Hands down one of the best places in South East Asia for a family holiday is Bali. A holiday in Bali caters for all sorts of families. Families who love adventure, families who want to laze by the pool, families who love shopping, families that love luxury, families that are on a tight budget and families that want a bit of it all. So here is a Guest Post about 10 Things to do in Bali with Kids.
Your time in Bali can be spent sightseeing every day, laying by the pool or the way I like it – a bit of both.
Here are my top tips for things to do in Bali with Kids, particularly for first timers. If you’d like to read Melissa’s guest post on Where to Stay in Bali with Kids you can head over to read that.
- Tegalalang Rice Terraces
One of most popular Bali tourist attractions is the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. Tegalalang Rice Terraces is located a 25-minute drive from Ubud and is famous for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies as far as your eyes can see. Visitors can either sit and admire its beauty or climb down and trek through the fields.
Shops and restaurants line the main road next to the terraces and some offer fantastic views across the terraces.
- Enjoy your Resorts facilitates – including Kids Club
The best family resorts in Bali have some fantastic facilities with gorgeous swimming pools, restaurants and bars. Be sure to spend some time hanging around your hotel making use of these facilities and if you have the time; go and check out other hotels facilities, which is fine to do provided you purchase food and drinks from the hotels restaurants.
If you are staying at one of the Bali hotels with kids’ club, no doubt your little ones are going to want to spend some time there too.
- Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Dance Performance
The Uluwatu Temple is perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 metres above sea level and has stunning sunsets. Each day upon sunset visitors can watch the Kecak dance performances.
A small forest lies in the front of temple where hundreds of monkeys live. Kids and adults alike will be amused watching the monkeys get into mischief around the temple.
- Have a Massage and Spa Treatment
Treat the entire family to some pampering. There are multiple places in Bali that you can be pampered with a massage or various spa treatments such as pedicures, manicures, facials and body scrubs. You can enjoy these treatments on the beach, in a day spa or massage parlor. Prices can range depending upon the venue, but generally a 1-hour body massage starts at 70,000 IRD.
No matter where you stay in Bali you will find plenty of shops, stalls, and markets to barter with the locals for t shirts, home wares, artwork, watches and jewelry or pick up a bargain at one of the several shopping malls.
- Bali Safari & Marine Park
The Bali Safari & Marine Park covers 40 hectares of land and is home to over 60 species of animals, all of which roam free in large enclosures like their natural habitats. Animals are from three regions – Indonesia, India and Africa and include spotted deer, Himalayan bears, Indian white tigers, nilgai, black bucks, African hippos, zebras, camels, ostriches, baboons, blue wildebeests, and lions.
- Spend the Day at Nusa Lembongan Island
Spend the day exploring the gorgeous island of Nusa Lembongan, home to some fantastic marine life and gorgeous beaches. Activities include snorkeling, submarine coral viewing, island cultural walk, banana boat rides and delicious food.
- Tanah Lot Temple
Located 20 km from Kuta, Tanah Lot Temple is a popular due to its offshore setting and spectacular sunset backdrops. At low tide visitors can walk across to view the temple from the rock base. Although you cannot enter the temple grounds, the panoramic views are stunning.
Be sure to visit close to sunset so you can take the kids to see the dance performance.
- Explore Ubud
Visit the Ubud Market, locally referred to as “Pasar Seni Ubud”, that sells everything from clothes, sarongs, souvenirs, and handicrafts.
Ubud Monkey Forest, also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest, is one of the best things to do in Ubud. The forest is home to the grey long-tailed macaques. The whole family will love watching these playful mischievous monkeys in their natural habitat, swinging through canopies, lazing along pathways or feeding on bananas.
For families with kids able to ride bikes, joining a bicycle tour is a fantastic way to explore the gorgeous surrounds of rural Bali.
- Hire a Driver and Explore the Island
Make a list of all your must-see Bali attractions from this list, hire yourself a car with a driver and start exploring. In Bali you can arrange a driver and car for around $55 USD for 10 hours.
For an Complete Guide to Traveling Bali with Kids do have a read of this wonderful post from Wild Junket.
Melissa is the creator and writer for the Thrifty Family Travels website; which details her family’s travels both locally and across the globe. Together they travel the world, experience new cultures, indulge in local delicacies, and explore every corner of our beautiful earth, navigating their way around the world. Thrifty Family Travels hope to inspire other families to travel and to show them all the fantastic places the world has to explore.