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29 rea­sons to take your kids to Bali!

Bali Sa­fari & Ma­rine Park


Home to over 1,000 an­i­mals, in­clud­ing rare and en­dan­gered species, such as the Ko­modo dragon and orang­utan, the park is the front­line of con­ser­va­tion in In­done­sia. Hop in a 4x4 Jeep or get up close with an­i­mals. En­joy fine din­ing with li­ons or splash around at the Wa­ter Park in the Fun Zone. With a range of ex­pe­ri­ences on of­fer, there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one. bal­isa­fari­

Water­bom Bali Kuta

Rated the best wa­ter park in Asia by Tripad­vi­sor, the fun-filled park is de­signed to com­ple­ment the nat­u­ral Ba­li­nese en­vi­ron­ment. The 3.8-hectare park is home to one of Asia’s steep­est slides, per­fect for thrill seek­ers, while lit­tle ones can splash around in the kids’ area. The rides cater for all ages, rang­ing from mel­low to ex­treme, along with at­trac­tions in­clud­ing Wave Rider and out of the wa­ter fun on the Euro Bungy. water­

Karma Beach Club Un­gasan

The ul­tra-cool Karma Beach Club is a must-visit for fam­i­lies. Be­yond its white sand and turquoise wa­ters, there are plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages. There’s a great restau­rant with kid-friendly sta­ples and a beach bar serv­ing cock­tails for mum and dad. Re­lax with a mas­sage or stand-up pad­dle yoga, while the kids en­joy pool time or Mon­day Movie Nights on the beach. kar­ma­

Bali Zoo Gian­yar

For an­i­mal-lov­ing kids, this in­ti­mate zoo is par­adise, as they can meet their favourite an­i­mals. From eat­ing break­fast with orang­utans in their play­ground to get­ting up close with the ele­phants, the zoo of­fers a range of ex­pe­ri­ences for all ages. For an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence, dine with ele­phants and watch the gi­ant beau­ties bathe and feed, be­fore in­dulging in a buf­fet din­ner and en­joy­ing cul­tural dance per­for­mances.

Sun­days Beach Club Uluwatu

You have ev­ery­thing at your feet here at one of Bali’s most spec­tac­u­lar beach­front lo­ca­tions. Within the beach club you can ex­plore the clear la­goon and rock pools, or en­joy any of the com­pli­men­tary wa­ter sports. Con­sider this the per­fect spot to sip a cock­tail, sink into your bean bag and watch the lit­tle ones splash in the ocean or try stand-up pad­dle­board­ing. sun­days­beach­

Ma­son Ad­ven­ture Tours


Cel­e­brat­ing 30 years as Bali’s best ad­ven­ture com­pany, Ma­son Ad­ven­tures has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ences for the whole fam­ily. You can em­bark on a jour­ney along Bali’s only ATV track on the Jun­gle Bug­gies (kids 12 and over can be pas­sen­gers), or take a scenic trek through hid­den trails to see some of the coun­try’s best-kept tem­ples and nat­u­ral trea­sures. ma­son­ad­ven­

Bali Tree­top Ad­ven­ture Park

Kids four and up will love swing­ing from tree to tree like a mon­key in this lush out­door play­ground. Fam­i­lies can nav­i­gate their way through one of 95 chal­lenges go­ing over sus­pended bridges, get­ting around the spi­der nets, or zoom­ing down the zi­pline. The park is set within Be­dugul Botanic Gar­dens, which makes for the per­fect post-ad­ven­ture stop to un­wind and learn about na­ture. bal­itree­

Sil­ver Surf Bali Pura Luhur Canggu

The fam­ily will have a swell time catch­ing waves with a per­son­alised 2.5-hour learn-to-surf class. Classes take place at a lo­ca­tion best suited to your abil­ity, en­sur­ing you learn in the best en­vi­ron­ment. Pri­vate lessons are ad­vised, how­ever, group lessons are avail­able so you and the kids can catch waves to­gether. The surf­board, drink­ing wa­ter and ho­tel pick-up and drop-off are taken care of, so you can re­lax and fo­cus on catch­ing waves. sil­ver­surf­

