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This post is about Bali with kids, the practicalities of visiting Bali and family-friendly things to do in Bali with kids in tow. If you’re planning to visit Bali with your family in 2023 or 2024, we can help you plan where to stay, what to do, and how to keep your kids safe and happy in Bali on your holiday or vacation. Bali opened to some tourists in October 2021. So, back to the usual business of enjoying Bali with children!

Bali bird park child
The famous Bali Bird Park, is just one of Bali’s attractions that are a lot of fun with kids.

On this site, we cover Bali with toddlers, right through to older teens. We’ve been taking our kids to Bali for many years.

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Bali, with toddlers, or teens, there’s something for every family.

Visiting Bali with kids is relatively easy and there is plenty for children to enjoy on this amazing little island, including hikes, snorkelling, and fun tourist attractions.

Bali with older kids and teens snorkelling adventure
Visiting Bali with older kids and teens? There are adventurous activities to enjoy – lots of them!

In this post we look at where to stay, things to do, temples, culture, art, attractions, activities, and food in Bali for kids and more. Keep reading!

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Check out the video my son made of the Bali snorkel tour recently, it’s further down the page. If you have any questions on any aspect of visiting Bali with kids please put them in the comments.

We were in Bali in 2020, this post is recently updated and as soon as we are able to return to Bali, it will be updated again.

With Bali being such a popular destination with Australian travellers, due to easy affordable flights, the tourists should be pouring back in. If you’re travelling from Asia, Bali is also easy to get to.

From Europe and the US, Bali is a long trip with some interesting travel connections. The flights may eat up your vacation time, budget, and patience, but Bali is a gem of a destination and very much worth visiting.

Bali with Kids

Is Bali a good place to take kids? Yes, we think so. In our experience, Bali and Thailand are the two easiest places we have travelled in South East Asia with children because of their well-established tourist infrastructure and good, affordable, facilities.

We first took our kids to Bali at 2 and 4 years old, So we’ve had a good time in Bali with toddlers, tweens and teens. Bali can be great place to go with kids of any age.

You’ll find good family accommodation in Bali, with family rooms and suites, some resort hotels even have kids’ clubs and babysitters for you to use.

If you simply want to book a one or two weeks vacation in a family-friendly resort hotel, that’s easy to do and we cover some of the best accommodation for families (some with kids’ clubs) further down the page. You can also travel around Bali, backpacker-style, with kids, fairly easily. Either travel style works for Bali, it just depends what you want to do and what suits your family.

Bali is small and it’s easy to get around. You can base yourself in one spot and easily explore most of the island by road, or you can move from place to place, both work. On this page, you’ll find tips on exploring the island and getting to those must-visit attractions and cultural highlights.

We, and the children love Bali. You can have fun as a family, learn loads and enjoy diverse activities and cultural experiences other than enjoy beaches, tropical greens, stunning rice paddy views, great food and some beautiful Bali waterfalls. Here is our take on Bali for kids.

We cover the best things to do in Bali with kids as well as travel information and the practicalities of taking your family to Bali Indonesia.

Bali has many tourist attractions, modern, fun water parks, animal attractions, and places of incredible natural beauty. Hotels in Bali are affordable and often very good. The food in Bali is delicious and you’ll find plenty of great food for your kids.

Beautiful Bali Pool and Gardens Bali Family Accommodation
We loved this hotel! It cost us around $50 per night for two twin/double rooms, including breakfast. Bali hotels typically have beautiful lush gardens where every plant is tended daily. At this pool, I learned to relax with my kids after working far too hard for too long. Details of this hotel below.

The hotel in the photo above is this one, in Ubud. It was an absolute winner at a very affordable price but did not have family rooms, we took a double and a twin. We list hotels and resorts that are truly family-friendly further down the post. After staying here we moved to another hotel on the same road at the same price. The second hotel was terrible. We recommend the former!

What’s your style of accommodation? Pick the accommodation to suit your family because you’ll find it all on Bali.

