Indonesia is a huge country, and we have only managed to visit the usual suspects so far. Indonesian islands are easy destinations for a family holiday, with a sound tourism infrastructure in place and an easy-going vibe. Venture out from the main tourist areas for bit more peace and quiet!
Bali has a lot to offer for families. There is no other combination of volcanoes, lakes, rice fields and beaches as magical and serene as Bali. Nusa Dua is a gated enclave popular with families with long beach that is calm to swim and wonderful for young kids. If you have older kids who want to surf, then Seminyak or Tanjong Benoa are a better bet.
Jimbaran near the airport is a convenient spot that enjoys famous nighttime seafood barbecues along the beach.
Ubud is a beautiful place for families looking for something more than the beaches.
Even many regular Bali-lovers haven’t heard of Nusa Lembongan, but this tiny island off Bali is a great spot for families looking for relaxation, easy and slow pace of life, good food and time to read.
After the crowds of Bali, Lombok feels like quiet backwaters. The villages on this predominantly Muslim island seem less prosperous than in the neighbouring island and the popular Senggigi tourist township looks like it’s glory days are well over. At the same time the new international airport and hectic building sites along the shore suggest Lombok is going to see an increase in tourism. We stayed at the gorgeous Qunci Villas right on the beach – great choice for anyone looking for a beautiful spot.
The little Gili islands – Trawangan, Meno and Air can be spotted in the horizon from Lombok. We loved Gili Meno with kids – it is all about lazing in the sun and playing in the sea. Gili T – the party island – has more action, but the beaches are not as kid-friendly.