Just 8 degrees south of the equator, Bali’s weather is some of the best in the world. With temperatures during the day averaging between 20 and 35 degrees Celsius, you really can’t go wrong. From November to April, it’s generally a lot warmer and can get very humid, but you will find a nice rain shower most afternoons will cool things down. Depending on where you are on the island, you might not see rain at all (particularly around Bukit Peninsula); while in other areas you could experience showers at any time of year. It’s a popular holiday destination, particularly for Australians, so just remember it might be extremely busy during peak holiday periods.
Bali is separated into six distinct regions: South Bali, the most popular; Central, the cultural heart and home to the central mountain range; West, includes West Bali National Park; North, with its quiet black sand beaches; East, home to volcanos and coastal villages; and the Southeastern Island – including Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan.
If you want to take some quiet time out in the mountains, Bali’s central mountains peak at more than 3,000 metres, with the highest being an active volcano – Mount Agung in the east. Agung actually has major spiritual significance to the island’s local people and it is home to the ‘Mother Temple’ of Besakih. It forms part of a chain of volcanos that make up the back bone of Bali.
There are around 20,000 temples on the island. Each village is required by law to have at least three temples – the temple of origin, the village temple and the temple of the dead. If villages are wealthy, they will often have many more. The island is also home to nine directional temples, which protect the island from evil spirits and are located on the sides of mountains, in caves or at the top of cliffs.