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The climate of Indonesia is ideal for a year-round beach holiday in the bosom of amazing nature. Winter is just as hot here. The usual four seasons in Indonesia can be divided into only two - dry (summer) and wet (winter).

The most popular resort islands in Indonesia are Bali, Sumatra and Java.

The weather conditions on the Greater and Lesser Sunda Islands are somewhat different. How can the wet season affect the quality of the holiday? What do the islands of Indonesia offer tourists in the low season? More on these and other points below.


Wet season in Indonesia

In the summer, the islands, of course, have more sunny days and dry nights, but this does not mean that it is better not to fly to Indonesia during other periods. In winter, the weather here is the same warm with an average temperature of 28-29°C during the day and 19-20°C at night. In mountainous areas, for example, in February the air temperature can drop to 15°C. The wet or winter season begins in October and lasts until late March or early April.

  • October. The month that closes the high season in Bali and other "beach" places. In October, the resorts of Indonesia still have dry and warm weather, but it starts to drizzle. In the second half of the month, the probability of showers increases. In Bali, everything is also sunny and there are excellent conditions for swimming in the sea. The water near the coasts is warmed up to 25°С. Tropical Sumatra tends to be somewhat cooler and rainfall can be more intense than other islands.
  • November. With the advent of November, the temperature regime does not change much, so the sea is still the same gentle. The only difference is the amount of precipitation, which increases closer to the beginning of November.
  • December. There is an increasing chance of rainy days and increased humidity. However, in December it is still warm, although there are not many sunny days. The air temperature during the day remains at around 28°C.
  • January. The real rainy season in Indonesia can be found in January. The greatest amount of precipitation covers Sumatra, but in Bali you can catch a couple of clear days. The water in the ocean warms up to 28°C. The air temperature ranges from 27 to 31°C during the day and from 20 to 24°C at night.
  • February. February weather on the islands of Indonesia is very similar to January. Everything is still humid, but warm, on land and in water. The average rainfall reaches 250 mm.
  • March. In March, you can watch how the monsoon rains recede, and the sun comes out more and more often. The number of dry days increases, and the air warms up to 34°C. What can not be said about Sumatra. The rainy season is still going on here at this time.


Winter in Bali

Among the main advantages of a winter holiday in Bali, of course, are the prices. During the wet season, the cost of rest is halved. This applies to tourist hotels, private rentals and even bike rentals. All because of the frequent rains that prevail in Bali from October to March. However, the temperature of air and water practically remain at the same level, but the percentage of humidity increases. It can be suffocatingly hot on the island during the day. After rainstorms, high humidity remains. The sea is restless due to gusty winds, so choosing the best time for swimming can be problematic. But in winter, surfers flock to Bali. To conquer the waves at this time there are all weather conditions.

Average air temperature in Bali in winter: during the day up to 33°С, at night - 23-24°С. The water in the ocean in December warms up to 28-29°C.


Features of winter holidays in Bali

  • Monsoon winds and high humidity.
  • Most of the holidays are accompanied by warm rains.
  • The stable water temperature in the ocean is up to 28°C.
  • Good conditions for a beach holiday and sunbathing.
  • A rich program of spa centers and fine dining resorts.
  • Great surfing.
  • Coastal resorts at discounted prices.
  • Choice of sea excursions and entertainments.


For a holiday in Bali, you can choose accommodation in one of the popular resorts of the island:

  • Kuta
  • Seminyak
  • Jimbaran
  • Canggu
  • Noosa Dua
  • Sanur
  • Ubud

Bali's neighboring island of Lombok also offers many resort options for active guests.


New Year in Bali

Meeting the New Year and Christmas on the islands has long become a tradition among tourists. It is New Year's tours in Bali that are the most popular. The exoticism of a winter holiday among the tropics has its own charm. Especially if you add the whole range of Balinese entertainment to the general background. Warm tropical monsoons won't spoil your overall holiday experience if you're enjoying your time on one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

Entertainment in Bali in winter:

  • yachting and kitesurfing;
  • rafting and kayaking;
  • diving and snorkeling;
  • elephant rides;
  • eco-tours in national parks;
  • trekking trips on volcanoes;
  • surfing;
  • golf;
  • modern water parks;
  • beach discos and nightclubs.

The demand for Christmas tours is growing every year. Consequently, prices rise from mid-December to mid-January. 4* and 5* hotels offer rich New Year's entertainment programs, which are included in the total cost of the holiday. It should be noted that in Bali the New Year holiday is celebrated at the end of March. Therefore, everything that you see on the island on traditional European dates is carefully created by the Balinese for guests.


