Planning to go to Bali with kids? With the increased availability of cheap flights to Bali, the sunny island has become a popular family-friendly vacation spot during school holidays. While some of us would love a beach day and hang out by the pool, there are many different kid-friendly attractions Bali has to offer. From submarines, a safari and bike tours to turtle feeding and water parks, there’s now even more reason to have your next family vacation in Bali for you and your family to have an unforgettable time together.
1. Go to the safari park
Every kid loves animals, and it surely is a fun experience for them to be able to be on safari and get the chance to see and feed animals from a bus. A safari park in Bali? Yes, it’s the only safari park in Bali, named Bali Safari & Marine Park, located in Gianyar District. Surprisingly this safari park has more than 50 rare animals from Asia and Africa, and you and your family will get to see animals that are native to the Indonesian archipelago, such as the giant lizard called the komodo dragon and the exotic giant bird named the cassowary.
There are several safari packages to choose between, where prices start from 39 USD (518,900 IDR) for the Adventure Safari package. Many of the packages include a safari walk, where you and your kids can hug or be hugged by tamed animals such as an orangutan or a baby tiger (get 2 complimentary photographs of you and the animals of your choice with the words Bali Safari & Marine Park printed on them), a 45-minute cultural dance performance called Agung Show, depicting the legend of 2 Bali Goddesses, an elephant show depicting the relationship between humans, nature and elephants, as well as a meal in Tsavo restaurant, where you can see lions behind the glass from where you are eating.
2. Dive in a submarine
Do your kids love to play in the water and want to do a more challenging water activity other than just swimming and snorkeling? There are many places in Bali for these 2 activities, however, there is a way if you want to take them 35 meters (110 feet) deep into the water. Wait a second; is diving that deep safe for children? Well, that kind of diving is definitely only for a diving pro, but this is different, as they will be taken deep into the sea in a clean and air-conditioned submarine named Odyssey!
For the underwater ride, you need to go to Amuk Bay (near Denpasar) and it costs 85 USD, or 1,130,925 IDR (60 USD, or 798,300 IDR for kids) for a 45-minute submarine ride, including hotel transfer and lunch buffet. During the dive you can see some corals and several kinds of fish (for example zebra and angel fish) and the highlight of this submarine dive is to see those fish being fed by a diver!
3. Get up close with baby turtles
Taking kids to Bali can also mean giving them an education about turtle conservation in one of the turtle conservation projects, such as the Turtle Conservation & Education Center (TCEC), located on Serangan Island, 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) south of Denpasar (there is a bridge connecting Serangan Island and Bali’s mainland). Unlike Bali’s safari park, TCEC isn’t a fancy place, however, from an educational side, it’s worth visiting as you and your children will learn how to appreciate the existence of the endangered turtles. You will get the chance to feed them with sardines, and if you come during their breeding season (from May to October) you will see thousands of baby turtles, where you can pick one of the babies to release into the ocean. You will be helped by a volunteer, who is also happy to share their experience of saving injured turtles from beaches in Bali and East Java to be released upon their recovery. The volunteer will also help you with the documentation. Let him / her bring your camera so that he / she can take your pictures with the turtles. Some turtles are huge (a little less than 1 meter or 3.3 feet in diameter) and your kids will love to have their pictures taken while holding one of the huge turtles that are more than 30 years old!
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4. Play with water in the waterpark
When was the last time you took your kids to a waterpark? What would it sound like to your children or teens if you tell them that you are going to take them to Waterbom, one of the best water parks in Asia, located in Kuta, Bali?
There are more than 10 kinds of rides, and some of the rides are truly adrenaline-pumping, where only kids of certain ages can go on the rides. An example is the ride called ‘Climax’, where, from 16 meters (52.5 feet) above the ground, you will travel down a chamber at the speed of 70 kilometers per hour (43.5 miles per hour)!
It costs 20 USD, or 266,100 IDR (15 USD, or 199,575 IDR for kids) for the entrance and if you feel you are not in the mood for that type of ride and prefer other rides that are less challenging but fun, fret not because there are some rides that everybody can enjoy, like the lazy river ride, where you can ride on a tube raft and spend many hours drifting in the shallow lazy river.
5. Have a bike tour together
Do you normally ride a bike alone? Isn’t it nice if you can do it in Bali with your family while enjoying Bali’s off-the-beaten path, as you and your family will ride past a bamboo forest, villages and paddy fields, where these things can only be seen and experienced from this kind of bike tour.
In order to do that you need to have a bike tour coordinator, like Bali Hai in the Ubud area. It costs 50 USD (665,250 IDR) for an adult and 40 USD (532,200 IDR) for a kid under 12 for the tour. The prices include hotel transfers, breakfast and lunch, and a visit to a coffee plantation to taste different types of coffee, including the world’s most expensive civet coffee. It’s a very easy ride, as most of the time you ride on downhill tracks where you rarely need to peddle.
If safety is your concern, no fret, as a helmet is provided and there will be 2 guides coming along with your group, where one rides in front of everybody else to lead the way, and the other guide rides behind, to make sure no one is left behind. Sometimes you have to cross some busy roads, but there is no need to worry as the guides will stop the passing vehicles in order for you and your family to cross safely. The guides also bring enough supply of water and, without being asked, they will give you another bottle of water when yours is empty.
Bring your family to Bali
These are just some of many activities you and your family can do together, and now you know that Bali offers much more for you and your family other than just playing with the sand on the beach or swimming in your hotel. If you’re looking for kid-friendly day trips in Bali, check out some of these awesome suggestions from The Joy Project!
So, when is your next visit to Bali? Be sure to take your children along with you!
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