This month’s family travel snap is all about having fun in and out of the water in Bali. Lonely Planet’s QA Analyst Ruth Cosgrove tells us more about her trip to Indonesia with kids.

Family in Bali, Indonesia, swimming underwater

Fancy a family trip to Bali? Take the plunge! © Ruth Cosgrove

What’s the story behind this photo?

The kids are learning to swim with their dad during our trip to Bali. I’m playing with the underwater camera and they are all playing with me.  Up above the water is our hotel and beyond that are the hot streets of Sanur, full of welcoming smiles.

Before this trip our kids hadn’t spent much time in the pool and here my four-year-old daughter is confidently playing with her head under the water. This photo reminds me how lucky we felt to be able to spend proper time together as a family in such a gorgeous place, where life is all about the water and the sunshine.

After this swim, we walked down to the beach to pick a place to eat while the kids played on the sand.

Kids’ perspective

My four-year-old remembers that it had rained earlier (due to it being monsoon season) and that it made the water warm. From my six-year-old: ‘we learned to snorkel and now I can see fish up close!’

Ruth’s tips for visiting Bali with kids

1) A spray bottle of water helps keep everyone cool and is also a great piece of entertainment for young kids so keep one handy

2) Sunscreen is expensive here so it’s a good idea to bring your own

3) Take all precautions to avoid ear infections as they are very common in Bali and can spoil your trip

Where’s next on your family travel bucket list?

Next school holidays we’re heading to the beautiful eastern coast of Victoria, to walk with the kids along Ninety Mile Beach and stay in Lakes Entrance with a cosy fire for the winter.

Lastly, complete the sentence:

When we shut the front door ready to go and travel as a family, we always make sure we have…

…paper and pens for making drawings of our adventures. And for drawing silly pictures of each other.

Inspired by Ruth’s tips? Find out more about travelling to Bali with children.