Temega Treehouse : Explore from Above and Dine in a Bamboo House!
This beauty was made Mr. Komang Sakran and consists of two treehouses planted in sprawling greenery, surrounded by a stunning view. The space is like an obstacle course as it is multi-storeyed, and well connected through bamboo-made suspension bridges! Kids will absolutely love it - it is possible to start climbing right from the tables by the eating zone right up to the tree house and lavish in the lush green view.
Your children can explore the wild side of nature without straying too far from your watchful eyes. It also has a beautiful restaurant where you can fulfill your cravings with the best of Indonesian yummies.
Entry fees: For adults : IDR 10,000 / USD 0.75. For children under 12:IDRRp 5,000 / USD 0.38
Location: Jl. Raya Tirta Gangga, Temega, Karangasem.
Timing: 7am – 6pm
Tip: For pure safety purposes, we advice you not to leave children under the age of 4 voyaging too much too far across the suspension bridges. Let them experience the adventure with an adult safely holding on!
Big Tree Farms Bamboo Chocolate Factory : Go Bonkers on Chocolate!
A trip to this chocolate factory is one of the best things to do with your kids in Bali. Officially the world’s largest commercial bamboo structure, Big Tree Farms Bamboo Chocolate Factory sprawls over 2,3000 square feet and is built three stories high, giving kids a wide run of the land. This place gives you an inside scoop on the entire chocolate making process, from bean to bar.
This is an education that the little ones will much appreciate! If you wish to learn more about the art of chocolate making, make inquiries for they usually share their knowledge through a series of workshops and classes. Get a sugar rush as you experience the various chocolates for yourselves. Don’t forget to stock up on chocolate freshly made in this sustainable farm, before you leave!
Fees: (1) Group Tour : Per person: IDR 40,000 if reserved. IDR 60,000 if drop-in. Free for children under 3.
(2) Private Tour : Per person : IDR 120,000
Location: Piakan, Kabupaten Badung.
Timing: Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm
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Waterbom Bali : Set Loose Your Inner Kid, With Your Kids
Asia’s best water park is not a place to be missed at any cost, when you are looking for things to do Bali with your kids. This place is literally a playground with water - which we all know to be the best holiday combination ever, especially in a tropical place like Bali. The numerous slides, pools and rivers are set across 3.8 whopping hectares of land, glowing green with tropical plantations that give you the total feel of adventuring in the jungle.
Whether your plan is to have a lazy day with the kids or go out of breath on the craziest of slides, this place is for you! There are many awesome things to do in Kuta where you can take the feel of many of the extreme sports . You have no reason to worry for your kids’ safety, either; the entire park is built to surpass international standards. Even the water is specially salted and chlorinated just the right amount to take care of that precious young skin!
Fees: (1) Adults: IDR 520 for 1 day pass, IDR 880 for 2 day pass
(2) Children (below 12) : IDR 370 for 1 day pass, IDR 620 for 2 day pass
Location: Jl. Kartika, Tuban, Kuta, Kabupaten Badun.
Timing: Everyday, 9am – 6pm
Tip: Kids get cranky in lines, as do some adults. We completely understand, which is why we recommend online booking! Head over to : http://portal.waterbom-bali.com
Rumah Pohon : A Treehouse Nestled in the Forest
Rumah Pohon features treehouse and cottage stays in a location that will make you forget the mundanities of daily existence. It is the best place to stay at while travelling in Bali with kids. The treehouse is literally atop a high tree, outfitted with cosy rooms and even providing Wi-Fi access.
The couple running Rumah Pohon are extremely kind and make breakfasts that will turn even the most stubborn of kids into health food freaks! The luxury over here is the fact that you are deep within a forest, untouched by the pain and pollution of city life. You can show your kids what real life looks like, and how they can enjoy it to the max. For those with a more adventurous vein, you can zip line from Rumah Pohon! Now that is an experience you cannot miss.
The Inter Continental Bali Resort : Pamper Yourself in This Ultimate Indulgence
Stepping into this fairytale of a resort immediately means leaving behind the normal world for the pampering of a lifetime. The sprawling, regal rooms of the hotel are fully fitted with a large LCD to enjoy some entertainment on, WiFi to stay in touched with loved ones and enough supplies for teas and coffees.
