You can dip your toes in a little bit of everything when you come to Bali. The villas are luxurious, the coconuts are plentiful, and the food is absolutely mouthwatering.
AT A GLANCE
Where: Bali is located on the Indian Ocean in Southeast Asia, between Java to the West and Lombok to the East. Bali is precisely 8 degrees south of the equator.
Best For: Surfing, Yoga, Photoshoots, and Waterfall Adventures
Language: Indonesian and Balinese. English is also spoken in many tourist areas, and even some broken English throughout the roads less traveled.
Religion: Hindu. While Indonesia is a Muslim country, Bali in the Hindu exception.
Population: 4.3 million (not accounting for all the tourists living on and off the island)
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
Cards & Cash: You can withdraw IDR from the ATMs in Bali using your debit card for home. Many restaurants, hotels, and shops accept credit cards as well. Visa is widely accepted, AMEX is sometimes accepted, and Discover is not accepted. For tours, drivers, boat tickets, and the Nusas, plan on using cash cash cash.
Visa: Western passports get 30-days free on arrival at the airport. Want to stay 60 days? When you land, you’ll see a desk in the middle of the immigration hall. Go there and pay $37 USD / 500 IDR for a 30-day visa that you can extend for another 30-days = 60 days total. Contact BaliViza 10-days before your first visa is expired, and they’ll help you extend your visa. *This does require a visit to Immigration in Denpasar – but it’s just an easy couple of hours.
WHEN TO VISIT
Best Months: April – October
High Season: July – August
Low Season: October – March
Wettest Month: January (3.5 inches of rain per day)
Hottest Month: May (temperatures around 90 degrees)
Most Humid Month: December
Best Surf Months: April to August
TOP 5 AREAS TO CHECK OUT
Spiritual jungle town
Beachy Instagram heaven for foodies
Beach clubs, boutique shopping, fabulous nightlife
Pure island vibes
Bring to Bali
Sunscreen, electric outlet adapters, tampons, an over-the-shoulder purse with a zipper
Leave at Home
Jeans, high heels, hair straightener, curling iron, Discover Card
When traveling from city to city, you’ll hire a private driver who will transport you in an airconditioned car for 200k – 500k per average trip. To find these drivers, check in Facebook groups like ‘Women in Bali’ or ‘Canggu Community’ for fast driver recommendations.
Scooters are the most convenient way to drive around town, but they can be pretty dangerous if you’re not confident enough to weave through traffic. Always wear your helmet and shoes, and don’t drive around the party areas at night. You can rent a bike for less than 100k per day, depending on the area.
Kind of like Uber, but with cars and motorbikes. GoJek is cheap (think $1 for a 5-minute ride) but GoJek is not always welcome in local villages/beach areas.
Motorbike taxi drivers protect their territory…and charge silly prices in places like B2B Beach and Uluwatu. The street taxi drivers in Ubud, however, often offer fair prices. Haggle.
Going to Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan means taking a boat! Most boat companies offer free transfer from your hotel to the pier, and then you’ll be shuttled onto a small ferry speed boat to the islands.
HOW TO GET TO
Fly directly into Denpasar International Airport
• 1-Hour from Jakarta
• 2-Hours 45-minutes from Singapore
• 4.5-hours from Thailand
• 6-hours from Sydney
There are no direct flights from the US or the UK, so this means that you’ll find a flight with a layover…or maybe turn that layover into a mini-vacation while you’re on the other side of the world!
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I just saw a sea turtle. Just steps from my oceanfront terrace there are sea turtles, small white fishing boats, palm trees, and an ocean breeze that is absolutely hypnotizing. The solo travel girls who wind up at Aquaria Eco Resort (and oh, this place is solo girl central) are surrounded by pure tropical nature, locally-sourced food, genuinely happy-to-see-you staff, and travelers who all seem to inexplicably share the same zest for cold beers and deep chats. Eco means eco here.
Ps. The staff take will take care of everything you need. Vegan food, taxis, tours…you name it.
