Al Dar Islands New Year’s Eve Full Moon Party explored
Time Out Bahrain staff
What do you do after you have been to the world’s biggest beach party on Thailand’s Koh Phangan and loved it so much that you didn’t want to leave? Not everyone would head back to their own archipelago in the Gulf of Arabia and attempt to set up something that is just as good. But that is precisely what Mohamed Slaise, general manager of Al Dar Islands, did. Inspired by one of Southeast Asia’s biggest parties, the Full Moon Parties at Al Dar Islands are coming up to their third successful year and have become a firm fixture on Bahrain’s party scene.
Fortunately, for those ushering in 2010 in Bahrain, December 31 sits firmly on a full moon, making Al Dar Islands the location for one of the first great parties of the new decade. With fire jugglers (obligatory for all beach parties), some of the best DJs to hit the shores all year including the legendary Tom Middleton in his first ever Bahrain gig, Steve Hellier (Death in Vegas), Akasha (Wall of Sound), and Lucian Daxon, the entire island will be throwing caution to the wind and partying like it’s, er, 1999.
There’s even a campsite in which you can pitch your tent if you get the impression you won’t want to leave. Although there is talk of a limited number of tents being provided so you won’t have to fumble around in the dark before stabbing yourself in the foot with a tent peg, the word is get in quick, as these are likely to be snapped up fast.
The music will be deep house moving into trance as the night progresses. And with the sky expected to be clear, the full moon will hang in the sky like a massive mirror ball.
How do I get there? Boats will run approximately every 30 minutes from Sitra Fisherman’s Port, on the east coast of the island. And there will be a steady stream of boats ready to bring you back. The ride is included in the ticket, meaning you don’t need to sell your mobile to get home when you run out of money.
What should I wear? Being a beach party, the ideal clothing would be stuff that you don’t mind getting sandy and wet. This being Bahrain, expect people to turn up in sequins and heels.
How much? Tickets are BD20 and include the ferry fare, camping and unlimited swims in the sea, should you fancy one.
How do I book? Call Al Dar Islands information line on 17 704 600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, go to the Facebook page Aldar Islands