Bali with kids? you don’t want miss these 12 experiences

Are you visiting Bali with kids and are looking for unforgettable experiences for your family? You have just landed at the right place!

One of our reasons to travel with kids is to live incredible moments with them. Contrary to what some people think, this Indonesian paradise isn’t just for honeymooners, adventure seekers and digital nomads.

After visiting Bali several times with our babies and young children I can assure you it is a fantastic destination for families with kids.

From the sandy beaches and vibrant culture to exciting wildlife and engaging activities, Bali offers a diverse range of experiences that will captivate children of all ages (and adults too!).

In this post, I will tell you about 12 must-do experiences that you have loved and that will make your family trip to Bali unforgettable.

From educational adventures, outdoor activities, or relaxing family-friendly spots, Bali has it all and I will prove it to you! I don’t think you’ll e disappointed.

So, pack your bags and get ready for an amazing journey filled with fun, learning, and plenty of memories to cherish!

1.    Release Baby Turtles

Releasing baby turtles in Bali is a popular and heartwarming activity, particularly for families with young children like ours. This is definitely one of our favourite experiences with kids in Bali!

Every year Bali welcome sea turtles coming to nest and lay their eggs on several beaches across the island.

Due to the increasing over tourism, the sea turtles and their eggs are exposed to many dangers and are often destroyed. This is leading to a decrease in the number of baby turtles that can get safely in the ocean and perpetuate the species.   

To palliate to this problem many turtle conservation centres were created in Bali these past years. Their work are immensely important and deserve to be supported.

Two of the most well-known centres are the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (TCEC) on Serangan Island and the Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation (also known as Bali Sea Turtle Society (BSTS)).

These centres are mainly dedicated to protecting sea turtles and their habitats. But they also educate the local population and visitors about the importance of this species and its conservation. With that goal in mind the offer visits to their centres where your kids can learn about these incredible creatures and their life cycle and activities like Baby Sea Turtle releasing.

This experience is nothing short from magical and will create some core memories for your kids!  

Watch their excitement as they help guide the tiny turtles to the sea, fostering a sense of responsibility and love for wildlife. This is one of the most amazing experiences in Bali to do with kids!

♠ Pro – Tip:
  • it’s nearly impossible to book this kind of experience in advance as it depends on natural factures, and we never know when the eggs will hatch. Follow Bali Sea Turtle Society (BSTS) on Instagram for daily updates.  
  • In Bali, baby sea turtles hatching time runs from April to October.

2.    Visit a Sea Salt Farmer

Sea salt farming is an environmentally friendly process of making salt using natural resources and minimal machinery. It is an integral part of Bali’s cultural heritage and is slowly disappearing.

Learning about and supporting these sustainable practices is an educational experience that highlights the importance of environmental stewardship. We visited with our three children (3, 6 and 8 yo) and it was an amazing experience for all of them.

You can find the last Bali’s Sea Salt Farmers at Kusamba Beach and the beaches nearby. We have visited Pesinggahan Natural Salt Farmer and it was a beautiful experience for our kids.

Your kids can learn about the process, try their hand at it, and appreciate the hard work that goes into producing this everyday essential. They can even try a little bit of the purest sea salt.

The Sea Salt Farming is sadly disappearing in Bali. Young people prefer to leave the traditional villages seeking work in hotels and other tourism facilities, fleeing the hard work.

But this environmentally friendly process produces the purest sea salt, and some farmers are determined to keep this legacy alive. The only thing they need is our help. This is one of those cases where tourism can actually help and be beneficial to local populations.

♠ Pro – Tip:
  • visit in the morning if you can. This is the most active part of the day in the sea salt process.
  • There are not a lot of guided tours as, unfortunately, this not a very known activity in Bali. But you can combine it with a visit to Sidemen Region as this one Guided tour

3.    Take surfing lessons

Surfing lessons for kids in Bali are a fantastic way to introduce your children to the thrill of riding the waves in one of the world’s top surfing destinations.

With warm waters, consistent waves, and experienced instructors, Bali offers an ideal environment for young beginners to learn surfing safely and enjoyably.

Bali has numerous surf schools, particularly in areas like Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu, and Jimbaran. What is amazing in these locations is that they all have gentle waves and sandy bottoms, making them perfect for beginners.

You can choose from a 2-hour single lesson just to try out this activity or a set of lessons for 3 days or a week. Schools offer a large variety of options so you can adapt to your stay or to your kids surfing level.