With luxurious bathtubs to pamper yourself in a hotel surrounded by lush pools and gardens for the young ones to go wild in, staying at the Inter Continental Bali is definitely a must-do thing while travelling Bali with kids.
Location : Jl. Raya Uluwatu No.45, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung.
Tip: Book a stay in one of the newly-renovated Singaraja Room fro experience an exotic blend of Balinese art and culture alongside modern, global amenities!
All Aboard! Adventures with The Pirate Dinner Cruise
You can spend an evening out on the gorgeous ocean while choosing to dine with the Pirate Dinner Cruise. This is a place where the adults can get reminded of their childhood days of play, and children get a sneak peek into the fancy life of cruise ship dinners! Dress up and play a game of pirates onboard, with a crew as energetic as the wildest of kids.
Enjoy the sunset from onboard and allow yourself the luxury of a long night filled to the brim with entertainment - exotic dancers, musicians, fire dances and games are just the beginning! This is a family outing that will create enough crazy memories for a lifetime.
Fees: USD 55.00 per person for Adults, USD 27.50 per person for children (between 4 - 12)
Location: Embark on the cruise boat from Harbour Benoa in Bali.
Timing: Session 1 is from 5:15 pm to 7:30 pm
Session 2 is from 7:45 pm to 10:00 pm
Being Crazy at Bali Treetop Adventure
Bali Treetop Adventure Park is an absolute family destination. This park fun activity set in an open air environment is designed for families to have a great day together. It is certainly one of the best things to do when in Bali with kids! Enjoy challenging yourself across the various tightrope courses, ranging from suspended bridges and spider nets to exciting Tarzan jumps and flying-fox lines, all for a different kind of adrenaline rush.
As always, there are obstacles and activities of various levels, making it a brilliant family-friendly space. Some of these courses let you test your agility or even zip through the air safely, high up in the trees of the Eka Karya Botanic Garden. So whether your child is more of a thrill-seeker or a tree-hugger, this place has got it all.
Fees: USD 25 for Adults, USD 16 for Kids, for a 2.5-hour long period.
Location: Bedugul, Bali
Timing: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Tips: The park is specially designed for adventure activities, which will require the use of equipment like ropes and cables. Please listen to the instructors who are here for your safety. Make sure you, as well as your child, are listening to instructions and learning to secure yourself properly!
Walk On The Ocean Floor and Be One With the Fishes!
The Ocean Walker program gives you the chance to walk at the very bottom of the ocean! Be literally at eye-level with the fishes and other ocean critters. Educate your children in the wild classroom that is nature, as you immerse yourself in an unbelievable view of fishes and natural coral reef. Bali Ocean Walker will bring you to diving sites out at sea, which is merely 100 meters from the beach.
You will be entering the sea with a depth of between 4 and 10 yards. The Ocean Walker guides are professionals who will educate you on using the gear, including the very important helmets that allow you to breathe while underwater. They join you in the dive, too!
Fees: USD 50 for Adults, USD 40 for children. The rates are inclusive of lunch and transfers, where applicable.
Location : Tanjung Benoa beach, Bali
Tips: Because this is located on an adventure sport beach, you can indulge other water sports activities as well! The beach offers Parasailing, Banana Boat, Fly Boarding, Water Ski, Fly Fish, Snorkelling and many others.
Ride the Waves at Rip Curl School of Surf
Rip Curl School of Surf is Bali’s first fully-dedicated surf camp. The entire area is occupied by exceptionally talented and kind trainers who will help you learn surfing, wakeboardingwake-boarding, free-diving, bodyboarding, kitesurfing, stand up paddle-boarding, scuba diving, or windsurfing - all from one place! You can choose how many days you wish to stay and what you wish to learn.
The team will match your energy and ambition and make sure you stand up on that surfboard of yours before you leave! Another pro is that they have a fantastic photographer who documents your surf journey, allowing you to see just how far you have come along. Rendezvous with the kids and the waves, now!
Fees: There are several packages to choose from. Please explore at : http://www.ripcurlschoolofsurf.com/our/price-list/
Location: Legian beach, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung.
