Travel Itinerary for Bali Family Holidays

Bali “the island of Gods” is the most popular budget holiday destination in Indonesia. Although there are other equally enchanting places in Indonesia such as Lombok, Flores, Sulawasi, Yogyakarta and the famous Komodo National Park, but the cost of air travel to these remote areas for a family of lets say three can easily put a hole in your budget. Considering this, we are sharing our personal travel itinerary for Bali Family holidays with our kid. It is basically a mix of famous temples, beaches, volcanoes, cultural dance performances, party, rice terraces, marine park & a coffee plantation to give you the best of what Bali has to offer. You can choose to use it as it is or modify it to suit your requirements. You may also want to check out our post on Things to do in Bali and Complete Guide to Bali Family Holidays to help you make your own itinerary.

Travel Itinerary for Bali Family Holidays


Budget Allocation Cost Notes
Visa Fee Nil Free for Indians for stay less than 30 days
Airfare INR 60,000 Delhi-Bali return for three, if booked early in an Air Asia flash sale
Stay INR 48,000 Approx INR 6,000 per day, if booked early
Sightseeing INR 7,640
Airport Transfers INR 2,200 INR 1,100 per airport transfer
Local Commute INR 10,900
Bali Safari and Marine park INR 8,019 Jungle Hopper Safari and Show package
Devdan show INR 8,282
Food INR 25,000 about INR 1,550 per meal for a family of three
Coffee at Coffee plantation INR 250 Bali Luwak coffee
Sim Card INR 550
Total Budget INR 1,70,841 INR 56,947 per person for 8 nights, Not bad I would say!

Day 1: Arrive in Ubud, Bali


  • Fly in to Bali Denpasar Airport (Total cost: INR 60,000; INR 20,000 per person including 20 Kgs pre-paid baggage for one person only & pre-booked meals in Air Asia during flash sales 8 month prior departure date; Also read: How to book cheap flights)
  • Collect pre-booked Sim Card at the airport arrival area (about INR 550; Pre-book here)
  • Airport Transfer to hotel at Ubud (about INR 1,100; Pre-book your ride here)
  • Check into hotel at Ubud – Ubud Village hotel (about INR 5,000 per night if booked early; Total cost for 4 nights: INR 20,000)

Pro Tip: Book early for good discounted rates. Refuse the extra bed and applicable charges for this hotel since anyway our little one won’t sleep on the extra bed.

  • Lunch at the hotel – room service (INR 1,000)
  • Explore Ubud by foot (Burn some calories)
  • Take a dip at hotel swimming pool
  • Dinner at an American restaurant on Ubud monkey forest road (INR 1,600)

Pro Tip : If your hotel is on the Ubud Monkey forest road, then Ubud Art Market can be visited easily by foot in the evenings when the market is most lively. Beautiful handicraft items are available here however you should negotiate hard for anything you wish to purchase. Start by quoting 50% of the amount quoted and then you can finally expect to get about 20-30% discount on the quoted price.

Day 2: Ubud and Tanah Lot Temple tour


  • Breakfast at hotel restaurant (Included in the package)
  • Take a full day car charter with 0900 LT pickup from your hotel at Ubud (About INR 2,200 for 10 hours; Pre-book for cheapest hassle free rates here)
  • Visit Royal Palace & Ubud Art Market. (Entry Free)
  • Visit Ubud Monkey forest (IDR 50,000 per adult / IDR 40,000 per child; Total cost: INR 700)
  • Visit Goa Gajah Temple (IDR 15,000 per adult, Total Cost : INR 225)
  • Indonesian Lunch at local Warung, overlooking the rice fields, at Ubud (INR 1100)
  • Take a tour of any one Bali coffee plantation and try the Bali Luwak coffee (One cup of Bali Luwak coffee IDR 50,000 = INR 250, Shopping for tea/coffee/perfumes from plantation INR 1,000)
  • Visit Taman Ayun temple on the way to Tanah Lot (IDR 20,000 per person, Total Cost: INR 300)
  • Visit Tanah Lot Temple during sunset (IDR 60,000 per adult, IDR 30,000 per child, Car parking fee: IDR 5,000 per car; Total Cost: INR 775)
  • Return to hotel
  • Take a dip at hotel swimming pool
  • Dinner at an Indian restaurant on Ubud monkey forest road (INR 2,200)
  • An Ice-cream to end the day (Priceless)

