Bali

Ultimate guide to things to do in Bali with kids

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.

Mom and son travelers discovering Ubud forest in Monkey forest, Bali Indonesia. Traveling with children concept.

The kids will love

Ubud 

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

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.

Bali is more than a backpacker's destination, with beaches and jungle walks galore. Credit: Shutterstock

Nusa Dua

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. 

Sanur Beach

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.

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Best time to travel

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.

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Traveler standing at the ancient gates of Pura Luhur Lempuyang temple aka Gates of Heaven in Bali, Indonesia.

Getting around Bali

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.

Mara River Safari Lodge Bali Safari and Marine Park
Mara River Safari Lodge Bali Safari and Marine Park

More about Bali for families

Accommodation 

  • Beachside hotels and resorts are great options for families at most beaches in Bali. Most hotels offer family packages, offering rooms for four or more, and in many hotels kids under 12 stay for free.
  • Resorts are particularly family-friendly. Many have kid’s games and activity rooms, children’s programs, supervised pool and beach zones and offer babysitter and childcare services.
  • Villas, particularly in Seminyak, offer a more independent option for families. Often self-catering, villas create a vastly different environment of a quiet and relaxed holiday. This is great option for older kids or teenagers.
  • Homestays with a Balinese family are another option – great for kids making friends with locals and for immersing the family into the island’s culture.

What to pack

  • A baby carrier and portable changing mat are recommended – Bali’s streets and beachfronts are largely unsuitable for strollers, and baby changing facilities are uncommon.
  • Portable children’s car seats are an essential if you are intended to hire a car or driver. Car seats can be very difficult to find in Bali.
  • Good sun protection – sunscreen and hats are essential, as well as insect repellent particularly for nature walks and in the evenings. 
  • Standard baby and child essentials – nappies, baby food and other supplies – are available throughout most areas from supermarkets and stores such as Carrefour.

 

Planning 

  • Vaccinations for Hepatitis A and Typhoid are recommended before travel to Bali, as well as checking that all regular childhood vaccinations are up to date.
  • Ensure to talk to your children about not drinking or brushing teeth with any untreated tap water in Bali. Bottled water is widely available in most areas. Check with resort and hotel staff about whether the water is safe to drink and use in their facilities. Whenever in doubt, it is best to stick to bottled water.
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Feb/March – Adelaide Fringe

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September – Royal Adelaide Show

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October – OzAsia Festival

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