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Solo Travel In Bali, Indonesia

Katherine
Published Oct 24, 2018

Solo traveling can be intimidating, but of all the places to visit alone, Bali is arguably the best option. 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 in activities. Taste freshly caught and barbecued seafood on the beach at Jimbaran. Try your skills at surfing at Nusa Lembongan. Go diving with sea creatures at Menjangan island. Take a hike through West Bali National Park. After you’ve exhausted yourself exploring the islands, treat yourself to a relaxing Balinese spa treatment, followed by world-renown cuisine featuring local ingredients and spices. Whatever brings you here, here are some suggestions on things to do and places to stay in Bali, Indonesia.

1. Chill out at a beach club (from USD 66)

Bali Beach and Bar Hopping Tour by Custom 1980 VW Kombi Bus

Meet some other travelers on this small tour of Bali’s top beaches and bars. You’ll travel along the coast in a vintage VW Kombi bus. At each stop, you will be able to try out each bar’s signature drinks and unwind with a view of the beautiful Indian Ocean. The tour makes for killer photo ops, and you will even have a chance to visit the temple of Pura Batu Ngaus. Tours are limited to five people at a time, so you’ll be sure to have an intimate and personable experience.

Bali Beach and Bar Hopping Tour by Custom 1980 VW Kombi Bus

Price: from 66 USD

Duration: 9 hours

Rating: 4/5

Number of Reviews: 17

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2. Go for a traditional Balinese spa (from USD 74)

Traditional Balinese Spa Package in Seminyak

No vacation would be complete without some proper relaxation. While you’re here, 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.

Traditional Balinese Spa Package in Seminyak

Price: from 74 USD

Duration: 5 hours

Number of Reviews: 0

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3. Watch a Kecak show (from USD 35)

Experience a traditional dance while in Bali. The Fire Dance, Kecak Dance and Saghyang Dance highlight traditional cultural practices from the region. There will also be a guide present to explain the significance of what is happening and give you a historical perspective. The experience also includes hotel pick up and drop off for your convenience.

Bali Kecak Dance, Fire Dance and Sanghyang Dance Evening Tour

Price: from 35 USD

Duration: 4 hours

Rating: 4/5

Number of Reviews: 47

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4. Explore the countryside (from USD 36)

For those who like to stay active, or just can’t wait to explore Bali, this full-day cycling tour is perfect for you. Pedal past rice terraces, bamboo forests and beautiful lakes. All entrance fees are included when you are visiting traditional sites or temples. Your local guide will give you an informative tour, and you are sure to make a few new friends while checking out the sights. Free hotel pickup and drop off are included, as is any required equipment for the ride.

Ultimate Bali Countryside Cycling Adventure

Price: from 36 USD

Duration: 8 hours

Rating: 5/5

Number of Reviews: 23

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5. The Slow (from USD 180)

The Slow is a luxurious retreat for an affordable price. It is only a six-minute stroll to the white sand beaches. Suites are furnished with local art, which will give you a unique taste of the culture. There is also a pool, beautiful wood furnishings and modern bathroom with a rain shower. It is approximately 6.8 miles (10.9 km) from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, and within walking distance of local restaurants, shops and entertainment.

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6. Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu (from USD 148)

Indulge in a luxurious and restful vacation at the Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu resort. Guest rooms include air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, modern bathroom and some come with private balconies. Also available are amenities such as a free shuttle service, outdoor pool, free WiFi and a 24-hour front desk. There is plenty to do nearby; it’s a 12-minute walk to the beach, Uluwatu Temple and many local dining options.

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7. Double Six Luxury Hotel (from USD 285)

The Double Six Luxury Hotel boasts breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, and if you are lucky enough to get a balcony ocean view, there will be many spectacular sunsets to savor. The rooms are equipped with large windows, seating, a flat-screen TV, coffee and tea and a private bathroom. Also on the premise is a spa center and various dining options. While you will most likely spend most of your time on the beach, there are plenty of local spots to explore as well. The Ngurah Rai International Airport is also only 3.1 miles (5 km) away.

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8. Udara Bali Yoga Detox and Spa (from USD 93)

Have an unforgettable experience at this beautiful and peaceful resort. Featuring a natural architectural design with wood, stone and local art, the space has a unique atmosphere designed to help you unwind and reconnect. Complimentary yoga classes take place outside and there are also special features such as a meditation cave, juice bar, Finnish sauna and herbal steam bath and spa center. Vegetarian, vegan and organic options are also available. The rooms themselves have a private semi-open bathroom, amenities and beautiful views.

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9. Transportation tips

Taxi
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Don’t take the taxis waiting at the airport as they are over priced, instead go just outside of where all of the taxis are lined up and look for the light blue taxis that will charge you by the meter. Make sure you watch the meter to make sure you are getting a fair price. It’s always a good idea to have an idea or map of where you are going so you don’t get lost.

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10. Haggling advice

Market
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Haggling in markets can be intimidating for some. However, it is important to be aware that as a foreigner you will probably be charged a more expensive price than locals, who know what their money is worth. Try haggling for a lower price until you and the seller can reach an agreement. Be firm, but there’s no need to be rude or take it personally if they won’t accept your first offer.

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The Island of the Gods

Even just stepping off the plane, you’ll certainly know why Bali is known as the Island of the Gods. Not many people are lucky enough to witness the astounding natural beauty, culture and hospitality of Bali, so if you are able to make it out here even if you are taking a solo trip, it is well worth your time. It will certainly be difficult to return to reality after getting used to falling asleep to the lulling sounds of ocean waves and waking up to fresh fruit and warm sunshine. Keep this guide in mind for your next solo trip.

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Katherine is a 24 year old graduate student from the United States. Her latest travels include Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Uganda. Photography and writing are her ideal ways to explore and...Read more

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