Bali

As promised, here are all the details on the trip to Bali, Indonesia that Reed and I went on late last year. We travelled in August and the weather was great. Indonesia typically has very humid weather so it’s best to avoid December to February if you can’t handle the heat very well as this is their wet season. As I can tolerate the heat quite well, I have travelled at this time but as my Mum doesn’t, we went in August. This is the end of Winter for us in Australia so it was nice to flee the cold weather and rain for a week.

We flew with Batik Air and it was the first time we’ve flown with this airline. Departing from Perth, Batik had the best flight times for us as this is the most important part of choosing an airline. The flights we had to and from Denpasar were great. I made sure I packed Reed a lunchbox for the flight over as he’s typically very fussy with food and I knew he wouldn’t like the food the airline provided. This came in so handy and I just packed different kinds of fruit and a sandwich. A fully charged iPad with lots of different shows from Netflix and Stan as well as games really kept Reed entertained the whole flight there and back.

My essentials were my Montii.co lunch bag, Kooshy Kids footrest and earphones for any device Reed was using. I did take books, change of clothes (summer) for when we landed in Bali for both Reed and myself. I also take a few pull up nappies because whether the kids are trained or not – sometimes we need them as the toilets are too far away etc.

The flight was really great. We arrived in Denpasar on time and when I travel I always make sure I have local currency on me for water etc as soon as we land. This came in handy as the heat was a little shock having suffered such a harsh winter in Perth! We went to our hotel, checked in and freshened up and went for a wander for an early dinner. We were staying in Legian and decided to go into Kuta. We ended up having dinner at Jamie’s Italian Kuta. The restaurant was lovely and the food was delicious. How amazing is this cocktail!

Tuesday was our first full day in Bali, and we decided to go shopping. The big shopping centres have a variety of different shops, and we needed some supplies.

We went to Galleria Shopping Centre and Reed was ecstatic that he could visit Timezone Indonesia.

We all had a ball playing around for a while, finishing our shopping and having lunch.

I love visiting the Bali Galleria shopping centre. There’s a heap for everyone to do there. Most people aren’t aware, but this actually comprises of two shopping centres. There is the main shopping centre, and then a short 20m (maybe…) walk away there is a duty free building. There you will find the Tiffany & Co store (I think it’s still there) amongst other luxury stores. You can purchase your duty free and pick it up at the airport when you leave. I advise doing this as it gives you a lot more variety and choice. This time, we only went to the main shopping centre and as you do… we spent about two hours of the day in Timezone!

There is a large supermarket for all your supplies, so we stocked up. I bought Reed some new clothes at Quiksilver, toys at Toy Station. We visited the Matahari department store and I bought some makeup. Shopping is tiring, so we also stopped for some lunch and an icecream.

We went for a wander for an early dinner and ended up going to Naughty Nuri’s in Seminyak. I’ve visited Naughty Nuri’s in Ubud years ago so I knew how amazing the ribs were. Check out how amazing the food looks!

Reed decided that he wanted to take some photos. Having upgraded my phone earlier in the year, it was really handy having a spare phone for a few educational apps to keep Reed busy and he also wanted to take his own photos. A lot of them are blurry but he had such a good time trying to get the best shot!

On Wednesday we arranged to go to Bali Safari Park which is about an hour to hour and a half drive from the main Kuta/Legian area. Whenever I go to Bali I use Rio Bali Tours for my transportation. I highly recommend, I’ve know Rio for years. Wayan has been our driver for the past two years.

I’ve been to the Safari Park four times now, three of them with Reed. It’s such a great place for kids and adults. I love being able to teach Reed about why we have to protect and conserve our wildlife. How amazing is it that Reed can say he fed an elephant!

There is also a water park located at Bali Safari Park, Reed and I went there for a little cool off.

After such a busy day exploring the Bali Safari Park the day before, Thursday was a day we decided to take it easy. From our hotel we walked down to the Beachwalk Shopping Centre for a look around. It was great to see all the other shops and we had a delicious lunch overlooking the beach from a Japanese restaurant. Reed explored all the kid shops and got to feed the koi fish.

It was such a great experience. Staying in Legian allowed us to walk into Kuta easily and back, although carrying a 20+ kg four year old made it a little harder! One of my favourite things to do in Bali is visit the Bali Sea Turtle Society  See the photos below of when Reed and I did this last August. This is the second time we have participated in a release. It’s a simple donation to join, there’s merchandise to buy that supports the rescue mission.

 

I’ve been to several animal rescue operations around Bali over the years of travelling to the island. Now that Reed is older, I’d love to tell you about them all on a future trip. I spy another idea for a blog post!

We also made a visit to the Discovery Mall. Another day looking around, buying bits and pieces that caught our eye.

By Sunday, I wanted to make sure Reed did all the activities he wanted to so we ventured out to Canggu to visit Finn’s Recreation Club. There is a Bounce, Ten Pin Bowling and many other activities for kids out there. After Reed had a ball jumping on the trampolines, we went for lunch at a cafe that was recommended to be kid-friendly, Milk & Madu.

It’s not too far from Finn’s Rec Club either so that was a bonus. It was super hot but we had the most delicious lunch and then decided it was time to head back to Legian area for a swim.

Travelling to Bali is really common for Australian’s because of the proximity to Australia, particularly for those of us in Perth as its usually cheaper than travelling in our own country. I’ll be reorganising this travel information into a guide on how to take young kids overseas. I’m always asked for tips on how I travel with Reed and recommendations on activities. I hope this gives you some tips on how travelling to Bali can be with small children. I’ll compile all my travelling trips into one blog to link it here.

I’d love to hear tips on travel that I haven’t mentioned, or questions you have on travel if you haven’t taken the kids away before. Reed’s been traveling since before he was one, so hopefully I have some good advice for you.

P.S – A few more photos below I’d love to share from our trip. A dinner at Hard Rock Cafe Bali is a must!

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