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Best Time of Year to Visit Bali
Gunung Batok (dormant, in foreground) and Gunung Bromo erupting sulphur, about 100 miles west of Bali, photo courtesy Michael Day on Flickr.
Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, promising a variety of island experiences. Similar to the United States, Indonesia has numerous ethnic groups making the country a rich diversity of cultural traditions. Come to visit the Unesco landmarks, breathtaking natural parks, and interact with nature with some of the world's best places to scuba dive and surf.
Weather in Indonesia
Indonesia has a year round warm tropical climate with highs peaking in the 90's Fahrenheit with the general average being 77-81F. Most visitors consider the dry season as the best time to visit. The seas are calmer, meaning better access to diving and other water sports, and if visitors are interested, the dry season is when volcano climbing is available.
It's fairly humid year round with humid, hotter coastal areas and dryer highlands in the middle of the islands.
The year is divided into the wet (October-April) and dry (May-September) seasons.
Kerta Gosa pavilion, Klungkung Palace, Bali, photo courtesy Juan Antonio F. Segal on Flickr.
Things to See and Do
Nature lovers will have plenty to explore with Indonesia's 51 National Parks, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. The parks range from rare rainforest sites to parks located entirely underwater.
Komodo dragon, in Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, photo courtesy Jorge Lascar on Flickr.
Komodo Dragon National Park is a unique experience: visitors can see the largest known lizard as well as many rare plants. Kutai National Park and Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park are also nature lover "must-sees". They both have large wild populations of Orangutans that are easily accessible.
Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist temple, Central Java, Indonesia, photo courtesy Justine Hong on Flickr.
A visit to Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist temple, is another worthwhile attraction. Borobudur is a large temple complex built in the 9th century. It has nine platforms and the top is covered in stupas. The temple also has beautifully preserved sculpture art and relief carvings, covering life in 8th century Java to religious scenes, and Buddhist teachings.
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Typical airfares from LAX to Soekarno Hatta International Airport (CGK), Indonesia
Airfares vary by season, but also day of week, and are definitely affected by holidays.
The chart above shows the typical average fares for a economy class ticket from Los Angeles (LAX) to Soekarno Hatta International Airport (CGK), by month.
Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali, photo courtesy Koyne on Flickr.
Indonesia has many worthwhile places to visit but this guide will focus on the two most popular cities, Bali and Jakarta. Bali has many beautiful temples on the sea. Tanah Lot is perhaps the most famous as it is perched on an island right off shore. It is well known for its panoramic views especially at sunset and hosts many cultural performances.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Ubud, Bali, photo courtesy Aleksandr Zykov on Flickr.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces are nearby Bali and offer beautiful, timeless views of rolling rice fields. This is also a good spot to pick up local wood carvings. Bali is also rightly famous for its beaches, offering pristine sand, spectacular caves, and amazing marine diversity.
The Wayang Museum in Jakarta, photo courtesy Jnzl on Flickr.
Jakarta is the bustling capital of Indonesia. Jakarta has many museums to learn more about Indonesia, from the National Museum of Indonesia, the Art and Ceramic Museum and Wayang Museum (a puppet museum, puppetry is an art form appreciated and performed across most ethnic groups in Indonesia). For an expansive view of the city visit the Monas Tower which was built in 1961 as a symbol of Indonesian independence.
Indonesian cuisine at Kafe Betawi, in Jakarta, photo courtesy Rendy Cipta Muliawan on Flickr.
To really experience the ethnic crossovers try food in Jakarta's happening street food scene. Chinese, Dutch, Indian and other influences combine into great options to try like; Gado Gado, Fritters, Martabak (sweet stuffed pancake), Satay Grilled skewers and much more.
Water temperature and SCUBA diving in Indonesia
Coral reef in Bunaken, Indonesia, photo courtesy Christian Gloor on Flickr.
Water temperatures range from about 66F to 86F all year long. Scuba diving runs all year round, but the best conditions are April through December. January through March can be rainy and that hurts your visibility.
The Indonesian Archipelago contains about 20% of the world's coral reefs, and some of the most diverse undersea life anywhere. There's over 600 species of coral, and over 3,000 species of fish. You can see underwater volcanoes, World War II wrecks, and a huge variety of pelagic and reef fish.
Top dive destinations include Komodo, the Banda Islands, Sulawesi, Raja Ampat, and of course Bali.
For a ton more details on dive sites and dive shops all over Indonesia, check out PADI's page.
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