Imagine strolling barefoot on golden beaches, surrounded by lush greenery and the sweet scent of frangipani (plumeria) in the air. Now, picture doing all of this with your little one in tow.
Welcome to Bali, the Island of Gods, where your family adventure is about to begin.
But is Bali still fun with a baby?
We took our son right after he turned one, and it was wonderful in so many ways.
Locals tend to love babies in Bali, and with so much tourist infrastructure and affordability, it was easy to get around and enjoy ourselves.
Indonesia was the eighth country we traveled to with our baby and while older kids might need kid-specific activities, I find that babies are portable and the younger they are, the easier they are to travel with.
Almost everything you want to do, a baby can come along. That said, some beaches and activities are better than others.
These are the absolute best things to do in Bali with a baby, starting down south.
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Map of Places to Visit in Bali with a Baby
1. Pandawa Beach – Sandy Toes and Sea Breezes
Not far from Kuta lies the somewhat hidden gem, Pandawa Beach. The beach’s white sand and gentle waves create the perfect atmosphere for a family picnic.
Grab your baby’s sunscreen and build sandcastles together. If your baby is anything like ours, sand is one of the best toys ever and can lead to hours of fun.
Open from sunrise to sunset.
The beach is located at the base of a former massive limestone quarry and costs which you have to pay to get into 65,000 IDR ($4.15 USD) (for two adults and parking, babies are free.)
Address: Jalan Pandawa Beach, Kutuh Village, South Kuta District, Badung Regency, Bali Province 80361
2. Uluwatu Temple – Culture and Scenic Views
Heading to the southwestern tip of Bali, Uluwatu Temple is a must-visit.
Perched on a majestic clifftop, the temple offers stunning ocean views and a chance to experience traditional Balinese dance performances.
While it might be a bit challenging with a stroller, that’s Bali for you, so be sure to bring a baby carrier for most of your outings (we used our Artipoppe carrier) the cultural immersion is worth it.
The temple is open from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Tickets range from $2 to $10.
If you prefer to book a tour of Uluwatu Temple with the evening Kecak dance, click here to learn more.
Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali
Read More: How to Spend 3 Days in the Uluwatu Area
3. Nusa Dua Beach – Calm Waters and Family-Friendly Atmosphere
Still in the southern region, Nusa Dua Beach provides a serene escape for families.
The crystal-clear waters and gentle tides make it a safe spot for your little one to splash around on an island that is otherwise known for big waves and strong tides.
You can rent a beach umbrella for as low as $6 and enjoy a day of relaxation and play.
There are several five-star resorts and restaurants along the boardwalk as well, so when it’s time to eat, you’ll have plenty of options.
Address: Benoa, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali
4. Bali Collection Shopping Center – Retail Therapy for All Ages
Need to stock up on baby essentials?
The Bali Collection in Nusa Dua is a shopping center that offers a range of stores, including pharmacies where you can find diapers, baby food, and other necessities.
It’s a convenient stop if you’re staying in the Nusa Dua area, which many traveling families choose to do for the higher-end resorts and calmer beaches.
Open from 10:00am to 10:00pm.
Address: 56XJ+22F, Jl. Kw. Nusa Dua Resort, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
5. Sanur Beach – Sunrise Strolls and Seaside Bliss
Venture to the eastern coast and discover the laid-back charm of Sanur Beach.
If Kuta and Seminyak are too busy for you, which I understand, as I avoid these areas myself, Sanur can be a beautiful alternative.
Known for its breathtaking sunrise views, this spot is perfect for early morning strolls with your baby.
The calm waters are also excellent for introducing your baby to the ocean.
Sanur Beach is open 24/7, and public access is free. There is also a sea turtle conservation area.
Address: Jl. Sanur Beach Street Walk, Sanur Kaja, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar, Bali
Read More: Exploring Sanur Area in 3 Days
6. Bali Safari and Marine Park – Wild Encounters for the Whole Family
Heading north to Gianyar, the Bali Safari and Marine Park is essentially a zoo and aquarium that offers a Safari Journey to see wildlife like tigers, orangutans, hippos, rhinos, and more up close.
While some animal parks can be dubious at best, this one is well-reviewed and is committed to conservation.
This could be a great option if you have other kiddos you’re traveling with and want to find an activity everyone can enjoy.
