Bali Itinerary for Families

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A 9 day trip to Bali / Indonesia 
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Kids and parents marvel at the mixture of thrills and beauty, fun and folklore inherent in the Island of the Gods during your personalized family-friendly highlights tour of Bali. The small island brims with adventure and educational wonder, adventurous excursions and fascinating culture spread across the diverse landscape. Learn to catch waves at Kuta Beach. Stand atop famous rice fields for dramatic panoramas. Listen to monkeys traipsing across ancient monuments. The essence of Bali captivates the whole family with highlights embodying pure delights of the sand, sun, jungle, and sea. Begin planning your dream Bali family vacation by visiting the Bali family itineraries page on Zicasso.

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Infinity Pool at Komaneka Resort
Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Sanur, Kuta, Celuk Village, Tenganan Traditional Village, Kintamani Volcano, Bukit Jambul Rice Terrace, Garuda Wisnu Kencana Culture Park, Nusa Lembongan, Ubud, Ubud Monkey Forest, Banjar Hot Spring, Lovina Beach, Batubulan Village 

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Sanur – Arrive in Bali and Attend a Legendary Dance at Batubulan Village

Bali is an island paradise on the Indonesian archipelago known for more than just the serene beauty but also the inspiring ambiance emanating from the historical culture. Your flight lands at Ngurah Rai International Airport, where your private transfer greets the family upon arrival. You make the brief journey to Sanur, the perfect town for parents and children due to a fine assortment of restaurants, bars, and private resorts spread across a thin stretch of beach protected by a colorful reef. The shoreline reaches approximately three miles along the east coast pressing against lush greenery hiding the local shops and cafes.

The scent of the sea blends with the aroma of white jasmine flowers. You continue to a performance known as the Barong and Kris dance, reflecting the eternal struggle between good and evil. Two men play a large lion figure known as Rangda who embodies demons with long fingernails and a drooping chest. The hero, Barong, is depicted by men wrapped in banana leaves wearing masks. In the different regions of Bali, Barong can take the shape of a wild pig, tiger, snake, dragon, or lion depending on which animal is more sacred to local lore. The battle ensues on stage exploring the epic struggle between the legendary figures. The entire family stands captivated by the movement, music, and story until at last, Barong is victorious. 

What’s Included: airport transfer, accommodation

Day 2: Sanur – Explore the Traditional Sites of Bali on a Full Day Tour

In the morning, the aroma of sea fades to succulent scents of sweet bananas and papaya at breakfast. The natural fruits are grown on the island glow with bright colors and sing with sensational flavor year-round. Even the kids are excited to taste the fruit before your guide greets the family in the hotel lobby after breakfast. You make your way on a select tour of Bali’s traditional sites beginning with Celuk Village. Both parents and children can witness the stunning charms of artisan silver and goldsmith workings inside the galleries and workshops. The smithies handcraft jewelry, trinkets, and charms in all shapes and sizes developing intricate patterns and designs.

The children crowd around the spoons decorated with elephant motifs and floral designs before noticing a silversmith hard at work shaping a new piece. You continue to the imperial compound of the Puri Semarapura Royal Palace, home to Kertha Gosa, or the grand hall. The ceilings contain remarkable murals crafted in the wayang style beside the tranquil floating halls. The traditional Balinese architecture adds to the serene ambiance amid the surrounding walls and dramatic gates. The paintings most often depict images from notable Hindu epics including Ramayana and Mahabharata. The ceiling frescoes were crafted on textile with images showing karma and reincarnations, as well as the episodes of human existence from life and death to Nirvana.

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 3: Sanur – Visit Famous Rice Terraces, the Besakih Temple, and a Volcano

In the morning, the family travels with your private guide to the iconic image of Balinese postcards, the Bukit Jambul Rice Terrace. As one of the most popular destinations in Bali, the terraces embody cultural history in the way locals have utilized the landscape and the weather to grow thriving crops. A refreshing breeze rushes through the open terraces and rustles the surrounding coconut trees accentuating the peaceful ambiance. From the top of the terraces, you have a remarkable view of the rice fields, valleys, and panorama sweeping out to the sea.

The Besakih Temple is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Bali and is often referred to as the island’s Mother Temple. It is over 1,000 years old, built on foundations dating back more than two millennia, and sits atop the western slopes of Mount Agung. The extensive complex contains 23 related but separate temples connected thematically to the main stupa of Pura Penataran Agung. The interior temples are dedicated to the Hindu trinity known as Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu.

You reach the top of the central mountains staring down into the caldera of Kintamani Volcano, which encompasses five square miles. The aroma of moon orchids emanates from the surrounding forest. Fishermen venture to Caldera II while families, couples, and groups of friends relax in the hot springs at Toyobungkah. The kids marvel at the combination of verdant plants springing from black molten rocks along the lava field juxtaposed by the glassy blue waters of the volcano lakes. 

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 4: Sanur – Enjoy a Dolphin Watching, Visit Buddha Temple and Hot Springs

Before dawn, you travel to the quiet shores of Lovina Beach to board a traditional outrigger boat. The excitement outweighs the tired as the engine revs and the boat carries you over the quiet wake out to sea. The sunlight washes over the eastern horizon bringing layers of stunning orange, red, and pink across the sky. The boat’s engine stops. The captain points into the water where a pod of bottlenose dolphins arches out of the water. The dolphin can grow over 13 feet long and leap up to 20 feet in the air. Their elegance and gracefulness in the water match their playfulness in the open sea.

