Raja Ampat weather

April storm rolls in over the sandbanks between Kri and Mansuar

What’s the best time of year to visit Raja Ampat?

  • October to April, with best chance of perfect conditions from mid-October to mid-December

Jump to current conditions and 5 day Raja Ampat weather forecast

Raja Ampat climate statistics are based on long term observations taken at Sorong on the West Papua mainland. The Sorong averages don’t necessarily apply throughout the islands, as many (especially the big 4 of Waigeo, Misool, Salawati and Batanta) have microclimates that vary substantially from that of Sorong. There’s also a surprising variation in local weather conditions. It’s not unusual for example, to spend a beautiful sunny day on Gam, all the while watching stormclouds pour rain onto the Waigeo highlands a few kilometres away on the other side of the bay.


Raja Ampat lies on the equator and so enjoys a year-round day length of about twelve hours (~6.30am to 6.30pm) Air temperatures are also reliably constant with a daytime average maximum of 31oC (89oF) and a nightly minimum of 25oC (78oF) – although it can often feel hotter than that due to the region’s average relative humidity of 83%! The ocean is warm year-round too, having an average surface temperature of 29oC (84oF).


Being a tropical environment, there are no days of the year where you can be sure it won’t rain, but there’s far less chance of rainy days during the northwest monsoon between October and April. Although this season sees the least rainfall, Raja Ampat’s heaviest rain usually falls in December and January, leading to those months often being referred to as a second wet season. The southeast monsoon months between May and September deliver the bulk of Raja Ampat’s annual rainfall. June and July are historically the wettest months. Even in the wet season though, it doesn’t rain all day, every day – rainfall is often shortlived and localised. As in the above image, it’s not unusual to find yourself afloat on a calm, sunny ocean while rainstorms pass by on the horizon. Don’t let the fact that it’s rainy season discourage you if you can’t organise your journey any other time – the wet season in Raja Ampat isn’t as dramatic or consistent as that affecting destinations like Bali, Thailand and Malaysia.

Windy Season

The middle of the wet season (Mid-June to mid-September) sees days with strong winds which make sea conditions less pleasant. Again – that’s not every day! Underwater visibility isn’t affected, but choppy seas at this time of year can occasionally limit small boat travel between the islands. Locations on the northern shores of islands are the best protected at this time of year.

So when is the best time of year to visit Raja Ampat?

As far as weather is concerned, any time of year is a good one to visit Raja Ampat. Climate and underwater conditions are good all year round – there isn’t really an “off-season”. Sea travel in smaller boats can be problematic in June, July and August, so if you plan on covering a lot of ocean it would probably be best to pick a different time of year. If you just want to relax in a tropical island paradise and do a bit of snorkelling or diving around your chosen island, then any time is great. For a more detailed look at Raja Ampat climate averages, have a look at this weatherbase page.

Current conditions and 5 day weather forecast for Raja Ampat

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Detailed weather info for Waisai      Detailed weather info for Sorong

Forecast for Waisai

Weather forecast from yr.no, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and the NRK.

Forecast for Waisai Precip.Temp.Windspeed
23.03.201806–12Heavy rain7 mm24 °CLight breeze from West-northwest3 m/s
12–18Cloudy0 mm27 °CLight breeze from West-northwest3 m/s
18–24Cloudy0 mm27 °CLight breeze from Northwest2 m/s
24.03.201800–06Cloudy0 mm25 °CLight breeze from Northwest2 m/s
06–12Rain2 mm24 °CLight breeze from North2 m/s
12–18Rain1 mm27 °CLight breeze from North2 m/s
18–24Partly cloudy0 mm26 °CLight breeze from North-northwest2 m/s
25.03.201800–06Cloudy0 mm24 °CLight air from North-northeast1 m/s
06–12Partly cloudy0 mm24 °CLight breeze from North-northwest2 m/s
12–18Rain showers2 mm30 °CLight breeze from West3 m/s
18–24Light rain showers<1 mm26 °CLight breeze from West-northwest3 m/s
21–03Rain1 mm25 °CLight breeze from Northwest2 m/s
26.03.201803–09Rain showers1 mm24 °CLight breeze from West-northwest2 m/s
09–15Rain showers2 mm26 °CGentle breeze from West-northwest4 m/s
15–21Light rain<1 mm29 °CGentle breeze from West4 m/s
21–03Heavy rain5 mm25 °CLight breeze from West-northwest2 m/s
27.03.201803–09Rain1 mm24 °CLight breeze from West-northwest2 m/s
09–15Heavy rain7 mm26 °CLight breeze from West-northwest3 m/s
15–21Partly cloudy0 mm27 °CLight breeze from West3 m/s
21–03Heavy rain5 mm26 °CLight breeze from West2 m/s
28.03.201803–09Light rain<1 mm24 °CLight breeze from West-southwest2 m/s
09–15Heavy rain25 mm27 °CGentle breeze from West-southwest4 m/s
15–21Heavy rain9 mm27 °CGentle breeze from West-southwest4 m/s
21–03Rain4 mm24 °CLight breeze from West2 m/s


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  1. FABRIZIO on


  2. Francisco on

    Hello! I’m planning my trip to Raja Ampat between late June and early July…. which would you say are the best spot choices to stay considering is not the best season in terms of weather and you have microclimates in certain areas?
    i’m gonna miss any activity or attraction going by that time?

    1. North shores of islands are the most protected during the windy season Francisco. In recent years the weather has remained quite good through July though – scroll down and you will eventually see a photo from July 2017.

      Mantas usually abandon the Dampier Strait area at that time of year, but they can still be found in West Waigeo if they are something you particularly want to see.

  3. Yustine on

    First of all, tumbs up for your Homepage and the informations you provide!

