Traveling as a female can be intimidating, traveling solo as a female is a whole other level of scary. That being said, it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done!
Bali is an incredible destination for a solo female traveler. It is generally safe, well-visited by tourists, and has a whole wealth of culture and stunning landscapes to be found.
From sacred temples and lush jungles, to beautiful beaches and delicious local food, traveling around Bali is a dream come true. If you are doing it solo, you can make your own itinerary, go at your own pace and really see all that the amazing island has to offer.
This guide has everything you need to know about solo female traveling around Bali.
Is Bali Safe for a Woman to Travel Alone?
In a world where backpacking and international travel is becoming more and more popular, it seems stupid to even have to ask if a certain place is safe for a woman to travel alone – but it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Solo traveling as a female to Bali is a chance to make many incredible memories, and make life-long friends with locals and other travelers. That being said, you will want to take some extra precautions, as it’s always worth remaining vigilant when alone.
- Street harassment can be an issue in Bali, just like anywhere else in the world. When you are walking streets alone, be sure you are dressed modestly, carrying your bag on your inside side, and avoid carrying your phone openly in your hand. You might find people call out or try to get your attention, if you aren’t interested, don’t entertain it.
- You will want to do some research ahead of time of the best areas to stay. As well as finding cool, interesting spots, you will want to make sure they are safe with great previous reviews. Check out sites (like Balipedia ;)) that have reviews and recommendations of where to stay. You can also ask friends who have been to the island.
- When out and about you always want to remain aware and vigilant, even in your home town. If you’re feeling uneasy, ask for help or remove yourself from the situation.
With stunning beaches, incredible landscapes and a really unique, special culture, traveling to Bali is an amazing adventure that should be enjoyed by everyone! As a solo female traveler in Bali, you can have some once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
TLDR – Yes, it is safe as long as you are vigilant and careful.
Where to Stay in Bali
Still keen to go to Bali solo? You can do it, girl!
If you need a helping hand finding somewhere safe to stay in Bali, check out these spots!
Women Traveling in Seminyak
Seminyak is a great spot to base your island adventures. It has some of the best beaches in Bali, epic restaurants and a thriving nightlife – perfect for any girl’s getaway.
For the beach babies, Seminyak is a great place to start. You can take morning beach walks, spend days soaking in the sun at luxe Bali beach clubs like Potato Head or Mrs Sippy, and head to the simpler beach bars like Ku De Ta or La Plancha to catch a beautiful sunset. Lounge, relax and watch a magical sunset over the horizon.
You can easily get about solely with GOJEK or Grab when in Seminyak. They are quick and easy for swooping in between the traffic. Taxis are also easily found on the street side.
Seminyak has some of the best shopping in the south, with shopping malls like Seminyak Square filled with branded and local stores. You can fill up your island wardrobe, or pick up some bits you forgot to pack. For a little bit of retail therapy, Seminyak is a great spot.
When you’re traveling solo, its really easy to make some friends at your shared accommodations or at restaurants. The easy mix of locals and visitors are friendly and welcoming, willing to offer a helping hand to those who need some island advice. Offer up a smile and you are sure to make some amazing friends.
Seminyak has a strong police presence, making the area incredibly safe for solo female travelers in Bali.
Our Fave Places to Stay in Seminyak
Women Traveling in Canggu
The most popular hotspots for solo travelers, backpackers and digital nomads in Bali is currently Canggu.
It is a chilled, laid-back spot with bustling streets and amazing beaches perfect for surfing, enjoying the sun and just relaxing in island bliss.
Spend your days surfing up a storm along the famous surf breaks like Batu Bolong and Echo beach, tucking into incredibly tasty food and joining the digital nomads do their thing at popular coworking spots. At night, join the crowds in the hippest nightlife spots with bars, clubs and underground clubs partying through till the early hours.
If you’re looking to diversify your social life, there are plenty of opportunities to make new friends. Canggu is home to a vibrant digital nomad community, as well as plenty of surfer girls who can show you the ropes. There are also plenty of women’s meet-ups and events to join in on, making it the perfect destination for solo female travelers.
Renting a scooter is super easy in Canggu, though the big roads and hectic traffic aren’t ideal for new or nervous drivers. Again, GOJEK and Grab are widely available and highly recommended if you aren’t confident on 2 wheels.
When it comes to safety, Canggu is generally considered a safe place for women to travel alone. But, as with any destination, it’s important to take the necessary precautions and be aware of your surroundings. If you are looking for a place to get a solo female Bali travel experience, head straight to this Canggu and get ready for some fun in the sun!
Our Fave Places to Stay in Canggu
Women Traveling in Ubud
Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali, surrounded by luscious rice terraces, tropical jungles, and beautiful local villages. It is a top spot for solo female travelers visiting Bali as it is the centre of Bali’s spiritual tourism with many yoga and meditation retreats taking place in the scenic area.
Sightseeing in Ubud is a dream with iconic, tropical island views and landscapes. The obvious spots are Tegalalang Rice Terraces, the Monkey Forest and the art market. You should also be sure to see the Campuhan Ridge Walk, the craftsmen in the village of Mas and magnificent Blanco Renaissance Museum.
You can make some really amazing friends and connections in Ubud. Between the solo travelers, backpackers, locals and nomads, there is a whole range of different types of people that’ll keep your trip interesting.
For something a little more immersive, you can join a retreat that includes sightseeing, tours and nights out. Explore the area with a handy guide and stay safe within a group.
