Indonesia & Bali

Highlights of Bali

This 14-day family adventure starts in the fascinating cultural centre of Ubud and ends on the beach. There are plenty of activities to keep the children entertained including cooling off in waterfalls, hiking through coffee plantations, snorkeling over colourful coral, taking a wildlife safari and plenty of time at the beach or pool. Throughout you will be accompanied by an English speaking driver/guide. A wide range of different accommodation types are available and we can adapt any aspect of this itinerary to suit your family and travel dates.

Highlights

  Explore the famous Monkey Forest
  Visit Besakih & Tanah Lot Temples
  Trek to remote rainforest villages
  Visit a tea plantation in the hills
  Swim with tropical fish in Bali Barat
  Take a dolphin-watching cruise
  Dive, snorkel and paddle-board

14 days from £1,350 pp

Plus international flights from £750

A two-week holiday in Bali for a family of four usually costs from £5,400 to £7,500 plus flights, depending on type of accommodation and places visited.

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Highlights of Bali day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 Ubud
On arrival in Bali, you will take the short transfer (1hr) to Ubud, in the middle of some of Bali’s most picturesque landscape. Ubud is the island’s artistic and cultural heart and the perfect introduction to Balinese life.


Day 2 Ubud
The best way to start your exploration of this beautiful island is with a gentle, non-taxing drive into the volcanic highlands – perfect for recovering from any jet-lag. Beginning in the lush lowland scenery around Ubud, you will ascend to Kintamani, a small town on the edge of the caldera of Gunung Batur where you can get some great views of the area. The air is pleasantly cooler here and there is also a temple and a local market.

Continue to the Mother Temple at Besakih, which sits on the slopes of the majestic Gunung Agung. The Besakih Temple and Gunung Agung are among the most sacred places on the island. It can get very busy here as it is a popular stop but it is nevertheless an impressive site and an introduction to the children of the many spectacular temples the island has to offer.

Bearing in mind that long car journeys and children rarely combine well, on the way back to Ubud you will stop at Tirta Empul, a fascinating water temple where locals go to take purifying baths in the waters that rush down from the hills. The special water, or ‘Tirta’ in Balinese, is supposed to have healing properties. If you want to partake on the purification ritual bring a bathing suit and a sarong as well – and a sense of belief in the magical medicinal properties…


Day 3 Ubud
A complete free day at leisure. We find that there are so many activities on offer in Ubud it is best for each family to decide which is most suitable. You could visit the Goa Gajah Elephant Cave (sorry, no actual elephants present) just outside of town, take a leisurely stroll through the stunning Tegallalang Rice Terraces or start the bartering off in the Ubud Art Market. A surefire winner with children will be a visit to the Ubud Monkey Forest, an easy walk from town. Here a natural forest sanctuary is home to numerous long-tailed macaques as well as many ancient temples and statues.

One of our favourite trips, and one which gives families a real insight into the local culture, is ‘A Day in the life of a Balinese Artist’. This is a great chance for you and the children to see behind the scenes and meet some genuinely interesting local craftspeople by visiting artists in their own homes. A treat for all the family, especially any budding artists among the children, encountering local artists who practice traditional Balinese art and seeing their workshops, opens a door to a world that is normally hidden from tourists. You will also enjoy a traditional evening meal in a genuine Balinese home.


Day 4 Ubud
An early start this morning as you head high up into the mountain villages of North East Bali. You will spend the day on a stunningly beautiful trek through this peaceful rural area, passing through the jungle to remote villages with spectacular views towards Lake Batur and the Indian Ocean. The trek is suitable for children aged 10yrs and up (or younger ones who are good walkers) and the pace will be gentle to take into account the climate. Families with younger children can do a different activity on this day.

Enjoy lunch near the beach and return for a final evening in Ubud in the late afternoon.


