Best Time to Visit Indonesia for Good Weather

The Best Time to Visit Indonesia

This post was last updated on May 25th, 2020 at 09:06 pm


Whether you go to Bali for a week or want to visit all the islands of Indonesia for a year, you will want to have the nicest weather. It is a huge country which means the weather is not that easy to predict. The high season in Indonesia falls in the months of April to October. On this page, we will tell you everything you need to know about the best time to visit Indonesia.

 

The Seasons of Indonesia

Indonesia stretches for approximately 4,000 kilometers (about 2485 miles) and has 17,508 islands, meaning some islands have a different climate than others. In Indonesia, you will experience an average temperature of around 30°C (86°F) all year round, so it will never be cold. The high season is the months of July and August. The low season starts around the end of October and lasts until April.

 

Useful Tip – The high season in Indonesia is the months of April to October, with July and August being the peak months. The low season runs from November to March.

 

High season (April to October)

These months are the best time to visit Indonesia. Papua has the least rainfall, and the temperatures are good. Keep in mind that it will considerably busier and the prices will be higher in the peak season.


Shoulder Season (March and September)

There is not really an off-peak season in Indonesia. The months of March and September are just after and before the high season so you often have good weather and low prices. However, this is not the case everywhere in the country.


Low Season (November to March)

In the months of November to March, more rain falls throughout Indonesia. This is the best time to visit Papua because there is less rain. Traveling is cheaper and easier. There is one advantage of the rainy season: nature is beautifully green!

 

The Pura Taman Saraswati Temple in Ubud, Indonesia
No matter the weather, you will be able to take beautiful pictures in Indonesia!

 

Indonesia Weather by Month

The weather in Indonesia can never be predicted accurately, especially considering the changes in climate in recent years. It can be dry in the rainy season and it can rain during the dry season. It can vary per month. To give you a better idea of ​​the best time to visit Indonesia, we have listed the average weather for each month.

 

Indonesia Weather in January

Unlike many other countries in Asia, January is not a very favorable month to travel here. Not surprising since November to April is the rainy season. In January you have rain all over Indonesia. That does not mean that the sun is always hidden away. There is still a decent amount of sunshine, but you will have more rain showers. In January you have the best chance of seeing the sun in the north of the country.


Indonesia Weather in February

Although the rainy season runs until April, the sun is starting to return to the north of Sumatra, where rainfall is lowest in this month. However, the rest of Indonesia continues to suffer from rain. As you go to the end of the month the rain takes over. The temperatures are still around 30°C (86°F).


Indonesia Weather in March

March is a great month for traveling to Indonesia. You are heading towards the dry season, so with a bit of luck, you will have many dry days. March is still part of the “official” rainy season so you can still expect a lot of rain. The advantage is that airline tickets and prices for tours and accommodations are much cheaper.


Indonesia Weather in April

The last month of the rainy season, although you can never be quite sure, especially in such a large country like Indonesia. In April the sun returns to most of Indonesia, while Sumatra has more rain again. Keep in mind that the “tourist season” is ramping up again from April meaning prices and the number of crowded places are going up.


Indonesia Weather in May

May is the start of the best time to visit Indonesia. We were in Indonesia in May and have had a single day of rain. In addition, it is not that busy because you will be arriving before the bulk of the international vacations start. For islands such as Bali and Lombok, this is the best month of the year, certainly for beachgoers. The islands remain warm and dry everywhere, although some areas will occasionally experience some rain. This is a great time to spot orangutans.


Indonesia Weather in June

The beginning of June is perhaps the second-best time to visit Indonesia, after the month of May. You will be there just before all the international school holidays start and you are almost always assured of good weather. The landscape is at its best, just after the rainy season (as well as in May). In addition, you often have blue skies and tropical temperatures above 30°C (86°F).


Indonesia Weather in July

July is part of the peak season and throughout Indonesia, it is hot and dry. Due to the international school holidays, it is also the busiest month of the year where accommodations are often fully booked well in advance and the popular beaches are full of travelers. In terms of weather, it is the best month of the year.


Indonesia Weather in August

August is quite similar to July, both in terms of great weather and in terms of crowds and high prices. It is still peak season and more visitors come in August than in July.


