Holiday with Kids in Bali
Lots of families with kids asking me “Where should we take our kids when we visit Bali ?”or “Should I rent a car?” and also “Do you think 3 days is enough?”. Well, for the last question, I even have stayed in Bali for almost 2 years now and haven’t got any chance to visit every single spot in Bali. Bali is growing, lots of new and interesting spots to visit to, lots of new hidden gem! So it depends on what type of traveler are you.
For the second question, transportation, if you have 1 kid (age maximum 5 – 6 years old), for budget wise, you might just rent motorbike. The price range to rent a bike is from IDR 60.000 – IDR 100.000 per day (don’t forget to also ask for helmet for each passenger). But if you have more than one children or perhaps a teenager, and considering the heat (or maybe rain), the distance, and how hassle you are bringing baby/toddler, then it’s better to rent a car. The price is about IDR 600.000 – IDR 800.000 per 10 hours include driver and fuel. We also have car seat to be rented for IDR 50.000 per day if you need it. Also we cater tour service that can be customized based on your request.
About length of stay, based on guests who stay at ours, married couple with kids or toddler usually spend 3-7 days in Bali. So, here I will give you an example of itineraries. This one might be perfect for the first-timer.
Have your breakfast at 7 – 7:30 AM so you can start exploring around 9 AM. First day you are going to interact with animals. Go to Bali Bird Park (45 minutes from Dura Villas Bali) and take a chance to see the pelican feeding at 10AM. While waiting for the Bird Basic Instinct Show at 11:30AM, go around the park and see many many kinds of healthy birds from around Indonesia. I hope you also find the one and only white peacock like we did. Also don’t forget to take a picture with some cute and colorful parrots at the Guyu Guyu Corner. While you enjoying snack/lunch in the restaurant, there is a Meet The Bird Star at 12:00PM, this is one of our most-liked show, make sure you don’t miss this one.
Have enough with birds, let’s continue to Bali Zoo, which is only 5-10 minutes driving from the bird park. The place might not as big and fancy as Bali Safari, but they were just renovating some spots and activities and also a jungle splash water park last year. So, it’s good to have a look at this one too! Activities that look interesting is the Elephant Mud (it’s like playing with the Elephant in the mud, scrub their body and play with the mud) and Night at the Zoo. I haven’t tried it yet, might be a bit expensive, but it looks fun! Alternatively, we can just go around the zoo, feed the mammals, do the pony ride, and lastly play at the water park. Depart from the zoo after sunset, and for dinner, buy Burger King/KFC/Mc Donalds on the way to villa.
I believe kids were having a long deep sleep last night, so request for 9-10AM breakfast, enjoy sunbathing and swimming in the private pool in the villa. Depart for lunch, I recommend a new playground named Park Life in Canggu (15-20 minutes from Villa), they offer rice field view from the restaurant, trampolines, indoor and outdoor playground. After 1,5 – 2 hours in Park Life, continue to the beach to enjoy sunset Perancak Beach in Berawa. Kids can play in a small creek near the beach side, while parents can watch them while enjoying sunset and seeping coconut in a small hut named La Vela Bali. If kids start feeling hungry, for last stop, have dinner at Milk n Madu on your way back to the villa. I recommend you to order the lamb wrap. It is so juicy, and yumm!
Bedugul will be our third day destination. It offers lots of choices for family travelers. On our way up to the Ulun Danu Temple, there is a place called Secret Garden Village. You need to pay IDR 50.000,- for locals and I think IDR 75.000 for tourists. This ticket can be exchanged with a tour to “Oemah Herborist”, it is a museum and a mini factory of one of Indonesian cosmetic brand, and also exchanged with a roasting process showcase and a cupping session in Black Eye coffee store. Have your lunch in The Luwus restaurant and try their signature “Bebek Luwus” while enjoying beautiful view of rice field just across the restaurant. When you finish having lunch and sun start to go down, stroll down to the bridge, then walk to the rice field, seat on the sofa, feel the soft wind and relax.
For more adventurous family, you can choose to go for Bedugul Botanical Garden. They have Bali Treetop Adventure for travelers who craving for climbing, flying fox, tarzan jump, and those kind of stuff. The easiest track is allowed for children with minimum age 5-6 years old or 110cm high. Try to arrive early in the morning (they open at 9AM) so the adult can do as many tracks as they could. If you decide to stay longer in the Botanical Garden, make sure to bring rainy jacket, better wear sneakers, and also snack, food, and drinks for picnic. There is a restaurant in the Bali Treetop but the taste is just so-so. For recommended picnic spot, go up to the hill, and find signage that show “Danau Beratan View”. We always go there for picnic or just taking kids playing bicycle or scooter. The view is fantastic!
