Solo Female Travel in Bali: How To Make the Most of It


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Are you wondering what it’s like to travel solo in Bali?

Maybe you’re considering booking a trip but want to check that it’s a safe and accessible destination. Or if you’ve already booked your flight, then you’re probably feeling excited but also curious about what solo female travel in Bali is REALLY like!

Well, I’ve been exactly where you are now. But after travelling to Bali alone, I’m here to share my best tips and advice so you know exactly what to expect!


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Is Bali good for solo travellers?

Yes, the island of Bali in Indonesia is an excellent destination for solo travellers in Asia! With endless activities for every type of traveller and a large community of digital nomads and expats, there’s a reason why travellers flock to Bali every year.

While solo travel to Bali has its challenges to be aware of (read more on that below), it’s generally considered to be one of the easiest places to travel alone, even for first-time travellers.

Although Bali is already a very popular destination, this can be a bonus for nervous solo and first-time travellers. Many locals speak English, and there are tons of expats around to offer advice. This means it’s relatively easy to solve any problems you encounter during your trip.

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Good things about solo travel in Bali

  • Bali is affordable – you can have a ‘luxury-style’ holiday for a fraction of the price elsewhere, or not worry about breaking the bank by booking a private room or having a nice meal out. 
  • Due to many tourists, Bali is considered an easy destination to make friends. The busy tourist scene also doubles as a safety net if something goes wrong or you just need some advice.
  • You’ll find plenty to do in Bali, and it’s the ideal solo travel destination if you enjoy beach days and surfing, yoga and meditation, or nature hikes and waterfalls. 
  • Most locals speak English in touristy areas
  • Many cafes and restaurants in touristy areas serve vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, so it’s suitable for people travelling with dietary requirements.
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Hiking during solo female travel in Bali

Challenging things about solo travel in Bali

Although there are plenty of advantages to solo travel here, travelling to Bali alone still has its downsides due to the general pros and cons of travelling alone

  • If you can’t ride a scooter or you’re on a tight budget, you might find it challenging to get around the island. In addition, some tours only accept 2+ travellers or are very expensive to take as one person. 
  • For introverts, the crowds in Bali could actually make it harder to make friends. While I didn’t have this experience personally, I know other people who found Bali very lonely. Although there’s a very social atmosphere, which usually may centre around drinking culture or yoga/meditation culture, depending on where you stay, it might be tricky to make friends if you don’t meet people with the same interests.
  • Petty theft is minimal, but it does happen – just like everywhere else. So keep your belongings safe and don’t do anything you wouldn’t do at home.

If you don’t ride a scooter, my tip is to moderate your expectations and not worry about trying to see EVERYTHING on the island. Instead, bundle things you REALLY want to do together and get a driver for the day

The Mount Batur sunrise hike, Uluwatu day trips, visiting Lempuyang Gates of Heaven and snorkelling/scuba diving are all excellent options for solo travellers looking for people to split costs with.

Since there are lots of wonderful places to visit in North Bali but absolutely 0 public transport, I’d suggest tours for this region, for example a waterfalls tour or Ulun Danu Temple tour.

Hiking Mount Batur
Hiking Mount Batur

Is Bali safe for solo travellers?

Yes, Bali is safe for solo travellers. However, there are definitely things you should be aware of. There are threats to women in every part of the world, so in that regard, Bali is no different.

When it comes to solo female travel safety in Bali there are, unfortunately, sporadic reports of theft and sexual harassment. If you go to Bali alone, stick to the touristy areas after dark, keep your belongings safe and book a Grab rather than walk through any unfamiliar areas at night.

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Nusa Penida

My tip is to book a scooter taxi on the Go-jek or Grab apps rather than booking one off the street, so you know the driver is legitimate. (There are reports of people wearing Grab jackets who aren’t actually licensed drivers.)

Again, just keep your wits about you, just like you would at home! Most travellers to Bali have a wonderful, trouble-free trip.

I’ve personally solo travelled to dozens of countries and written guides on guides on solo female travel in South Africa, Mexico, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and India and I have to admit that Bali is one of the safest and easiest destinations to travel as a woman alone.

