7 Enriching Bali Adventures For Families

5 December 2014

Bali has long been a favourite destination for sun-loving Australian families. The resorts make it easy for you no matter what age your kids are, with babysitters on call for littlies, kids clubs for pre-teens and plenty of watersports for teens. If you’d like to explore Bali as a family beyond the confines of your chosen resort, here are a few ideas.
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Waterbom Bali

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Just in case your kids get bored of the resort pool or the beach beyond it, Waterbom Bali provides an alternative way to get wet. There are rides of all sizes and levels of adrenalin rush, from a gentle float-along in an inner tube on Lazy River to racing down ridiculously high waterslides like the Race Track or the Boogie Ride.

Then of course there’s the bigger adrenalin rush for bigger kids like Smash Down, where you’ll reach speeds of 70 km/h smashing down an eight-storey slide at a 60 degree angle. It’s located in the heart of Kuta so it’s within easy walking distance from most Kuta resorts, and a relatively short taxi ride away from Nusa Dua, Legian, Seminyak and Sanur.

 Open your children up to new skills and experiences this holiday

 

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Surfing Lessons

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There are several surf schools in Kuta and Legian catering for beginners of all ages, so the whole family can join in. If your kids have never surfed before, this is a great place to learn. The water is warm and the waves are long and smooth, perfect for beginners who take several minutes instead of seconds to stand up.

Odyssey Surf School is located right next to the Hard Rock Hotel, so its easy to find and also not a bad place to stop for lunch afterwards, having built up a hearty appetite falling off boards for a couple of hours. The instructors are very patient and the foam boards are so wide and buoyant they guarantee you’ll stand up in your first lesson. They also provide evidence, sending a photographer out with each class to capture your triumphant moments as well as all those wipe outs.

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White Water Rafting

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The Ayung River runs through the lush green landscape of Ubud and central Bali, passing through rainforest, rice fields, scattered villages and the odd 5-star resort along the way. The kids may not appreciate the landscape but they’ll certainly enjoy screaming their way through it in an inflatable raft.

Bali Adventure Tours can take you on a variety of rafting routes, with varying levels of difficulty so it’s suitable for kids of all ages and acclaimed as the safest family rafting tour in Bali. You’ll be provided with a life jacket, helmet and paddle, given a safety briefing before being launched down stream.

 Bali's diverse range of activities provides fun and excitement for all ages

 

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Bali Treetop Adventure Park

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Another great way to enjoy Bali’s lush interior is through its tree tops on a high ropes course. Bali Treetop Adventure Park has several course, catering for all ages, levels of fitness and agility (and fear of heights).

Kids under between four to six years old (and a minimum 95 centimetres) can have fun on the Squirrel Yellow Circuit, kids between six and eight years can move up to the Squirrel Green Circuit and the bigger Green Circuit, while the bolder tweens and teens can work their way up through Blue, Orange (over eight years, 120 centimetres), Red (over 10, 130 centimetres) and the Adrenalin Black Circuits (over 12, 140 centimetres). Bali's Treetop Adventure Park is located 75 minutes from Kuta, Legian, and Sanur.

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Infinity Mountain Biking

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Back at ground level, you can also explore Bali’s forest and countryside on a series of bike tracks developed by Infinity Mountain Biking. Again, there are several runs with various levels of difficulty, so it’s suitable for beginners, and it will also provide a suitable adrenalin rush for more experienced riders.

The Mount Batur to Ubud ride is a good one for families and takes you cycling along flat quiet back roads through local villages, rice paddy fields and beautiful countryside, with a support vehicle never too far away to provide snacks and drinks for thirsty riders.

 Learning to cook traditional Balinese food

 

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Zoos, Safaris & Marine Parks.

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Over 60 different types of animals from Indonesia, India and Africa roam the grounds of Bali Safari Park which you can explore on a guided open-top bus tour or alternatively by elephant. The Marine Park has a wide range of freshwater fish and includes a daily piranha feeding show, and in the evenings you can take the Night Safari through the African Savannah.

Bali Zoo also has an impressive range of animals, with the added attraction of hands-on photo opportunities with Pythons, Elephants, Binturongs, and even Tiger Cubs if you’re lucky and “Night At The Zoo”, an evening line-up that includes elephant feeding, nocturnal animal encounters and fire dance performances.

At the Elephant Safari Park in Ubud you can get up close and personal with these gentle, clever and quite magnificent creatures. Take the family for a ride around the park and watch these clever animals as they display their skills at everything from football to painting.
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Cooking Classes

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There is no better way to get your kids to explore new taste sensations and broaden their palates than cooking with the locals. There are cooking schools at many of Bali’s resorts, so check in with your activities manager to see if there’s one planned during your stay. Payuk Bali Cooking Class is located in Ubud and welcomes kids. Your day here starts at the local markets where your guide, Chef Ketut and his assistant will explain what ingredients you need, what they are, and let the kids pick out their own herbs and spices.

You’re then taken through rice fields and shown how the rice is grown before being brought to a Balinese house compound where you will be guided step by step through the process of making your very own Balinese meal, before sitting down together for a Balinese feast. There’s a choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu, with dishes, including sate fish, gado gado and Balinese fried chicken.

Deborah Dickson-Smith

Deborah plays the mother role in a blended family of seven. She's a travel blogger, diver and passionate eco warrior. She has lived in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Edinburgh, London and now resides in Sydney’s northern beaches with her Brady Bunch-style family - all seasoned travellers. Follow Deborah on Twitter @where2nextblog or visit her blog, Where to Next?, all about travelling with teens and mid-life style.