Attractions and activities to do on a family holiday in Bali
Beaches in Bali
While Kuta may be Bali’s most famous beach, for one of the most family friendly ones, head to Mengiat Beach, Nusa Dua. With calm waters and its proximity to a range of restaurants and attractions, Mengiat Beach offers an effortless day out for the whole clan. Alternatively, a day pass at the Karma Kandara Villa is also fun, with private beach access and a cool cable car ride to the shore.
If you’d like a serene bay and an opportunity for your kids to connect with Balinese children, head to Jimbaran Beach. Alongside its gorgeous wide yellow-sand beach with delicious seafood restaurants, Jimbaran is also west-facing, affording idyllic sunsets. As dusk falls, local village families head to the beach to play soccer, with curious visitors often invited to join.
While Bali is Indonesia’s most well-known island, the surrounding ones are just as spectacular for a fun day trip or overnight stay. Offering different vibes from Bali, the neighbouring Gili Islands, off the coast of Lombok, are accessible to every kind of traveller. Made up of Gili Trawangan (the lively one), Gili Meno (the romantic one) and Gili Air (the relaxing one), match to your family’s vacation mode. All three give you access to stunning coral reefs, colourful marine life and diverse activities.
A big drawcard to Bali is its incredible waves and warm temperatures, so sign the family up for surfing lessons. Kuta Beach is renowned for its beginner’s conditions, though Uluwata is luring more newbie surfers its way. If you want to go further afield, head to idyllic Nusa Lembongan off the southeast coast of Bali.
Nature in Bali
Bali's expansive beaches are not the only natural wonders to enjoy here. There are wildlife reserves, flora-filled forests, lush gardens, craggy mountains, and even a national park.
The Ubud Monkey Forest is a sacred space for the Balinese, along with the 600+ mischievous macaque monkeys that call it home. Plan an Indiana Jones-style exploration, wandering the rambling pathways under the unkempt forest canopy, spying lichen-coated statues and holy temples.
Discover the region’s diverse avian species at the Bali Bird Park, a sanctuary close to Ubud. More than 1,000 birds call the park home, including 40 protected Indonesian species. A visit to the Bali Bird Park is educational and exciting as exotic birds swoop, sing, and soar overhead.
While you may not gain cool parent points for the early start, it’ll be soon forgotten when your kids are trekking up an active volcano as the sun rises. While Bali’s highest peak, Gunung Agung is a little too active to climb, Gunung (Mt) Batur, Bali’s second-highest mountain, is a worthy replacement, thanks to its expansive views and active-yet-safe status.