Bali holidays with teenagers

While Bali might seem like the classic beach break destination, beloved by honeymooners or backpackers looking for R&R, this Indonesian island can pull out all the stops for families after an adventurous break.
Teen-friendly trips tend to focus on eastern Bali, where there is white water rafting, treetop hikes on suspension bridge pathways, cycling to hidden beaches, and snorkelling and surfing in turquoise waters – plenty to keep teens off their phones and on the go. Village and temple visits, a cooking lesson or chocolate factory workshop provide some cultural fun to balance the activity, while staying in a handful of places means you see more of the island and get a real sense of travel and exploration.

Small group & tailor made tours

Holidays to Bali for families with teenagers are run on a small group and tailor made basis. Small groups will be no more than 16 people (usually three or four families) and the minimum age for children is 10 – not strictly teens, but handy if your youngest child hasn’t hit 13 yet. These trips are purely for families, although the term family is lightly applied; think ‘extended’ rather than ‘nuclear’. So long as you’re with a teenager, that’s fine, and any other cousins, grandpas or uncles are welcome to come along, too. The benefit is that your young people can meet other young people, bond with them over exciting adventures and have mates to hang out with during downtime. You will also have similar aged adults to bond with over a beer. So, forget sulking or moody teen silences, this kind of holiday promises inter-generational sociability instead.
You can also opt for a tailor made family holiday to Bali. This might include activities suitable for children aged eight and upwards, but you can tailor what you do to suit the interests and fitness levels of teenagers – longer bike rides and hikes, and more or less time at the beach, depending on how lazy or active you all want to be. Whichever way you travel, Bali can cater brilliantly to families, combining activity, relaxation and culture. Its laidback atmosphere and friendly people make teens feels at ease in a place that is very different to home, and no one, of any age, is immune to the delight of a white sand beach, a coral reef and a warm ocean.

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Bali family holiday with teenagers

Bali family holiday with teenagers

Family activity holiday in Bali, Indonesia

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Bali highlights for teens

Amed

Consisting of a long strip of fishing villages in East Bali, backed by hills thick with palm trees, Amed is a great place to go snorkelling. Nearby snorkelling sites including Jemeluk coral bay, a Japanese shipwreck and the USA Liberty shipwreck in Tulamben. Snorkelling expeditions are accompanied by a qualified guide and tailored to match everyone’s snorkelling and swimming ability.

Candidasa

There’s a pretty but narrow beach and a beautiful lotus lagoon at Candidasa, the atmosphere is deliciously drowsy and the food is superb. Take a cooking class here, learning how to put together local dishes, or jump on your bike to pedal past rice paddies and plantations of peanuts, potatoes and flowers to reach White Sand Beach, a pretty inlet where you can swim and relax.

Rural Bali

Trek through the rice terraces of eastern Bali, visiting local villages, exploring remote temples and seeing how local people tend the land. Visit the Tirta Gangga water palace, too, a maze of pools, fountains, carvings and statues, surrounded by a lush gardens. Stepping stones take you over the water and closer to the huge koi carp living here.

Seminyak

This upmarket, but relaxed beach town in the south of Bali provides a nice place to unwind at the end of a holiday (and is conveniently close to the airport), with big beaches, amazing food, and plenty of spa treatments and massages on offer for teens and parents seeking a treat.

Ubud

This is the bohemian and cultural centre of Bali, an atmospheric place full of small artist studios, yoga schools and cafes. In the island’s largest botanical garden is a treetops adventure, with suspended pathways, jumps and flying swings – serious fun for all ages. You can also travel from Ubud to the picturesque temple complex of Ulun Danu on Bratan Lake or try white water rafting on an 11km stretch of river with grade II and III rapids.

Practicalities

You can get a good feel for eastern Bali in a single week, and small group trips aimed at families with teens that last eight days will pack in plenty of activities and sights without feeling rushed – space and time to unwind, grab some time with the WiFi and away from the parents, is worked into itineraries. If you have longer to spare, try a tailor made trip of 13 days (or more, if you like), which can work in some barefoot, castaway chill out time on the Gili Islands, too.
Written by Joanna Simmons
Photo credits: [Page banner: Greg Raines] [Penglipuran Village: Ruben Hutabarat] [Bathing: Artem Bali] [Snorkelling: iStock] [Seminyak: Graham Hills]
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