Bali is blessed with a natural panorama and unique culture and Bali as well is blessed with white and black sandy beaches, lovely waves, natural hot springs, and lush tropical gardens. Bali is known as ‘the last paradise’. Its culture has a high value of civilization, based on Hindu religion which teaches friendliness, humanity, a high appreciation of nature and great respect to the arts.
Bali, therefore, is the perfect place for an entire family vacation. It’s a place where you will find comfortable lodgings, caring service, a wealth of leisure activities mixed with friendly people and a welcome atmosphere.
Bali is totally geared towards families and nothing could be better on a holiday than doing things together as a family. So often you could see young kids just wandering the streets of Kuta with no mum or dad in sight. Let’s face it; travelling with kids can be stressful at times. They are just not into doing what the ‘oldies’ do and much prefer to just have a great time with kids their own age doing-their-thing.
There is a plethora of activities in Bali for families. The main principal when travelling with children is that the whole family has fun together and enjoy not only the activities on hand but also the mesmerising beauty of the culture and scenery in Bali.
Without a doubt the most popular venue on Bali for families. Waterbom Park is set on 3.8 hectares of landscaped tropical parks. Best thing for families is to get the family pass and chill-out there all day as all the facilities you need for an enjoyable day are on hand. In all there are sixteen exciting water slides. It is a delightful full-on day of entertainment for all members of the family.
Most of the slides have names and the favourites of a friend of mine are ‘racetrack’ and ‘splashdown’. Or if you like to just relax then take the slow and lazy ride ideal for the older folks in the family. The little ones are catered for with shallow pools.
There are a few companies that organise these trips down the river but it is Sobek Adventures that were the original. Although some parts of the Ayung River are scary, you are in good hands and the experts will get you to your destination safely. It is a great day whoever you choose to use. I have only used Sobek and have never faulted them. As to what footwear, just buy a pair of surf sandles off the streets Don’t wear thongs as they will come off, don’t wear good sneakers.
The rafting company has an excellent record of safety and one that provides almost everything to make your day of rafting an enjoyable one. Their trained guides are world class experts in rafting techniques and river safety to take you through two hours of whitewater fun.
Diving and snorkeling allow the family to discover diverse coral reefs and marine life in Bali’s water. The family can also enjoy an Odyssey Submarine tour where the family can enjoy together viewing the virgin and untouched reef in a submarine. This underwater journey is definitely an unforgettable experience for the whole family.
Learn to Surf
While surfing at Kuta beach might seem to be just for pro surfers, that doesn’t mean it’s out of reach for beginners. In fact, there is a reason so many experienced surfers flock to Kuta Beach every year. It’s just a great surf spot and one for kids of all ages. The fact that Kuta Beach is such a popular surfing destination means that there is no shortage of surfing instructors in the area
Bali rural life offers a different prospective of life to travelers who want to have first-hand experience of a simple rural village life. The family meets a real Bali rural family and sees how simple farmer family folks start daily farming activities. Each family member can lend hands in planting in the rice paddies and after some muddy moments enjoy an exciting coconut tree climbing scenario and enjoy a refreshing coconut drink afterwards. In this Village tour experience, the family can also see how cassava boiling is done and sample rural foods prepared in simple and traditional way.
Bali Treetop Adventure Park and the Botanical Gardens of Bedugul
Bali Tree Top Adventure Park is one of the most popular activities for kids in Bali and they all absolutely love it. Swinging and flying high between trees is open to all from 4 years old to over 70! In total they offer 65 challenges for all levels and ages: suspended bridges, spider nets, Tarzan jumps, flying-fox, flying swings and it is fun for everyone. They have 6 color-coded circuits according to the level of difficulty: Squirrel Yellow, Squirrel Green, Discovery, Dancing with Trees, Emotion and Adrenalin. They range from an easy and short yellow circuit for the youngest kids to a black adrenaline circuit with 20 meters high breathtaking jumps. You can combine a trip to Tree Top Adventure Park with a boat ride in beautiful Lake Bratan. Apart from the traditional boats, it is now also possible to jetski or do parasailing.
Coffee Plantation tour
This tour offers experience to see how coffee plantation plays an integral part in Bali’s life as the family enjoys a delicious cup of Bali’s coffee against the scenic background of Bali’s beautiful Munduk. Coffee plantations in Bali showcase the traditional way of life of the Balinese people.
Trekking down the hills, forest and rice terraces will make family enjoy the beautiful and breath-taking views of a Bali Village. From hill’s terrain down to rice paddies and fields, trekkers can have the real feel of a quiet and unspoiled rural way of life. After trekking, a warm and refreshing massage awaits the family and a sumptuous meal of Balinese /Village cooking.
Elephant Safari tour
This family activity lets family touch or pats an elephant, feed and watch elephants bathe. Elephant Safari Park is an amusement park where the family activities in Bali can be truly amazing as the park teaches children the need of saving these gentle animals from deforestation in Central and Southern Sumatra. The tour will be incomplete without the exciting elephant ride around a local village.
After fun-filled activities, the family can relax while scouting for real Bali’s bargains. Shopping for Bali traditional Sarong and dresses can be shared by the family as they enjoy high rise shopping malls as well as traditional local marketplaces around Bali.
With so many fun-filled family activities, it is not surprisingly to make Bali as a second home for a family traveling together.
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