Best Time to Visit Indonesia

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Indonesia. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Jakarta, Medan, Balikpapan, Manado und Manokwari. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Indonesia for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 20 °C to 33 °C
Waves Symbol 27 °C to 30 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.1618.31 in (2 – 24 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 25.9 °C (Manado) and 27.6 °C (Medan)
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Geographical location

Indonesia is with about 1.9 million square kilometers the largest island state and with about 238 million people the fourth most populous state in the world.

The country consists of over 17,000 islands and borders on Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and East Timor. Most of Indonesia belongs to the Asian continent, only the Indonesian region on the island of New Guinea belongs to Oceania.

Indonesia is located in the Indian Ocean, north of Australia. On the island of Java lies the capital Jakarta. More than 9.6 million people live here.

Climate in Indonesia

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The northern islands are characterized by a tropical, humid climate. In the year these come on up to 157.48 in precipitation. In northern Manado, for example, 3.35 in are to be expected in September with the lowest rainfall, and 18.31 in in January with the highest rainfall.

Temperatures range between 29 °C to 32 °C during the year. The southern Indonesian islands are determined by an alternately humid, tropical monsoon climate. This means: in the months October to April there is a rainy season here, in which most precipitation falls and the air humidity rises very strongly.

This is followed by the drying time. Especially in the eastern regions, dry air masses from Australia provide little precipitation and high temperatures. Due to the position of the equator, temperature fluctuations are very low throughout the country. Temperatures of between 27 °C to 32 °C are to be expected in the long term.

For information on the climate in Bali, Lombok and the Gili Islands, please visit our detailed pages.

Best Time to Visit Indonesia: Overview

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When to travel to Indonesia?


Due to different climatic zones, we cannot offer a flat rate for the best travel time in Indonesia. The western areas like Medan should be visited at the beginning of the year in the months January to March. Here you will find quite pleasant temperatures and little precipitation.

The southern areas around Jakarta or also the far north with places like Manado should be visited in the warmer and drier time between April and August. However, it is never completely dry here. One or two showers can occur at any travel time.

If you want to go to New Guinea, you can do this from July to November. Here the precipitation values are around 4.72 in and are thus significantly lower than in the following months. December is not a good month to travel to Indonesia due to heavy flooding in many areas.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Indonesia) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
Jakartaall except January, February, March, and December
MedanJanuary, February, and March
BalikpapanOctober
ManadoMay, June, July, August, September, and October
ManokwariJuly, August, September, October, and November
DenpasarApril, May, June, July, August, September, and October
Mataramall except January, February, and December
Gili TrawanganApril, May, June, July, August, September, and October

Climate Charts Indonesia

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Jakarta

Climate Chart Jakarta
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Medan

Climate Chart Medan
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Balikpapan

Climate Chart Balikpapan
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Manado

Climate Chart Manado
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Manokwari

Climate Chart Manokwari
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Water Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Indonesia

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Indonesia, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Jakarta (Indonesia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature30°30°31°32°32°32°32°32°33°33°32°32°
Night Temperature23°24°24°24°24°23°23°23°23°24°24°24°
Water Temperature28°27°28°29°28°28°28°28°27°28°28°27°
Precipitation (inch)13.2311.978.235.284.213.582.361.812.834.175.477.8
Rainy days191816129864691316
Hours of Sunshine556777788765
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Jakarta is 26.3 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (27.3 °C)
Coldest month: February (25.6 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Jakarta is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all months

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 70.94 inch on 136 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): January, February, March, and December
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 41.22 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Jakarta.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, August is the sunniest month with an average of 7.6 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.5 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Medan (Indonesia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature32°32°33°33°33°33°33°33°32°32°31°31°
Night Temperature22°23°23°24°23°24°24°23°22°23°23°23°
Water Temperature29°29°30°30°30°30°30°30°30°30°29°29°
Precipitation (inch)3.624.533.826.187.015.556.577.2810.3515.249.968.98
Rainy days141913182215131724222019
Hours of Sunshine344445443233
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Medan is 27.6 °C.

