TIMELESS' is set to be the theme for the Bali International Film Festival so all films will be considered on their extraordinary ability to communicate the largest of human stories as well as the briefest moments of world changing emotion. The program (released in late August 2018) includes short films, feature films and documentaries. A number of pre-festival activities will complement the expanded main program: daily performances, children’s activities, student workshops, a nationwide film competition & roadshow, plus a free open air cinema for a community that has grown to love and eagerly anticipate the annual festival. Including artistic pieces from local and international filmmakers the festival is unique in Indonesia and offers new up and coming artists to display their work in special preview sessions. This year’s 12th anniversary from 24-30 September 2018 will take place at the recent Cinemaxx Theaters in Lippo Mall Kuta & Plaza Renon. For all film lovers:  Book your tickets early, screenings tend to sell out quickly.

When:      24.9.- 30.9.2018, 3pm – 11pm
Where:     Cinemaxx Lippo Mall Kuta, Lippo Mall Jl. Kartia, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung   

Join the Mother Temple of Hinduism in Bali for the ‘Piodalan’ Anniversary

Rising majestically on the western slopes of Mount Agung, and referred to as the Mother Temple of Hindu Bali, the Besakih Temple, covering a vast area that offers breathtaking mountain scenery surrounding this beautiful and artistic temple complex. It is simply the most important temple for the whole of the island and was nominated as a World Heritage Site in 1995. The area is on an altitude of about 1,000 meters and is located on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung in the North East of Bali.
It is surrounded by scenic rice paddies, lush forests and vegetation. The compound is really big so you can easily spend 3 hours here so better prepare for quite a walk and climbing stairs. A good guide who is capable of explaining to you the different symbols, the meaning of the separate temples, their shrines etc. will make your time fly. Pilgrims from all over the island flock to the temple for prayers, providing a unique sight during the anniversary celebrations, which coincides every Tuesday on a Kliwon Julungwangi cycle on the Balinese 210-day pawukon calendar.  Bring Sarongs and sashes!

When        24.9.2018, from 8am – 5pm
Where       Pura Beskih, Besakih Village, Rendang, Karangasem

Can't make it to Bali in September? Check out Things to Do in August or Things to Do in July instead.