Written by Junanto Xu
Co-written by Elsa Marie, Afina Najib, and Oceana Setaysha
Edited by Beverley Lennon
Are you ready to see the world on your own? There’s nothing quite like travelling alone, planning your own itinerary, choosing whether you want to sleep in today, fill your day with activities or treat yourself to a day of getting lost and pampered.
As avid travellers, we have learned that we would never travel if we always had to rely on and wait for others to book their ticket so we sometimes journey off on our own. Perhaps, them not going, could be the best thing that could ever happen.
No squad, no problem. If you ask us, our favourite destination for solo travelling is nowhere else than the magnificent Island of the Gods! With its plethora of beautiful places, hospitable people and unique experiences, Bali is the place where you realise your solo travel dreams! So if you refuse to wait, just go!
Here are the top things to do on your own when you’re travelling solo to Bali (from personal experiences too!).
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Immerse in the otherworldly culture of Bali
1. See a spiritual pillar atop a cliff at Uluwatu Temple
Perched atop a 70-metre-high cliff, with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, the Uluwatu Temple is one of Bali’s best sea temples you can’t miss during your trip.
Every day during sunset, crowds gather at the temple for a breathtaking view of the orange ocean reflecting the setting sun. Don’t forget to catch the Kecak dance performance at sunset too!
*TripCanvas Tip: Reach at 4pm to get a good seat for the Kecak Dance.
Temple entrance fee: Rp. 30,000 (approximately USD $2)
Kecak Dance ticket price: Rp. 100,000 (Approximately USD $8.10)
Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali (Coordinates here)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 9am – 6pm (Open 24 hours for worship purposes)
Kecak Dance performing hours: Mon – Sun 6pm – 7pm
Towering high in the Bukit Peninsula of Bali is Indonesia’s (World’s 15th) tallest statue of all time, Garuda Wisnu Kencana.
The iconic cultural park is dedicated to embrace and preserve the art, cultural, culinary, and spiritual values of the island of Bali. Throughout the year, several cultural performances and events are held here to introduce tourists to the authentic arts and talents of Bali.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
Price Range: Locals from Rp. 75,000 (Approximately USD $5.27) for adults and Rp. 57,000 (Approximately USD $4) for children; Foreigners from Rp. 115,000 (Approximately USD $8.08) for adults and Rp. 95,000 (Approximately USD $6.67) for children Website
Address: Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan, Kuta Selatan, Badung 80364, Bali
Contact: +62 361 700 808
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 8am – 10pm. Check performance schedule here.
Get a grasp on the beauty of Bali’s coastline
3. Wander into a cave – The Suluban Beach
Everyone knows Suluban Beach as a surfers’ paradise, but Suluban Cave might just be the real treasure here.
Looking almost like a movie set from the Pirates of the Caribbean series with its otherworldly glamour, Suluban Cave oozes both mystery and mystique.
The Suluban Beach
Parking fees: Rp. 5,000 for motorbikes (Approximately USD $0.35) and Rp. 15,000 for cars (Approximately USD $1,05)
Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361 (Coordinates here)
4. Chase the sunset on a beanbag-dotted beach – Double Six Beach
This has got to be one of Bali’s most Instagrammed sunsets – and for good reason! With perfect golden hues and flamboyant Balinese umbrellas dotting the vast stretch of beach, this may be the most colourful sunset you’ll ever see.
TripCanvas Tip: Reach by 5.45pm for front row seats!
Double Six Beach
Address: Jl. Double Six, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali (Coordinates here)
5. Abandoned Utopia – Green Bowl Beach
Named because of its algae-covered rocks that are seen at low tide, Green Bowl Beach could have become the next big tourist destination. But the demolishment of nearby Bali Cliff Resort left the beach as an abandoned paradise, which remains known to only a select few.
Green Bowl Beach
Entrance fee: Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35)
Address: Jl. Pura Batu Pageh, Ungasan (Coordinates here)
Travel tip: The tide could be very high in the morning (it can reach all the way to the bottom of the stairs), hence it’s recommended to visit the beach around noon till 3 pm when the tide is low.
Master local craftsmanship at a one-day workshop
6. Make Indonesian batik!
As you walk around in Bali, you may notice some of the locals wearing bright, beautifully-patterned sarongs and shirts. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this print, it’s called batik.
There are a few places on the island that teach how to make batik. Widya Batik in Gianyar (which receives particularly good reviews from guests) and Batik Popiler in Denpasar are two options you can consider.
Price: Rp. 450,000 (Approximately USD $29.60) for a 5-hour workshop lesson Website
Address: Jl. Sriwedari No. 61 Br. Tegallantang, Ubud, Bali
Contact: +62 81 7976 4154
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, classes start from 10am to 3pm
Price: Rp. 200,000 (Approximately USD $13.15) for batik class (reservation required) Website
Address: JL. Wr Supratman No. 306 Tohpati, Denpasar, Bali
Contact: [email protected]/ +62 361 463 597
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 9am – 5pm (Please call prior to your batik class)
7. Design silver jewellery like a Balinese silversmith at Studio Perak
Owned by Pak Ketut, this locally-run jewellery business boasts the making of stunning, contemporary art pieces inspired by nature. Involving silver as well as semi-precious stones, you can be sure that these Balinese treasures are as fine as they get!