Day 3: Bali Safari and Marine Park (Must do if visiting Bali with kids else Optional)


  • Breakfast at hotel restaurant (Included in the package)
  • Take a full day car charter with 0900 LT pickup from your hotel at Ubud (About INR 2,200 for 10 hours; Pre-book for cheapest hassle free rates here)
  • Visit the Bali Safari and Marine Park and take the Jungle hopper safari and show package (INR 3,819 per adult but get it for INR 2,864 here; INR 3,055 per child but get it for INR 2,291 here; Total cost: 8,019; Total Savings if booked directly at the park: INR 2,674)
  • Lunch inside Bali Safari and Marine Park (INR 1,000)
  • Snacks and Beverages at Uma restaurant inside Bali Safari & Marine Park (included in the Jungle hopper package)
  • Upon return from the marine park, take a short stop at Sukhawati Black Sand Beach
  • A quick drive-through Batubulan Village to see the stone carvings been done live on both sides of the road
  • Take a swim at the Tegenungan waterfall (IDR 15,000 per person; Total Cost: INR 225)
  • Dinner at an Italian restaurant at Ubud monkey forest road (INR 1,900)
  • A Tiramisu at a local confectioner to call it a day (Attain Salvation)

Day 4: Kintamani Volcano tour & Tegalalang Rice Terraces


  • Breakfast at hotel restaurant (Included in the package)
  • Take a full day car charter with 0900 LT pickup from your hotel at Ubud (About INR 2,200 for 10 hours; Pre-book for cheapest hassle free rates here)
  • Visit Gunung Kawi Temple (IDR 15,000 per person; Total cost: INR 225)
  • Visit Tirta Empul (IDR 15,000 per adult, IDR 7,500 per child; Total cost: INR 190)
  • Visit Kintamani (IDR 30,000 per person entry; Total Cost: INR 450)
  • Visit Pura Ulun Danu Batur Temple (IDR 50,000 per adult / IDR 25,000 per child; Car parking fee: IDR 5,000 per car; Total Cost: INR 650)
  • Enjoy your Balinese Buffet lunch with spectacular views of Mount and Lake Batur (Total Cost: INR 1,500)
  • Visit Tegalalang rice terraces (IDR 15,000 per person, Car parking IDR 5,000; Total Cost: 250)
  • Visit Petulu village in the evening after 5 PM to see white Kokoban (Heron) birds making their way back there (Entry to village IDR 20,000; Cost: INR 100; Having a Bintang costing IDR 15,000 = INR 75 while heron bird watching, pleasure)
  • Return to hotel and take a dip at hotel swimming pool
  • Dinner at another Indian restaurant opposite Ubud Royal Palace (INR 2,000)

Day 5: Arrive at Balinese Private Villa at Seminyak


  • Breakfast at Ubud hotel restaurant (Included in the package)
  • After a last dip in the pool for the LO, check out from hotel at Ubud and transfer to Seminyak to experience the Balinese Villa with a private swimming pool (Locally booked car hire for transfer: INR 1,000)
  • Check in to Balinese Villa – Awan Villas at Seminyak – (INR 6,000 per night if booked early; Total cost for 2 nights: INR 12,000)
  • After an inauguration of the private swimming pool by our little one and lunch at Villa (INR 1,000), visit Seminyak square using the free shuttle arranged by the Villa
  • Explore the market at Seminyak square & Seminyak beach
  • Get refreshed and party like no other at Potato Head Beach Club while enjoying the amazing sunset views (Splurge with Dinner and beverages: INR 3,500)
  • Take Bluebird taksi (read taxi) to return to the Villa (INR 100)

Day 6: Uluwatu Sunset Tour


  • Breakfast served at the room at Villa (Included in the package)
  • Enjoy the private swimming pool in your Balinese villa in Laid Back style (Happiness)
  • Take a full day car charter with afternoon pickup from the Villa (About INR 2,200 for 10 hours; Pre-book for cheapest hassle free rates here)
  • GWK to see the gigantic statue of Lord Vishnu riding a Garuda bird (IDR 1,00,000 per adult, IDR 1,00,000 per child; Total cost: INR 1,500)
  • Visit Padang Padang Beach (IDR 10,000 per person; Total Cost: INR 150)
  • Visit Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple (IDR 30,000 per adult, IDR 20,000 per child; Total Cost: INR 400)
  • Watch Kecak and Fire Dance at Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple (IDR 1,00,000 per person; Total Cost: INR 1,500)

Pro Tip: The dance starts at 6 PM. Since it can get very crowded easily, so you should attempt to reach the temple early around 4:30 PM and no later otherwise you might not be able to get tickets. Since there is no online booking facility, many tourists were seen to return empty handed as they came late and so could not get the tickets.

