During the wet or green season, the sun can be shining bright one minute and you can quickly find yourself in a tropical downpour the next minute, leaving you soaked.
Intrepid travellers never let rain get in the way, with essential equipment being waterproof boots and backpack, portable umbrella and a rain poncho or “wet suit” if touring by scooter, Harley or Dirt Bike.
A rainy day in Bali might best be spend on a road trip to the tall volcanic cone mountains, redundant with waterfalls and charming villages along the crater lakes region. Here you can find a few surprises, everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to spice packs and unique artistic items like wood carvings.
Most visitors to Mt. Bedugul take the detour to the best known waterfall in Bali. Gitgit Waterfall is about 40m tall; it is less than 1km off a main road, so it’s fairly accessible and not too strenuous a climb back up the stairs and trail.
This is the place for canyoneering adventures for the adrennaline addicts, or nature walks for bird and flower lovers.
Rainbow Rambler’s Tip: If caught out in a shower, it’s safest to pull off the road or muddy trail and pull into a warang (cafe) for a few Bintangs (beer) or a local microbrew appropriately called Storm.
Rainbow Tourism Recommends: Singaraja & Bedugul Mountain Tour, which includes Lovina Beach on the North Coast. This is a 10.5 hour tour if you’re staying in the Southern tourists regions, but an easy day if you’re already staying in the quieter and lovely Lovina (which is 2.5 hours north of the airport in Denpasar). This road trip includes going into the old town of Singaraja, former capital and royal city, and along the black-sand coast to Lovina Bay (swim with the dolphins or soak in hot springs).
For northern Bali accommodation – from au natural to five-star gourmet retreats, see Rainbow Tourism Bali places