The ideal family holiday destination, Bali offers such a variety of family friendly activities that the only difficulty you’ll have is deciding which one to do first!
Bali Tree Top Adventure Park
In Bedugul Botanical Garden enjoy a bird’s eye view from the treetops when the family play Tarzan at the Bali Tree Top Adventure Park. Bali Tree Top Adventure Park is suitable for all ages and all abilities, luckily, all levels of bravado.
Menjangen Resort incorporates Menjangen Island, where the family can snorkel and try horse riding, trekking and bird watching. Stay overnight in a mangrove cabin and see monkeys, deer and wild boar from your safe seat on the roof of a jeep.
Bali Safari and Marine Park
Roaming free for the family to see at Bali Safari and Marine Park are wildebeest, rhinos, zebras and more. Take a day tour or, if the family is up for it, a night safari to see the nocturnal animals.
Bali Bird Park
Bali Bird Park also serves as a rehabilitation centre, offering an educational and entertaining experience that the adults will enjoy just as much as the kids. There are Komodo dragons here, as well as hundreds of species of exotic birds, including cassowary, parrots and birds of paradise.
Bali Reptile Park
Bali Reptile Park, adjacent to Bali Bird Park, has the world’s largest reticulated python in captivity and an open-air reptile enclosure where the kids will love – or hate – to handle the monitor lizards, pythons, tortoises and iguanas.
This is interactive eco-tourism at its best, allowing you and the kids to settle into the natural local surrounds, and plant rice, climb coconut trees, pick cocoa and make chocolate. There are scheduled seasonal camps and drop-ins are welcome year round.
The whole family will have fun at Waterbom Park and Spa, on rides including slides and rafts, and in the pleasure pool, spa and swim up bar. You’ll be back for sure, after being issued with a discount card for your return visit within 7 days.
Monkey Forest Road
The southern end of Ubud is the home to a group of Balinese macaque, which will steal anything you have loose, so secure your belongings before visiting these cheeky monkeys. Don’t let the kids touch them or try to feed them – they bite!
Ride an elephant at the Elephant Safari Park, just an hour from Ubud. See these gentle creatures playing and bathing in the lake, and help the rangers feed them. Have your photo taken with your favourite elephant as the perfect memento to take back home.
Rafting, Surfing and Bodyboarding
Bali is one of the world’s top surf destinations, with beaches perfect for surfers and bodyboarders of all levels of experience. For the best river rafting, head to the Ayung River, northwest of Ubud and the Unda River, north of Kungklung.
There is so much for the family to enjoy in Bali as well as the stunning beaches. To find out more, speak to the experts at Escape Travel.
Xanthe Coward is a theatre reviewer and blogger who is working on creating an eco-friendly green camp of her own in her suburban back yard.