Nyepi, the Bali Day of silence or New Year is something you have not experienced anywhere else. Make sure you pick a Bali accommodation that gives you plenty of choices within its walls. You want to enjoy this day, a special day in your vacation and not regret that you did not know or were not prepared.
After living in Bali for several years, and having experienced Bali day or Nyepi in different ways I have noticed some things to consider so that you can enjoy it. A lot of non-Hindu people do not like to be held hostage in their house or rooms for the whole day, so those people will try to get out of Bali. On New Year’s Eve most hotels will have an early check out policy. In the afternoon streets will be blocked to prepare for the Pengerupukan, the monster parade, so it’s better to head early to the airport.
By late afternoon the airport will look like a refugee camp where people are lying around everywhere waiting to be able to leave the island. Supermarkets will also be packed, as if it was the end of the world. Most items will be cleared out by the end of the day.
For you who are planning to stay in a villa in a remote area, it’s better to prepare you groceries a few days ahead. Make sure you are allowed to cook. I recommend that you have access to a DVD player where you are staying and also to bring a stack of DVD’s, because there will be no local or cable channel during Nyepi
30 years ago the airport was still operating throughout Nyepi, we had to get special permissions though to transfer guests from the airport to their hotels and vice versa. Strolling on the beach or outside the hotel compounds was forbidden. Now even the airport closes down completely. Where in the world can you find an internationally renowned tourist spot that shuts down an entire day? Only Bali dares to do it and tourists still flock to the mythical island in great numbers!
On the day of Nyepi everything will be so quiet, you will hear only the sound of nature. No shops will be open, no cars or motorbikes will be on the street. An amazing sight to experience compared with the usual busy Bali life. Balinese take their tradition very seriously. If you are staying in a hotel you can go outside to see how quiet it is but do not walk around and stroll at the beach.
I recommend watching the sky at night. When the sun goes down and it gets dark, after a full day of no pollution the sky will be clear and with lamps not allowed, the sky can finally show off its bright stars.
If you are looking for a unique and very different kind of adventure Nyepi is the time to visit Bali. Nowhere else in this world can you experience one day in a year where you feel like time stands still. Where an island can be in total darkness and silence for 24 hours. In the modern world we are living in now with all technology, it’s good for our senses to escape from all that and relax, meditate, self reflect and appreciate what nature has given us. Enjoy Bali Day.
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