Family Vacations to Bali, Indonesia

Temple du Lac Bratan, Bali, Indonesia
Temple du Lac Bratan, Bali (Photodisc)

Bali Family Travel Tips

  • Most kids love the long-tailed macaques at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary of Padangtegal. However tempting it might be, don't feed the monkeys, as it can be dangerous and certain foods put the monkeys' health at risk.
  • Enjoy a dolphin-watching cruise in Lovina.
  • Be sure to apply waterproof sunscreen and wear sunglasses as you cool off in the pools and enjoy the water slides at the Waterbom park.

Bali is all many visitors know of the massive archipelago of Indonesia. This vibrant island boasts an impressive collage of scenery, ranging from the palm-fringed beaches of the south to the sweep of rice paddies that dot the interior, thick and verdant jungle where wild animals outnumber humans, a sprinkling of volcanoes, and the black-sand beaches of the north and the offshore islands.

The best equipped island in the country for those with children and babies in tow, Bali is the island in Indonesia where everything works, unlike some of the rough and ready parts of this vast country. Many of its hotels have high standards, and they include some luxury properties that are among the best in the country. Some also have special children's facilities. Resorts have plenty to keep younger visitors happy as well.

The focus of the mainstream tourist action is very firmly in the southern resorts in and around Nusa Dua and Sanur. And it's easy to see why they're so popular. They boast sandy beaches, luxury hotels, and plenty of family-friendly activities. Nearby Kuta and Legian provide livelier beach action that better suits teens.

The most appealing family destination inland is Ubud. This cute little town lies right in the jungle and has a totally different ambience from the beach resorts. Here, you can explore the intricacies of the local culture through arts and crafts, music, and theatrical shows. Also especially appealing to children is the chance to get up close and personal with the monkeys of the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary of Padangtegal.

The less developed northern coast is home to the relaxed hideaway of Lovina. The black-sand beaches may not be visually appealing, but the water is warm, calm, and shallow, making it ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Lovina is also home to daily dolphin trips, and the boat ride in search of the cetaceans is a real thrill for children.

Other key family attractions on the island include the Waterbom water park and Bali Bird Park, which both make for fun day or half-day trips. Kids will be sure to return home enthused about the exotic and colorful sights and sounds of what is easily Indonesia's most appealing family holiday island and one of its most intoxicatingly beautiful.

Published: 8 Jul 2009 | Last Updated: 30 Mar 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication



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