Family-Friendly Resorts and Hotels

Family hotels and resorts are popular. A great pick for families is Novotel for their family-pleasing rooms, facilities and activities. You’ll find Novotel properties in Nusa Dua (here) and Benoa (here).

If you’re on a tighter budget, or resorts just aren’t your scene, you’ll also find villas, guest houses, homestays, hostels and lower cost ( but no less beautiful) hotels that will cater to families in Bali.

Family accommodation is always harder to find than rooms for couples or singles but generally, we found a good choice of accommodation in Bali, at reasonable prices.

The cheapest place we stayed was $15/night for a room in a traditional courtyard home in Ubud, the most expensive over $100/night for a luxurious seafront hotel in Sanur. We list some favourite properties below.

Accommodation that includes breakfast can save you a lot of money, particularly when traveling with children. They can fill up on pancakes, eggs, toast, and fruit and be set for the day. If you prefer Balinese breakfast over Western, it’s usual to find both in most hotels.

Some Of The Best Family Friendly Hotels and Resorts in Bali

These hotels are selected for good kid-friendly facilities and activities while giving parents a relaxed, more luxurious stay. These are some of the best hotels in Bali.

  • The Grand Hyatt Bali. Nusa Dua. Incredible pools and grounds, on the beach, rooms that can accommodate children. In the region of $200 per night.
  • Four Seasons Resort Bali. Jimbaran Bay. Stunning family villas for a high budget luxury escape.
  • W Bali. Seminyak.
  • Rama Residence Padma Legian Bali. This is a beautiful spot with family studio rooms at a very affordable price, not budget, but not expensive. Legian is a good place to base yourself, a little out of the massive development of Kuta.
  • Novotel Nusa Dua. novotel properties tend to have very spacious rooms with many configurations to suit families of all sizes. This hotel has a kids’ club and beautiful pools and gardens. These are our favourite chain of hotels for a kid-friendly family vacation.
  • Parigata Resorts and Spa. Sanur Sanur is a popular choice for families as the beaches are safer and more child friendly. sanur is like its own self-contained village with plenty of dining beachside. This hotel has family rooms at a very affordable price point. The gardens and pool are Bali beautiful.
  • Hard Rock Hotel Bali. Kuta Hard Rock hotels are lots of fun, we’ve stayed in a few around the world. the family rooms are made with kids in mind and there is fun, games, and water slides for your little ones to enjoy at a moderate price point.
  • Bali Dynasty Resort Kuta interconnecting family rooms are available here, plus a lovely pool with slides and kids activities. There are also kids’suites and family suites, many room types are available.
  • Four Seasons Resorts at Sayan. Ubud I know I couldn’t afford this one, but check it out, it’s a stunning hotel with family-friendly rooms and activities. This one is all about the beautiful Balinese countryside. luxurious private suites and villas are available.

Independent Travel Accommodation in Bali

If you’re planning on travelling independently and touring the island it’s best to book a few nights on arrival and then move on when you’re ready. It brings peace of mind if you know you have somewhere nice booked online in advance. After that, you can make your own way around the island booking as you go. Agoda (opens in new tab) works well for Southeast Asia for smaller hotels and guest houses.

If you like to wing it, check out hotels and guest houses when you arrive and take your pick, online, on foot or by taxi. We have taken rooms with all sorts of sleeping arrangements, full family rooms with four beds, a big double bed and an extra mattress on the floor and adjoining rooms and twin or double beds.  It is often easier to negotiate reduced rates face to face if this is your style.

Airbnb in Bali

We’ve had some success with Airbnb in Bali. We had a lovely villa for 4, with pool and breakfast for around $50 per night. However, we prefer to use Agoda in Asia as they are local specialists and often have more choices. They also don’t add a cleaning fee. It’s still worth checking Booking dot com, sometimes they’ll find you a better deal on your Bali accommodation. You can use these booking platforms for hotels, homestays, apartments, hostels and villas. They carry all kinds of accommodation.

Getting Around Bali With Kids

Bali Transportation - Taxi Grab Uber Banned
They don’t like you to use Grab in Ubud but there are plenty of taxis and private cars with drivers to take you on your day trips and excursions.

