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INSIDE: The Ultimate Pocket Guide to Bali with Kids.

Heading to Bali with kids in tow?

Then you’ll love Roam the Gnome’s checklist of the ULTIMATE LIST OF THINGS TO DO IN BALI WITH KIDS.

We’ve gathered the:

  • best places to visit in Bali with toddlers & young kids
  • our favourite family-friendly hotels in Kuta & Seminyak with kids, and other Bali family accommodation
  • tips for Bali on a Budget with kids
  • Bali points of interest, and answers to lots of frequently Asked Questions
  • all the SUPER DOOPER fun attractions in Bali that get our Roam the Gnome Stamp of Approval.

Bali family holidays are in our TOP FIVE family-friendly holidays around the world you can enjoy on a budget too.

There’s plenty of free and cheap stuff to do in Bali with a toddler or baby, as well as school aged kids and teens.

It’s the ultimate family trip.

Take a look below for details.

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Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in AUD dollars, unless otherwise stated

Bali is a fabulous place for kids – they can learn about Balinese culture, Balinese food, and Balinese life, but they can also have super dooper fun!  

There’s SO many things to see in Bali, you definitely can’t do it all in one trip.

Hopefully with our tips and tricks, you’ll know what to do, AND what to skip this time.

READ MORE:  Bali Bound? Plan Family Travel with our helpful tips

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Planning your Bali Itinerary

Head to Bali in Indonesia for a budget family-friendly holiday with good food, excellent shopping, beaches and fun places to swim, warm weather and happy locals.

Hot tip: Start planning your Bali itinerary because Bali with kids is one of the easiest family trips you can do, anywhere in the world.

(Planning what to do in Bali is the best part!)

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The Best Family Friendly Areas to Stay in Bali

No.1: Seminyak

A super fun, hip, built-up area of Bali with:

  • all the cool coffee shops
  • top restaurants and cafes
  • ice-cream shops
  • Bali homewares shops
  • street markets, and
  • the glam Seminyak Village/Square shopping mall.

More upmarket than Kuta, without the bogan element. P

Pedestrian sidewalks are plentiful, so it’s one of the better areas for strollers.

Walk everywhere.

Visiting Bali with teens? Stay here so they can be a little independent but safe.

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No.2: Canggu

Book a villa here for an authentic stay in Bali surrounded by rice fields and flying kites, but just 10 minutes taxi ride to Seminyak restaurants.

Definitely one of the best places in Bali for those who love good design, art and culture. 

We LOVE Canggu for families.

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No.3: Sanur

Quieter side of the island, but still plenty to do for kids and families.

Water sports is a key element here so if you are visiting Bali with family members who are water babies, book a hotel. 

Snorkeling, scuba diving, and boat trips are the main attractions. 

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No.4: Nusa Dua

The ideal location for those wanting an exclusive five-star hotel holiday where kids can:

  • enrol in kids club
  • join in fun Balinese arts, crafts and activities, and
  • swim all day long.

Plenty of opportunity to indulge in spa treatments, drink delicious cocktails and eat hotel restaurant fare.

Don’t miss brunch at Prego. 

This is the best area to stay in Bali with family IF all you want to do is hang by the pool, and eat decadent meals. 

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No.5: Ubud

Stay here if you love mountains, a cooler climate, and a more relaxed Bali hills vibe.

Ideal for the health nuts who want to participate in yoga retreats, eat Acai smoothie bowls for breakfast and Buddha salad bowls for lunch, and chill.

Great shopping at the Art Market in Ubud. 

Main road traffic is nuts, so look out!

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No.6: Uluwatu

For the surfers in the family.

Laid back, old school Bali vibe.

Cool cave walks, and delicious food. 

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No.7: Jimbaran Bay

Awesome spot for families, with:

  • beachfront restaurants
  • cheap eats
  • market shopping, and
  • only 25 minutes from Kuta and the airport.

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No.8: Kuta & Legian

The home of some of the biggest family resorts in Bali, and the usual destination for first time travellers to Bali.

Kuta is hectic, with street markets, sidewalk vendors who heckle, beeping scooters, touts pulling you this way and that, and hundreds and hundreds of tourists.

It’s fun for a short while, but we wouldn’t stay in this location for more than 3 or 4 nights.

The Hard Rock Hotel Bali tops our list.

Check latest prices

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Our Top Tips for Choosing What Area to Stay in Bali

Bright lights, big city, bustling pathways?

Book Kuta.

Fashion and style lover, or a foodie?

Book Seminyak or Canggu.

Wanting a chilled, relaxed vibe?

