Female Solo Traveler in Bali – What to Do & Where to Go?

Since the global success of Elizabeth Gilberts Eat, Pray, Love the island of Bali has become a mecca of inspiration and personal evolution for solo female traveler. In its ecological beauty, depth of ceremony, and thriving wellness scene, Bali is an alluring, safe, and profound place in which to find yourself and discover depths you never knew existed. Traveling as a woman alone is empowering and incredibly liberating. Where no one knows you, you have a chance to recreate yourself, and perhaps because the concept of traveling as a female solo is culturally foreign to the Balinese, you will be met with unparalleled kindness and a feeling of safety in the Hindu culture. Wondering what to do and where to go when exploring Bali alone? We have compiled the ULTIMATE GUIDE for self discovery and expansion in one of the most welcoming places on Earth.
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10 Tips for female solo travelers in Bali

What to do & Where to go as a Solo female traveler in Bali?

Solo Female Traveler in Bali #1 –  Purify Yourself

Continually infused with wafting incense, Bali is a place where the very air itself feels pregnant with prayer. It is a place to step out of the mind and into the stillness of body and spirit. The perfect way to prepare yourself for the journey is to visit the water temple. Tirta Empul houses a holy water spring which feeds various purification baths, pools, and fish ponds. Ancient and mystical, the temple dates to around 962 AD and provides holy water for priests and a site of ritual purification for the Balinese. Be sure to dress in a sarong, and begin by making an offering at the main temple before immersing yourself in the crystal clear waters, thought to have curative properties and bring blessings of good fortune and health. While the site is seeped in the energy of ancient ritual and meditative practice, it also presents you with the perfect opportunity to perform your own personal ritual and let go of all that no longer serves you, a great way to kick off solo travelling in Bali!

Tirta Empul temple can also be visited through a Kintamani volcano day tour.

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Purification ritual at Tirta Empul – Photo Credit to Samantha Brown

A fantastic alternative to the ritual at Tirta Empul, is experiencing the water blessing with the youngest high priestess in the small village of Bangli, at 25 Km from Ubud.

Youngest High Priestess Healing Ritual Experience
Youngest High Priestess Healing Ritual Experience

The high priestess will invite you to connect to Mother Earth and consciously release all that no longer serves you. This unique experience is full of balinese culture and anyone interested in spirituality will love to meet the High Priestess.

Meet the high priestess

Solo Female Traveler in Bali #2 – Heal

Bali is renowned for its intuitive and skilled spiritual healers or Balians. Cokorda Rai, one of the oldest healers in Bali, has developed his own way of healing and reading a persons body/mind condition that is rooted in his knowledge of Sacred Balinese Scriptures, meditation, rituals, and asceticism. He uses the nadimeridian points, mantras and mudras, sacred healing tantric drawings, as well as home-made phytotherapy, healing oils, and herbal medicine used in a shamanic way. A visit to this Traditional Healer can be life changing and result in physical, mental, and spiritual rebalancing, aura clearing (where disease is believed to start), enhancing purpose and sense of direction, stimulating passion for life, healing of traumas and scars of the heart, as well an array of conditions such as physical pains and ailments, fertility issues, detoxification, and overall immune boosting. This is an experience only to be had in Bali and perfecting fitting to delving deeper into yourself when traveling alone in Bali.

Discover more spiritual experiences, here.

SPIRITUAL HEALING EXPERIENCE WITH A MASTER HEALER
Meeting with Balinese healers in the heart of Ubud

Meet with a Master Healer

Solo Female Traveler in Bali #3 – Cook

Indonesia is made up of 6,000 inhabited islands and over 300 ethnic groups, contributing to a cuisine of diverse cultural influence and intense flavours. During a cooking class in Bali with a chef, you are likely to find yourself in a rustically charming semi-outdoor kitchen, overlooking terraced rice paddies and nearly drunk with bliss at the wafting aromas, simmered in the traditional way. You will visit the markets with a local, opening up a whole new world of previously unknown spices, fruits, and vegetables. Creatively inspired by a culture that brings art into all it does, you will experience cooking with fragrant seeds, roots, and vegetables all enriched by germination in mineral infused volcanic soils.  Taking a  culinary adventure combined with hiking in the east of Bali (For those who don’t feel like hiking, this cooking class can be combined to a fishing adventure, or even mountain biking.) or a private cooking class with a balinese family are also two unique experiences to bring out your inner chef and take home skills to last a lifetime. Among, all the options of things to do when travelling Bali as a solo female, cooking is a wonderfully nurturing and indulgent activity.

Read here about Ivy’s culinary adventure in the East of Bali.

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Chef Penny giving a cooking class at Bali Asli

 

Solo Female Traveler in Bali #4 – Adventure

Bali offers an array of adventurous activities that will get your adrenaline pumping and offer you the perfect opportunity for solo female traveler in Bali to work through fears and ignite the dormant fire within you! Depending on what floats your boatyou might try paragliding, whitewater rafting by night, bath & breakfast with elephants, or even sea walking!