Your first hurdle will be getting from the airport to your accommodation. This isn’t too hard. You have options.

  • Arrange a pick-up with your hotel
  • Book a private transfer, book one here, now, it’s easy!
  • Take a fixed price taxi from the airport taxi desk, there’s usually a queue.
  • Use Grab – there is a Grab lounge at the airport now, again, you will likely have to wait.

Car seats are going to be an issue. If you have small children and you worry about car seats.

Ubud to the airport is 300- 350 Rs. This trip can take 2 hours if traffic is really bad.


There are plenty of taxis available, we found taxis were a good option for touring Bali with kids. Bluebird taxis usually have a meter, but some taxi rides will require you to negotiate and fix a price in advance.

Taxis in Ubud are expensive. Stay within walking distance of the town or pay $4-$5 each time. Car plus driver or Uber car may be cheaper.

The airport taxi we took on arrival was more expensive than any other we took, despite the fixed fare system. You may do better to arrange your own airport pick up or transfers directly with a driver.

Uber and Grab

In some parts of Bali services like Uber are ” banned”. They actually aren’t but local taxi drivers don’t want them taking their trade. Don’t get involved.

Private Car Plus Driver

We found it best to hire a driver with a decent sized car for the day, often a 4 wheel drive. Check out the car, see if you like the guy. Check they have rear seat belts. You may be able to fit your own car seat.

You will be constantly approached by drivers wanting your trade on the street. As a family of four, this worked out cheaper than buying 4 bus tickets and gave us total flexibility to tailor our day as we chose.

Our drivers were very helpful and suggested a few places to visit that we hadn’t thought of. We didn’t run into many scams.

With Mum Goggles on, I worry about my children’s safety and I thought driving around Bali with kids would freak me out. Despite a general lack of seat belts, I felt pretty good about using the roads in Bali. People drive slowly and carefully to avoid bicycles, dogs, scooters, children and chickens. It was OK, I didn’t worry too much. In towns, heavy traffic congestion slows up the roads.

Places To Visit In Bali with Kids

Bali is a small island and it’s pretty easy to take tours and visit attractions from any of the main hubs. Most people will base themselves, for the majority of their holiday, in one of the main tourist destination towns below.


Ubud is pretty much in the middle of Bali, surrounded by rice fields and forests. It’s not on the coast but makes a great base from which to explore the whole of the island. If it was my first time visiting Bali with a family I’d be tempted to spend a week in Bali plus a week at one of the popular beach destinations.

Ubud is where Bali first stole our hearts, we usually spend the bulk of our time here enjoying this busy little town and its neighbouring rice paddies and villages. Yoga and cultural activities are the order of the day in this hill town.

The extra elevation can make Ubud a little cooler than coastal towns. Ubud is land-locked,don’t expect beaches

Ubud is where you’ll find the famous monkey forest, take kids here with caution, these animals are the thugs of the animal kingdom and can be aggressive. You’ll also find beautiful architecture, art, culture and dance. But don’t think Ubud is off-the-beaten-track, Ubud is busy and growing by the day. There is very good shopping in Ubud too.

We have a separate post about things to do in Ubud, day trips and just hanging out in Ubud. You’ll find some excellent restaurants here along with a strong vegan scene.

Hotels, guest houses and villas are plentiful and can be particularly good value in Ubud.


We didn’t find very much to do in Sanur itself, other than hang out on the beach, check out the market stalls and get a massage and pedicure. That said, you could take many day trips from Sanur when you’re not relaxing or enjoying your hotel, it’s close to the boat departure points for Nusa Lembongan, if you plan to explore other islands or take the awesome manta ray snorkelling trip.

The beach has the protection of reef and breakwaters so it doesn’t have the big surf of Kuta making it safer for children. It’s nice to eat on the beach in the evening, there are plenty of restaurants and bars.

Kuta and Legian

We spent a day in Kuta, just to see what it was like. Kuta is busy! Kuta and Legian seem to blend into each other as you progress along the coast from the airport. Legian is more up-market.  There are a lot of big shops, a lot of sports bars, plenty of fast food, busy roads and traffic and a wide sandy beach with surf.

