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When is the best time to visit Indonesia

With a tropical climate, the whole archipelago of Indonesia has two seasons; the dry season (April to October), and the monsoon season (November to March) and enjoys hot and humid temperatures all year, always between 21˚C and 33˚C, although cooler in the mountains. However, in northern Sumatra and Sulawesi, this pattern is effectively reversed as these regions experience some rain in June & July. Temperatures remain fairly constant year round with averages of 28°C throughout the region. The peak tourist season, but not necessarily the best time to visit, is between mid-June and mid-September and again over the Christmas and New Year season. This is particularly relevant in the major resorts, where prices rocket and rooms can be fully booked for days, and sometimes weeks, on end.
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Month by Month Guide To Travel in Indonesia

Visit Indonesia in January

If you like it wet, Indonesia is the place for you in January! The first part of the month is busy in Bali as many Australians arrive for Christmas and New Year holidays. Europeans searching for warmth also arrive in large numbers. During January, the rains are widespread across Indonesia, especially in the Nusa Tenggara islands such as Flores and Komodo National Park, and although it's difficult to find some sun, you can still be lucky at this time of year. Kalimantan sees one of the wettest times of the year, with rainfall occurring in the form of intense downpour; however the rains are not as heavy as in other neighboring islands such as Java. Meanwhile, Sulawesi and the city of Makassar in the southern region are characterized by warm, humid weather, with average temperatures around 26°C and high humidity.
When is the best time to visit Indonesia - January

Visit Indonesia in February

Indonesia continues to get a good soaking in February so this is not the time and place for your dream beach holiday! The rest of Indonesia remains under rain clouds however, the sun is back out in northern Sumatra and Medan, where rainfall is at its lowest. Wild orang-utans tend to be on the shy side, so be sure to pack some patience! In the east it is dry season and this is a good time to hit dive and snorkel sites in Maluku, Raja Ampat and West Papua, where the waters will be especially clear. As the month progresses, the rains begin to reduce and temperatures hover around the low 30°Cs.
When is the best time to visit Indonesia - February

Visit Indonesia in March

March is a good time to visit Indonesia as crowds are few, options are many and things are certainly moving in the right direction. Kalimantan and Sumatra are improving ahead of the others while the rainy season is tailing off in Java, Bali and western Nusa Tenggara with rainfall across the entire region is certainly less than in previous months with much more good weather just around the corner with Indonesia set to become Asia's darling once again soon. That being said, you may be able to secure some low season bargains.
When is the best time to visit Indonesia - March

Visit Indonesia in April

The wet weather of previous months tails off in April most of Indonesia, with Sumatra still seeing a little rain in the afternoons as dry season begins and sunny days replace overcast skies. Minimal rainfall also means April is a good month for trekking Lombok’s Mt Rinjani, although temperatures will be cooler as you climb so we would recommend taking warm layers. As the islands start to dry out, the wildlife comes out to play and it is a good time of year for orang-utan spotting in the rainforest of Kalimantan and the Sumatran jungle. Levels of rainfall are significantly subsided and the beaches begin to welcome us sun worshippers once again. Towards the end of the month, Indonesia gets busy so it's best to arrive early to avoid the crowds.
When is the best time to visit Indonesia - April

Visit Indonesia in May

May is one of the best months to visit Indonesia: dry, sunny days are the norm. Dive conditions are excellent; as are conditions for mountain climbing. Although being the hottest month of the year, Bali and Lombok receive some of their best weather for the year and beach goers flock to the area, making the most of the glorious sunshine and clear blue skies. In Sulawesi, it is characterized by hot, sunny days with average temperatures rising slightly to 29°C and the mercury hitting 32°C on occasion. Rainfall can still be expected in Manado and north Sulawesi, but the southern regions of Toraja are drier as the month goes on. This is a good time to spot orangutans as they come out to play in the forests, and you may be able to take advantage of shoulder season hotel promotions.
When is the best time to visit Indonesia - May

Visit Indonesia in June

The beginning of June is quite possibly the best time to travel to Indonesia. Favourable diving conditions can be enjoyed across the Indonesian islands in June: expect clear, warm waters and an abundance of marine life, especially in the Komodo National Park, Lombok, Flores and around the Gili Islands. Rainfall should still be expected in north Sulawesi (including the city of Manado), but Toraja and the southern regions are much drier, making June a beautiful time to be trekking in Maros & Bantimurung, as the rice fields and forests are lush & green following months of rain. Wildlife is also at its peak, making treks through the forests in Medan and North Sumatra extremely rewarding. If you go early enough you will sees few crowds anywhere, and you are almost guaranteed sunny weather throughout.
When is the best time to visit Indonesia - June