Uluwatu Be­dugul

Perched 70 me­tres above the In­dian Ocean, this im­pres­sive Hindu tem­ple is one of Bali’s nine di­rec­tional tem­ples. The steep head­lands on ei­ther side have caves at their base, mak­ing for a great fam­ily ad­ven­ture, as you can walk through the caves and ac­cess some prime surf­ing spots. Although small, the tem­ple is famed for its lo­ca­tion, and is also known as a home of cheeky mon­keys, which the kids will love. Con­sider a sun­set snap on this cliff-top gem a must.

Shop in Seminyak

Burst­ing with fash­ion bou­tiques and life­style brand out­lets, Seminyak is the place to go for shopa­holics and food­ies alike. A walk down Jalan Raya Seminyak – the main shop­ping street – has rows of de­signer, home­ware, hand­i­craft and con­tem­po­rary art stores, all be­tween Bali’s top restau­rants and cafes. Be sure to stop at In­digo Kids on your stroll to pick up some stylish re­sort at­tire for your lit­tle trav­ellers. in­

Sun­set at Jim­baran Bay Seafood


Take a seat on the sand and en­joy a seafood meal with sun­set views at Jim­baran Beach. Jim­baran Bay Seafood is the only restau­rant on the sand with its own pri­vate beach, mak­ing it a safe and in­ti­mate op­tion for fam­ily din­ing. Live quar­tet singers, Ba­li­nese tra­di­tional dance and ho­tel pick-up and drop-off are all in­cluded in the evening. This is a sight that is uniquely Ba­li­nese so con­sider this the ul­ti­mate taste of Ba­li­nese cul­ture. jim­baran­bay­

Tra­di­tional Art Mar­ket


Un­leash your in­ner hag­gler strolling through the mar­ket stalls, as fea­tured in the 2010 film Eat Pray Love. Stacked with lo­cally made hand­i­crafts, the colour­ful mar­kets make for great gift shop­ping while giv­ing you a taste of Ba­li­nese cul­ture as you bar­gain for your goods. They’re lo­cated op­po­site the Ubud Royal Palace and typ­i­cally open daily be­tween 6am and 6pm.

Ba­nana boat rides Tan­jung Benoa

Go bananas ex­plor­ing the warm, calm wa­ters of Tan­jung Benoa on this fun-filled wa­ter ride. Thrill-seek­ing fam­i­lies will have a blast on the in­flated rub­ber ba­nana boat as its whizzes through the wa­ter be­hind a speed boat. If you aren’t after the same adren­a­line rush as the kids, ly­ing on the white sand beach and soak­ing in the Ba­li­nese sun­shine is hard to beat, with the added treat of watch­ing the kids’ faces light up as they zip around on the ba­nana boat. bali­green­

Tem­ple of En­thu­si­asm Canggu

Yes, Deus Ex Machina makes mo­tor­bikes and surf­boards, but it’s ev­ery­thing in be­tween that makes this lo­ca­tion a must-visit. Known as the Tem­ple of En­thu­si­asm, the head­quar­ters has some­thing for ev­ery­one serv­ing up cof­fee, mu­sic, tacos, tat­toos and fu­sion cui­sine. With paint spilled on the floors and art on the walls, this quirky lo­ca­tion is a sure-fire hit with teens. deuscus­

Pi­rates Bay Nusa Dua

Get lost in the fan­tasy land of this open-air din­ing venue, hous­ing a pi­rate ship and an abun­dance of tree­houses for the kids to play in and ex­plore. You have the op­tion to dine in the tree­houses, on a beach­front ta­ble on the sand, or re­quest a seat in­side the beau­ti­ful pi­rate ship. The menu hosts a range of lo­cal and Western foods, so even the fussi­est eaters are sat­is­fied, while bon­fires and live mu­sic en­rich the am­bi­ence mak­ing it a spe­cial evening for you and the kids. thep­i­rates­bay­