We chose Santai Surf School Bali. Firstly because they had so many good reviews from other families, and secondly for the location as we love Seminyak Beach.

Our older kids loved the lesson and the instructors even let Mya try it. She was only 3yo at the time. This experience encouraged her to take surf more seriously with a full week immersive surf camp in Portugal latter that year.

I really recommend this kind of experiences if you are visiting Bali with kids and specially this surf school.

4.    Fly a traditional Bali kite

Kite flying is a beloved pastime in Bali, for kids and adults alike.

Balinese people take special proud in their traditional kites, taking the form of dragons, coloured fishes, or butterflies.

Some are delicate pieces of art, hand painted and masterly flied. Others are made of waste materials, like plastic bags, and fragments of bamboo, flied by children as a cheap way to enjoy themselves.   

But you will easily find kites flying all over the island, from the beach to the inland.  

Some hotels like Element by Westin in Ubud propose kite-making workshop for kids where they can learn how to craft traditional Balinese kites.

Or you can simply purchase a traditional kite at an artisanal local shop. We found ours at Yodi’s Kite Shop. If you are lucky you will find the owner handmaking and hand-painting  the kites.

Then all you have to do is head to the beach to fly your kites, enjoying this local activity and the vibrant colours soaring in the sky.

5.    Go to a traditional dancing show

Immerse your family in Balinese culture by attending a traditional dance performance in Ubud.

The Barong and Legong dances are particularly captivating for children, with their colourful costumes, enchanting music, and dramatic storytelling.

It’s a wonderful way to introduce your kids to the island’s rich heritage and share a unique moment with them.

Usually this shows take place at early evening. We specially like the Legong Dance Show in Ubud Palace. The first time we attended this show in 2018, Guy was a baby (22 months old) and Zoe wasn’t 4yo yet. They loved it and were both very welcomed by the performers and the public alike.   

You can get more information about different dance shows here.

6.    Stay in a Bamboo House

For a unique accommodation experience, stay in an eco-friendly bamboo house in Sidemen with your family.

These stunning structures are not only environmentally sustainable but also provide a fun and adventurous atmosphere for children. They love it! It’s like a big tree house in the middle of the jungle!

Surrounded by nature, your family can enjoy a truly immersive Balinese experience, often with amazing views over the rice fields and the Mount Agung.

I’m frequently asked if this really is a kids-friendly experience, and I can get why. Usually we only see couples enjoying this kind of stay, right? But I can assure you that this is something amazing to do with kids.

You can easily find several amazing Bamboo houses by simply searching “Bamboo House in Bali” on Google. They are all usually bookable on Airbnb or Booking.

I personally recommend Nyan Bali where we stayed for some days and it was simply amazing!

7.    Enjoy a family flower bath

Treat your family to a “luxurious” flower bath.

This relaxing experience involves soaking in a tub or swimming pool filled with vibrant, aromatic flower petals.

It’s a perfect way to slow down together, enjoying a unique experience, leaving everyone feeling refreshed and amazed!

Though everyone says this is just for couples we tried this experience with our three kids while in Bali, and guess what? It was brilliant. Certainly, an unforgettable moment for all of us.

In Bali, these experiences are very common and aren’t expensive at all. You will effortlessly find hotels, villas, or Bamboo Houses that offer this kind of experience or can simply arrange for some external person to set it up for you.

♠ Pro – Tip:
  • take your time to enjoy this experience and relax after it. Save half a day so you can slow down and let your kids play and have fun.  

8.    Play in a black beach

Explore the striking black sand beaches of Bali, such as those in Amed or Lovina.

The volcanic sand is a fascinating change from the usual white beaches, offering a unique backdrop for building sandcastles, playing beach games, and simply enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

Young children that love playing in the sand are usually overjoyed with black beaches the first time they see one. It really triggers their curiosity.

That’s an amazing starting point to talk about volcanos, different environments, cultural beliefs, and so on.

After playing on many black beaches around the world our kids still react to this experience. I truly think this is a perfect way to spend some time and enjoy a sunny day.

9.    Visit a marigold field

Take a stroll through the stunning marigold fields near Bedugul.

These bright, golden flowers known as “gemitir” by the locals, are a delight to the senses and provide a fantastic photo opportunity. They are also an important part of Balinese culture and economy (you will see Marigold flowers literally everywhere!) so it deserves a little bit of our attention.

