Bali family holidays can be as busy or as relaxing as you like – but one thing is for sure there are plenty of things to do in Bali with kids.
From making new friends in kids clubs, exploring local villages, experiencing traditional temples, getting up close and personal with a variety of animals, enjoying first class facilities at fantastic Bali family resorts, shopping and eating amazing foods – your Bali family holidays will be full of some wonderful adventures.
In this post we cover off on the top 37 Bali tourist attractions that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
Best Things to do in Bali with Kids
1. Shopping in the local markets and shopping malls
No matter where you stay in Bali you will find plenty of shops, stalls, and markets to barter with the locals for t shirts, home wares, artwork, watches and jewelry or pick up a bargain at one of the several shopping malls.
2. See dolphins in Lovina
One of the main attractions at Lovina Beach is to join a tour to see the dolphins. Kids will love seeing the various species of dolphins including the dark-skinned spinner dolphin.
You will need to join a tour to see the dolphins, You can book a tour in Bali or click here to book in advance.
3. Enjoy your resorts facilities or resort hop and try out others too
The best family resorts in Bali have some fantastic facilities with gorgeous swimming pools, restaurants and bars. Be sure to spend some time hanging around your hotel making use of these facilities and if you have the time; go and check out other hotels facilities, which is absolutely fine to do provided you purchase food and drinks from the hotels restaurants.
If you are staying at one of the Bali hotels with kids club, no doubt your little ones are going to want to spend some time there too.
We recently stayed at the Holiday Inn which was great for kids, you can read our review here.
4. Pirates Bay Bali
One of the best things to do in Nusa Dua with the kids, is to take them to Pirates Bay. Pirates Bay is an open-air café and restaurant that looks just like a pirate’s ship and pirate’s hide out. There is a massive playground which includes a replica pirate ship, various tree houses and a lookout tower.
In the evening, the entire restaurant is surrounded by lit torches and families can hang out together around the bonfire.
If you are not staying in the area, Pirates Bay Bali is best reached by taxi or hire a car and driver.
5. See the Sunset at Rock Bar Bali, Ayana Resort
Whilst this one is mainly for the grown ups, the entire family will enjoy hanging out at the Rock Bar which is located in Jimbaran Bay at the AYANA Resort and Spa Bali. The bar sits 14 meters above the ocean with fantastic views across the Indian ocean. Unlike most of Bali’s restaurants and bars, The Rock Bar has a dress code and does not allow singlets and board shorts, so come dressed appropriately to experience this popular bar which hosts international bands and DJs.
Whilst children are welcome here, it is probably not suitable for children unable to sit quietly with their parents.
If you are not staying in the area, the Rock Bar is best reached by taxi or hire a car and driver.
6. Banjar Hot Springs
For something different, take the kids to the sacred hot springs ‘Air Panas’ of Banjar which are set in the midst of the jungle in a beautifully landscaped tropical garden. The hot springs are located close to Lovina Beach, and includes 3 public and 1 private pool. The pools are fed by a hot, sulphur rich water source which supposedly has many healing properties.
The hot springs are best reached by a hiring a car and driver – or alternatively click here to book a tour.
7. Waterbom Park
One of the best things to do in Bali with kids would have to be a visit to Waterbom park in Kuta. Both kids and the adults will love this theme park with its 17 water slides, pools and water games for children of all ages. Services and facilities are first class and is a highlight for many families travelling to Bali.
Waterbom is located in the heart of busy downtown Kuta, and open daily from from 9 am to 6pm.
The best way to get to Waterbom Park is to take a taxi.
8. Tegalalang Rice Terraces
One of most popular Bali tourist attractions would have to be Tegalalang Rice Terraces. Tegalalang Rice Terraces is located a 25 minutes drive from Ubud and is famous for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies as far as your eyes can see. Visitors can either sit and admire its beauty or climb down and trek through the fields.
Shops and restaurants line the main road next to the terraces and some offer fantastic views across the terraces.
There is no entry fee to the rice terraces but parking costs 20,000 IDR (approximately $2 AUD).
