I can’t believe I have teenagers!
My kids have been going to Bali since they were 5 months old and this year. This year they went as teenagers, not kids.
And while I have 101 things to do in Bali with kids, many of these things don’t apply to teenagers. Many do. So as voted by my kids below are the best things to do in Bali with teens.
Is Bali a good place to take children?
The best. The Balinese believe the younger the child the closer it is to God, and they adore children.
Read my 101 things to do in Bali with kids.
What is the best month to go to Bali?
There is never a bad time in my opinion, but May, June, and September seem to be the most popular.
Where in Bali is family-friendly?
I have a great article on the Best Places to Stay in Bali based on my 20 visits. Otherwise, you can check family-friendly Nusa Dua hotels below.
Is Bali expensive for the family?
No. Bali is an affordable holiday You can find basic accommodation as cheap as $30/$50 per night. And food from Warungs is as cheap as $2.
Of course, you can also go to the other end and still in luxurious thousand-dollar villas and eat at delicious highbrow restaurants.
For an idea of what a family holiday in Bali costs read here.
What’s a teenager?
For this article, I am using children over the age of 12 and before the legal drinking age of 18.
Planning a trip to Bali?
Make sure you book your tours, places to stay, and airport transfers ahead of time to ensure availability!
Our recommended airport transfers in Bali with teens:
Our recommended tours in Bali with teens:
Our recommended places to stay in Bali with teens:
1. Grand Mirage, Nusa Dua (All inclusive for those hungry bellies)
2. Bali Garden Beach Resort (Kuta beach and shopping action)
3. Aritini 2 Cottages (central Ubud & a pool)
77 Best Things to Do in Bali with Teens
1. Waterbom Park
The best place for kids and teens and my favorite water park anywhere in the world and rated as the best in Asia by TripAdvisor. You can spend all day in this lush paradise and never run out of things to do.
2. Get Your Face Painted at Frankenstein’s Laboratory
Are your teens into ghost stories and all that creeps? Then a visit to Frankenstein’s Laboratory is an absolute must. This theme restaurant specializes in all things spooky. Every night, the lab hosts live cabaret shows where zombies, monsters, and mummies take the stage accompanied by live music. Between 4:30 and 8:15 pm, Frankenstein’s holds a family-friendly session that is meant to be scary, but not terrifying.
While there your teens can get special scary FX effect face painting. This is not your normal butterfly face paint; this is a full horror movie painting.
3. Little People Boxing
At YSports Bar in Legian, you’ll find, three times a week “midget boxing”.
Often these people of small stature find themselves ostracized within their own communities. This Indonesian organization has gathered these people to put on a comedic boxing round at YSsports Bar.
60k entry fee goes straight to the organization, and you can purchase food and drinks while there.
4. Chase waterfalls
Teens love waterfalls as much as adults if it means getting in the water. Tegenungan is one of the most popular waterfalls in Bali, approx. 5 kilometers southeast of Ubud in North Bali.
Lemukih Falls is quite the hike, but worth it, and having taken a 13, 14, and 15 years old doable by teens.
5. Go snorkeling
A favorite snorkel spot would be the Blue Lagoon, but you’ll find plenty more. We loved snorkeling off of Nusa Penida.
6. Do Nothing
Watch a sunset, sit by the pool, lie in bed, and smell the sweet frangipani scent floating in the breeze. While in Bali, don’t forget to take some downtime. Because with all this on offer and with teens who have no off button, we know it might not make it into the picture.
7. Visit an All-Inclusive Resort
Teens love eating all the time. Especially those teenage boys, my son has a bottomless stomach so now is the time to get your value for money by staying at an all-inclusive resort. We love Grand Mirage. Here’s our Grand Mirage with Teens review.
8. Stay in a family-friendly hotel
Whether you are after fun on the beach or a jungle experience, there are so many family-friendly hotels in Bali. Our favorites are Bali Garden Beach Resort with its 3m deep pool, Sheraton Kuta located in the best area, or the Holiday Inn Bali Nusa Dua for its foosball table, ping pong table, and pool table!
9. Choose a Villa
We love staying with Villa Finder because teens love space and most love privacy. Villas offer your own pool to swim in at any time – no closing period, plus multiple rooms so room sharing is off the shelf.
10. Stay in a safari lodge
Inside Bali Safari and Marine Park is the African-themed Mara River Safari Lodge where you can feed animals right from your room or listen to the lion’s roar.
11. Take a Slide Down Bali’s Secret Natural Water Slide
If you think Waterbom Bali is fun, you must take the teens to the far north Lemukih Falls. There you will find Bali’s secret natural water slide, the best thing in Bali.
