Riau Islands, Indonesia: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Riau Islands, Indonesia? If you're planning to go to Riau Islands, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Riau Islands, Indonesia

Based on the climate and weather in Riau Islands, the best time to go is March. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Riau Islands, Indonesia by month

January

If you vacation in Riau Islands during January, you are likely to find that it is pretty consistently hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals

February

February here is extremely warm. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella

March

March in Riau Islands is consistently hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella

April

April in Riau Islands can be sweltering, somewhat rainy and somewhat stormy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

May

May in Riau Islands is really hot, somewhat rainy and somewhat stormy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) to 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion

June

June in Riau Islands can be sweltering, somewhat rainy and somewhat stormy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) to 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses

July

July in Riau Islands is pretty consistently hot, somewhat rainy and somewhat stormy. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage

August

In August, Riau Islands is really hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 80s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Riau Islands, with several of the days of the month having rain. In August, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

September

In September, Riau Islands is pretty consistently hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Riau Islands, with several of the days of the month having rain. In September, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage

October

Traveling to Riau Islands in October, you will notice that it is extremely warm, somewhat rainy and somewhat stormy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Skirts

November

November is extremely warm, somewhat rainy and somewhat stormy. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Sandals

December

If you go to Riau Islands in December, you will notice that it is hot and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals
  • Shorts

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Riau Islands, Indonesia

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Riau Islands, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and F
  • A SIM card that works in Riau Islands
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing

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