General tips for Bali solo travel & what to pack

  • I recommend getting a Bali SIM card for extra safety and reassurance, even though the Wi-Fi is good in most hostels and restaurants. I love Airalo for e-SIMs; they have a selection of Indonesia packages and an 18-country Asialink card
  • Make sure you bring a reusable water bottle, hand sanitiser, mosquito repellent and reef-safe sunscreen.
  • Another essential is travel insurance. I use True Traveller (UK & European travellers only) as they’re affordable with great coverage. For other nationalities, I recommend Hey Mundo for holidays & backpacking, and Safety Wing for long-term and digital nomad travel.
  • If you’re a first-time solo traveller, arriving at Denpasar airport and haggling for a taxi can be overwhelming, as many taxi drivers are standing around trying to get you to pick their company. Walk through the crowds and hire a Bluebird taxi, or save the stress and prebook your airport transfer. If you’re feeling a bit nervous, this is worth a little extra money to start your trip off stress-free.
  • It’s easy to find cheap 24-hour laundry services in Bali, so there’s no need to overpack. Bring your favourite cool summer outfits, sandals, and don’t forget a warm layer and sneakers if you’re planning on hiking in any mountainous regions.

How to make friends in Bali

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Befriending locals after a homestay experience

If you’re unsure how to meet people while solo travelling, here are a few tips based on my own experience of backpacking Bali alone:

  • Stay in hostels. Hostels are undoubtedly the easiest way to make friends anywhere. You’ll meet tons of other people on a Bali solo trip who are keen to socialise and split the costs. Many have private rooms as well as dorms, so you can still have your own space.
  • Use Facebook Groups. Many women post on the Canggu Nomad Girls and Solo Travellers in Bali groups when they arrive, introducing themselves and their interests. These usually get a ton of responses, so that’s a great place to start!
  • Tours are one of the easiest ways to get around Bali, so this is a great way to combine activities with meeting new people. For example, you could hike Mount Batur at sunrise, go snorkelling at Nusa Penida, or join a cooking class. Many Bali tours require 2+ people, but these ones usually accept solos!
  • Stay in a shared Airbnb or homestay. Why not stay in a local home if you want to get to know the locals? When I did this in Bali, the host dad took me to local restaurants and temples I’d never have discovered on my own. 

Getting to Bali

Flying is by far the easiest way to get to Bali. Use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights to Denpasar Airport.

If you’re travelling to Bali from Java, you can also get the ferry from Ketapang port to Gilimanuk Bali. From there, take a bus from the ferry terminal to your specific Bali destination. 

How to get around Bali

When it comes to solo female travel in Bali, the only challenge is getting around. If you love getting off the tourist track, Bali is more challenging than other countries in Southeast Asia because there is almost no public transport available. 

As a result, there are fewer ways to get around independently – especially on a budget. This is probably the most frustrating part of solo travelling to Bali. 

This means you must take tours, book drivers or hire a scooter.

Scooter hire: You can rent scooters for as little as 70,000 IDR per day from most accommodations, travel agencies or reputable vendors.

However, remember that it is unsafe to drive a scooter to remote regions with no experience. Rental scooters are best used for local activities, such as visiting waterfalls while staying in Ubud or getting to all the cute cafes in Canggu. 

As always, make sure you book travel insurance so you’re covered just in case anything happens.

Grab and GoJek: Getting a car taxi or motorbike taxi is definitely the easiest way to get around alone! They’re also very cheap to use. 

Taxi tours: For a longer day trip, you can hire a car and driver to take you anywhere you want to go. However, this can be pricey for one person, so to reduce the cost of your Bali solo trip, splitting this with another traveller is best. If you’re struggling to make friends, I still think it’s worth doing maybe once or twice on your trip so you don’t feel like you have to miss out. 

Book a half-day tour or a full-day tour.

Group tours: Alternatively, book a group tour for specific activities you really want to do. For day trips, look on GetYourGuide for the best deals.

My favourite tour operator for multi-day trips is G Adventures. This ethical company partners with locals to provide fun, fast-paced, and budget-friendly tours that will show you the best of Bali. Browse their Bali tours.

Lempuyang from ubud

Best places in Bali for solo female travel

There are so many unique places to visit in Bali! While the island looks small on a map, don’t underestimate how many breathtaking natural attractions and cultural places there are to see.

Even if you plan to travel further afield, begin your trip in Canggu, Seminyak or Ubud to ease your way into solo Bali travel. These lively travel hotspots are great places to meet people and settle into the Bali lifestyle. 

And there are plenty of things to do in these places! So if you’re feeling nervous, stick to these areas for a stress-free trip. 

My favourite places for solo travellers in Bali include:


Temples around Ubud

Sometimes known as the island’s spiritual and cultural capital, Ubud is a great place for solo female travel in Bali. Around 3 days in Ubud is an ideal amount of time to spend visiting temples and traditional museums and taking yoga classes.

Ubud is also a wonderful base for getting out into nature, with lush rice fields and roaring waterfalls just around the corner. Foodies will be in their element with options for brunch, coffee and affordable local fare at Ubud warungs. It’s also the best place to take cooking classes!

