Finishing up an old, and starting a new year in Bali is the stuff of dreams.
The island comes alive with parties, events and a sense of excitement for the fresh start.
All the most popular beachclubs, night clubs, resorts and hotels have special deals to make sure you have the most enjoyable end to the year.
Spend time with locals if you want a more wholesome experience, or buy tickets for your favorite event to round out the year in style!
What to Do on New Year’s Eve in Bali
From the lowkey to the luxe, here are some of the best things to do on New Year’s Eve in Bali.
Watch Fireworks on the Beach
Your New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to be packed in at parties full of people you don’t know. It can be fun to do something a little more lowkey.
Just enjoying an evening on the beach, eating good local snacks, sipping BYO drinks and watching fireworks.
You don’t have to bother queuing for tickets, or being in an enclosed space that is too crowded.
Almost all of the beaches in Bali are open on New Year’s Eve. Kuta Beach, Seminyak Beach, and Canggu Beach are the most popular.
From Kuta to Uluwatu, Canggu and Seminyak, all of the top clubs, warungs and bars are going to have BANGING parties.
You will find that some roads may be closed around NY’s, it’s best to plan your party hopping to be within walking distance of your accommodation.
Join the crowds, load up on drinks and have the time of your life! Partying in Bali is a great way to wind in the new year.
Party at Beach Clubs
One of our favorite things to do in Bali is lounging at a beach club. Bringing in the NY in a luxe club beside the ocean?! A DREAM!
You will find a lot of the big beach clubs, like Finn’s, throw crazy parties that you need to purchase a ticket for.
They host some of the most famous and incredible international DJs, offer drink deals and have a thriving atmosphere.
If you love a luxury party, check out the beach clubs in Bali for NYE parties!
Attend a Masquerade Ball
Many of the top resorts and hotels in Bali will host a lavish, extravagant Masquerade Ball.
Often an amazing cocktail party, along with dinner, you will want to dress to impress!
An elegant and sophisticated way to party, New Years Eve in Bali doesn’t have to be tropical attire only.
Join a Retreat
How about making New Year’s a moment to reconnect and realign?
Whether it’s a yoga, meditation, healing, wellness or fitness retreat, taking time away at the end of the year, and starting fresh with a new, recentered attitude is a luxury.
You can enjoy solo time with yourself, and meet new people while diving deep within.
Take some peaceful time and use the motivation and energy of the new year to push yourself into the BEST version of you.
Sign up for a Holiday Package at a Luxury Resort
The holiday season in Bali is also high season, meaning that many resorts offer up some super enticing packages.
At the Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa, their New Year’s Eve package for two is packed with fun activities, an international buffet dinner, countdown night at the bar with a live DJ, and massive balloon drop.
If you want something a bit more chilled, head down to the beach to join the grill-up!
Stay in a Villa with Loved Ones
If you are already paying top dollar for an amazing villa in Bali, why not party the night away in your Bali home?
Order in all your fave dishes, stock up on alcohol and enjoy quality time with your loved ones in a tropical hideaway.
Granted, it may not be as hectic and buzzing as a club, but for those staying in Bali for New Year’s with kids, this is a great option!
NYE Dinner in a Fine Dining Restaurant
Good food is easy to find in Bali. Day to day meals are equally as delicious as the fancy pants options.
But it’s NYE, you want something a bit more special! Fine dining restaurants in Bali are lavish and beautiful, with incredible offerings.
Watch Sunset at Tanah Lot
End the last day of the year with one of the most magnificent sunset views in Bali.
Tanah Lot Temple is a classic spot to see the sun setting, with the crashing waves and beautiful cultural highlight, you can immerse a little in Balinese beauty before heading out to party the night away.
Listen to Jazz in Ubud
The parties in Ubud may not be as big, loud or buzzing as those in the South, but the more intimate experience makes for a special evening.
At Laughing Buddha Bar, they have live music on its mini stage with jazz, blues-rock and acoustic freestyle music.
You can watch from the sidelines, or get up on the dance floor and count down the new year with other musically inclined friends.
Watch Fireworks at GWK
Every New Year’s, GWK has one of the biggest and most lively fireworks display in Bali.
Watch colorful explosions around the grandeur of the tallest statue in Asia.
GWK presents some interesting shows and events, like concerts, traditional dances and other artistic performances. More than 10,000 fireworks are set off each year!
Have a Beachside Seafood Feast
End the year on the beach, with your toes in the sand, digging in to some of the best seafood on the island.
The beachfront Jimbaran seafood restaurants are incredible. You can select your own fish, choose your sauce and watch the sunset as the chefs BBQ up your dish.
Head back to your resort for a chilled NYE, or venture into town to party it up!
Fireworks and Sunrise on Sanur Beach
Sanur is known as one of the most family friendly areas in Bali. It is relatively quiet with calm beaches and plenty of restaurants.
On New Year’s Eve, the town comes alive with action with fireworks and food all around the beach.
The best part about staying in Sanur for New Years is waking up early – or staying up – to watch a beautiful sunrise.
Join the Locals
When in Bali, do as the locals do.
You can celebrate New Year’s Eve with your neighbors on your street, or head to Puputan Badung Park in Denpasar.
Join in a series of cultural events, starting with prayer and continuing with cultural parades featuring giant handmade puppets.
In the seconds before the turn of the year, there is an extravagant fireworks show. The carnival will run all night, expect to huge crowds and traffic jams afterwards!
Pray at Besakih Temple
Besakih Temple is open to the public on New Year. It is one of the most iconic temples in Bali.
If you get the chance, you can go to pray for a year full of blessings, safety and happiness.
The ritual is the most commonly performed by local residents, but tourists are also allowed.
Considered the Mother Temple of Bali, the location of Besakih Temple is at the foot of Mount Agung, so it will need a little preparation.
Rolling in the New Year in Bali is gonna be the highlight of your year.
Whether you choose to stay in and chill, or head out for a big night out, any day in Bali is special.
Don’t forget to learn to wish (or shout) a Selamat Tahun Baru! (Happy New Year!)
Featured image: Puputan Badung Park