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With an almost entirely tropical climate, the best time to visit Indonesia is during its dry season, from April to October, when the temperatures are warm and the rainfall is minimal. The volcanoes, beaches, jungles, cultural treasures and a reputation for friendly hospitality make Indonesia one of the most popular places for tourists to visit in Asia, but make sure you go at the right time! With clear skies and low humidity, the dry season bathes the nation in sunshine, making it ideal for beachgoers, island hoppers and water sports enthusiasts. There are upsides to the wet season too though, so read on to find out!
For a detailed guide on the ideal time to tour Indonesia, keep reading!
- Tia Kaye
- From England
|High season||April – October|
|Low season||November – March|
|All seasons||April – October (dry season),
November – March (wet season)
Looking for a comprehensive guide on the best time to travel to Indonesia? Check out our seasonal breakdown.
Dry season in Indonesia: April to October
Indonesia's dry season spans from April to October and offers ideal weather for outdoorsy travelers. During these months, the country enjoys lower humidity and minimal rainfall, making it an excellent time for beach trips, adventure sports like trekking and white water rafting, exploring wildlife, or climbing mountains like Mount Bromo. With sunny skies and temperatures ranging from 27°C (80°F) to 32°C (90°F) on average, the dry season is the best time to visit Indonesia. However, this is also the peak season for most travelers, which means you will find higher rates and more crowds.
|Average temperatures||27°C (80°F) to 32°C (90°F)|
|Average rainfall||130 mm – 240 mm|
|Is the dry season a good
time to go to Indonesia?
|Yes. Lower humidity and minimal rainfall makes it the perfect season for outdoor activities and beach visits.|
- Explore the world-famous pristine shores of the Gili Islands or take a beach trip to Flores Islands. Enjoy water sports like white water rafting, surfing, scuba diving, swimming and more.
- Tour volcanoes in Java and even climb iconic volcanoes such as Mount Rinjani for breathtaking sunrise views and a unique hiking experience.
- Discover the incredible underwater world in destinations like Raja Ampat, Komodo National Park, and Bunaken Marine Park.
- Head to Borneo to visit orangutan sanctuaries or see native wildlife in their natural habitat, or visit Bali Safari and Marine Park for a family-friendly wildlife encounter.
- Take advantage of the dry season. The best time to visit Bali for adventures like climbing Gunung Agung, hiking Mount Batur, or catching a wave in Kuta Beach.
- Dry season is the peak tourist season in Indonesia. Expect heavy crowds and higher rates. Book accommodation in advance.
- Keep your belongings safe and watch out for pickpockets.
- Indonesia’s sun can be quite strong. Don’t forget your sunscreen, hat and other coverings!
- Embrace the food and cultures of the region. Don’t be scared to taste local delicacies and street foods (with caution!).
Wet season: November to July
The wet season is equated with the low season in Indonesia for tourism. There is generally rain all around the country except in Papua and Maluku, where it is the summer season. It can be difficult for visitors to take the oceanic route between the different islands in this season, and the constant rain means that some interior roads might become inaccessible. Even though it is the low season, expect crowds around Christmas and New Year. Despite the chances of rain, the wet season is the best season to visit Indonesia to go sightseeing and take part in local festivals because the crowds are so minimal and the costs can be lower.
|Average temperatures||26 – 33° C / 79 – 91° F|
|Average rainfall||150 mm – 300 mm|
|Is the wet season a good time
to go to Indonesia?
|While rainfall may not make the wet season favorable for activities like island hopping and water sports, you can still enjoy sightseeing, traditional ceremonies, festivals, and more. The best part—lower rates and fewer crowds.|
- Explore Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage by attending traditional ceremonies like Nyepi, dance performances, and festivals like the Bali Arts Festival and Waisak.
- Visit Tumpak Sewu in East Java or Sekumpul Waterfall in Bali, where the rains create stunning cascades.
- Indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments and yoga retreats, often at lower prices.
- Visit bustling local markets in Jakarta and savor Indonesian street food like siomay and batagor. Many markets are covered and the rain adds to the cultural experience.
- Immerse in quaint historical sightseeing as you explore Yogyakarta and its temples like Borobudur and Prambanan.
- Celebrate the Chinese New Year around January/February with a string of traditional festivals and parades—especially in Jakarta.
- Join “Hari Raya Nyepi”—a unique festival also known as Balinese Day of Silence. Celebrated in March, this holiday is celebrated by the entire country by spending the day in silence, with a lot of feasting.
- Enjoy lower crowds and cheaper travel fares as these months are low tourist season.
- Rain in Indonesia can be extreme. Carry raincoats, umbrellas or waterproof clothing.
- Don’t forget mosquito repellent.
- Take advantage of cheap accommodations, fewer crowds, and travel fares.
To learn more on the best season to visit Indonesia, read our comprehensive Indonesia travel guide for a month-to-month travel insight, things to do and how many days to spend in Indonesia. If you’re planning a trip, talk to our travel experts to create your customized trip to Indonesia.
||30°C – 32°C||33mm – 85 mm||31°C – 32°C||125mm – 252mm|
|Jakarta||32°C – 33°C||61mm – 139mm||31°C – 33°C||106mm – 392mm|
|Komodo Island||30°C –32°C||21mm – 92mm||30°C – 31°C||101mm – 278mm|
|Lombok||30°C – 31°C||42mm – 110mm||30°C – 31°C||168mm – 299mm|
|Sumba||31°C – 32°C||48mm – 234mm||29°C – 30°C||32mm – 118mm|
|Yogyakarta||30°C – 31°C||17mm – 153mm||30°C – 31°C||238mm – 388mm|