    Would you recommend staying in Beser Bay or Friwen during the windy season in early July? I have already read that it is best to stay in the northern shore of Mansuar or Kri. But Kri with its water and rat problem isn’t my first choice actually.
    We will, by the way, be travelling as a family with an 8 year old boy. Are there local children in Beser Bay or Friwen, with whom our child can play and interact with? I think it would be an additional experience next to the snorkeling in the big aquarium of mother nature….
    Best regards and many thanks in advance!

    1. Thank you Yustine :)

      Either of those locations are well protected in the windy season.

      There are a lot more children at Friwen than there are at Beser Bay. (There’s a village at Friwen, but not at Beser Bay.)

  4. Jake on

    My wife and I are planning a trip for about 2 weeks to Raja Ampat. I have a couple questions;
    1. Is there any areas I could legally spear fish or should I just fish as friends while there.
    2. What is the local language (I’d like to be able to say at least please and thank you)
    3. Where would be an ideal place for sea kayaking beginners?

    1. Hi Jake

      1. Fishing of any kind (except local subsistence) is not permitted in the Raja Ampat Marine Protected Areas. Some homestays offer fishing trips (not spearfishing) outside the MPAs.

      2. The local language is the areas covered by this website is the Papuan Betew language from Biak, but Bahasa Indonesia is also spoken.

      3. Gam Bay would be perfect for sea kayaking beginners.

  5. Marco on

    I am considering a trip to Raja Ampat for scuba diving and perhaps some free diving. I could take some time off around mid March to e/o April. Do you think that could work, or should I look for a destination further south? Could you recommend any liveaboards?

    Thanks a lot!

  6. cristiana on

    we are planning a trip in Raja Ampat for next november. We are advanced snorkeling people and seeking best places for corals an fishes. We would like to visit 4 different spot, when is possible.
    Do you have any suggestion ?
    Thanks a lot,

    1. Hi cristiana

      You probably wouldn’t be disappointed regardless of where you chose to stay, as most homestays have excellent snorkelling at the door, and all provide boat trips to popular sites.

      The best snorkelling we’ve seen so far has been at:

      The uninhabited small islands (like Ofo/Wofoh) in West Waigeo
      The reefs at Batanta (great house reefs at Birie’s north coast homestays)
      Along the south coast of Gam and around Friwen
      The area beneath and around the jetty at Yenbuba, and between there and the western end of Kri. (Which can be easily accessed from homestays at Kri and Mansuar.)

      More about snorkeling here.

  7. Leslie on

    hello.. we are coming your way in a week to dive mid January.. do you have any particular recommendations for weather/clothing? is it raining a lot?

    1. Hi Leslie.

      As above, it can rain at any time of year and January can see some heavy falls, especially around Waigeo. A raincoat of some kind is a good idea. It’s always warm though!

  8. Claire on

    First, thank you very much for your website, it is very helpful ! We plan to stay in Raja Ampat one week from 13 July 2018. I read here that because of the wind in that season, it is better to stay on the northern coast of the islands, which are more PROTECTED FROM WINDS. Could you tell us if it is ok (especially for snorkeling, and also diving) to stay on the east coast of Gam (in the area of Biodiversity Resort), or if it is better to stay on the north coast of Kri Island (in the area of Kri Eco Resort) ?
    Thank you very much for your helpful answer !

    1. Suggest you choose whichever suits you best Claire. If you scroll down through the comments, you’ll see a photo taken in July 2017. The weather is unpredictable of course, but in 2017 there were still plenty of beautiful calm days in July.

  9. Danny on

    Would you recommend travelling with a 4, 7 and 9 year olds to Raja Ampat in August and what would you recommend at that time on year?

    1. Hi Danny

      Many folks safely visit Raja Ampat with children of those ages, but you do need to watch out for currents when swimming and be aware of the potential health issues.

      As above, at that time of year, protected northern shores are usually the most pleasant. Mansuar, Arborek and Kri are a few of the many possibilities.

  10. noura on

    hello there,

    my husband is planning for a fishing trip at misool raja ampat from 9th – 15th Jan. how is the weather there during this period? are the seas safe for fishing?
    appreciate your help on above. thank you.

    1. As it says above noura: January is usually the best time of year. (And hopefully your husband will be fishing outside Raja Ampat’s Marine Protected Areas where fishing is not allowed!)

  11. Primrose Lim on

    We’ll be in raja ampat Dec11-18,17. With the eruption of Mt Agung in Bali, will Raja Ampat be affected? You say that is the time of the North West monsoon, so will the winds be blowing the ash towards Raja Ampat?

    1. Hi Primrose

      Raja Ampat is 1900km away from Bali and will not be affected by ash from that volcano, regardless of wind direction.

  12. Andrew Suhalim on

    Hi, i am currently plannjng to visit raja ampat on 26 dec 2017 to 3rd jan 2018, can you please advice the weather condition at that time?

    1. As it says above Andrew, the best chance of perfect conditions are from mid-October to mid-December. We can’t add anything to all the information we’ve already provided above.

  13. Luca on

    Perfect conditions from mid-October to mid-December…are you REALLY sure?

    I really wanted to visit Raja Ampat, so I chose November for my holiday…

    If you look to waisai/kri/gam area actual weather forecast you can see only rainy days till the 15 of November.

    Could you please provide reliable weather informations?
    Or a reliable weather forecast site?

    Thank you

    1. Not “perfect conditions” Luca. The best chance of perfect conditions. So, yes! We’re really sure.

      To recap all the above: It’s a tropical environment. Rain is possible at any time of year. The forecast above is for Waisai. Conditions can be very different in other locations.

      Finally, if you look at the actual amount of rainfall predicted instead of the pictures, you’ll see that the maximum rainfall currently forecast for any day between November 6 and 11 is 8mm. That’s not much rain!

