Top 5 things to do for solo travellers in Bali

Holidaying on your own in Bali? From the island’s most tranquil yoga spots to the best café for digital nomads, here’s how to do Bali solo.

Solo traveller views a rice paddy in front of her.
  • Jenny Hewett
  • January 2020

Geospatial consultant and digital nomad Anthony Fowlestone has had plenty of experience travelling solo in the Asia-Pacific. He gives his expert tips on the best things to do when holidaying alone in Bali.

Go diving off Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is just a 30-minute fast boat ride from the main island of Bali and Blue Corner Dive opens in new window there is my go-to for adventures below the sea. I love the diversity of diving options around Lembongan, like the coral-clad Ceningan Wall or Manta Point off Nusa Penida where you can swim with manta rays. The dive centre has a great atmosphere and owner Andrew Taylor is a marine biologist who also dedicates time to inspiring coral restoration projects. opens in new window

A diver next to a stingray underwater
There is a diversity of diving options around Lembongan.

Work from a café in Canggu

If you’re looking to catch up on work, head to Zin Café, a hub for digital nomads. Two minutes from the beach in Canggu, the earth-toned bamboo pavilion is multi-level with comfy lounges, an inspiring menu (the tuna poke bowl and soft-shelled crab in a brioche bun are fuel for thought) and quality coffee. The co-working space has a fast fibre-optic connection and a laid-back vibe and I find any FOMO I often associate with opening my laptop quickly dissipates. opens in new window

People working from their laptops in a cafe in Bali.
Digital nomad? You'll love Zin Cafe's tasty menu and comfy couches.

Do yoga in Seminyak

A tranquil tree house hidden in one of Bali’s busiest areas, Yoga 108 Bali in Seminyak is an intimate loft-style space offering a range of classes.  I always end up chatting to other travellers and the atmosphere is a refreshing departure from many of the larger shalas thanks to charismatic owner Jessie. His pragmatic approach is delivered with humour: the self-described “human mechanic” is averse to spiritual fluff – and sandy feet – in his studio. opens in new window

Go mountain biking near Mount Agung

When I need to reset, I head to the Alila Manggis opens in new window hotel on the island’s sleepy east. There’s something to be said for the sense of immersion that exploring a place by bike affords you. From Lempuyang Temple in the shadow of Mount Agung to the white sand beach of Pasir Putih, the hotel’s mountain bike tour offers the ultimate in nature bathing. Winding through forests and villages, you learn about local life through the captivating stories of a guide before a dip in the ocean and a lunch of grilled fish. Alternatively, Infinity Mountain Biking opens in new window offers longer two- and three-day cultural and adventure tours around Bali.

Someone practising yoga by a temple in Bali.
Lempuyang Temple is a great spot for practising yoga.

Go surfing at Shipwrecks on Nusa Lembongan

In the surfing community, Bali is known as “the land of the lefts”. My stance is regular and for a change from Bali’s left-handers, I head to Shipwrecks on Nusa Lembongan for a quality right. The reef break is marked by a rusted ship’s bow along an exposed neighbouring reef and is known for its tight barrels and large open faces – just watch out for metal and coral at low tide. The furthest break out along Jungut Batu Bay, Shipwrecks can be reached from shore by a quick boat ride. But if you are feeling particularly enthusiastic, the 700-metre paddle with the silhouette of Mount Agung in the distance will wake you up.

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