With more than 13,000 tropical islands, over 700 languages and bridging the Pacific and Indian Oceans - 215 million people call Indonesia home. From the enchanting traditions and beaches of Bali to the rugged landscapes of Java and Komodo, the rainforests of Sumatra to the bustling hubs of Yogyakarta and Jakarta - Indonesia is a truly diverse travel experience.
How do I get there?
If you are travelling from Europe or the USA your main entry point into Indonesia will be Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) via Singapore, Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur. Coming from Australia, there are a number of carriers that fly directly into Jakarta. Flights from New Zealand will usually take you via Kuala Lumpur or Sydney. The other large scale international airport in Indonesia is located in Denpasar, Bali Ngurah Rai (DPS) and is a great jumping off point to start your travels.
When is the best time to go?
Being such a large archipelago the best time to travel really depends on where you want to go.
Situated firmly in the sun drenched tropics – Indonesia has an average temperature of 28 degrees and two distinct seasons: dry season that runs from May – September and wet season taking up the rest of year.
Dry season in Indonesia is a time when resorts fill up quickly, crowds descend and the price for accommodation is at its highest. The best times to travel are:
Bali and Nusa Tengarrra: April/ May – October.
Java: January – August.
Sulawesi: August – September.
Sumatra: June – July.
Sth East Maluku: December – March.
Wet season means monsoonal downpours, steamy days with sunny patches but also less crowds and cheaper prices. The wet season in Bali, Lombok and Java runs from October – April. However in Maluku and Papua the best time for diving is during this time when it is their dry season. Also keep in mind that parts of West Papua, Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi and Sumatra are often cut off after monsoonal storms.
Peak season in Indonesia runs from May – September but also includes all local religious holidays, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Western New Year, school holidays, and all Muslim holidays.
Do I need a visa?
All travellers to Indonesia must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival and have proof of an onward or return journey. If you're planning to visit Indonesia contact your local Embassy or Consulate as visa laws change regularly. Click here for more information on visa requirements.