Day 5 Bedugal
Saying farewell to Ubud, you head to the Royal Family Temple of Taman Ayun, one of the most beautiful on the island.  Translated it means ‘floating flower garden’ because the temple is situated in the middle of an artificial lake. Afterwards you’ll visit Jatiluwih, a World Heritage Site that showcases the island’s traditional methods of agriculture; where clever use of resources turns almost-vertical hillsides into lush, ‘postcard’ rice paddies. Ascend to the Beratan Highlands, which are famed for their fruit and flower markets and cool climate. There are plenty of stalls on the side of the road selling strawberries; they are delicious and cheap – a great treat when crossing this area and good incentive for any flagging children!

Explore Candi Kuning Market and the shores of Lake Beratan, including the graceful temple, Pura Ulun Danu and the nearby Botanical Gardens, which are home to numerous rare orchids. There will be plenty of opportunities for the children to hike through coffee and tea plantations, lush rainforests and cool off in hidden waterfalls.

You will overnight tonight in the mountain town of Bedugal from where there are glorious views over the island.

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Days 6-7 Pemutaran
Beach time! Descend to the north coast via the sacred hot springs, or ‘Air Panas’ of Banjar. From your lovely beach resort at Pemutaran you can take a short boat trip to Menjangan Island, part of Bali Barat National Park, and enjoy some of the best snorkelling found in Bali, with crystal clear waters and colourful corals teeming with tropical fish. Rise early and travel along the coast to Lovina for an exhilarating dolphin-watching cruise or simply enjoy the gorgeous beach and pool.


Days 8-9 West Bali National Park
Follow the coastal road to the western tip of the island. Here your lush jungle resort is the base for some exciting wildlife-based activities. Take a morning trek in West Bali National Park, a remote and unspoilt park with an abundance of birdlife along with wild pig, deer and numerous species of monkey. Cruise the mangrove swamps of the park by traditional boat, spotting grey macaque, crab and kingfisher. Take to kayaks and paddle Gawana Bay, home to many different types of rare birds.


Day 10 Sanur
Drive across the island to the south coast taking a less travelled road through some very scenic countryside. Climb the hills to Pupan and Belimbing; this is rural Bali at its best and on a clear day you will be rewarded by views of Gunung Batukaru.

Stop at the famous Tanah Lot Temple, one of the most photographed temples in the world. It is perched on a barren rock outcrop, and at high tide is completely surrounded by the ocean.

Later this afternoon you will arrive at your beach resort in Sanur.


Day 11 Sanur
Most of the day is free to enjoy beach time at your hotel. Late afternoon you will make an exciting visit to Uluwatu, an amazing Hindu temple on the top of a cliff with deep rocky surf beneath. The temple is blessed with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and sunset as a backdrop. You will see a remarkable performance called the Kecak Dance which starts just as the sun goes beneath the horizon. A wonderful way to showcase a proudly traditional dance to even the most disinterested of children.

Afterwards we recommend asking your guide to take you to the beautiful Jimbaran bay to enjoy dinner al fresco with your feet in the sand.


Days 12-13 Sanur
Free time to relax and make the most of your last days in this staggeringly beautiful area. Sanur is a well-established beach resort with tranquil calm waters, white sandy beaches and numerous water-based activities on offer. There is surfing further along the coast and fantastic diving on the nearby reef. One of our favourite options (suitable for swimmers 6yrs+) is a SUP lesson – Stand Up Paddle boarding. Alternatively you can enjoy fascinating walks through the mangrove forests and visit the Serangan Island Turtle Conservation Centre. Or how about enjoying a ‘snacking tour’ where a local guide will accompany you to a nearby food market to sample dishes from small vendors – start with a Balinese pancake, taste some delicious pork soup then end on the beach where you can enjoy fish satay, grilled corn and fresh coconut.


Day 14 Departure
Perhaps a last-minute swim in the pool before transferring to Denpasar airport for your flight home. Selamat jalan – Have a good journey!

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