  14. Despoina on

    Just wanted to say we went to Raja Ampat during the rainy/windy season in August. Initially we were a bit worried about the weather but I have to say it’s been really nice and sunny during the most of our stay there. There have been a couple of times when it rained at night which was ok and one day for a couple of hours in the morning but this allowed us to stay in our homestay, relax and enjoy the rain. After it stopped raining we went around Kri for snorkeling so it didn’t ruin our day. We were lucky that the only day when it was windy was when we were leaving and I have to admit the sea waves were quite scary! But other than that it was all beautiful :)

  15. Faly on


    We are a family and we plan to take a liveboard next July/August, I know it is not the best season, in terms of wind and rains, we are teachers so not any alternative to take holidays ouf of this season, I wonder if it is better begining of July or begining or august according to weather forecast average.

    Is it too risky to take a liveboard during this period and what areas are safer and calmer?

    I would be grateful receiving any information regarding this issue.

    Thanks in advance.


    1. Hello Faly

      Our experience in past years suggests that earlier in the season is more likely to have calm days than later. We know little about liveaboards, but very much doubt they would operate if there was any risk. For people staying on land, northern shores are the best protected from the prevailing winds.

      1. Faly on

        Thanks a lot for your quick answer.


    Hi! We have booked 3 nights at Lumba Lumba from the 20th to 23th of august…as i can see from the weather forecast it says that there will be rain. Can i ask if this means that the situation there is pretty bad? for example there will be problems with the ferry boat?

    1. Hi Francesca

      Please read our reply to Marc’s question below – same answer! ;)

  17. Marc Lathuillière on

    Hello. Thanks for all the great information. Like other people who posted before I am a but nervous about the weather. I am supposed to spend 4 days starting tomorrow, probably in Arborek. I understand diving is fine when it rains. But I want also to enjoy the beaches, village stroll, snorkeling. The forecast says there is gonna be rain and storms for the whole next week. Should I postpone ?
    Actually I had read about the wind season not the rain season and as most informations on Raja Amoat are for divers only, the “it is good all year round” it might not apply to those who want to have a life over water. Thanks for your advice !

    1. You’re welcome Marc :)

      If you look at the numbers instead of the graphics, the forecast above actually shows most days having just a millimetre or two of rain, and the strongest forecast wind is a “light breeze”, so it’s hardly rain and storms!

      Don’t miss the point too, that the forecast is for Waisai, and conditions at even nearby locations like Gam and Kri can be completely different.

      Go! There might be some rain some days, but it would be extremely unlikely that the weather will stop you from doing what you want.

  18. Kohichi on

    Could you give me tips of Raja ampat journey?
    Actually I’m now planning to visit Raja ampat in 2018, especiall for snorkeling…
    My questions are below…
    1st, Is it possible to see Manta ray with snorkeling?
    2nd, If possible, could you provide me your recommendation places & particular months (season)??

    best regards

    1. Hi Kohichi

      Yes – you can snorkel with mantas. The manta season is October to May and all homestays can organise snorkelling trips to see them. You’ll find all the information you need on the pages linked from our step by step guide.

  19. sai on


    can you privide me suggestions of 2 weeks in.raja ampat?

    we wnt to visit the best of the best not necessarilt everything

    middle of august is arrival at sorong.

    it wlll be myself my wife and 7 year old boy.

    i would like to do 3 dives. my wife and son will snorkel


    kind regards

      1. Anat on

        Is waisai to manyaifun boat operating well in the next few days? Is it recommended to stay in Manyaifun last week of August ? We are coming for 2 weeks- the second week we’ll be staying in Gam. Thanks for this wonderful informative site. Anat

        1. Thanks Anat :)

          Yes to both those questions! (Homestay boats run on request – you’ll need to request a Waisai pickup when you book.)

  20. Ronald on

    Hi, I going to Raja Ampat in a few days but I see the weather as rainy the entire day, I know the weather info can be misleading sometimes, can you Please confirm this info or it’s real or not. Thanks

    1. Um – we’re not meteorologists Ronald. We’re not psychic either, so we can’t tell you if the forecast above will prove true or not! :P If it’s any comfort, note that the forecast above is for Waisai. It can rain all day in Waisai and be mainly fine at Kri or Gam.

      1. Ronald on

        Sorry, my mistake, I thought you guys were there in raja ampat now, so I thought you could give me first hand info whether the above info was correct or not. Tnx anyway

        1. No problem! Our experience in the past suggests that the Waisai forecasts supplied above have been about as accurate as forecasts anywhere else in the world :)

  21. Rodolfo on

    Hello, Im planning to visit Raja Ampat in september of this year. Is this a good period to go? What´s the best way to get there from Bali?

    1. Hi Rodolfo

      See above about September. Denpasar-Makassar-Sorong is currently the best way to get to Raja Ampat from Bali.

      1. Rodolfo on

        Could you suggest me some air company that operates in this path (Denpasar-Makassar-Sorong)? How long it usually takes? Its being a bit tough to find this kind of information on internet.

      2. Riayu on

        Hi Rodoldo i also going to raja ampat this mid september from jakarta, transit in Makassar then to sorong. but my boyfriend will go from denpasar. where you gonna stay? hope we can accross there. Cheers

  22. Jernej on


    I am thinking of coming to Raja Ampat from 08.05.2017 for 14 day.
    I would like to ask your opinion is it worth to come in this time, because of rain? Other option is that I go to Komodo, but Raja Ampat seems better for me:) But if there is really a lot of rain and wind then I wont have a lot from Raja Ampat. Thank you for your help.

    1. Hi Jernej –

      It’s impossible for us to predict the weather, but we’ve spent weeks in the islands at that time of year on a couple of occasions and had perfect weather. As it says above: The windy season doesn’t usually begin until mid-June and even if it does rain, it’s never all day every day. We think it’s definitely worth going.

  23. Piravin nair on

    Hi. Im planning to visit raja ampat between dec 5-7 this year end…do you have any recommendation for a place or homestay for backpacker who would like to spend his time knowing the native there and enjoy most of the time snorkelling?