Tips: Stay on for at least a week to learn a sport and glean the full benefits of this phenomenal resort.
Living on the Wild Side at Bali Safari and Marine Park
This exciting safari adventure takes you across the terrains of India and Africa in addition to the Balinese islands, all in one space! Show and tell with the kids just got supremely easy as you get face to face with a wide number of animal species in their natural habitat.
The safari consists of a tram ride across these open regions. There will be safari guides onboard to ensure the safety of your family as well as to educate you on the myriad fascinations of the wildlife here! Do watch out for tigers hiding in the dense jungle and get up close and personal with the male White Rhinoceros (be careful, too!). You can also dip into ‘Lake Manyara’, a Hippo pool built into the Safari. You might even be close enough to spot some zebras!
Fees: There are several packages to pick from, which vary in price. Check full list here : http://balisafarimarineparktickets.com/
Timings: Day Safari from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (opens at 8:30 am on public holidays)
Night Safari from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Ride the Waves at Bali Wake Park
Imagine learning to wakeboard on a lake that is five hectares huge. It doesn’t end there : Bali Wake Park is a space also features an infinity pool with a bar, and an eatery, and a pro shop. Have we tempted you enough yet? This is Bali’s only dedicated wake boarding space, fully fitted with state of the art two-tower cable systems that allow beginners as well as professionals to interact with the waters and create their own adventure.
With the huge lake allowing you plenty of opportunity to experiment some moves on the water, this is the best place to go to add another feather to your adventurous cap and learn wake boarding with the entire family. Now this is something you definitely want to do in Bali when traveling with kids.
Fees: The different packages can be found here: http://baliwakepark.com/
Location: Jl. Raya Pelabuhan Benoa, Denpasar.
Tip: Do spend a week or at least a couple of days here to make the most of the resort, and to master the skill that is wake-boarding.
Feel the Open Waters From a Banana Boat Ride
The banana boat is a funny thing to be on, considering you are on top of a giant banana-shaped structure that is being pulled along by a motorboat. The idea here is to feel the thrill of the waves as you bump along them for an exciting ride! Considering this is a trip to Bali with your kids, a banana boat ride is an experience you should definitely indulge in. The screams of your kids and the smacking of the waves as you zip around the ocean will be a thing you and your family will be speaking about for long after!
Fees: USD 10 per person, for 15 minutes on the boat
Location: Tanjung Benoa beach
A Challenge What You See at Trick Art Gallery
Trick Art 3D Gallery is a great gallery which allows fun, interactive family moments that you can breeze for a lifetime! There are around 80 pieces of life-size and hyper-realistic murals to go crazy with with in the gallery’s collection, from parodied takes on famous and classical paintings, blockbuster movie characters, to fairytale and magical themes. Pose with all sorts of masterfully crafted murals and paintings to create stunning three-dimensional illusions.
The gallery has very friendly staff who will help you take photos just the right way to achieve a breath-taking 3D effect on your normal smartphone!. Younger children might veer towards the horse-driven cart ride with mum and dad through a rural countryside or cuddly polar bears with their arms reaching out from the frame. Adults will most likely have fun with the parodies of classical masterpieces, such as acting Da Vinci by adding a finishing brush stroke to Mona Lisa, or parrying a sword with a horse riding Napoleon Bonaparte. There are even plastic stools to help kids who need the higher reach.
Location: Seminyak end of Sunset Road.
Tips: Do use the washroom before stepping into this space; it might not be as comfortable as you want it to be. The gallery as a whole is a fantastic visual treat, which more than compensates for the paltry washroom.
Monkey Around at Ubud Monkey Forest
The forest is replete with beautiful little temples, and visitors are allowed to walk through the forest and discover the little enchantments of the place for themselves. To avoid crowds, it is best to get there by around 8:30 am to enjoy a special time - just you, your family and all of them monkeys.
See the Unexpected at Elephant Cave - Goa Gajah!
Goa Gajah’s name is ever so slightly misleading - it makes you think that it is a place field with elephants, when nothing could be further from the truth! The mystical place, Goa Gajah is carved into a rock face. When you walk in, you enter through the massive mouth of a demon! Set within the beautiful caves are the remains of a Shivalingam, holy for the Hindus.
