There’s a big focus on animal adventures in Bali and we start with the best of these, followed by active outdoors adventures then culture for kids.
The three temples within this sanctuary are thought to date from the mid 14th century. Hundreds of macaque monkeys live in and around the temples and they are fearless. Visitors have to be careful as monkeys can take things from them and may frighten young children.
The forest, as well as the temples, is considered sacred. Situated near Ubud, the Sacred Monkey Forest makes an interesting cultural activity for kids.
Address: Address: Jalan Monkey Forest, Padangtegal, Ubud, Gianyar
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Meet hundreds of butterflies and insects of all descriptions at Bali Butterfly Park. Children will learn about the life cycle of butterflies and can enjoy a hands on interaction with them.
The Butterfly Park is not huge so make it part of a day trip perhaps together with Tanah Lot.
Address: Jl.Batukaru Br.Sandan Lebah Kel.Sesandan Tabanan – Bali
Cycling tours are popular in Bali and the most family-friendly of them are the downhill variety. Families are taken close to the active volcano Mt Batur where bicyles are kept. The tours then winds gently downhill through villages, rice paddies, farms and temples.
The guides stop frequently to explain the history of the area and to show visitors through villages, farms and temples. Young children can ride on child seats on their parents’ bikes and older children can cycle alone.
Checking out a coffee farm on the cycle tour
Arriving at a temple on a Bali cycle tour
This is a large arboreal adventure park set within the Balinese forest. There are seven different circuits with over 72 challenges including 12 flying foxes.
Children aged four and over can enjoy a trip here, and each member of the family will find a circuit to challenge them.
Address: Bali Botanical Garden, Candikuning
Image credit: Bali Treetop Adventure Park
Asia’s best water park is spread over a large area and has a huge variety of slides. There’s plenty to keep little children happy here, and the more death-defying slides will challenge the bravest teenagers and adults too.
There’s a Flowrider for surfing and several food outlets. Located in Kuta, a visit to Waterbom is a full day trip.
Address: Jalan Kartika, Tuban, Kuta
Travel through the Balinese countryside by quad bike and stop often to meet the people and experience the culture. You can plant rice in the paddy fields, visit a coffee farm and village houses too.
Children under 16 can ride with their parents. There are several types of tours to choose from and guests can be collected from their accommodation.
Address: Jln baik baik gang pudak no 99x, Seminyak Kuta
A day trip or stay at this farm is fascinating for children. They will learn about traditional Balinese farming techniques, meet the local children, explore the countryside and can feed the animals.
There are many options for adding extra trips and experiences when you visit or stay at the farm.
Address: Jalan Munduk Lumbang Angseri, Baturiti, Tabanan
Photo credit: The Organic Farm Bali
8. Tanah Lot Temple
This is one of Bali’s most important spiritual centres, however it is also a very busy and touristy one. The sea temple here is very beautiful, set out on a small island off the beach.
You pay a fee to enter the precinct and then can walk through temples down to Tanah Lot Temple itself. Children can explore the beach and rock pools. This makes a good last stop on a longer day trip.
Address: Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Beraban Village, Kediri, Tabanan
Photo credit: Getty Images
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