The best way to get there is to hire a car and driver, alternatively click here to book a tour.
9. Bali Butterfly House
The Bali Butterfly house is a butterfly and insect conservation facility where families can see hundreds of butterflies from 15 species from Indonesia as well as various other insects in informative displays. Children will love learning the transformation process from caterpillar to cocoon to wings.
The butterfly house is open daily 8 am to 5pm and entry is 50,000 IDR (approximately $5 AUD) per adult.
The best way to reach the Butterfly House is by taxi, private car and driver or by joining a tour.
10. Potato Head Beach Club
This one is for the parents, but kids will enjoy chilling out at Seminyak’s ultra-cool Potato Head Beach Club too. You will love the club’s infinity pool, beachfront, cocktails, and cool tunes.
If you are not staying in the area, the best way to reach the Potato Head Beach Club is via taxi.
11. See a Balinese Dance Show
Throughout the island there are various opportunities to see traditional Balinese dancing including:
- The Devdan Show – the show includes various elements such as acrobatics, dance and special effects. Click here for current prices.
- Batubalan – located on the main road from Denpasar to Ubud in the art village. Performances are daily at 9.30 am.
- Kecak at Uluwatu Temple – performed daily at 6 pm with a spectacular backdrop of panoramic ocean views.
You can either get a taxi to see a show, or combine it with a day trip either with your own private car and driver or with a tour.
12. Have a Massage and Spa Treatments
Treat the entire family to some pampering. There are multiple places in Bali that you can be pampered with a massage or various spa treatments such as pedicures, manicures, facials and body scrubs. You can enjoy these treatments on the beach, in a day spa or massage parlor. Prices can range depending upon the venue, but generally a 1 hour body massage starts at 70,000 IRD (approximately $7 AUD).
13. Bali Bird Park
Kids will love getting up close and personal with more than 1000 birds across 250 species. Check out the daily bird shows where you can see macaws, storks, cockatoos and birds soar through the sky. The park is open daily from 9 am to 5.30 pm. Click here for the latest prices.
The park can easily be reached by taxi or hire a car and driver, alternatively you can visit the park as part of a tour.
14. Chill out at Sundays Beach Club Uluwatu
Another one for Mum and Dad which the kids will be happy to tag along. Chill out at the cool Uluwatu beach club; hire a kayak or stand up paddle board, swim or snorkel before enjoying a delicious meal by the beach. Once the sun goes down enjoy the beach bonfires on bean bags and toast marshmallows.
If you are not staying in the area, Sundays Beach Club can easily be reached by taxi.
15. Bali Safari & Marine Park
One of the best things to do in Bali with kids would have to be a visit to the Bali Safari & Marine Park. The park covers 40 hectares of land and is home to over 60 species of animals, all of which roam free in large enclosures similar to their natural habitats. Animals are from three regions – Indonesia, India and Africa and include spotted deer, Himalayan bears, Indian white tigers, nilgai, black bucks, African hippos, zebras, camels, ostriches, baboons, blue wildebeests, and lions.
The park is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm and it is best to allow a full day to see the entire park. It is best to ensure you have your own transport to get to and from the park. There are varying packages available at the gate, however I recommend you book tickets in advance online from Klook as the tickets are much cheaper and include a free shuttle. You can check the prices here from the park.
16. Ayung River Rafting
The Ayung River is ideal for beginner rafters and is suitable for kids from age 7. Raft through lush rain forests navigating your away through 33 class II and III rapids for around 2.5 hours and then enjoy a delicious lunch.
You will need to join a tour to join in the rafting. Tours can be booked in Bali or click here to book tours in advance.
17. Dine at Frankenstein’s Laboratory
Kids will love dining at this uniquely themed dinner and “freak show” in Seminyak. Get your face painted like a zombie and Mum and Dad can enjoy cocktails from IV bags. 5 nights a week you can enjoy a cabaret show. Entry is free, you just pay for food and drinks.