This flower is valued not only for its vibrant beauty but also for its religious and ceremonial importance and is commonly used in daily offerings, known as ‘canang sari’.

Kids will love running through the rows of blossoms and learning about the importance of marigolds in Balinese culture, and so do you!

We have visited the fields of Pura Bukit Br Belok and Gumitir Garden.

This is a very quiet and less touristy part of Bali. I’m pretty sure you will like it as much as we do!

10.  Hike in a Rice Field

Experience the natural beauty of Bali by hiking through the island’s iconic rice terraces.

You can choose the more famous ones such as those in Tegalalang (a lot more touristy by these days) or Jatiluwih. They are easily accessible, well organized and you will find a lot of facilities around these two locations.

But if you really want to discover the true and traditional side of Bali you should definitely “get lost” in less touristy rice paddies. Our favourites are those of Ubud and Sidemen, where you still can find the people working the fields, tending to the rice, and harvesting it.  

In any case, hiking in a rice field is an experience you shouldn’t skip when visiting Bali with kids.

♠ Pro – Tip:
  • take a lot of water with you. Avoid the mid-day period when sun is up in the sky and temperatures get really harsh.
  • If you are visiting with a baby baby-wearing is your best friend. Don’t even thing about taking a stroller with you!  

11. Visit a Water Palace

When I talk about Water Palaces to some of our friends that haven’t visited Bali, some of them say this is too spiritual for them and that they don’t feel at ease in such a ceremony, especially with kids. They are talking about the well known Tirta Empul, one of the most famous water temples in Bali, and its water purification ceremony.

I don’t feel like taking my kids to a religious purification ceremony ether, but I’m not talking about Water Temples. These are very different from Water Palaces.

Water palaces in Bali are known for their stunning architecture and serene beauty. They are places of worship but cultural and historical treasures that offer a glimpse into the island’s royal past.

They usually have palatial gardens built by Balinese kings, with fishponds and elegant fountains and even swimming pools.

Not only they are peaceful and fresh beautiful places, nowadays several Water Palaces offer the only playgrounds for children in the island and areas where families can enjoy and relax.    

12. Bath in a waterfall

Bali has dozens of waterfalls, each one more beautiful than the other. Waterfalls are an integral part of Balinese landscape and culture, being the natural place where traditionally people bathed and washed their clothes.

You simply cannot leave the island without taking your family to one of Bali’s many waterfalls. It’s a perfect way to cool off and have fun in nature.

Tegenungan and Gitgit waterfalls are popular options where children can splash in the cool water and enjoy the lush jungle surroundings. These waterfalls are easily accessible but, in my opinion, they are not the most beautiful ones.  

Our favourite waterfall in Bali is without a doubt the Gembleng. The views are amazing, there are different small pools where kids can play and swim and, at least until last year (2023) it wasn’t too crowded.

What if I don’t have 12 days in Bali?

Though I prefer slow traveling with our kids and Bali largely deserve a visit of 10 days or more, you can enjoy all these experiences, let’s say, in almost half that time.

So, you can achieve this I recommend distributing your time by these locations:

  • 3 days in Ubud – where you can enjoy the Legong Dance Show, visit rice terraces, buy a traditional kite and take a day trip to Seminyak
  • Seminyak (day trip from Ubud) – where you can take surf lessons, release baby turtles, and fly your kite at sunset/
  • 2 days in Munduk – where you can visit a lot of waterfalls, visit a marigold field and the black beach of Lovina  
  • 2 days in Sidemen – where you can stay in a Bamboo house that offers a flower bath option, visit the salt farmers in Kusamba Beach and the Tirta Gangga or Taman Ujung Water Palaces.

In conclusion

From our visits to the Island of Gods, exploring Bali with kids opens up a world of adventure, learning, and unforgettable experiences.

Bali offers diverse activities that satisfy children’s curiosity and enthusiasm in a beautiful tropical setting and in a very relaxed environment that’s perfect for families.  

These 12 experiences not only entertain but also educate and inspire, providing valuable insights into Balinese traditions and the natural environment.

So, just leave the swimming pool side at your hotel and go explore and enjoy the true Bali with your kids!

I promise that every moment will be an opportunity to create cherished memories and deepen your connection with each other and the world around you. Enjoy the adventure, and make sure not to miss these incredible experiences that make Bali a perfect destination for families with kids.

Safe travels!

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