The solo female guide to Bali and lombok

It’s no secret that Bali is a hot travel destination, however neighboring island Lombok is also gaining some serious traction. Both islands are beautiful and unique in their own way and are a must see if you’re looking for culture, adventure, and beautiful views! If you’re like me and love to challenge yourself by traveling solo, you’ll appreciate the solo female travel guide to Bali and Lombok to help you know where to stay, how to get around, and friendly advice to make sure you get everything you want out of your trip.

Hostels are a great place for solo female travelers to meet other travelers.
Hostels are a great place for solo female travelers to meet other travelers.

Both islands have a great selection of hostels, villas, homestays, etc. When traveling solo as a female, staying at a hostel or homestay is a great option. This way you are surrounded by other travelers, or a nice Indonesian family whose only goal is to make your stay as comfortable as possible. You also get a chance to meet new people that could possibly become lifelong friends. Traveling alone can be daunting, especially as a female solo traveler. It’s natural to be hyper-aware of your surroundings in new situations, so it’s nice to stay somewhere where you can meet like-minded people and relax a bit.

places to stay as a solo female traveler

Staying with an Indonesian family is a great way to immerse yourself in their culture. In some cases you will get unprecedented access to the local culture to round out your travel experience. Indonesian families are some of the most hospitable people I have ever met, so if you’re feeling homesick, a little dose of family time may be exactly what you need. If you’re looking to join other solo travelers, staying in a hostel is the best way to do this. As great as it is to travel completely alone, it can get lonely at times so meeting people that are on the same mission as you can really add an extra layer of fun to your trip. 

Solo travelers invited to celebrate a wedding in a small village located on Lombok.
Solo travelers invited to celebrate a wedding in a small village located on Lombok.

Join an online community

Another great way to meet people on your solo travels is joining Facebook groups like “Canggu Community” or “Living Loving Kuta Lombok Expat Community”. There are also a ton of groups catered to different types of interests, such as beach clean ups, or mountain climbing. As well as the solotravel and Bali sub-Reddits. There is a wealth of information in these groups and a whole lot of new friends to be made!

be aware of the differences between bali and lombok

Whether you decide to travel to Bali, Lombok, or both. The locals are always welcoming and helpful. That being said, being aware of the different religions and cultures between islands is important to have a successful trip. Even though Bali and Lombok are neighboring islands, they have vastly different religions and cultures. Since Bali is primarily Hindu, the Balinese tend to be more relaxed about clothing and alcohol consumption. Lombok is mostly Muslim, so they are much more conservative. Be sure to pack a light cover up to wear in Lombok when you’re not on the beach or in resort areas. Also, be mindful of alcohol consumption when in less touristy areas. 

Transportation options

There are a couple of different transportation options in both Bali and Lombok. You could either hire local transport such as a taxi, or a private car. There is also the option of downloading the Go-Jek and Grab app where you could call a car or a scooter directly from the app. Fun fact: these apps also do food delivery from just about any restaurant! 

Out of all modes of transportation, Go-Jek and Grab are the cheapest options, but be aware of the local taxi mafia who give Go-Jek and Grab drivers a hard time in certain areas, so it might be a bit tricky navigating around this. However, I’ve never had any issues calling a Go-Jek or Grab, but I’ve heard stories of people not able to get a driver because of the area they were in. A little trick you could use if you run into this issue is to tell the Go-Jek or Grab driver to meet you in areas that are less busy like a side road or a street or two away. 

Solo female traveler in Lombok learning to ride a motorbike.
Solo female traveler in Lombok learning to ride a motorbike.

be more independent on a scooter

Since Lombok is less busy than Bali, it’s a great place to learn how to ride a scooter if you don’t already know how. You can rent a scooter for about 50,000 IDR a day which is a great money saver and will give you the freedom to travel where you want, when you want. Just make sure you’re driving on the right side of the road!


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