Bali has long been a favourite destination for Aussie family holidays, but it is not just about the convenient location, gorgeous resorts, delicious food, welcoming locals and relaxing lifestyle. There are also plenty of fun, family friendly ways to spend time together in Bali. Here’s our pick of the best.
Scuba dive and snorkel
It goes without saying that a dive in Bali – whether by scuba or snorkel – is a must-do. The Baruna Dive Centre situated on the quiet Northeast coast of Bali, offers every kind of dive and snorkel tour imaginable, including PADI dive courses, and the whole family can even stay at the centre’s cottages where you’ll experience the ‘real Bali’.
Trek through rice paddies and villages
Trekking through the rice paddies of Mayong Village is a wonderful experience for all ages. The trip is around 5km and hard going in Bali’s humidity, but your guide’s local knowledge of the region is enough to help you keep up. To refuel for your next adventure, you can even enjoy a gourmet, local-style lunch.
Immerse yourself in water-park action
Kids of all ages love a good water park and Waterbom Bali is one of Asia’s best. With nine wild rides, water play, pools and bungy jumping, it’s a big day out for everyone in the family.
Climb the trees tops
The Bali Treetop Adventure Park is not for the faint-hearted, but while it’s challenging and sometimes downright scary, it’s also loads and loads of fun. There are different circuits set high and low in the trees to safely cater for every level, and experienced staff on hand to rescue you, if you lose your nerve.
Meet the local wildlife
At the Bali Safari and Marine Park you can view the animals from the back of the safari tram or the back of an elephant. The park is well-equipped and well run, and there are loads of activities to keep everyone amused for a whole day.
See the cheeky monkeys at Ubud
The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a great laugh. Watching the way the monkeys interact with humans is pure joy – and a good way to teach kids about being kind to animals. Watch out, though, some very cheeky monkeys may bite!
Take in a dazzling show
The Devdan Show at the Bali Nusa Dua Theatre has enough colour and movement to dazzle even the youngest child, making this a great option for a fun family night out. The performers interact with the children in the audience, bringing the story to life and keeping them entertained.