How to celebrate New Year's Eve in Bali ? | Atlantis Bali Diving


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The festive season is coming soon and you are already starting to wonder how you are going to celebrate New Year’s Eve. 

Indonesia has 4 different calendars for different cultures: the Gregorian calendar with international standards, the Chinese calendar, the Islamic calendar and the Balinese calendar. Each new year has its own festivals, rites and customs. Nevertheless, both tourists and locals celebrate the transition to the new year of the Gregorian calendar. Whether you want to celebrate it peacefully with a good meal, or party all night, here are the different ways to welcome 2020 in Bali.

If you wish to enjoy a good meal, book your table at Merah Putih in Kerobokan, Sofitel in Nusa Dua or at Ayung in Ubud.

Looking for a big party? Go to a beach club such as Finns and its international DJs (Lost Frequencies, Duke Dumont, Camelphat…), Omnia, or even Anantara Seminyak with its laser shows, all you can eat and drinks and breathtaking fireworks.

A quieter option is to eat fresh fish in Jimbaran, feet in the sand, surrounded by friends and family. You can admire the fireworks all along the coast.

For a calm and romantic evening, Ubud is the perfect place. Remember to book in advance if you want to eat at one of the popular restaurants such as “Bridge Bali“.

The whole coast from Kuta to Canggu will be full of locals and tourists coming to say goodbye to 2019. Switch your heels for flip flops and admire the thousands of fireworks. For budgetary reasons, the government of Badung announced that it will not organize New Year’s Eve this year, which usually ends with a big fireworks display on Kuta beach. Last year’s one cost IDR 900 million for 5,000 fireworks. Do not worry, hotels and locals will organize the show!

You can also count down with the locals in Denpasar. Go there at the end of the afternoon near the sandi bajra statue in Renon, to attend musical shows and local dances. Street vendors will sell you all the essential accessories: hats, confetti… Learn how to say “happy new year” in Indonesian, “Selamat Tahun Baru“, because you will shake hands with hundreds of people.

Finally, to attend the first sunrise of 2020 in beauty, go to the beach of Sanur. In addition, you will see fireworks there during the entire first week of 2020 because locals love it!

If one of your resolutions for 2020 is to pass your dive diplomas, here are the courses we offer:

Dune Atlantis team wishes you a happy New Year!