Overwater bungalows, soft sandy beaches, and plenty of sunshine. What’s not to love about a family vacation in Bali? Especially since you can explore the beauty of this island, as well as ancient Hindu temples and sacred pools. There are so many things to do in Bali, you may not have time to do them all during your family trip. However, you may be able to accomplish the best of the best. So, today, I am sharing the best things to do in Bali to get you started. Then you can decide what needs to be at the top of your list when I personalize your family itinerary in Bali.
Trying to find a quiet and secluded destination in Bali is almost impossible. However, you can manage the impossible when you take your family to Nyang Nyang Beach.
It may take you a little time to find this secluded treasure. But the soft white sand and green cliffs will be worth the wait. So will the opportunity to spend time on a beach without the crowds.
This is another secret beach in Bali. You must head over to the eastern side of the island to enjoy the laidback feel of this sandy shoreline. The water is crystal clear at this beach. So, it is one of the best places to go if you want to snorkel, or swim, with marine life while in Bali.
An hour-long hike will be necessary if you want to see the Sekumpul Waterfall up close during your family vacation in Bali. That hike is totally worth it though. Especially since you get to see the falls, as well as the gorgeous tropical landscape.
Other noteworthy waterfalls in Bali are the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls. These waterfalls are eleven stories high. They both fall into a natural pool below. These waterfalls are further out from main vacation destinations. And they require a steep hike. However, they are perfect if you want to see the raw natural beauty Bali is known for.
Tirta Gangga used to be a palace for the royal Karangasem family beginning in 1946. It has since been transformed into beautiful water gardens. A visit here will have your family wandering around to see the fountains, sculptures, and flowers.
Everyone will love swimming in the spring water pools or feeding the carp in the pond.
Tirta Empul is a water temple in Bali. It has been in existence for more than one thousand years. During a visit there you can see courtyards, shrines, and purification pools. At those pools, you may see Balinese Hindus baptizing themselves underneath the waterspouts.
It is important to note that you must wear a sarong to visit this water temple.
You must travel to the very southern part of Bali to see the Uluwatu Temple. It is located within the Pecatu Village. This ancient temple has protected the locals from evil spirits since the year 900. This is one of the best places to watch the sunset in Bali.
One of the best things to do in Bali is visit the Tegalalang Rice Terrace. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are layers of rice paddies that are watered via an ancient irrigation system. Walk along the terraces to see the views. Just pay attention to the farmers and listen to their instructions to avoid any issues.
This hidden canyon is actually in plain sight if you know where to look. Your family will want to be prepared to swim, climb, and scale a few rocks to check out the canyons that line the Oos River. You must have a guide with you, so you stay safe and don’t get lost along the way.
It is best to visit this hidden canyon during the dry season. The canyon will close when the tides get too high.
The Ubud Monkey Forest is a holy site where Balinese macaques live. Some people believe this is simply an open-air zoo. However, it is not, and the cheeky monkeys will prove that to you quickly. Keep a close eye on your belongings, and make sure you don’t let anything dangle or get loose. If you do, the monkeys will quickly grab the loose item and it will be gone forever.
This is a seven-temple complex that is known as the Gateway to Heaven. There are lots of steps that lead to the temples. Pura Lempuyang Luhur is one of the most magnificent sights in Bali. It is best to arrive here to watch the sunrise if you can. However, visiting at any time of the day will bring stunning views. This is another temple where you must wear a sarong.
There are a few different markets for shopping in Bali. Many people choose to do all their shopping at the Ubud Market. I recommend heading over to the Sukawati Art Market to see what they have first. You never know what artwork you will find to take back home with you.
These are the best things to do in Bali and a few of them may make it onto your itinerary. I can easily personalize your Bali family vacation itinerary accordingly, while adding other things that I know will interest you.
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