Solo traveling can be intimidating, but of all the places to visit alone, Bali is arguably the best option. Bali has become a mecca of inspiration and personal evolution for solo female travelers. Not only will you be blown away by the natural beauty of the lush fauna and pristine beaches, but you’re actually likely to run into quite a few other solo travelers during your stay. There is no shortage of activities. Traveling as a woman alone is empowering and incredibly liberating. Where no one knows you, you have a chance to recreate yourself, and perhaps because the concept of traveling as a female solo is culturally foreign to the Balinese, you will be met with unparalleled kindness and a feeling of safety in the Hindu culture. Wondering what to do and where to go when exploring Bali alone? We have compiled the ULTIMATE GUIDE for self-discovery and expansion in one of the most welcoming places on Earth.
Here are the Top 10 things for solo females to do on their vacation in Bali!
1 Take an unforgettable trip to NUSA PENIDA
When it comes to islands, Indonesia truly is blessed. There are remarkably over 17,000 islands in Indonesia for you to explore, with Nusa Penida one of the most beautiful islands in Indonesia. Nusa Penida is just a short 30 minutes ferry ride away from Bali. The natural paradise is definitely worth a day trip from Bali, although you’ll certainly end up wishing you’d stayed longer! With idyllic spots such as the palm tree-lined Crystal Bay, the beautiful Atuh Beach and the glorious Thousand Islands Viewpoint for you to enjoy. Visiting Nusa Penida is one of the top things to do in Bali! Nusa Penida diving and snorkeling are some of the best in the area as well.
2 Chilled out at a beach club
You will be able to meet some other travelers at Bali’s top beaches and bars. At each beach, try out each bar’s signature drinks and unwind with a view of the beautiful Indian Ocean. These beaches make for killer photo ops, and if you have time, visit the temple of Pura Batu Ngaus.
Top 5 beaches to choose from
Kuta Beach: Kuta Beach: As well as one of the best places to learn how to surf in Bali, Kuta Beach is also renowned for the fantastic sunsets that can be seen from here each evening. While reasonably busy during the day, Kuta is one of Bali’s most famous and popular areas
Nusa Lembongan: Located just a short boat ride away from Bali, the tiny island of Nusa Lembongan has a number of delightful beaches for you to enjoy
Sanur: With a more peaceful, relaxed feel to it than some of the other beaches in the central tourist areas of Bali, Sanur is ideal for you if you are looking for a quiet time to reflect. The sandy beach is very soft, and as it can get quite windy, it is a great spot to try your hand at kitesurfing. Sanur Beach is not a surfer’s beach, but there are good spots to lie on the shore and work on the tan in between dips.
Suluban Beach: An idyllic spot, Suluban Beach is tucked away at the bottom of the Uluwatu cliffs, and the scenery on the show is spellbinding.
Canggu: An increasingly popular place to visit, the small village of Canggu has lots of cool cafes, restaurants, and bars to check out, as well as many gorgeous beaches.
Canggu Beach Photo by Cassie Gallegos on Unsplash
3 Go for a traditional Balinese Spa.
No vacation would be complete without some proper relaxation. While you’re in Bali, try a traditional Balinese spa package in Seminyak. The spa facilities include a jacuzzi, sauna, rain shower and swimming pool. The lush tropical fauna will help you unwind. Choose from services including aromatherapy, body scrubs, foot baths, warm oil massages, and yoga. It’s a great option for relaxing after a long flight and getting in the proper island mindset.
4 Excite your taste buds in Jimbaran
Jimbaran is a traditional fishing town in the south of Kuta, well known for its terrific fresh seafood restaurants. If you feel like enjoying a fish barbecue on the beach in Jimbaran, I recommend this bay. The chill atmosphere and friendly locals will make you feel like you’re at home. In addition, Jimbaran Beach, with its fine white sand and spectacular turquoise waters, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali, so don’t miss a visit to this town by the sea.
5 Watch a Kecak show
Experience a traditional dance while in Bali. The Fire Dance, Kecak Dance, and Saghyang Dance highlight traditional cultural practices from the region. You may find it even more interesting if you ask a local around to explain the significance of what is happening so as to give you a historical perspective. The “Kecak Fire & Trance dance” is one of the most popular activities in Bali. During this performance, a group of men sings while they hypnotically move their arms forming a set. At the same time, dancers dressed in bright colors represent the story of Ramayana. Fire is also an important part of the show.
6 Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Hey there Mr. Monkey! Be prepared to get up and close with the monkeys at the Ubud monkey forest. It’s a funny and interesting place, but you must be careful; the monkeys are so used to being with tourists. Whatever you do, don’t buy bananas from the nice ladies out front. If you do you might literally have monkeys crawling up your legs. Make sure to keep all your bags zipped and don’t wear a hat/sunglasses, the monkeys are known to be naughty thieves.
Photo by Mahkeo on Unsplash
Don’t even think about feeding them. Although they may seem friendly, they can be very aggressive, too. The entrance to the Monkey Forest costs 20k IDR ($ 2.30), although I recommend checking on the official website for any changes.
7 Hike Mount BATUR for sunrise
Set the alarm super early. Hiking Mount Batur starts several hours before the sun rises. The early morning wake-up call is totally worth it once you make it to the top of Mount Batur and you see the sun rising. This is easily one of our favorite things to do in Bali, and we would do it again in a heartbeat.
Recommended Tour: $45 Mount Batur Sunrise Hike & Hot Springs
8 Visit a Museum in Bali
If you are in the Ubud area, the ARMA museum (Agung Rai Museum of Art) contains a wonderful collection of traditional art. The gallery is located in the Arma Museum & Resort, a 4-star resort, you can enter the museum for free. Another museum in Ubud that’s totally different from the previous one is the Museum of Don Antonio Blanco, an eccentric Spanish artist who became very popular in Bali for his works of art. They even considered him the “Dali of Bali”. The entrance to the museum costs 80k IDR. The Bali Museum is the best museum if you are in Denpasar and want to learn more about the culture and history of the island. The ticket price is 50,000 IDR. ($ 3.50)
9 Experience the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Dislocated from all other tourist attractions the Sekumpul waterfall is a real gem! A 40-minute hike down to the foot of the waterfall, reveals an enormous powerful fall and when the sun shines, a rainbow appears at the foot.
Photo by Muhamad Rizal Firmansyah on Unsplash
10 Try Yoga in Bali
Get your “Eat Pray Love” on and give yoga a try in Bali. There are tons of yoga retreats in Bali, specifically in Ubud.
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