Being the most unique day in Bali, Nyepi is celebrated not like other Balinese celebration yet become one of most interesting Bali sightseeing. Even though there is prohibition to go outside, to turn lights on, to make noises and the internet network is shut down, this silent day can be your most unique experience in Bali.
You can spend your whole day with clean air and no pollution as nature is taking a rest and free from human activities. Also, the new moon and stars offer rare beautiful night sky without light pollution for you to enjoy in Bali.
If you want to experience Bali sightseeing package during Nyepi Day, you better prepare some stuffs in order to survive the day. And here are some things to do so you can enjoy your silent day tour in Bali.
Even though Ngurah Rai International Airport operates for a full 24 hours, the airport is closed during Nyepi Day from 6 AM to 6 AM the following day. Because of this closure, all arriving and departing flights to and from the airport will be stopped. So, it is better to plan your flights earlier and avoid the main day of Nyepi. Besides, if you arrive earlier, you will be able to watch parades on Nyepi Eve. It is better also to book hotel rooms or villa earlier for your stay.
Watch Melasti Processions
Around 3 to 4 days before the main day of Nyepi, based on Saka New Year calendar, Balinese Hindus have an annual unique procession at the sea. Hindus from various villages and temples of all over Bali altogether have a walk to the sea or other water sources like river, water temple etc. At the sea, they held a purification ceremony by praying at the coastlines. This procession is very unique since the participants will line up carrying traditional parasols, banners, and other Balinese stuffs in their long walk.
Watch Ogoh-ogoh Parade
Giant Parade or local people usually call as Ogoh-ogoh are giant figures made creatively by Balinese Hindus that can be measured up to six meters in height.. These giants are created to represent demons or Balinese Hindus usually call Bhutakala. On Nyepi Eve, Ogoh-ogoh are paraded throughout the village streets. Traditional instruments as background music and light torches from bamboo usually enliven the parade. Denpasar, Kuta and Ubud are the most popular spots to watch these parades. Also, the traffic in and around the areas of this parade is usually rerouted. So it is better for you to plan earlier where to watch.
Stock Foods and Movies
Since nobody is allowed to go outside during the day except for emergency purpose, it is better to stock foods to survive the day of your Bali sightseeing tours. Although your hotel surely has some, but who knows you need other snacks or drinks that they do not provide?
In addition, as the internet and TV stations are shut down by the local government, it will be nice to prepare some movies to not make you bored during the day. However, your hotel’s satellite channels will usually be available.
Because all the lights are turned off on Nyepi night and there is no vehicles on the roads, night sky in Bali will be the cleanest with the stars shine their brightest. This phenomenon can be your beautiful yet relaxing Bali sightseeing attraction. Many travelers capture this stunning view while the rest choose to lay back at the poolside and gaze at the sky.
Watch Smooching Festival
You don’t need to feel upset when Nyepi day is over, because it not really is. The day after Nyepi, there is usually a unique festival in Sesetan Village, Denpasar. The name is Omed-omedan or mass smooching festival which also can be closing to your Bali sightseeing packages. During this festival, the villagers will cheer on participants who are youths while push them so they will eventually kiss and embrace. Furthermore, the festival will go crazier when the elders spray and douse the crowd.