a VirtualTourist member from Athens asked on Dec 28, 2015
Hello [VT member 93f85],
We are planning to visit Indonesia from the end of January to end of February (one month in total). As I check on internet, it seems like it's raining almost every day and some people say its not recommend to visit the place January-February. Has anyone been there that period? Actually we have no other period free to travel and we would love to see Indonesia, but will we really enjoy it? Or it's better to choose another destination?
Thank you [VT member 93f85] lot.
Yes, it usually rains almost every day, but not all day long. It seldom rains in the morning, therefore it is advisable to start your day early. After noon, e.g. around 2pm, there is a shower; but when it is over the sun comes out again.
I see no reason not to visit Indonesia in January/February. But some activities, like hiking to the top of a volcano, will be a disappointment because of clouds and some mountains even are closed for hikers in the rainy season.
Indonesia stretches 5000 kms east to west and the weather can differ in each region. I would check the weather for each major island and make a decision from that information. I have been to Indonesia 6 times, each for two months, but i don't think that i was ever there in February.
This link may help you.
Sulawesi is a special island for me, along with the islands of Nusa Tengera
Traveling was on the hand of every single person, the weather can't stop someone to go to one travel destination, the world was so wide, we can not go to one place in one time, that is why we traveling to so many places in different time, no one could change summer, winter, fall and autumn, dry and wet as well according to a traveling schedule....every season have its own uniqueness, .....the weather as long as 10 years later was unpredictable....rainy season is not always 24 hours scheme, snow fall not in everyday scheme ....so....enjoy your planning schedule and surely you would find the beauty along the universe .....
This may be a bit late now as you may have already started your travels but.... I just spent 18 days in Kalimantan - 22nd December to 7th January - and then two weeks on Gili Gede in Lombok. In Kalimantan there was no rain during the day for the first 13 days in Kalimantan Timur and Kalimantan Tengah. The locals say there really isn't a rainy season - it rains when it rains. There was afternoon showers three days in a row in Kalimantan Selatan but these lasted for only an hour.
In Gili Gede they are hoping for rain. In fact for the whole of Lombok the rainy season usually November to March, hasn't really existed and locals are concerned about the lack of rain.
As others have mentioned, there are often afternoon storms that clear up pretty quickly, although it does add to the humidity.
Have a great time, Indonesia is a beautiful country.