How to travel in Bali with kids

Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 11.06.2024

Exploring Bali with your little ones in tow? Figuring out how to navigate the island's vibrant scene while keeping them happy and comfy might feel like a puzzle, but you’re in the right place. Here’s our guide to travelling to the “Island of the Gods” with the whole family, including tips, advice, and the best things to do in Bali with kids. 

Is Bali suitable for kids?

Absolutely! Bali is a fantastic destination for families with kids. The friendly locals, diverse attractions, and family-oriented facilities make it an ideal spot for a memorable vacation. 

You’ll find plenty of activities for children of all ages, from serene beaches and lush jungles to cultural experiences and thrilling adventures. With many resorts and restaurants catering specifically to families, Bali ensures a fun and stress-free holiday for everyone.

Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) in Sacred Monkey Forest, Ubud, Indonesia © Shutterstock

Things to do in Bali with kids: Sacred Monkey Forest © Shutterstock

Bali with infants and toddlers

Traveling with infants and toddlers in Bali is a breeze. Baby-friendly hotels and resorts are common, and mini-markets are everywhere, usually stocked with baby wipes. For diapers, you might need to hit up a larger store like Carrefour near the airport, which is a convenient place to stock up at the start of your trip. 

While you can find baby food, the variety is limited, so bring your favorites from home. Remember to also bring swimming diapers from home if you plan to hit the pool.

Given Bali's uneven ground, a baby carrier is more practical than a stroller. You can also rent baby gear like car seats and baby baths, and many hotels offer babysitting services and kids' clubs. 

Lombok Senggigi Beach © Shutterstock

Lombok Senggigi Beach © Shutterstock

Bali with kids

Bali is a playground for kids. The island's beaches, like Sanur and Nusa Dua, are perfect for young ones, with calm waters ideal for swimming and playing. Waterbom Bali in Kuta is a hit, offering slides and pools for all ages. 

If your kids love animals, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a must-visit to see monkeys up close. 

Cultural activities like watching Balinese dance performances and exploring temples can be both fun and educational. Just be cautious with the local water—use filtered water for brushing teeth and be picky about where you eat to avoid any tummy issues.

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Batu Bolong Beach, Bali  © Shutterstock

Bali with teenagers

There is no shortage of of things to do in Bali with teenagers.

Adventure enthusiasts can check out Bali Treetop Adventure Park (featuring zip lines and suspended bridges), the thrilling Bali Swing (which offers fantastic views and a rush of adrenaline), or Seawalker Bali (which allows teens to walk on the ocean floor with a special helmet). 

Surfing lessons can be a blast—just pick a good school and bring the right gear like wetsuits. 

For a cultural twist, catch the Devdan Show, visit Tirta Empul, take a rice paddy walk, or explore Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park which features a massive Vishnu statue and hosts cultural performances.

If your kids love the outdoors, you might enjoy snorkeling at Blue Lagoon in Padangbai, known for its clear waters and vibrant marine life.

Batur sunrise Bali © Shutterstock

Batur sunrise Bali © Shutterstock

Where to Stay in Bali with kids

Picking the right spot to stay in Bali with kids can make or break your vacation. You'll want to stay somewhere central to avoid spending most of your day in the car, especially with Bali's notorious traffic. Plan smartly and you'll spend more time exploring and less time stuck on the road.

Central Ubud for a central stay

If you want to be in the heart of the action, Central Ubud is a fantastic choice. Nestled in the jungle, Ubud is close to major attractions like temples, waterfalls, and the famous Monkey Forest. You’ll find plenty of shops and restaurants here too. Just be prepared for a bit of traffic – it can get pretty busy, so plan your outings accordingly.

Kuta for turtles and more

Kuta is a great spot if you’re looking for fun and convenience. You’re right near Waterbom Park, which is a hit with kids, and there are tons of resorts and shopping centers. 

Plus, Kuta has turtle conservation efforts that are educational and interesting for the whole family. However, the beaches here can be pretty crowded, which might be a downside if you’re looking for a quieter beach experience.

Enjoying sunset on beach of Seminyak © Shutterstock

Enjoying sunset on beach of Seminyak © Shutterstock

Sanur for a more relaxed pace

If a laid-back beach holiday is more your speed, Sanur is perfect. The beaches are pristine and safe for swimming, and the area is easily walkable. You’ll find plenty of affordable family villas, making it a great place to kick back and relax.

The downside? There’s not as much to do here compared to busier spots, but if you’re happy with beach time and relaxation, Sanur is ideal.

For a luxurious stay, Nusa Dua

For those wanting a touch of luxury, Nusa Dua is the place to be. The area is packed with high-end, all-inclusive resorts that offer everything you need for a comfortable stay. It’s great for water sports and just hanging out at the hotel. 

Plus, you’re close to local markets and restaurants, so you can easily explore without straying too far from your comfy base.

The entrance to the elephant cave "Goa Gajah" on the Indonesian island of Bali © Shutterstock

The entrance to the elephant cave "Goa Gajah", Bali © Shutterstock

Where to Avoid Staying in Bali with kids

Some areas in Bali are better avoided if you’re traveling with kids, mainly due to overcrowding or lack of family-friendly activities.

Canggu

Canggu is buzzing with activity, which might not be ideal for a family stay. The heavy foot traffic and narrow paths can be tricky with a stroller, and the area is less walkable compared to other parts of Bali. It’s super busy and packed with car traffic, making it more suited for surfers and nightlife seekers than families.

Denpasar

Denpasar, the bustling capital of Bali, can be overwhelming for families. The traffic and constant activity can be exhausting, and it lacks the laid-back vibe that makes for a relaxing family holiday. While there’s plenty to see, it’s probably not the best place for a stress-free stay with kids.

