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When is the best time to visit Indonesia?

The best time to visit Indonesia is between April and October, when the weather is perfect for island hopping, snorkelling, and beach relaxation.

Bridging the Equator, Indonesia is hot all year round, with the only change coming between November and March when the country sees widespread rain, particularly in the south.

Although the rain may scupper your plans to relax by the beach, it does bring some pleasant changes. Indonesia’s rich collection of temples are often quieter at this time of year, making exploration much more rewarding. The scenery is beautiful, and if you venture into the highlands the temperatures are cooler, which can be a welcome change from the humid conditions on lower ground.

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Indonesia Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bali 31°C 252mm 31°C 188mm 31°C 147mm 32°C 85mm 32°C 68mm 31°C 79mm 30°C 73mm 30°C 33mm 31°C 30mm 32°C 81mm 32°C 125mm 31°C 202mm
Jakarta 30°C 392mm 31°C 282mm 31°C 221mm 32°C 139mm 33°C 117mm 33°C 92mm 33°C 61mm 33°C 65mm 33°C 69mm 33°C 106mm 33°C 134mm 32°C 206mm
Komodo Island 30°C 278mm 30°C 268mm 31°C 183mm 31°C 92mm 31°C 81mm 30°C 35mm 30°C 21mm 31°C 22mm 31°C 14mm 32°C 31mm 31°C 101mm 31°C 190mm
Lombok 30°C 299mm 30°C 238mm 31°C 183mm 31°C 110mm 31°C 109mm 30°C 63mm 30°C 61mm 30°C 42mm 31°C 45mm 31°C 101mm 31°C 167mm 31°C 248mm
Sumba 29°C 56mm 29°C 44mm 30°C 32mm 31°C 48mm 31°C 132mm 32°C 184mm 32°C 176mm 32°C 171mm 32°C 208mm 31°C 234mm 30°C 118mm 29°C 57mm
Tanjung Puting National Park 30°C 239mm 30°C 240mm 30°C 257mm 31°C 251mm 31°C 281mm 31°C 196mm 31°C 174mm 32°C 138mm 32°C 138mm 32°C 193mm 31°C 237mm 30°C 267mm
Yogyakarta 30°C 388mm 30°C 300mm 30°C 361mm 31°C 153mm 31°C 142mm 31°C 69mm 30°C 30mm 31°C 17mm 31°C 48mm 31°C 137mm 31°C 238mm 30°C 280mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Indonesia

Senggigi, Indonesia

Visiting Indonesia in January

During January the rains are widespread across Indonesia, and although it's difficult to find some sun, you can still be lucky at this time of year. For guaranteed sunshine, it's best to head further north.

Events & Festivals

  • Chinese New Year (date varies): As with many Southeast Asian countries, Chinese New Year is celebrated in Indonesia as a public holiday, with traditional festivals taking place throughout the country.
Thomas Leaf Monkeys

Visiting Indonesia in February

The sun is back out in northern Sumatra, where rainfall is at its lowest. However, the rest of Indonesia remains under rain clouds. Closer to the end of the month, the rains begin to subside and temperatures hover around the low 30°Cs.

Events & Festivals

  • Chinese New Year (date varies): As with many Southeast Asian countries, Chinese New Year is celebrated in Indonesia as a public holiday, with traditional festivals taking place throughout the country.
Thomas Leaf Monkeys

Visiting Indonesia in March

There is mixed weather throughout Indonesia as the sunshine is broken up by the occasional heavy downpour. That being said, you may be able to secure some low season bargains.

Events & Festivals

  • Chinese New Year (date varies): As with many Southeast Asian countries, Chinese New Year is celebrated in Indonesia as a public holiday, with traditional festivals taking place throughout the country.
  • Hari Raya Nyepi/Balinese Day of Silence (March): A Hindu celebration to mark the Saka New Year, it is a public holiday across the country as people fast and spend the day in silence and meditation.
Tanah Lot Temple, Bali, Indonesia

Visiting Indonesia in April

The sun returns to most of Indonesia, with Sumatra still seeing a little rain in the afternoons. Indonesia begins to get busy towards the end of the month so it's best to arrive early to avoid the crowds.

Young orang-utan arriving at the feeding station

Visiting Indonesia in May

Bali and Lombok receive some of their best weather for the year and beach goers flock to the area, making the most of the glorious sunshine and clear blue skies. The country continues to see hot and dry weather throughout, although the occasional shower is to be expected in some areas. This is a good time to spot orangutans as they come out to play in the forests, and you may be able to take advantage of shoulder season hotel promotions.

Male Thomas Leaf Monkey

Visiting Indonesia in June

The beginning of June is quite possibly the best time to travel to Indonesia. If you go early enough you will miss the European school holidays, and you are almost guaranteed sunny weather throughout. Wildlife is also at its peak, making treks through the forests extremely rewarding.

Bunaken Island, Indonesia

Visiting Indonesia in July

This is peak season and the whole of Indonesia experiences hot, dry weather. With the school holidays in full swing and the sun nearly always shining, accommodation tends to get booked up far in advance and beach locations can feel a little crowded. Humidity in Kalimantan can make travel uncomfortable.

Events & Festivals

  • Idul Fitri/Lebaran (July): A major two-day national holiday celebrated at the end of Ramadan as the breaking of the fast, also known as Eid al-Fitr in other Muslim countries. Families get together and enjoy a feast.
  • Ramadan (exact dates vary): While the month of Ramadan may impact your daily routine as shops and restaurants close during the day, this is an exciting time to visit if you are fascinated by different cultures and religions.
Lombok Straits

Visiting Indonesia in August

Peak season continues and August will see even more visitors than July; with the weather, wildlife and national parks all key attractions. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Events & Festivals

  • Independence Day (17th August): A public holiday to celebrate the anniversary of Indonesia's independence, which was won from the Dutch in 1945. You can enjoy various festivities as the Indonesian flag flies high across the country.
Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Visiting Indonesia in September

September has the favourable weather conditions of August, but without the crowds and high season prices, making this a fantastic time to visit.

Events & Festivals

  • Muharram 1/Islamic New Year (date varies): The Islamic New Year is celebrated throughout Indonesia with parades, festivals and prayer, making this an exciting but busy time to visit.
Komodo archipelago, Indonesia

Visiting Indonesia in October

Enjoy the last of the sunshine before the wet season takes hold. Warm and sunny weather still dominates most of the region, although regular showers can be expected in some areas, worsening in intensity as the month draws on. Northern Sumatra, in particular, experiences one of its wettest months, which can affect roads. This can be a great time to grab a shoulder season bargain.

Events & Festivals

  • Muharram 1/Islamic New Year (date varies): The Islamic New Year is celebrated throughout Indonesia with parades, festivals and prayer, making this an exciting but busy time to visit.
Siwa, Egypt

Visiting Indonesia in November

The rains return throughout Indonesia, but you may be lucky and experience the occasional burst of sunshine; particularly in Bali and northern Sulawesi. Temperatures still average around 30°C in most areas, but the rains mean that road conditions can be poor and the humidty can be stifling.

Events & Festivals

  • Muharram 1/Islamic New Year (date varies): The Islamic New Year is celebrated throughout Indonesia with parades, festivals and prayer, making this an exciting but busy time to visit.
Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Visiting Indonesia in December

During December you are likely to experience rain and high humidity levels throughout Indonesia. With Christmas prices just around the corner, it may be best visiting early on in the month.

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