The best hotels in Bali for a New Year's holiday:

  • The Westin Resort Nusa Dua
  • Potato Head Suites & Studios
  • Hyatt Regency Bali
  • Hard Rock Hotel Bali
  • Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel
  • AYANA Resort Bali
  • Candi Beach Resort & Spa
  • Courtyard by Marriott Bali Nusa Dua Resort
  • The Haven Bali Seminyak
  • Mandapa , a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
  • Padma Resort Legian
  • Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso spa

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua

Winter season in Sumatra

Sumatra is an incredibly beautiful island with indescribable natural wealth. Active volcanoes, national parks with unique ecosystems, the world's largest mountain lake and colorful Sumatran culture. One of the largest islands on the planet is divided into seven provinces, each of which has its own must-see places.

Winter weather in Sumatra

Due to the equatorial climate in Sumatra, it is hot and humid at any time of the year. But from November to March, there are much less sunny days than in the dry season. Summer is considered the best time to travel in Sumatra due to the sunnier weather. At the same time, in the period from November to March, there are good weather conditions. Rains are usually short-lived, and the air temperature remains at around 28-30°C. In the winter months in Sumatra, you can climb volcanoes, admire the rich greenery of tea and rice plantations, explore the life and crafts of local settlements, visit thermal springs and much more.


The main tourist sites of Sumatra:

  • Gunung Leuser National Park (Aceh Province) is one of the oldest nature reserves in Southeast Asia. Rich flora, Sumatran tigers and rhinos, organized jungle tours.
  • Lake Toba. The world's largest lake of volcanic origin, which was formed as a result of the largest volcanic eruption in history (about 70 thousand years ago). The greatest depth of the reservoir reaches 450 meters. On the shores there are hotel complexes and authentic settlements, for which tourists choose Sumatra.
  • Sipiso Piso. A picturesque area with hiking trails and viewing platforms at a 120-meter waterfall. Sipiso Piso is located in the north of Lake Toba.
  • Kerinci Volcano (Jambi Province). Trekking trips to the highest active volcano in Indonesia (3805 meters). In the vicinity of the mountains, valleys and hills with an incredibly diverse flora and fauna.
  • Bukit-Barisan-Selatan. A huge national park runs along the three provinces of Sumatra, in which ancient forests with unique ecosystems are preserved. UNESCO natural site.


Holidays in winter Java

Java is a large, densely populated island, where you can find everything for a multifaceted holiday. There is both amazing nature and modern cities. Summer in Java is observed all year round. The weather is stable in any period, except for the increased amount of precipitation in winter. The rains are warm, and most often not long. Due to the high humidity, nature in Java in winter is gaining bright green hues. The sun is not enough, but this is not a hindrance to travel. In coastal cities in winter, the thermometer reaches 35°C. Inland is a few degrees lower.

Things to do in Java in winter:

  • Yogyakarta. Visit the cultural capital of the island - the city of Yogyakarta. You will enjoy walks among the local architecture and atmospheric museums of crafts and arts.
  • Surabaya and Bromo National Park. The main city of the eastern part of Java, Surabaya, offers to plunge into the local flavor and enjoy the atmosphere of the Asian historical center. The city is usually the starting point for Java's popular Bromo National Park.
  • Malang. Another Javanese center with colonial architecture and exotic atmosphere. The nature in the vicinity allows you to enjoy picturesque trips on a motorbike.
  • Volcano Ijen. In the east of Java, you can see the unearthly landscapes of the Ijen volcano crater. Sulfur is mined here and tourists roam in search of unusual landscapes of Indonesia.
  • Volcano Krakatoa. From the west coast of Java, in the area of the picturesque beaches of Anyer and Charita, excursion tours depart to the most unpredictable volcano of the Malay Archipelago - Krakatoa.


Winter holidays in the Moluccas

And finally - the Moluccas, or the Spice Islands. This is a group of more than a thousand paradise islands that stretch between Sulawesi and New Guinea. The climatic conditions in the Moluccas are the most optimal for a holiday in Indonesia in winter. Unlike most areas of the archipelago, wet monsoons predominate here in summer, and the dry season begins in winter. The nature of the Moluccas attracts tourists from all over the world: fabulous landscapes of green tropics, virgin beaches and crystal lagoons. The most developed islands in Moukkah with resorts and hotels for every taste are Ambon and Ternate.


Choose your holiday destination in Indonesia in winter and enjoy your holiday at any time of the year!


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