Book beachy Sanur or Jimbaran

In love with nature & yoga? 

Nature lovers should head for the hills and book Ubud.

Or join the surfing crowd in Uluwatu and Bingin beach areas.

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5 Star escape? 

Those wanting a Bali resort holiday to get away from it all?

Book Nusa Dua.

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The Best Area in Bali for families? 

Our favourite area is a tie between Seminyak or Canggu, and that’s where we spend most of our time.

Swap it up & move around

The good thing about Bali is that you can move between locations easily.

We often spend 4 nights in one place, and 4 nights in another.

It’s a great way to try out new hotels and experiences too, and saves you from having to spend hours and hours in a car on a day tour, as you can plan your itinerary around your base. 

Simply book a private driver or Bluebird Taxi to move you from hotel to hotel. (see FAQ below for details)

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Looking for Bali hotels for kids?

There are SO many amazing hotels and family resorts in Bali to choose from.

In Kuta, we LOVE Hard Rock Hotel (Oreo freakshakes by the pool anyone?).

Watch our video and read our story here.

We are working our way through a big list, trying and testing out as many Bali hotels as we can each trip, so we can give you proper advice, insider videos, and feedback.

Check out our Hotels in Bali page for all the details. (Update Coming soon)

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More Hotels in Bali for Families

Bali Dynasty Hotel is another mid-range favourite of ours.

The kids club, the kids club activities, and the kids pool make this an easy choice.

And it’s smack bang in the middle of Kuta, BUT you wouldn’t even know it. 

Check latest prices.  

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Budget Family Hotels in Bali

The Ibis Styles in Seminyak is a bargain hotel with all the goods, including buffet breakfast AND a cool pool.

The Ibis Styles hotel on JL Petitenget is a budget option within walking distance to restaurants, shops, Seminyak village, and good coffee.

Check latest prices.

Best Bali Family Villas

Our comprehensive guide to the best family villas in Bali is coming soon.

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Best Kids Club Bali?

The hotels on the island do a magnificent job of catering for kids, so there a few hotels vying for the much-coveted title of “Best Kids Club in Bali”.

We haven’t tried them all, but our big list of all the hotels in Bali with kids club is coming soon.

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Please bear with us as we work hard to fill this section as quickly as possible. Check back regularly as we add MORE stuff to the lists.

Best Things to Do in Kuta

No.1: Febris Spa Bali

Take the whole family for a fabulous massage experience.

There’s affordable kids massage treatments here, specially designed for them!

Book a massage package for you AND the kids at Febris Spa in Kuta – the best value ‘real’ spa treatment in Kuta

No.2: Amazone Bali

Amazone indoor playground is one of the best things to do on a rainy day in Bali.

No.3: Kuta Beach Gate

Check out these imposing gates leading down to the beach from near Kuta Square. 

No.4: Waterbom water park

Book tickets to Bali’s best waterpark today. 

No.5: Bali Sea Turtle Society

Visit to learn all about Bali’s quest to care for these endangered sea creatures.

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Best Things to Do in Seminyak

No.1: La Plancha restaurant

Pull up a beanbag under a Bali umbrella at La Plancha beach club restaurant. 

It’s THE spot to eat delicious tapas and watch the sunset, or haggle with the beach vendors over a bag of fairy floss. 

No.2: Indigo Kids

Go shopping at Indigo kids clothing store to pick up gorgeous shoes and outfits for little people. 

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Best Things to Do in Canguu

No.1: Splash Water Park

Head to Splash Waterpark.


  • slides for big kids, and little kids
  • a water playground for toddlers in Bali
  • pools to swim in
  • plus a children’s playground &
  • cafe on site. 

No.2: Finns Recreation Park

Home of Strike Bowling, and the giant sized Bounce trampoline park in Bali. 

Awesome for a rainy day in Bali. 

No.3: Spellbound Toy Shop

This is a lovely toy shop in Canggu, with all the best brands including LEGO, & locally made toys too. 

Find it at no, Jl. Raya Semat No.99x next to Hudson Cafe, and La Casita restaurant. 

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Best Things to Do in Nusa Dua

No.1: Nusa Dua Blow Hole

Check out Bali’s only Water Blow.

Warning – you might get wet!

No.2: Pirate’s Bay Bali playground

Take the kids to this instagram-friendly cafe and restaurant.

There’s a playground with swings, plus tall bamboo castle forts you can sit in to eat your meal! 

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Best Things to Do in Legian Bali

No.1: Visit Krisna Souvenir Shop

One of the biggest and the best, on Sunset Road. 