Price: Rp. 400,000 (Approximately USD $26.31) for a 3-hour workshop lesson Website
Address: JI. Hanoman, Ubud 80571, Gianyar, Bali
Contact: +62 361 974244
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat, Half Day Classes from 9am to 12pm
Go chase hidden and exotic waterfalls
8. Step down into the rarified beauty of Tukad Cepung Waterfall
You must have heard all about Bali’s majestic waterfalls. Unknown to most people and only recently discovered by travellers, Tukad Cepung Waterfall stands almost virgin and unexplored.
This is as close to nature as you can get! You will have to climb a flight of steps to get to this beauty, so gear up accordingly.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Entrance fee: Rp. 15,000 (Approximately USD $1.07)
Address: Jalan Tembuku, Dusun Penida Kelod, Tembuku, Bangli regency (Coordinates here)
9. A waterfall pool that you can lounge in – Tegenungan Waterfall
Tegenungan is one of the few waterfalls in Bali that aren’t situated in the highlands or mountains. Unique for its lush green surroundings and heavy water flow, Tegenungan is perfect for swimming and enjoying fresh water.
P.S. This hipster waterfall is located right at the D’tukad River Club! 😉
Entrance fee: Rp. 15,000 per person (Approximately USD $1)
Address: Jalan Ir. Sutami, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80581, Indonesia (Coordinates here)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 7am – 6pm
Pamper yourself with an affordable spa session!
10. The spa haven for shopaholics – Kimberly Spa
Owning several outlets in Bali, Kimberly Spa promises a professional and relaxing body treatments like no other. After a long day of exploring the Island of Gods, what’s a better way to pamper yourselves than with magic hands?
Price: From Rp. 115,000 (Approximately USD $8.13) for a 1-hour Traditional Balinese Massage Website
Address: Jl. Raya Seminyak No.16, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Contact: +62 851 0115 2015 / +62 82 247 999 111
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 9am – 11pm
11. Royal treatment on a budget – @Ease Spa
This is actually one of our personal tried-and-tested favourites! This spa has little to no presence online – it doesn’t even have a website! But you know what they say, all the gems are hidden offline… until now that is.
Price: From Rp. 85,000 (Approximately USD $6.50) for a 1-hour Traditional Balinese Massage before 2 pm
Address: Jl. Sunset Road 999, Simpang Siur, Kuta 80232, Indonesia
Contact: +62 819 9950 7999 / +62 812 2251 3999
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 10am – 10pm
12. A Fully Organic Spa?: Cantika Spa
Truly one-of-a-kind, Cantika Spa is situated right in mystical Ubud. You will need to walk through rice paddies to get here, and it will be well worth the journey and visit!
Price: From Rp. 150,000 (Approximately USD $9.88) for a 1-hour Traditional Balinese Massage Website
Address: Jalan Subak Sok Wayah, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Contact: +62 851 0094 4425 / +62 361 794 4425
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 9am – 7pm
Pick some unique souvenirs for your loved ones
13. Find authentic art at Sukawati Art Market
When we were here, we were blown away by the sheer size of Sukawati Art Market.
Here, you will find an extensive range of items. Handmade bags, wooden ethnic bowls, crockery, those popular comfortable batik pants, dresses, and insanely gorgeous shell items!
Sukawati Art Market
Price range: From Rp. 30,000 (Approximately USD $2)
Address: Jl Raya Sukawati, Bali, Indonesia (Coordinates here)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 8am – 7pm
14. Hunt for treasures in the busy street of Ubud – Ubud Main Street
Don’t let the busy and crowded Ubud main street intimidate you! Stroll along and you’ll find that the street is packed with endless wonders ranging from unique artisanal shops (We recommend Threads of Life and Utama Spice), quirky and creative eateries (we recommend Paradiso Ubud and MyWarung) to magnificent holy sites (we recommend Saraswati Temple).
Ubud Main Street
Address: Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali (Coordinates here)
Have a meet-and-greet session with Mother Nature
15. Go on a refreshing morning walk at Campuhan Ridge Walk
Holidays are rare moments in life when we can ditch alarm clocks in favour of having the sun shine on us… but trust us, the sunrise walk at Campuhan Ridge Walk will be worth the early morning alarm clock you nearly snoozed.
This is a beautiful paved walk that is best enjoyed around 6 to 7am, right before the scorching hot sun rises fully. It’s a short trek that can be enjoyed as a self-discovery experience! Enjoy scenic views of endless greenery as you trudge towards the paddy fields at the end of the trek – what a perfect start to your day!
Campuhan Ridge Walk
Address: Address: Kelusa, Payangan, Jl. Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia (Coordinates here)
16. Will monkeys let you into their kingdom? – Ubud Monkey Forest
Step into the wilderness and venture deep into the kingdom of monkeys. Here, hundreds of friendly and funny primates are waiting to welcome you to the thrilling jungle life!
Ubud Monkey Forest
Entrance fee: Rp. 50,000 (Approximately USD $3.54) for adults and Rp. 40,000 (Approximately USD $2.83) for children Website
Address: Monkey Forest Street – Padangtegal Ubud Gianyar – Bali
Contact: +62 361 971304 / +62 361 972774
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 8.30am – 6pm
Ready for ultimate feels of freedom? Tell your friends and family you’re leaving and tag them below! What else would you like to know about solo travelling in Bali?
PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!
|PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you! |