Bali for families: 15 things to do in Bali with kids
The island of Gods makes a perfect holiday in Bali for families. On the island are plenty of fun activities and things to do. Beautiful beaches, greener than green rice paddies, water parks, animal parks, and delicious food that can also be enjoyed when traveling with kids. A Bali holiday means a lot of entertainment for the whole family. Bali has got a lot of family friendly hotels with a lot of things to do for kids, good restaurants and transport to make it easy for families to travel around the island. Our team has lived, traveled and visited Bali numerous times with their family and we’d love to share our top 15 fun things to do in Bali with kids.
Why Bali for families is a great idea!
Maybe the best thing about visiting Bali with kids is that the locals absolutely love children! Kids in Bali get a lot of attention from everybody, especially in restaurants and hotels. Besides that the locals adore kids, Bali has got perfect family beaches and activities. There are plenty of All-Inclusive hotels in the Nusa Dua area which cater perfectly for families. Many of these hotels have family rooms, pools, playgrounds and kids clubs. A holiday in Bali in one of these hotels means a fun holiday for your kids and a very relaxing holiday for you!
Bali with toddlers: choose your locations and accommodations wisely
If you’re planning a Bali trip with a toddler make sure you choose your locations and accommodations wisely. Not all areas in Bali are suitable for toddlers. Nusa Dua makes a very good location for families with small kids, since the beaches and waters are calm. Sanur is also a very good option for a Bali family holiday. Traveling around the island can be a bit of challenge as it’s difficult to walk the streets with a stroller but a lot of it is mindset as well. We did some really nice rice field trekkings with a baby carrier and that went perfectly for hikes up to maximum 2,5 hours in the early morning when the sun wasn’t at it’s hottest yet. When you hire a car with driver for a day, you can explore some of the inland areas. It’s easy to book a nice villa with pool or book a room in a hotel with a pool where you can enjoy the afternoons playing in the water. A good thing to realize is that there are not many parks in Bali. Some of the sights, like the water palace in the east, have nice areas where you can set up a picknick but mainly you’re depending on restaurants/warungs when traveling inlands.
Things to do in Bali with kids: family activities
Alright, let’s move into the things to do in Bali with kids. There are so many family activities: waterparks, animals, beautiful and calm beaches, enjoying delicious food, exploring rural areas on a bicycle, you name it, Bali has it! Trust us when we say you won’t have a boring day during your stay in Bali with your family.
1. A culinary family trip to Bali
Going to Bali with kids doesn’t mean that you can’t have a culinary experience. Bali has got a lot of food suitable for kids, such as nasi goreng, mie goreng and tender sate with peanut sauce. To experience the true Bali tastes, you must go on a Bali street food tour! With this trip, a local guide will take you to the best local eateries for the best street food Bali. You will learn about local Balinese dishes and you also get to taste these mouthwatering dishes! This way your kids can try several dishes that are typical for Bali. It is guaranteed a fun thing to do on Bali with kids!
2. Swim with turtles in the Gili islands
Around a 2-hour fast boat ride from Sanur, Bali you will find the 3 gorgeous islands. They’re called the Gili Islands: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. These small coral islands make a perfect spot for swimming and snorkeling with turtles. The tropical vibes and crystal-clear water make these islands an awesome place to spend a couple of days. If you don’t want the hassle you can book this fun island tour that will take you to Gili Trawangan and Gili Air. Be prepared for 3 days of snorkeling and amaze yourself about the incredible underwater life you find here: colorful corals, tropical fishes, and enormous sea turtles. It is a magical experience that your kids will love!
3. Have breakfast with orangutans
What, breakfast with orangutans? That’s right! You can enjoy your breakfast with the kings of the jungle at Bali Zoo. Your kids will love it! You can either travel to the Bali Zoo yourself or order a pickup service. The day starts with a delicious breakfast with fresh fruit, freshly baked bread, fried rice, pancakes, cereal and plenty of more tasty dishes. And all of this while watching the orangutans in their playgrounds.
4. Visit a waterpark
One of the most fun things to do in Bali with kids is visiting a water park. Bali has a few waterparks for you to enjoy, so you can even visit different ones to keep in fun and interesting for the whole family. We actually really love Splash Waterpark with its speedy waterslides. The Speed Racer and Giant Racer are awesome for little adventurists: both slides consist out of 5 floors and a 90-meter-long waterslide! Parents can relax and unwind at the pool while enjoying some food and drinks.
5. Walk underwater
When you are not comfortable snorkeling, but you still feel like exploring the underwater world, the underwater sea walking experience in Nusa Dua is perfect for a holiday in Bali with families! During a tour, you will walk on the bottom of the ocean and enjoy the wonders of the underwater world in a different way than diving or snorkeling. You won’t even have to worry about your hair getting wet! This tour is also great for less experienced swimmers. The instructors will be with you at all times so you can relax and enjoy your time!
