If you’re travelling with your family, whether your children be young or old, Bali has a range of fun-filled activities to keep the whole clan happy!
When it’s time to relax, you can take your pick of any of the many beautiful beaches located around the island, and soak up the sun, eat fresh fruit, and sip from fresh young coconuts (mmm dreamy!!)
As well as all that, Bali is known for its many shopping hotspots, where you can pick up clothing for all the family at a fair price, and even home ware, art, and unique Balinese souvenirs.
If you do fancy a little more of a cultural immersion, there are temples to visit, traditional fire dancing to see, local cooking classes, and much more!
Here’s our pick of the ten best things to do in Bali when coming with your family!
1. Waterbom Bali – Kuta
Voted Asia’s number 1 water park by Trip Advisor in 2013, Waterbom Bali attracts tons of visitors daily (the only day it closes is Nyepi day!).
Whether it’s the thrill you’re after or to rest in the sun, Waterbom has you covered. While the kids go play you can swim up to the bar and grab a drink, float around the lazy river, or even go for some reflexology to restore tired feet. Maybe you want to rent a gazebo so you can rest in the shade and catch a moment before you head out for more fun with the family!
What’s really cool about Waterbom, is that it still encapsulates the Bali spirit, celebrating all the holidays, making daily offerings, and even having traditional Balinese dance perfomances, among other great things to look out for!!
An absolutely fantastic day out for all, Waterbom is a must visit when you come to Bali. Your kids will thank you for it, and with Waterbom dedicated to being as environmentally friendly as possible, the planet will too!
2. Bali Tree Top Adventure Park – Bedugul
Located in the lustrous Bali jungle and Bedugul botanical gardens, Bali Tree Top Adventure Park is an experience unlike any other in Bali! From easy circuits for smaller children, to the ‘Adrenaline Circuit’, this tree top adventure is great for all the family! Children absolutely love it, and the most thrill seeking adults get a kick out of swinging across bars like a monkey, walking tightropes, and taking a leap of faith from 20 meters in the air to get to the nets on the other side!
If climbing trees isn’t your thing, you can take a picnic and have lunch in the beautiful surroundings, walk through the botanical gardens, and then go to visit Pura Ulun Danu (the temple by the lake Bratan). Don’t forget to check out the local market nearby.
Tip: There isn’t a restaurant located in Bali Treetop Adventure Park, be sure to eat before you go, take a picnic/snacks, or eat on the way back to your accommodation to avoid grumpy hungry kids!
3. Bali Bird Park – Gianyar
If you’re after a nice relaxed day, but something a bit different to laying around the pool or the beach, you need to take a trip to Bali Bird Park. With around 250 species of birds, this park is home to some of the most exotic birds around the world. The kids and adults alike can get up close and personal with the birds, which is perfect for future photo memories! Located within the bird park is also a reptile park which houses huge komodo dragons, snakes and more.
When you get hungry you can eat in The Bali Starling restaurant, which serves local and international food, or Rainforest café which serves up yummy juices, snacks and even homemade ice cream!
This park, like a lot of places in Bali, supports conservation, and also work to protect endangered species, and it feels good to spend your time in a place doing so much good, so on the way out be sure to pick up some lovely bird souvenirs for the kids (they have the cutest t-shirts and stuffed toys!).
4. Bali Zoo – Gianyar
Also in Gianyar is Bali Zoo! Kids and adults alike will absolutely love it here! You can eat delicious international and Balinese food looking over the lion enclosure or next to the elephants, take a night time safari when the park comes alive, watch traditional fire dancing at the end of an epic day of adventure or have a relaxed stroll around, seeing all the magnificent animals.
The kids will absolutely love the petting zoo, and you get to watch the huge smiles on their faces as they get friendly with the rabbits, deers and horses. If you fancy making friends with elephants and learning all about their behaviours, habitats and life, then you can do that for a whole day and even get to ride, hug and make memories that last you a life time. Win win for all the family!
5. Bali Safari and Marine Park – Gianyar
Another popular attraction in Gianyar is the Safari and Marine Park. This park is unique as it is very education focused. They have special packages for different ages of kids, and these include free goodies too. You can also mix it up with time in the fun zone, visit the fresh water aquarium while the piranhas are fed, or take a ride on the elephants (don’t worry as the animals in Bali are well looked after!).
For the older kids, you might fancy booking a night-time safari, where a caged tram will take you up close and personal with lions and tigers while they hunt and roam. You will get to feed the zebras, elephants and giraffes, and make friends with an array of birds and snakes. The night finishes with a memorable and lively all you can eat BBQ, with music and awesome views!
6. Lovina Beach, Dolphin Tour – Lovina
Located in the north of Bali, Lovina is a much quieter place than many tourist destinations in Bali. Beautiful black volcanic sands, with a modest selection of shops and restaurants nearby, Lovina is the perfect place to find your piece of bliss. One of the most popular thing to do in Lovina is to go on a dolphin boat ride in the early hours of the morning. You will not be disappointed!! For such a small price to pay per person, the boat trip to see the many beautiful dolphins is priceless and a trip that will stay rooted in the whole family’s brains for a lifetime.
After the dolphin watching you could travel nearby and visit Banjar hot springs, which are surrounded by lush tropical gardens, and visited by locals just as much as tourists. With such a low entrance price for such a cleansing, warming experience, it would be a shame not to visit!
A truly wonderful day full with culture, adventure, excitement and relaxation, Lovina is a must visit for your trip to Bali!
For a casual beach day Sanur Beach has golden beach sand, calm waters and is great for kids to just play in the waves and mom’s to relax on the lounges.
7. Snorkelling in Bali
What could be more fascinating for your children (young and old), than a trip out in the Balinese seas, to swim with the many beautiful and tropical fishes? With many spots around the island favoured for its snorkelling, wherever you stay, there will be an opportunity to go.
If you’re looking for an exceptional experience, we recommend a trip out to Menjangan Island, which is in the marine national park, in North West Bali. With crystal clear oceans, and stunning views over to Java, Menjangan is home to an abundance of lush coral and exotic fish that some say give the Great Barrier Reef a run for its money!
8. Uluwatu Temple – Uluwatu
Located in the South of Bali, Pura Luhur Uluwatu is a must see! Situated in the cliffs of the south, Uluwatu temple is home to many cheeky monkeys which will keep the whole family amused, but also provides stunning views out to the ocean. The temple itself is truly majestic and one of the 9 directional temples in Bali, so quite important in the lives of the Balinese.
The nightly Kecak dance is a must see, which is performed every evening at sunset. This is a trip that will be magical, memorable, and monumental in the lives of the whole family.
9. Pirate Bay – Nusa Dua
This one is for the young kids. Hang out in a pirate shipwreck by the beach in Nusa Dua. Eat your meal up in tree houses, in a pirate ship or by the campfire, and let the kids climb, play and adventure round the remains of the long lost pirate bay, while the rest of the family relax and dine looking out to the ocean.
10. Monkey Forest – Ubud
Not so big, but home to very many monkeys, the monkey forest and temple is perfect to pass an hour or two with the kids. Have your photos taken with the monkeys (but watch they don’t pee on you), and take a leisurely stroll taking in the monkeys and their natural surroundings. You do have to be careful and not carry any food or items that can be stolen, but if you’re sensible enough you will leave scot-free!
Finish the rest of your day walking up and down the busy Ubud streets to see the shops, and choose one of the many cafés or restaurants to refuel!