At this age, your kids will remember all the magical moments experienced together on holiday. A holiday to Bali with kids from 7 to 10 years old will be unforgettable! There are endless things to do, beautiful sceneries, and mystical rituals to witness. On top of that, you get to stay in a fabulous private villa where you can spend undisturbed quality time together and have lots of fun in the swimming pool. This is our ultimate guide to travel to Bali with kids from 7 to 10 years old:
Is Bali a good place to visit with kids?
We can be short and sweet: YES! Bali is great for families! The island is beautiful and diverse, not too big or too small. The locals are very welcoming and they absolutely love children. There is lots to do and many perfect family villas for you to reside at. You can base yourself in one spot and explore the island on fun day trips or you choose to spend a week in the busy south of Bali and another week in the quieter east, north, or west of the island. Either way, you are in for tropical beaches, waterfalls, Balinese temples, and all sorts of activities and attractions.
Getting around in Bali with kids
Bali has shuttle buses, Gojek drivers, and Grab cars, there are reliable taxi companies in the main tourist towns (look for Blue Bird) but the most convenient way of getting around is by private car and driver. It’s not expensive and when travelling with kids, it is super handy to have a car and chauffeur stand by when you need it. When staying at a villa, a private driver is easily arranged. Most likely airport pick-up and drop-off are already included with your stay, saving you the hassle of dealing with all the taxi drivers at the airport. Do ask your travel concierge about what’s included and what’s not. He or she can also help you to book a driver. Grab Car and Uber are handy for short trips but they are banned in popular areas such as Canggu and Uluwatu. Blue Bird Taxis are metered taxis and they are easy to find in places like Seminyak and Ubud. You can also opt to book a driver for certain days of your holiday to Bali so you can go on full-day tours.
Where and what to eat
The locals like to eat rice or noodles with veggies, meat, and fish. The local eateries are called “warungs” and it’s where you will find authentic Balinese food, fresh and cheap. However, when traveling with kids in a foreign country, eating out and trying local food can be challenging. There is no need to worry though, in busy tourist towns and even quieter towns, you will find all kinds of restaurants serving Italian food (always easy with kids!), Mexican, Mediterranean, Indian, American, Chinese – you name it! There are family-friendly restaurants with playgrounds on-site and amazing beach clubs serving international cuisine. When staying at a villa you will have a private kitchen where you can prepare something familiar for difficult eaters or prepare a quick easy lunch. You can also get the staff to prepare it for you. There is no need to worry about your kids getting hungry, that’s for sure.
Activities and attractions kids will love
Waterparks, playgrounds, close encounters with wildlife, underwater adventures, and endless beach fun. It’s impossible for families to get bored when staying in Bali. There are some great activities and attractions kids will love (and so will you!):
- Bali Safari and Marine Park
Bali Safari and Marine Park has everything for a full day of fun for you and the kids. This is not just a zoo, it’s a huge entertainment park with wildlife to spot and animal shows to see. On top of that, there is a waterpark, there are attractions and there is a petting zoo which the kids will love. The Jungle Safari takes you to see animals from Indonesia, Africa and India. You can also book a night safari adventure which is exciting and thrilling.
Despite having access to a private swimming pool at the villa, a trip to Waterbom can’t be missing on your itinerary when travelling to Bali with kids 7-10 years old. They will love this water paradise with fun and scary waterslides.
- Finn’s Recreation Club
Finn’s Recreation Club is perfect for a fun day out with the family. Not only will the kids love the waterpark with slides and multiple pools, but there is also a trampoline bounce centre to get all their energy out, there is a tennis court, gym, spa and restaurants to grab some food together. There’s also a kids club to keep your kids safe and entertained while you’re enjoying a Balinese spa package. Go check this place out, it’s located in Canggu.
A whitewater adventure awaits on the rivers of Bali. If you want to combine breathtaking unspoilt sceneries with thrilling activities, go rafting! You can do the track near Ubud on the Ayung River or you can head to Karangasem in East Bali for the longest rafting track on the island. It’s perfectly suitable for kids between 7 and 10 years old as it is fun and safe.
- Dolphin watching in Lovina
All kids love to go for a boat ride, right?! What if we say you can spot live dolphins at sea in the bay of Lovina in the north of Bali? Well, you can! Every morning at the break of day, traditional fishing boats set out to sea so you can witness hundreds of dolphins swimming and jumping in the air. It’s a magical experience your kids will love! During peak season it can get busy and it might be more enjoyable to take this trip a little bit later around 7.30 instead of 6 am.
- Snorkeling and diving around Menjangan Island
The underwater world is as stunning as the world above the water in Bali. Menjangan Island in the West of Bali is the best to take the kids on a snorkeling trip or diving adventure.
- Family cooking class
Don’t your kids love to help you out in the kitchen, adding the spices, and making their own creations? In Bali, you can follow a family cooking class and get your hands on ancient family recipes. It may also be possible to have the cooking class at the villa. Ask your villa concierge!
- Family spa time
There are many lovely spas in Bali and some of them have special family packages such as Mom and Me, Dad & I, and Mini Me. You can have a manicure and pedicure together or a facial while enjoying a neck and shoulder massage. You will love it!
- Ubud Monkey Forest
The Sacred Monkey Forest is located in the centre of Ubud – the cultural heart of Bali Island. After exploring the colourful city centre of Ubud and eating at one of the health cafes, stroll towards the monkey forest to surround yourself with ancient trees and curious macaque monkey tribes. You can feed them, take selfies, and watch them hang around. It’s a fun place to visit with kids!
- Wake Park
Bali Wake Park is the place to go wakeboarding, knee boarding, waterskiing, and surfing. It is located in the Bennoa Harbour and a trip to this place guarantees thrilling family experiences.
- Beach Horse Riding
Sunset time is the magical golden hour in Bali. You can lounge at one of the beach bars on Seminyak Beach, sipping a cold coconut and gazing at this spectacle of nature but you can also go horse riding on the beach.
- Surfing lesson
Bali is a great surf destination for both beginners and pros. If you want to learn how to surf together with your kids, go to Seminyak or Canggu for surfing lessons. Once you get a hang of the basics you can simply rent a board and have fun with the waves for hours.
- The Devdan Show
For an evening of Bali magic, do not miss out on the Devdan Show at Nusa Dua Theatre. Also known as the “Cirque du Soleil of Bali” ” the Devdan Show combines music, dance, acrobatics, lights, fire, and beautiful costumes. You will be taken on a journey across the Indonesian Archipelago during this high-energy performance that’ll entertain the whole family.
Bali has many sacred places. There are hundreds of temples on the island and they are beautiful to see for young and old. Temples you must go see are Tanah Lot near Canggu, Uluwatu Temple in Uluwatu, Pura Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Bedugul, and Tirta Empul in Ubud.
Where to stay
Surely you are wondering what is the best private villa to book for you and your family. Well, we devoted an entire blog to the best family villas in Bali and you can check it out here.
Enjoy your family holiday in Bali!