Indonesia in August: Weather, Tips and More


Set out on a tour of Indonesia when the weather is at its driest and warmest. This is the time of year when visitors from around the world are drawn to this tropical island country. Known the world over for its pristine beaches, prolific rainforests and steaming volcanoes, Indonesia in August is a perfect destination for travelers of all preferences. Explore the stunning water temple in Tanah Lot, party at Kuta Beach, snorkel around Menjangan Island and visit the stunning Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java to see the volcano mountains. August is the month to indulge in an unforgettable getaway in Indonesia.

Indonesia Weather in August

A woman relaxing in her hotel room in Bali, Indonesia in August
Since Bali is on the cooler in August, make sure you add it to your itinerary on your trip to Indonesia

August is one of the best times to visit Indonesia. The western and central islands see plenty of clear skies and sunshine. Temperatures in these regions range between 30°C and 33°C during this time of year, perfect for watersports like snorkeling and surfing. Bali, meanwhile, is cooler with an average maximum of 29°C during the day. Expect the temperature to drop to a minimum of 24°C in the evening. Although August is considered one of the driest months in Indonesia, North Sulawesi and the islands further east, including Raja Ampat, West Papua, and the Moluccas still see rain showers.

For a seasonal overview, read our article on the best time to visit Indonesia.

Weather in Indonesia in August - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)303031323232313232333231
Avg Nightly (°C)262626262626262626272626
Avg Daily (°F)868687.889.689.689.687.889.689.691.489.687.8
Avg Nightly (°F)78.878.878.878.878.878.878.878.878.880.678.878.8
Avg Rainfall (mm)988475845347315026509073

Why Visit Indonesia in August

The architecture in Bali takes your breath away.
The play of aesthetics in Balinese architecture is sensational. Experience them on your trip to Indonesia in August
Raja Ampat is one of the best dive sites in Indonesia
Raja Ampat in Indonesia is one of the best dive sites in the world

August is part of the peak season in Indonesia. The country’s attractions are busier than normal during this time. But August also happens to be one of the best times to explore this archipelago country, known for its geographical and cultural diversity. Here are some reasons why it is the best time to visit Indonesia in August:

  • Fairly consistent price: Contrary to what most travelers think, not all prices soar in Indonesia during the August tourism rush. In fact, food, transportation, and entertainment activities remain pretty consistent. So despite the high season, travelers can rest assured they are not being made to cough up unreasonable amounts.
  • Well-rounded experience: The vast variety of destinations, activities, food, festivals, and cultures make for a well-rounded holiday experience for all kinds of travelers visiting Indonesia in August.
  • Entertainment aplenty: From the tribal war enactment at Baliem Valley Cultural. Festival, celebrated by the tribes in the eastern province of Indonesia, to Bidar Boat Race, where handmade boats as long as 30 meters, compete against each other in South Sumatra, Indonesia hosts many exciting events in August
  • Holidays and Festivals: Out of the many holidays and festivals celebrated in Indonesia in August, the most famous one is Muharram, the Islamic New Year. Indonesian islands celebrate the day with music, dance, and food. On August 17, the country also marks its independence day from the Dutch colonial rule. The magnificent parade held in front of the presidential palace is also a must-see spectacle.

Where to Go and What to Do

View of a lake in the morning at Kawah Ijen volcano , East Java, Indonesia
For adventure seekers, Java is one of the best places to be in Indonesia during August

Southern Sumatra, Palembang, Ubud, and Raja Ampat Islands are some of the best places to visit in Indonesia in August. In South Sumatra, go see the Air Batu Lake and hike Mount Dempo, visit the iconic Ampera Bridge in Palembang and discover the local legends at Kemaro Island. Head to the Raja Ampat Islands in West Papua, home to the largest diversity of marine species on earth. Here you can experience the best of everything related to water, from scuba diving to whale watching.

For adventure seekers, Bali offers white-water rafting in the Ayung River, ATV rides through the countryside, and waterfall tours. In the town of Ubud, amble through the coffee plantation and tour the Elephant Cave, famous for its stone images and sculptures associated with both Hinduism and Buddhism. Also, shop for handmade batik and try some authentic Indonesian food at the Beringharjo Market in Yogyakarta and Pasar Gede Solo, a traditional market in Central Java.

For more interesting travel tips and ideas visit our guide on how many days to spend in Indonesia.

August falls right in the thick of the busiest travel period in Indonesia when the crowds and prices will be on the upper end of the scale. Yet the fabulous weather and lively happenings around the country will make sure that travelers get to enjoy the finest that Indonesia has to offer.

You can also browse through our collection of travel itineraries in Indonesia in August, or contact our local travel experts to get a tailor-made tour to Indonesia.

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