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Solo Female Traveler Guide: Finding The Best Place to Stay in Bali

Updated 04 Mar 2024

Going on a solo journey to Bali promises an adventure filled with breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural experiences and the chance to meet welcoming locals. Although traveling solo as a female traveler might come with some challenges, you will definitely have an adventure that will be memorable by the end of your journey. To make sure your trip is as fun and smooth as possible, here’s a detailed guide on how to navigate Bali safely without a hitch as a solo female traveler.

Choosing Your Place to Stay


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Ubud is renowned for its natural beauty, sprawling rice terraces and strong cultural vibe. It’s the perfect place for those seeking peace, artistic inspiration and a deeper understanding of Balinese traditions. Engage in various yoga classes, art workshops and culinary tours. Visit the sacred Monkey Forest, explore ancient temples and enjoy traditional dance performances to make the most of your time in Ubud.


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Canggu nowadays is the go-to spot for the young and the restless. With its active surf scene, multiple lively cafes and beach clubs, it’s ideal for those looking for an active holiday and social nightlife. Here, you can take surfing lessons, enjoy beachfront parties and explore trendy shops and cafes while you’re in Canggu. Just keep in mind the traffic since it can get jam packed on the peak hours.

If you’re torn between Ubud and Canggu, check out our article Should I Go to Ubud or Canggu First? for guidance


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Seminyak offers an upscale experience with its luxury resorts, high-end shopping and fine dining. It caters to travelers who are looking for comfort and sophistication. Seminyak is the best place if you want to Indulge in spa treatments, shop at designer boutiques and enjoy gourmet meals at beachfront restaurants. It’s best to keep in mind that the traffic is quite similar to Canggu if you visit during peak hours.

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This island is a haven for those looking to escape the crowds of Bali’s main tourist spots. It’s perfect for diving, snorkeling and island hopping. Here, you can explore beautiful coral reefs, visit the mangrove forest and relax on secluded beaches. The place is suitable for those who are looking for a relatively quieter place but still want to enjoy the beach life vibe.

Packing the Essentials

The Right Clothing

Balinese culture values modesty, especially in temples and sacred sites. Dressing respectfully is a sign of respect. Choose lightweight, loose clothing that covers knees and shoulders. Sarongs are incredibly versatile and can be used as a cover-up for temple visits.

Sun Protection

Bali’s tropical climate means the sun can be a little bit intense. Protecting your skin is essential to avoid sunburn and heatstroke, get yourself some High-SPF sunscreen and choose reef-safe sunscreen to protect the marine environment. Remember to also pack some head protection such as hats and sunglasses in order to have the best protection while you are enjoying the beautiful weather of Bali.

Eco-Friendly Practice 

Lately, Bali has been dealing with the side effects of over-tourism, which have a significant impact on its environment. It’s a good idea to also take part in preserving the natural beauty of Bali. One of the things you could do is by minimizing waste as it is crucial in maintaining Bali’s natural beauty. A reusable water bottle, shopping bag and bamboo cutlery set. These items help reduce plastic waste and are easy to carry around.

Getting Around Safely

Scooter Rentals

Scooters offer freedom but come with risks. Only rent if you’re an experienced rider and always prioritize safety. Always wear a helmet, have an international driver’s license and familiarize yourself with local traffic rules.

Ridesharing Apps

Apps like Gojek and Grab are convenient and offer transparent pricing, avoiding the hassle of bargaining with taxi drivers. Ensure the vehicle matches the app’s description and share your ride details with someone you trust.

Guided Tours

Joining guided tours for activities like diving or hiking ensures safety and provides a chance to meet other travelers. Choose small-group tours with reputable companies for a more intimate and personalized experience.

For hassle-free adventures and local insights, check out our article on Hiring a Driver in Bali. Learn how a skilled driver can enhance your Bali experience.

Local Insights

Temple Etiquette

Dress modestly, remove shoes before entering and follow local customs to show respect. Be mindful of religious ceremonies and use quiet voices to maintain the sacredness of these spaces. Another thing to keep in mind for solo female travelers is to take into consideration your “time of the month” whenever you are visiting one of the balinese temples, since women on their period are not allowed to enter these sacred places.

Environmental Awareness

Opt for eco-friendly lodgings that practice sustainable tourism. Use refillable water bottles and avoid plastic bags to lessen your environmental impact. Having your own set of reusable cutlery or straws is also advised in order to preserve the nature of Bali and doing your part to help the environment.

Check out our article on Do’s and Don’ts in Bali Indonesia.

Staying Safe in Bali as a Solo Female Travelers

Trust Your Instincts

Although Bali in general is relatively safe, it’s a good idea to trust your instinct whenever something feels kinda wrong. If a situation feels off, trust your gut feeling and remove yourself from it. Be mindful of your surroundings and avoid risky & desolate areas, especially at night.

Keep in Touch

In order to ensure your safety while you’re out there having fun, make sure to let your accommodation know your plans and check in regularly. Carry a charged phone, know local emergency numbers and have a personal safety app installed.

Avoid Scams

Familiarize yourself with common tourist scams to avoid falling victim to it. If possible, remember to always use reputable services for tours, activities and transportation. This will also save you the hassle of doing everything by yourself and let you have more time to enjoy the journey.

For more travel insights and tips for your Bali journey, check out our article on Things I Wish I Knew Before Going to Bali

Bali Belly Prevention

Bali Belly is a common occurrence for first time tourists on Bali. To avoid the infamous stomach upsets and spending your time in the hospital while you’re in Bali, avoid unhygienic foods and keep in mind to always eat at clean, reputable establishments such as our Woods Bali.

By following these detailed tips and insights, you can navigate Bali with confidence and respect for its culture and environment. Welcome the journey with an open heart and mind and Bali will undoubtedly offer you an unforgettable solo travel experience.

rifka arianti

rifka arianti

Journeying through life with a camera in hand, Rifka Setia Arianti is a passionate explorer of the world's diverse landscapes. Currently settled in Bali as a web designer, her lens captures the essence of her travels, weaving together a tapestry of stories that encapsulate her love for both photography and adventure.

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