It’s female counterpart the Yoni can also be seen here, and the legendary Elephant God of the Hindus - Ganesha! Just as much a place for fun as it is for mythology, the caves are accentuated by bathing pools which have waterspouts held together by 6 slender female figures.
Entry: IRP 15,000 for adults, IRP 7500 for children
Parking: IRP 2000 for motorcycle, IRP 5000 for car
Location: Western edge of Bedulu Village, 6 km out from central Ubud.
Timings: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Being Bonkers at Bounce Bali Trampoline Park
Bounce Bali is Bali’s first trampoline fun centre! When you’re young, all you want to do is bounce around - and Bali understands this best. The unique space is fully air-conditioned and exists only for one purpose – to go absolutely bonkers in the best way possible! Trampolines are of all shapes and sizes, but the trampolines at Bounce Bali are the best.
They come with a specially designed, spring-loaded frame allowing you to reach newer heights! Everywhere you look, you only see bouncy trampolines ta Bounce Bali. But you do not have to worry for your child’s safety; all the frames and springs are protected by thick safety gear and your child will have nothing but fun. You can leave your kids for an all-day long bounce session, or make friends through organised activities like trampoline dodge ball or basketball.
There is also a place for the foodies - Strike+ Bar offers elevated views of the entire trampoline centre. The delicious food for both kids and adults is the best way to replenish energy after all that jumping around. Definitely a top recommendation especially when traveling with energetic kids in Bali!
Fees: IRP 135,000 per person per hour for the jump session
SuperFun Pass (Splash Park, 1 hour bowling and 1 hour trampoline) : IDR 380,000 for kids and IDR 500,000 for adults.
Location: Finns Centre Recreation Club, Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu, Badung Regency.
Timing: 10 am to 10 pm
Get Fit and Get Fast at Canggu Club
Canguu Club is the larger complex that houses the Bounce Bali trampoline centre in addition to several other forms of entertainment that will leave you a very happy tired. This world-class sports and leisure complex is set within the island’s expatriate Canggu community area.
It occupies a huge area of 3.54 hectares and houses several different facilities onsite, including the amazing Splash Waterpark, a world-class fitness centre, tenpin bowling alley, tennis centre, kids club, spa and Bounce Bali, which the island’s largest trampoline centre that is just as much for the adults as it is for kids. It is complete with a plethora of food and beverage outlets for you to pick your snacks from!
Location: Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu, North Kuta, Badung Regency.
Timing: 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Find Colours and Happiness at the Bali Bird Park
The Bali Bird Park is a massive aviary sprawling across 2000 square metres and holding over a thousand birds of 250 varied species. it is the perfect space to come and interact with beautiful birds from all over the world - ranging from the Australian Pelican to the Cassowary and the famous, colourful Birds of Paradise, they’re all there! The park itself is a lush jungle growing palm trees and other plants required for the health and happiness of the birds, which is of absolute priority. This is a place where your kids can get to see kindness to animals in action as well, which definitely makes it one of the top things to do in Bali with your kids.
Location: Jl. Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir, Singapadu, Gianyar Regency
Tips: There are several shows spread across the day - from the Papua Rainforest to the Lory feeding and Pelican feeding. These shows are a delight to spend time at and can be a great experience for the kids. See exact timings here and make time accordingly! : http://www.balibirdpark.com/special-programmes/special-programmes.html
Tour Turtle Island With Glass Bottom Boat Rides
This is one of the best things to do in Bali when you are a family with small children. Turtle Island is located in Tanjung Benoa, a place already famous for its adventure sports. The tour is conducted on wonderful glass-bottomed boats that allow you to have a 360-degree view of the space, including inside the water! The boat takes you around 300 – 500 meters offshore.
This boat ride goes on for around 15 minutes. After seeing and feeding the fish, the tour will proceed to turtle island conservation, who took the time to 15 minutes. When you arrive at the turtle island in Tanjung Benoa, you will be invited to see and spend time with the Indonesian green turtles which are much in need of some love!
Location: Nusa Dua, Tanjung Benoa.
Tip: Do not forget to bring bread so that the kids can feed the fish while on the boat. At the island, your children will be introduced on how to take care a turtle - do encourage kind behaviour, more time with the anima and less photos!
