Indonesia weather & when to go: October

October overview

There's still plenty of sunshine and good weather to be enjoyed across Indonesia throughout October, however the peak season is certainly making its final bow of the year.  If you intend to climb one of Indonesia's many volcanoes, such as Mt Bromo or Mt Rinjani, then don't leave it later than October as rainy season will soon make climbing conditions too dangerous.

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October's weather in detail

Java

October is another hot, dry month across the island of Java, in much the same vein as September. Temperatures typically range from a very warm 24°C at night to highs of 33°C during the day. If you are planning on climbing Mt Bromo or Mt Ijen, this is the last month of the year to do so (before the rains arrive).

Bali

October is still a good time of year to visit Bali. Rain should be expected although only an average of 8 days over the month and rainfall comes in the form of short, tropical downpours. Temperatures remain warm (avg temp: 27 °C).
It's still possible to dive around Menjangan & West Bali National Park as these areas are among the most protected dive spots on the island, although conditions aren't as favourable as previous months.

Nusa Tenggara

Lombok, Flores, Komodo National Park, Sumba

Lombok & the Gili Islands, Flores & Sumba are still enjoying predominantly dry, sunny days throughout October, however as the month rolls on, those odd afternoon downpours begin to get heavier and more persistent. Temperatures start to rise with an average of 28°C, although humidity levels are at their lowest of the year.
If you are planning on climbing Mt Rinjani, this is the last month of the year to do so (before the rains arrive). It is also the last month for favourable dive conditions off the coast of Lombok, the Gili Islands and in the Komodo National Park.

Sulawesi

October is generally the hottest month of the year in Sulawesi and temperatures can frequently hit 34°C & 35°C at this time. Rainfall remains minimal, although in the island’s northern regions (including Manado), there is a higher chance of rain towards the end of the month. If you plan on diving in Manado Bay, October is the last month for favourable dive conditions.

Kalimantan

Kalimantan is still enjoying predominantly dry, sunny days during October, although overcast skies tend to appear as the month rolls on with the imminent arrival of wet season. Humidity levels and average temperatures remain high and the mercury can hit 32°C on occasion.

Sumatra

October is typically one of the hottest months of the year across Sumatra with maximum temperatures of 32°C and 33°C the norm. Palembang and South Sumatra experience hot, sunny days, however in Medan and the north the rains arrive and heavy downpours can be expected, especially in the jungle-clad areas. 

West Papua & Raja Ampat

Favourable weather conditions can be expected across the islands of Raja Ampat and the Baliem Valley during October. Expect warm daily temperatures, good diving conditions in Raja Ampat and the occasional shower throughout the Baliem Valley. 

The Moluccas

Favourable weather conditions continue across the central islands of Ambon and Seram in October. The Banda Islands are also enjoying warm (28-30°C), sunny and dry days: October is an excellent time of year for diving in the Banda Islands. The story is different across the southern islands of Kei and Aru, and the northern islands of Ternate and Tidore as rainy season kicks in. 

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