During the rainy season, Bali will look slightly different from the one you often see on the postcards or websites. The sky will not be so blue, the ocean will be quite frenzied, and the temperature will drop slightly.
For sure, it is going to be hard to do ocean-related activities, of which the island is famous for, such as surfing and diving. However, there are other activities you can do in Bali during the rainy season, such as:
Visiting the museums
Among many museums in Bali worth visiting, Museum Bali on Jalan Mayor Wisnu No. 1 Denpasar is on the top list. The museum preserves countless artefacts through which you can catch glimpse of the Balinese culture and history.
After acquiring a general understanding of Bali, it is time to zoom in. On Jalan Hang Tuah, Sanur, there is Museum Le Mayeur which exhibits the works of a Belgian painter, Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres.
He was one of the first European painters to arrive and stay in Bali. The legend says that in 1932 he arrived by boat in Singaraja. Initially, he wanted to stay only for 8 months. However, he fell in love with Bali and eventually settled in Sanur with his Balinese wife, Ni Pollok. Le Mayeur’s works show the differences between the old and the contemporary Bali.
From Le Mayeur, ride north to Gianyar to the biggest masks and puppets museum in Indonesia, Setiadarma House of Masks and Puppets. Interestingly, the collections of Setiadarma are not only from Indonesia but also from other countries.
Taking a cooking class
The rainy season is also the best moment to try something new, like, for example, learning how to cook. Fortunately, there are a lot of cooking classes in Bali you can go to.
In Tanjung Benoa, Bumbu Bali opens classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. You will be taught by Heinz von Holzen, the author of six books of Balinese cuisines. The class starts at 6 am by visiting a traditional market to buy groceries. By the time you finish the class at 3 pm you will be able to cook 20 Balinese dishes.
Another cooking class experience is offered by Bali Asli. Perching on Jalan Raya Gelumpang, Amplapura, Karangasem, the cooking school will take you to an interesting adventure.
Instead of bringing their students to a traditional market—which is where the food ingredients are sold—before the class, Bali Asli takes the pupils to the “very sources” of the food themselves, namely rice paddy fields and the river. You can try, perhaps for the first time in your life, planting the rice, plowing the soil, and fishing on a freshwater canoe.
But if you stay in Kuta and reluctant to make a trip to Tanjung Benoa or Amlapura, you can simply stroll to Anika Cooking Class on Jalan Elang No. 3 Kuta. Even if you are too lazy to move at all from your bed you can still learn how to cook as they have an interesting in-house cooking class.
Taking a jewellery crafting class
Wearing a beautiful ring, earrings, bracelet, or necklace that you buy in a store is one thing. But, wearing a not-too-lovely ring, earrings, bracelet, or necklace you create yourself is something worth mentioning.
Fortunately, there are a lot of jewellery workshops in Bali in which you can learn how to make your own jewellery. Around Canggu, there are two recommended workshops you can go to, namely Artfuli Jewelry on Gg. Mekar Sari, Jalan Tunjung Sari No. 3A, Padangsambian, and Canggu Jewelry Class on Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong No. 273 (at which the mentor will guide you to finish your own-designed jewellery in three hours!).
But if you want to take your skills to the next level, try one of the workshops held by Sanur Jewellery Studio on Jalan Kanda No. 15B, Sanur. At their studio, which is, as they claim, the only air-conned jewellery studio in Bali, you can learn how to forge jewellery more precisely as well as learning to set gemstones. Sanur Jewellery Studio was voted one of KLM’s inflight magazine’s “Growing Green Business in Bali.”
Having fun at recreation centers
What if you are not into a culture, cooking, or crafting? Well, no worries. There’ still an option left: having fun at recreation centers.
If you love bouncing on a trampoline, go to Bounce Bali on Jalan Pantai Berawa. You can jump and somersault as you like as long as you pay for the ticket. However, bouncing up and down on the trampoline will be more enjoyable if you do it with your beloved ones.
“Well. Bouncing is too easy,” you said. “I need more challenge.” Well, then. You can go to Strike Bowling in Canggu to play, of course, bowling. But if bowling is still too easy for you, take your friends or family and go to Totem Room Escape on Jalan Kayu Ara 18C Seminyak to play a game that will test your intelligence.
So what are you gonna do during the rainy season in Bali?