The kids marvel at viewing the wild dolphin pod up close. You return back to land making your way to Buddha Temple. The brilliant orange roof-tiles dangle over the entrance contrasting the surrounding lush greenery. The children are eager to gaze upon the two Naga guarding the gate. The images depict the semi-divine mythological figures known as part human and par cobra. The walls host scripture of Buddhist wisdom leading to the lower temple’s centerpiece of a stunning gold Buddha figure. The temple is the largest Buddhist complex in Bali drawing pilgrims from around the island and neighboring islets on the archipelago.

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 5: Sanur – Relish a Half-Day Surf Lesson with the Remaining Day at Leisure

Bali is one of the world’s premier surf destinations. At breakfast, you peel the fuzzy rind off a rambutan and bite into the semi-sweet interior before setting out on a private family surf lesson at Kuta Beach. The instructor is a local well-versed in the ways the waves roll against the shoreline. The water is warm and the cool morning breeze carries the scent of salts to the promenade cafes. The shoreline stretches for more than two miles with soft, cream-colored sand.

Your guide has the family lay on your individual boards placed on the sand before ever touching the water. You learn to pop up from the prone position, lying on your stomach and bouncing to your feet. Once you feel comfortable with the transition, you enter the water to catch your first wave. The board feels less stable in the water as you realize the balance required for surfing. The tropical sun warms your neck as you paddle your arms, accept the force of the wave before it breaks, and push yourself to the standing position.

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 6: Sanur – Delight in the Tropical Paradisiacal Island of Nusa Lembongan

The aroma of frangipanis is strongest in the morning before scent of fresh coffee drifts through the hotel dining room. Today, the family has a full adventure to the stunning island of Nusa Lembongan celebrated for its slower pace of life than mainland Bali. The water shimmers an iridescent aquamarine around the three-square miles of coastline. Your snorkeling guide offers the family insight into the best practices for breathing along with the surface of the water without disturbing the fascinating schools of bright fish below.

The warm sea surrounds you as you search for turtles amid the sprawling coral gardens or spot moray eels peeking their heads out of porous rocks. The kids point to an emperor angelfish noticeable for its fantastical, colorful patterns across its surface. They can grow to nearly 16 inches long and glow with stunning electric blue hues amid white wrings. They eat small invertebrates and plants like sponges and algae. Life beneath the water reveals a stunning world previously unknown to the family but now captivates you and the children alike.

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 7: Sanur – Discover Folklore and Tradition Cycling around Ubud’s Monuments

After breakfast, the family travels inland to Ubud for a cycling tour between the famous monuments of what is known as Bali’s cultural capital. You cycle to the 27 acres of greenery referred to as Ubud Monkey Forest, which hosts more than 700 long-tailed macaques. The forest has spiritual importance for the Balinese experienced in the unique ambiance stemming from a mixture of rambunctious monkeys and hidden temples. The children delight in visiting Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, “The Great Temple of Death,” first erected in the 14th century.

They point to a statue of children showing their teeth revealing vampiric fangs. After exiting the forest, you reach the vibrant colors of Ubud Art Market. The traditional art village embodies the diversity of handmade crafts ranging from bags to paintings, textiles to statues. The woodcarvings are impressive and depict the culture of Bali through representations of Hindu deities, epics, Buddhist lore, or local life. The kids become enamored with one of the woodcarvers bringing a new piece to life slowly revealing the detailed features of a Balinese dancer.

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 8: Sanur – Traverse the Southern Coast for Statues, Temples, and a Fire Dance

The scent of coffee drifts through the doors of the popular coffeehouse Simply Brew celebrated for a semi-open venue offering fresh air and a scenic view, as well as the rich Vietnam Drip espresso. After a relaxing morning along the Sanur shoreline, the family visits the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Culture Park perched on a limestone cliff. The site offers views of Kuta to the west, Sanur in the east and Mount Agung in the north. The fascinating park hosts a series of statues embodying the culture of the island.

The nearby Uluwatu Temple is one of the most popular places on Bali to watch the sunset due to its position overlooking the Indian Ocean on a plateau 250 feet above the lapping waves. The temple was erected 1,000 years ago. Statues of Ganesh flank the entrance arch. Carvings depicting mythological creatures and an episode of Hindu epics adorn the coral brick walls. As the sun fades, the bright light of the Balinese Kecak and Fire Dance begins. Performers tell part of the Ramayana epic when then demon king Ravana abducts the goddess, Sita. The goddess retains her purity and proves herself but undergoing a trial by fire. Music fills the air overpowering the rhythmic waves crashing below the cliff. The chorus hums, sways, and claps for emphasis drawing the entire family into the powerful epic. 

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 9: Sanur – Depart for Home

The refreshing breeze carries the aroma of the sea into the dining room at breakfast blending with the sweet scents of coconut, jackfruit, and guava. The kids have taken a liking to the mango and sweet bananas offered at breakfast each morning in accompaniment to the various international options. The kids share their favorite moments of their time in Bali ranging from catching a wave during their first surf lesson to the monkeys scrambling through the trees in Ubud’s Monkey Forest. After breakfast, your private transfer meets the family at the hotel and escorts you to Ngurah Rai International Airport for your flight home.

What’s Included: airport transfer, breakfast

Price

Starting Price 

$1,795
This trip is customizable for your private travel.

What's Included 

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.