Kuta is where tourism is huge in Bali, there are some lovely hotels in this area and it’s close to the airport.

Our driver showed us the spot where the bombings took place, it was pretty sobering.

Kid-Friendly Things To Do in Bali, Activities and Attractions

The child pleasing attractions and activities you can enjoy on Bali include:

  • Beaches and water sports.
  • Animal attractions such as Bali Bird Park and The Reptile Park.
  • Snorkel with manta rays
  • Arts and crafts classes and courses.
  • The beautiful dawn volcano hike (we took tweens and teens but you can do it with younger kids) Book that one here.
  • Adventure activities, trekking, downhill bike touring, white water rafting, ATV riding, snorkelling and scuba diving.
  • Gentle rice field walks.
  • Bali Swing tours.
  • Tours to enjoy history, dance, art and culture.
  • Sightseeing, rice terraces, temples, volcanoes and palaces.
  • Water parks – Waterbom Park Bali and Circus Water Park. The latter is more for younger kids.
  • Cooking classes and food tours
  • There are many beautiful temples and monuments to see.

Find more information on many of these activities below. You should have time to fit in quite a few on a typical two week family holiday. Some are half day tours, others will fill a whole day.

Bali Bird Park

The bird park was a must-do with kids, ours loved having parrots perch on their heads. There was also a small 3D cinema on-site, we watched a film about birds. Book Bali Bird Park tickets here

Bali Reptile Park

Next door is Bali Reptile Park, admission for Bali Bird Park covered both areas for us, although tickets can be purchased separately. The kids enjoyed the reptile park but it wasn’t huge. Book reptile park admission here.

The Elephant Cave. Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah Elephant Cave Bali
The photo you have to take. The elephant cave is at Goa Gajah

You have to go here to take the photo of the demon mouth cave opening.

Goa Gajah is a lovely site but access is via steep stairs, you may have to watch out for small children. It’s lovely and worth the trip, you can have a quick look around the Hindu and Buddhist parts, check out the linga in the cave and the sacred pool in half an hour.

If you want to stay longer you can find a guide to talk you through it. Men must wear sarongs, for hire at the entrance. You must be respectfully dressed.

Spice Farms and Kopi Luwak

Our driver took us to a spice farm on the way back from the volcano, Gunung Agung. This is normally listed as a ” scam to avoid” but if you want to go, go. We usually avoid these places as we’ve seen plenty before and there is usually some hard sell. As this was a first for the kids we agreed to go.

It was a great experience for all of us, spices, chocolate, tropical plants, coffee and Kopi Luwak. Bali coffee, Kopi Luwak is something special but it might gross you out slightly. There are also animal exploitation issues. I won’t be getting involved again.

Visit a volcano (or not) Gunung Agung

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Bali with kids. The active volcano, Gunung Agung, seen from a fishing boat at Padang Bai

Your driver will take you up to a viewing spot and temple near the top of Bali’s active volcano. The view was pretty spectacular, but as we left the car women swarmed around us and my children, dressing them in sarongs, demanding money and separating them from me.

My younger son was in tears. We left straight away, never to return.

This is the only time we saw this sort of pushiness in Bali, or anywhere else, our driver was full of apologies. This is a popular Instagram spot.

Bali Volcano Hike With Kids

Bali Volcano Hike Dawn With Kids
Fout volcanoes at dawn after trekking to the top of Mount Batur in darkness. Behind, Mount Agung ( currently erupting) and Mount Agang. Our guide told us that the volcano just visible to my son’s left is Mount Rinjani on Lombok. I haven’t been able to confirm this as yet.

Climbing one of Bali’s volcanoes for spectacular sunrise views is a popular activity in Bali. But can you do it with kids? We took older children and they managed just fine.

I quizzed our guide during the climb. She said the youngest children she’d taken up were around 5 years old. Sometimes she’d had to carry them some of the way, sometimes she’d had to put them on a motorbike.

