By guest editor: Laura Spaansen
Solo travelers are drawn to Bali for a variety of reasons, including the beauty of the island, incredible culture and traditions, laid-back happy and healthy lifestyle and, of course, sunshine all year round!
We get daily questions on Instagram from people is Bali is a great place to travel solo. YES, it definitely is! Below we answer the 10 most frequent questions about traveling to Bali solo.
And keep an eye out for our Solo Travel Guide to Bali, which will be released soon!
First and foremost, freedom! Because you don't have to worry about what others want to do, you can basically do whatever you want. Furthermore, going alone encourages you to interact with other people, and because you are alone, you are more likely to connect with likeminded travelers. It is, of course, also the ideal time to spend some time alone - it's entirely up to you! Finally, traveling alone involves stepping beyond of your comfort zone, making new memories, and boosting your self-esteem.
Because there are so many gorgeous spots to explore in Bali, we've compiled a short list of the most popular solo travel destinations for you.
First, there's Canggu, a popular surfing destination on Bali's west coast. The ideal location for learning to surf and attending some great parties. Canggu is known for its beach club vibes and has plenty of beautiful cafés. It's also the place where most solo travelers end up staying long term.
Are you looking for the most beautiful beaches? Uluwatu, in the south of Bali, is the place to be. Dream Sea, the coolest cliff hotel, is absolutely a must-visit. If you're more into a relaxing day, head to Senses Spa and book a massage with ocean views.
If you're searching for some yoga vibes and some of the most breath-taking views, Ubud is the place to go. Ubud is located in the center of the island and is called the cultural hub of Bali as well as a great spot to unwind. The Tegalalang rice fields and The Yoga Barn are definitely worth seeing!
Nusa Lembongan & Gili Islands
Last but not least, Nusa Island is located on Bali's south-east coast. It will take you only one hour to go there by boat and view some crystal-clear blue waters. During a snorkeling or diving trip, you can easily make new friends and even swim with manta rays! Or head over to the Gili Islands for some slow-paced island life.
Bali offers endless possibilities. From hostels to luxury hotels, guesthouses to shared villas, there's something for everyone. Here are a few favorites to check out! Kos One Hostel in Canggu is a pretty hostel with big pool and close to the beach. Green Paradise Bungalows in Prerenan is a great place to stay if you're seeking for a cosy guesthouse. If you’re more into some beachy vibes, you could go to The Korowai in Bingin, which is located on a cliff!
There are also plenty of Facebook groups where you may find some roomies. You could even rent a private villa if you're seeking for some rest. You could, of course, hunt for your ideal stay on booking.com, Airbnb, or even Instagram. There is something for everyone's budget - if you want our full list of Bali stays have a look in our Bali Travel Guide!
Don’t stress about meeting new people during your trip, in Bali it's super easy! If you stay in a hostel, you will surely connect with like minded travelers, because you will be sharing the same place. It's super common to start a conversation with strangers at a café or at a yoga session. You could also meet new people through social media. Girls in Baliand Canggu Nomad Girls are two Facebook groups that could help you find a friend or arrange up a coffee date!
This is probably one of the most asked questions! We would definitely say it is safe to solo travel in Bali. There are many western people and tourists around. Of course, it is better to avoid walking alone at night and it might be better keeping your valuables out of side and to choose for a bag with a zip. Just as in every other country, there are some locations more prone to crime than others, just trust your instincts!
There are too many things to do on the island, from relaxation to adventure. There are many activities to pick from, especially if you are traveling alone. You can head to Batu Bolong Beach for a surf class or go to The Practice in Canggu for a yoga class. You can walk through rice fields, see one of the many Temples, go on a hike or join cultural activities like a Melukat Blessing. You could also join a fun workshop! Think of taking a Balinese dance lesson at Dewantari, a ceramics workshop at Kinship or creating your own jewelry at Sunsri House of Jewellery in Sukawati!
In Bali, there are a several options to get around, but the easiest and cheapest is to rent a scooter. Renting a scooter costs between 70,000 IDR (€4) and 150,000 IDR (€10) per day, and fuel is cheap. Remember to wear a helmet and keep your bag in your buddy (under the seat). Also, keep in mind that in Bali, people drive on the left side of the road, and it might happen you share the road with some dogs, cats, or chicken. If you don't feel comfortable driving a scooter, you can get around using Gojek motorbike taxi or regular taxi.
Bali offers any food you can think of, and we'd call it a foodie's paradise. There are loads of options for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Are you a vegetarian or vegan? Canggu's I Am Vegan Babe is the place to be! Yeye's Warung in Uluwatu is a must-visit if you're looking for some local Indonesian food. Yuki, likewise, in Canggu, is a fantastic spot to go for delicious sushi and cocktails while watching the sunset. If you are more into Italian food, stop by La Baracca for some of the best pizzas on the island!
The Indonesian Rupiah is the local currency of Bali. Although you won't need much cash in Bali, having a backup in case of a taxi, market, entrance, or parking ticket is always a good idea. You can withdraw cash from an ATM, but you keep in mind you will be charged additional costs. It is best to withdraw money from an ATM at the airport when you arrive to avoid a swallowed card or being scammed. An ATM attached to a major bank branch, or a branded stand-alone ATM are other save options to withdraw cash. Credit and debit cards, on the other hand, are accepted almost anywhere as well.
Are you wondering what you should bring with you on your trip? We've put together a quick checklist for you!
We hope we have informed you enough by answering these 10 questions. Are you interested in learning more about Bali’s hotspots? Check out our We like Bali Travel Guide! You can join us on Instagram for the most-up-to date information and insights.