Nusa Dua Lights Festival- A quick review and guide

 In Bali, Festivals, Holidays

The Nusa Dua Lights Festival is held every year by the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation, with a lot of pomp and show for its locals and tourists alike, to explore and unwind in the heart of Indonesia’s famous tourist destination, Nusa Dua, one of many Islands near Bali

Lanterns of myriad shapes, sizes and colours adorn the night sky to the tune of jazzy music in the background and a kids play arena showcasing attractions such as bumper cars, trampolines and inflatable jumping areas. A wide variety of international as well as local food is showcased in the food bazaar (or market). Plenty of exciting activities targeted at kids like face painting and face sketching are organised for tourists’ entertainment for the night. All of these activities are included in the entry fees. Visitors are usually seen sitting on the grass and soaking in the festive atmosphere.

The Nusa Dua Lights Festival is definitely worth a visit when visiting Beaches in Bali during its holiday season. This is your chance to step into a dazzling world of lights filled with beauty, wonder and excitement. To know more about your Bali holiday you can check Bali Tour Packages and plan your vacation during the time of the festival and enjoy it to the fullest.

 Nusa Dua Light Festival Main Highlights


The Nusa Dua Light Festival usually takes place in the month of July but it is not fixed and is generally held for one and a half months. The first edition of the Nusa Dua Light Festival was held in July 2017. It was declared as the biggest lantern festival in the whole of Bali. The second edition of this annual festival took place in July 2018, with “Water Fire Dance” as its theme. The third edition was also successful and captivated its viewers in 2019, with the theme “The Jungle” which continued until Jan 2020. 

It is a perfect opportunity for families and friends to spend quality time with each other and take part in all the fun activities. Each year there is a different theme. In 2023 it was called ‘Rainbow Journey’ with lots of displays based around coloured lights.

The Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation’s official website usually puts up the dates a few months in advance.

With unforgettable decorations of lights and lanterns, great entertainment, a wide array of  Foods in Bali to choose from and fun activities for both adults and kids, it promises a never before experience that will leave you wanting for more. 

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What you look forward to the Nusa Dua Light Festival

  1. Thematic Light Installations – A significant aspect of the festival, these light installations are carefully designed and hand-crafted by local artists using energy-efficient LED lights. They come in various shapes, sizes, and themes ranging from marine life to Indonesian culture.
  2. Live Performances – A diverse array of live shows is organised throughout the time of the festival. There are traditional dance performances as well by Balinese artists and instrumental music by talented local musicians.
  3. Culinary Delights – There is a vast selection of Balinese cuisine available during the festival in the venue and you can enjoy them to the fullest. From delicious satay sticks to mouthwatering desserts like pisang goreng (fried bananas), there’s something for everyone here.
  4. Kid-friendly Activities – This Festival of Bali is a kids haven. You can be assured  that your little ones will never get bored with a selection of  kid-friendly activities like lantern-making workshops, face-painting stations, carnival rides, Soft play areas and many more
  5. Fireworks Display – A spectacular fireworks display is the grand finale of this magical experience in your Bali diaries.

Accommodation near Nusa Dua Light Festival


With stunning beaches and an abundance of natural beauty, Nusa Dua is home to a number of  Luxury Resorts in Bali and world-class hotels, adorned with soothing spas and private villa retreats

If you are looking for accommodations in Nusa Dua near the light festival venue, then the Bellevue Heritage Villas is a great choice to stay. There are also plenty of upbeat resorts and hotels like the Park Hotel and The Holiday Inn, etc. Please bear in mind that accommodations at Nusa Dua can be a tad bit expensive, especially during the festival days.

Tips for Attending the Nusa Dua Light Festival:

  • Arrive early at the festival for hassle-free parking(parking is always an issue during festivals and events) and to make the most of the activities.
  • Dress appropriately for the climate, as evenings in Bali can be cooler than you think. So come prepared.
  • And definitely, not least, get all your camera gear to capture all the unforgettable moments you’ll have at the Nusa Dua Lights Festival.

Nusa Dua Light Festival Tickets


The entry price for domestic visitors is IDR 20,000, and for foreign visitors is IDR 75,000. Prices are subject to change, kindly refer to the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation site for further details on the Nusa Dua Lights Festival.  However, food and beverages are not included in the entry fee.

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What are some of the attractions at the Nusa Dua Lights Festival?

Some of the main attractions at the festival include light installations, cultural performances, live music, and food stalls offering traditional Balinese cuisine.

How much does it cost to attend the Nusa Dua Lights Festival?

Ticket prices vary, for locals, it is 20,000 IDR and for tourists, it is 75,000 IDR but this can change. Therefore, it is advisable to check the tourism website and confirm first.

When is the Nusa Dua Lights Festival held?

Previously it was held in the month of July 2017. However, it doesn’t have a fixed time or schedule. It is organised by the Indonesia Tourism Department and they generally announce the dates and theme of the festival in advance on their website. It is usually held for a month and a half.

What Are the Nusa Dua Lights Festivals?

The Nusa Dua Lights Festival is an annual event held in Nusa Dua, Bali where the festival venue is decorated with colourful lights and lanterns. The festival features various activities such as live music performances, cultural shows, food stalls, and carnival games.

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