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Indonesia is still an underrated travel destination despite having so much to offer to the modern day traveler — from lush rain-forests to beautiful white sand beaches, the country is brimming with sights waiting to be explored. Its rich cultural heritage and amazing architecture can keep you occupied for weeks, and leave you yearning for more. Indonesia is also famous for its collection of thousands of islands, each offering a unique experience. If you’re planning to go on a holiday to Indonesia, you need to know about the weather in Indonesia, so you can get the most out of your trip. So, when to visit Indonesia? Read on to find out more!
- High Season: July - September
- Low Season: November - March
- All Seasons: April - October (dry season), November - March (wet season)
- It is tricky to predict the best time to visit Indonesia, as the different islands sometimes have their own weather patterns. However, July to September is generally the best time to visit the country.
- The weather in Indonesia is warm and dry between July to September and the humidity is quite manageable.
- Between May and June, you can enjoy the great dry season in almost all the islands, except for Maluku and Papua.
- November - March is the wet season everywhere, except for Papua and Maluku, so it might be difficult for you to travel between the islands, or go trekking.
Indonesia has a number of amazing islands waiting to be explored. The beautiful rain-forests, white sand beaches, and ancient temples can be explored with ease during the summer months.
July to September is the best time to visit Indonesia, as the weather is warm and pleasant across most islands, including Bali and Sulawesi, where there is little to no rain. The skies are blue, and the seas are calm, so you will be able to travel between the islands without any issues. Jakarta is best visited during this period, as most of the tourist destinations will be open and lively!
The second best time to visit Indonesia is between May and June, right after the monsoons. Once the rain clears up, the scenery is stunning, and the weather vastly improves. This is the best season to visit Java, Bali and Lombok. However, it is monsoon in Papua and Maluku, so you might not want to visit those islands!
It is recommended that you do not visit Indonesia during the wet months, as the weather can get unpredictable, and travel between the islands cannot be guaranteed due to the wet weather and the harsh seas. However, this is a good time to visit certain islands, like Maluku and Papua.
April to October — Dry Season / High Season
The weather in Indonesia is ideal, with the sun out, and skies clear. The humidity can be a little high in Kalimantan, but the rest of the islands are rather pleasant. This is the peak holiday season, since the schools are out in Indonesia, and there are holidays in USA and Europe as well. The crowds will be quite high, so you might have to book your tickets and accommodation well in advance. July to September is the peak travel season here. May and June are also great months to visit.
- Avg. Temperature: 79 – 90° F / 26 – 32° C (in Jakarta)
- Rainfall: 30 – 100 mm
- Season: Dry Season
- Highlights: This is the best time to visit Bali and Lombok, as the weather is exceptional. For wildlife lovers, this is the peak orang-utan season in the forests. The beaches are great for those who want to relax, swim, or try their hand at water sports. There are plenty of festivals for you to enjoy during this period as well. Muharram (September - October), Idul Fitr, and Ramadan (July) all fall during this season. Look to experience the best foods and a uniquely Indonesian experience by heading to Jakarta, or even the Indonesian countryside to make the most out of your vacation.
November to March — Wet Season / Low Season
There will be rains all around the country, except in Papua and Maluku, where it’s summer now. It will be difficult for you to take the oceanic route between the different islands, and the constant rain means that some of the interior roads might become inaccessible. Even though it is low season, there will be a lot of crowds around Christmas and New Year.
- Avg. Temperature: 79 – 91° F / 26 – 33° C (in Jakarta)
- Rainfall: 150 – 300 mm
- Season: Wet Season
- Highlights: This is the best time to visit Indonesia if you want to go diving or just relax by the seaside. Just head to Maluku and Papua- the clear skies and clearer waters will give you a great view of the undersea life! Indonesia also celebrates the Chinese New Year (January/February) with a string of traditional festivals and parades - especially in Jakarta. A unique festival, “Hari Raya Nyepi”, which is also known as Balinese Day of Silence, is celebrated in March. The entire country spends the day in silence, with a lot of feasting- you should definitely try your hand at it!
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