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The best time to travel in Indonesia

As a general rule, you should favour the dry season to travel to Indonesia and discover Bali, the island of Java, and the many other treasures of the country. The Moluccas and Papua are an exception: we recommend that you head there between September and March.

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The best time to visit Indonesia is the dry season, which lasts from May to October. In the month of July, the country is invaded by Indonesian tourists, while European tourists visit the country in July and August. So, prefer the months of May, June and September to discover Indonesia away from the crowds. The temperatures are between 22 and 34 degrees, which makes the island a perfect destination if you looking for some heat.

Java

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You should pick the dry season to visit the island of Java, especially the months of May, June and September to avoid the crowds. Explore an absolutely sublime island, which combines culture, festivals and spirituality. Discover the rice paddies, small village houses, the jungle and its active volcanoes. It is also in Java that you will enjoy the most active nightlife.

Bali and the Sunda Islands

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Bali, or heaven on earth... admire its beautiful rice paddies, magnificent beaches and swim in the clear warm water. You will have the opportunity to visit the many temples of the island and enjoy the hospitality of the people. You will surely find splendid accommodation and savour divine exotic dishes before relaxing in a spa. Go to Bali and the Sunda Islands during the dry season, preferably in the months of May, June and September to avoid the many tourists.

Sumatra

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Go to Sumatra for a journey devoted to nature: among the volcanoes and lush vegetation you will discover a majestic island that shelters highly diversified wildlife. Relax on the beautiful beaches of the region and meet the different ethnic groups that inhabit the island. Go during the dry season, between May and October, and tackle the waves during a surf baptism. If you are not a fan of crowds, you should consider the months of May, June and September.

Sulawesi

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Sulawesi is a large island that is sure to delight scuba divers. There are many varieties of birds there and you can laze on the beaches. On the coast you will encounter the Bugis, the most famous sailors of Indonesia. Don't miss out on a visit to Wakatobi National Marine Park as well as the forests of Lore Lindu National Park. Prefer to visit Sulawesi during the dry season, especially the months of May, June and September.

The Moluccas and Papua

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Scuba diving in the Banda islands or sunbathing on the beaches of the Kei Islands... you will fall in love with the Moluccas and Papua. Don't miss the volcanoes of the North Moluccas - the landscape is magnificent. Discover these islands that are so full of character and meet the charming local population. Consider travelling during the dry season, which, unlike the other regions of Indonesia, lasts from September to March here.

Scuba diving and snorkelling

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Indonesia is a perfect destination for divers. Dive in Komodo National Park and encounter sharks, dolphins and manta rays. The archipelagos of Derawan and Pulau Bunaken are also popular sites for scuba diving. In Pulau Weh you can admire the clown fish and the whale sharks. A paradise for beginners and more seasoned divers alike. Prefer the dry season to dive in Indonesia.


Kalimantan

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Try to favour the dry season to visit Kalimantan, particularly the months of May, June and September. In Kalimantan you can discover a population that has preserved its traditional lifestyle and explore the forests of the region. You will admire its famous rivers and encounter the last orang-utans in Tanjung Puting National Park.
Tiphaine Leblanc
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Updated 26 October 2018
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