Motorbikes are there, ready, for anyone unable to complete the climb. For us, the volcano trek took around 2 hours up, 1 hour down. We started our journey to the volcano at 2am and started climbing around 4am.

We loved it. You can book a volcano trek here.

Snorkel With Manta Rays From Bali With Kids

We did this with older kids but it was just amazing! Yes, you can do this from Bali, even from Ubud. See our full post on the Bali manta rays here. We have video of this activity on this page. Or just go to this link and book it right now! This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime things to do and if you can, do it.

I wouldn’t do this tour with young children unless they were exceptionally confident in the water. The water is very deep and rough.

Family-Friendly Cooking Classes in Bali

Balinese Ingredients Cooking Class Bali With Kids
I took my younger child to a Balinese cooking class in a family home. It was a great bonding experience and we both loved it. Everyone learned some new skills ( including how to make kid favourite, pandanus pancakes filled with palm sugar and coconut) and enjoyed a feast of our own making with new friends afterwards. Those knives are sharp. Is it suitable for kids? Use common sense and check age restrictions for the class you choose.

We love taking cooking classes with kids and a cooking class could be just the thing to enhance your family vacation in Bali, while bonding and learning some new skills. Be sure to check that your cooking class will accept kids.

Beware sharp knives and roaring gas burners.

My son loved making his favourite satay and pandanus pancakes as well as meeting a lovely Balinese family in their home.

You can book a cooking class from Ubud, or most beach towns in Bali. Some hotels will offer their own mini cooking sessions, sometimes as part of a kids club.

Meet the Elephants (or not) Elephant Safari Park

Bali Elephant Park
Bali Elephant Park. The children loved it, but the ethics are questionable.

I have major issues with animals doing tricks, but this was the children’s first up-close elephant encounter, so we went, many years ago. It’s expensive, but rather good, the kids loved it.

They fed the elephants and took an elephant back ride through the forest. This was before the negative press started being circulated about elephant riding. Back then it was fine, nobody batted an eyelid.

Make your own call on the ethics of elephant riding.

I’ve ridden elephants many times over the last 30 years, I’ve read up on the subject and I make a call based on individual circumstance and location. I have a degree in zoology, if that counts for anything and a deep fascination with animals.

I really have no knowledge of particular conditions in Bali, but I think today, I wouldn’t visit this one even though it comes with many endorsements from Steve Irwin.

Pura Tanah Lot

Bali with kids Pura Tanah Lot Bali
Tanah Lot Temple with the tide out. The people queuing are waiting for blessings from the priests at the spring. We got here on a day trip with a hired driver.

One of seven sea temples around Bali, Pura Tanah Lot is incredibly beautiful and great for photos if you can visit at sunset. You can’t visit the temple itself, it’s closed to foreigners, but it’s lovely to look at.

The temple is perched on a tiny island and at low tide, you can walk out to the rock.

The kids received a blessing from a priest at the sacred spring, they were quite pleased with that.

This temple is guarded by a legendary giant sea snake. There is a cave with a resident snake on the mainland but we didn’t visit. There are little shops and food stalls nearby.

Padang Bai, Fishing and the Blue Lagoon

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Tiny boats take you fishing or snorkeling at Padang Bai

We spent two nights in Padang Bai in a glorious and cheap hotel just behind the beach. The town is very small, not much to keep you occupied, but there are trips in traditional fishing boats for the adventurous.

The Blue Lagoon is just around the headland, it’s sold as a snorkeling spot. My husband snorkeled, he said it was OK. The boys jumped in briefly but the deepwater freaked them out.

At 8 and 6 they had absolutely no fear snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, they were just too young in Bali on this visit.

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Snorkeling at the Blue Lagoon , Padang Bai Bali on a traditional fishing boat.

We took an early morning fishing trip too, very early, well before dawn. We expected rods and lines, instead, we went miles out to sea in a tiny boat to watch the owner net fishing. He didn’t catch anything.

It was an interesting experience and the views of the volcano at dawn were spectacular but I wasn’t entirely comfortable being out at sea with two small children. In Amed local fishermen will also take you out to sea at dawn.