Taste the Underwater World With a Submarine Tour of Bali
If you are looking for a way to remember the trip to Bali with your kids, do so with this underwater tour of Bali - brought to you specially by the Odyssey Submarine Bali! Experience the world’s largest natural aquarium - the ocean - in a colourful splendour.
You will be able to experiencing the amazing scenery under the waters of Amuk Bay. You go up to a depth of 35 metres in this super safe vessel, which runs on battery bower and weighs over 70 tonnes. It seats 36 passengers and comes with window seating options as well as a space to lie down, for comfort. The vessel is also fitted with high quality scuba gear for those who can use it! The tour lasts 45 minutes, during which you will see all forms of Balinese marine life including corals, fishes and more.
Fees: USD 95 for adults, USD 60 for children (5 - 12 years old), USD 290 for family packages.
Location: Amuk Bay, Antiga village, Karangasem regency
Tips: Eating and drinking are not allowed on the submarine, so do have a happy tummy before descending into the underbelly of the ocean. The sub also has no washroom, so please take care of you and your kids’ needs before boarding!
Clown Around at the Circus Waterpark, Kuta
While not as massive as the Waterbom Park that Bali is famous for, Circus is the place to chill especially if you have little kids. The entire area is themed like a circus but nestled amidst Bali’s lush greenery, making it the perfect spot for little ones. The entire area covered by the waterpark is small enough for them to not get lost, too! There are 5 - 6 waterslides intended for kids, with a few more thrilling ones aimed at the adults.
There’s also been a new addition to the Cuircus family in Kuta - mechanical dinosaurs that you could just as easily mistake for the real deal! Balinese hospitality extends here too; the staff members of Circus Waterpark are extremely warm and kind and will help you sort out any issue in a jiffy. There are also lovely pools in this waterpark, which serve as the perfect spot to spend some precious bonding time with the kids.
Tips: The food can get on the pricey side and is not too healthy, so try keeping your little ones well fed before and after the park so that all they need in-between are some snacks.
Timing: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Rejuvenate in Bali’s Numerous Natural Hot Springs
Bali has a series of natural spread throughout the island’s inner regions. Some of these springs are sources of holy water to important Balinese Hindu temples that were built around them, and there are also several hot springs that serve as wellness retreats with therapeutic mineral-rich waters. The best hot springs to visit would be the lovely spring-fed pools of Tirta Empul Temple in central Bali, and the hot springs of Toyabungkah which overlook the caldera lake of Mount Batur.
You are in for a total treat in these hot springs. Enjoy the calming sights and sounds around you in these wonderfully secluded areas. Some of Bali’s holy springs also welcome visitors to experience a solemn dip in chilly and crystal clear waters. Others are geothermal hot springs with sulphuric content and therapeutic properties, allowing you to relax your muscles before heading on to seek more adventures.
Fees: Entry of IDR 150 per person.
Take a Cycle and Explore Bali the Authentic Way!
There’s really no better way to give your kids a taste of the good life than cycling. In beautiful Ubud with its rice terraces, ride an eco friendly electric bicycle and pedal up the hills while enjoying the look and feel of magnificent rice terraces as well as quaint local villages. There are local guides who speak English and can give you a better idea of the many sights you will be experiencing, so that Bali is not stranger to you anymore.
The Ubud cycle tour takes you through traditional villages and stops at numerous temples. You also visit Tegalalang, the world famous rice terraces. These tours are meant to be interactive, and what you see can vary from day to day. If it is rice harvesting season, you stop to participate in the harvest. Sometimes there are ceremonies taking place. Sometimes you stop to talk to a farmer about what he does in the rice fields. It is truly a precious journey to share with your kids and a great thing to do while travelling in Bali!
Timings: Check with the organisation through which you do the cycle tour. Different operators have different hours.
Tips: Carry some water and sunscreen on the go!
Indulge in Balinese Cuisine First Hand With Cooking Classes
Indonesian cuisine has always been one of the most delicious in the world - and now you can take it back to your home and hearts! Explore the amazing tastes and culinary traditions of Balinese cuisine while taking hands-on cooking classes. You get the chance to visit a fish market to shop for fresh ingredients, learn to prepare three varied dishes and then savour your meal in the dazzling company of your instructor, who is a professional chef!
