When is the best time to go to Sulawesi (Celebes)?

When is the best time to go to Sulawesi (Celebes)? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • On the island of Sulawesi, the weather is good across more than 66% of the territory for: August and September
  • The best months to go to Makassar are February, March, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December
  • On average, the warmest months in Makassar are February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December
  • January is the wettest month in this city
  • The cities with the best climate are Lolak, Gorontalo and Mamuju, with good weather at least 11 months a year
  • The sea temperature is suitable for swimming all year round in Makassar

Annual weather on the island of Sulawesi

For information about the climate and the weather city by city on the island of Sulawesi for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 68°F to 92°F
7 to 28 days*
February 68°F to 94°F
9 to 26 days*
March 70°F to 92°F
9 to 30 days*
April 72°F to 92°F
9 to 28 days*
May 72°F to 90°F
10 to 27 days*
June 70°F to 88°F
6 to 26 days*
July 68°F to 88°F
4 to 24 days*
August 68°F to 90°F
1 to 24 days*
September 70°F to 92°F
2 to 22 days*
October 72°F to 95°F
4 to 23 days*
November 72°F to 95°F
8 to 23 days*
December 70°F to 94°F
8 to 29 days*
* weather varies across the country

Best time to travel to Sulawesi by cities

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The best months to go to Makassar are february, march, may, june, july, august, september, october, november and december.



The best months to go to Bitung are july, august, september and october.



The best months to go to Kendari are august, september and october.

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Temperatures and rainfall on the island of Sulawesi

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Sulawesi and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Makassar, Bitung, Kendari, Manado and Palu, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.

Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons on the island of Sulawesi

Find out when Sulawesi has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons on the island of Sulawesi

The months with low numbers of tourists are: January, February, March, April, May and June. The number of visitors to Sulawesi is high in: July, August, September, October, November and December.

  • Very low season on the island of Sulawesi: January, February, March and April.
  • Low season on the island of Sulawesi: May and June.
  • High season on the island of Sulawesi: July, September, October and November.
  • Peek season on the island of Sulawesi: August and December.

Figure: Visitor index for Sulawesi month by month

Where to go on the island of Sulawesi?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
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perfect weather

good weather

tolerable weather

bad weather

very bad weather

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What can I do on the island of Sulawesi?

Beaches / swimming

Nature and countryside

Culture and heritage


Family travel

Crafts / shopping



Is this weather information for Sulawesi reliable?

Climate data for Sulawesi has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Sulawesi allows us to determine the average for each month in Makassar, Bitung, Kendari, Manado, Palu, Tomohon, Ampana, Bangkir, and 29 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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