When to go? Seasons, climate, festivities
April to OctoberApril to October is the dry season in Indonesia. This does not mean that there will be no rain at all, scattered showers can reasonably be expected. The islands are hot and humid with an average temperature between 20°C and 27°C. This is the best time to visit Indonesia but also the busiest. To get the best of the weather but avoid the crowds, consider travelling in April, May or late September.
November to MarchThis is the monsoon season in Indonesia so expect regular and heavy rain. There will still be warm and sunny days to enjoy but they tend to be interrupted by short tropical downpours. Temperatures will be between 25°C and 30°C with high humidity. If the rain does not bother you then this can be a good time to visit. The islands are quiet, hotels all have availability and prices tend to come down during the off season.
Temperatures and climate
Min/max temp (°C) / Average rainfall (mm)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average temp C° min / max25° / 31°25° / 31°25° / 31°25° / 31°24° / 30°24° / 29°24° / 29°24° / 29°24° / 30°25° / 31°25° / 31°25° / 31° Average rainfall (mm)1971341106247313512383470129
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average temp C° min / max24° / 30°24° / 30°24° / 31°25° / 32°25° / 33°24° / 32°23° / 33°23° / 33°24° / 33°25° / 33°25° / 32°24° / 31° Average rainfall (mm)20018910393756433405186111164
Holidays and festivities
Jember Fashion CarnivalAugustHeld in the east of Java this 1 day festival features spectacular parades of modern costumes that reflect the various culture and traditions of Indonesia. The colourful costumes are accompanied by drums and local instruments.
Bau NyaleFebruary / MarchA legend tells that a princess drowned in the waters off the coast of Lombok to escape an arranged marriage. She was reborn as a worm fish named Nyale. Join the locals in catching these fish which are said to have certain...beneficial properties.
Yadnya KasadaJulyIt is said a childless couple prayed to Mt Bromo and were rewarded with 24 children on the condition they sacrifice the 25th. When they did not offer the sacrifice, the mountain erupted, so each July offerings are made to appease the gods.