Things to do in Ubud include Tegalalang Rice Terraces, Tegenungan Waterfall, Pura Tirta Empul Temple and Tibumana Waterfall. Don’t miss Ubud Craft Market and Campuhan Ridge Walk. The latter are fab walkable options if you don’t want to pay for a driver!

Best tours in Ubud

  • 🏞️ Take a day tour around the Ubud area to check out some of Bali’s most popular attractions
  • 🌊 Explore Bali with three wonderful waterfalls – Tibumana, Tukad Cepung and Tegenungan with a private driver
  • 💆 Explore the forest sanctuary and Tirta Empul temple for a purification session
  • 🌄 Take a full day out to Monkey Forest, a jungle swing, rice terraces, a water temple and waterfalls

Canggu and Seminyak

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Canggu is known for its beaches

Staying in Canggu or Seminyak when you arrive is the perfect place to begin a solo trip to Bali. Filled with cute cafes, beachside bars and healthy restaurants, there are plenty of places to get to know new friends and enjoy the fantastic Bali food scene at the many Canggu restaurants.

Solo travellers can also unwind at a spa with a Balinese massage or book a sunbed at the beach. Another fun way to meet people would be to take a surf lesson in Canggu!


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For a calmer side of Bali life, Uluwatu’s breathtaking sandy beaches show off the natural scenery for which Bali is famous. 

Visiting Uluwatu Temple is definitely one of the best things to do in Bali for solo travellers! The coastal views are amazing, and the temple complex is spectacular due to its cliff-top position.

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Other things to do in Uluwatu include visiting Padang Padang Beach, Karma Beach or Green Bowl Beach before winding down your day with a sunset drink at Single Fin or Rock Bar. 

Nusa Penida

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It goes without saying that you should definitely take an island side trip during your time in Bali!

I highly recommend visiting the enchanting Nusa Penida, just a 40-minute ferry ride from Bali (book tickets from $10 on GetYourGuide). This stunning island is famous for its Instagrammable viewpoints such as the T-rex viewpoint (Kelingking Beach), Angel’s Billabong, Atuh Beach and Broken Beach which can be explored during 3 days in Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida has beautiful coastal scenery in every direction, so there’s plenty to see if you want to escape the crowds. 

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Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida

The island is less-developed the Bali, and this is the one place it is NOT recommended to drive a scooter, as the roads are rocky and uneven. Lots of accidents happen here! Instead, book a driver for the day while staying on the island, or take a day tour from Bali rather than staying overnight (although personally, I preferred having a few days there to explore at my leisure).

Other Nusa islands worth visiting include Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan

Gili Islands

While technically in Lombok, the Gili Islands are ideal places for solo travel in Bali because they are conveniently just one ferry away. 

Because these tiny paradise islands are so small, no transport is required! This makes it much cheaper for solo travellers who don’t want to pay extra for taxis for one person. In the Gilis, you can cycle or walk around the islands instead and enjoy diving, snorkelling and island hopping.

Choose Gili Trawangan if you’re looking for a more sociable party atmosphere and want to make friends or Gili Meno if you prefer a quieter island vibe (it’s popular with honeymooners, but hey, you also deserve a treat!)

My favourite is Gili Air as it’s a perfect blend of the other two Gilis! 

Accommodation for solo travellers in Bali

Here are some of the best places to stay in Bali for solo female travellers…

Hostels: I recommend staying in a hostel for most travellers visiting Bali, as abundant options are available and it’s such an easy way to make friends!

Some of my favourite Bali hostels include Green View Backpackers Inn in Ubud, the Hostel Canggu in Canggu and Surfers House in Uluwatu.

Browse more hostels on Hostelworld

Budget hotels: If you’re an older solo traveller or just need your own space, there are lots of exceptional hotels. These are also great for digital nomads working during thir stay.

Some of the best hotels for solo travel in Bali include Balimas Guest House in Ubud, Salty Shakas Bamboo Stay Canggu and the Ulus Klumpu in Uluwatu.

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Airbnbs: For short stays in more remote regions, and the chance to hang out with locals, you should consider staying in an Airbnb. My Bali host was so welcoming and even took me around the coolest local waterfalls and restaurants. 

Be careful if booking a Bali Airbnb for a more extended stay, as some rooms do not match the photos. Just check out the room before booking to be sure. This is usually a good way to get a better rate, too!

How to dress for solo travel in Bali

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Cover-ups can often be borrowed at temples

As you might imagine from a beach destination, there isn’t a strict dress code so don’t stress too much over your Bali packing list. Around the touristy areas – like Canggu and Seminyak – it’s normal to see people in bikinis or walking around wearing shorts and a vest top.

