10 THINGS ALL FAMILIES SHOULD DO IN BALI
Bali is a holiday destination where you have the ability to ‘live it up’ and enjoy an affordable holiday all at once. The atmosphere is warm, the locals are welcoming and the scenery is gorgeous.
As soon as you hop off the plane and get through Customs, the tone of the holiday begins.
With direct flights from Australia that only take about five to seven hours in most cases, Bali would have to be one of the closest, most affordable destinations outside of Australia.
In addition to lounging on the beach, cocktail in hand, what else does Bali offer for families?
Visit Waterbom Park (or another water park) – 8 hectares of pristine gardens with hours (a full day) of entertainment for the whole family. World class slides and rides which are maintained at international safety standards. There are about 14 slides and it’s easy to see why it was voted the number one water park in Asia.
Take a daytrip to Ubud – See the monkeys at the monkey forest, dine with views of the volcano or rice fields, and visit the markets for gorgeous wooden crafts, clothing and art.
Go to the Bali Zoo – See over 450 rare and exotic animals in a gorgeous tropical environment. You can feed a Bengal Tiger, ride an elephant, have your photo taken with an array of animals, hang out in the petting zoo, take a pony ride and lots more. They even have a new Jungle water park. Ticket prices vary for what you want included in your pass.
Enjoy sunset drinks on the beach – This is a very affordable fun way to end the day. Pick any restaurant on the beach that takes your fancy (my favourite is the Seminyak beach stretch or Jimbaran Bay), listen to live music, order a Bintang, sit on bean bags, order a meal if you wish, watch the kids play and watch the sun go down.
Indulge in the Seafood Feast at Jimbaran Bay – Even if you don’t eat seafood (there are heaps of other food choices), the sunsets at Jimbaran are stunning and you should certainly spend one night (or a whole day) relaxing in armchairs here if you can.
Beat the rain at the Canggu Club – Perfect for a rainy day and located 15 minutes from Seminyak, the Canggu Club includes an indoor trampoline park Bounce Bali, Splash Water Park, Strike bowling alley and an indoor tennis centre.
Take a Balinese cooking class – Discover the spiced flavours of Bali’s virtually unknown cuisine. Classes offer a fascinating introduction to the exotic ingredients and unique culinary heritage of Bali. They provide a valuable insight into the various techniques of food preparation and the cooking style used in their island homes. A lot of the resorts and hotels have their own cooking classes where they will even take you to the markets to buy the produce first.
Visit Uluwatu and Dreamland Beach – Surround yourself with beautiful crystal clear water and reef. The beaches here can be dangerous, but sitting in the cliffs watching the water is a very relaxing experience if your kids sit still. It’s quite a hike going up and down the hill, but a great day out.
Shop at the markets – Here you will find sarongs, dresses, pants, shorts, shirts, hats, sunglasses, DVD’s, and pretty much anything you could imagine! Some items are genuine Balinese items, or imports from China; others are not genuine and are sold on the black market like fake Billabong clothing, DVD’s and other designer brands.
A lot of the shops are the same and each location has its own market. Kuta and Sukawati Markets are by far the cheapest that I have found and sometimes the hawkers on the beach are cheaper too. The general rule is to divide by three from whatever they first offer and don’t go any higher than half, or ask for Bali pricing (which they won’t give you really but it will give you an idea of their cheapest rate to tourists).
Get pampered at a beauty salon- Get a massage, a pedicure, manicure, salt scrub, facial, hair wash, and more. The prices are ridiculously cheap at the smaller spas ($7.50 an hour) or you can go to more upmarket ones that will cost you about the same as in Australia.
Stay tuned for our next Bree’s Family Passport for our top tips when travelling to Bali. And make sure you check out Bree’s Family Passport’s 10 things all Australians must try when in Bali.