Solo Travelling to Bali? Why Not
Solo travelers are drawn to Bali for a multitude of reasons, including the island’s beauty, wonderful culture and customs, a laid-back happy, and healthy lifestyle, and, of course, year-round sunshine!
People ask us on Instagram all the time if Bali is a good place to visit alone. Yes, it most surely is! The ten most frequently asked questions about solo travel to Bali are answered below.
- What advantages do I have as a solo traveler?
First and foremost, liberty! You can do whatever you want since you don’t have to worry about what others desire. Furthermore, traveling alone encourages you to interact with others; because you are alone, you are more likely to meet other travelers who share your interests. It is, of course, also an excellent time to spend alone – the choice is totally yours! Finally, traveling alone requires you to push yourself beyond of your comfort zone, make new experiences, and increase your self-esteem.
- What areas should I go to?
Because there are so many beautiful places to visit in Bali, we’ve produced a list of the top solo travel options for you.
Canggu, a prominent surfing spot on Bali’s west coast, comes first. The best setting for learning to surf and having a good time. Canggu is well-known for its beach club ambiance and lovely cafés. It’s also where most single tourists wind up staying for an extended period of time.
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.
Nusa Lembongan & Gili Islands
Finally, Nusa Island is located on Bali’s south-east coast. It will just take you one hour by boat to get there and see the crystal-clear blue waters. You may easily make new acquaintances and even swim with manta rays when snorkeling or diving! Or visit the Gili Islands for some slow-paced island living.
- As a solo traveler, where can I find a place to stay?
Bali provides limitless opportunities. There’s something for everyone, from hostels to luxury hotels, and guesthouses to shared villas. Here are a couple of my favorites for you to check out! Kos One Hostel in Canggu is a lovely hostel with a large pool and close proximity to the beach. If you’re looking for a pleasant guesthouse, Green Paradise Bungalows in Prerenan is a terrific spot to stay. If you prefer beachy feelings, head to The Korowai in Bingin, which is set on a cliff!
There are also numerous Facebook groups where you can find roommates. If you want to relax, you may even rent a private villa. Of course, you might look for your dream accommodation on booking.com, Airbnb, or even Instagram. There is something for every budget – for a complete list of Bali hotels, see our Bali Travel Guide!
- Where and how can I meet new people as a solo traveler?
Don’t worry about meeting new people on your trip; it’s incredibly easy in Bali! Because you will be sharing the same space if you stay in a hostel, you will undoubtedly meet other tourists. It’s very normal to strike up a conversation with a stranger in a café or during a yoga class. Social networking can also help you meet new individuals. Girls in Bali and Canggu Nomad Girls are two Facebook groups that may be able to help you find a buddy or set up a coffee date!
- Is Bali safe to travel solo?
This is most likely one of the most often asked questions! Solo travel in Bali is considered safe. There are numerous westerners and visitors in the area. Of course, it is best to avoid strolling alone at night, and it is best to keep valuables out of the way and choose a bag with a zip. Just like in any other country, some areas are more prone to crime than others; trust your instincts!
- What activities can I do as a solo traveler?
There are far too many activities on the island, ranging from relaxation to adventure. There are numerous activities to choose from, particularly if you are traveling alone. You can take a surf class at Batu Bolong Beach or a yoga class at The Practice in Canggu. You can wander through rice fields, visit one of the many temples, go hiking, or participate in traditional activities like as a Melukat Blessing. You could also participate in a fun workshop! Consider attending a Balinese dance class at Dewantari, a ceramics session at Kinship, or making your own jewelry at Sukawati’s Sunsri House of Jewellery!
- How do I get around on the island?
There are various ways to move around in Bali, but the simplest and cheapest is to rent a scooter. Renting a scooter ranges from 70,000 IDR (€4) to 150,000 IDR (€10) per day, and fuel is inexpensive. Wear a helmet and keep your stuff with your partner (under the seat). Also, keep in mind that in Bali, people drive on the left side of the road, and you may see some dogs, cats, or chickens. If you’re not comfortable driving a scooter, you can take a Gojek motorbike taxi or a normal cab.
- What food can I eat in Bali?
Bali has every type of food you can imagine, and we’d call it a foodie’s heaven. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner are all available. Do you eat vegetarian or vegan food? I Am Vegan Babe in Canggu is the place to be! If you’re seeking for authentic Indonesian cuisine, Yeye’s Warung in Uluwatu is a must-see. Yuki, also in Canggu, is an excellent choice for wonderful sushi and beverages while viewing the sunset. If you prefer Italian food, La Baracca has some of the best pizzas on the island!
Check out our other guide: 30 Best Restaurants in Canggu You Cannot Miss
- How about the money?
Bali’s local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah. Although you won’t need much cash in Bali, it’s always a good idea to have some on hand in case of a taxi, market, entrance, or parking ticket. You can withdraw cash from an ATM, but keep in mind that you will be charged fees. To avoid a swallowed card or being duped, it is advisable to withdraw money from an ATM at the airport when you arrive. Another safe choice for withdrawing cash is an ATM tied to a major bank branch or a branded stand-alone ATM. Credit and debit cards, on the other hand, are practically always accepted.
- What should I bring with me that I don’t want to forget?
Are you wondering what you should pack for your trip? We’ve created a fast checklist for you!
- A passport valid for at least 6 months
- An international driving license (if you are planning to drive a scooter)
- Lots of sunscreens
- Your favorite sunglasses, but you can buy your new favorite sunnies here on the island as well!
- A notebook/journal to write down all your amazing adventures
- A big reusable water bottle to stay hydrated
- Mosquito spray
- Light clothes
- And of course, swimwear!
We trust that by addressing these ten questions, we have sufficiently enlightened you. Do you want to learn more about Bali’s hotspots? Check out the other entries on Discovabali. For the most up-to-date information and insights, follow us on Instagram.