It’s open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, though they offer some night safari experiences as well.
Tickets start at $50 for adults and children under 3 are free. Buy tickets online here.
Address: Jl. Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra No.Km. 19, Serongga, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80551
7. Tegenungan Waterfall – Nature’s Lullaby in Gianyar
Ubud is a dreamy part of Bali to stay in. It’s located in the middle of the southern part of the island and is more jungly and full of beautiful temples and rice terraces, as well as dreamy resorts.
This is where we chose to stay for the first part of our trip, and I’d highly recommend it for disconnecting after the long journey.
A short drive from Ubud, the Tegenungan Waterfall is beautiful and honestly, you can’t go to Bali without seeing one of the many waterfalls!
Keep in mind the climb down to the waterfall pool is a bit steep, so it’s best to use a hiking backpack carrier or soft baby carrier and be very careful, or take turns visiting the pool.
We found the soothing sounds of the waterfall were a perfect lullaby for a nap.
Open from 6:30am to 6:00pm. The entrance fee is around $2.
Address: Kemenuh, Sukawati, Gianyar Regency, Bali
8. Tegallalang Rice Terraces – Scenic Family Photo Ops
Continuing the journey in Ubud, the Tegallalang Rice Terraces are a picturesque sight to behold.
While it might not be the easiest terrain for a stroller – again, Bali, in general, is not stroller friendly – a baby carrier can make exploring the terraces more manageable.
The terraces are open from sunrise to sunset, and admission is typically $1.
Address: Jl. Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kec. Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561
9. Private Day Tour in Ubud – See it All
I highly recommend getting a private car and driver for the day to see the main sights in Ubud, including any temples, waterfalls, and rice terraces you want to see. They can also make recommendations for the best ones to check out.
It’s not that expensive, starting at around $60 for the majority of the day.
This was our preferred way to see Bali, and depending on how long you’re staying, you can do this in multiple regions of the island.
Just keep in mind Bali’s traffic is legendary, so it’s best not to try to do everything on the island in one day.
Stick to regions, and consider bringing a car seat along with you. Though not legally required in Bali, we preferred to have our travel car seat along.
10. A Note on Ubud’s Monkey Forest – What Not to Do
Many blog posts on things to do in Ubud will recommend the Ubud Monkey Forest.
I felt I had to include it here to be clear that it might not be the best activity for young children.
While monkeys may seem cute and playful, they also bite and have no boundaries.
They might jump on your baby or even bite, which means the vacation is over and everyone needs rabies shots.
Although the photos from here look cool, I won’t even personally go, because I have too many friends who have been bitten here.
Address: Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Read More: Fantastic Day Trips from the Ubud Area
11. Jatiluwih Rice Terraces – Majestic Views in Tabanan
Explore the stunning Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in Tabanan.
Though not the easiest terrain for a stroller (again, bring that baby carrier!), the breathtaking scenery makes it worth considering.
Open from sunrise to sunset.
Tickets are around $2, and your baby can enjoy the fresh air while you take in the views.
Address: Village, Jl. Jatiluwih Kawan No.Desa, Jatiluwih, Kec. Penebel, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82152
13. Lebih Beach – A Quiet Escape in Gianyar
For a less crowded beach experience, venture to Lebih Beach in Gianyar.
The calm waves and tranquil atmosphere make it an ideal spot for a family day out.
Open 24/7; it’s a peaceful retreat where you can let your baby feel the sand between their tiny toes.
Address: Jl. By Pass Ida Bagus Mantra, Lebih, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80551
14. Bali Bird Park – Feathered Friends Galore in Gianyar
Also in Gianyar, the Bali Bird Park is a bird lover’s paradise.
The colorful birds and interactive exhibits provide a captivating experience for the whole family, so this is another great one if you have other kids to entertain on your trip.
Open from 9:00am to 5:30pm.
Adult tickets start at $25, while children under 3 usually enter for free. Buy tickets ahead of time here.
Address: Jl. Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir Singapadu, Batubulan, Kec. Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582
15. Goa Gajah – The Elephant Cave in Bedulu
Discover the mystical Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, in Bedulu.
The ancient cave and surrounding grounds offer a great spot for exploration for families.
Open from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Tickets are around $3.
