Bali is an Indonesian island known for its iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. The island is home to religious sites such as Cliffside Uluwatu Temple. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns. Bali is a popular holiday stop for the Australians as it’s so close to them. So in high season it can feel a bit crowded and prices will increase.

Bali offers the best dive spots in the world with great reefs with plenty of sea life. The most popular beach activity is Surfing, Bali has some of the best surf conditions in the World. Many professional surfers come to Bali to ride the huge waves. If you are an amateur, Kuta offers perfect conditions to practice getting up on the board!



How to get to Bali (Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur, and Nusa Dua)

There are many ways to get from the airport to where your hotel is...

  • Taxi - The official taxi counter is located outside the arrivals hall (exit arrivals turn right). Tell the attendant your destination, pay the fare according to the list below and proceed to the taxi with the receipt. (guide prices only)​

    • Seminyak - 60,000 rupiah

    • Nusa Dua 95,000 rupiah

    • Sanur 95,000 rupiah

    • Ubud 195,000 rupiah

    • Kuta Centre - 50,000 rupiah


  • Hotel Transfer - Contact your hotel prior to arrival for a pick up.


  • Uber – There is a very good uber network here. Uber allows you to pay via your Uber account so you don’t have to worry about getting your money out. Uber also gives you an estimate on the fare and it’s pretty accurate.

  • Car Rental – There a rental car companies in the arrivals terminal. Be sure to check if you can drive here prior to booking. You can also reserve a car online via Rentalcars. Drive in Bali at your own risk… there are literally no rules here!!

As soon as you land there will be men coming up to you offering a ride. Avoid these guys and get the official tax from the stand


Where to stay in Bali

Bail is generally a small island, but most of the developed area is in the south of the island and this is where it’s most populated.

There are a few areas to consider:

  • Kuta Centre – This the party area, it’s a backpacker heaven. You can surf all day then part at night. There are night markets to walk through. Here you will find hostels and well prices hotels with good swimming pools.


  • Seminyak – Seminyak is an up market version of Kuta, everything is little more expensive here. The bars and restaurants have a more sophisticated feel.


  • Nusa Dua – Stay here if you are looking for a 58 luxury holiday. The beaches are well looked after and the hotels have the international restaurants. Not much going on outside the hotels.                                                         

  • Sanur - A quieter beach life, the waters here are crystal clear. You can go snorkelling in this beach as well as diving with some local dive schools.


  • Ubud – Stay here for Bali’s culture. You will see the rice paddy terraces, a number of ancient temples. There are lots of hostels in Ubud, the standards are very good for the price.


Things to do in Bali with Children

Bali offers everything from culture, history, tradition to surfing, night clubs. Known as the playground for Australia being only 6 hours from Sydney or 2 hours from Darwin the main tourist here is the Aussie.

Here are some of the things to do:

  • Tanah Lot – This is a temple built on a rock formation in the ocean, there a restaurants at the top of the hill where you can enjoy the views or just sit listening to the waves crashing into the rocks.

  • Uluwatu Temple

    • Kecuk show – traditional Balinese Dancing with the music produced by the men circling the dancers.

  • Kuta Beach - Kuta beach is a family friendly beach with vendors stretched across it. Here you can rent surf boards, but drinks, braid your hair….

  • Seminyak - Similar to Kuta but a little quieter and upmarket.

  • Padang Padang beach – A steep and narrow stair well down to the beach, through a cave and emerging onto the beach.

  • Diving school (PADI) - One of the best places in the world to lead how to dive. We did some research and found Bali scuba was the best company for professionalism and safety .(

  • Baby turtles – Every day on Kuta Beach they release baby turtles back into the ocean, its free, but get there around 11am for a ticket as they only offer out a limited amount.

  • Food -  Try the different street food vendors, there are cuisines from all around Asia here so try it all




Ubud – This is where the culture really starts. The best thing to do here is hire a private tour guide with the help from your hostel.

  • Tegalalang Rice Terrace (free) – Trekking through the rice fields is physically demanding in the sun. It is HOT, and hard climbing. There are not set route and no fixed paths, each footing is at your own risk.

  • Bali Pulins Coffee plantation – We almost missed this but so glad that we didn’t. Very interesting to see how kopi luwak is made, to see the Asian Palm Civet, see cocoa and turmeric grow. We were able to sample the different coffers and teas made at the plantation (free). Of course we purchased the coffee luwak which is surprisingly smooth and rich.

  • Holy Springs Water temple 15 000 rupiah pp. – Sarong necessary but given by the temple (men in shorts too). To participate in the bathing ritual you need to purchase an alternate sarong. Bathing ritual includes dipping under a number of fountains springs.

  • Gunung Kawi Temple – A mountain of uneven and steep stairs to go down, passing through rice fields before arriving at Gunung Kawi temple (funeral temple). Crossing over an old ancient bridge (this place had a real Indiana Jones) feel. The temple itself is a little disappointing, there really isn’t much happening here but the ruins are very picturesque. A hard climb back up.

  • Elefhant cave temple 15 000 rupiah pp. – Yet more stairs down to the temple, we had to carry Nathan in the pram! At the temple there are two large wells, and anther cave temple with (faces) on. This was a short visit as we didn’t take a guide.

  • Tegenungen Falls 15 000 pp. - More steps down to the waterfall. This was a hard climb back up!! The falls are strong and with black sand and pebbles. Not the most beautiful of falls but worth it for a cool down. Even I you don’t go in, you’ll feel the spray of mist.

  • Batuan temple – 15 000 pp. – A small confined (tower) temple, nice to see at the sun sets.

Things you can do in Ubud without a car and tour guide

  • Monkey Forest - this is exactly what it says on the tin, a forest full of monkeys. You don’t have to go far to see them, in fact they are everywhere. Walk around the ancient buildings in the forest. A few tips :

    • Keep your bags zipped up

    • Do not eat or drink around the monkeys

    • Do not look at the monkeys in the eye (sign of aggression to them)

    • Do not try to feed them anything without a guide from the park

    • Do not make loud noises

    • If you let the monkey sit on you, it’s at your risk, we saw 3 people get pee’d on by the monkeys

    • Do not touch them

  • Balinese dance show - There are several nightly dance shows. They last around an hour and play traditional music and well as 4-5 different dance performances.

  • Night Market – Walk through the night markets.

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