Visit Indonesia in July

Optimum weather conditions combined with European summer holidays in full swing and the sun nearly always shining means July is an extremely popular time of year to visit Indonesian islands. The island of Sumba is slightly warmer than its northern neighbours of Lombok and Flores and can hit 31°C on occasion. Predominantly dry, sunny weather continues throughout Kalimantan, which makes travelling across the island much easier although high humidity levels can make some feel uncomfortable. In island of Sulawesi, rainfall may still occur in Manado and the northern regions, but conditions for diving around Manado Bay are excellent. Beach hotels, particularly in the resorts of Bali, Jimbaran, Sanur and Seminyak, can feel a little crowded and are busy so early booking is recommended.
When is the best time to visit Indonesia - July

Visit Indonesia in August

August offers great conditions across Indonesia which enjoys some of the best weather in all of Asia throughout August, making it the peak time for travelling to Indonesia. Dry days with plenty of sunshine are the norm, with the weather, wildlife and national parks all key attractions. Independence Day on 17 August sees a spectacle of parades and celebrations in Jakarta and across the country. You'll see school kids out practising their marching in the prior weeks. It's wise to book early to avoid disappointment due to high visitor numbers across many Indonesian islands (and the best accommodation always goes first). Note that Bali gets busy with Australians escaping the southern hemisphere winter.
When is the best time to visit Indonesia - August

Visit Indonesia in September

September in Indonesia brings the favourable weather conditions of August, but without the crowds and high season prices, making it a brilliant time to visit. During the month, Java attracts many visitors who wish to take advantage of peak weather conditions without peak crowds at the popular tourist spots of Yogyakarta and Borobudur. Favourable diving and snorkelling conditions continue off the coast of Lombok, the Gili Islands and in the Komodo National Park, with water temperatures around 27°C. As the dry weather continues, it's also a good time of year to spot orang-utans in Tanjung Puting National Park.
When is the best time to visit Indonesia - September

Visit Indonesia in October

October is a good month for travel with few crowds and many good deals as it marks the start of rainy season. Warm and sunny weather still dominates most of the region, although regular showers can be expected in some areas, worsening in intensity as the month draws on. If you intend to climb one of Indonesia's many volcanoes, such as Mt Bromo or Mt Rinjani, then don't leave it later than October as rainy season will soon make climbing conditions too dangerous. Northern Sumatra, in particular, experiences one of its wettest months, which can affect roads. This can be a great time to grab a shoulder season bargain.
When is the best time to visit Indonesia - October

Visit Indonesia in November

November brings a steady increase in rain across many of Indonesia's islands, but you may be lucky and experience the occasional burst of sunshine; particularly in Bali and northern Sulawesi. Temperatures still average around 30°C in most areas, but the rains mean that road conditions can be poor and the humidty can be stifling. Those wanting more comfort will want to travel in October or even September if possible.
When is the best time to visit Indonesia - Noovember

Visit Indonesia in December

During December you are likely to experience rain and high humidity levels throughout Indonesia in full swing. This is a busy time in Bali where numerous festivals are occurring but prime time for diving in areas such as Maluku's Banda Islands. With Christmas prices just around the corner, it may be best visiting popular tourist areas early in the month.
When is the best time to visit Indonesia - December

Events & Festivals

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    (January/February) Chinese New Year is celebrated in Indonesia as a public holiday and is ushered in with the lighting of fire crackers at midnight on the eve of the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

