When travelling around Indonesia with children, Bali stands out as a strong starting destination due to the family-friendly facilities, ease of transport and, of course, the paradise beaches. And if you explore the lesser-known islands, you'll find a wealth of diverse opportunities that offer the kinds of experiences that kids' dreams are made of.
From orangutan encounters in Kalimantan and Sumatra, to surfing in the famed waves of Sumba or Lombok, there are many ways to make family holidays in Indonesia into voyages of wonder.
Those heading for Bali often gravitate towards the southern resorts around Kuta where there is plenty of accommodation ideal for families. Karma Jimbaran offers villa-style suites with private pools where families can enjoy quality time together.
For a more energetic stay, immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of West Bali National Park for rainforest trekking and snorkelling over coral reefs. You can even stay at the boutique Manjangan retreat within the park, which has special menus for kids and organised visits into the jungle to spot wildlife.
For an alternative look at Bali life, Ubud offers an excellent base. This bohemian town is home to a thriving artistic community, where children can get involved creating their own arts and crafts. Nearby is the famous Monkey Forest reserve, where macaques roam freely around atmospheric Hindu temple ruins. Another astonishing wildlife encounter can be had on Komodo, where kids of all ages will be wide-eyed at the sight of the real-life ‘dragons’!
And, of course, one of the main superstars of Indonesia’s wildlife, the orang-utan, will be high on kids ‘to see’ lists, and there are plenty of child-friendly trips to see these fantastic creatures. A private riverboat cruise through Tanjung Puting national park is a great option for families, with comfortable on-board accommodation and ever-changing scenery which makes each day a different adventure.
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