Posted on May 25, 2016
Travelling alone has now become a trend for many soul-searching travellers worldwide, and Bali appears to be one of the most popular destinations for those planning to embark on a vacation without any travel buddies around. The movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ further strengthen this idea. But, unlike Julia Roberts, who was travelling to forget her unsuccessful relationship, many tourists are now going on this one-of-a-kind journey in their lives to reflect and mostly to unwind. In fact, more than 80% of travellers prefer independent solo travel, where over 70% said they fancy international travel than to tour locally.
But, travelling alone requires preparation, especially on the things you want to do in this vacation. Here are some activities you can do when you plan to visit Bali alone this summer:
Traffic is also apparent in many parts of Bali, especially in the city and top tourist spots. Instead of renting a vehicle (car or scooter), which may ruin the whole nature experience, consider cycling. There are plenty of great cycling routes in the island that make one close to nature – from high mountains to near fresh lakes. One of the most popular routes is the Kintamani Mountains, a 40-kilometer track that comes with downhill and uphill roads. The four-hour peddling will take you to the picturesque Batur Lake, surrounded by green luscious mountains.
Bike rentals are also available in major tourist spots, such as Kuta, Ubud, and Nusa Dua. Learn how to barter like the locals to be able to get the best price for a quality bike (rental fee shouldn’t be above $5 a day).
Bali is one of the more than 17,508 islands in Indonesia that offers tourists ample of diving opportunities and a well-preserved marine life that is home to Manta Rays, Reef sharks, Bumphead parrotfish, and large Great Barracuda. Many so-called sea monsters can also be found in Bali, such as the massive Sunfish, Hairy Frogfish, and the Mimic Octopus. This is not surprising as Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, an area with the highest biodiversity of marine species. In fact, the area alone houses more than 500 reef building coral species, which is 7 times as many as those found in the entire Caribbean.
There are plenty of diving sites one can try in Bali, such as the 100m wide rocky islet of Menjangan that offers seven beautiful diving spots that are untouched and uninhabited. It’s common to come close with the friendly Bat Fish in this region, but when the current is in the channel, expect to see big pelgic, such as tuna, bull sharks, dolphins, and whale sharks. But, the most popular and ideal for all divers is the Padangbai (Padang Bay) that also comes with 7 different diving sites, offering great coral gardens and active marine life, where one can spot the very rare blue-ringed octopus.
Other diving spots include Sanur, Amed, Tulamben, and Nusa Penida.
Given its amazing waters spanning from left to right and strong winds that create the best waves, Bali is a haven for all types of surfers. The majority of surfers in this water came from abroad, mostly Americans and Australians, but the local surfers from Java or Lombok have also started visiting the island during surfing seasons (May to September). Based on a resource about surfing holidays in Bali, there are different amazing surfing spots to consider:
4. Padang Padang
Don’t worry if it’s your first time, as surfing lessons are available around the beach, as well as renting of quality surfboards.
Hiking & Camping
For those who are into trekking, camping, and hiking, the mountains in Bali are popular spots for extreme adventures. Not like the other hiking spots in the world, some mountains here contain ridge rivers where one can try water rafting. Although the volcanoes are active, they have become major destinations for many foreign travellers. One of the most popular hiking trails is the Mount Batur, a 1,717-meter high volcanic mountain that offers hikes impressive mountain ranges and a sight of the breathtaking Lake Batur from above. The West Bali National Park is also another impressive hiking destination for nature-lovers, which is located at the outermost western side of Bali. It is highly conserved by local government as it is a habitat for one of the most important species on the island, the endemic and endangered Bali starling. It is also a home to different animals (wild pigs, muncak, iguana, etc.), over 200 species of plants, and 300 different species of birds. However, not all areas are safe for hiking.
Are you planning to travel Bali soon? Or have you already travelled in Bali? In case your have some tips share them with us in the comment section 🙂 Terima kasih! Suksuma!
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About the Author
Thanks for reading this article! My name is Silvia and I’m from Slovakia. I’m passionate about entrepreneurship, marketing, traveling, surfing, photography and I’m in the search of the best ways how to combine it all. Over the past 3 years I changed my lifestyle completely. From an employee in a larger company I started freelancing and working online to be location independent. What drives me is the idea that if I want to, I can book a ticket and go surfing anywhere in the world and stay as long as I want. Also, I gathered lot of content and ideas inspired by beautiful people, places and products. I blog and organize presentations about these topics. Safe travels!