No.2: Donut Man Bali

Look out for the famous doughnut man on the streets of Legian and Kuta, around Jalan Padma Utara near Melasti Beach resort. 

The round jam donuts are to die for!

Ask in the local shops around the area for details of where to find him if you aren’t yet successful. They’ll know.  

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Best Things to Do in Sanur

No.1: Sanur Beach markets

Wander around these Bali beach markets.

You may find the stall holders a little pushy so hold your ground. 

No.2: Peekaboo indoor playground

THIS is the best indoor playground in Bali.

It also has an outdoor fenced area with a giant fort, and a cafe.

Expect to spend hours here. 

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Best Things to do in Ubud with Kids

No.1: Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Take the kids to visit the monkeys in the Ubud Monkey Forest temple complex.

Do not carry any kind of food, or drink into the park as these monkeys are little buggers and will steal your stuff.

As these are wild animals, remind the kids to keep their distance and not to make any sudden moves. 

No.2:  Pondok Pekak Library and learning centre

Pop in here to see what’s on offer for the kids.

There’s craft workshops, readings, and a library to choose from. 

You’ll likely bump into a whole bunch of home schoolers, expats who live in Bali. 

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MORE of the BEST Things to Do in Bali with Kids (not listed above)

No.1: Keramas Aero Park Gianyar

Looking for new things in Bali off the beaten track?

Check out the Keramas Aero Park restaurant.

It’s a place you can eat lunch inside a GIANT AEROPLANE.

So cool!

No.2: Bali Zoo

Say hi to the orangutans & elephants at this zoo in Bali.

This elephant safari park is one of the best days out in Bali for families.

Book tickets here

PIN best things to do in bali with kids

No.3: Lake Bratan (Ulun Danu Bratan Temple) & Bedugul  

One of our favourite Bali day tours was heading up to Lake Bratan.

It’s a spectacular Bali destination.

AND there’s a vintage playground for kids!

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No.4: Treetops Adventure Park 

While you are up in the hills, stop at the Treetop Adventure playground.

It’s an adrenalin rush for kids, and adults, of all ages. 

No.5: Bali Safari and Marine Park

Another awesome day for families in Bali. 

This is a world class attraction, with 60 species from 4 continents.

Book tickets here

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The Best Family Friendly Beaches in Bali?

This deserves more than a quick overview. 

Read our complete guide to the best beaches in Bali for families here. 

You’ll be glad you did! 

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What to Do in Bali on Rainy Days

No.1: Bali Fun World 

Bali Fun World indoor playground is another ideal rainy day activity in Bali. 

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No.2: DMZ Trick Art Museum

Check out the Dream Museum Zone trick art gallery.

There’s a whole range 3D art works where visitors can take “trick” photos & selfies to show the illusion you are there! 

No.3: Motion Skatepark

Take the kids to this indoor skatepark in Bali, and enjoy a cuppa while you wait at their cafe. 

Find it on Jl. Sunset Road No.420, Kuta. 

No.4: Escape Room Bali

Another fun activity for teens in Bali

Find it at Jl. Sunset Road No.88, Seminyak

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Best Bali Events

This is a list of the best up-to-date and local Bali magazines and newspapers with all the details of local fun, so you don’t miss any fun events such as: 

  • pop up markets in Bali 
  • Bali festivals
  • Balinese celebrations 
  • school holiday activities in the shopping malls
  • local fairs 
  • food truck events

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Eating in Bali with kids is easy.

Take a look at these family restaurants and cafes in Bali’s main tourist hubs.

Best Canggu Restaurants for families

No.1: Berawa’s Kitchen Food Trucks

Head to Berawa Kitchens Canggu in the late afternoon for an early dinner. The choice of what to eat in Bali here is huge! 

There’s a playground for kids! 

No.2: Cinta Cafe Canggu

This is another top spot to eat in Bali with kids.

Cinta Cafe has beautiful views of Canggu rice fields, and there’s a play area for kids here too. 

No.3: Old Mans Bali

Take the kids for an icy cold milkshake at Old Man’s Bali

Or fish and chips.

Check out the instagram backdrops while you are here! 

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Best Seminyak Restaurants for families

No.1: Biku Bali

Take the kids to try traditional high tea or Indonesian high tea at Biku Cafe

No. 2: Taco Casa Mexican Seminyak

Eat tacos and enchiladas galore at this family friendly Mexican restaurant in Seminyak

No.3: SeaCircus Bali

Start your day right with the best breakfast in Seminyak

No.4: Monsieur Spoon Petitenget

The best bakery in Bali for fresh bread and mouthwatering cakes is Monsieur Spoon on Jl. Petitenget 

No.5: Dough Darlings Seminyak

Dough Darlings is the place to get your artisanal donuts.