Indonesia Weather in September

September, along with April and May, is a very good month for traveling in Indonesia. You have almost the same weather as in August (and that’s good!) but without the crowds and high prices. The school holidays are over so it is a lot less busy.


Indonesia Weather in October

October is actually the last month of the year to enjoy the nice weather. This month is the “end” of the best time to visit Indonesia, although it is difficult to predict. The rainy season starts at the end of the month. It is still warm and sunny, but in some areas, it can rain more often. For Sumatra, it is one of the wettest months.


Indonesia Weather in November

The rainy season is in full swing again and you have a high chance of rain throughout Indonesia. Strangely enough, you can still experience quite a bit of sun in Bali and the north of Sulawesi. Temperatures are still around 30°C (86°F) in most areas, so it’s definitely not cold. The rain makes it just a little less pleasant.


Indonesia Weather in December

In December the chance of rain is high throughout Indonesia. In addition, it is quite pricey because Christmas and New Year’s Eve fall in this month. Our advice is, therefore, to book in advance.

 

Best Time to Visit Indonesia For a Beach Holiday
Choosing the right time to visit Indonesia can make a huge difference in scenery!

 

Best Time to Visit Indonesia by Region

In general, the best time to visit Indonesia is between May and September, when the days are dry and sunny. However, the country is so large that the weather can vary considerably per island/region. Sumatra certainly has a very different climate than the other islands in Indonesia. We have, therefore, created an overview with the best travel time per region.

 

Best Time to Visit Java

The best time to visit Java is from May to September; the dry season. The rainy season runs from October to April. In the rainy season, the temperature is only somewhat lower, but it is often cloudy.

 

It often rains only in the morning and evening, for at most an hour. The busiest months are July and August. In these months the prices go up considerably and you will find many tourists whichever direction you look.

 

Because Java’s location is almost right on the equator, there is a predominantly tropical climate. This means that the temperature is fairly constant all year round. The average temperature is 30°C (86°F).

 

Java Weather Averages by Month

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
29°C29°C30°C31°C31°C31°C31°C31°C31°C31°C31°C30°C
415
mm
320
mm
215
mm
115
mm
90
mm
60
mm
40
mm
50
mm
35
mm
70
mm
95
mm
165
mm

 

Want to know more? Check out our page about Java.

 


Best Time to Visit Sulawesi

When it comes to temperature, you can travel to Sulawesi all year round. It is an average of 30°C (86°F) 12 months a year. However, Sulawesi also has a high and low season, or rather a rainy and dry season.

 

For example, the months of December, March, April, and May are very wet. The months of June to October, are most suitable. The temperature is pleasant, and there is little rain.

 

Sulawesi has a special shape and is quite large. That is why the weather in the south differs from that in the north. The rainy season in the south runs from October to March, while in the north most rain falls between June and July. The dry season is from April to October.

 

The best time to visit the north of Sulawesi is from August to October. The best time to visit the south of Sulawesi is from June to October. The temperature then varies from 35°C (95°F) on the coast to 25°C (77°F) in the mountains.

 

Sulawesi Weather by Month

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
26°C26°C26°C26°C26°C26°C26°C27°C27°C28°C27°C27°C
91
mm
96
mm
133
mm
124
mm
125
mm
104
mm
82
mm
77
mm
78
mm
82
mm
91
mm
105
mm

 

Want to know more? Check out our page about Sulawesi.

 


Best Time to Visit Bali (+ Gili’s)

Bali and the Gili Islands are a great holiday destination all year round. However, the best time to visit Bali is from April to September. During these months the least rain, in terms of both time and quantity, will fall. It also feels less stuffy, making the heat more bearable.

 

Keep the high and low season in mind as well. The seasons have a direct influence on the price of accommodation, tours, and transport. The high season is during the months of July and August, during Easter holidays, Christmas, and New Year’s, roughly the months of December and January.

 

It is then the busiest in Bali and the prices are the highest. However, for many reasons, it is better to come to Bali in April, May, June, September, and October. That is just before and just after the high season.