Bathe in holy wa­ter at Tirta Em­pul


Peo­ple from all over Bali have been com­ing to Tirta Em­pul for over 1,000 years to bathe in or col­lect the sa­cred wa­ter, which is later used in lo­cal cer­e­monies. The tem­ple is di­vided into three court­yards and vis­i­tors are in­vited to par­take in the bathing ex­pe­ri­ence in the first court­yard’s pub­lic pool. This nat­u­ral her­itage site is an un­miss­able cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence and an ab­so­lute vis­ual treat.

Bali Swing Ubud

Let your lit­tle birds fly in the tree­tops at Bali Swing. There are 21 sky-high ac­tiv­i­ties in this fab­u­lous play­ground: 12 sin­gle swings (rang­ing from 10 to 78 me­tres above the ground, in­clud­ing one that swings out over the cliff), a tan­dem swing and six su­per-cute ‘nests’ with views over the canyon and wa­ter­fall. bal­

Ubud Royal Palace


Lo­cated on the main road, Jalan Raya Ubud, the beau­ti­fully pre­served Royal Palace is the home of the lo­cal royal fam­ily. Built dur­ing the lord­ship of the late Ida Tjoko­rda Putu Kan­del, his heirs have kept the com­pound in ex­cep­tional con­di­tion for fam­i­lies to ex­plore and ad­mire. In the evening, the palace’s stage be­comes a prime spot to view one of the dra­matic evening dance per­for­mances.

Te­gal­lalang Rice Ter­races


This patch­work of rice pad­dies, less than half an hour’s drive from Ubud, is one of Bali’s best-known sights. The ter­races spill across the hill­side, and you can ei­ther ad­mire the view from the top (where a clus­ter of cafes has cropped up) or ven­ture down into the val­ley. The best time to visit – par­tic­u­larly for a gor­geous fam­ily snap – is early morn­ing or late af­ter­noon.

White­wa­ter raft­ing


Ex­plore Bali’s long­est river, Ayung River, on an ex­hil­a­rat­ing white­wa­ter raft­ing tour. Chil­dren aged over five are in­vited to take on the 12-kilo­me­tre cruise down the river past rice pad­dies, wa­ter­falls and lush rain­for­est. You’ll tackle class two and three rapids, be­fore a buf­fet lunch fi­nale. ma­son­ad­ven­

Is­land so­journs

Gili Is­lands and Nusa Lem­bon­gan

Coral reefs and sandy beaches fringed with palm trees char­ac­terise the three tiny is­lands that make up the Gili Is­lands, just a boat ride from Bali. Kids will love watch­ing sea tur­tles swim at Tur­tle Point and see­ing the sunken ship at Wreck Point. North­west of the Gili Is­lands is Nusa Lem­bon­gan, a serene lo­ca­tion that’s per­fect for putting your feet up, surf­ing, div­ing and snorkelling.

Lom­bok break

Known as a per­fect get­away des­ti­na­tion, this surfers’ par­adise is full of bliss­ful beaches and lush rain­forests. Just east of Bali, the is­land has plenty of amaz­ing snorkelling hotspots and wa­ter­falls that kids will love. Be sure to visit Seng­gigi and Kuta Beach for lots of fam­ily-friendly restau­rants, ac­tiv­i­ties, ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions and an un­miss­able sun­set over the beach as chil­dren build sand­cas­tles and you sip on a cock­tail at a beach bar.