Our Fave Places to Stay in Ubud
Women Traveling in Uluwatu
Uluwatu is an amazing spot for solo female travelers in Bali, with so much to see and do. From the stunning Uluwatu beaches of Padang Padang and Jimbaran to the breath-taking Uluwatu Temple, it is one of the most idyllic areas in Bali.
There’s so much to do, and the best way to get around is by renting a scooter or car. Unfortunately, there is no public transportation, so having your own transport is the best option. However, if you are a newbie driver, Uluwatu isn’t the best place to learn with steep hills.
You can immerse in Balinese culture by watching the magnificent Kecak Dance with a sunset view of the Uluwatu Temple, explore hidden beaches and coves, and catch some of the most incredible sunset views on the island. And of course, there are plenty of delicious local restaurants, cafes and bars to check out too! Like, Single Fin!
If you’re a solo female traveler looking to explore Bali and all its beauty, Uluwatu should defo be on your list!
Our Fave Places to Stay in Uluwatu
Women Traveling in Kuta
For more classic Bali vibes, with shopping and beach culture, Kuta is the iconic place to visit.
Packed with shopping malls and international brands, the shopaholics among us will love the retail therapy options with luxurious and island-owned stores.
Accommodations in Kuta are quite affordable; you can find lots of budget-friendly hostels, guesthouses, and hotels, and luxe beachfront resorts. The best way to get around is by walking, as it’s the cheapest and most efficient way to explore the area.
Solo travelers will find it super easy to make friends in Kuta with lots of young backpackers and locals who are eager to enjoy new company. The nightlife in Kuta is thriving with some of the best known clubs on the island. Check out – Twice Bar for a dirty underground music experience, Seven Rooftop Bar for a night drink with beach view, or Sky Garden for a high-energy nightclub.
Our Fave Places to Stay in Kuta
Women Traveling in Nusa Islands
There are 3 islands to visit within the ‘Nusa’ region – Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan.
Each of the islands have their own qualities drawing in tourists of all kinds – surfers, divers, explorers and solo female travelers.
Nusa Lembongan is a place to relax and take a well deserved break. There are beaches, hidden coves, and crystal clear waters ideal for soaking in island paradise bliss.
Nusa Penida has some of the best snorkeling and diving spots in Bali, while Nusa Ceningan is a great place for a girl to let her hair down. There are wonderful restaurants, cafes, and bars to explore, plus some amazing surf spots.
All of the islands have comfortable and safe accommodations, great spots to eat and drink and an easy-going nightlife.
Getting around the islands is a little more complicated as they don’t have the ride apps like the mainland. However, you can rent a scooter, make a local friend to drive you around or hire a private driver.
Perfect for getting away from the crowds of Bali, the Nusa Islands have a little bit of everything, for everyone!
Our Fave Places to Stay in the Nusa Islands
Women Traveling in Other Parts of Bali
The solo female travelers in Bali who are looking to get out of the tourist hotspots can visit the more local, less-visited areas like Sanur, Kintamani, Lovina and Amed.
Sanur is a tranquil fishing village located on the southeastern coast of Bali. With beautiful white sands, clear waters and a more chilled, relaxed vibe, it is perfect for the travelers looking to get around on foot for a calm and peaceful getaway. Popular with families and older travelers, it is a slower pace of life with bicycles for rent to ride along the boardwalk.
Kintamani is the home of Mount Batur, and the stunning tropical landscapes that surround it. A great spot for hiking, exploring untouched nature, getting in with the locals and staying in simple accommodations, it is a touch of how Bali used to be.
Featuring magnificent black sand beaches and super traditional villages, Lovina is in the far north of the island, and is known for its dolphin watching tours. Along winding roads and up the side of towering hills, the journey from the south to north isn’t easy, but well worth it.
As you venture across the landscapes of Bali, you will meant interesting people who are so excited to share their culture and island with you. The people of Bali are unlike anywhere else in the world, and really make your holiday all the more special.
Our Fave Places to Stay Around Bali
Top Tips for Women Traveling in Bali
1. Respect local customs: It is important to be aware of, and respect, the local customs in Bali. Dress conservatively, avoid public displays of affection, and be mindful of religious and cultural practices.
2. Identify safe places: Research and identify locations that are safe for female travellers, such as women-only accommodations, hotels and tours.
3. Learn basic Indonesian: Learning some basic Indonesian phrases will help you when bargaining and communicating with locals.
4. Be street smart: Be mindful of your surroundings, and keep your belongings close. Do not accept unsolicited rides from strangers and be aware of your surroundings at night.
5. Bring a scarf/sarong: A lightweight scarf can be used to cover up when entering temples or other places of worship, and can also be used to cover up when needed.
6. Use sunscreen: The sun in Bali can be very strong, be sure to include sunscreen in your daily routine.
7. Carry cash: While there are many ATMs in Bali, some places may not accept card payments, carry enough cash to cover your expenses – but not too much.
8. Wear insect repellent: Bali sometimes has a lot of mosquitoes, make sure to apply insect repellent to avoid bites.
9. Travel light: It is best to travel light and only bring the essentials, it will make traveling much easier.
10. Stay connected: Make sure to stay connected with family and friends back home by using a local SIM card, and keeping them updated on your travels.
Traveling in Bali as a female explorer is a great way to get out of your comfort zone while staying safe.
Bali is an ideal destination as it has a great infrastructure and culture that is very open and welcoming to women. From its unique culture, stunning beaches and lush greenery, there is much to explore and appreciate about the island.
Let go of your concerns and book your ticket!
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