  24. silvana de aguiar on

    Hi ,
    We are planing to go to Raja Ampat in July, but it seams to be difficult to find Hotels. Is it because they are all closed because of the weather? Unfortunately it’s the only time we can go as a family. Do you still recommend going? Which part of the Island is better at that time?
    Thank you,

    1. Hi silvana –

      It’s probably difficult because (apart from the couple in Waisai) there are no hotels on any of the Raja Ampat islands. All the accommodation places on this site are open all year round. The north shores of islands are the best protected during the windy season and yes – it’s definitely still worth going if you can’t visit at any other time of year.

    2. Niall McCann on

      Hi Silvana

      I was wondering if you ended up visiting Raja Ampat and if so, what was your experience of the weather? I’m considering visiting next July and while I won’t be deterred by some storms I would hate to miss out on any sunshine


      1. July 2017 Niall

        Mandemor Homestay, Batanta, Raja Ampat
        There’ll be the occasional rainstorm, but there’ll also be plenty of days like this :)

  25. ricardo on

    Hi I am planning to be in Kakatua hostel from 25 to 30 , could you recommend a dive shop as i would like to dive and get the best of the place , also what time does the last boat leave from Sorong to waigeo and its cost.
    is this a good place to stay if you want to snorkel , any recommendations ?



  26. francois on

    Hello, we are wanting to visit Raja Ampat for about 3 weeks end of June, into July…I know its not the best season, but we only want to snorkel the reefs. We want to stay on Kri north coast, and hear that it is protected from most of the bad winds, is that true? We do not scuba, so only want to snorkel as much as possible every day, and maybe do some trekking if possible.

    1. Hi francois –

      Yes – all north facing shores are the best protected in the windy season. Other locations with excellent snorkelling that are similarly protected include Batanta, Friwen, Mansuar and West Waigeo.

      1. Marimar on

        Hi! I am planning a trip from 27 June – 1st July. We wanted to do at least 1-2 dives a day, some snorkelling and possibly trips to Piaynemo, Kri, Melissa Gardens… And were thinking to stay at Arborek. Would you recommend we have a different itinerary based on possible bad weather/winds?

        I also wanted to ask, our flight leaves sorong at 14:55 on the 1st. Are we ok to leave Arborek on that same day? Or better to leave before just in case there’s no trips because of bad weather?


        1. Hi Marimar

          No, your itinerary sounds fine. There are still many great days at that time of year. (See the photo above we posted in reply to Niall.)

          Assuming that ferry schedules remain unchanged and that it leaves on time, you should be fine taking the morning ferry on the 1st.

    2. Angel on

      Hi Francois I’m Angela and planning to visit raja ampat on 26 june too. May i ask what is your plan maybe we can share cost somehow thankyou!

  27. Bom on

    Looking at rainy forcast, I am quite nervous since I will have scuba trip at Raja Ampat next week. Hope there is no rain during my trip.

    1. See our reply to VeD below Bom. Plus: You can’t expect no rain at any time of year in the tropics!

  28. VeD on

    Is there really no sun for the following weeks :(? Arriving in 6 days and getting a bit nervous only to see a cloudy sky…

    1. Don’t worry VeD – the pictures are deceiving. The forecast rainfall numbers give a much better idea of the probable situation. It’s extremely unlikely that you won’t see the sun if you’re there for longer than a few days.

      Also, the above forecast is for Waisai on Waigeo. Being a much larger and higher island, Waigeo receives more rainfall than the other islands. April is usually a nice time to be in Raja Ampat.

  29. David Pollack on

    We are hoping to snorkel in Raja Ampat (medical problems make diving impossible) but wonder if there will be enough to see. We’ve travelled all over the world to seek out the best snorkeling opportunities, so our standards are Jacques-Cousteau high. The diving certainly looks fantastic, but are there beautiful reefs (live corals) and wide varieties of sea life to see at snorkeling depths? With coral bleaching, crowns of thorns and global warming shallow reefs are dying everywhere. Our preferred depth (in very clear water) is 10-40 feet. Thanks!

    1. Hi David –

      Right there on the homepage: Snorkeling. Reefs aren’t dying in Raja Ampat and they begin at the shore. Snorkel with mantas, dugongs, reef sharks and more fish than you’ll have ever seen in one place before. It’s really hard to beat.

    2. Susan on

      David just came back from 10 days kayaking in Raja. We only did snorkelling.
      FANTASTIC., best coral I have seen, and I live in Cairns.

      1. Marimar on

        Hi Susan, where about did you stay? Planning my trip there too.. Thanks

  30. Donna on

    I will be in Raja Ampat next week for 10 days and I am starting to panic that I will get constant rain for the whole time we’ll be there!

    1. Don’t worry Donna – like it says above, it never rains all day every day! Also, check the actual rainfall on that forecast: Anything less than 5mm is nothing more than a passing shower.

      1. Donna on

        phew! thank you!

  31. Rita Silva on

    Hi. We are thinking of going to Raja Ampat in June. I was wondering if it would be best to go the first week of June, middle, or the end of June…or is it all the same and a matter of luck in terms of the weather? Also i have read above that it doesnt rain all day, that its more of ocasional showers but is it usually cloudy and grey all day or do we get to see the sun?

    Thanks a lot.


    1. Earlier in June might be better Rita. You will definitelty get to see the sun as long as you’re in the area for at least a day or two.

  32. Nathan Holmes on

    I am a student in Colorado and I want to find out more about the ecology at Raja Ampat. Could you please help me learn more about the climate, etc here?

    1. Hi Nathan –

      Sorry to take so long to respond: We’ve been at islands without internet in Raja Ampat for the last 12 days.

