Taking the kids to Bali is an enriching experience for the whole family. With a few simple precautions, you’ll enjoy wildlife, colourful attractions and fascinating culture. Here’s a look at what you need to do and the best places to go.
For Australian’s, Bali is a favourite holiday playground. The ‘Land of the Gods’ offers excellent infrastructure for tourists, inspirational attractions and it’s fantastic value for money. A visit means an investment in cultural enrichment, however, to ensure a smooth trip, it’s important to consider the differences, in order to adapt.
Rice Field Walks in Bali
Safety in Bali
The Balinese word for child is anak and you’ll find delight in the community emphasis placed on your kids. Every care is taken at hotels, restaurants and even on the streets, as the Balinese believe everyone has a responsibility towards the wellbeing of children.
However, general safety issues stem from an excess of traffic, badly paved footpaths, stray animals, food contamination and a lack of health and safety precautions. Therefore, expect things such as unfenced pool areas, a lack of railings or safety measures at landmarks and tourist attractions and random work sites that provide no protection for people passing by.
Bottled water is a must, even for teeth brushing, in order to avoid ‘Bali belly’. Most restaurants or warungs in tourist areas, such as Seminyak, Kuta and Sanur are wonderful with children, cater to simple tastes and safe to enjoy. Cooked food, such as rice, boiled eggs and vegetables are great options, for children to try local food with a very low risk of upsetting sensitive stomachs.
Monkey’s in Ubud’s Sacred Monkey Forest
The Best Things to Do with Children in Bali
One of the best regions for children is Ubud for the Monkey Forest, colourful markets and easy walks through emerald rice fields to see ducks, river rapids and local village life.
Now to the fun part – something that Bali serves up in large doses. One of the best regions for children is Ubud, for the Monkey Forest, colourful markets and easy walks through emerald rice fields to see ducks, river rapids and local village life. Seminyak brims with family-friendly resorts and attractions, while Sanur and Nusa Dua offer calm swimming water, cleaner surrounds and a relaxed atmosphere.
Kuta and Legian are at the heart of Bali’s tourist trade and therefore busy, crowded and perhaps a little to ‘party friendly’. However, there are beachfront resorts near the sand, great shops, surfing lessons and wonderful restaurants to enjoy on a day trip.
For accommodation, choose hotels with a large range of family-friendly facilities, including playgrounds, child-only pools and kid’s menus. Self-contained villas are popular, however do consider that most won’t have child safety features indoors and plunge pools are not likely fenced.
In terms of activities, don’t miss catching a traditional Balinese dance show, such as Barong dance at the Ubud Palace. Allow children to bargain with market stall owners, with their own ‘thousands’ of rupiah. Most vendors will thoroughly enjoy the exchange and encourage clever bargaining. Walk through the ‘monsters mouth’ at Goa Gajah temple, head to Bali Treetop Adventure Park and check out the Elephant Safari Park.
Most of all, embrace the wonder that is Bali, by preparing for the differences beforehand - and you’ll have the adventure of a lifetime.
Nicole Leigh West
Nicole Leigh West is the author of fiction novel, 'The Gypsy Trail' and an internationally recognised travel and lifestyle writer.