Bali for kids: The adventure begins…
We tend to think of Bali as a destination for surfers, romantics, partygoers and new-age types in search of a relaxing yoga or spa holiday. But how does Bali rank as a family destination? Are there many activities for kids?
It turns out there is plenty to do on Bali for kids and lots of online resources packed with ideas. There’s even a guidebook called — simply enough — Bali with Kids. Australian families in particular are quite at home on the Island of the Gods. For one thing, the costs of flights to Bali for Aussies are comparable to those within the country, while the prices once on the ground are considerably less expensive.
And don’t assume that kids are just likely to be interested in playing on the beach. They are just as likely to prefer a bit of culture.
From the West Australian:
Our introduction to Bali’s unique take on Hinduism begins next door to our accommodation, the exquisite Villa Pura Padi, at the village temple. The children are fascinated at every step (taking care not to disturb offerings on the footpath), their understanding of local culture deepening with each passing day of colourful sights and sound.
Of course one attraction at Uluwatu Temple and throughout Bali is the monkeys. Just try to find one kid who doesn’t love monkeys. That said, always be careful with animals and hide and secure any valuables from their mischievous grasp (particularly at Uluwatu) — their curious hands will discover and steal whatever they can.
From Scary Mommy:
Monkeys here, monkeys there, monkeys everywhere! Monkey Forest is a gorgeous lush forest whose main inhabitants are monkeys! The ticket costs 20,000 (2 USD) rupiahs and you are able to buy bananas to feed the monkeys just outside the sanctuary. As you walk thru the forest, monkeys approach you and quietly observe if you have anything they might fancy. Cobblestone lanes lead you thru a maze-like paracours that finishes at the temple. Monkeys are able to roam around freely and so are the kids.
If your kids are up for some surfing there are plenty of schools that will provide children’s surf lessons. Beach breaks like the beautiful and long Padang Padang Right are perfect for learning and practicing, while keeping the danger at a minimum, though we don’t recommend kids to do anything but watch surfers at Padang Padang Left, which is best left for the experts.
Check out the Australian site Together We Roam, which dedicated to travelling with kids, for a list of helpful tips on visiting Bali with children.
Lead image: Linh Vien Thai (Flickr CC)