Indonesia Travel Guide

When you speak of beach holidays in Southeast Asia, it’s difficult not to do so without talking about Indonesia in the same breath. The wildly appealing archipelago, trimmed with stretches of pristine beaches and forests, is the setting for many adventures and exploration, tricked out with wildlife, Buddhist temples, volcanoes and a mix of rich cultural traditions.

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When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    June to August

    As Indonesia is a long archipelago that covers from the southern end of the Andaman Sea to the western border of Papua New Guinea, each major island has its own dry and wet seasons. Generally, June, July and August are the busiest when folks from Australia are travelling on quick jaunts for the winter and travellers from the US are on their summer holiday. For affordable rates, fewer crowds and pleasing weather, the shoulder months of April, May and September are your best bets for Java, Sumatra, Bali and Nusa Tenggara. Festival Teluk Kendari is a great festival to attend in April.

  2. Low Season

    November to March

    Indonesia’s low season is probably its wettest, which hovers around November through March, although December does get a lot of traffic from holidaymakers celebrating the Christmas season. Is the monsoon season an ok time to visit? The answer is yes if you can forgive the heavy downpours that might only last for a couple of hours or so, then you’re likely to get away with very cheap prices. Attention to the weather and a bit of planning is necessary so you can schedule around the rains and still enjoy the country’s offerings. Join the fasting and meditation during Nyepi and watch the jousting competitions during Pasola.

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