After reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Eat Pray Love, Bali has become even more popular as a destination for solo women travelers. It is a laid-back, diverse destination where a solo female traveler can kick back, meet locals and learn about their culture, relax on a beach or engage in more adventurous activities. It’s considered a safe destination for female travelers if they follow all the usual precautions.
Where to stay?
Many types of accommodation are available in Bali, from luxury villas to resorts. Even budget-conscious travelers have numerous options. You can take advantage of the reasonable prices and rent a villa if you’re looking for privacy. You will usually be able to take soak in the lovely Indonesian sunshine at a private pool set in exquisite surroundings.
What to do?
- Go to a beach club. Bali is full of beach clubs, such as Ku De Ta in Kuta. If you enjoy being around the hustle and bustle, Kuta is the place to be. Experience swim-up bars, day beds, infinity pools, musical acts, DJs and more at the beach clubs. Situated by the ocean, you can sip cocktails while watching the sunset. La Plancha is another beach club where you can sit on beanbags, enjoy quirky decor and exceptional cuisine.
- Enjoy the local cuisine. Traditional Mie Goreng or Nasi Goreng are flavorful dishes of fried noodles or rice mixed with onions, garlic, Chinese cabbage and other vegetables. Sometimes the dish is topped with a fried egg. In local areas, a traditional dish like these only costs about $3 for a generous meal. If you’re looking for a modern restaurant serving quality Asian meals, try out Ginger Moon, a popular venue in Seminyak. For brunch on a budget, Café Bali in Seminyak is a good option. Café Organic is another popular breakfast venue.
- Participate in a cooking tour. Take part in a tour where you’ll learn more about the Balinese way of cooking and eating. The cuisine is influenced by diverse cultural influences and has some intense flavors. It can open a whole world of previously unknown roots, seeds and vegetables.
- Meditate and do yoga. Ubud is a hub of meditation yoga, and personal development — all ideal activities for a solo female in Bali. Clear your mind, stretch your limbs and take in the magnificent scenery at the same time. The Yoga Barn in Ubud offers many classes, some of which are free. Some people book a week-long yoga retreat in Bali, such as the one offered by Soulshine Bali.
- Visit a temple. The Tirta Empul temple dates back to about 926 A.D. A holy water spring feeds pools, fish ponds and purification baths. It is a site of ritual purification and provides sacred water for priests.
- Visit a skilled spiritual healer. A visit to a spiritual healer can help you delve deeper into yourself and rebalance yourself physically and spiritually.
- Go shopping. Indulge in some retail therapy at the many eclectic shops. Buy a colorful sarong at a local market or visit the high-end shops at Seminyak.
- Attend the annual BaliSpirit Festival. If you want to catch the BaliSpirit Festival, arrange your trip for late March or early April. The festival attracts visitors from more than 50 different countries, including dancers, musicians and yogis who attend talks, art installations, workshops and concerts.
- Visit the countryside. Part of the Bali experience is to be able to go out into the countryside and see the waterfalls, temples, rice terraces and coffee plantations. If you do this as part of a group, it becomes more affordable.
- Go on an adventure. Diving, white-water rafting, paragliding, bathing with elephants and sea walking are just some of the activities available.
There is no public transportation system in Bali. Uber does operate, but fights with local taxi drivers can make it problematic. It is affordable to use a shuttle service, but the problem is that they follow a set route and aren’t an option if you want to go to less popular areas. As expected, taxis or private drivers are very expensive options. Of the taxi options, Blue Bird taxis are probably the best option, but they are only available in Southern Bali. Renting a scooter is often the best way to get around in Bali, and it doesn’t cost a fortune.
Pack your bags now
Exploring as a female traveler in Bali is an experience you won’t forget. You can choose from a wide range of experiences, such as eating, relaxing on a beach, wandering around, shopping and adventuring. You’re likely to meet many other female travelers of all ages from many different countries.