      The weatherbase link provided above gives more detailed climate information than is in our brief overview here. If you need more, you could try Birdshead Seascape – they have a wealth of technical information about this part of the world. Perhaps you might find something more detailed there. Best of luck!

  33. Tommy on

    Hello, can you kindly advise is 3mm full wetsuit for a week of diving is enough in Feb? I am average on bearing water cold.
    Many thanks & kind regards

    1. Sorry to take so long to reply Tommy – we’ve just returned to the internet after 12 days with no connection in the islands.

      As mentioned above, the water in Raja Ampat is very warm – you certainly won’t need anything more than 3mm!

  34. clara on

    Hello!! Do you know if the ferry works on 1 January from Waisai to Sorong?

    I know this question is not about Raja Amat, but do you know any homestay or guesthouse in Sorong? I think all the hotels are very expensive.

    Thank you

    1. Already answered your ferry question on the page you originally asked it on Clara. We don’t know of any budget accommodation in Sorong.

  35. Sara on


    I’m thinking about going to Raja Ampat again beginning of April – beginning of May. I’ll be staying in Gam but I want to visit Wayag and the Islands further with a normal small carbon boat from Gam. Is that possible during that time? I want to do a lot of snorkelling then. What about the visibility in the sea?

    Thanks so much for your answer!

    1. Hi Sara –

      We can’t predict the weather of course, but early April would usually be good for both snorkelling and visiting Wayag.

  36. James on


    I am planning going to raja ampat next week.
    I see you comments regarding 1 or 2 mm of rain is just a Passing shower which in totally agree with.
    I see it is on at 8,9 or even 10 or 11mm.
    Do you think this amount of rain could have a negative impact if snorkelling?


    1. Hi James –

      No. Rain (unless it is very heavy or accompanied by wind) doesn’t really have a negative impact on snorkelling.

  37. Gertine on


    In decembre come we for a holiday to Raja Ampat… i make me worry About THE weather… i see only rain rain rain… can You tell me what THE weather is for decembre?

    Thank You and greetings

    1. Hi Gertine –

      December is usually the best time of year to visit Raja Ampat. It’s impossible for us to predict what the weather will be like though. If you look at the actual amount of rainfall predicted by the above forecasts, you’ll see that it is really very little. A little rain during any 24 hour period is quite normal in the tropics.

  38. Martina Birkner on


    I plan my holiday in Raja Ampat next year in october/november. But I watched the weather the last couple of weeks, and it was raining every day this year! So I’m totally unsettled what to do.
    I’m a snorkeller, I need sunshine for good visibility and also for my well-beeing :-)
    Is this year particular bad weather or are the weather forecasts wrong?

    This homepage is great! Thank you!

    best regards,

    1. Hi Martina –

      The weather forecasts seem fairly accurate. Look at the numbers, not at the picture ;) 1 to 5 mm of rain is hardly anything! A passing shower. It’s the tropics – there will always be a shower at some stage, but most of the day is fine. Go! You’ll be well :)

      1. Martina Birkner on

        ok, I don’t look at the icons anymore ;-) they look like november weather in Germany ;-)

        Thank you!

  39. Lucy on


    I would like to ask you when is the best time to visit Raja Ampat. Where is the best weather? We plan to visit Raja Ampat on February or March or November 2017, it depends on the weather. Which month is the best for visit?

    Thank you very much in advance for your reply

    Best regards


    1. Your question’s answered by the bullet point at the top of this page Lucy.

  40. Huda on

    Hi, would like to ask will it be ok if we visit raja ampat on this following date 18 Nov to 21 Novn

  41. PiYush on

    Hi, I am planning to visit Raja Ampat from Singapore on the 10th Oct but the weather forecast is scaring me. Would it be a good time or should I wait for another week or so?

    1. Hi PiYush –

      Don’t let graphics indicating nothing more than a few mm of rain and light air scare you – go! Conditions in October are usually good.

    2. Matthew on

      Hi. I am am Makassar now and am heading that way next week. I thought we could share some of the trips to save costs on boats?

    3. Jaanu on

      Hi Piyush,
      I will be visiting Raja Ampat during the same time. I would like to join you if its ok with you. It would be great to plan the trip together.

  42. Stephan on

    Not quite sure what to expect for the next week. We planned to visit Urai islands etc starting Saturday for 7 days. Should we reschedule? Or how “safe” is the forecasts for RA?
    Thanks for your comments :)

    1. Go Stephan. We have been in Raja Ampat for the last few days and the weather has been almost exactly as predicted by the above forecast app. It’s good!

      1. Stephan on

        As long as it’s good! :) the forecasts don’t look good at all. Well we will give it a try. A short rain shower once a day is no problem. Rain all day would be sad

        1. Rodolfo on

          Hey, Stephan! How was your experience in Raja Ampat last September? Planning to visit RA next September, but not quite sure yet because of the rainy season…

  43. Manny on

    I plan to visit Southern Gam to see the in July or August (no flexibility on these dates sadly – I’m a teacher). I am most interested in snorkeling and macro photography so I picked this location..was it a good choice?
    From what I read on your website, there are SE winds at this time of year, which would adversely affect Southern Gam. However, I also read that the magrove belt protects the beaches here.
    My question is, how much protection do the mangroves really offer? Will the waters be calm? how is the visibility?
    In July/Aug, will i be able to safely snorkel and enjoy the “rich coral reefs that are right at the door and a steep dropoff into the depths is only a few tens of metres from shore.” according to one of the homestays in Southern Gam?
    Basically, I don’t want to only see magroves but also fantastic corals in the area without the need for a boat trip.
    Any advice would be much appreciated!

    1. Hi Manny

      You’ll certainly be able to snorkel safely, but it’s impossible to say what conditions and visibility will be like on any particular day. Also, the mangroves lie inside the reef, and so don’t afford them shelter. The north shore of Kri or Mansuar might be a better choice at that time of year.

