Is Bali Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Bali is relatively safe for solo female travelers. The locals are generally friendly and respectful. However, minor issues like pickpocketing or taxi scams can happen occasionally. It's advised to be cautious particularly in crowded areas and at night. The island is overall safe assuming you take the necessary precautions.

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How safe is Bali?

Safety at nightModerate

Bali generally has a warm community and a lot of tourists around, providing some sense of safety. However, walking alone at night isn't recommended mainly due to poorly lit areas and uneven sidewalks. Moreover, while violent crime is lower, petty crimes such as pickpocketing or bag-snatching can occur, especially in crowded areas or tourist hotspots. Hiring a reputable taxi or using a ride-sharing app is a good option when you have to move around at night.

Public transportationModerate

Public transportation in Bali, including buses and minivans, is generally reliable. Most locals use these means of transport, making it relatively safe during its operational hours. However, there could be instances of overcrowding during peak hours and the routes aren't always straightforward, which might be challenging for a foreign traveler. Taxis are more convenient, although it's essential to use a reputable company. It's advisable to stay cautious and informed about your journey details.

Street harassmentLow

Bali generally has a welcoming and respectful mindset towards women, both locals and tourists. Street harassment is usually minimal and less commonly encountered compared to some other global tourist destinations, but it can occur occasionally like anywhere else. The harassment might take the form of persistent street vendors and over-friendly locals. It's always important to stay vigilant, practise good safety habits, and be assertive when necessary.

Petty crimesModerate

Bali witness some occurrences of petty crimes like pickpocketing or bag snatching, particularly in crowded places and on beaches. Also, drink spiking and credit card fraud are not unheard of. Always be vigilant about your belongings and surroundings. Nevertheless, locals are generally friendly and helpful.

Tap waterVery unsafe

Drinking tap water in Bali is strongly discouraged due to high contamination risks. Often it's not treated to a level making it safe to consume directly from the tap. It's recommended to drink only bottled or purified water to avoid any potential health implications like Bali belly.

Is Indonesia safe right now?

Travelers planning to visit Indonesia should exercise increased caution due to reported threats of terrorism, potential natural disasters, political and social tensions, and general security risks. It is recommended to stay alert, informed, and aware of their surroundings. Travelers should also consider avoiding areas identified as having an increased risk. -*-
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United States Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States Government advises to exercise increased caution in Indonesia due to terrorism and natural disasters. Certain areas carry an increased risk. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 24, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian Government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Indonesia. This is due to the political and social tensions, as well as the threat of terrorism throughout the country. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: February 20, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Australian Government advises to exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia overall, due to security risks. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: February 14, 2024

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Overall rating

Rating summary

Things to do

4.5/5

Safety

4.4/5

Food

4.6/5

Budget-friendly

4.4/5

Solo travel experience

I spent 3 weeks in Bali in September. It was a solo travel trip. I had a wonderful time! I always felt safe. I hired a driver, who drove me everywhere I wanted to go. I was in Ubud, Seminyak and Jimbaran. I love Bali.

Posted: February 8, 2024
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Solo travel experience

Was there for a little less than a month, had an amazing time. A great place for solo travellers, it's very safe and people are super friendly. Lots ot tourists in the main city areas yet not hard to find quite and peaceful places to stay. Spent about 40 dollars per day(including diving and medical bills), while spending pretty generously. Amazing diving places on the islands. Very recommended 🌺

Posted: February 5, 2024Experienced: September, 2023
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Lisa

Lisa

Germany

Solo travel experience

Bali was a blast. Definitely felt safe to solo travel as a woman. I usually booked dorms in hostels which was very cheap ~10€/night usually including breakfast. Some parts of Bali are Muslim where I felt a little unsafer tbh but still fine. I can definitely recommend going to an ashram for yoga and meditation practice if you’re into that (I’ve been to ananda ashram in Ubud). 🧘🏼‍♀️

Posted: February 4, 2024
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Solo travel experience

Bali was awesome for me! Had a blast exploring, felt super safe, and getting around was a breeze. Beaches, temples, and yummy food—so many cool things to do. Bali's a perfect mix of adventure and chill vibes. Loved every bit of it!

Posted: January 21, 2024
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Couple travel experience

Bali was an amazing experience. Don't travel during December if you can't tolerate heat. Always carry water and local currency. Most places have toilets, but they will charge if you visit temples, etc. Local food and beach clubs are a must-try. If you go shopping, always bargain to half the price they say. Overall safe, but you'll find a lot of people trying to scam you, so be aware.

Posted: January 10, 2024
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Solo travel experience

Felt totally safe. Too much spiritual woo woo from the digital nomads capitalising on people’s vulnerabilities. Full of lovely locals. Tourists can be idiots. It’s an easy holiday if you don’t want to think too much

Posted: December 31, 2023
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Caroline

Caroline (30)

Denmark

Solo travel experience

I spent almost 3 weeks exploring Bali and the island Gili T. I have been at many solo adventures, however this is in the top. I felt so safe the entire time. The people there is the kindest and most loving I have ever encountered. The food was delicious, the waves were spectacular and made surfing even more joyable, I met the most amazing people on the way, which was so easy as everyone is so warm hearted. I avoided Canggu, as it has become even more touristy after Covid-19, and should have turned into a true party destination. Which was not what I wanted to explore. Instead I went volcano hiking, snorkeling with sea turtles, surfing enormous waves, eat local food, trekking rice fields, catching waterfalls and much more 🙌🏼 10/10 can highly recommend

Posted: November 19, 2023Experienced: November, 2022
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Solo travel experience

Bali is heavily geared towards tourists and it doesn't feel authentic, but that's why this place seems very familiar and I always felt safe there. Bali was nice, but I was a bit disappointed. There are lots of beach clubs and parties.

Posted: October 25, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I went alone, it is beautiful, safe and affordable. I stayed in Ubud, toured the rice fields on a motorcycle and participated in excursions to temples.

Posted: September 2, 2023
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Connie

Connie

United Kingdom

Family travel experience

I took my mum to Bali for her 50th birthday. We did not do budget for this trip as I wanted luxury for the special occasion. We did Ubud, Seminyak & Uluwatu. We also did a day to Nusa Penida which I felt was too touristy! We felt very safe in Bali in general & had a fantastic experience. However, I think back packing/less luxury would feel slightly different as there were a lot of people travelling on mopeds etc & the roads were very busy so I’m not sure I’d have felt safe doing that.

Posted: July 3, 2023
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Lucy

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Hi, I’m Lucy. 19 years old ,art student. love solo travel, started trying to be a digital nomad ,love animals ,nature ,culture, food, romance, music,art and so on. Friends are very important to me, laughing and running with my friends, nothing comes close to that . 🥰

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Neo

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I'm a 34yrs young african lady looking to go to new places, make new friends, and explore a different exciting side of life.

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Kelly

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Hey I’m Kelly! I’m a small town country girl in Canada. Grew up on the ranch. Continue to raise horses as well as dabble in photography. I also love energy healing work and am very interested in other cultures, and visiting sacred ancient sites around the world. I love meditation and hot yoga and stay active at the gym. Anything outdoors is great, but love down time and spa days too. Looking to go to Brazil this year and Bali next year.

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Hello I'm windy, I am originally from Indonesia but living in Italy. I have traveled to more than 30 countries.

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