Indonesia’s most popular holiday island makes for a fantastic getaway for the whole family. Bali has a great variety of beaches to choose from, all with individual attractions and activities for the whole family to participate in. Some areas offer non-stop entertainments and exciting expeditions, while others embrace a low-key island atmosphere.
Young children are loved in Bali, welcomed everywhere and a hit with the locals. Easy to get around, effortlessly entertaining and a uniquely welcoming atmosphere – Bali truly is a wonderful destination for families.
Ubud is full of activities for children of all ages to keep entertained – visit monkey-filled temples, dance and explore around Ubud Palace, take guided eco-tours and bird watching walks, spend time in Ubud Monkey Forest, tube ride down the Siap River and zipline across the treetops.
Seminyak offers a unique villa experience for families. With private pools, organised activities for kids and quieter beaches, Seminyak is a great beach for a more relaxed vacation. Pura Luhur Ulu Wata is a beautiful and important Hindu temple often shrouded by friendly monkeys. About an hour south of Seminyak Beach, the temple makes a worthwhile day trip.
With sprawling family resorts across the beachfronts, Nusa Dua is an activity-centric hub. Many resorts are luxurious and expansive with several playgrounds, water parks and programs for kids. Most spill onto the beach and incorporate beach sports and activities as part of these programs, all well supervised.
Mostly low-key resorts dot the shoreline of this uncrowded and serene destination. The surf is low and gentle – perfect for young children to wade and swim across the 5km shoreline. Among Sanur’s attractions are snorkelling for young kids, Sindhu flea and street markets and authentic Balinese cooking classes.
Bali is a fantastic destination throughout most times of the year. The best times to visit Bali are the shoulder seasons, May to June and September. This is the best time for many activities such as diving, snorkelling and other water-sports, and has some of the best weather the island experiences, bringing a welcome drop in humidity. Good accommodation deals are available during these months.
Low season, lasting late January to April, and October to November, is a beautiful time to visit. The rainy season means the island is particularly lush and green – rainfall is not often too intense and travel during this season is still recommended, with the majority of activities still running. There are impressive deals to be made on accommodation and airfares.
High season coincides with peak holiday times in Australia – July to August and December to early January. Accommodation and flight rates increase by approximately 50% and many hotels book out well in advance. The Christmas and New Year period is the busiest time.
Young children are cherished in Bali. It is considered polite and usual for strangers to introduce themselves and ask young children’s age, sex and name. Young kids will feel very welcome across all areas of the island and be treated kindly by the locals.
Bus travel is convenient for getting around Bali. The island is relatively small and all destinations are accessible via bus routes. Tourist buses are the most affordable and convenient for most destinations, run by the two major companies Kura-Kura Bus and Perama. Services are offered from most tourist areas. For destinations not scheduled by these companies, public buses are available. There can sometimes be longer waits for these buses but they are generally reasonably efficient and very affordable for longer routes.
Car rental is very affordable in Bali and makes travel between destinations, including those less popular, particularly convenient. Good deals can be made with walk-in rentals and there is no need to book pre-departure. Vehicle insurance is often included in the price of the rental, always check upon booking.
Hiring a driver is a fantastic, and affordable, way to travel with bigger groups – great for large families. Local drivers can offer a wealth of knowledge on the best sites and tourist destinations across the island. Hotels and resorts can offer advice on the most reliable driver-hire companies.
Taxi travel is convenient and relatively cheap. Taxis are common in areas such as Seminyak and Sanur, but less common in Ubud. The best company is Blue Bird Taxi and it is widely recommended to only travel with this taxi company. Keep aware of taxi scams such as faked broken metres, ‘fixed fare’ claims and long detours.
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