  44. Lara on

    Thanks so much for this compilation of information. So useful!
    I will be in Jayapura for a few days in mid-September and I am considering a getaway to Raja Ampat around those dates. Do you think the rains can be too hard so as to enjoy some scuba-diving there? (about 20m deep).

    1. You’re welcome Lara :)

      September’s fine for diving.

  45. Helena & Joakim on

    Thank you for a great page. We visited Raja Ampat in July two years ago and had a terrific time. Now we are pondering going in January, but we loved the tranquility in July – very few people in the home stays… Do you know when the peak in tourism is? Which weeks should we avoid to avoid fully booked home stays?
    Best regards

    1. Hi Helena & Joakim – you’re welcome :)

      There’s two peak seasons for homestays: August and December/January, but there’s never a time when all homestays are full. (Unless you only consider the most popular ones – and those are busy almost all year round now.) Tranquility can be found at any time of year if you avoid Kri!

      1. Helena & Joakim on

        Thank you so much for your quick reply. Is all of january peak in tourism or is the peak around new year and Christmas? Else, we might plan our trip to February or so :)

        1. December has been busier than January in the past, but as above – you’ll be able to find a quiet homestay whenever you go.

  46. Marcos on

    We are going 3 weeks to Indonesia, from Spain, in august.
    We just can go in that dates, and i really have to decide whether to choose going to Raja Ampat or leave it.

    Out plan is staying in a homestay, relax and snorkeling/diving, canoying.. but also some trips like going to Wayag.

    Honestly, shall we go in August acording to the weather or shall we leave it? We are teachers, so its impossible for us to come in another dates.


    1. Hi Marcos –

      We have been asked about June/July/August many times in the comments below and – as we have also said above – those months are fine for snorkelling, diving and sightseeing, especially if staying on the sheltered northern coast of Kri or Mansuar. It is difficult to visit Wayag at that time of year though, as there is a lot of open ocean to cross. Piaynemo provides very similar scenery to Wayag and can usually be reached in August.

  47. James Hou on

    Hi, great read. Thanks for the info! Similar to the poster below, I am looking to travel to RA but in June. Does the advice for Kri and Mansuar north still work for this month?

    1. Thanks James :)

      Yes, assuming the windy season starts as usual, the same applies. Weather’s changing everywhere though, so you may even find it’s not windy at all. Dead calm here at the moment.

  48. Ann Robertson on

    Thanks for all the useful information. I am planning to visit in early July (no flexibility with dates) and am wondering what the best (most protected) place would be? Also, I am interested in snorkelling not diving.

    Thanks for your advice :)

    1. Hi Ann –

      The north shores of Kri and Mansuar are usually the most protected at that time of year and there’s great snorkelling at both.

  49. Imerey Imuc on

    For aaditional info..
    The weather in Indonesia is unpredictable. And now Indonesia Goverment have more project at Papua, like a building more public facilities.
    Maybe that can be refrences for traveller.

    1. Steve on

      Hi..weather forecast for March 10 to 14 is cloudy with rain. How windy..wave height?

  50. Michele on

    Nice site. Thanks. I’m traveling to RA next week arriving March 3 for 8 days on a live aboard. Any specific concerns regarding the weather during this time? We are very excited about the eclipse viewing!

    1. Thanks Michele :)

      March is usually a good time to visit, so no – no concerns.

  51. Shaista on


    Thanks for the article. Helped me understand a lot about the weather situation. I just have one specific question- is June a good month for marine conservation? I assume that we’d be going (taking a boat) into the sea everyday, and covering a lot of surface around the island.

    1. Hi Shaista –

      Well – like it says above – June is the beginning of the windy season, so small boat travel can be less comfortable than at other times of the year due to sea conditions. It’s still warm though!

  52. Cyril on


    first of all thanks for all the info on this website. Specifically thanks also for the very relevant weather info on this very page.

    Here is my specific question:

    I am planning an 8 days trip to Raja Ampat on the 16th of May 2016 (flying from Jakarta to Sorong), most probably staying in a homestay on Kri.

    Looking up on this page + the comments I understand that the ideal time to visit Raja Ampat is october-april. I also read that June-Sept. is the worst.

    So late May seems to be smack in between, and hence I could not find any specific information on the weather at this time of the year. If I look on the link with monthly averages provided on this page, I see that it actually has as much rain as June/July and significantly more than April or even August. So it would seem to be one of the worst month to visit, much more similar to June/July than to April.

    Could you confirm/infirm this? Specifically, given that it is very expensive to reach the islands, I would probably not take the trip if there is >50% chance that during 7 days spent there, 3 or more days would be mostly rainy/windy, with poor visibility snorkeling, while staying at the beach would not be very pleasant because of wind and/or rain/drizzle.

    Thank you so much for your kind help.

    Just to let you know, the alternatives I’m considering would be the Banda Islands (my doubt there would be that it seems that the beach are not great, and that getting there is insanely complex), or Sulawesi (Togian Islands), but my doubt there would be that apprently the reefs are actually mainly dead and destroyed). If you have inputs on these alternative options, they are also very welcome!

    Thanks a bunch everyone!!



    1. Cheers Cyril :)

      Weather being what it is, it’s impossible to say how many days of rain you might encounter in Raja Ampat in May next year. Bear in mind too, that those rainfall averages are for Sorong, not Raja Ampat. Things are quite different out in the islands. In our experience, May is far from being one of the worst months to visit – it’s quite good in fact! Here’s a photo from May 2014…

      1. Cyril on

        Doesn’t look too bad!!

        I think what I will do is hold of until a week before (so I can check the local weather report) to close the trip. A couple of additional questions:
        – at this time of the year, it should be no problem to find accomodation on Kri without previous booking right? I understand May is “low” season in terms of occupancy.
        – prices of flights from Jakarta to Sorong, even last minute, should not go upwards of US$200 one way? (from what I could research the rate seems totally flat, same price everyday).