  • If you are a sucker for seafood like us, enjoy a grand Seafood dinner right at Jimbaran beach in front of massive waves (Loose INR 3,000 and Gain some calories with a night to remember)
  • Return back to the Villa for a peaceful nights rest while still trying to absorb the beautiful day’s activities

Day 7: Arrive at Nusa Dua (Optional, if you want to experience luxurious beach resorts)


  • Breakfast served at the room at Villa (Included in the package)
  • Enjoy the private swimming pool for the last time in your Balinese villa (Addictive)
  • Lunch at Villa (INR 1,000)
  • Check out from Balinese Villa and transfer to Nusa Dua to experience the luxurious beach resort (Locally booked car hire for transfer: INR 1,000)
  • Check in to Ayodya Bali Resort right at Nusa Dua beach- (INR 8,000 per night if booked early; Total cost for 2 nights: INR 16,000)
  • Explore this Royal Beach Resort and build sandcastles in the clean beaches with the little one, collect beautifully shaped corals from the sea shore for taking back home; take a dip in the infinity pools.
  • Watch the visually captivating Devdan show in the evening (INR 5,704 per adult but get it for INR 3,266 here; INR 2,886 per child but get it for INR 1,750 here; Total cost: INR 8,282; Total Savings if booked directly from the show counter: INR 6,012)
  • Dinner at Italian Restaurant Octopus Ristorante at Ayodya Resort Bali (IDR 230000 – IDR 100000 discount coupon = IDR 130000, Cost: INR 650, Ain’t that a steal)

Day 8: At Ayodya Resort Bali, Nusa Dua (Optional, Relaxed day Laid Back Style)


  • Watch sunrise at the beach adjacent to the hotel
  • Enjoy the lavish International Breakfast spread at Waterfall restaurant at Ayodya Resort Bali  (Included in the package)
  • Explore the remaining part of this Royal Beach Resort, play again in the clean beaches, take a dip in the infinity pools, laze around on the beach side, read a book, watch a game of volleyball on the beach – Take your pick
  • Lunch at Waterfall Restaurant (IDR 3,00,000; Cost: INR 1500; You can also try out the Surfer’s corner right beside the swimming pool)
  • Free Balinese dress up worth IDR 1,50,000 = INR 750 included in the resort package. Look on our little ones face: Magical
  • Laid Back Dinner at Ayodya Beach Club & Grill open lawn seating right at the beach (IDR 4,00,000; Cost: INR 2,000)

Alternatively, you can also choose to do some water sports activities at Tanjung Benoa beach:

  • Underwater sea walk (IDR 3,50,000 or INR 1,750 per person)
  • Snorkeling (IDR 1,70,000 or INR 850 per person)
  • Single Para sailing (IDR 1,10,000 or INR 550 per person)

Since we had already done that in Thailand, we just wanted to laze around in our beautiful resort.

Day 9: Depart Bali


  • Good nights rest before travel. (Remember to stay well hydrated, a must do before any air travel)
  • Enjoy the lavish Breakfast spread at Waterfall restaurant at Ayodya Resort Bali (Still included in the package)
  • If still have space in the memory card, click some more pictures to add to the thousands clicked by now
  • Check out of the resort (with a heavy heart) and say good bye to all those lovely people who made the stay memorable
  • Airport car transfer to Bali Denpasar airport (about INR 1,100)
  • Listening to little ones grumbling as the holidays are getting over (Part of the experience)
  • Fly out of Bali and try to get over with the addiction to this magical place
  • Until next time

Currency Exchange


Be wary of local money exchangers that are present all over Bali. Always go to an authorized money exchanger.  The local ones might claim to give you a better rate than the authorized ones but many are also good at fleecing you away. You can do so at any one of Bali’s reputed Banks or just remove cash at the ATMs. Hotels can do it too but their rate is always lower as usual.

