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A trip to Indonesia in March starts seeing a shift in its weather as the rainy season is in its last leg. This is the time when the country’s eastern islands, including the Moluccas and Raja Ampat, are joined by parts of Sumatra and Kalimantan in the west as potential holiday destinations. Together they create a list of attractions and activities ranging from diving on colorful coral reefs and visiting traditional villages to exploring deep jungle in Indonesia in the search of orangutans.
- Chloe Mallett
- From England
Rains start subsiding across Indonesia as March progresses, allowing visitors to spend time on the islands of Java, Bali and Sumba. But the best weather conditions can be found in the eastern regions of West Papua, Raja Ampat and the Moluccas (Spice Islands). Temperature-wise, there is not much of a difference, with the mercury ranging between 27°C and 32°C.
Weather in Indonesia in March - 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||31||32|
|Avg Nightly (°C)||26||26||26|
|Avg Daily (°F)||86||88||90|
|Avg Nightly (°F)||79||79||79|
|Avg Rainfall (mm)||84||75||84|
With the rainy season nearing its end, Indonesia offers more welcoming weather conditions for travelers to explore the island country. Here are some reasons why it is a great idea to visit Indonesia in March.
- Greater choice of destination: Visitors in March have a much wider range of destinations in Indonesia to consider, stretching from the north of Sumatra across to West Papua by way of Bali and Sumba, as the rainy season starts retreating.
- Good value: There are some great deals on travel and accommodation for travelers visiting Indonesia in March, which is still considered the low season.
- Fewer tourists: If the idea of crowded beaches puts you off, March is a great time to visit Indonesia when the country’s coastline has relatively few visitors. This also holds true for other destinations.
- Festivals: March is the month of the Hindu festival of Holi. The famed festival of colors and water is best experienced in Bali. The end of March also marks the Ascension of the Prophet Mohammed with a public holiday in the predominantly Muslim country.
You will not struggle to find places to visit in Indonesia in March. By the beginning of the month, northern Sumatra is all but clear of heavy rains that blight the area in the first two months of the year. Fine weather conditions allow visitors the chance to explore the Bukit Lawang jungle to spot orangutans. With little tourists around, the experience can be even more exhilarating. Kalimantan in Borneo is another destination for orangutan encounters in March.
Meanwhile, the centrally located Bali sports one of the best weather conditions in this region, with tourist-centric businesses putting on special shows and events. Head east to the Moluccas for hiking and bird-watching opportunities on islands such as Seram and Ternate. For sailing and diving expeditions, visit Raja Ampat, which boasts stunning coral reefs and beaches. Indonesia in March offers travelers a diverse array of destinations to choose from. The country’s weather improves as the month progresses and the low season means better tour and accommodation rates. A huge bang for your buck, if you ask us.