What is the best time to visit Indonesia?

What is the best time to visit Indonesia? Here is an overview from our destination experts about when to go to this country of 1000 islands.

The climate of Indonesia is unlike other Asian countries. Most of the islands have an equatorial climate. Indonesia is characterized by two seasons, the dry season and the rainy season, however, this varies on each of the 17,000 islands, which means you can travel to Indonesia almost all the year around!

Best time to travel to Indonesia
Travel to Indonesia in the summer, when the climate is mild and pleasant

The best time to travel to Indonesia:

  • Dry season: April to October
  • Rainy season: November to March

This is true for Central and East Java, the Lesser Sunda Islands (Bali, Lombok, Gili islands, Komodo, Flores, Timor), the Aru Islands, and South Sulawesi. Read more about the exception to these times.

  • West and South of Java: rains during the dry season
  • Sumatra: rains throughout the year and rainfall increases during the rainy season, so best to avoid
  • North and South Sulawesi: rains from May to August

Throughout the year, you can expect some showers, however these are often followed with bright sunshine during the dry season. In the months after the monsoon (April to June), the humidity is particularly low, and both temperatures and humidity rise from July onward.

Should I travel to Indonesia during the rainy season?

If you do not mind high humidity, then it is fine to travel during the rainy season in Indonesia. Usually, it does not rain all day – you can generally expect around five hours of sunshine each day, although this may be less within the highlands and volcano ascents. Please note that some of the island ferries run a limited service during the rainy season in Indonesia.

The best time to visit Indonesia

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