When is the best time to visit Indonesia?
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-round! Indonesia has a consistently warm, tropical climate with an average temperature of 86°F.
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. 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.
Though this is usually a winter month, expect average temperatures to hover around the late early 80s with plenty of rainfall.
- If you plan to be in Bali around this time, take a cooking class in Ubud. Learn how to make the famous peanut sauce for satay, which has put Indonesian cuisine on the global map!
Conditions remain humid and rainy through most parts of the country.
- If you want to learn about the island culture of Java, visit the The Sultan’s Palace of Yogyakarta, the residence of the Sultan and a museum
This is usually around the time the monsoons begin to tail off so expect more sunshine and lesser rainfall across the country.
- Take in a jungle safari on wooden riverboats and try and spot wild orangutans in the Tanjung-Puting National Park in Borneo, one of Asia’s last remaining tropical rainforests
Expect the rains to reduce this month as April marks the start of the (relatively) dry season. The average day temperatures will usually settle around a warm and humid 80°F.
- Experience a sunrise at Borobodur Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the world
- Visit the relaxed coastal town of Candidasa, an ideal starting point for hiking in the surrounding mountains
This is usually among the warmest months of the year with temperatures averaging in the mid 80s. With the dry season having begun, expect reduced rainfall through the country.
- Explore Samosir, the world’s largest island within an island, created by an ancient volcanic eruption in the midst of Lake Toba, linked to the Sumatran mainland by a narrow isthmus
Expect warm sunny days and relatively low humidity levels across the country. This is a popular time to visit the country so book in advance!
- Opt for a trekking tour in the picturesque mountain village of Munduk, with its lush green landscape, coffee, cocoa and spice plantations and many waterfalls
- Immerse yourself in the colorful underwater world of the island paradise of Gili Meno island, with its corals, squid and turtles
- Explore the magical landscape of Igen in Java, Indonesia’s largest volcanic crater, which just so happens to have a magical blue fire!
Average temperatures around 86°F continue throughout the country, making this one of the best times to visit Indonesia. Get your beach gear on!
- Take a long hike through the tobacco and rice fields and cocoa plantations of Lombok
- The beautiful island of Bunaken awaits with its unusually rich marine life, expansive beaches and fabulous diving spots
- Seminyak is the hedonist hotspot of Bali – don’t miss its stunning sunsets, fabulous surf and a feast of restaurants, nightclubs and hotels
The weather pattern of the dry season holds true in August as well – average temperatures in the mid-80s, warm sunny days and relatively low humidity levels. The reserves and parks beckon!
- Explore the largely untouched city of Banyuwangi with its nature reserves, a protected jungle, volcanic landscapes, beautiful beaches and bountiful marine life
- Escape the hustle and bustle with a trip to Pemuteran in Bali, a hidden jewel with its dark lava sand and stylish beachfront hotels and restaurants
- Plan a trip to Bira, a lovely beach town with miles of virgin white sand beaches, hiking trails, spectacular caves with freshwater pools and great diving opportunities
The weather in September is much like that in the preceding months of August and July – warm and largely dry.
- Explore the wild tropical forests fringing the charming tropical village of Bukit Lawang, home to the Sumatran orangutan
- Relax in Jimbaran, a seaside resort town on the southwestern coast of Bali, with its crescent-shaped white sandy beach, tropical palms and luxury hotels and villas
This is again a hot and dry month, mirroring September. But towards the month, expect the rains to make their presence felt more strongly.
- Spend time in the former royal town of Solo – considered to be one of the most important cultural centers of Java with its many music and dance academies
- Marvel at Berastagi’s two active volcanoes Mount Sinabung and Mount Sibayak and its hot springs. You could also use the town as a base for exploring the Karo Highlands before the rains arrive
Sunny days are now interspersed with clouds. Expect rainfall in varying intensity across the country and the wet season begins.
- Visit Canggu, a picturesque resort town on Bali’s southwestern coast with its terraced paddies, volcanic black sand shores and dramatic rocky outcrops
- Soak in history, walk into swanky shopping malls, experience the vibrant nightlife and sample delicious cuisine in the vibrant heart of Indonesia – Jakarta!
This is winter month in Indonesia, but the average low is 73 °F! Expect a fair degree of rainfall across the country so make sure you have your rain gear with you at all times!
- Despite the rains, Bali is buzzing around the holidays! Visit Denpasar, its bustling capital – a heady mix of urbanization, centuries-old traditions and architecture and the beautiful Sanur beach
- Head to Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali, with its terraced paddy fields and majestic rainforests. Home to the country’s royal family, Ubud is the center of Balinese art, craft and traditional dance
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Best Time to Visit Indonesia by Season
- 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.
What to Pack for Indonesia
You can expect uniformly warm weather in most parts of Indonesia. Therefore, it is advisable to carry lightweight summer clothing, e.g. cotton. Wear long-sleeved tops and shirts, shades and a hat. to protect yourself from the sun during your tours. During the monsoons, it is best to carry a rain jacket or umbrella.
As a rule of thumb, visitors should know many Southeast Asians are conservative in their clothing. Western clothing is acceptable and is worn by many, but in modest fashion. While visiting shrines and religious places, visitors are recommended not to wear shorts, mini-skirts, vests, tanks, etc. Your knees and shoulders must be covered. Please avoid clothing with images of Buddha, as this is considered highly disrespectful.
The best footwear includes sandals, flip-flops and comfy walking shoes that can be taken off easily. Although it is acceptable to wear shoes when walking in the compound of the temple, you would be required to take them off before you enter the chapel where the main Buddha image is placed, as well as in pagodas and people’s homes.
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