Best Time of Year to Visit Bali

What’s the best time of year to go to Bali? Bali enjoys a tropical or equatorial climate as it sits just 8 degrees south of the equator. May-July are normally considered the best months to visit. The dry season runs from May to October, but even in the wet season conditions can be pleasant and dry days and sunshine are not unusual. Find out more about Bali weather here.

Balinese Food For Kids

Food in Bali with Kids Tempeh Satay at a Local Warung
The sort of food we eat every day in Bali, from a local warung. Tempeh satay. If you eat meat that’s available too. We prefer vegetarian. The kids love satay and it’s not hot or spicey usually. The chili sauce on the side may spice things up. Food in Bali with kids could equally easily be western. As well as restaurants you’ll also find big chains like McDonald’s and Starbucks.

Balinese food isn’t as amazing as Thai or Vietnamese but we liked it a lot. We had some great food and some not so great, mostly down to us picking the wrong establishments.

If you want to eat in good restaurants you have plenty of options and the standards of food and service can be very high, while prices remain reasonable.

Generally, we found the small, family-run cafes and restaurants (warung) better than the big backpacker places, and cheaper.

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Bali breakfast in a roadside cafe in Ubud . There are plenty of places to have eggs, muesli, pancakes and juices.

We picked up a few munchies at markets and at roadside stalls, sticky rice, barbecued corn. It was all good.

We didn’t get a chance to try the marinated spit-roasted pork, Babi Guling, that Bali is famous for, there were huge queues every time we passed the recommended place in Ubud, Ibu Oka. We’ll try harder next time.

Gado Gado, is a cooked and raw salad with slightly spicy peanut sauce and hard boiled egg. It’s great for kids and vegetarians. If you are exclusively vegan Bali caters to vegan travellers well and you’ll find plenty of dedicated vegan cafés and restaurants.

I don’t think the Balinese use chilies with the same abandon as the Thais, or maybe they were just toning it down for the tourists, but none of the food we were ever served in Bali was very hot.

The children loved mild, peanut based satay dishes when they were younger. Now they eat anything Bali offers.

Bali Essentials, Things to Take to Bali With You For Kids

Visit our travel gear page to see which products we love, but don’t go crazy, you probably won’t need to buy anything special for a normal holiday. Do pack sunscreen and mosquito repellent. Solid sunscreen works well in your carry-on luggage and this is the best sunscreen we’ve ever tried.

Take anything that you may need importantly and urgently, like contact lens solutions, paracetamol ( adults and kids) and any other medications or products you use often. There are excellent shops in Bali and you can buy just about anything, but if you’re likely to need something in a hurry, take a stash.

We like to carry a small bottle of iodine, cuts and bites can get infected rapidly in the tropics.  Hand sanitiser gel or antibacterial wipes are a good idea with kids – not least on the plane.

What gear you need depends on your style of travel and duration of stay, as long term travellers we carry everything from mosquito nets to travel towels, but if you’re staying in a resort or hotel, of course, you won’t need much.

Day Trips From Bali

We recently took a day trip to snorkel with manta rays off a nearby island. You can read about this amazing tour from Bali here. This would not be suitable for babies, toddlers or younger children. Our kids were teens and tweens and strong swimmers for this family activity.

Bali Belly and Kids

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Because everyone has heard the Bali horror stories and worries about that, right? Two of us had diarrhea by the end of our first trip to Bali. Second time around we had no problems at all. Third time in Bali, two of us got flu on the plane.

That round of traveller’s tummy wasn’t serious and didn’t stop us doing anything, but there were a few urgent trips to the bathroom. When we got home I flew by the doctors where stool cultures revealed that we actually had a strain of salmonella. That was surprising, we weren’t too bad at all. There is no treatment for salmonella, so my Doctor told me, you just wait for it to pass and take probiotics ( live yogurt or pharmacy probiotic preparations)

It is interesting that only 2 of us went down with it, one adult, one child, we were all eating the same things and shared and tasted each other’s food constantly. It could have come via direct hand-to-mouth transmission, maybe a virus, not food.

