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Police Respond To Noise Complaints In Popular Bali Beach Resort

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Bali is a destination well known for its world-class party scene. Travelers from all over the world head to the Island of the Gods to let loose and have fun in the sun.

But, of course, with partying comes noise, and some residents in one of Bali’s most popular resorts have had enough of late-night racket.

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The Head of the Kuta Traditional Village, Putu Adnyana, has revealed that he is receiving an increasing amount of complaints from residents and business owners in the read.

He said that entertainment venues in the Kuta area, including nightclubs and bars, have been causing noise disturbances for too long. 

Adnyana is calling on local nightlife venues in Kuta to be more considerate of the local community and the environment and think twice about noise levels late at night. 

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Adnyana said, “Indeed, nightclubs, especially in Kuta, are starting to get busy again. Yes, this is in line with the increase in foreign tourist arrivals as well. However, there are still many who don’t pay attention to the sound of music that triggers noise.”

This is an issue being faced not only by communities and accommodation businesses in Kuta but across Bali’s popular party destinations.

This time last year, noise complaints from the booming destination of Canggu hit the headlines and even triggered an online petition that was signed by thousands of local residents, business owners, and regular visitors to the area. 

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After public discussion and mediation, many of the leading beach clubs and nightlife venues in Canggu agreed to a sound level of 70 decibels outdoors and a closing time of 1am.

Major venues like Atlas Beach Club and Finns Beach Club were on board with the solution, as well as many other smaller venues in the area.

This solution has also been adopted in Kuta too, though lately, some businesses have been ignoring the community-business agreement.

As Bali is in the midst of the high season, popular party areas like Kuta are busy and bustling.

Naturally, nightlife venues want to keep the good times rolling for the sake of their profits, and tourists want to max out on the good vibes, but there has to be fair consideration for the communities and other tourists who also share the space. 

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Adnyana has confirmed that he is in communication with the nightlife venues in Kuta, which have been the target of noise complaints. He has communicated with them about the 70-decibel sound limit and the 1 am closing times. 

The local leader told reporters, “There are complaints from residents. So we immediately held persuasive actions by mediating both parties. So we give an appeal first before taking firm action.”


He added, “When visits increase, entertainment venues certainly need to be maintained properly without violating existing regulations. If [the issue] actually drags on, then we will follow up on it with the relevant [authorities]. “

Adnyana revealed that business owners who had received noise complaints were cooperative and understanding and had already taken action to address the noise disturbances created by their venues. 

He explained, “There have been changes; the residents have not complained about the noise. That said, it has been set according to standards, and the sound position is arranged in such a way.”


Moving forward, he hopes that nightlife venues in Kuta will continue to obey the rules to help promote the area as a fun, safe and relaxing place to visit in Bali.

Adnyana said, “For this reason, [we hope] every night club business pays attention to the decibels of the sound of its business music so that it does not trigger a disturbance to the comfort of local residents.”


Adnyana was sure not to mention the business that has received noise complaints by name. Kuta is undergoing a period of revival, and leaders are keen to build on the growing momentum.

Over the last few years, even before the pandemic, Kuta had started to fall out of favor with Bali travelers, many of whom opted to visit emerging party destinations like Canggu.

As these areas become busier than ever, laid-back, fun-loving Kuta is making a new name for itself.

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Sunday 13th of August 2023

Last time we stayed in Ubud and it was OK, just OK, overcrowded and busy but bearable. This time, following year, mistakenly,we booked Canggu for a month, near Atlas and Finn's club and it's bad, noisy, overcrowded and not enjoyable at all. This is not the way forward by any stretch of imagination, i dont see a bright future for tourism in this part of Bali. This will not bring nor attract quality guest to Bali.


Friday 18th of August 2023

@Exp, That's a dam good idea.


Wednesday 16th of August 2023

@Dario, There should be some sort of crowd generated web page for tourists to report noise pollutions, so that noise maps can be generated to prevent booking in a noisy area. Should cover both music venues and noisy motorbikes.

Would be useful.


Saturday 12th of August 2023

Imagine living next to Atlas narcissist Beach Club or Finns narcissist Beach Club. What a f****** nightmare.

Neil gill

Saturday 12th of August 2023

Why keep giving permits for these venue and lock in a closing time and let the police do their real job if policing


Sunday 13th of August 2023

@Neil gill, The police have no authority in these matters. They just do what they're told by the corrupt officials.


Sunday 13th of August 2023

@Neil gill, Permits are not required for locals. Money, social status and/or well connected will do. In my area there is huge official sign by Denpasar gov. stating harsh penalties for building in the green zone. Just next to the sign new buildings are erected in the green zone by locals almost daily.


Saturday 12th of August 2023

How many times does this story have to be told before the authorities take action and make these venues stick to the law passed, its a joke ! Thousands of people signed a petition to stop this problem and still nothing is being done ! The venues say they vow to cooperate with authorities, what does this mean exactly ? What are the authorities doing about this noise problem ? This is 7 nights a week, not just on weekends. It is unbearable for all residents, there should be fair consideration for the community and other tourists who share the space with these venues. Why are these venues allowed to be built in quiet residential areas ? The owners don’t care! lets face it, its not their sleep being disturbed every night ! all they care about are their profits. Is this really the direction that Bali wants to go ? If so then this is just the beginning of bad behaviour and tourist problems. Why don’t you write stories about the victims of noise pollution.


Tuesday 15th of August 2023

@JoKer, That's about it!


Sunday 13th of August 2023

@H, "The venues say they vow to cooperate with authorities, what does this mean exactly ?"

It means if they pay enough bribe then the authorities will leave them alone and harrass the complainants.


Saturday 12th of August 2023

Is very simple to install noise insulation and/or baffles on the inside of buildings, but much more difficult to control on the outside unless No or low decibal music is produced which at times is difficult.


Saturday 12th of August 2023

@Firechef, I suspect this venue with large outdoor pool area also have all their speakers outdoor as well. A real hell for those living around these clubs. These owners are cynical and the lowest of low, so do not expect one cent spent on noise insulation.