        Thank you again so much for your invaluable help, my wife and I are really looking forward to being there!!


  53. Arlene and Mauro on

    Hi there, we are travelling to Sorong from 20 Dec to 3 January. We are 2 persons who enjoy snorkeling. We would like to visit Raja Ampat. Would it be a good period to go during these dates? What would the sea current be like? Is it safe to travel in small Boat? Anyone else travelling during this period can also minimise the expenses with us? Hope to hear from you soon

    1. Hi Arlene & Mauro –

      Right at the top of this page is says that the best time to visit Raja Ampat is from October to April, so yes – that’s a good time to go.

      Tides create strong currents every day of the year, but seas at that time of year are usually calm.

      Depending on the boat and operator, small boat travel is safe at that time of year.

      You might want to post about your plans over on our facebook page to increase your chances of meeting people to travel with.

    2. Bene on

      Hi Arlene and Mauro,

      I’ll be going to Arborek on 30 December, spend the new year’s there and dive, of course. You can contact me if you want to share expenses to Raja Ampat. I’ll be diving and do my advanced diving with a conservation group, Barefoot Conversation, which is based in Arborek. Let me know your thoughts and perhaps I could connect you with them, too.


      1. Samantha Segaert on

        Hey Everyone!
        I will be in Raja Ampat from 28 Dec to 9 Jan! I will be staying on Gam Island (28 – 31 Dec), Arborek (31 Dec – 3 Jan) and Kri (3 Jan – 8 Jan).

        Bene, I will be on Arborek on 31 Dec – 3 Jan for NYE and diving too! I will be diving with Arborek Dive Shop! I am a solo traveller so if you are looking for a dive buddy or something, feel free to contact me :) I am also planning at trip to Piayamo on 2 Jan if you are interested?

        Arlene & Mauro – not sure if your dates match up with mine, but I am happy to share ant boats/transfers :)

        My email is Samantha@onestepoverthedge.com

        Hopefully hear from you guys :)


  54. Luminox on


    we already arrange about trip to Raja Ampat 14-18Aug 2015 and i stay at Kordiris Homestay GAM ISLAND, how about th weather for this season?its possible go to Wayag?



    1. Hi Luminox –

      That question’s been asked a lot in the comments below. August is still the windy season. If you get some calm days it might be possible. If you don’t, Piaynemo is very similar to Wayag. It’s also closer, cheaper and can be reached in August.

  55. Maria on


    We are thinking of going to Raja Ampat from 12th to 16th August but we are worried about the weather conditions. Do sea conditions get difficult if we stay in North Kri and we want to visit Piaynemo? Do homestay offer this trip in August?

    Thank you very much,

    1. Hi Maria – Yes – you’ll be able to visit Piaynemo in August. As we’ve said a few times already in the comments below, conditions begin to moderate in mid-August and besides, even in the windy season there are usually some calm days.

  56. Kristine on

    What area is the best to stay in end of January / early February? I’m looking to do some diving.

    1. Hi Kristine –

      The windy season is the only time of year that location matters. Anywhere’s good in Jan/Feb.

  57. Lindsay on

    My friend and I are headed to Raja Amput from August 7 through the 14th. We are having a tough time finding available accommodation. We would also like to dive but have some concerns about weather. Can anyone give us some suggestions on places to stay that are available in this time frame? Thanks!

    1. Hi Lindsay –

      While communication with homestays can be difficult, there are plenty that have accommodation available in August. Using the website booking forms for homestays that have them will make this as easy as possible.

      Diving is not a problem in August, but small boat travel can be during the first half of the month. There are lots of good dive sites that remain reachable though. Conditions usually improve after the second week of August.

      Homestays on the northern shores of islands (Kri for example) are the best sheltered from inclement weather.

      Hope that helps!

      1. Roberta on

        Hi, I’m planning to go to one of the homestays from august 22 to 26. I would like to stay in a place with calm waters, maybe in Kri or Gam. I selected some places in the northern part of Kri. Would Gam also be ok regarding weather conditions? Some of my favourite homestays are on the East part of Gam.
        Thank you very much, this website is very useful!

        1. Hi Roberta –

          The north coast of islands is definitely the best place to be at that time of year if you want calm waters. Winds are usually from the southeast, which means that the southern and eastern facing coasts of Gam are exposed and not as calm. Conditions normally start to ease around the middle of August though, so you might be OK there. Thanks for the thanks – it’s nice to hear the site’s a help :)

  58. Wes on

    Despite the fact that it says July is the wettest month, we are finding it hard time finding accommodation for 11-16 July 2015.

    1. Lots of folks from the northern hemisphere on holidays in July Wes, but there’s still plenty of rooms available unless you only want to stay at the most popular homestays.

  59. Linda & Mich on

    We’re going to Raja Ampat on 8-15june next month. Any chance of great weather or bad sea storm? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Linda & Mich –

      Like it says above, June sees the beginning of the windy season, but there are still nice days and snorkelling/diving is good all year round. Bad storms are unlikely that early in the season.

  60. Luc & Els on

    Hello there,
    during july & august ( we only can come to R4 in this period )
    it seems that North Waigeo area is best for less windy conditions on the sea .
    Is this true ?
    We were told that some areas around Fam Islands also are hidden for choppy seas, and therefore ok during these months for snorkeling. correct ?
    Would ‘Prajas homestay’ be a good place to stay, while Aljui Bay is somewhat
    protected against strong open sea currents & winds ?
    Or maybe you know better protected corners in this season?
    Thanks for some feedback…..

    1. Hi Luc & Els –

      Prajas Homestay and Aljui Bay are indeed well protected (Aljui is almost always calm), but it’s not necessary to go that far unless you have a particular interest in the area. It’s really only exposed southern shores and open water where conditions might sometimes preclude snorkelling. The north shore of any island will be sheltered at that time of year and will provide good snorkelling.

