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*’.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
All Images: Sheridan Murphy