People seem to worry about food hygiene in Bali quite a lot, particularly if they are visiting Bali with kids, I really don’t think that Bali is outstandingly dodgy in the food department based on our experience and over the 15 years we’ve been visiting, things have continued to get better.

That said, in 2020 we did see 3 rats feasting on pizza toppings in a busy wood-fired pizza restaurant in Ubud.

My best tip to avoiding all this stuff is to keep your hands clean, wash with soap often and if needed use antibacterial gels and baby wipes ( but think about your plastic consumption and limit use ).

Mosquitoes in Bali

People get Dengue fever in Bali. It can be a worry, particularly for parents. I have to say that each year we see fewer and fewer mosquitoes. Fogging is fairly common. Hotels use chemical sprays to kill all insects lurking in nearby greenery.

Nonetheless, you should probably pack the mosquito repellent and follow all the usual tips for avoiding mosquitoes.

More Bali Dangers – Dogs and Monkeys

Bites happen. You will find dogs and monkeys hard to avoid and yes, they can potentially carry rabies. Teach your children to stay away and never carry food or drink in or near Ubud’s Monkey Forest.

If you are scratched, bitten or even licked, head to the doctor’s surgery. We have had rabies vaccinations, but not for Bali. We had them for remote travel in Pakistan but the shots do give us extra peace of mind.

Enjoy Your Bali Trip!

So what do you think? Have you been? Are you going?  Did we miss out on lots of good things in Kuta? Please share any cool things to do in Bali with kids that you find, we love to hear from you!

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Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

20 thoughts on “Bali with Kids & Things To Do in Bali with Kids”

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for all this awesome info!

    I am heading back to Bali for only my second time so definitely don’t have much experience. This time I’m planning to head to Ubud.

    My highlight in Kuta was definitely letting my baby turtle race down the beach to the water! It was at the Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Centre. In the info session they said their volunteers collect the eggs off the beach where they may be trampled by foot traffic, wait until they hatch and then people pay a donation to release them. You aren’t allowed to touch the turtle, they are in a plastic container with water.
    Anyway, I am currently planning my next trip and will definitely be taking my family there! (Last trip was a girls trip)

  2. Hi there, such a great post. I always traveled to Europe with my toddler but now our friends are encouraging us to travel to Bali with them next year. My kid would be 5 and a half God willing. I am a bit afraid of visiting such countries with my kid because of the long hours in plane and the hygiene and food. I worry about almost everything 🙂 Then I found this blog and you make it so easy. Do you know about vaccinations? I am assuming we need to get vaccinated especially the kid. Regarding the food, am glad we can find western restaurants since both myself and the kid are a bit fussy. Thanks for sharing

    • Just see your GP or practice nurse about vaccinations for Bali. Leave plenty of time, some take a few months. Have a great trip!

  3. I love you post Alyson, you certainly are living the dream!!! My husband and I have also done a lot of traveling in the past, but have only done Europe since having our children. We have just booked a 3 week trip to Bali on the 10th of Feb with a 4 year old and 10 month old baby. What mosquito repellent do you recommend that we use on our children? We always used deet when we were traveling through Asia, but it was so strong that it melted the plastic on our dry bag!! I am not really wanting to use that on such young skin. Do you have any tips? Also any tips for traveling with a baby at all would be greatly welcomed ☺️ happy traveling Alyson and family

    Nicki x

    • Hi Nicki, We use a natural repellent in a yellow roll-on bottle that we buy in Boots Thailand. I don’t know if they have it in Boots UK. No, I certainly wouldn’t use Deet on a baby or small child, I still don’t use it on my teens if I can help it. Also see our post on avoiding mosquitos – we’re expets! I think there are some child- friendly recommendations in there too. Enjoy your trip!

    • Hi Alyson great info on your post! I’m so disappointed at Bali not having tuk tuk’s as they’re so cheap & my kids love them! You mention hiring a driver taxi, how much does this cost? We are going to travel for a month in Bali but 10 days of that will be on the nearby islands & the Gili islands too. I’m just wondering about a week discovering the beaches of the south coast, The distances aren’t too far so would taxis be a better option? Are there lots available at the beaches on the south? If you find yourself somewhere remote can you call for one? Would this be expensive? Many thanks Elle ?

