Between September and November it can get pretty toasty in Bali. This is the run up to the rainy season when the humidity rises and everyone starts to pray for the rain to come to cool everything down. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit the island during these months. In fact it’s the quieter season for tourists so easier to get around and cheaper for accommodation. So how can you beat the heat while you’re in Candidasa? Here are our top tips…
What better way to stay cool than submerge yourself in the coolness of the ocean? Bali’s water temperatures stick around 27°-29°c all year round, which might seem warm, but when it’s 30°c + outside the difference is 100% refreshing.
2. Stay well hydrated
Staying hydrated is one of the most important things to remember when traveling in the tropics. If you come from a colder climate, you may need to drink way more water than you’re used to. You’re definitely going to be sweating more than you normally would and also need to drink extra if you’re diving.
To stay hydrated all you need to do is drink plenty of water. Coconut water is also an option as it’s full of electrolytes, which help to keep your salts and sugar levels balanced. If you feel particularly dehydrated, sachets of rehydration salts like hydrolyte are available at most pharmacies in Candidasa.
Taking a dip in the pool at Lotus Bungalows is the perfect way to cool your body temperature. Afterwards there are shaded loungers and covered day beds to relax on so you don’t heat under the powerful equatorial sun again.
4. Take an afternoon nap
During the hottest point of the day from around 12pm until 2pm you should definitely try to stay out of the sun. Most Balinese people will enjoy a siesta around this time, or at least try to move around as little as possible. Do as the locals do and have some downtime in the cool of your room or in a shady spot.
5. Take cool showers
Sometimes a quick cool shower is the perfect remedy to overheating. Even if you need to shower multiple times a day, just a couple of minutes will make a significant difference to your body temperature.
If you don’t have time for a shower or are away from your room, just run the undersides of your wrists under cold water. This can cool your blood temperature down and make you a little more comfortable.
6. Wear loose clothing
When you’re packing for Bali you really don’t need very much. Light, loose clothing is the way to go. Pack linen, cotton and other natural fibers and things that dry quickly. It will also help to keep the sun off your face and head with a good hat.
You really can enjoy Bali even if you don’t love the heat. It’s just a matter of managing your body temperature to stay as cool as possible. How do you stay cool on holiday when the temperatures soar? We’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments box below.