There is plenty of flexibility in the program to make sure you are most comfortable you can choose to visit a fish market first thing in the morning, accompanying your chef and instructor as they shop for produce, fish, meat, herbs, and spices. Pick up the ingredients for your class, or just gather interesting items you’d like to try at home. When it’s time for the class to begin, meet your instructor and get introduced to the ingredients and kitchen equipment needed for the dishes on the day’s menu.
Start prepping and cooking under the guidance of the chef, picking up interesting techniques and stories about Balinese culinary traditions as you work. Once all of the dishes are prepared, gather around the table in a lush and verdant outdoor dining area to enjoy the meal and continue chatting about the daily life and culinary experiences of the Balinese.
Fee: USD 65 per person
Timing: You can choose to book your slot, the first of which begins at 9:30 am. The session goes on for around 3.5 to 4 hours.
Release the Artist in You at Sari Api
Sari Api is an exquisite open-air ceramic studio that was established way back in 1996 by Suzan Kohlik, a graduate of the Centre Doret Ceramic Art School in Vevey, Switzerland. It is located just outside of Ubud, Bali. Fitted with with 3 electric wheels, a large gas-fired downdraft kiln and containing plenty of workspace, Sari Api is where you allow your artistic talents to let loose and greet the world. It offers classes for children and adults at all the levels, as well as special Open Studio time for experienced artists staying in Bali for a while.
Location: Suweta Street in the village of Bentuyung, Gianyar.
Timing: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from Monday to Saturday
Grab Some Quiet Time at the Pondok Pekak Library
This is Ubud’s only library, holding more than 30,000 books in the adult lending library alone! Page-turning bestsellers, erudite works of philosophy, rare copies of local and expat memoirs reside here. This is hands down the best place in Bali to actually spend some quality time with your kids, reading books for free all day to them in a beautiful complex dedicated to books! There is also a wonderful upstairs terrace which basically functions as a lovely reading sanctuary.
It happily comes with free Wifi, and they urge you to maintain a calm, peaceful ambience. The Pondok Pekak Library & Learning Center also offers private classes in traditional Balinese art & culture to travellers! You could learn Balinese Dance, Silver Jewellery making, Fruit carving, painting and so much more!
Fees: Books: IDR 2000 per day if you are issuing a book (you can keep it for 3 days), IDR 50,000 for a monthly membership and IDR 250,000 for annual membership.
Each class has a varied cost. Check it at : http://www.pondokpekaklibrary.com/classes
Location: Pondok Pekak is across the football field from Monkey Forest Road. You can enter the laneway off Dewi Sita.
Get Down and Dirty at the Mepantigan Balinese Mud games
Give yourself a taste of the real Balinese life by getting involved at the Mepantigan Balinese mud games, a private version of the cultural games. You will also then get a taste of the traditional lunch after the this hot and heavy activity! This unique style is a of Balinese cultural game which is played in the rice field mud in very natural and harmony. Playing of this game is also a sign of respect for the goddess of the rice - ‘Dewi Sri’. And yes, despite it being a heavy duty wrestling game, it is actually very safe and tonnes of fun.
The Balinese games include Eel/frog Catching, Mud Horse Riding, Love and kiss duck, Mud Tug of War, Mud Pillow Fight, Kecak Body Painting, Mud Gamelan and dancing, Massage in the mud, Fresh with the river and flowers. While playing mud wrestling, you will be donning the traditional Balinese sarong which is called the Tridatu. You also get to learn a little history of the colors of the sarongs, and why the games are played!
Explore the Waters up Close and Personal on Glass Bottomed Boats!
A glass bottom boat is one made up of sections of glass, or other suitable transparent material, below the waterline. This is done not to scare you, but to give you a clear sight of the waters from the comfort of the boat seat! The view through the glass bottom is better than simply looking into the water from above, because one has a clear vision into the undersea thanks to the glass fitting.
The effect is similar to that achieved by a diving mask, while the passengers are able to stay dry, out of the water. Several operators provide this beautiful ride especially in the waters of Tanjung Benoa. A must-do thing when you are in Bali with kids, especially if you want to wow then into silence for a little while!