There are 2 sessions per night and families are welcome to attend the first session from 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Frankenstein’s Laboratory is very popular and bookings are a must.
If you are not staying in the area, Frankenstein’s Laboratory is best reached by taxi.
18. Spend the afternoon at Finn’s Beach Club Canggu
Families will love spending the day lazing about at Finn’s Beach Club in south Canggu. Enjoy the club’s infinity pool, swim up pool bar and cool tunes from the resident DJ.
If you are not staying in the area, Finn’s Beach Club is best reached by taxi.
19. Canyoning & Waterfalls
Ever wanted to climb down a waterfall? Children from 8 years of age can join in the fun of canyoning, which also includes swimming and sliding in gorgeous waterfalls.
To do canyoning you will need to join a tour. You can book with them in Bali or click here to book a tour in advance.
20. Finns Recreation Club
The entire family is going to love Finn’s Recreation Club in Canggu. Set out over 4 hectares, Finn’s Recreation Club is an entertainment and sporting venue for the whole family. Activities include fitness centre, tennis courts, day spa, water park, trampoline centre, ten pin bowling, kids club, restaurants and bars.
The club is open daily from 6 am to 10 pm. There are various packages available but a day pass costs 450,000 IDR (approximately $45 AUD) per adult and 300,000 IDR (approximately $30 AUD) per child.
The recreation club is best reached by taxi.
21. ATV & Quad Tour
The bigger kids will love getting dirty and muddy as you drive an ATV through rice terraces, plantations, jungle, mud tracks and local villages. Tours vary on the minimum age requirement so be sure to check this out before making a booking.
For quad bike riding you will need to join a tour. Tours can be booked in Bali or click here to book in advance.
22. Spend the day at Nusa Lembongan Island
One of the top things to do in Bali with kids is to spend the day exploring the gorgeous island of Nusa Lembongan, home to some fantastic marine life and gorgeous beaches. Activities include snorkeling, submarine coral viewing, island cultural walk, banana boat rides and delicious food.
Nusa Lembongan Island is best done with a tour. Click here for tour prices.
23. Hire a driver and explore the island
Make a list of all your must see Bali tourist attractions from this list, hire yourself a car with a driver and start exploring. In Bali you can arrange a driver and car for around $55 USD for 10 hours or save some money and book a driver and car in advance with Klook for only $45 AUD.
24. Tanah Lot Temple
One of the most popular Bali tourist places is Tanah Lot Temple. Located 20 km from Kuta, Tanah Lot Temple is a popular due to its offshore setting and spectacular sunset backdrops. At low tide visitors can walk across to view the temple from the rock base. Although you cannot enter the temple grounds, the panoramic views are stunning.
Be sure to visit close to sunset so you can take the kids to see the dance performance.
The best way to get to Tanah Lot temple is by taxi or to hire a car and driver – alternatively click here for a tour.
25. Seafood dinner on Jimbaran Beach
Jimbaran Beach is famous for its seafood dinners directly on the beach as the sun sets. Diners choose their seafood and pay per the kilo. From the restaurant diners head down to the beach and wait for fresh seafood to be served. Mum and Dad will love the fresh seafood, whilst the kids will love being able to run around in the sand.
If you are not staying in the area, Jimbaran Beach is best reached via taxi or a private car and driver.
26. Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Dance Performance
One of the most popular Bali tourist attractions is Uluwatu Temple. The temple is perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 metres above sea level and has stunning sunsets. Each day upon sunset visitors can watch the Kecak dance performances.
A small forest lies in the front of temple where hundreds of monkeys live. Kids and adults alike will be amused watching the monkeys get into mischief around the temple.
Uluwatu Temple is best reached by either taxi or hire a car and driver – alternatively click here for tour prices.
27. Bali Bombing Memorial
Whilst a visit to the Bali Bombing Memorial may not be on the top of everyone’s list of must see sights, for me as an Australia, it is important to pay my respects to the hundreds of innocent people that lost their lives in 2002. The memorial site is located in Kuta and can best be reached on foot, by taxi or with a private car and driver.
