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Nyepi is an important Hindu holiday in Bali one that is usually referred to as the ‘Day of Silence’. It is held at the start of the Balinese year, usually around March or April.

Nyepi is a public holiday in Indonesia and you will find most locals undertaking a day of silence, fasting and meditation.

Nyepi Public Holiday Dates in Bali 2018, What’s Open & Things to do

The silence, fasting and meditation allows the devout to engage in self-introspection. This generally means that any activity that might distract this process is not permitted.

This explains why, during the Balinese New Year celebrations, the locals will not work, travel or entertain. It is the reason why visitors in Bali during this time will encounter deserted streets, empty entertainment venues and quiet neighbourhoods.

The evening before Nyepi, you may find a parade through the streets of Bali with locals carrying large Ogoh Ogoh statue.

When planning for your holiday around this period, take note that there is very little activity outside your hotel, on the beaches and the streets. Shops will be closed and even Denpasar Airport remains closed all day. Only emergency operations for life-saving and expectant women are carried out.

It is expected that foreigners will respect the traditions of the Balinese people during Nyepi and will resume their itinerary in the subsequent days.


17 March 2018

Event Times

6am - 6am the next day


All Over Bali


No one is allowed onto the beaches or streets, and the only airport in Bali remains closed for the entire dayThe only exceptions granted are for emergency vehicles responding to life-threatening conditions and women about to give birth
Bali, Indonesia


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  • Hi,

    I just want to be sure and ask is it so that Nyepi begins at 6:00 am? Our flight will land to Denpasar on Friday 16th 11:45 pm, so we we should have enough time to travel to hotel to Legian and have check-in before 6:00 when Nyepi begins?

    Kind Regards Simo

  • Hello,

    So we booked our flights into Bali on Eastern China air and we land in Bali on March 17th at 12:30am, it says the holiday begins at 6:00am so does that mean my flight will still land at its normal time? Will the airport still be open? I’m just really worried about getting stuck somewhere because of this holiday. Any advice would be great!

    • Hi Chiara,

      I anticipate you may have some difficulties, so best to contact your hotel to arrange transport as you don’t find yourself stuck. I would also check directly with your airline to make sure your flight time has not been affected.

      Hotel restaurants and other facilities are usually open – often with a more basic menu – but you won’t be able to leave your accommodation and you may have difficulties checking in. If you’re in a private villa you’ll be expected to keep the noise down and lights off, even if you choose not to observe total silence.

      I would contact your hotel provider to make arrangements well in advance so that you have the option to change the arrival date if they cannot accommodate you.

      Best regards,

    • Hi Linda,

      Nyepi is scheduled for 17 April 2018, so this is the day that the airport will close. I would also avoid the day before and after if possible, as there will no doubt be a surge of passengers on these days.

      Kind regards,

          • We have booked our flight, arriving Bali on 15th March at 9.10pm, only later did our tour agent told us that Nyepi festival will be observed on 17th March and we may need to re-schedule our trip, otherwise it’ll be a waste to stay in Bali on 16th & 17th March without doing any activities. The problem is to change our flight we are charged a penalty of RM200. So I’m wondering if we can still travel to Bali on the dates and have minimal activities, maybe we can experience the Nyepi festival. Can foreigners do that?

          • Hi Punita,

            Foreigners can certainly take part in the religious holiday. The night before Nyepi day there are the Ogah Ogah parades, where monsters (made from paper and bamboo) are paraded through the streets and often burnt after the parades. The Balinese believe the monsters scare away bad spirits. The day of silence is for reflection.

            Just plan ahead and make any purchases such as snacks, drinks and other personal items before Nyepi, and maybe spend the day of silence relaxing by the pool.


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