Top Reasons Why You Should Visit Bali in January 2020

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Swimming pool at Anantara Bali Resort Uluwatu. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.

Bali Travel

Is January a good time to visit the Island of the Gods? Except for the first few days, Bali tends to be rather quiet during the first month of the year. However, an exception will be the last week of the month this year as Chinese New Year gets underway on 24 in January 2020.

Weather in Bali in January

Bali has two seasons: wet and dry. Wet season runs from October to April. And dry season runs from May to September.

Because Bali is near the Equator, there is little variation in temperature from month to month. However, there is more chance of rain during wet season. And the humidity tends to higher, as well.

In fact, January falls in the middle of the rainy season. On average it rains about 27 days during the month, according to Bali.com. However, keep in mind that is doesn’t usually rain all day.

The average maximum temperature is 29 degrees Celsius, or 84 degrees Fahrenheit. And the average low is 23 degrees Celsius, or 73 degrees Fahrenheit.

While you might not be able to spend a lot of  time by the pool or at the beach, you can discover some of Bali’s other attractions. For example you can visit museums and temples. In addition, you can shop till you drop. Bali has some great shopping!

Tourism in Bali in January

Generally speaking, January is one of the slowest months in terms for tourism. Therefore, you might be able to get special deals at hotels, resorts, and guest houses.

However, the first five or so days of January are an exception. In addition, since Chinese New Year falls at the end of January this year, Bali will attract many Chinese tourists during that period.

This year, Chinese New Year’s Eve will fall on 24 January, a Friday. And it is an official holiday in China. After that, the following seven days are also official Chinese holidays. As a result, Chinese travelers can travel for a total of eight days!

Meanwhile, the Chinese New Year holiday period in Taiwan begins and ends a bit earlier. That is to day, it starts on 23 and runs until 29 January.

In addition,  the holiday period is even shorter in Hong Kong and Macau. Only 25 to 28 January are official holidays. And in Singapore, only 25 to 27 January are public holidays.

In short, you might be able to find bargains during the middle of the month. But hotel rooms could be more difficult to book than usual at the end of the month. In addition, bargains might be hard to find during this period.

What to Do in Bali in January

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Rock Bar at the Ayana Resort and Spa Bali overlooks the ocean. And loud sound tracks are played after dark. Photo Credit. Photo Credit: Simon Sees.

Bali has a vibrant club scene. And because of its tropical climate, many of the best clubs are outdoors. Not only that, some of them are located overlooking the ocean!

In the same vein, clubs with outdoor swimming pools are not uncommon. So the parties often get started long before the sun goes down. Day clubs are highly popular!

A sampling of January’s musical events follows as well as two of the most important Balinese festivals.

Most traditional festivals and celebrations follow the Balinese calendar, which has 210 days. Therefore, the date of events varies from year to year. In addition, many of the festivals are purely local in nature. So it is impossible to list them all.

As for musical events, more will be added as the month progresses. Please keep in mind that this listing is for information only. Dates could change, and acts could be canceled.

Aston Shuffle – 1 January 2020

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The Aston Shuffle. Photo Credit: the Artists.

Aston Shuffle will kick off the new year with a New Year’s Day pool party.

Tripicola – Jalan Pantai Batu Belig No 5, Seminyak, Bali.

Eats Everything – 1 January 2020

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Eats Everything. Photo Credit: the Artist.

English D.J. and record producer Eats Everything, a.k.a. Daniel Pearce, will get the party started with his electronic vibes at the hottest New Year’s Day party on the island.

Cafe del Mar Bali Beach Club –  Subak Sari, Canggu, Tibubeneng, North Kuta, Bali.

What So Not – 3 January 2020

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What So Not. Photo Credit: the Artist.

Electronic music project What So Not will spin the discs at Feeling Good Friday.

Omna Dayclub – Jalan. Belimbing Sari, Pecatu, Kuta Sei, Uluwatu, Bali.

Stickybuds – 4 January 2020

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Stickybuds. Photo Credit: the Artists.

Canadian D.J., Producer, Teacher, and Enthusiast Stickybuds will fly his hair around as he bangs his head and drops some awesome sounds at a popular beachfront bar.

Old Man’s – Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong No.117X, Canggu, North Kuta, Badung, Bali.

Late Nite Tuff Guy – 5 January 2020

One of the most in-demand DJs on the planet will spin the discs from 2 pm until late.

Tripicola – Jalan Pantai Batu Belig No 5, Seminyak, Bali.

D.J. Jazzy Jeff – 11 January 2020

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DJ Jazzy Jeff performing at the Palladium Ballroom in Dallas, Texas, as part of the “Duke Nukem Forever” launch party. Photo Credit: Dopefish.

The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff, a.k.a Jeffrey Allen Townes, will spin the discs on the Island of the Gods for one night on his spin through  Southeast Asia.

Jazzy Jeff needs to introduction! He as one of the pioneer of hip  hop with that 1993 dance classic, “Boom, Boom, Shake the Room”

From 11 pm until late (or should that be early?).

Vault – Jalan Pantai Berawa No. 99, Badung, Bali.

Siwa Ratri – 23 January 2020

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Built in 1663, Pura Bratan is dedicated to the water. Photo Credit: Konstantinos- Trovasi.

One of the most important festivals on the Balinese calendar, Siwa Ratri is a time to meditate, look inward, and pray for forgiveness.

Rituals include staying awake for 36 hours, fasting for 24 hours, and keeping silent for 12 hours.

Following 36 hours of abstinence, many people head to the beach and take part in purification rituals.

Ceremonies are held at temples across the island.

Tumpek Udah – 25 January 2020

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Rice paddies and coconut palms dot the Balinese landscape. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Hot on the heals of Siwa Ratri is Tumpek Uduh, which is dedicated to Sanghyang Sangkara, the god of food. It is held 25 days before Calungan, another important festival.

On Tumpek Udah, devotees place offerings at the base of trees in order to honour them.

Most importantly, coconut palms are especially revered because of their importance in Balinese life. For this reason, many people dress them in special clothes such as kilts, scarves, and belts.

In short, Tumpk Uduh is a celebration of the environment. Much like Earth Day in other countries!

Ceremonies are held across the island.

All Day I Dream of Bali Blessings – 26 January 2020

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Lee Burridge performing at Pacha in New York City. Photo Credit: Peter Drier.

All Day I Dream will get the party started at Bali’s hippest day club.

All Day I Dream was the brain chlld of Lee Burridge, who helped develop the underground club scene in Hong Kong.

Omna Dayclub – Jalan. Belimbing Sari, Pecatu, Kuta Sei, Uluwatu, Bali.


This is the first in a series of monthly travel and sightseeing guides to Bali. This Bali travel guide is updated each year.

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