Best for: Solo Travel Girls who need to Hit the Reset Button
How Much: $125
The #1 social hostel in Bali is Puri Garden, located in Ubud with both private rooms and dorms. Puri Garden’s sunny pool is surrounded by lounge chairs, bean bags, and hammocks, perfect for lazy days or chats with international strangers. There are free daily yoga classes, BBQ nights, movie nights, and traditional Balinese dancers! The restaurant attached has a decent Wi-Fi connection and fabulous breakfasts.
Best for: Solo Yoga Girls
How Much: $15 USD for dorms and $65 USD for privates
Where: South of Ubud Center near Yoga Barn
The best hostel for solo girls in Canggu! Farm Hostel makes it easy to meet other travelers with yoga, BBQ nights, and a sunny pool. At night, travelers head out to party together. Just a straight 20-minute walk down Canggu’s main drag takes you past amazing restaurants and boutiques and spits you out at Old Man’s Bar located next to the beach…which also happens to be the biggest beach party spot in Bali.
Best for: Solo Surfer Girls
How Much: $10 USD for dorms and $40 USD for privates
Where: Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong
The best beach is a quiet beach without big groups of tourists! And that beach is right here at Secret Point Huts on Nusa Ceningan. This modern hotel offers picturesque, air-conditioned bungalows just steps to the white sand beach below. You’re also walking distance to The Blue Lagoon and Mahana Point.
*Cars can’t access Nusa Ceningan, so arrange your transport with them ahead of your arrival.
Best for: On-Foot Exploration
How Much: $41 USD
Where: Nusa Ceningan
The BEST walking location in Ubud, this hotel is 3-minutes to Ubud Walking Street, 2-minutes to the sacred Monkey Forest, and across the road from the #1 live music bar – Laughing Buddha Bar. Ubud Village Hotel is perfect for solo travelers who want to get the most out of their Ubud visit.
Best for: Solo Travelers
How Much: $88 USD
Where: Jalan Monkey Forest
A 3-bedroom private-pool villa with air-conditioning and HBO on a tropical island in Bali…it doesn’t get much better than this. Kemiri Villa offers luxury on a budget, especially when splitting the cost 3-ways. Walking distance to restaurants and beaches, too! Use this link to get $30 off your first AirBnb booking!
Best for: Groups and couples
How Much: $125 per night
Where: Jalan Jungut Batu
Located on the most popular street in Ubud, Adiwana Monkey Forest offers restaurants, boutiques, markets, and adventure right at your doorstep. This brand-new, modern hotel has created a lush garden surrounding a big swimming pool – making you feel like you’re in the jungle when you’re actually smack dab in the city center.
Best for: A chic experience with modern amenities
How Much: $133 per night
Where: Jalan Monkey Forest
If chic nightlife, beach clubs and boutique shopping are what you’re after, stay at Dash Hotel, where you can walk to it all! Dash is where I like to stay when I’m in Seminyak. I spend the mornings tanning on the sunny rooftop, my afternoons shopping, and my evenings at Seminyak Beach for sunset. Dash is also right across the street from the famous Potato Head Beach Club, and also, Woo Bar Beach Club.
Best for: Shopping and sunsets within walking distance
How Much: $45 per night
Where: Jalan Petitenget
A stone’s throw away from Berawa Beach, The Haven Suites gives you the most value for your money at less than $200 a night for a beach-access hotel! When booking your room, go for the Pool-access Suite where you can mermaid-slide from your balcony into the swimming pool.
Best for: Beach Vibes and Pool Days
How Much: $180 per night
Where: Berawa Beach
A luxury beachfront resort with an infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean…just say yes. Imagine an afternoon spent in a poolside lounge chair while drinking a cold glass of prosecco, taking a dip into the crisp water, and feeling the sun on your face as it sets into the most beautiful orange and purple sunset. Afterwards, join for an Indonesian BBQ dinner and Balinese dance performance. #Goals
Best for: Treating yo’self
Where: Seminyak Beach
How Much: $325 per night
The best of the best, The Four Seasons Jimbaran is a jaw-dropping hotel with incredible architecture, unbeatable ocean views, and service to make you feel like an absolute queen. Choose from a private pool villa with a secret garden or ocean sunset villas that make you feel like you’re sleeping at the end of the earth.
Best for: A Romantic Splurge
How Much: $750 per night