5 reasons Bali is one of the hottest destinations for families right now


  • Bali for Families : Hit the water slides at Waterbom

  • Bali for Families : Relax on a beach in Kuta, Bali

  • Bali for Families : Watch sunset from Ku De Ta

Bali appealed to our traveller spirits – we wanted diverse culture, to get off the beaten track and some much needed down time. However, with a young child we also wanted somewhere that wasn’t too long a flight (Bali is 7 hours from Sydney), felt safe, was easy to get around and child friendly. Bali is one of Expedia’s most searched destinations for people travelling with children, so here’s why I think Bali makes a good family holiday, and the best things to do while you’re there:

The People

The Balinese are some of the friendliest people I have ever met and they just adore children. Children are welcome everywhere and they’ll love the extra attention being showered on them by the warm Balinese.

Value for Money

Bali offers good value for money and is a very affordable destination. Obviously attractions, restaurants and facilities aimed at tourists will cost more than local options, but there really is something for every budget. For example, a 1 hour Balinese Massage in a Day Spa (rather than on the beach) will cost anything between $12AUD and $50AUD depending on where you go. Most hotels provide nanny / babysitting services and many have kids clubs (For 4 hours service expect to pay around $18AUD)*. Eating out can cost under $1AUD at a street stall, as little as $3 – $7AUD for a main in a simple restaurant or $20 – $25AUD somewhere more upmarket.

Family Friendly Activities

  • Waterbom is a huge water park in the heart of Kuta.
  • Great Beaches – obviously kids will love simply playing and swimming but they can also snorkel or learn to surf for half the price you’ll pay at home.
  • Bali Safari & Marine Park – Sumatran elephant, Sumatran tiger, white tiger, leopard, komodo dragon and cheetah are just some of the fascinating animals that can be seen here.

Locations to Suit Everyone

  • Hit the Beaches – Seminyak and Sanur are popular beach destinations for families. Both offer a wide range of accommodation, great food and shopping.
  • Head for the Hills – Ubud is a very popular village set in the hills 35km from Denpasar. Highlights include the Ubud Monkey Forest, exploring rice paddy fields on foot and experiencing local farm life and culture.
  • Day trip to an Island – Nusa Lembongan is off the southwest coast of Bali and offers a beach holiday without the hustle and bustle of the main island.

Eating Out

In Bali you can find everything from local Warungs to fine dining; Nasi Goreng (delicious local fried rice) to Pizza; and everything in between. The main tourist centres have become quite cosmopolitan. Get a nanny and have a date night at la Lucciola or Ku De Ta. Don’t be surprised if someone offers to take your baby or young child for a walk while you are trying to finish a meal in peace, this is customary and something you can decide if you feel comfortable with. Eating at a beachfront restaurant/café is a great way to keep kids happy during the meal. There is generally a range of meal options that will appeal to children even if no kids menu is on offer.

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Linda Anderson

About the Author Linda Anderson

In 2002 Linda Anderson and her husband sold all their belongings, hit "pause" on their respective careers, and spent 365 days travelling the world. This kicked off their extensive travel through South East Asia, Europe, North Africa, South America, Nepal, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Now a mother of three girls under the age of 5, Linda is raising her daughters with travel in their blood. Linda blogs about her experiences and travel tips on mumsonthego.com.au, inspiring other families to travel with children.   3 travel must-haves? iPad, non-iron clothes, extra large zip-lock bags What's on your travel bucket list? African Safari, visit the Taj Mahal, road trip from Darwin to Broome