Best Full Moon Parties on the Planet

Howl at the moon | © Max Goldberg/Flickr
Howl at the moon | © Max Goldberg/Flickr
Photo of Jenn Parker
26 November 2017

For some, the full moon causes a wild energy to seep through the soul. The ebb and flow of the lunar vibes induces dancing, drumming, and howling. There are raging bonfires, bass dropping DJs, abundant libations, and all night celebrations in honor of the full moon all around the globe. Seven full moon parties in particular really top the charts though.

Apple Bay, Tortola, BVI

The full moon celebration that takes place on the shores of Apple Bay each month is totally interstellar. The party at the Bomba Shack is world-renowned and pulls in locals and tourists like the moon pulls the tide. A special magic mushroom tea is offered to help unleash the inner lunar worshipping werewolves and goddesses who flock to the shack and beach on this alluring island. Live music shakes the airwaves and dancing feet reverberate through the sandy earth well into the early hours. There are several parties that take place each month on Tortola to celebrate the full moon, but the one at Apple Bay is by far the best.


Gili Islands, Indonesia

Gili Trawangan has a solid reputation for being “the party island” out of the three Gili Islands in Indonesia. There are multiple bars that stay open well past the bewitching hour and there seems to always be something going on. When the island is busy, there are full moon parties that take place on the southern part of the Trawangan Island. However, regular monthly full moon parties take place at the Space Bar on Gili Air Island. You can expect a psychedelic experience underneath the stars where DJs play all night long.

The calm before the moon | © Christopher Harriot/Flickr

Benirras Beach, Ibiza, Spain

Located on the northwest part of Ibiza, Benirras Beach is a picturesque protected bay that is perfect for watching sunsets and moonrises. It is one of the most popular beaches in Ibiza and becomes even more so when there is a full moon. A jubilant hippie party takes place in honor of the moon each month, complete with drums, dancing, performers, music, and a contagious free-spirited energy.

A bay of blur | © An C.G.Flickr

Kendwa Beach, Zanzibar, Tanzania

The full moon party at Kendwa Beach is other worldly and attracts people from all over the world. This eclectic celebration includes an amazing grill menu, fire dancers, circus-style performers, and live music all night long. These parties started in 1996 and organically grew into what they are today. What’s great about this party is that it is still relatively mellow in terms of the amount of people and the vibe. While people definitely party hard, there is more to this party than just drinking into oblivion. The live performances, including traditional African dances, are spectacular.

The perfect spot for a party | © Kyle Taylor/Flickr

Morada Bay, Islamorada, Florida Keys

Morada Bay throws an extravagant full on full moon party each month. There is a cover charge, but it is well worth it. There are multiple bonfires, several indoor and outdoor bars, plenty of food options, live music, DJs, fire dancers, fireworks, various circus performance groups, and a gorgeous bay front private setting. After 11pm, no one under 21 is permitted. This late night adult party goes on deep into the night. Celebrate the moon Florida Keys style with your shoes off and a tropical cocktail in hand.

Never a dull moment | © Takver/Flickr

Copacabana Hotel, Jaco, Costa Rica

While there are multiple beaches in Costa Rica that throw full moon celebrations, the party at the Copacabana Hotel in Jaco is one of the best. Pop-up bars dot the beachfront, drinks start flowing early, a buffet is prepared, a bonfire is built and lit, and Latin music keeps the party going late into the night. The setting is really spectacular and the hotel really knows how to take care of their guests. Between the delicious buffet, endless cocktails, live music, moon lit sky and sea, and beachfront setting, it doesn’t get much better.

Haad Rin Beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand

You can’t put together a list of the best full moon parties without mentioning the full moon party at Haad Rin Beach. This is arguably one of the most outrageous full moon celebrations on the planet. What started as a small party has evolved into one that hosts between 10,000 and 30,000 moon worshippers every month. Techno, trance, and psychedelic jams keep the bodies moving until the wee hours. There are fireworks, fire displays, jugglers, performers, and body paint galore. If you are looking for the mother of all full moon parties, this is it.

No caption necessary | © Thomas sauzedde/Flickr

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