  61. Mark on

    ….and one more question : what place did you recomand do stay, where we will find a real Paradise for relaxing and laid back!

    We travel around the world the last 30 month, this time is blocked for staying at the beautifullest place in the region!

    1. Recommend you check out the choices available on our accommodation page. See the pictures and read the guest comments. You can also use the Advanced Search feature on that page to choose the features that are important to you and see a list of homestays that match them.

  62. Mark on


    me and my wife want to come to the region from beginning april to the mid of april. could you please recommand me, if it is a god idea because of the weather during that period?

    I read that there will be some thunderstorms and heavy rain.

    what do you think, should i come?

    thanks for your response,

    mark and simone

    1. Hi Mark – your question is answered at the top of this page :

      “What’s the best time of year to visit Raja Ampat? October to April…”


      We have visited in April. we think you should go!

  63. Dina Gunawan on

    Hi, I plan to to go to raja ampat on jan 22 2015 for 5 nights, so what is the weather forecast on those days? Thanks

    1. Hi Dina – The weather then will be pretty much the same as shown in the above 5 day forecast. Click either of the “Detailed weather weather info for…” links for more information including slightly longer term forecasts.

  64. nico on

    just few line to thanks Stay raja ampat webside … Realy very usefull ..
    We just back from Mansuar with our two kids ,and we get 12 fatastics days … Incredible place ; very nice people …
    Only problems , boat trips realy overprices , and oil prices is not only responsible for this ! …. But maybe this is the price to touch paradise !!
    Best regards

    1. Thanks Nico – it’s always good to hear that the site’s helpful :)

      Boat trips are indeed very expensive – and your feedback will be passed on. Thanks for taking the time to provide it too – it really will help to make a difference!

      Cheers from the SRA team

  65. Simon on

    I want to go to raja ampat from 18 may until 30 may can you tell me how the weather is like that period

    1. As described above Simon. Raja Ampat has an equatorial monsoon climate. With the exception of the windy season (June to Sept) it’s pretty much the same all year round: Hot, light winds, chance of rain.

  66. Alina on

    SOS, Is it raining these days in raja ampat? we want to know what the weather will be like around the 10-13 of september to programme our visit, thank you!

    1. Hi Alina

      Full weather information including links to detailed further info is on the page above. The weather when you go would be almost identical to what you see in the forecasts just above these comments :-)

  67. Angel on

    Hi! I’m going to raja ampat in 29 july – 6 august,just wanna know what kind of clothes should I prepare regarding to the weather..is it hotter than Bali?thanks

    1. Hi Angel – you can see forecast daily temperatures for the next five days on the page above. About the same as Bali at this time of year.

  68. Ceci on

    Hi ! I am planning a liveaboard trip to Raja Ampat in late September. I learn from your website about the best time of visit starting from mid October. Would it be a risk for me to meet windy condition during my stay in 25 Sept – 2 Oct as I will sleep on board ?

    1. Impossible to say for sure Ceci, but usually the winds have dropped by then.

      1. Ceci on

        Thanks for your prompt reply. I would change my schedule to mid-Oct to play safe.

  69. Helena on

    Hi! We’re thinking about going to Raja Ampat in July. Is there a risk that it might be problems to go from Sorong to the islands then? We wouldn’t want to get stuck too long during our vacation. As we understand it, the snorkelling will probably be fine anyway?

    1. Hi Helena – Although small boat travel on exposed waters can sometimes be limited in the windy season, we’ve never heard of the Sorong-Waisai ferries not running because of bad weather. And yes – the snorkelling will be good, regardless. Go! You’ll be fine :)

      1. Helena on

        Thank you for your quick reply! What about the boats to southern Gam from Waisai? Could we book accommodation in advance or is there a risk we might not be able to leave Waisai for some time? If we don’t book in advance, is there a risk that most home stays are occupied then? Also I wonder about mosquitos; are there more during the rainy season or is it about the same all year round?
        Thank you!

        1. There’s no chance that all homestays will be full, but if you want to stay at one of the more popular ones you’d be wise to book in advance. It’s also extremely unlikely that you’ll get stuck in Waisai. You might have to spend a night there (or in one of the nearby homestays), but even in the windy season mornings are often calm – it’s never windy all day, every day! Not sure about seasonal mosquito population variation. With the exception of Waisai itself, there have been surprisingly few mosquitoes everywhere we’ve stayed in Raja Ampat.

  70. Cris on

    Hello , I leaving in Bali and planning a trip to raja ampat mid. Feb. what is the weather like? Rain, wind situation are similar to Bali or drier?

    1. Stay Raja Ampat on

      Hi Cris. Raja Ampat’s climate is different to that of Bali. You can see a detailed forecast for the first week of February right above these comments. It doesn’t look as wet as Bali is as the moment! A full history of average conditions is also linked above. See http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weatherall.php3?s=20579&units=

  71. Nikki on

    Hi. I was just wondering if there is a peak tourist time? We are looking to visit in July and although the weather may not be great, it coincides with peak tourist season. We really want to get away from it all! thanks

    1. Stay Raja Ampat on

      Hi Nikki – We’re told the quietest months are usually April & May, and August, September & October. Raja Ampat tourist numbers are not high though, and you should be able to find a place to yourselves at any time of year. You might want to choose one of the more isolated homestays from the map at http://goo.gl/maps/9DRnU – you can go straight to any homestay that interests you by clicking its marker and following the link that opens.

      1. Nikki on

        Thanks so much! Getting very excited to plan the trip!

  72. tombali on

    just checking if this weather is normal this time of year,thought it was the drier season

    1. Stay Raja Ampat on

      We’re told that mid-October to mid-December’s the best time of year to visit and that rain in December and January is normal tombali.

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