A Vacation in Bali with Your Family
If you're dreaming about an exotic vacation then Bali is the one for you!
A vacation in Bali with your family is an ideal way to bond with your family and taking some time off to relax your mind, body, and soul. This exotic Indonesian island has something to offer people of all ages. With the beaches, temples, point of attractions, activities, and peace of mind that it offers, Bali is one of the most exotic travel destinations in the world.
Bali offers a great value for money, too. With this article, I share with you everything that you need to know for a vacation in Bali with your family.
Fun things to do -
Indulge in scrumptious food - Being a travel hotspot, Bali has enough restaurants and cafes to suit everyone's taste.
Shop until you drop - Bali is an amazing place for street shopping. You can get good quality products at dirt cheap prices. The trick, of course, is to haggle. Do not miss the night markets that take place on specific days of a week.
Explore the marine life - Bali has several sites which entice people to explore its underwater life. Blue Lagoon is an excellent place for a family snorkelling trip as it offers calm water and a myriad of a colourful coral reef. Better, go for Scuba Diving. You can expect to see turtles, sharks, and even manta rays.
Temple hopping - Wherever you go in Bali, you will find temples. Many of them are not to be missed. Pura Besakih, Ulun Danu Pura Tirta Empul, Gunung Kawi, and Goa Gajah are some of the must visit temples in Bali.
Play on a beach - Bali is home to many beaches. Most of them promote various sports. Play Beach Football or Beach Volleyball on any of the beaches by joining a local game or simply by starting your own.
Dolphin Spotting - Everybody loves seeing a pod of dolphins. Take a boat ride from Lovina with your family and spot one of the most adorable species on the planet. It will surely be a moment to seize.
Try Surfing - Surfing is an awesome sport. The younger you are, the easier it is to learn. And once you do, there is no stopping. Canggu in South Bali is a perfect place to learn the sport.
Trek a volcano - There are two volcanoes in Bali - Mount Agung and Mount Batur. Mount Agung, also called Gunung Agung locally, is an active volcano and the highest point on the island. Mount Batur is nearly half the height and can be easily trekked.
Get wet at Waterbom Water Park - Waterbom in Bali is Asia's best water park. The rides and pool here are insanely amazing. Whatever your age is, you are going to love it here ... and so is your family.
Go for White Water Rafting - If the in your family are teens, go for Water Rafting. The adventure sport is sure to pump up your adrenaline, assuring a fun time for the entire family.
Meet the Bali Monkeys - Monkeys of Bali are pretty popular. There is a temple cum monkey reserve in Ubud, which houses hundreds of monkeys. Just do not try to get too close to them. They are infamous for stealing things.
Visit the waterfalls - There are quite a few waterfalls across Bali. Some of them are nestled at hidden locations. Go visit them if you want to add some spice to your vacation. Do not forget to carry an extra set of clothes, just in case.
Get rejuvenated at a hot spring - Banjar Hot Spring is calmly nestled in a jungle close to Lovina in North Bali. It is known to have magical properties that can heal your body and mind. Immerse yourself neck deep and feel rejuvenated.
There are plenty of family accommodations in Bali, suitable for every budget. Whether you go during the off-season or during the peak of the season, you will find enough options - including resorts, hotels, villas, and home stays - for your stay.
If you are not on a budget, you can find some excellent choices for your accommodation. However, if you are going to travel during the high season - from July to September - it will be better to make your accommodation bookings in advance so that you get your preferred choice.
Where to stay -
There are quite a few exotic locations to stay in Bali. However, it all boils down to what you want from that region. Following are the best regions to stay in Bali for families:
Nusa Dua - Located on the southern side of the Bali Airport, Nusa Dua is the most popular place among families. Offering pristine beaches sans the excessive crowd, Nusa Dua is a great place to stay at.
Sanur - Sanur is a great substitute to Nusa Dua. It is pretty close to the rest of Bali, making it a great pick for staying. If you are travelling with young kids, it may be a better option as the beach here is protected by a reef.
Ubud - Ubud is the cultural hub of Bali. Covered with list jungle, rice fields, amazing attractions, and away from the crowd, Ubud is the best place in Bali to stay with family.
Lovina - Lovina is nestled in the northern part of Bali, close to the mountains. The place promises peace and tranquillity. You can go for Dolphin spotting or even do some snorkelling.
Tulamben - Tulamben is the Scuba Diving hub of Bali. Located on the eastern side, close to Amed, it promises some great dive sites. The water here is crystal clear and the corals are exquisite.
Kuta - Kuta is the most popular region for staying in Bali. It houses several budget hotels as well as boutique hotels. If you want to stay at a lively place, Kuta is the place to stay at.
Finding food in Bali is extremely easy. South Bali is dotted with restaurants serving a variety of cuisines. Some of the must try dishes from the Indonesian cuisine include Mee Goreng (local Fried Noodle) and Nasi Goreng (local Fried Rice).
Being a Hindu dominated region, it is not difficult to find vegetarian food either. Ubud is a wonderful place for food. It has a bevy of vegetarian and vegan restaurants and food stalls.
For lip-smacking seafood, there is Jimbaran.
Getting Around -
Getting around in Bali is fairly simple. You can hire a car with or without a driver. Taxis are easily available throughout Bali. There are buses and shuttle vans as well, but if you are with your family, it is better to avoid them.
Nearby Places to Visit -
Lombok - Lombok is Bali's neighbouring island, roughly the same size. If you want some time away from the hustling and bustling, with nature similar to than in Bali, do visit Lombok. It is what Bali was like in the 90s - a paradise.
Gili Islands - Gili Islands are sandwiched between Bali and Lombok. It is, in fact, the best place to visit in or around Bali. Just a short boat trip away from Bali, the islands has a turtle sanctuary, an open air cinema, and a variety of other activities to keep the entire family entertained.
Bali is expensive if you want it to be expensive. For a family comprising of a couple and two children, you can easily do with just INR 10000 per day including a stay at a nice resort (with air con room, a common swimming pool, breakfast, Wi-Fi, and easy access to other places in Bali), local transport, common activities, and food.
Since 2015, Indian passport holders no longer have to get a visa to visit Indonesia.
How to Reach -
Being an extremely popular travel destination, Bali is well connected from every major airport in India. A number of flights leave for and from Bali, every day.
When to go -
Bali has two main seasons. One is the wet season which runs from October to March and the other one is the dry season which runs from April to September. Throughout the year, Bali attracts a lot of visitors from around the world. Keeping in mind the climate and its tourism, the best time to visit Bali is from April to June.
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