Looking for the perfect vacation for your family of ocean lovers? Think Indonesia. Starting on Bali's Bukit Peninsula, enjoy the perfect mix of exploration, sand, and surf before flying to the paradise of Flores and the Komodo National Park. Discover local culture and dine at an authentic fish market before departing on a three-day island cruise. Prepare to enjoy some of the world's best snorkeling and most beautiful beaches as you and the kids live the adventures family legends are made of!


  • Explore Bukit's magnificent clifftop temple, Uluwatu
  • Surf Bali's most beautiful beaches
  • See Komodo dragons in their natural habitat
  • Snorkel with sea turtles and colorful clownfish

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bali & Explore the Bukit Peninsula  Uluwatu, Bali
Day 2 Beach Day on The Bukit Uluwatu, Bali
Day 3 Family Surfing Lesson Uluwatu, Bali
Day 4 Fly to Flores & Explore Labuan Bajo
Day 5 Cruise Day 1: Komodo, Rinca & Padar Islands Komodo Island
Day 6 Cruise Day 2: Komodo Dragons & Snorkeling Komodo Island
Day 7 Cruise Day 3: Snorkeling, Labuan Bajo & Depart   

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bali & Explore the Bukit Peninsula

Kecak Dance Show
Kick off your Indonesian adventure with a Kecak dance show
Welcome to Bali! A private driver will meet your family at the airport and take you to your hotel in Uluwatu. Once you've settled in, get into the holiday mood by exploring the Bukit Peninsula. According to many, "The Bukit" is home to Bali's best beaches, so head out for a walk or a quick swim. Alternatively, visit the Seminyak beach resort area for some upmarket shopping before heading to the famous cliffside temple of Uluwatu. See the sunset and stick around for a fire dance show―kids and adults alike will love the spectacle. It's a perfect way to get your vacation off to a memorable start.  

Day 2: Beach Day on The Bukit 

Relax on Bali's best white-sand beaches

Enjoy a day of pure relaxation as you and the family explore some of Bali's most beautiful beaches. The kid-friendly Melasti Beach is popular with tourists and locals, with expansive white sands and calm turquoise waters that make it ideal for a few hours of swimming and sandcastles. Its attractive limestone cliff backdrop also makes it a great spot for some family photos. If the kids are old enough to handle (350!) steps, then head for Green Bowl Beach. Make sure it's low tide for maximum fun on the sand. Quiet and secluded, the kids will love playing in the limestone caves and exploring the small temple.

Next, head to Padang Padang Beach, made famous by the hit movie "Eat, Pray, Love." Entering by way of a rock tunnel, your family will be met with views of a stunning stretch of sand and sea. There's plenty to explore with the little ones―rock caves, tidal pools, and, of course, the sand and waves! The home of international events such as the Rip Curl Cup, Padang Padang is also an excellent place to surf. Rent a board and pay for a lesson if you're a first-timer. You'll also find several small vendors and warung (outdoor restaurants) on the beach―perfect to pick up a few souvenirs and a fresh seafood lunch.

Day 3: Family Surfing Lesson

Adventurous kids can spend the day learning to surf in Bali
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One of the world's best surf spots, Bali is a great place to learn―so why not take advantage of it and book in some family lessons? There are several reputable schools on Bali's best surf beaches―try Padang Padang, Kuta, or Seminyak―and they are generally happy to teach kids from as young as six or seven. Some theoretical instruction on the sand will usually be followed by a couple of hours in the water, with a focus on fun for the kids. Who knows, this might be the start of a new family hobby!

Afterward, spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beach. If you'd like to learn more about local tradition and culture, head to the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park. The iconic statue of Wisnu is one of the world's tallest monumental statues. This is also a great place for you and the kids to take in some cultural performances, learn about Bali's folklore, or just enjoy the spectacular views. Head out for dinner at one of the peninsula's many family-friendly restaurants, then stroll back to your accommodation to rest up for tomorrow.

Day 4: Fly to Flores & Explore

Caci performance, Melo
See an exciting Caci performance at Melo village

This morning head to Bali International Airport for your flight to Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores. A driver will be waiting for you to take you to your accommodation. Originally a tiny fishing village, Labuan Bajo is becoming increasingly known as a holiday destination, as people seek a more off-the-beaten-path experience. If there's time, head out of town to Melo village for an experience of traditional Manggaraian culture. The kids will love the cultural performances―you can expect to see traditional bamboo jumping games and a variety of dances. Afterward, return to town.

Sunsets are spectacular here, so find some high ground and a cool drink and sit back to enjoy it. Fishing is still a big part of life on the island―head to the night market afterward and mix with the locals while you and the kids marvel at the variety of fish and seafood on display. Choose what you'd like to eat, decide whether you want it grilled or curried, and sit down to enjoy the freshest fish you've ever bought―dinner sorted! Make your way back to your accommodation and pack up for tomorrow's adventures.

Day 5: Cruise Day 1: Komodo, Rinca & Padar Islands

Komodo Dragons
Encounter magnificent Komodo dragons on Rinca Island

This morning, your family embarks on a private three-day cruise of Komodo National Park. Relax and enjoy the stunning views and clear waters as you sail around the three main islands―Komodo, Rinca, and Padar―as well as several smaller islands.

Take the family snorkeling off the shores of Kelor to discover vibrant coral and brightly-colored fish. You'll stop off at Rinca, where the kids will love the exciting opportunity to see Komodo dragons. Your day finishes with a last snorkel after your boat anchors near Kalong Island. Dinner will be provided onboard. When you're ready, head for bed―the kids will love sleeping pirate-style on the ship overnight, though if your family would rather overnight in hotels during the cruise, there's an option available.

Day 6: Cruise Day 2: Komodo Dragons & Snorkeling 

Pink Beach, Komodo
Kids will be delighted to discover Komodo's Pink Beach

Continue on your sailing adventure today with a cruise farther around the islands of Padar and Komodo. The snorkeling around here is amazing―with a little luck, you and the kids should spot many varieties of fish, turtles, and even manta rays. Stop off on Komodo for another chance to see its famous dragons and relax on Pink Beach, named for the hue of its finely-ground coral sands. Sit back, unwind, and let the kids play before heading back to your boat for dinner and another relaxing night on the water.

Day 7: Cruise Day 3: Snorkeling, Labuan Bajo & Depart

Enjoy great snorkeling at Bidadari Island
Sadly it's the last day of your cruise―and your holiday―today. Make the most of it with breakfast on board, followed by memorable snorkeling around the beautiful coral reefs of Sebayur, Kanawa, and Bidadari Islands. Considered some of the best snorkeling to be had in Bali, you might see small sharks, turtles, and stingrays, as well as tropical fish. Get the kids to keep an eye out for Nemo, as there are usually plenty of clownfish. Dine on board and head back to Labuan Bajo for your flight back to Bali―and then it's off home. Sampai jumpa lagi! See you again!

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