Lovina

Lovina, in the north, offers beautiful, tranquil beaches but not much else. If you’re looking for activities to keep the kids entertained, you might find Lovina a bit lacking. It’s peaceful and quiet, which is great for some, but if you’re after a more dynamic vacation with plenty to do, Lovina might not hit the mark.

Gili Nanggu island with white sand and aquamarine water in Bali, Indonesia © Shutterstock

Gili Nanggu Island in Bali, Indonesia © Shutterstock

Planning your itinerary in advance is key for a great family vacation in Bali. If you would like to skip the hassle of planning, see our tailor made trip service. Our trips are created by local travel experts and are completely customizable. While on your trip, you and your family will have support 24/7. See our existing itineraries for inspiration.  

Pura Luhur Uluwatu, Bali © Shutterstock

Pura Luhur Uluwatu, Bali © Shutterstock

Itinerary #1: Bali’s beaches and temples.

On this week long itinerary, you and your family will discover Bali’s best beaches and temples. As you touch down at Ngurah Rai International Airport, and relax on day one.

You'll then be whisked away to Candidasa, where your family can ease into the holiday spirit. Day two invites you to explore the enchanting Karangasem Regency, uncovering the majestic Taman Ujung and Tirta Gangga water palaces, followed by a delightful feast of traditional Balinese cuisine at Bali Asli. 

On day three, dive deeper into Balinese life with a rural discovery tour in Sidemen, where your family can partake in local farming activities and visit the sacred Pura Besakih temple. Transitioning to Ubud, days four is filled with family-friendly exploration, from museum visits to scenic walks through rice terraces. 

The adventure continues on day five with a scenic drive to Lovina, where you'll encounter historic temples and iconic landmarks. Finally,on the last day you’ll wrap up your Bali escapade with a visit to the mesmerizing Tanah Lot Temple, creating cherished memories before bidding farewell to the island from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Read more

Ubud market is a famous market in Bali © Shutterstock

Things to do in Bali with kids: Ubud Market © Shutterstock

Itinerary #2: Best of Bali

This two week itinerary is best for those with older kids and starts with a drop down at Denpasar airport. You’ll spend the first day at your accommodation resting from your travels. Day two invites you to explore the hidden treasures of Sidemen with a serene trek through lush landscapes, followed by a leisurely afternoon at your hotel.

On day three, get ready for an adrenaline rush as you dive into Bali's Hidden Canyon before returning to Villa Sidemen to unwind. On day four you and your family will visit an ancient temple and participate in a traditional purification ceremony. The excitement continues on day five with a thrilling Vespa tour, uncovering cultural gems and indulging in a seaside picnic. 

Transitioning to Lombok on day six, you'll settle into your hotel and take a countryside tour on day seven, followed by a snorkeling adventure in Gili Trawangan on day eight

Returning to Bali on day nine, you'll find yourself at Como Uma Canggu, where days are filled with leisurely strolls and culinary adventures. 

Take part in a food safari on day ten, while day eleven brings an exhilarating survival trek in Mt. Batukaru Rainforest. 

Days twelve and thirteen promise relaxation at Finns Beach Club and thrilling horseback rides along the beach, respectively, before a half-day tour to Uluwatu on day fourteen, concluding your trip. Read more

Sea turtle sanctuary in Gili Meno island, Indonesia © Shutterstock

Sea turtle sanctuary in Gili Meno island, Indonesia © Shutterstock

Practical tips for travelling to Bali with kids

Here are some tips and tricks for your family trip to Bali. 

Getting around Bali with kids

Navigating Bali's streets with kids can be tricky, as many sidewalks are narrow, uneven, and full of holes, making strollers a bit of a hassle. Your best bet is to bring a baby carrier if you have young children.

You also might want to hire private drivers to whisk you around, especially since traffic jams are a common occurrence. Alternatively, apps like Grab make it easy to hail a taxi for stress-free transportation.

How many days with kids?

Wondering how long to stay in Bali with the little ones? A week gives you a taste of everything, but if you've got the time, stretching it to ten days or even two weeks lets you take it slow and soak up all the island has to offer without rushing the kiddos.

Taman Ayun Temple - Bali, Indonesia © Shutterstock

Taman Ayun Temple - Bali, Indonesia © Shutterstock

Staying healthy

When travelling with your kids in Bali, there are some health concerns to stay vigilant about. 

Be cautious with water consumption, as tap water may contain bacteria that could upset young bellies. Always use bottled or filtered water for drinking and brushing teeth. If your young ones end up with an upset stomach, a movie night at the hotel can often help while they recover. 

There are several reputable hospitals that are English-speaking in Bali, just be sure to book travel insurance before you go. Mosquito repellent is also must to protect against mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever and malaria.

Be sure to stay clear of cats and dogs

While Bali's stray cats and dogs may seem adorable, it's crucial to keep your distance, especially with children. Strays can carry diseases like rabies, and encounters can lead to bites or scratches, posing a risk of infection. Educate your kids about the importance of admiring from a distance to stay safe and healthy during your adventures.

Pick the right beach

When it comes to beach days with the family, choose wisely for maximum fun and relaxation. Look for beaches with calm waters and family-friendly amenities. Sanur and Nusa Dua are solid picks, offering smooth waves and plenty of spots to grab a snack or find some shade. 

Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 11.06.2024

Dre Roelandt is originally from the United States but lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Dre is a freelance writer and artist with a passion for travelling. They are an in-house Content Editor at Rough Guides.

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