Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country and one of the most culturally diverse, is sprawled across more than 17,000 islands with over 300 different ethnicities and dialects. The people, most of whom are moderate Muslims, range from modern urban professionals in Jakarta, to village farmers and fishermen on many of the islands, to Stone Age tribal people in West Papua and peaceful, tourist-friendly Hindus of Bali. A former Dutch colony that became independent in the wake of World War II, Indonesia is a land of rich cultural and religious heritage, fascinating architecture, superb beaches and diving, unique wildlife, and remote village life.

Dutch sailors spoke of other-worldly creatures here such as the Komodo dragons of Komodo Island. From the orangutans of Borneo to the manta rays in the Gili Islands, Indonesia teems with a spectacular array of flora and fauna, like no other country on Earth. The landscape is just as varied, from the limestone isles of Raja Ampat to the snowy mountain peaks of Papua, home to the tribal Dani headhunters.

Indonesia Regions

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Seasonality & Festivals

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When to Go
When to Go

Weather in Indonesia

Visit Indonesia between May and September for the clearest weather, while divers should consider Raja Ampat between September and April.

  • Temperatures remain high throughout the year, and vary little from month to month. Indonesian weather typically comes in two forms: fair and sunny or cloudy and wet. Only the extreme southern islands, such as Sumba, are affected by tropical cyclones, but high winds may occur during thunderstorms.
  • Apart from the reduced temperatures on the taller mountains, the weather and climate of Indonesia are typical of equatorial regions. Rainfall is heavy and well- distributed year round. Most places receive 60 to 160 inches of rainfall per year.
  • In Jakarta, temperatures range from 68° to 88°F (20° to 31°C), and the rainy season usually lasts from December through March.
  • Bali is located in the tropics, about 8 degrees south of the equator, and its weather patterns are typically stable throughout the year. Temperatures range from 75° to 93°F (24° to 34°C), and the rainy season lasts from September to February. At the wet season’s peak daily afternoon showers last for about an hour before clearing away.

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