6. Visit one of the famous beach clubs
Bali’s beach clubs are not only fun for adults. Families can have a great time enjoying the beach and a pool. Also new families with a baby this can be a great thing to do. You rent a daybed, play with your baby in the pool, have a cocktail or two when he/she is finally sleeping under an umbrella. One of our favorites is Finn’s Beach Club in Canggu. Which is also great to visit with older kids as they offer heaps of entertainment such as trampolines, bowling and access to Splash waterpark.
7. Firefly hunt in remote Bali (departs from Ubud)
Another perfect thing to do in Bali with kids is a firefly tour in the evening! This tour takes place in a remote area on the island in a town called Taro village and departs from Ubud. The surroundings are serene, peaceful and quiet. You will get to meet local families in the village and will be served a tasty dinner in the middle of a gorgeous rice field. If you like a guide will take you around the rice paddies and explain more about the subak irrigation system. While enjoying something to drink, the mysterious fireflies will dance around you! All you hear are the sounds of the jungle: crickets, frogs and geckos!
8. Go chasing waterfalls
A waterfall adventure is always a good idea, also during a family trip. There are many waterfalls on the island that you can visit on your own. We summed up 8 Bali waterfalls that are worth your time. If you like to lay back a bit more than booking a tour might be a good idea. During this waterfall tour you’ll visit both the GitGit waterfall and the Alingaling waterfall. This full day adventure takes place in the north.
9. Go on a night safari
What do kids love more than stay up as late as possible? A night safari at the Bali Safari and Marine Park is a great thing to do in Bali with kids. The park has got more than 60 different species and more than 100 animals. During the tour you will get close to the majestic animals living in the park and see how they live in their natural habitat. After the night safari, a BBQ and a fun entertainment experience await you.
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10. Enjoy and adventure in the north: treetop adventure park
All the way up north you’ll find an awesome treetop adventure park which is great fun for families. The park is suitable for kids 4 years and older or kids 110cm and up. The Treetop Adventure Park has got all different kinds of lines, high and low, for all ages. The staff takes good care of the kids and people who feel less comfortable swinging through the jungle like Tarzan or Jane. If you want to make it a full day adventure then we can recommend booking this fun tour. You’ll visit TreeTop Adventure park but also a temple and botanical gardens.
11. A rafting adventure for families with older kids
When you are traveling to Bali with older kids, a rafting tour is a lot of fun to do. During your rafting adventure on the Telaga Waja River, you’ll enjoy the amazing landscape of Bali. The rafting experience will take you to several Hindu shrines, through valleys, along waterfalls and tropical forest. An experienced guide will join you on the tour and will make you feel safe and comfortable. To round up your rafting adventure a tasty lunch in the wilderness is served.
12. Get busy in the kitchen with a cooking class
Another great thing to do in Bali for families is getting busy in the kitchen with a cooking class. Both you and your kids will learn everything there is to learn about the Balinese ingredients and how to use them in all kinds of dishes. Most tours start with a visit to a local market to collect everything you need before you start cooking. If you’re keen to discover the inlands of the island you can join a firewood cooking class in Sidemen, but also in the south, you find fun cooking experiences for families. Check out the Kuta cooking class and Seminyak cooking class.
13. Visit Ubud: monkey forest, rice paddies and tempels
A visit to the famous monkey forest in Ubud in combination with the gorgeous rice paddies and graceful temples makes a fun, cultural and somewhat adventurous family outing. You can book a private tour that focusses on the Ubud and Tanah Lot area. Your private driver/guide will tell you everything you would like to know about this part of the island and as it’s a private tour there is no rush so you can spend as much time in each place as you like.
14. A downhill cycle passed the rice paddies
If you feel like exploring Bali in a different way, you should definitely go on a cycle trip. It’s a perfect way to get away from the busy life in Bali and enjoy the peaceful scenery areas of rural Bali. This easy cycle tour takes you to local villages, lush rice fields and all kinds of fun and interesting stops along the way.
15. Chill out and enjoy the beaches!
Last but not least, enjoy your time on the best beaches in Bali. Depending on the age of your kids different beaches are interesting. The beaches in the Kuta/Legian/Seminyak area are more suitable for surfers and kids with body boards. For families with small children, Nusa Dua and Sanur make a perfect spot to spend long and relaxing days at the beach. Both areas are less crowded, the beaches are long stretched, and the water deepens evenly. Both of these areas also have got plenty of child-friendly accommodations and restaurants for you to go to as a family.
A culinary food fest in Bali
If you consider yourself a foodie than please join us on one of our food tours. We’ll promise to surprise you with gorgeous venus and delicious meals in 3 or 4 different locations during the night. If you’re traveling as a family then the Bali street food tour is an absolute must. If your kids are a bit older and can stay up till around mid-night than joining us for one of our Seminyak tours is definitely worth your while.