Sun, surf, fun and excitement – Bali is the perfect destination for an unforgettable family holiday. Travelling with kids can be a whole different kettle of coconuts though. Here’s what you need to know to make your family holiday to Bali as awesome for adults as it is for the kids.
When to go
If you’d prefer not to have your kids cooped up indoors due to rain, make sure to travel in the dry season from April to September. Having said that, there are plenty of things you can do for fun in Bali on a rainy afternoon. So don’t let wet weather rain on your holiday parade!
While South African citizens do need a visa to visit Bali, it’s actually super easy since you can just get one on arrival. Make sure that your and your kids’ passports are valid for at least six months beyond the date of your arrival in Indonesia. It’s also a good idea to have a print out of your confirmed return flight details handy (just in case). You’ll need to fill out a few forms on arrival, pay a fee and stand in a queue. But it’s a relatively painless process, and it won’t be too long until you’re relaxing on the beach while your kids romp around in the waves.
Best places to eat
You don’t have to go far to find something delicious to eat in Bali. From family friendly restaurants to busy markets and street vendors, the options are endless! If your kids are a little on the fussy side, don’t stress. Western food is very popular in Bali, so you’ll always be able to grab some burgers, pizzas and other kid-friendly favourites. If your kids are keen to try something local, start off with some egg-friend rice or tasty noodles to get them familiar with the flavours.
Things to do
Bali is a playground for adults and kids alike. There are just so many fun activities for the whole family, you’ll struggle to squeeze them all into one trip! Luckily, Bali isn’t a huge island, so you won’t have to travel too far to get there. Cool off and let the kids run wild at Waterbom Bali Waterpark with loads of water rides and slides. Go river rafting on the Ayung. Swing over to Bali Treetop Village for high-flying zip lining fun. Hang out at Lollypop Playland or take an exciting hike up an active volcano. Teach your kids to hang ten at a surf school, go snorkelling or stroll along the ocean floor with the Ultimate Seawalker Experience. That’s just to name a few!
Accidents happen, even on holiday. If you find yourself in need of medical care on your holiday in Bali, there are some good doctors and hospitals to help you out. Whether it’s a bad sunburn, sprained ankle or something more serious (hopefully not), you’ll have access to private hospitals and experienced doctors across the island. It’s also a great idea to get proper travel insurance before you go to make sure you’re covered for any unfortunate incidents.
There are plenty of ways travel around the island. Hiring a car is a good option, and hiring a driver to go with it is even better. The roads can get quite hectic, so you’ll want an experienced driver who knows their way around. Car seats are not included, so you’ll need to rent one and fit it yourself. Metered taxis are a good option too. They are pretty much everywhere so you can simply flag one down when you need a ride. Skip the shuttle buses though, they can work out a bit pricey for families.
What to pack
Bali is warm year-round, so you don’t have to worry about packing for cold weather. Mosquitoes and sunburn are a reality though, so it’s best to take precautions with a mosquito net and repellent, some long-sleeve tops and sunscreen.
Here’s a list of must-haves:
- 3-5 lightweight outfits for hot weather
- Sun hats and sun glasses
- Swimming costumes
- Beach towels or sarongs
- Mosquito repellent
- Flip flops
- Walking shoes for outdoor adventures
- Passports and travel insurance details
- Credit cards and some cash
- Medication (chronic and for kids)
- Toys and books to keep tots entertained on the plane
What are you waiting for? Grab your family and start planning your holiday to Bali and go and have the holiday of a lifetime in Bali!