Top 5 family friendly things to do in Bali

Despite the never-ending flight time Bali is somewhere that is definitely worth visiting at least once in your life. Being part of the largest Muslim populated country in the world — Indonesia, Muslim travellers are welcomed in Bali. We stayed at the very beautiful Fairmont Hotel in Sanur which you can read about here. Here is a round-up of the best things to do if you’re travelling as a family.


Tegenungan Waterfall Bali
Tegenungan Waterfall Bali

Bali has numerous waterfalls scattered around the island. We visited the Tegenungan Waterfall and booked our tour with Best Bali Tours. They provided us with a really friendly driver to take us around the island to visit different sites. It can get hot climbing up and down but it’s worth it if you get a dip in the water!

Sacred Monkey Forest

No trip to Bali is complete without seeing some monkeys. Not everybody shares my love for monkeys but even if you don’t you’ll find this place an absolute joy.

Snorkelling & Watersports

Parasailing in Bali

I’ve been snorkelling in lots of different regions but I’ve never seen as many fish as I did here, more specifically near Sanur where we stayed.

Visiting a coffee plantation

Even if you’re not into coffee, Cantika Agricultural Plantation grows tea, cocoa, spices and lots more. Here you can see how coffee is made and sample lots of different types of tea and coffee all organically grown. It’s also great for kids to see where all the chocolate they consume, actually comes from.

Visiting the Volcano

Volcano in Bali
Volcano in Bali

We didn’t get to do the three-hour trek up Mount Batur (four-year-old in tow) but we got to see the volcano from afar. We went to Sari restaurant in Kintamani for the most amazing views of the volcano. People don’t come here for the food, it’s all about the views.

For more detail you can read about Bali in a piece I wrote for Kohinoor-Joy called Inspirations in Bali.

Essential Info

Most restaurants say they serve halal meat. Being a majority Hindu island (part of wider a Muslim country) halal food is not guaranteed. Pork is also prevalent in a lot of restaurants as well as alcohol.

Flight time is 18 hours from London. Bali is in the Southern Hemisphere so everything is upside down. Only joking of course, but there is an 8-hour time difference, so the jet lag is real.

4 thoughts on “Top 5 family friendly things to do in Bali”

  • Oh my God! 18 hours flight time is too much. The longest flight I’ve taken so far is one from Dubai to Toronto but with a stopover for 2 hours at Amsterdam. I’ve been to Malaysia earlier and now think I should have done Indonesia at the same time. Watched a documentary on Bali few months ago on one of the popular Pakistani TV channel and the show was produced by my friend’s brother so I was even more keen on watching it but it was knowledgeable and I saw how the monkeys jump on the visitors so not really sure of I’ll be courageous enough to go there.

    • It is a bit much but definitely worth breaking up the journey by visiting else where in the Middle East or Far East! Perhaps one for the bucket list if you head down those ways again.

      The monkey only jumped on my son because the staff there put some nuts on his shoulder! They don’t really attack you unless you stare at their babies or have something that you really want.

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