Indonesia - Bali

Indonesia, and in this country snapshot, Bali is one of the most popular destinations for Australian tourists to vist and quite rightly, Bali is a tropical paradise offering plenty to entertain visiting families.

Where to start: 

Bali’s official tourism website www.balitourismboard.org is a good place to start researching your family holiday. It has weather details, events and sightseeing information.

What is there to see and do: 

Bali is a great destination for water sports such as swimming, snorkelling, banana boat rides, water ski, parasailing, etc. most of these can be arranged by your hotel or stands in shopping area. There are also small sail boats, catamarans, and boards for wind surfing for rent along Jimbaran Beach. An abundance of day cruises are also available.

Bali Safari and Marine Park: This newly opened safari park is set on 40 hectares of land and located near Gianyar; there are safari vehicles to cruise the park and interact with 400 animals from Indonesia, India, and Africa.

Bali Zoo: "Nature's Education Center" is home of more than 350 animals and located in Singapadu near Ubud. Daily programs include animal feeding (lions, crocodiles, tigers etc.) as well as animal petting e.g. you can touch and hold various birds and baby monkeys.

The kids will love a day Waterbom Park it is located on Jalan Kartika Plaza. All of the transport options in Bali will know how to find it. There are a lot of pool lounges and umbrellas and also areas of natural shade, so it is a pleasant haven in the hustle and bustle of Kuta. There are rides and pools designed for children of all ages you can also hire a family shaded cabana for the day but arrive early as they are first come first served.

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, is a great outing for all members of the family. Take a lovely walk through the forest watching the monkeys in their natural habitat.

Where to stay: 

On our recent trip we stayed in some great smaller hotels preferring a more family hospitality type experience but if you are after a kids club with all the trimmings the following hotels will suit;

  • Hotel Padma Bali
  • Balihai Resort and Spa
  • Bali Hilton International
  • Bali Dynasty Resort

Country Facts

Currency:
Indonesian Rupiah
Flying Time:
Approx 6 1/2 hours from the East Coast and from Perth roughly 3 1/2
Language:
Balinese, Indonesian and English is also widely spoken
Official Tourism Site:
www.balitourismboard.org
Phone Details:
118 Ambulance, 110 Police, International +62
Time Zone:
Bali is 2 hrs behind Eastern Standard time and on the same time zone as WA

Food & Supplies

Baby Food Brands:
Heinz and Watties branded foods are available
Formula:
Nutrilon, Bebelac and promise Gold formula’s are on sale
Nappies:
Huggies nappies can be found as can Mamy Poko brand (A Japanese brand very popular throughout Asia)
Where to shop:
Carrefour Hypermarket, Century Health Care Pharmacy
Tips:
Carrefour Hypermarket also sells Milo

Travelling

Getting There:

Air Asia, Singapore airlines, Strategic Airlines, Jetstar, Virgin Blue, Garuda, Cathay Pacific, and Malaysia Airlines can all get you to Bali. If they don't fly direct them consider stopping off enroute and experience the culture of another country. Flying with a low cost carrier is simply what it is. Consider all your options before buying your ticket.

Getting Around:

Bali has plenty of transport options available running all day and night. The main forms of public transport for the Balinese are buses and mini-buses. These are cheap and plentiful and can take you all over the Island however be aware they are very slow as they are constantly stopping for any waving hand. Taxis can be hailed anywhere on the street in Bali and it is nearly impossible to leave your hotel without being offered a taxi as drivers wait at the entrance of hotels for a fare. There are several taxi companies around some of these are metered and some will require you to negotiate a fare before you head for your intended destination.

Safety

Car Seat Regs:

Indonesia requires the use of seat belts in front seats; many Indonesian automobiles do not have seat belts in the rear passenger seats.  The use of infant and child car seats is uncommon we recommend contacting a hire company to arrange for the rental of a car seat and/or airport transfers with a car seat already fitted.