Bali is a destination loaded with culture, offering a fantastic opportunity to expose your children to other ways of life safely. The rise of tourism in the country means it’s more accessible than other places in Asia, but still very much retains its character. Bali is a family-friendly holiday option, with gorgeous weather, delicious food and tons of fun activities.
If you’re travelling to Bali with your family, here are some travel tips to make things easier when on holiday.
1. Visit During the Dry Season
While Bali has some great weather, the wet season brings massive downpours on a daily basis. Rainy conditions can put a dampener on your holiday and limit the activities you can take part in. There are also a lot of bugs during this time. The wet season is from October to March, so try to avoid these times if possible. School holidays are in December, so it may be tempting to go then, but it will be extremely busy and likely rainy. Aim to go during the dry season, between May and September.
2. Plan Fun Family Activities
Bali is packed full of fun and exciting activities for people of all ages. Planning some of the places you want to go in advance will reduce stress when you arrive. It means you will have a list of activities to keep the kids engaged and busy for the duration of your trip. Here are some of the top family-friendly activities to check out in Bali.
The Waterbom Park in Kuta is a waterpark, with tons of waterslides and a pool bar for the adults to enjoy.
Check out the Monkey Forest in Ubud. Kids will love seeing and interacting with all the monkeys. Avoid bringing any food into the area or purchasing bananas from the vendors as some monkeys can get quite aggressive.
Go to Uluwatu Temple and watch the Kecak Dance. This fire dance is exciting to watch and will entertain the kids.
3. Choose Trusted, Family-Friendly Accommodation
Choosing the right accommodation is key to having a pleasurable and stress-free holiday. You’ll also want to ensure you are staying in accessible areas that are close to amenities, shops and activity options. The best places to stay are Seminyak, Sanur, Nusa Dua and Ubud. Pick accommodation that offers honest, reliable service and quality facilities on site. Make your experience easier and more rewarding by staying in Bali villas. They can set up tours for you, connect you with a local driver, and offer recommendations for your time in Bali. Plus, the facilities are top-notch, offering delicious food, luxury rooms and fun activities for the kids.
4. Stay Safe
Though Bali is generally really safe, there are some things to note to ensure you don’t encounter any issues on your holiday.
Traffic in Bali is a lot different than back in Australia. It can get chaotic and poses a danger to children that tend to wander off, so keep an eye on them. The roads are also poor quality and unsuitable for prams.
If your child needs a car seat or booster seat, be aware that most rented cars, or hired drivers, will not have them.
Ensure you and your children have the proper vaccines before heading to Bali. It’s recommended that Hepatitis A and B vaccines are given six weeks before travelling. It’s also important to be aware that Rabies is quite common in Bali among stray dogs. Be careful with your children attempting to pet or get close to any stray dogs on the street.
Bali is an incredible country to travel with your children. Following these tips will ensure your family gets a cultural and fun experience while staying safe and happy!