Address: Bedulu, Blahbatuh, Gianyar Regency, Bali
16. Taman Ayun Temple – Tranquility in Mengwi
Take a trip to Mengwi and explore the serene Taman Ayun Temple.
The spacious courtyards and traditional architecture create a peaceful setting for a family stroll.
Open from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Tickets are around $2.
Address: Jl. Ayodya No.10, Mengwi, Kec. Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351
17. Kintamani – Breathtaking Views of Mount Batur
Venture to Kintamani and witness the breathtaking views of Mount Batur.
The northern part of Bali is much less touristy and offers an opportunity to see the volcanoes which are another must-see in Bali.
While the terrain may not be ideal for a stroller, a baby carrier allows you to soak in the panoramic landscapes.
Enjoy a meal with a view at one of the local restaurants overlooking Lake Batur.
Address: Kintamani, Bangli Regency, Bali
18. Bali Botanic Garden – Nature’s Playground in Bedugul
Nestled in the cool highlands of Bedugul, the Bali Botanic Garden offers a serene environment perfect for a family day out.
Stroll through the lush greenery, let your baby marvel at colorful flowers, and enjoy a picnic in this peaceful oasis. Some areas are great for crawling, too.
Open from 8:00am to 6:00pm.
Tickets are around $5, and children under 15 enter for free.
Address: Jl. Kebun Raya, Candikuning, Kec. Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82191
19. Lovina Beach – Tranquil Shoreline in Singaraja
Lovina Beach in Singaraja is known for its calm waters and black volcanic sand, another iconic thing you have to see in Bali.
While there are black sand beaches all over the island, this one provides a peaceful setting for a family day out, allowing your baby to enjoy the gentle waves and soft sand.
The beach is usually less crowded compared to some southern counterparts, creating a relaxing environment for everyone.
Address: Anturan, Buleleng, Buleleng Regency, Bali
20. Brahmavihara Arama – Buddhist Monastery in Banjar
The serene gardens and temple complex provide a tranquil setting for a family stroll.
While the terrain may be uneven, it’s an opportunity for your baby to experience different sights and sounds in a calm and spiritual environment, and a chance for you to experience one of the biggest and most beautiful temples in Bali.
After all, it’s not just about beaches and volcanoes – Bali’s unique culture is one of the best things about it!
Address: Banjar Dinas Tangeb, Banjar Tegeha, Kec. Banjar, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81152
Practical Tips for Bali Bliss with Your Baby
While traveling in Bali with a baby might be different than what you’re used to, we found it to be quite nice and accessible. Here are some need-to-knows:
- Diapers and Baby Essentials: Stock up on baby supplies at larger supermarkets and pharmacies in popular areas like Kuta and Seminyak. Brands like Huggies and Pampers are widely available.
- Baby-Friendly Accommodation: Choose family-friendly hotels or resorts with amenities like baby cots, high chairs, and possibly even childcare services.
- Transportation: While Bali has taxis and ride-hailing cars (via Grab app), consider hiring a private driver for the day for more flexibility and comfort. Car seats may not be standard, so bring your own or arrange one with your driver.
- Baby-Friendly Restaurants: Look for restaurants with outdoor seating and a relaxed atmosphere. Many places are accommodating to families and can provide high chairs. Check out this Bali restaurant guide on where to eat.
- Health and Safety: Pack a basic baby first aid kit and any necessary medications. Bali has good medical facilities, but prevention is key.
- Bali Belly Precautions: Stick to bottled water, avoid ice in your drinks, and opt for well-cooked, hot meals to reduce the risk of stomach issues.
- Naptime Adventures: Plan activities around your baby’s nap schedule. Many attractions have shaded areas for a peaceful nap.
- Baby-Wearing for the Win: A baby carrier can be a game-changer, especially in areas with uneven terrain. It allows you to explore comfortably without the hassle of a stroller.
- Sun Protection: Bali’s sun can be intense, so pack a good baby-friendly sunscreen, a hat, and lightweight clothing to protect your little one.
We loved visiting Bali with our baby. It was a trip together we’ll always remember for the friendliness, the number of times locals wanted to hold our little guy, and the beautiful family photos we got together.
To me, it’s one of the easier places to travel with a baby, so if Bali’s on your dream list, go for it!
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