Warmest month: June (28.5 °C)
Coldest month: December (26.7 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Medan is 30 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 89.09 inch on 216 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): May, August, September, October, November, and December
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 58.82 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Medan.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 4.8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 3.4 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Balikpapan (Indonesia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature31°31°31°31°31°30°30°30°30°31°31°31°
Night Temperature24°23°24°24°24°24°24°24°24°24°24°24°
Water Temperature28°28°28°28°28°28°28°28°28°29°29°28°
Precipitation (inch)9.218.1110.28.589.729.2510.638.077.685.596.979.33
Rainy days14131514131212111081216
Hours of Sunshine544554555554
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Balikpapan is 26.9 °C.

Warmest month: October (27.4 °C)
Coldest month: July (26.5 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Balikpapan is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 103.35 inch on 150 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): all except October
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 97.76 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Balikpapan.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, October is the sunniest month with an average of 5.4 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 4.7 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Manado (Indonesia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature29°29°30°31°31°31°31°32°32°32°31°30°
Night Temperature22°22°22°22°22°21°21°21°21°21°22°22°
Water Temperature28°28°27°27°28°28°28°28°28°29°28°28°
Precipitation (inch)18.3114.0912.017.86.36.424.693.823.394.88.5814.61
Rainy days171614131313107891316
Hours of Sunshine566877898777
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Manado is 25.9 °C.

Warmest month: October (26.4 °C)
Coldest month: February (25.2 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Manado is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 104.8 inch on 149 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): January, February, March, April, November, and December
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 75.39 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Manado.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, August is the sunniest month with an average of 8.5 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Manokwari (Indonesia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature31°31°31°31°31°31°31°31°31°32°32°31°
Night Temperature23°23°23°23°23°23°23°22°22°22°23°23°
Water Temperature28°28°29°28°28°28°28°27°27°28°28°28°
Precipitation (inch)12.019.4113.1911.147.767.245.395.554.964.696.4610.28
Rainy days1613151411121010991014
Hours of Sunshine333344444433
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Manokwari is 26.3 °C.

Warmest month: May (26.6 °C)
Coldest month: February (26 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Manokwari is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all months

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 98.07 inch on 143 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): January, February, March, April, May, June, and December
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 71.02 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Manokwari.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, September is the sunniest month with an average of 3.8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 3.3 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


The main island Java lures with the fascinating volcano Bromo, the indescribable Ijen Crater and magnificent temples like Borobudur and Prambanan. Also the bustling capital Jakarte has some sights like the Indonesian National Museum and the beautiful Jakarta Cathedral to offer.

In the south of Indonesia is the island of Bali. For years it has developed into a tourist magnet. Here you will not only find excellent surfing opportunities, but with the Waterbom Bali an outstanding slide park in a beautiful atmosphere.

On the neighbouring island of Java you will find the Borobodur temples in a central location. These are considered one of Indonesia’s greatest highlights. Other attractions in Indonesia include the Raja Ampat Islands, the Ijen Crater and the Prambanan temples in Sleman.

More information about the best things to do: Bali

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Jakarta (Station Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta)
light rain     light rain, 25 °C
Clouds: 40 %       Wind: 4 mph
Air Pressure: 1010 hPa       Humidity: 83 %
Last updated: 15th Sep 2019, 09:28 pm
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Indonesia: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 3 reviews for Indonesia holiday already. Average rating is 4 of 5 stars.
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    Claudia, 60 years old was there in March

    in the morning usually clear, at 7.00 o’clock already 27 degrees, temperature rising until noon, in the afternoon often somewhat to strongly covered, towards evening often rain, which lasted however rarely longer than 2 hours

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Sophie, 27 years old was there in March

    Mainland Lombok: During the day 30-33 degrees, third week of March almost completely covered with little sun, in the evening frequent (sometimes strong) tropical showers. In the fourth week of March three days of sunny and otherwise mixed weather, hardly any rain. Occasional wind, rather strong swell. Water temperature is pleasant (refreshing), even when snorkelling.
    The Gili’s have their own microclimate, the clouds get stuck over Lombok, so the weather there is usually better and less rainy.
    All in all, the end of the rainy season is recommended. The vegetation is wonderfully green.

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Bahar Schütte , 45 years old was there in August

    Pleasantly warm, but not so hot. At noon there was always some wind, where one did not come at all to sweating without freezing. Perfect Weather

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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