Sunset at Nusa Dua Beach with small temple in the background

7 Ways To Travel Responsibly In Bali

26 August 2019
Read Time: 5.3 mins

Bali continues to be a popular holiday destination, so it’s no secret that Aussies love the place. Next time we head back for holidays, we can give Indonesia a little extra TLC by supporting responsible tourism practices to minimise our impact on the environment. Here are seven ways you can travel more sustainably to Bali with almost no effort, so you can get back to ‘work*’. 

*Booking flights to Bali

1. Pack Light

Guaranteed, you’ve come back from holidays and a few things in your suitcase weren’t utilised. Next time, why not try travelling with carry-on. Opt to take your toothbrush, favourite outfit and comfortable flats.  You’ll save money on checked baggage, save time waiting for luggage and save the airline a bit of fuel.

Two chairs and the view of a man-made water feature at the Sofitel Nusa Dua Less time waiting for baggage, more time in places like this. Captured at the Sofitel Nusa Dua.

2. Dig a little deeper

If a resort is dedicated to saving the environment, you can bet that information is going to be available on their website. Alternatively, ask your Flight Centre Travel Expert for their recommendation of sustainable hotel options. Melia Hotel in Nusa Dua has led by example ever since it became the first resort in Asia with an EarthCheck certification for its green initiatives. Looking for a pool villa that’s sustainable? Easy!

Sunset at Nusa Dua Beach with small temple in the background Nusa Dua beach promises a peaceful sunset.

3. Sip away

Happy hour just got a whole lot greener thanks to Indonesia’s official ban on single-use plastics, which came into effect in July, 2019. Sip your cocktail via bamboo straw totally guilt free next time you’re poolside in Bali. Better yet, round up the gang for a cocktail safari in a VW Kombi van with Urban Adventures.

One purple cocktail next to a coconut with ocean in the background Cocktails are sweeter through a bamboo or paper straw! Tried and tested in Canggu.

4. Eat local 

Set out on foot to support local businesses by joining a street eats tour. Chat with the vendors as you watch them create a variety of Indonesian snacks before getting to taste test yourself. Don’t stress if you make a mess, as Buffalo Tours has recently introduced Pure Napkins (in lieu of wet towels), an eco-friendly, compressed napkin that expands with a dash of water. Foodies rejoice!

Indonesian treats served in the afternoon with a side of herbal tea. How could you say no?

5. Shop plastic free 

Anyone heading to Bali probably doesn’t require additional encouragement to shop but here it is anyway: make use of that reusable bag. Take it to the markets, take it to the spa, take it to the beach, take it everywhere! 

Lush tropical garden with stone pathway leading to a wooden door. Take your green bag to green spaces.

6. Pedal to the metal 

Ditch the car and see the sights of Bali by bike. Cruise through the rice fields in Ubud, or use the footpath to ride between beaches. If you’re an early riser, perhaps you would enjoy a half-day Sanur Sunrise Cycling tour with Buffalo Tours? No fuel emissions here!

Monkey sitting on a wall among the forest in Ubud Who knows, you might even run into one of these guys on your cycling tour.

7. Indulge in a little relaxation 

These days you can even source eco friendly spa treatments. Think: facials, hair masks, massages, manicures and pedicures. Spa Aila in Ubud has created its own products using locally grown ingredients, including virgin coconut oil sourced from villages in East Bali. If you’re looking to take your treatment to the next level, request the secluded Cliff Edge Spa Cabana at Alila’s property in Seminyak for views of the Indian Ocean when you come up from the massage table. 

Hotel compendium with page open about how Alila Ubud works with the community and spa menu Alila Ubud had me at "How We Work with the Community"

All Images: Sheridan Murphy

Convinced you can travel responsibly to Bali? So are we. Book your flights today!

Want some more inspiration? Check out our Bali Travel Guide!

Sheridan Murphy

Experience Sheridan's experience

Community and Content Coordinator Sheridan Murphy doesn’t just love travel, she lives it. If you want to work in Canada, volunteer in Fiji, stay with monks in Mount Emei, fly along the New York skyline, ride a camel in Abu Dhabi, trek the Great Wall of China, cruise the South Pacific or be kissed by a Greek in Corfu (on both cheeks)... be sure to follow along on Instagram @sheridanleemurphy.