PARAGLIDING OVER BALI'S SPECTACULAR COAST
Paragliding over Bali’s spectacular Coast

You could even adventure off the island and meet fellow solo travelers by joining a cruise to the neighbouring Island of Lembongan. Imagine yourself on board a luxurious catamaran and making lifetime connections while on your way to an island of stunning beauty and colourful underwater gardens. It doesnt get any better than this!

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Day Cruise in Lembongan

Solo Female Traveler in Bali #5 – Shop

Bali, particularly the town of Ubud, is a shoppers paradise. With stylish boutiques and eclectic shops you will surely ending up buying another suitcase as well! The local market houses a wide variety of colourful sarongs, many of which are made of silk, and crotched tops galore. For a more upscale experience, you might also visit the high end shops of Seminyak. Traveling as a solo female in Bali is the perfect opportunity for some retail therapy at your own pace and for as long as your heart desires!

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Shopping in Ubud – Photo by Theblondeabroad

Solo Female Traveler in Bali #6 – Make an offering

The act of making a colourful offering of woven palm leaf, flowers, and food is rich in symbolism and deeply embedded in Balinese daily life. To take a workshop in offering making is an unforgettable immersion in Balinese culture and may even influence your own personal practice of seeking balance in your life.

Balinese offerings
Balinese offerings in Bali

 

Solo Female Traveler in Bali #7 – Wander

Bali is the perfect place to let your inner voice guide you and delight in the discovery of the unexpected. Rent a scooter for a day and armed with your GPS, just drive! You will be amazed at what you might uncover as the streets are full of vibrant culture and ceremony at every turn. If you prefer to be on foot, stroll the rice paddies around Ubud for a tranquil and reflective inner experience that can be incredibly special to experience as a solo female traveler in Bali. 

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Ricefields of Ubud – Photograph by Joia

Experiencing a full day tour of photography with a professional photographer and a real Indonesia Insider is also a great way to wander through less-touristic places of Bali, and get the best photographic session!

FULL DAY PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR - AGUNG SUNRISE, BALINESE LIFE & MORE
photography with a professional photographer and a real Indonesia Insider

Solo Female Traveler in Bali #8 – Eat

From succulent seafood on the coast, to a thriving organic raw food and vegetarian scene in Ubud, Bali is a food lovers paradise. Venture out on your own or join a food safari tour for an exclusive and mysterious culinary experience. A must-do for solo female traveler in Bali!

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Food Safari Tour around Jimbaran

Solo Female Traveler in Bali #9  – Nurture your mind, body, and soul

Ubud is a special hub of yoga, meditation, and personal development, all ideal activities for a solo female traveller in Bali. You might also delve into natural beauty and learn about making plant-based face creams, scrubs, and beauty masks. In a workshop to empower your radiance, you will also learn massage techniques, Balinese healing secrets, and even get a one hour facial massage!

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Meditation & Rejuvenation in Ubud – Photograph by Joia

Solo Female Traveler in Bali #10 – Learn & Grow

Develop a new craft and also master the art of decision making with endless opportunities for learning that include a Silver Making Class, becoming a Balinese rice farmer for a day, making your own perfume, or learning about mask carving, Balinese Batik making, Lontar Weaving, Fruit Carving , Bamboo Carving, Stone Carving, Wood Carving, Ceramics, or Photography. The options are endless! You might also get into your body by taking a Traditional Balinese Dance Workshop and then round it all off by letting loose in ecstatic dance at The Yoga Barn.

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Homemade beauty product workshop in Ubud, Bali

 

Exploring as a solo female traveler in Bali is truly a privilege and an experience many yearn for. Purifying, cooking, healing, adventuring, shopping, offering, wandering, eating, nurturing and learning in your own company is the best gift you can gift to yourself. In Bali, the veil between spiritual and material is thin. Particularly when traveling with the openness going it solo, the island is guaranteed to transform you, as though she knows exactly what you need.

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Joia in Bali – Author of this inspiring article for female solo traveler

DISCOVER MORE EXPERIENCES IN BALI

 

If you’re not sure yet, if you should travel solo as a woman, check out this article: 8 Things I’ve learned as a Female Solo Traveler.

by Joia Holman

 
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6 thoughts on “Female Solo Traveler in Bali – What to Do & Where to Go?

  1. Thanks so much it looks incredible and would love to visit Bali but have never taken a holiday alone.
    This looks perfect ..the main thing is it’s safe…
    Looks like I can practice yoga and visit the water temple would you recommend Ubud to stay?

    1. Hi Gina,

      Ubud is a great place to stay in Bali, very chill, safe and a lot of things to do for female travelers. Don’t hesitate to contact us at support@eoasia.com if you wish to receive any special recommendations.

      Wishing you an excellent day !

  2. I did my first solo trip last year to Bali as a 48 year old woman! I stayed in Ubud, and wandered the rice fileds, found the most amazing places to eat outside of main Ubud, in the rice fields. I felt completely safe walking on my own at night. Also found a beautiful yoga studio, again on the tracks in the rice fields. Was a wonderful experience, and I met lots of other solo female travellers of all ages and from all over the world!

  3. I have just booked flights to Bali for June! So excited but have no idea what to do so this is a great article to start with – thank you!

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