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Indonesia is the largest island country stretching over 5,000 kilometers, with some fantastic destinations to visit. Even though it is the monsoon season, on a trip to Indonesia in February travelers can still find many places with clement weather conditions to enjoy their holiday. For instance, the eastern islands of the Moluccas, West Papua, and Raja Ampat possess fine weather to go snorkeling in warm clear waters, soak up the sun on the beaches, or learn more about the country’s intriguing history and culture. The island of Sumatra is also just escaping its rainy period during this time, making an orangutan-spotting trek another option to include in your itinerary.
- Chloe Mallett
- From England
Indonesian islands in the west such as Java continue their progress through the annual rains, limiting the region’s appeal for travelers in February. However, the east of Indonesia has much better weather and as do some northern areas including Sumatra. Visitors to the likes of the Moluccas and Raja Ampat can expect a daily temperature averaging at 30°C. The sea temperature is also not that different, which together with good visibility makes snorkeling and diving top activities.
For a seasonal overview, read our article on the best time to visit Indonesia.
Weather in Indonesia in February - Rainfall and Temperatures
|Avg Daily (°C)||30||30||31||32||32||32||31||32||32||33||32||31|
|Avg Nightly (°C)||26||26||26||26||26||26||26||26||26||27||26||26|
|Avg Daily (°F)||86||86||88||90||90||90||88||90||90||92||90||88|
|Avg Nightly (°F)||79||79||79||79||79||79||79||79||79||81||79||79|
|Avg Rainfall (mm)||98||84||75||84||53||47||31||50||26||50||90||73|
|Avg Daily (°C)||30||30||31|
|Avg Nightly (°C)||26||26||26|
|Avg Daily (°F)||86||86||88|
|Avg Nightly (°F)||79||79||79|
|Avg Rainfall (mm)||98||84||75|
Indonesia in February is generally considered the low season, but there are plenty of good reasons to travel to the country during this month. From a perfect beach escape to orangutan-spotting tours and everything in between, Indonesia can deliver to the needs of every traveler. Here are some of the advantages of visiting Indonesia in February:
- Low Visitors Footfall: February is a relatively quiet month when it comes to visitor numbers, all but ensuring you will be able to stay at your first-choice hotel and head out on excursions without having to book months in advance.
- Secluded Beaches: With fewer visitors around, travelers can enjoy the best spots on the region’s sublime beaches for swimming, sunbathing, or enjoying the water activities like snorkeling and scuba diving.
- Better Rates: Avoid high season prices by traveling to Indonesia in February and your travel budget will get you further. Budget travelers can survive on less than $50 per day while mid-range travelers should plan to spend around $100 per day.
- Festivals: Both Chinese New Year celebrations and Hindu Maha Shivaratri festivities can take place in February, adding further interest to a region known for its fascinating heritage and culture.
- Orangutan Spotting: The end of the rains in the northern parts of Sumatra allows for the first orangutan-spotting tour of the year that takes place at Bukit Lawang, the country’s largest reserve for Sumatran orangutans. Get a chance to see these magnificent great apes in their natural habitat.
The general advice for travelers visiting Indonesia in February is to explore the islands of the eastern archipelago, with Raja Ampat alone giving you around 1,500 islands to choose from. These islands should be high on your list of destinations, as they offer a relaxing pace of life, beautiful panoramas, and excellent sailing and diving opportunities.
The Moluccas (Spice Islands) offer plenty of things to do in Indonesia whatever your interest might be. Other must-see places to visit in Indonesia in February include Sumatra. Its northern sections escape the rains in February, providing improved access to anyone looking for encounters with the orangutans in the jungles of Bukit Lawang. Islands such as Lombok, Komodo, and Sumba get regular but predictable rains, so Komodo dragon encounters should not be dismissed either.
All of which may have you asking how many days to spend in Indonesia.
Indonesia is a relatively conservative country. Away from the beach, where swimwear is acceptable, you should cover-up. To visit temples or mosques, you will need to be covered from below the knee to the shoulder. Female travelers will be given a shawl to cover their heads.
The umbrellas may be up in many parts of Indonesia in February, but there are plenty of alternative destinations to ensure fine weather conditions to make the travel worthwhile. Take advantage of the low tourist season and attractive rates on travel and accommodation for a great Indonesian vacation. Check out our pick of Indonesia tours in February for all you can experience. Better yet, speak to our travel experts about customized trips to Indonesia, to get the absolute most out of your time and money.
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