Tourists, Travelers & Adventure-seekers…
Om swastiastu. Welcome to our June issue!
June is one of the best months to be in Bali. The average temperature on the island is 27°C (22°C – 31°C) and the average ocean temperature also remains about 27°C. June is the true start of Bali’s ‘dry season’. There are plenty of cloudless days as well as an average of 10 hours of sunshine a day. On average, there is just 50 mm of rain in June, some of the lowest rain totals of the year in Bali.
Things are slowly opening here in Bali and in parallel, Indonesia is preparing to embrace the “new normal” – directives set by the central government for management of Covid-19.
On May 28, domestic borders will be opened and travel to Bali is possible for passengers able to produce a negative result on a Covid-19 rapid-test certificate. On June 8, hotels in the Nusa Dua tourism hub, within the state-owned ITDC complex will re-open for business with precautions in place. For now, only employees under 45 years of age will be permitted to work in the tourism and hotel sector. Bali has been praised thus far for its management of the Covid-19 pandemic with confirmed cases remaining relatively low. We pray for this to continue.
For those here in Bali, there are great deals on hotels across the island. Most properties are offering their version of a “pay now/ stay later” type package. We recommend taking advantage of these and visiting somewhere you haven’t been before. Check out our Hot Deals section for great deals on stays at the venerable Ritz Carlton, Bali, the Saranam Resort & Spa in the Bedugul area as well as The ONE Legian in Kuta.
Hotels and restaurants are implementing stricter standards of hygiene as well as exercising caution to limit interaction between guests and staff. Many restaurants are still focusing on takeaway and delivery options only.
In our Don’t Miss section, you can read about the mystical Tumpek Wayang, a day the Balinese celebrate art, specifically the traditional performing art form of shadow puppetry or wayang. There is more than meets the eye here…
June is a great month to be outdoors with some of the driest weather all year. We hope that the government continues to loosen restrictions on outdoor activities that allow people to maintain appropriate levels of physical distancing. We look forward to beaches being accessible again, as they are such a key part of life here on the island. Of course, the magical Bali sunsets are also a quintessential part this island’s allure.
In this months’ Best of Bali section, we highlight Bali’s golf courses and suggest that this sport might just be the right antidote to the mounting fears of coronavirus.
We have all been hit hard, harder than we could have imagined. But we remain resilient and focused on what’s to come…
If you’ve had a wonderful time here in Bali, or have tried something exciting and new that you would like us to know about, contact us! We always love to hear from you. Reach us on Facebook (Baliplus Magazine) and Instagram (@baliplus). Tag us or send us messages with your favourite Bali photos and stories and we might just share it on our feed. Meanwhile, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter via our website (www.baliplus.com) where you’ll find the latest updates, articles and blogs to help you on your visit. ‘Til next time, Om shanti shanti shanti Om, stay safe and welcome to Bali!
The Bali Plus Team