Bali / Indonesia
Sanur, Kuta, Celuk Village, Tenganan Traditional Village, Nusa Lembongan, Ubud, Batubulan Village
Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
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...
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.
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 textiles with images showing karma and reincarnations, as well as the episodes of human existence from life and death to Nirvana.
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.
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 part cobra. The walls host the 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.
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.
Sanur – Delight in the Tropical Paradisiacal Island of Nusa Lembongan
The aroma of frangipanis is strongest in the morning before the 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.
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.
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 in 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.
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.
- Discover the depths of Hindu folklore on Bali when viewing the spectacular Barong and Kris Dance, as well as the Balinese Kecak and Fire Dance
- Embrace the fascinating cultural heritage of Bali featured in the art and architecture of Besakih Temple and Buddha Temples
- Delight in the thrilling chance to catch waves as a family during a private surf lesson at Kuta Beach
- Witness an enchanting panorama stretching over jungle, valleys, sea, and rice fields when visiting famous Bukit Jambul Rice Terrace
- Venture to the top of Kintamani Volcano for spectacular views and the sensational scenery looking over the twin lakes deep in the caldera
- Traverse the stunning architecture and fantastical folklore on display in the clifftop temple of Uluwatu Temple
- Learn about the connection of art inherent in Balinese culture inside Ubud Art Market where artisans craft handmade pieces reflecting local tradition
- Make a splash with the family along the shores of Nusa Lemgongan, a secluded island perfect for snorkeling and relaxing away from Bali’s bustle
- Enjoy time on the open sea in a traditional outrigger boat in search of friendly dolphin pods during a dolphin watching excursion
Receive the warmest welcome upon your arrival in Bali during your 9-day family-friendly tour of the island’s sensational highlights. The idyllic tropical paradise features more than crystal clear waters and sparkling sand offering the family immersion into the epic history of Hindu and Buddhist culture, as well as the preserved natural splendor of the volcanos, jungles, and valleys. The family will experience the spiritual intensity of the island found in customary dances and historic statues. Bali is an irresistible package for the whole family with cultural villages, smiling artisans, and endless natural charm.
Your family adventure in Bali begins with your arrival at Denpasar Airport. You have nine days at a luxury resort overlooking the soft sands of Sanur providing comforts, attention to detail, and secure privacy. The culture inherent in island life invites you deeper into the island heritage immediately with a Barong and Kris dance performance in Batubulan Village setting the pace for the mixture of natural splendor and folklore the children will enjoy throughout your time on Bali.
Traditional sites on the island range from artisan villages like Celuk and Ubud Art Market to sensational temples like Pura Besakih Temple, Jagatnatha Temple, Buddha Temple, and Uluwatu Temple, as well as the opulent grounds of the former royal palace of Kertha Gosa. Experience the true beauty of Bali’s nature when visiting Bukit Jambul Rice Terrace and the hidden charms of long-tailed macaques wandering through the Monkey Forest around the collection of spiritual temples isolated beneath the canopy. The beaches and waters around Bali call to the family as well, offering plenty of snorkeling opportunities or chances to relax on the secluded sands of Nusa Lembongan.
A private surfing lesson allows the family another shared experience on the water with everyone learning to catch the rolling waves at Kuta Beach. The family will be enveloped by the intricate details of Balinese culture discovered around the various regions of the island such as when visiting the top of Kintamani Volcano, relaxing in the soothing hot springs at Banjar, witnessing dolphins breach the waters of the Indian Ocean, or wandering through the enchanting field of statues at Garuda Wisnu Kencana Culture Park. We work closely with the best Bali travel operators to ensure that you have a fully personalized trip of a lifetime.
$1,795 per person (excluding international flights)
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