Fees: USD 15 for 30 minutes of boat ride and 30 minutes in Turtle Island
Horsing Around in Tegallalang
Tire’s no better way to explore the unique terrace fields of Bali’s paddies than on horseback, and Tegallalang allows you to do just this. For a fee, you can avail a private horseback tour and roam the fields, experiencing Bali’s nature and culture on a 3-hour long ride.
You have a choice to pick the level you are more comfortable with - whether you are riding for the firs time or are a pro on horseback, there are instructors and horses specially allocated for the kind of experience you have (or not). The gorgeous landscape of Tegallalang, just north of Ubud is lined by palm trees and clusters of bamboo. You can also pause for the occasional photo and hydrate yourself with Bali’s favourite beverage - coconut water!
Fee: IDR 140,000 for three hours
Location: Desa Pupuan Banjar Timbul, Tegallalang, north of Ubud
Timing: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Have a Playful Morning Chasing Dolphins!
Bali is a beautiful place that is blessed enough to have several dolphins in very close proximity to the island. Take some special time out with your kids and watch their amazement rise as the first dolphins come swimming into view. Board the air-conditioned Ocean Raft with the Bali Hai Dolphin Watching Cruise. Remember, dolphins wait for no man which means that you need to get up and about early in order to catch them swimming in the wild.
Some planning ahead would be needed for this trip, because the high speed Ocean Raft departs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.30am, and will take you on an exhilarating journey to South Bali across the waves. You get served fresh juices and pastries before setting off on the journey, so that you are free throughout! These powerful speed boats will give you a thrilling experience.
Fees: Book online and pay USD 58.50 for adults and USD 40.50 for children.
Timing: Departure at 7:30 am, return at 9:30 am
Get Amazed at the Gili Islands
The Gili Islands (or just the Gilis) were a series of unassuming little islands that suddenly grabbed the attention of the world as a backpacker’s paradise. Several decades down the line, there are now a range of glamorous options to live on and shop from in these islands, especially so on Gili Trawangan.
The culture in these islands are very relaxed and laid-back, with countless little beachside cafes, restaurants and bars serving a variety of tastes in local and international cuisine. What’s best for your children especially is that there are no cars or motorbikes to disturb the peace! The island is strongly committed to environmental rejuvenation with the focus being a healthy sea and a healthy beach. There are also many options for you to wine and dine, visit a spa or hang out and meet new friends.
Tip: The peak tourist seasons are July-August and December-January, so you might want to plan your trip at a time when it won’t be too crowded. The winter months see less rain on Gili islands than on mainland Bali, so you can plan accordingly!
Also, if you want to begin your journey with a splendiferous view, it is a good idea to get the fast boat to the Gilis from Amed. Amed is a gorgeous fishing hamlet on the east coast of Bali with incredible snorkelling, breathtaking views of Mount Agung and a quaint village vibe!
Say Hello to the Animals at Bali Zoo
One of the newer zoos in the world, Bali Zoo was inaugurated in 2007 and is a beautiful complex featuring several indigenous and foreign animals. It is hands down one of the best things to do with your kids when you visit Bali - walking up and down the forested trails, showing your children in real life rather than in books and movies what the animals of the world look like.
The zoo is also open for a Night Safari, and has several other uniquely curated programs as well. Don’t miss out on special attractions; spend an entire day with the wildlife at Bali Zoo! The wonder shining from the eyes of your little ones will be thanks enough.
Fees: There are several packages priced differently, according to what you wish to do at the zoo. For more info, check here: http://www.bali-zoo.com/index.php/ticket/list_ticket
Location: Sukawati, Gianyar region.
It is always a bittersweet experience to want to roam the world when children are involved, more so when they are younger. Taking them along completely changes the dynamics of the trip - you now need to be double responsible, doubly careful and all that much more careful. Don’t worry though - the list we have given you is to ensure the best of both worlds! Because Bali is so extremely rich in natural beauty and cultural resources, not to mention hopping on great food, you will never find yourself bored for a minute.
This holiday could in fact be the beginning of a great bond between parent and child! So what are you waiting for? Book that trip to Bali already. The dolphins don’t wait - and neither should you.