Information & Facts
Java experiences a humid and tropical climate with two distinct
seasons, the rainy season which runs from October to April, and the
dry season which runs from May to September and is the best time of
year to visit. The average daytime temperate in Java is between
66°F and 86°F (19°C and 30°C).Between monsoon season months, late
October to early May, there are usually daily spurts of heavy
rainfall often causing flooding in the city.
Bahasa Indonesia is the official language, but many
dialects are spoken. English is widely understood in Jakarta and
Rupiah (IDR) is the official currency and is divided into 100
sen. Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, hotels and
money changers in major tourist destinations; US dollars is the
most accepted currency. Cash often yields a better exchange rate
than travellers cheques, which are not always accepted. It is
recommended that travellers cheques also be in US dollars. Most
major credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants and stores
catering to the tourist trade. ATMs are available in main centres.
Small change is often unavailable so keep small denomination notes
and coins for items like bus fares, temple donations and cool
Indonesia spans three time zones. GMT +7 (West, including
Java and Sumatra), GMT +8 (Central, including Bali, Sulawesi and
Lombok), GMT +9 (East, including Irian Jaya).