That said, although revealing clothes won’t make you unsafe, there are still places you should cover up for example, in places regularly frequented by locals. Conservative locals may feel uncomfortable if you’re not dressed appropriately – don’t wear a bikini in a warung (local-style restaurant)! 

When visiting spiritual places such as temples, cover your shoulders. I usually travel with a sarong to quickly cover up as and when I need to. 

Best time of year to visit Bali

There is no ‘wrong time’ to visit Bali! The island is warm year-round and has dry spells when you can do activities, even in the wet season. However, many travellers understandably prefer to avoid the rain altogether.

Dry season in Bali (April to September): If you’re visiting for a beach holiday, want to learn to surf, or explore without the interruption of rainy days, then you should visit Bali in the dry season.

However, Bali’s peak season falls in July and August. While great for social butterflies who love that bigger crowds mean bigger parties, some solo female travellers find Bali too overwhelming during these busy months.

The shoulder season (April, May and September) is the best time for going to Bali by yourself if you love exploring, having quieter beach days, and want to avoid the crowds.

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The wet season in Bali (November to March) is the low season and a great time to visit Bali with fewer tourists and lower prices. In addition, you can often book excellent hotels and tours last minute – great for those who hate planning in advance!

On the downside, there will be days with heavy rain that make some activities impossible. But with so many photogenic cafes to enjoy, you’ll hardly get bored!

Just remember that Bali will be very busy during the Christmas break. This isn’t an ideal time for travelling to Bali solo, as it’s very crowded, potentially rainy and not as budget-friendly as the other months in the wet season.

Food and sanitation

Remember that tap water is not drinkable in Bali, and unfortunately, Bali belly is often seen as a right of passage for backpackers.

Bali is one of the best destinations for foodies, so you want to make sure you can enjoy the fantastic food on offer stress-free. 

With cuisines from all over the world, including some creative Western options and, of course, delicious Indonesian cuisine – you’re definitely not going to go hungry. (Make sure you try the local warungs for the cheapest and BEST food in Bali!) 

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Siboghana warung in Ubud

Tips for avoiding Bali belly:

  • Never drink the tap water – use a reusable water bottle (and reusable straw) or a purifying water bottle
  • Make sure ice cubes have holes in them – these are made from filtered water
  • Don’t brush your teeth with tap water, and try not to open your mouth in the shower
  • Eat at reputable places where they don’t wash salad in tap water
  • Eat at spots where locals eat! And try not to pick the food which looks like it’s been sitting around for ages.

The good news is that if you get sick, many people are around to help! Most hostels will help you get medicine, but if you’re staying alone, ask for advice on a Bali Facebook group.

If you’ve had a Bali belly for over a few days, you can find a friendly English-speaking doctor who can give you some medicine, as you may have a bacterial infection or parasite. Siloam Hospital Denpasar and BIMC Hospital have both been recommended.

If you’re too sick to get out of bed, did you know you can WhatsApp an English-speaking doctor and ask them to come and check on you and bring medicine? Ask ex-pats for advice, or you can try messaging Dr Ari on Whatsapp (+62 8123954567).

With all that said, it’s worth remembering that thousands of people have terrific, trouble-free trips to Bali every year! I’m proof of that.

Doing more solo female Asia travel? See my guide to solo travel in Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia

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Bali useful links

Flights – I use Skyscanner to find the best-value flights, using the ‘search by month’ tool to find the cheapest dates. You can also use the ‘to anywhere’ feature if you’re flexible on where you’re going.

Stay connected with E-sim data plans that don’t require delivery or collection; just scan the QR code.

In my opinion, Lonely Planet offer the best guidebooks. Get the latest Copy of Lonely Planet Bali.

I use for accommodation. They have the best range of hotels and self-catering apartments, plus you can filter by review score and price to find the best-rated budget places. For hostels, I use Hostelworld.

To save money on accommodation, I use Trusted Housesitters, a website that connects homeowners going away and travellers who can sit their homes & pets.

For activities, I use GetYourGuide and Viator as they both have a huge range of affordable tours.

To stay connected, get an Airalo e-SIM; they have Indonesia packages and an 18-country Asialink card.

Need travel insurance? I use True Traveller (for UK & Europe residents) since it’s some of the most affordable insurance out there but still covers everything you’d need including various activities, valuables and pre-existing conditions. Unlike some companies, they insure you if you’re already travelling / don’t yet have your flight home booked. Get a quote.

For travel insurance for other nationalities, I recommend Hey Mundo and for long-term digital nomad travellers, I suggest Safety Wing.

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