Welcome to another Local Family Guide Interviews, the series in which my fellow family travel bloggers share their local knowledge, and give us some hints and tips, to visiting their hometowns, cities they live in or regions they know like the back of their hands. After all, who better to tell us about somewhere than those who live there or who call it home. And I am very excited to welcome Kate from Rolling Along With Kids who is going to tell us all about Bali.
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Please introduce yourself, your family and your blog.
Hi my name is Kate Comer and I am the mum behind the travel blog, Rolling Along With Kids.
My blog is all about travelling to Bali with kids and I love to help families plan their best Bali family holidays. I travel regularly to Bali with hubby and our 2 kids aged 5 and 8 years, plus I like to sneak in the occasional solo trip too! Our 5 year old son has Autism and ADHD so it can be tricky at times even leaving the house with him. We love that the Balinese are so welcoming of him and he always thrives when we are there.
Where are you located/where do you call home?
We live in Victoria, Australia and we call Bali our second home as we love the beautiful people and culture.
Tell us about your hometown/location?
Bali is an Indonesian island known for its beautiful rice terraces and sunsets. Culture is always visible on the island of gods and the Balinese Hindu way of life is gorgeous to watch.
Share with us your top 5 cool things to do in your city/hometown/region for families.
– Visit Waterbom Waterpark in Kuta. This is always the first thing our kids ask to do when we visit Bali. A well run water park with heaps of water slides and activities for younger kids too.
– Go for a bike ride in the countryside. One of our favourite activities in Bali is a bike ride tour that shows you the real Bali. This is something for all ages and families always tell me how much they love doing this activity.
– Spend a day at Sundays Beach Club. A great way to relax for a day on the beach is to visit Sundays in Uluwatu. Lots of food, drinks and activities available.
– Bali is known for its surf so what better place for the kids to learn. Taking part in a surfing lesson is a lot of fun and our kids can’t wait to do this again! We highly recommend Santai Surf School on Seminyak Beach.
– Located in Canggu is the extra fun Finns Recreation Club. Here you will find the Splash Water Park, Strike Ten Pin Bowling, Bounce Trampolines, Cubby House Kids Club and much more.
It’s raining in your city/hometown/region. What rainy day activities can you recommend for families?
There are heaps of things to do when it’s raining in Bali.
– Visit a shopping mall and watch a movie at the cinemas. The best ones are in Kuta, choose from Beach Walk Mall, Lippo Mall and Discovery Mall.
– Upside Down World is lots of fun to take photos at and is for all ages.
– Spa treatments are readily available in Bali so take the time to have a massage, hair braiding or a manicure/pedicure.
– A cooking class is a great way to spend a rainy day. Most cooking classes are welcoming of kids and we especially love Paon Cooking Class in Ubud.
– It is so warm in Bali even when it’s raining so our kids love swimming in the pool!
Is there anything families need to know/should be wary of in your city/hometown/region?
Keep up to date with any Mt Agung activity. It is an active volcano in the north east part of Bali that has been rumbling away for a couple of years. It presents no direct threat to the tourist areas but ash clouds can sometimes shut the Denpasar airport, it happened to us during our 2017 Bali holiday!
What are your top 3 tips for families visiting your city/hometown/region?
– Make sure you do some pre-planning on where and what accommodation to book. There are so many options in Bali that it can become overwhelming and very easy to choose the wrong location for your family. Our Facebook Group is a great source of info when you are choosing where to stay.
– Get out and about to see the real Bali. Bali has so many amazing resorts but exploring the countryside and meeting the local Balinese will make you fall in love with the place like we have.
– Be mindful of temple etiquette and respecting the local culture. Also research animal parks in Bali to make sure that your family is comfortable in visiting these places.
What type of travelling do you and your family enjoy, and where has been the top family destination that you’ve visited?
For us Bali is our family’s favourite holiday destination and we love that it only takes 5.5 hours to fly there! We love a mixture of resorts and villas plus getting involved in the local culture. One of the other bonuses of Bali is our beautiful Bali Nannies we get to help with the kids each trip. This means we can actually relax and even enjoy adult only dinners while the kids are well looked after.
For fun: if money was no object, where would you take your family and why?
The kids keep asking to go to Disneyland and Disneyworld so a trip to the USA is definitely on our bucket list. For me, the Maldives!!
Thanks so much to Kate for telling us all about Bali. It is definitely on our family travel bucket list!
Kate lives in Victoria, Australia with her husband and 2 kids. Her family travels regularly to Bali and she loves to share all her tips on travel to Bali with kids. You will often find her daydreaming about her next Bali trip.
If you are thinking of visiting Bali with your family, check out Booking.com for hotels and family-friendly accommodation. If you like home comforts like us, why not consider an AirBnB. Click this link to get money off your first booking. And remember to check Skyscanner for the latest flights, prices and availability to Bali. Click here for Skyscanner UK and here for Skyscanner USA.
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