Currency Indian Rupee 1 (INR) is about Indonesian Rupiah 209.65 (IDR)

Visa Fee


About 140 Nationals do not need a Visa when entering Bali for a stay of max 30 days. Since India is one of them, you can save on Visa fees. However you do need a passport with at least 6 months validity which is stamped for 30 days visa exemption upon entry.

Air Fare


This will be the biggest part of your budget allocation. Denpasar the capital of Bali is well-connected to all major cities of the world via its Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). The low cost airlines catering to Bali from India are Air Asia, Malindo Air and Garuda-Indonesia. We found that Air Asia offers the cheapest fares without meals and baggage. Other airlines which operate to Bali from India are Jet Airways, Singapore Airlines and Air India.

Pro Tip 1: You should plan early and book the flights first but not later than 8 weeks before the flight departure date although we booked our flights during an Air Asia flash sale some 8 months prior the flight departure date. Everything else such as airport transfers, hotel bookings, car rentals, sightseeing options, etc. can be taken care of later once the flights are booked.

These low cost airlines however have an additional charge for the cabin baggage which needs to be booked after you  finalize the flights. However, you have the option to book the baggage for any one passenger only. So basically you need to estimate the baggage required for the trip and pay only for what you need to carry.

Pro Tip 2: You should keep a lookout for flash sales and book your return airfare to Bali as soon as you get it under INR 20,000 per person from Delhi, including excess baggage. To keep it cost effective, try choosing flights which have a lay over (Kuala Lumpur for Air Asia & Malindo) and a total duration of between 10 to 12 hours. Also, it is possible that in the absence of flash sales, the flights with a layover may be available for around INR 22000 per person.

Direct flights to Bali are presently operated by Garuda-Indonesia only and that too only from Mumbai. Although it is faster (about 7h 35m) however they are costlier at around INR 28000-30000 per person.

Stay


There are plenty of online travel aggregators to search for your stay as per your budget. You can choose from a variety of accommodation such as hotels, resorts, boutique hotels, rental apartments, homestays, bed & breakfasts, guesthouses however, the Balinese Villa completely stands out from the rest. A good Balinese villa with a private swimming pool in Seminyak will cost you around INR 5000 per night and a good 4 star hotel will cost you around INR 4000 per night. Prices of hotels in Kuta are cheaper so some days could be split there to reduce the cost. Booking early also helps you to get better deals. Hotels & Resorts in Nusa Dua are pricey since they are premium beach front properties.

On an average, you can expect to spend about INR 5,000 per day on a good family accommodation.

Check out the prices of hotels at Bali here.

Local Commute


Taxi is the most convenient way to travel in Bali. You can hire one easily for a full day and get on with the sight seeing as per your convenience. A full day car charter will cost you about INR 2,200 per day.

Airport transfers to Ubud will cost you about INR 1,100 and to Nusa Dua / Seminyak / Kuta about INR 900.

If in Seminyak or Kuta area, you can easily hire a Bluebird taksi (read taxi) for local commute.

Pro Tip: There are a lot of blue coloured taxis running in Seminyak / Kuta area which are neither as reputable as the bluebird taksis nor are clean in their dealings. Best to avoid them.

Food


While booking hotels either directly or via any online travel aggregators, you should check that the breakfast for all family members including the kid(s) is included in the package. There are occasions when this is not the case. Local Indonesian cuisine available at street-side noodle & snack corners or Warung are not expensive and a great way to experience a new country. However, not all are comfortable with the flavours.

There are a few Indian restaurants available however they are pricey. It can easily cost you about INR 2000 – 2500 for a couple and a kid. You can expect to spend the same amount at other high end restaurants too.

On an average, you should keep aside INR 1,500 per meal for food for a family of 2 adults and a kid.

Best Time to Visit Bali


The tourist season starts right after the wet season ends so its pretty crowded from May to September. The best time to visit is just before the peak season in end of April or after the peak season in early October to avoid the heavy influx of tourists. The hotels are also reasonably priced during this period.

Check out the prices of Hotels at Bali Here


 

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About Manish Samtani

Namaste! A passionate traveller at heart and now a blogger as well. Thanks to my merchant navy career, travelling has always been an integral part of my professional life. Eternally fascinated by the World of Travelling be it either meeting new people, learning new cultures, experiencing their customs or just trying out some new cuisines. Off late, I’ve been exploring places with my family where my job has not taken me. Mail me at manishsamtani@laidbacktraveller.com

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