28. Kintamani Volcano
Kids will love being able to say they saw an active volcano! The best location to view the Kintamani volcano is to visit the villages that lie at the rim. Villages such as Penelokan, Batur and Kitamani have impressive views of the active volcano as well as the crater lake – Lake Batur. These villages are accessible by road – about 2 hours from Denpasar.
For those with older more adventurous kids, trekking and hiking is available in Mount Batur with the best panoramic views found between 10 am and 3 pm. Hikes vary in lengths but usually take at least 3 hours.
To view the volcano, it is best to hire a car with a driver or click here for a tour.
29. Visit a Bali Coffee Plantation
A Bali coffee plantation is a great place to try a variety of teas, coffees and chocolates. Most plantations will give you a free guided tour of the plantation detailing how the products are made and give you oodles and oodles of free product to try.
You can also try the famous Kopi Luwak coffee which is made from the civet’s (a racoon like animal) droppings. Although I don’t recommend this as the civet’s are usually kept in cruel conditions.
After the free tour you will be taken to the gift shop where you can purchase any of the products you tried.
Coffee Plantations are best reached with a private car and driver or as part of a tour.
30. Watersports in Tanjung Benoa
Families with older children will love trying out the different water sports in Tanjung Benoa. Water sports available include jet ski, parasailing, seawalker, wake boarding, glass bottom boats, flyfish and plenty more.
If you are not staying in the area, Tanjung Benoa is best reached with a private car and driver or with a tour.
31. Bicycle tour through local villages
For families with kids able to ride bikes, joining a bicycle tour is a fantastic way to explore the gorgeous surrounds of rural Bali.
Book a tour when your in Bali or click here to book in advance.
32. Cooking Class
How good is the food in Bali!!! Why not join a cooking class so you can make this delicious food when you get home. Some cooking classes even include a visit to the local markets where you buy all your own ingredients before turning it into something delicious.
Book a class once you are in Bali, or click here to book in advance.
33. Visit the Gili Islands
The Gili Islands is only a 90 minute fast boat ride from Bali and these 3 islands are absolutely stunning and well worth a visit. I personally do not recommend you squeeze in a day trip to the Gili Islands and spend at least a few days here. You can read our review here about our few days in the Gili Islands.
34. Ubud Monkey Forest
Ubud Monkey Forest, also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest, is one of the best things to do in Ubud. The forest is home to the grey long-tailed macaques. The whole family will love watching these playful mischievous monkeys in their natural habitat, swinging through canopies, lazing along pathways or feeding on bananas.
The Monkey Forest is located in the centre of Ubud and is within easy walking distance from the various Ubud homestays.
The forest is open daily from 8 am to 6pm. Admission is IDR 50,000 (approximately $5 AUD) for adults and IDR 40,000 (approximately $4 AUD) for kids.
The best way to get here is by hiring yourself a car and driver or as part of a tour.
Click here more great tips on things to do in Ubud.
35. Check out busy Kuta Beach
One of the top things to do in Kuta is to hang out at Kuta Beach and people watch. Kuta is the most popular place for tourists to stay in Bali and the beach is jam packed everyday with tourists, surfers, swimmers and hawkers selling a variety of food and souvenirs.
Just off the beach there are plenty of hotels, bars, restaurants and shops – venture a little further to the tiny little quaint lane ways for more intimate bars, guesthouses and shops.
If you are not staying in the area, the best way to get here is by taxi.
36. Explore Ubud Market
Visit the Ubud Market, locally referred to as “Pasar Seni Ubud”, that sells everything from clothes, sarongs, souvenirs, and handicrafts.
The market is open daily from 08:00 to 18:00, and some of the stalls are even open until late at night. The market is divided into two main allotments. The western block is the main art market, and an eastern block is a traditional market serving daily groceries and necessities.
37. Visit Lombok
It is possible to have a whirlwind day trip to Lombok – however why not spend a few days here – it is so quick and easy to get to Lombok from Bali and it is such a stunning island paradise. Read our full review on Lombok here.
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