Indonesia Climate Guide

Destination
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
29ºC
348mm
29ºC
317mm
29ºC
340mm
30ºC
220mm
30ºC
184mm
30ºC
93mm
29ºC
39mm
30ºC
36mm
30ºC
57mm
30ºC
162mm
29ºC
263mm
29ºC
315mm
26ºC
320mm
26ºC
337mm
26ºC
366mm
26ºC
469mm
26ºC
289mm
25ºC
202mm
25ºC
171mm
26ºC
160mm
27ºC
141mm
28ºC
169mm
27ºC
308mm
26ºC
381mm
30ºC
112mm
31ºC
90mm
32ºC
97mm
32ºC
158mm
32ºC
180mm
32ºC
145mm
32ºC
155mm
32ºC
197mm
31ºC
255mm
31ºC
285mm
30ºC
256mm
30ºC
207mm
17ºC
295mm
17ºC
331mm
18ºC
347mm
17ºC
181mm
17ºC
105mm
17ºC
63mm
16ºC
32mm
16ºC
15mm
17ºC
19mm
18ºC
72mm
17ºC
148mm
17ºC
315mm
30ºC
402mm
30ºC
284mm
31ºC
219mm
32ºC
131mm
32ºC
113mm
32ºC
90mm
32ºC
58mm
32ºC
61mm
33ºC
64mm
33ºC
101mm
32ºC
128mm
31ºC
204mm
31ºC
317mm
31ºC
250mm
31ºC
190mm
31ºC
86mm
31ºC
82mm
30ºC
70mm
30ºC
63mm
30ºC
34mm
31ºC
43mm
31ºC
104mm
31ºC
152mm
31ºC
264mm
31ºC
308mm
31ºC
330mm
31ºC
427mm
31ºC
414mm
31ºC
420mm
29ºC
336mm
29ºC
388mm
29ºC
420mm
30ºC
391mm
31ºC
368mm
32ºC
284mm
31ºC
324mm
30ºC
194mm
30ºC
180mm
30ºC
198mm
30ºC
243mm
30ºC
368mm
30ºC
373mm
29ºC
321mm
29ºC
277mm
29ºC
234mm
30ºC
207mm
31ºC
186mm
30ºC
188mm
Month

Jan
29ºC
348mm

Feb
29ºC
317mm

Mar
29ºC
340mm

Apr
30ºC
220mm

May
30ºC
184mm

Jun
30ºC
93mm

Jul
29ºC
39mm

Aug
30ºC
36mm

Sep
30ºC
57mm

Oct
30ºC
162mm

Nov
29ºC
263mm

Dec
29ºC
315mm
Month

Jan
26ºC
320mm

Feb
26ºC
337mm

Mar
26ºC
366mm

Apr
26ºC
469mm

May
26ºC
289mm

Jun
25ºC
202mm

Jul
25ºC
171mm

Aug
26ºC
160mm

Sep
27ºC
141mm

Oct
28ºC
169mm

Nov
27ºC
308mm

Dec
26ºC
381mm
Month

Jan
30ºC
112mm

Feb
31ºC
90mm

Mar
32ºC
97mm

Apr
32ºC
158mm

May
32ºC
180mm

Jun
32ºC
145mm

Jul
32ºC
155mm

Aug
32ºC
197mm

Sep
31ºC
255mm

Oct
31ºC
285mm

Nov
30ºC
256mm

Dec
30ºC
207mm
Month

Jan
17ºC
295mm

Feb
17ºC
331mm

Mar
18ºC
347mm

Apr
17ºC
181mm

May
17ºC
105mm

Jun
17ºC
63mm

Jul
16ºC
32mm

Aug
16ºC
15mm

Sep
17ºC
19mm

Oct
18ºC
72mm

Nov
17ºC
148mm

Dec
17ºC
315mm
Month

Jan
30ºC
402mm

Feb
30ºC
284mm

Mar
31ºC
219mm

Apr
32ºC
131mm

May
32ºC
113mm

Jun
32ºC
90mm

Jul
32ºC
58mm

Aug
32ºC
61mm

Sep
33ºC
64mm

Oct
33ºC
101mm

Nov
32ºC
128mm

Dec
31ºC
204mm
Month

Jan
31ºC
317mm

Feb
31ºC
250mm

Mar
31ºC
190mm

Apr
31ºC
86mm

May
31ºC
82mm

Jun
30ºC
70mm

Jul
30ºC
63mm

Aug
30ºC
34mm

Sep
31ºC
43mm

Oct
31ºC
104mm

Nov
31ºC
152mm

Dec
31ºC
264mm
Month

Jan
31ºC
308mm

Feb
31ºC
330mm

Mar
31ºC
427mm

Apr
31ºC
414mm

May
31ºC
420mm

Jun
29ºC
336mm

Jul
29ºC
388mm

Aug
29ºC
420mm

Sep
30ºC
391mm

Oct
31ºC
368mm

Nov
32ºC
284mm

Dec
31ºC
324mm
Month

Jan
30ºC
194mm

Feb
30ºC
180mm

Mar
30ºC
198mm

Apr
30ºC
243mm

May
30ºC
368mm

Jun
30ºC
373mm

Jul
29ºC
321mm

Aug
29ºC
277mm

Sep
29ºC
234mm

Oct
30ºC
207mm

Nov
31ºC
186mm

Dec
30ºC
188mm

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