One word – yum.

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Best Kuta Restaurants for families 

No.1: Tubes Bali

Eat at this old-school Bali institution, and grab a selfie on the GIANT WAVE!

No.2: Pizza Hut Bali

Pizza Hut in Kuta is the BEST place for Fussy Eaters

No.3: Chatime Bali

Try Bubble Tea at Chatime Bali

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Ubud Restaurants

No.1: Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka Ubud

THIS is the spot to try the famous Babi Guling Balinese roast pork. 

This spit-roasted suckling pork with crackle must not be missed!

No.2: Taco Casa Mexican

This Mexican restaurant has another outlet in Ubud. 

Great, safe familiar food for the kids. 

MORE of the Best Restaurants in Bali

Coming soon

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No.1: Warung Nia Cooking School

Foodies should head to Warung Nia restaurant in Seminyak for a hands-on cooking class.

The menu of Indonesian dishes to cook and sample is seriously something!

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Best Tips for shopping in Bali? 

Firstly, Want to know what you should pay for things when shopping in Bali?

Check this Bali Shopping Prices comparison guide before you begin. 

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No.1: Surfer Girl Bali

The best fashion store for girls in Bali is Surfer girl Bali

Check out all the accessories featuring this cool Surfer girl brand too. 

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The Best Shopping Malls in Kuta

No.1: Matahari Department Store

Compare Kuta shopping prices at Matahari Department Store

No.2: Centro Bali

Shop in the cool at Centro Bali department store

No.3: Discovery Mall

Discovery Mall is the best central shopping spot in Kuta

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Bali Homewares stores

No.1: Mercredi Bali

Looking for homewares in Bali?

MERCREDI Bali is the BEST Shop for Fashionable Bedding and linens in Bali

No.2: Carga Bali

If you love homewares, don’t miss CARGA Homewares Bali.

Carga is our favourite homewares shop in Seminyak

No.3: Biku Bali Gift shop

Next to Carga, pop into the joglo of Biku to see their range of giftware and souvenirs in Bali. 

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The Best Shopping Malls in Seminyak & Supermarkets

No.1: Seminyak Village

Wondering what to do in Seminyak?

Shop at Seminyak Village.

No.2: Seminyak Square

Seminyak Square Shopping centre has a cute outdoor market, as well as a Monster souvenirs & gift shop.

Find it right next to Seminyak village. 

No.3: Bintang Supermarket 

The cheapest and biggest supermarket in Seminyak for all your snacks, drinks, gifts, and souvenirs is Bintang.

Pick up all your essentials for half the price of what you pay in convenience stores & other shops. 

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Markets in Seminyak

The best leather purses are at Seminyak Flea Market

This is our fave of the Bali markets. 

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No.1: Jungle Trader

Stop by Jungle trader homewares to pick up exotic gifts and homewares from around the world. 

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No.1: Carrefour Supermarket 

The best supermarket in Kuta is Carrefour Bali.

Here’s 7 reasons to shop at Bali’s best shopping centre mall, Carrefour Bali

No.2: Jalan Sunset Road Shops Bali

Book a driver for the day to take you to ALL the shops along Sunset road!

Check out these shops & stores:

  • The Harvest Cakes for delicious handmade cakes & desserts for later
  • Sari Rajut Indah fabric store
  • Rip Curl Sunset Road store for surf wear clothing
  • Donkey Skateboard shop 
  • Agung Bali Oleh-Oleh souvenir shop
  • Jenggala Factory outlet for discounted ceramic tableware
  • Marzi Kreasi linen store
  • Krisna souvenir shop 
  • Bali Brasco mall 
  • Starbucks Coffee at Sunset Star Bali
  • Havianas outlet store 
  • Body & Soul Factory Outlet store
  • Amori Wood Art gallery Kuta
  • Polos Rattan furniture – they sell the Bali umbrellas!
  • Sunset Point shopping mall. Find Ace Hardware, Food Store, Breadtalk, Jco & all the fast food outlets

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MORE Shopping Malls in Bali

No.1: Bali Mall Galeria 

Grab yourself a pair of these super comfy travel footwear called Wakai shoes.

Take our word for it.

You can’t buy them at home.

Plus, there’s all the big brand names at Bali Mall Galeria, and activities for kids too. 

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What to Buy in Bali? Bali Souvenirs to Take Home

No.1: Bali Laundry products

Buy these popular laundry products in Bali to make your laundry smell as good as it does when it comes back from a Bali laundry

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Frequently Asked Questions about Bali

No.1: Is it safe to travel to Bali?

