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For every type of traveler, there are the best times to go to Indonesia.

With awe-inspiring scenery, dense layers of culture, plenty of sun, surf and sand and warm temperatures year-round, there is no better place to visit in Indonesia. At any time of the year, you can find rewarding things to see and do in Indonesia.

The most enjoyable time of the year for outdoor activities is from April to September. You can still enjoy the outdoors in the dry areas of the east and north of the island if you visit during the wet season.

The average temperature in the year-round is 28C and 32C (82F to 90F), though it can be cooler in the mountains. Here are the best times to visit Indonesia.

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The high season (July–August and December) is the best time for festivals and partying

The peak time for surfing on the west coast of Australia in July and August is the height of the dry season and coincides with the traditional summer vacation season in Europe, America and Australia. At this time of year, many travelers come to Kuta for the party season.

During the summer months, most parts of the island are overrun with tourists, who come to sample the island's many delights and attend some of its most colorful festivals. Travelers seek a reprieve from the cold during the Christmas and New Year periods. High season means high prices and pressing hordes in tightly-packed tourist areas; for a quieter experience, look out for more remote spots such as Pemuteran.

The shoulder season (April–June and September–October) is best for adventurous travelers

At the end of the dry season, the weather can either get better after the rains or get worse. The weather is usually dry for outdoor activities during the summer. The two week Easter break can be very busy in tourist areas.

As rain showers are more frequent than in the dry summer months, it's a good time to visit temples, museums and cultural institutions in the area.

The low season (January–March and November) is best for budget travelers

The low season coincides with the rainiest months of the year, and this can be unpredictable. There's still good surf on the east coast, even though the island is returning to a more relaxed vibe, and the weather is still warm. It's great news for budget travelers that the price of accommodations has fallen.

Nyepi, the New Year of the Balinese, is celebrated in March. The Day of Silence can be a tricky time for visitors as everything closes, transport ceases and nobody is allowed out on the streets, but after the colorful parades of ogoh-ogoh puppets on the night before the festival, this is a culturally fascinating time to visitBali.

A farmer tends rice paddies near Ubud, Bali
Bali is lush and green in the months following the rainy season © Pete Seaward / Lonely Planet

Understanding the Balinese calendar

The festivals of Galungan and Kuningan are on the same day. According to the western calendar, they happen every seven months. The timing of the Nyepi festival is dictated by the lunar saka calendar and the dates for village festivals aren't always set in stone. You should check the precise dates before booking your flights if you are going to attend a festival.

January sees a slow-down after the Christmas crush

International revelers are getting ready to go home as the year ends. The rainy season is at its peak in January, so it's a good time to take a break and play indoors. During the rainy months, rafting and surfing are great because of the wilder waves. It is a good time to visit the attractions of the north and east coast.

The Balingkang Kintamani Festival can happen in February.

February brings colorful festivals

At the end of January or the start of February, Chinese New Year celebrations feature spectacular dances and parades with typical Balinese elements. If you're looking for something to do in February, just head to Ubud, where the Agung Rai and Neka museums and diverse art galleries will keep you busy for hours.

The Balingkang Kintamani Festival is a key event.

The rains start to slow down in March

The arrival of brighter weather is expected in March. At this time of the year, mountain streams are at full bore. Many colorful melasti processions happen all over the island as each village undertakes the ritual cleansing of their temple icons at the nearest beach or holy water source.

On the day before Nyepi, people march through the streets and are burned on the beach. Prepare to stay at your accommodations on Nyepi, a day of silence and reflection. No one is allowed on the streets in the middle of the night.

The key events are the parades and Nyepi.

April ushers in the dry season

The start of the dry season takes place in April. The remainder of the month is quieter than the summer peak because of the Easter school break.

The key events are the Ubud Food Festival and the BALI SPIRIT FESTIVAL.

A surfer riding a barrel wave off Bali
You can surf in Bali year-round if you pick the right coast © Wonderful Nature / Shutterstock

May is a great time for surfers

May is a great time for outdoor activities after Easter. Adventure sports fans can enjoy rafting, trekking, and spelunking on the west and south coast.

The key events are the buleleng art festival.

June welcomes the summer crowds

Mild trade winds ensure an average temperature of 28C to 32C. It is a great time to visit the beach and enjoy the outdoors. The start of the month-longBali Arts Festival is in the middle of June. The coming-of-age rituals and elegant Rejang dances are part of the festival.

The key events are the arts festival and the festival.

July is peak season for tourism

The tourist high season in Indonesia starts in July. During the summer months, the kite festivals feature gigantic kites with huge wingspans flown by competing village troupes. The most well-known kite festival is at Padanggalak Beach, north of Sanur.

Key events in Indonesia.

August is dry, sunny and crowded

There are a lot of tourists in August in popular areas such as Sanur and Ubud. If you're looking for a more laid back experience, go to the east or north coast. August 17 is Indonesia's independence day and there is a lot of fanfare. Parades and street parties are expected in the larger towns.

The Sanur Village Festival is one of the key events.

A giant kite is launched during one of Bali's kite festivals
Bali's kite festivals fill the skies with movement and color © Tropical studio / Shutterstock

September is marked by big music festivals

There is a calmer side to the island in September. The weather is beautiful despite intermittent rain showers.

The key events are the Soundline Music Festival.

The rains return in October

Prepare for the rainy season in October. It's a good idea to have a backup plan in case of bad weather.

There are a number of key events, including the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.

November is film festival season

If you don't want to go to the beach in November, you can check out indoor events like the first-rate international film festival, which features international releases in a wide variety of cinematic genres.

There are a number of key events for the film festival.

December welcomes back the holiday crowds

The beginning of the holiday party season is marked by special dinners and entertainment at hotels, restaurants and other venues. You can rock in the new year with fireworks at midnight.

The Pemuteran Bay Festival is one of the key events.

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