Franken­steins Lab­o­ra­tory


If your lit­tle ones love all things creepy, then this themed din­ing venue is the place for them. Every night, the lab­o­ra­tory hosts live cabaret shows where mon­sters, mum­mies and zom­bies take the stage and bo­ogy to live mu­sic. No need to worry about scar­ing the chil­dren; there is a fam­ily-friendly ses­sion be­tween 4.10pm and 8.15pm every day, with a show specif­i­cally for kids. After the show they will love tak­ing on the role of the undead with zom­bie face-paint­ing by the in-house make-up artists. franken­steins-lab­o­ra­

Finns Beach Club Kuta

With a prime beach­front lo­ca­tion fac­ing Ber­awa surf break just 10 min­utes from Seminyak, this bam­boo beach club of­fers 180-de­gree sun­set views over the ocean com­ple­mented by live DJ tunes. Par­ents will love un­wind­ing on the daybeds while the kids splash about in the pool or ocean. Finns can even ar­range a shut­tle for lit­tle guests to en­joy Cubby House Kids’ Club, five min­utes from the beach club, while you have en­joy cock­tails by the pool. finns­beach­

Bali Baik Bike Tour


Ex­plore the tran­quil vil­lages and scenic rice pad­dies on this fam­ily-friendly moun­tain bike tour. Get a glimpse of true Ba­li­nese cul­ture by rid­ing through the coun­try­side to wit­ness the ev­ery­day lives of crafts­men and farm­ers. Meals, his­tor­i­cal and scenic tours and ho­tel pick-up and drop-off are all in­cluded. Chil­dren over seven can ride alone, while baby seats are avail­able for the lit­tle ones. Tan­dem bikes are also op­tional. Tours are tai­lored to the needs of the group, cater­ing to fam­i­lies of all ages and abil­i­ties. bal­i­

The Sea Tem­ple of Tanah Lot


Bali’s most scenic (and most pho­tographed) sea tem­ple is fa­mous for its stun­ning sun­sets. Cling­ing to a rock islet above the crash­ing waves, the an­cient shrine is a fit­ting place to hon­our the Ba­li­nese sea gods. Vis­i­tors can walk from the main­land to the base of the tem­ple’s is­land at low tide. There are also plenty of restau­rants, cafes and sou­venir shops to keep the fam­ily en­ter­tained.

Jiwa Spa at Con­rad Bali

Ta­nung Benoa

Bali is known as a top re­sort lo­ca­tion, so why not take your lit­tle one on a spa date with you? Con­rad Bali’s Jiwa Spa is all about pro­vid­ing the most re­lax­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and of­fers pam­per­ing pack­ages geared to­wards kids and teens, as well as a mum-and-me pack­age that pro­vides a per­fect ex­cuse to get a lit­tle bit of ‘me time’ to­gether. con­rad­

Watch the Ke­cak Fire Dance at Uluwatu Tem­ple Uluwatu

Bali’s iconic sun­set dance show, the Ke­cak Fire Dance at cliff-top Uluwatu Tem­ple, is a cul­tur­ally en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The mes­meris­ing chants re­ver­ber­ate in the am­phithe­atre south of the tem­ple, and watch­ing at sun­set means you will be in for the ul­ti­mate sen­sory treat. The Fire Dance show is of­ten in­cluded in tours to the tem­ple, and is a mem­o­rable way to close the day.

Mepanti­gan Ba­li­nese Mud Games


Let the kids get dirty in the name of cul­ture at Mepanti­gan Ba­li­nese Mud Games. This unique and muddy Ba­li­nese ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes Mud Horse Rid­ing, Mud Tug of War, Ke­cak Body Paint­ing, Mud Game­lan and danc­ing. Mums can even en­joy a re­lax­ing mud mas­sage, a spa ex­pe­ri­ence that’s out of the or­di­nary. mepanti­gan­


02 01 Bali’s iconic tem­ple gates Image © Nappy Nomad 02 Karma Beach Bali © Didi Lotze, Bre­men


03 White­wa­ter raft­ing © Ma­son Ad­ven­tures 04 Bali Zoo Miniapo­lis Jun­gle Water­play 05 Tanah Lot Tem­ple © ©Naughtynut/ 06 The Boomer­amg at Water­bom Bali04



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