Check Smart Traveller for latest travel warnings. Bali is a beautiful country to explore but sadly has a history of terrorism.

In general, keep your wits about you. Avoid political demonstrations. Be mindful in big crowds of any potential threats

Take extra care near wild animals. (Monkeys do bite!). Keep little ones especially close.

Safety precautions on attractions may not be as strict as at home and accidents do happen.

Use only Bluebird Taxis or in a private car with a trusted and recommended driver

AVOID scooter travel with kids

Change money only at reputable money exchanges in your hotel or shopping centre. Be mindful of swift fingers, and always count your money before you leave.

When walking busy streets, keep your handbags and shoulder bags close to you to avoid pickpocketing, and bag snatching. Zip them up at all times.

Wear a money belt so you can separate your money sources into a few different places (locked suitcase, handbag, money belt, sock)

Do not go to Bali without Travel insurance. If you can afford to travel, you can afford travel insurance.

No.2: Best time to travel to Bali

High season is July and August, Easter and Christmas/New Year

Shoulder season (April, May, June, September) is less busy

If you are planning to surf, the dry season (May to October) is the ultimate time to visit for waves in Uluwatu and along the peninsula.

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No.3: Weather in Bali

May, June and July are generally considered to be the best time to travel to Bali for good weather.

It’s warm all day long, but not overly humid.

Awesome months for pool time and beachside vacations.

No.4: Currency in Bali

The Indonesian Rupiah is the currency of Indonesia.

No.5: What’s the exchange rate in Bali

  • Click here for current exchange rates for Australia
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  • Click here for current exchange rates for GB Pound

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Image credit: Mohamad Trilaksono from Pixabay CC BY 1.0

No.6: How do I change my money in Bali

Click here for a list of reputable money changers

No.7: Should I take a stroller to Bali?

Yes or no?

Read our thoughts here.

No.8: Is there a Bali Airport Playground?

Is there a kids playground at Ngurah Rai Airport?

Sadly, there’s currently no Bali airport lounge playground, but we’re keeping our eye on the situation and will let you know when it’s back.

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Getting around Bali – the best transport in Bali

Best Way to get Around in Bali? 

We suggest booking:

  • a Bluebird taxi for short trips
  • a Private Driver for airport pickups, and
  • to book a Bali driver for a day for your explorations and adventures.

See below for details.

Avoid scooters or motorbikes unless you are a seasoned professional!

The roads are hectic.

No.1: Kura Kura buses

There’s also the Kura Kura tourist buses with fixed fares for short trips around most tourist areas in Bali.

Bus stops can be found:

  • in main tourist zones (for example, Kuta Square), and
  • outside the most popular hotels such as Bali Dynasty. 

Take the Kura Kura bus around Bali for next to nothing

There’s no need to take general public buses in Bali – it’s far more economical both in cash and time to jump in a taxi, or organise a driver for most trips

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No.2: Hiring a Driver in Bali

Want to know who we use and trust?  Click here for details of our favourite Bali drivers

No.3: Hire a Taxi in Bali (Blue bird Taxi)

3 reasons you should never book anything but an authentic Bluebird Taxi in Bali

No.4: Best Bali Tours

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Best Bali Day Trips in a Private Hire Car

Our Best Bali 1 Day itinerary options
Coming soon

Our Suggested 2 Day Bali itinerary
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Our Suggested 3 Day Bali itinerary
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Staying Healthy in Bali when visiting Bali with Kids

How to Avoid Bali Belly

Our essential guide to avoiding Bali Belly, including the best Bali Belly Treatments that works for kids and adults if you are unlucky enough to be struck down

Bali First Aid Kit

Stay healthy in Bali with these first aid bag essentials.

Pick and choose from the list to make sure you have everything you need to stay safe

How to Avoid Mosquitos in Bali

Read Roam the Gnome’s Ultimate Guide on how to avoid mosquitoes in Bali

The Best Mosquito Repellent Checklist for Bali

Find a Chemist in Bali

Hospitals in Bali

Bookmark this list – Safe hospitals in Bali

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Packing for Bali

The Essential List of What to Take to Bali for Kids

Here’s our guide on what to take to Bali for kids, toddlers and babies

Also, includes what NOT to take to Bali for kids (Hint: Use Bali Baby Hire) 

Roam the Gnome’s Ultimate Bali Packing List

Click here for the complete guide of clothes, accessories and more to take to Bali in South East Asia, including what first aid to pack, just in case. 

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