 

It is still the dry season, it is slightly less humid, and prices for accommodation, tours, and transport can be 30-50% cheaper than during the high season.

 

Bali Weather by Month

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
31°C31°C31°C31°C30°C30°C29°C29°C30°C31°C31°C31°C
345
mm
290
mm
215
mm
95
mm
75
mm
70
mm
50
mm
25
mm
40
mm
90
mm
155
mm
295
mm

 

Want to know more? Check out our page about Bali.

 


Best Time to Visit Lombok

There is a predominantly tropical climate on the island. This means that it is generally very hot and humid. It can actually rain a lot on the island all year round. The best time to visit Lombok is from June to October. During this period you can expect the least amount of rain.

 

The months of December to March are the wettest of the year.

 

The average temperature on Lombok is fairly constant throughout the year. During the day the temperatures are often between 25°C (77°F) and 30°C (86°F). Because of this, you can go to Lombok all year round for a great holiday.

 

Best Time to Visit Lombok by Month

Lombok has 2 types of climates, namely the tropical rainforest climate and maritime climate. The average climate of Lombok, the monthly temperature, or when most rain or snow falls can be found in the table below. By using this data you’ll be well-prepared for your trip or holiday to Lombok. This average monthly climate data is based on data from the past 30 years.

 

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
29°C28°C28°C28°C28°C27°C27°C27°C28°C29°C29°C29°C
161
mm
166
mm
245
mm
181
mm
119
mm
79
mm
46
mm
36
mm
31
mm
44
mm
92
mm
168
mm

 

Want to know more? Check out our page about Lombok.

 


Best Time to Visit Sumatra

The best time to visit Sumatra is from May to September (during the dry season). The temperature is always around 30°C (86°F). Because it is a hilly island, it is always cooler inland. The rainy season runs from October to March. You can still travel here during the rainy season, but it all goes a bit slower.

 

June and July are the best months to visit Sumatra.

 

Please note – For the majority of the island, May to September are the best months, and October to March are the wettest months. However, this pattern is reversed in North Sumatra!

 

Sumatra Weather by Month

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
27°C28°C28°C28°C28°C28°C28°C29°C28°C29°C27°C27°C
161
mm
176
mm
198
mm
229
mm
178
mm
115
mm
98
mm
125
mm
154
mm
164
mm
235
mm
170
mm

 

Want to know more? Check out our page about Sumatra.

 

Rainy Season in Indonesia

As stated above, most rain falls between November and March/April. Depending on the monsoon, most parts of the country have a rainy season and a dry period.

 

Only on Sumatra and Kalimantan is the rainfall distributed fairly evenly throughout the year. If you do not like rain and you do not intend to wear a poncho, it is best to come to Indonesia between May and September.

 

The rainy season runs from November to April. The number of days with rain increases and the intensity of the rain showers increases. Because of this, there is high humidity at the end of a monsoon period, which means it can feel a little clammy and stuffy.

 

Although it is almost everywhere around 30°C (86°F), there are some differences per region in terms of months in which it rains.

 

Keep in mind that some islands are less accessible during the rainy season. If it rains a lot, the sea is a bit wilder so some boats don’t sail.

 

Best Time to Visit Indonesia For Geen Rice Terraces
The Low (Rainy) Season will make the rice fields, like these on Bali, look very green and beautiful!

 

Dry Season in Indonesia

Due to the tropical climate in Indonesia, it is around 30°C (86°F) all year round. In the summer or the dry season, these temperatures can rise slightly. For many, the dry season sounds like the best time visit to Indonesia; the biggest disadvantage, however, is that a large part of the landscape is dry and bare during the dry season.

 

The dry season runs roughly from May to September/October. This is also the best time to visit Indonesia.

 

Don’t expect to find green, lush rice fields or large waterfalls in the dry season. However, for those who want to laze by the beach and not want to go into the jungle or visit rice fields, the dry season is perfect.

 

Are you going to be in Indonesia during the dry season and are you looking for some refreshments? Then head towards the higher-located areas in Indonesia. There is even eternal snow on the highest peaks of Papua.

 

Do you want to know what the weather is like right now? Check out weather.com

 

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