The holiday season is just around the corner, and this joyful moment should be spent with the family. Either it is a small family with one or two kids, or the big ones, the reunion and time spent together must be cherished with meaningful activities and exploration that maintain the bonding and closeness among each family member.
And it is Bali that has been a choice for a family holiday for a long time because of its endless options to suit any needs. Even if you are a regular visitor of Bali, there is always a first time experience. If this year you are planning to enjoy the holiday in Bali with more member of families, here are the places to go to make everyone happy!
Kecak Dance Cultural Performance
Pura Luhur Uluwatu with its sunset cultural performance is one of the top tourist attractions. Worth visiting for all kind of travellers, especially for travelling with families, either the elder or the youngest ones. Visiting here will give a quick glimpse of the beauty of Bali – nature, culture and people at one time. A good way to tell your little kiddos about appreciating other cultures.
Located on the southwestern coast of the island, Pura Uluwatu offers a beautiful postcard scenic ocean view. Standing at the edge of the cliff hanging over the ocean, the view in front of you is breathtaking. It is a good idea to come earlier around 4 in the afternoon so you will have enough time admiring the view and watching colonies of monkeys jumping from tree to another before seeing the dance performance.
When the sunset comes, the open stage is usually already full of people. Next, the performers wearing black-white stripes sarong enter the stage and sit in a circle, indicating the performance is about to start. This is the magical moment everyone needs to experience. As the sun sets and the chorus of ‘cak-cak-cak‘ fills the air, the whole atmosphere becomes so serene that you can even feel the goosebumps on your neck. This 60-minute Rama – Shinta performance will entertain your little champs and let them sit still ’til the end of the show. This can also be a perfect family-bonding moment.
Entry to Uluwatu temple: IDR 20,000 per person
Kecak Dance Ticket: IDR 100,000 per adult and IDR 50,000 per kid
Family Beach Time at Pandawa
The used-to-be-called ‘secret beach’ due to its location in the back of a hill with hard access, Pandawa Beach’s charm and appeal are promising. It triggered the local government to revamp the whole area to be a major destination in the southern part of the island, as it is now. The panoramic ocean view greets each visitor, inviting to stop and capture a memorable family shot with pristine blue Indian Ocean and clear sky as a natural backdrop. As you waltz down the road, five huge statues are holed in the high cliff on the left side of the road. They are Pandawa, the five knights brothers on Hindu legend. One of the favourite things to do here is canoeing. With only a small amount to pay for the rent, a small family of father, mother and kid can go on board and experience a simple enjoyment as they paddle around.
Entry ticket: IDR 8,000 per person (domestic) or IDR 15,000 per person (foreign) + parking fee.
Kertalangu Cultural Village
Located in the eastern outskirts of Denpasar, 10 minutes’ drive from Sanur touristy area, Kertalangu Cultural village is a nice place to spend with family, as the locals do. Laid on a vast area of approximately 80 hectares, Kertalangu Cultural Village offers many activity options. To name a few, there are ATV ride, horse riding, jogging and fishing. When you need to recharge your energy, restaurants and food stalls here serve local Balinese and Indonesian food. What not to be missed while you are here is the gigantic gong, an iconic world peace monument. There you go, another spot to frame a family travel memento.
The cultural village opens from 8AM until 10PM. Ticket entrance is IDR 10,000 per person. Additional costs are required for activities inside the village.
Bali has two popular rivers that become the home base of rafting activities: Ayung River and Telaga Waja River. You will find many rafting operators offering different packages for this adrenaline activity. The most important thing to consider is choosing one that includes the insurance.
As seen in many movies that the family bonding can be reestablished by doing activities together, rafting promises one. The guide of your rafting is sometimes being a good leader and motivator for the passengers on the inflatable boat as they ask to paddle and stop paddling or give a surprise by leading you through challenging part of the river.
The journey on the river lasts about 2-3 hours. After reaching the finish point, of course, there are a lot of fun stories to share over the lunchtime. The price for rafting activity is depending on the operator services.
Picnic at Bali Botanical Garden
Officially named Eka Karya Botanic Garden Bali, or locally known as Kebun Raya Bali, this vast garden park is one attraction in the central part of Bali, Bedugul. A day here is perfectly suited for a family getaway in the cooler atmosphere of Bali. A small car is allowed to enter the garden, making it easy for going around the lush 157-hectare area. There are some spots available for activities at additional cost. Alternatively, you can just sit anywhere at the park and feel the fresh, unpolluted air. The lake view area can be a good option to spend a lazy afternoon, giggling or wrestling with your little kiddos.
Bedugul area can be reached in 2 hours drive from Kuta. As you are travelling with kids, there are many places to stop, such as Buyan Lake, Strawberry Garden and Candi Kuning Traditional Market.
Entrance fee: IDR 11,000 per person (Domestic) and IDR 20,000 (foreign) + parking fee.