There’s a new side to Bali that’s getting a lot of attention: eco-tourism. This means traveling in a way that’s kind to the environment and the local people. So we’re talking about a eco-friendly vacation. It is known that this is a work in progress as well as a lot of improvements are on the way on the current environmental challenges.
The importance of Eco-Tourism
More and more people want to travel without harming the planet. That’s what eco-tourism is all about. More than just a trend; it’s a big change in how we think about travel. It’s about enjoying a place while also taking care of it. And Bali is a great place to do just that.
When we talk about eco-tourism, we’re talking about cutting down on things that harm the environment. One big thing is the carbon footprint. This is the amount of carbon dioxide we release into the air when we do things like drive cars or fly in planes. In Bali, there are many ways to travel that are better for the environment, like cycling or using electronic vehicles. Even staying at eco-resorts helps!
Plastic is another problem. It can harm animals and pollute the land and sea. In Bali, many places are trying to use less plastic. In the Badung area, plastic bags aren’t used by supermarkets anymore for example. They’re using reusable bags.
But there’s more we can do. We can respect nature and not disturb animals and we can learn about local customs and be kind to the people we meet. We can also join in activities that help the environment. (more on that at the end of this article)
In short, eco-tourism is about enjoying Bali while also doing good. It’s about making sure Bali stays beautiful for everyone to enjoy in the future. You could say Sustainable travel!
What is Eco-Tourism?
Eco-tourism is a special kind of travel. It’s all about enjoying beautiful places in a way that’s good for the environment and the people who live there. It’s not just about taking photos and leaving your footprints.
Eco-tourism is like a three-legged stool. One leg is conservation, which means taking care of nature and wildlife. The second leg is communities, which means helping local people benefit from visitors. The third leg is sustainable travel, which means traveling in a way that can keep going for a long time without causing harm.
All three legs need to be strong and balanced. If one leg is weak, the whole thing can fall over. So, eco-tourism is about finding the right balance between taking care of nature, helping local people, and enjoying our travels.
Why Eco-Tourism Matters Everywhere, Especially in Bali
This type of tourism is making a big difference around the world. It’s helping to protect nature, support local people, and teach travelers about the importance of being kind to our planet.
Bali is a perfect example. It’s a beautiful island that many people want to visit. But too many visitors can cause problems, like too much trash or harm to wildlife. Eco-tourism helps solve these problems. It shows that we can enjoy Bali’s beauty in a way that’s good for the island and its people.
In short, eco-tourism in Bali is a win-win. It’s good for travelers, better for the environment, and good for local communities.
Top activities In Bali that are eco-friendly
just a few examples and there are plenty more eco friendly things to do in Bali.
Cycling Around Ubud, Sanur Nusa Dua
Ubud is the heart of Bali’s culture. One of the best ways to see its beauty is on two wheels. Grab a bike and pedal through the green fields, past local markets, and alongside peaceful temples. The Ubud Art Market is a must-visit. And don’t miss the Saraswati Temple with its lovely lotus pond. As you cycle, you’ll see the real Bali – its nature, art, and daily life.
Listening to Traditional Music
Bali has its own special music. It’s called rindik. This music is made with bamboo instruments. When you listen, you’ll hear soft, calming sounds. It’s like the music of Bali’s soul. Close your eyes and let the gentle beats take you on a journey.
Eating at Eco-Friendly Restaurants
Food in Bali is a treat. And it’s even better when it’s eco-friendly. Places like Moksa Ubud serve dishes made from fresh, local ingredients. Imagine biting into crispy tempeh with a tangy salad. Or tasting spicy eggplant rendang with warm turmeric rice. It’s a feast for your taste buds and good for the planet too. I’ve listed all vegan places in Ubud.
Visit Taman Sari Buwana: Bali Village Life
Want to feel the real Bali? Head to Taman Sari Buwana. Here, you can join in local farming activities. You’ll learn about traditional ways of life and feel the fresh air of Bali’s countryside. Plus, you can make your own canang sari, a special offering basket. It’s a hands-on way to connect with Bali’s traditions.
