Bali with kids is an absolute paradise for families: there are fabulous waterparks, great shopping and excellent restaurants. But sometimes it feels like you’re constantly reaching for the wallet. If you’re traveling with kids on a budget, here’s some ideas for a great day out with the kids that won’t cost you a cent.

Swim At The Beach

Bali is an island after all and there are plenty of kid-friendly beaches.

[For family beach safety tips, see the suitcases&strollers interview with the team at Bondi Rescue.] 

The beaches in Sanur are fantastic for little ones as they are protected by reefs and breakwaters. There’s a lovely boardwalk which is perfect for a stroll once you’ve had your share of sand and sun. Geger Beach in Nusa Dua is a family favourite with its crystal blue waters and white sand but if you’re looking for a few waves then check out Double 6 in Legian; it’s the perfect spot to try your hand at surfing.

[For more family travel tips on the different areas in Bali, see the suitcases&strollers story Best Family Holidays Abroad: Bali With Kids.] 

Walk Through A Rice Paddy

Kids will absolutely love getting mud between their toes as they wander through Bali’s iconic rice paddies. Grab a map and make your walk as long or short as you like. Ubud is the perfect spot for this activity.

If getting down and dirty isn’t your family’s style then visit the Tegallalang rice terraces, just a short drive from the centre of Ubud town, and get a happy snap with the splendid green tiered paddies in the background. It’s also well worth a drive to see the magnificent UNESCO listed rice paddies at Jatiluwih in the beautiful Tabanan regency.

[For more family travel tips on how to take the best travel photos, see the suitcases&strollers interview with a professional photographer here.] 

Learn About Salt Farming

If you’re wanting to take the kids somewhere totally unique, then head to fishing village of Kusamba in East Bali and watch the locals make salt using the same technique that has been used for hundreds of years. Salt farmers carry water in buckets across the black volcanic sand and pour it into bamboo. From then on the sun does all the work, the seawater evaporating until it becomes salt ready for harvesting. You can even buy some bags to take home. 

[Do you live in Australia? For more family travel tips on what foods you can and cannot bring back home, see the suitcases&strollers story Bringing Food Into Australia.]

Kusamba Beach is located between the Bali Safari Park and Bat Cave Temple on the coast road towards Candi Dasa.

Visit a Temple

Bali, a predominantly Hindu island, is home to some phenomenally beautiful temples. Watching the sunset over Tanah Lot is a truly magical experience. Uluwatu temple has a spectacular clifftop location and is home to some very cheeky monkeys. Batukaru temple, located at the base of Mount Batukaru, has a wonderful sense of calm and is surrounded by a lush green forest. And there’s always Besakih, the mother temple, revered by all Balinese.

Always remember to check temple etiquette before you go. You will need to wear a sarong and have your shoulders covered.

Snorkeling

There’s a whole world to discover under the sea. The snorkeling with kids at Menjangan Island in west Bali is world-class – you’ll see clown fish, puffer fish, starfish…in fact, you’ll see all sorts of fish! Menjangan is a few hours drive so you may want to consider an overnight stay.

[For more family travel tips on snorkeling with kids, see the suitcases&strollers story here.]

East Bali is also well known for both its snorkeling and diving. Padang Bai is a great place and we highly recommend Blue Lagoon Beach; we were sold on the name alone.

For a list of family friendly accommodation in Bali, see the suitcases&strollers story Hotels In Bali

By Eliza McCann, co-author of My Awesome Bali Adventure; Images: suitcases&strollers, Eliza McCann of My Awesome Bali Adventure; Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Republic of Indonesia