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Whilst the weather here in the UK is anything but spring like, I’ve been researching hot and sunny holiday destinations for the future. I have always wanted to travel the world, to see the sights and soak up the culture. There are so many destinations around the world, some far flung and some much closer to home that I would love to visit one day with the family. Bali, one of Indonesia’s most popular islands, is high on my world travel bucket list and this is why;
When I think of Bali, I think of hot sunny climates with tropical rainforests, beachside resorts and luxurious Bali villa rental properties to stay in. I’ve heard the people are really friendly and relaxed which would make it the ideal spot for a family holiday in the sunshine.
Where is Bali?
Bali is a small island in the Lesser Sunda Island region of Indonesia. It is literally the other side of the world from the UK and is much closer to Australia than I realised.
How long will it take to get there?
Bali is a long way from the UK (roughly 6500 miles away from London) and non-stop flights to the capital would take over 18 hours. However many flights are not as direct and can include stop overs in Hong Kong or Singapore. The time in-between flights can vary but with a stop over to Hong Kong from London to Denpasar you can expect to travel for over 20 hours.
What is there to do with the family in Bali?
Bali is full of adventure for kids with incredible beaches to play on, rainforests to explore and other family friendly attractions to enjoy.
Beaches to love in Bali
The best family friendly beaches to enjoy in Bali include Batu Bolong Beach, Nusa Dua Beach and Sanur Beach. Batu Bolong Beach is a real hotspot for those who enjoy the surf, beachside cafes and enjoying lazy days on the sand. Nusa Dua Beach is ideal for families who like to enjoy walks and exploring the shallow waters. The beaches here are sandy, long and clean making it a real favourite with families but beach shoes are essential if you want to enjoy the surf due to the coral and seaweed.
Sanur Beach is a clean and safe beach for families as the waters are shallow and children can play in the water without it being too deep. Parents can enjoy a variety of cafes and restaurants making the area a favourite for days out at the beach.
Splash down at the waterparks
Bali has an array of water parks taking advantage of the beautiful weather and glorious heat. Waterbom Park in the Kuta area of Bali is the most popular splash park thanks to its 20 assorted pools, crazy and exhilarating water slides plus a lazy river to enjoy set amongst tropical gardens. This park is the most popular and gets really busy so arrive early and pre-book tickets in advance. Circus Waterpark in Kuta is another great splash park to enjoy with areas designed for the whole family including babies and toddlers. Splash Waterpark in Canggu near Berawa Beach is a brilliant day out for the family with numerous slides and pools to enjoy. Families can enjoy the Giant Racer slide which is over 90 metres long but challenges four riders at a time. Who will slide down the fastest? The integrated speedometer at the bottom will give you the time!
Outdoor adventures in Bali
If the children don’t fancy getting wet at the beach or the waterparks then there’s lots to do inland. Bali Treetop Adventure Park in Bedugul, is a fantastic place for children to enjoy tightrope courses, suspended bridges and spider nets amongst the trees. There are seven different courses for a range of ages and abilities making it a real favourite for families.
Bali is home to many beautiful waterfalls amongst the trees, plantations and rice fields so why not enjoy a day trip out to see the natural beauty of the country. Tours can be arranged by experienced locals so you can enjoy getting off the beaten track with someone who knows the areas well.
Getting to know the four-legged locals
Bali is a brilliant place to spot animals that you wouldn’t necessarily see at home. A visit to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud is home to over 600 greg-haired long-tailed Balinese macaques. A brilliant spot to enjoy the monkeys in their own environment however its advised to avoid eye contact with them and smiling as showing your teeth is perceived as an act of aggression.
Mason Elephant Park and Lodge is a dedicated elephant rescue facility where visitors can get up close to 31 endangered Sumatran elephants. Visitors can get wet and wild with an elephant jumbo wash and enjoy a walk on the wild side with an elephant safari amongst other activities.
Soak up the culture
No holiday to Bali would be complete without a trip to one of the country’s many temples. Uluwatu Temple is one of the most well known due to its cliff top location high above the Indian Ocean. Enjoy the Kecak Dance performances at sundown and soak up the spiritual ambience. Beware of the monkeys who will steal your food! If soaking up the sights is high on your must-see list, the Tegalalang Rice Terrace is worth a visit.
There is so much to see, do and experience in Bali this is just a small snippet of what adventures your family could get up to. With the distance, a two week holiday minimum is advised but it would be such an adventure for the whole family.
Have you been to Bali with the family? What are your must-see attractions?