A fast, cascading river, with rocks that over time has become as smooth as a baby’s bottom.
Teens can hop on a black tube and ride it all the way down into a whirlpool bottom. Over and over again.
12. Play paintball at Bali Paintball Arena
This one is perfect for families with teenagers that want some action. Because after all what teen doesn’t want to shoot their parents with a paintball gun?
13. Fly high on Bali Swing
Most teens are looking for a epic Instagram picture so why not head to the Bali Swing for five single swings (5m, 10m, 15m, 20m, and 78m!), a tandem swing, and two cute nests overlooking the valley with amazing views of the canyon and waterfall. You’ll also find one at Luwak Coffee Plantation. The best things to do in Bali.
14. Teen Girls Love to Shop
Whether you’re visiting one of the many malls from Bali Galleria, Discovery Mall or the BoardWalk or just wandering through the thousands of markets. There is something for every teen girl and teen boy in Bali.
15. Seawalker Bali
If you’ve always wanted to walk on the bottom of the ocean, you can do so in Bali. This is suitable for kids 8+. No diving skills required, and you can even wear your glasses. If you get a special package at Grand Mirage, they offer this for $10.
16. Can you Escape
You only have 45 minutes to get out. Put your family heads to use to solve the puzzle at the Escape Room Bali.
17. Bounce trampolining
Book the teens in for an hour at this indoor trampoline center. They can attempt the wall climb, play dodge, or jump into a foam pit.
18. 10-pin bowling
At Strike you can bowl to your heart’s content in this new indoor 10-pin bowling alley. Of course, there are bumpers for kids (or teens!). A cool way to spend a hot afternoon.
19. Get snappy @ the 3D Art Museum
We’ve done it in Malaysia and Australia, now don’t miss it in Bali. What teen doesn’t love a selife? And this place is the king of selfies. Make sure the teens bring a camera to catch all the fun. These places are great for creativity and imagination.
20. Let’s go Segway
At Bali Green Connection you can get a guided beachside Segway tour along Sanur beach. Top it off with a ride to a traditional coastal temple and lunch on the beautiful beach.
21. Motorised water sports
Whether it’s jet-skiing or paragliding or flying on a banana boat you can find endless opportunities down on the shores of Nusa Dua.
It’s not cheap, and don’t be confused by the k that generally means thousands. The prices will be in the millions. On average expect to pay between $50 – $70 USD.
22. Non-motorised water sports
A lot of hotels include ocean kayaking, among other water sports in their pricing in Nusa Dua. So, head out on that gorgeous ocean, just make sure you cover up – it’s hot.
23. Cooking classes
We love learning to cook and the local cuisine in Bali is delicious. Whether it’s part of a hotel package or in the middle of the jungle, you can’t go wrong with Balinese food.
Relatively new to Bali, cinemas are popping up everywhere. There might not be a lot of variety, but you can cool off in one of these modern cinemas. Check-in at Beachwalk Mall in Kuta or the Dolby 7.1 at Bali Galeria.
We saw Super Mario Bros this year and tickets were approximately $7 AUD.
25. Cycling tour in Ubud
Ubud is cooler than most of Bali so the best spot for exercise. Head out on a downhill cycle tour visiting coffee plantations, traditional Balinese homes, and amazing trees.
26. Yoga class
Ubud has loads of them. Our favorite is the Yoga Barn, but wherever you go, there’ll be plenty of options to choose from. Or you can do your yoga at home.
27. Rice paddy walk
Since we are speaking of exercise in Ubud, go for a walk. Rice paddies provide simply scrumptious scenery and make exploration fun. Try to spot the many kites in the sky too.
We love the Champhaugn Rice Paddy Walk in Ubud.
28. Bali Bird Park
If you enjoy birds, then this is not to be missed.
29. Bali Reptile Park
Part of your package at Bali Bird Park includes going next door to see the crocodiles and famous Komodo dragons.
30. Bali Safari Park
This place keeps improving every year. Head out to see elephants, leopards, and many other wild animals.
31. Elephant Safari Park
Whether you are looking to ride an elephant or just be introduced to one, you can here.
32. Bali Zoo
Want to feed a tiger? You can do it here. A great day out with the teens.
33. Bali Butterfly Park
If your teens love butterflies, check out the Bali Butterfly Park.
34. Get a Monkey Selfie at Ubud’s Monkey Forest
There are several monkey forests throughout Bali, but the most famous is in Ubud. Don’t wear jewelry and keep your backpack firmly closed because these monkeys are the sneakiest thieves. Organise a monkey selfie for 50k rupiah.
35. Cuddle Kitties or Play with Bunnies
Across from my favorite Mexican restaurant in Ubud is the Cat Café, where teens can enjoy a bite to eat while playing with a whole bundle of fat, lazy cats.
