Full Moon Parties around the World – Where and When?

Full Moon Parties around the World 2017 & 2018

For those of you who didn’t pay attention in Science classes at school, full moons occur on the same date everywhere in the world once every 29 or 30 days. However sometimes the more organised parties can occur a few days before or after the official full moon date so it is worth checking to be sure.

Full Moon Dates 2017 & 2018

Full Moon PartiesJanuary 12th 2017

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January 2nd 2018

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October 24th 2018

November 23rd 2018

December 22nd 2018

Where Do Full Moon Parties take place?

Full Moon raves don’t just happen on remote islands off the coast of Thailand, in fact there’s loads and on all corners of the globe. If you’ve been to one not listed below or want to write about your experiences at full moon parties then do let us know!

Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

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The original and by some distance biggest full moon party. Tens of thousands flock to Haad Rin Beach on Thailand’s Ko Pha Ngan every full moon to dance the night away with drink and drug fuelled mayhem. It may not be as crazy as it once was in the 80’s and 90’s since law enforcement has stepped up greatly in recent years but it is still without doubt an all night party you will never forget.

You can find out more on the full moon parties on Ko Pha Ngan in our Southeast Asia Backpackers Guide.

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Kendwa Beach is the place to go on this African island paradise for full moon festivities. It normally takes place on the Saturday closest to the full moon date and crowds can be quite large in the tourist season.

Magnetic Island, Australia

A few thousand Aussie and backpacker ravers dance to groovy tunes from dusk till dawn on Magnetic Island.

Montañita, Ecuador

This beach shanty town has a party vibe whatever time of the month you arrive, but when the moon is full, backpackers head to the beach by Kumara Hostel where all night raves take place to trance and latino tunage.

Zadar, Croatia

Revellers dance all night to traditional Croatian music along the seafront and drink local spirits. This event only happens once a year however (normally July).

Goa, India

Anjuna Beach in Goa has been a hippy hangout since the 1960’s and is a popular spot with young backpackers. Parties take place every full moon, in the bars and spilling into an all night affair on the beach. Numbers vary greatly depending on the time of year.

Ibiza, Spain

Europe’s best party island, is positively buzzing with nightlife especially during the summer months. All night fiestas take place on Benirras Beach and the ones in summer especially are some of the best full moon parties around the world.


This article was last updated in January 2017.