After seeing greens, hills, mountains, on the fourth day, we are going back to beach again. But now, we go south to see white/golden sandy beach. Sit all day on the bed enjoying coconut or reading book at Geger Beach, Nusa Dua. The girls can have their hair braided for, play with sand or swimming while hunting super tiny crab on the beach side for boys. Geger Beach is located between St. Regis and Mulia Hotel & Resort, the beach is clean, no waves, so it is safe.
Around 4PM, move-up to Uluwatu Temple to watch the most popular Uluwatu Kecak Dance. To get better seating, arrive around 5PM, maybe you are going to wait longer, but it will be paid off with the stunning sunset. Book the ticket in advance (ask our staff in the lobby for help) to make you easier.
At the end of the performance, it will be a bit crowded at the exit of the temple, at the parking area, and down back to the main road. So if you start feeling hungry because it’s dinner time, park your car at “Stop Makan Yuk” Restaurant in Raya Uluwatu Street. They offer delicious traditional Indonesian, ready-to-eat food at low price. After dinner, relax or perhaps sleep in the car for another 1 hour heading back to the villa.
After four days with the kids (and some hours in the airplane), I bet Mom and Dad might need a little break. Don’t put yourself too hard, you both need ‘holiday’ too. Put your kid into a day-care or a one-day school, and have yourself getting pampered. There are S.T.E.A.M by Little Picassos (3,5km from Villa) and also The Garden Early Learning Centre (4,2km from Villa) that we recommend. Why? Because our kids have been there too and they enjoyed it, the teacher are experienced with kids, the activities are super fun (especially STEAM), and they also provide lunch with additional charge.
Daddy can go surf all day at one of the nearest beach (Batu Bolong Beach, Echo Beach, Perancak Beach, anywhere) and Mommy can go to Kumbasari Traditional Market, Badung Market, or a bit further to the famous Sukawati Market to buy souvenirs, home décor, dresses, and many more. Other options are staying in the villa, request Spa Service for couple and later on, hire motorcycle and ride to Seminyak. Seminyak offer lots of interesting shops, have beer in of café/restaurant along the street, lunch at Mamasan. In the afternoon, don’t forget to pick up your kids (they usually finish at 2 – 3PM), listen to exciting stories about their day while swimming in the villa. At night, arrange a romantic dinner for two of you, right in front of your bedroom (please mention to our staff in the afternoon if you want to do so). What about the kids? Drop them off at our home (the container home, next to the villa). Your kids can play with our twin-girls, so you both can have 2 – 2,5 hours proper-relaxing romantic dinner that hopefully you will remember all the time ?
On the last day, lets explore the east side of Bali. Ask the driver to go to Sidemen, have brunch or lunch at Wapa de Uma Sidemen. The view (and the food) is also stunning!! On your way back, stop by at Balitopia Butterfly Park near Saba Beach or book a session with dolphins at Bali Exotic Marine Park (ask for “dolphin journey” experience if your kids are 6 years and up).
If you feel like not spending time on the road (it takes 1,5hours to east and another 1,5hours back), then go for WaterBom Bali for your last day. We offer drop-off to go there. And you will spend 4 – 5 hours to finish all the rides full of FUN at WaterBom ! We always love to go there, the only drama is when the parents start feeling tired but the kids still want to play, and so they don’t want to go home. For pick-up, you can call a taxi or install grab/gojek apps in your smartphone to get cheaper price than taxi.
Phew! That’s all a bit of itineraries that you might want to add, modify, or copy exactly as it is. There are other options of places that families can choose, and I will update when I found or remember more :
- Tamora Gallery in Berawa (go for Kids Sunday)
- Circus Water park in Kuta (cheaper than Waterbom, but of course not as big as and not as thrilling as Waterbom)
- Water Sport in Tanjung Benoa (have lunch at Surya Café. 5-star seafood!!)
- GWK Statue at Uluwatu (nice photo shooting)
- Artotel Beach Club (have playground, pool, close to the beach)
- Kemenuh Butterfly Park (bigger than Balitopia)
- Krisna Funtastic Land in Lovina (stay one night in Lovina)
- Sunday Brunch in Movenpick or Apurva Kempinski (have mini waterpark)
- Green Kubu Café in Tegalang, Ubud (playground, cheap but safe giant swing)
- Temega treehouse Karangasem