If the cats aren’t enough, then you can head to Maha Restaurant for an up-close and personal with fluffy white bunny rabbits. Enjoy a martini while the teens chase rabbits like Alice in Wonderland.
36. Swim with sharks
Get the teens on an eco-tour with Wayan who rescues young sharks from local fishermen, rehabilitates them in his shark conservation nursery, and releases them back into the wild. If sharks aren’t your thing, you can still enjoy seahorses and turtles.
37. Go on a dolphin tour
Who doesn’t like seeing dolphins? Lovina is a great spot to find one of these.
38. Go fishing
Teens will get kicks out of catching a wiggly fish on a fishing tour. People from all areas of the globe come for the Giant Trevally and the legendary Dogtooth Tuna. Tours usually include visits to a salt maker, and you can line fish or try your hand at spearfishing (perhaps not with the teens).
39. Quad biking
Not far from Ubud you can hop on a four-wheel bike for a tour through the jungle. Get dirty splashing through mud and wave at sweet Balinese children as you ride through traditional villages. We love this in a combination with Canyon Tubing
40. Canyon tubing
With the same tour operator as Bali Quad, you can hop into a one-person inflatable tube and drift your way down the river. It’s a fun adventure and teens will be safe as there are plenty of guides making sure the tubes stay upright.
41. Whitewater rafting
Looking for something a bit more adventurous? Then head down raging Whitewater rapids! Just quite a steep climb at the end.
42. Brazilian Aussie BBQ
My kids have moved on from the kids’ brunch at Sheraton to meat. All the protein. And this place is affordable and delicious. Plus, the meat comes to you!
43. Eat real Mexican food
What? My teens say Taco Casa is the best part of Bali. The best Mexican food we’ve eaten outside Mexico. They also do delivery!
44. Luxurious Hair Cream Bath
No need to bring shampoo and conditioner to Bali. My girls and I love heading to a salon for a hair cream bath, a hair treatment for $10. Includes neck and shoulder massage.
45. Get a pedicure
With pedicures costing between AUD$5 – $15, you will probably be getting one every second day while in Bali with teens. Just walk out your door and you should find a salon.
46. Get a massage
Whether it is your local spa or part of a hotel package, you don’t want to leave Bali without one. Read my thoughts on massage…
47. Get your hair braided
The humidity in Bali can be a source of frizz. Spend AUD$15 – $20 and get all that hair out of the way. A lifesaver for girls with long hair who love to swim.
As the kids got older, we all preferred just a normal 2 braids to keep the humidity frizz at bay and avoid a knotted mess from everyday swimming. This can be down for as little as $6.
48. Experience a volcano up close
It’s a bit of a climb, but if you make it to the top of Mount Batur at sunrise, you won’t be disappointed. Or just drive to the top of a nearby lookout point for a breathtaking view… without losing your breath.
49. Tanah Lot Temple
A temple seemingly floating in the sea. Tanah Lot is a gorgeous location for photos and a historical piece of Bali.
50. Elephant Cave
Goa Gajan is home to an ancient temple and cave. A few steps to walk up and down, but beautiful scenery, and the local kids absolutely love tourists.
51. Learn to surf
There are plenty of places to choose from in Nusa Dua or the famous Kuta Beach. Grab a board and hit the waves. Canggu also seems to be the newest surfer’s paradise.
52. Relax in a hot spring
Close to Lovina is the Banjar Hot Springs. Or if you stay at Hotel Tjampuhan in Ubud, they also have a serene cave with hot springs on site.
53. Glass bottom boat
Visit any tour booth or take a walk along the beach and you will find many options for glass-bottom boat tours. Bundle it with a trip to Turtle Island to hold baby turtles.
54. Devdan show – Balinese dance
The beautiful art of Balinese dance is something you must see when visiting Bali. Plenty of resorts offer it or you can head to a temple. One of our favorites was the elaborate show they put on at the Bali Collection theatre in Nusa Dua.
55. Turtle Release Kuta
Want the teens to learn about the conservation of turtles. They can release baby turtles for free on Kuta beach. A beautiful experience, filled with the knowledge of this gorgeous world around us.
56. Explore multiple levels of Tegallalang Rice Terrace
Only a 20-minute ride from our Ubud Villa is these stunning and simple rice terraces. After they expel all their energy climbing up and down the terraces, enjoy some pisang goreng in one of the cafes overlooking the spectacular scenery. Everyone needs to add Tegalalang Rice Terrace to their Bali itinerary.
57. Indiana Jones fans?
For teens who love a little bit of adventure, head to Tirta Empul for an ancient water palace and park. Or try Tirta Gangga.