Exploring Traditional Textiles at Tenganan Village
Bali has a rich history of making textiles. In Tenganan Village, you can see this art in action. Watch as locals weave beautiful patterns. Feel the textures of the fabrics. You can even learn a few weaving tricks. It’s a chance to touch and feel Bali’s artistic side.
Marine Conservation Dive
Bali’s underwater world is breathtaking. Join a marine conservation dive to explore the vibrant coral reefs. Not only will you swim with colorful fish, but you’ll also learn about coral planting and protecting marine life. It’s an adventure that helps the ocean.
Bamboo Building Workshops
Bamboo is a wonder material. It’s strong, flexible, and grows fast. In Bali, there are workshops where you can learn to build with bamboo. You’ll see how this eco-friendly material can be used to make houses, furniture, and even art.
Forest Trekking in West Bali National Park
Put on your hiking shoes and explore the West Bali National Park. This park is home to unique animals like the Bali Starling. As you trek, you’ll walk under tall trees, spot wildlife, and learn about the forest’s importance. Plus, the guides often share stories about local plants and their uses.
Organic Cooking Classes
Bali’s food is delicious. And it’s even better when it’s organic. Join a cooking class where you’ll use fresh, eco-friendly ingredients. You’ll learn to make dishes like lawar salad and ayam betutu. And the best part? You get to eat what you cook!
Bird Watching in Bali Barat
Bali is home to many beautiful birds. Grab a pair of binoculars and head to Bali Barat. Here, you can spot birds like the Java Sparrow and the Black-winged Starling. It’s a peaceful way to connect with nature and learn about Bali’s feathered friends.
Sustainable Travel Tips for Bali
Pack Smart with Reusable Items
Traveling can create a lot of waste, but it doesn’t have to. One of the best things you can do is pack reusable items. Think about bringing your own water bottle, cloth bags, and even metal straws. This way, you won’t need to use single-use plastics. It’s a simple step that can make your trip zero-waste.
Travel Light and Feel Right
Have you ever thought about the benefits of packing lightly? Less luggage means less weight for vehicles to carry, which can save on fuel. Plus, it’s easier for you to move around. So, choose versatile clothes and only pack what you really need. It’s better for the planet and can make your trip more enjoyable.
Save Energy Where You Stay
Whether you’re staying in a hotel, guesthouse, or villa, think about how you use energy. Turn off lights when you leave a room. Use fans instead of air conditioning when you can. Save water by not immediately washing your hotel towel after 1 use or 1 day. Small actions can make a big difference.
The Future of Eco-Tourism in Bali
Local Heroes: Businesses and Communities
Bali’s heart beats strong because of its people. Local businesses and communities are stepping up. They’re making big promises to protect the island’s beauty. From eco-friendly hotels to green markets, there’s a push to do things better. And it’s not just about making money. It’s about caring for the land, the sea, and the traditions that make Bali special.
Travelers: The New Eco-Ambassadors
Every traveler has a part to play. When you visit Bali, you’re not just a guest; you’re an eco-ambassador. By choosing green tours, eating at sustainable restaurants, and respecting local customs, you send a message. It’s a message that says you care. And the more travelers spread this message, the bigger the change we can make.
Bali’s Green Dream
Bali has a dream. It’s a vision of a future where nature thrives, traditions are honored, and visitors leave a positive mark. Plans are in place to plant more trees, clean up the seas, and teach the next generation about the environment. It’s a big dream, but with the help of locals and travelers, it can come true.
Bali is on a journey. It’s a journey towards a greener, brighter future. And every person who visits plays a part in this story. So, as you plan your next trip, think about the future of Bali and how you can be a part of its green dream.
How can you as a tourist contribute in different ways?
You can choose to donate to one of the organizations that help improve the environment in different ways. Donating helps with equipment, resources, education, and whatever is required so that these organizations get to keep making their amazing contribution.
I recommend checking out the following organizations:
- Trash Hero Indonesia
- Bye Bye Plastic Bags, since their website is down this is their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/byebyeplasticbags/
- Sungai Watch
Hi I am Dwi. I am a blogger, travel agent and a mom of a lovely daughter and wife to a supportive husband. I customize and plan tours in Bali and islands nearby for a living and have been doing this for more than 14 years. Get in touch via contact [at] taletravels.com