      • Taxis and hiring a car and driver for the day are 2 different things. At the airport there is a fixed rate taxi desk. It’s more expensive than most. Uber or Grab is available in some places and motorbike taxis are common. There is a Grab lounge at the airport now. We thought taxis around Ubud were expensive for Asia, they all work together to keep prices high and have managed to force out Grab and Uber. The southern beaches are far from remote, it’s busy, built up, full of tourists. We actually arrive in Bali later this week. So I can get some up to date information happening. We’re avoiding the south, we really don’t like Kuta etc, heading north, so it will be a good test. We don’t hire scooters, it’s too dangerous for us, but a lot of tourists do.

  4. Thank you for the info. I plan on traveling with a 3 year old. Any insight on getting around with a toddler? Car seats? Etc

    • I think it’s generally best to assume you won’t be using western things like car seats for kids anywhere in Asia. Even in the UK you’re not required to use a car seat in a taxi. Take your own if you feel you want to and if there is a seatbelt you’ll be able to put it in the back. Car seats aren’t normally part of your airline weight allowance. If you’re from Australia and only have the type that bolt in, I guess you can’t. Sorry, I’m British, we travelled with a strap in one to the US etc but never bothered for Asia as it wasn’t a legal requirement. They drive pretty slowly on Bali because the traffic is usually backed up and the roads small, we always felt pretty safe there and the taxis and car’s we hired for the day were often big 4 x 4 s with the kids. I think first time we went to Bali our youngest was 2 or 3 years old.

  5. Thanks for the great article – it’s very helpful as my family and I are considering taking a trip to Bali. We have a 1 year old toddler. You mentioned bringing mosquito repellent and I was hearing that Dengue Fever is on the rise in SE Asia. Was this a concern for you with you and your kids in Bali?


    • Dengue is always a worry everywhere. We’ve been in Laos, Sri Lanka and Queensland in Dengue outbreaks. We just always assume it’s there and take precautions if there are many mozzies about. The Dengue mozzies bite during the day, we hardly ever get bitten during the day, anywhere, so your worry rapidly decreases on arrival. The locals don’t want Dengue either so they’re pretty clued up on getting rid of them. Also they fog for mozzies commonly in Bali.

  6. Great read and I must say that we love Sanur with the family! There are some great cheaper villas but not directly on the beach. It has definitely changed over the years and Ubud is a family favourite too although hard to walk around with young kids!

  7. Amazing Place!!! Spending Adventurous Vacations. Thank You for sharing this Wonderful Place.

  8. We love Bali, although we haven’t been with kids – yet! We are spending two weeks there at the start of next year.

    We have stayed in Legian in the past and loved it. I would not hesitate at all to take kids there. We have found the food in Bali to be great. Very very good and had no problems with Bali belly. Last time we went I was pregnant, so I was a bit worried but there were no problems.

    We also love Ubud and are thinking about spending half our time there next time and half in Sanur (to try something new), but now I am not sure! We don’t want to get away from it all. We like to be somewhere with lots of energy and lots of places to eat and hang out within a short walk from our hotel. Basically, we just want things to be easy! Would you recommend Sanur for us? After reading this, I am thinking maybe we should stick to Legian.

    Have you been to the Gili Islands? We have been to Senggigi. That was a bit too low key for what we are looking for too.

  9. We stayed away from Kuta too. I think it’s a matter of choice. I just don’t like that kind of entertainment and style. We preferred the temples and small towns. Loved Ubud too! We did go to Amed and loved it! Thought Sanur was expensive and touristy. Like a resort done in “Bali” style.

    My rule of thumb traveling was if you can’t peel it or cook it don’t eat it so we never ate salads unless we could wash it ourselves with purified water. Advice given to us from our time in Guatemala….Not sure if it is overly cautious but we lived by it. Love your stuff!

  10. Love the website and your attitude to travelling. Thanks for sharing, it’s awesome.


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