58. Climb a real treehouse
The Temega Tree House in Karangasem is a treehouse restaurant obtained by a suspension bridge. There’s also a swing on site for the little ones.
The Tree House at Batudawa Karangasem looks like a tree pushed a house from the ground and into the air, as tree branches wrap right around it.
59. Somebody says chocolate?
Big Tree Farms Bamboo Chocolate Factory lets your teens take a behind-the-scenes look at how chocolate bars are made. This one-hour tour transforms beans into bars in a bamboo cathedral.
60. Go to the beach
Head to Nusa Dua or Jimbaran beach for quality beach time. White sand, blue clear water.
61. Chocolate tastings
Charly’s Chocolate Factory is 15 minutes from Candidasa and is a cluster of wacky bamboo houses sitting on the end of Jasri beach. The staff will bring you around on a sampling tour and I doubt you’ll leave without buying some of that healthy raw dark chocolate made from cocoa beans grown on the island.
There’s also a swing here for some pure Instgramic shots over the ocean.
62. Complete your soap collection
Also, Charly’s Chocolate Factory is a soap studio so you can add some handmade Bali soap to your collection.
63. Let’s get down and muddy
Mepantigan is a traditional cultural game that translates to Mud Games and usually takes place in the rice fields. Join two lovely locals for an afternoon of wrestling, frog catching, tug of war, and mud horse racing. Plus, Mums can get a relaxing mud massage!
64. Eat a seafood feast at Jimbaran
There is something magical about eating on the beach here as the sunsets. It is just perfect for teens since they can drink a mocktail and Instagram the sunset.
65. Hang out at the Spice Beach Club
Teens in Bali will love this place. For adults it is a great restaurant and bar but what makes it is the location and facilities.
There are plenty of other beach clubs to hang out, Potato Head Beach Club is another great spot.
66. Visit the Gili Islands
If you are looking for something different to do in Bali then between Bali and Lombok you’ll find Gili Islands. Teens will enjoy activities on Gili island like the turtle sanctuary, bird park, beaches, snorkelling, kayaking, open-air cinema, and more!
If you’re wondering which Gili island is best for teens, head to Gili T.
67. Visit Lombok
Also, not really on Bali, but it’s not far and you will love it just as much. It’s like Bali was 20 years ago and we loved our stay, including a hike to Mt Rinjana.
68. Take a Nusa Lembongan Island Day Trip
Your teens are going to love running free on this lush tropical island, splashing in lagoon pools, or taking part in a range of fun-filled water activities like snorkelling or banana boat rides.
Most tours even come with the use of beach equipment, so your teens build sandcastle after sandcastle, while you work on your tan.
69. Day trip to beautiful Nusa Penida
If you are still looking to get off the island head to Nusa Penida, with its dedicated bird sanctuary.
It’s like stepping back in time to old Bali. Fishing villages, thatched cottages, and a distinct undeveloped Nusa island vibe.
Most tourists make a beeline to Crystal Bay perfect for snorkelling and diving or the Peguyangan Waterfall.
70. If you’ve ever wanted to fly
Let the teens have the meal of a lifetime at the Keramas Aero Park in Gianyar. This unique themed restaurant will have you eating out in the garden, or inside a long-abandoned airplane.
71. Finns Recreation Club
There’s so much more to Finns than just waterslides. Your teens are going to love tennis, trampoline, and ten-pin bowling. As a bonus, adults can relax at the day spa, swimming pool, or bar.
72. See A Blow Hole
Take your teenagers down the cliff face footpath in Nusa Dua to watch the full force of the water hitting the cliffs and creating a sky-high, power splash.
73. Get close to nature
Many parents might think Bali is pools, beaches, and water parks. But if you head to West Bali National Park you will find acres of wide-open spaces hiding boar, deer, monkeys, birds, mangrove swamps, and villages.
74. Go on an airplane hunt
For some weird reason, Bali has quite a few abandoned airplanes that are free to explore. Take the teens to see the Boeing 737 in the Southern part of Kuta or any of the others scattered around the island.
75. Watch the Kecak Fire Show
This Fire Show at the Uluwatu temple is a Balinese culture dance that blows most others away because of the incredible scenic views you get while watching.
76. Teach the teens to dive
Did you realize if your kid is over 8, they can learn to dive? Teach your teens to use scuba gear and breathe underwater so they can accompany you on the pretty impressive dive sites in Bali.
77. Make your own perfume
I know my daughter would be over the moon to get her creative juices flowing here. At L’Atelier Parfums et Créations you start by collecting your ingredients, processing them, and eventually walking out with your very own personal fragrance.
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