Bali Safari & Marine Park: Back For More

Bali Safari & Marine Park: Back For More

With the generosity of my dad, the whole #family managed to spend a brilliant few days in #Bali. We had a wonderful villa and visiting the #Safarimarinepark was the perfect #active day out for everyone. Home to hundreds of exotic animals, this is a brilliant experience no matter your age.


I am the oldest of 5 children. Counting partners and children, my immediate family now numbers 13. As we travelled through Europe in 2014 we hadn’t seen the family in nearly a year. So my Dad, very generously, organised a holiday home in Seminyak for a family reunion to spend the week together.

So my Dad, very generously, organised a holiday 

Our beautiful extended family!
Our beautiful extended family!

Where we Stayed

We found this gorgeous place on FlipKey with 7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. Perfect for our situation. Every couple had their own bedroom and bathroom. And connected to our bedroom and bathroom was a concealed bedroom with bunks for our kids. The place included breakfast every morning, cleaning and more. It really was a wonderful holiday. 

It really was a wonderful holiday. 

The kitchen
The kitchen
A part of the living room. With the pool as a view who needs a TV?
A part of the living room. With the pool as a view who needs a TV?
One of the beds
One of the beds
Nice way of using the space between the buildings... by adding pools!
Nice way of using the space between the buildings... by adding pools!
The biggest one
The biggest one

One morning over a leisurely breakfast we discussed plans. Waterbom was a must. Then there was shopping, swimming and lastly Bali Safari and Marine Park.

Having visited the park previously I have to admit a lacklustre desire to head back. However after an invitation from Bali Safari and Marine Park we decided to take our family who hadn’t been before. The staff at our house helped us to hire 2 drivers and vans, and we made our way to the park in Gianyar.

Wild feline
Wild feline

As mentioned in our previous post from 2012 it is still cheaper to buy tickets online or in advance than at the door. We were required to show our bags to security before heading in. Frustratingly, they do not allow outside food and drink, including water bottles. You may be able to get away with it if you let them know it’s for your baby/kids, like we did.

The Safari is that way!
The Safari is that way!

Our Favourite Parts of Bali Safari and Marine Park

Entrance – There’s no doubt. The entrance to the park is pretty exciting, almost Jurassic Park-ish. 

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We hopped on a safari-themed vehicle which carried us a short way through the jungle to the actual entrance to the park. It’s a delicious appetiser to set the atmosphere.

The entrance to the safari park. 
The entrance to the safari park. 
Starting to get really excited
Starting to get really excited

Animals Shows – We scheduled our day around the numerous animal shows scattered around the park. The kids adored the Elephant show. The shows are focused around the theme of understanding and appreciating nature, as well as helping wild animals by sustaining their natural habitat.

We scheduled our day around the numerous animal shows scattered around the park

Awesome bird show
Awesome bird show
Polly wants a cracker
Polly wants a cracker
Hey there, buddy
Hey there, buddy
Elephant show
Elephant show
Really cute birds
Really cute birds
Careful with that
Careful with that
Thirsty guy
Thirsty guy
Watch out!
Watch out!
Crowds being entertained
Crowds being entertained
There weren't only animals on the stage
There weren't only animals on the stage

Safari – The safari tour queue was so much quicker this time. We did not have to wait very long before hopping on another safari-styled bus and ambled through various regions, such as the Savannahs of Africa and jungles of Indonesia. Stopping regularly near the gorgeous freely-roaming animals, we had ample time to appreciate them with audible oohs and aahs. The lions, cheetah and hippos were our family’s favourites.

Perfect creature
Perfect creature
Sleepy tiger
Sleepy tiger
Cutest hippo
Cutest hippo
Bored cheetah
Bored cheetah
And bored children
And bored children
Was this hippo hungry?
Was this hippo hungry?

Lunch – It’s hot in Bali. So finding a comfy cool spot to eat and recuperate was top of our priority list come lunchtime. Having different budgets in our family we decided to skip the luxury Tsavo Lion restaurant and opted for the more budget-friendly Uma Restaurant.

Uma is more like a refined food court where we ordered whatever we liked from various themed mini-restaurants. They filled in a piece of paper and at the end, as we left the restaurant, we paid for it. Smart concept, especially when it’s not easy to agree on what type of food to each for lunch, and the food quality was quite good. In the corner of the restaurant was a cute play area for younger kids which kept Mia and Caius amused.

In the corner of the restaurant was a cute play area for younger kids

Nice restaurant
Nice restaurant
Really big
Really big
The kids' corner
The kids' corner
Noodles and shrimp chips
Noodles and shrimp chips
Delicious
Delicious

Fun Zone – Since our last visit they have been further developing the amusement park. Our entry ticket package included one Fun Zone ride so Mia and I made a b-line straight to the brand new white water rapid-themed thrill ride which had just been opened. It was pretty awesome. We could fit between 4-6 people seated in a tube, which was carried high, in a similar fashion to a roller coaster, then released down a giant waterslide. We got saturated, and laughed (and screamed) all the way down.

We got saturated, and laughed (and screamed) all the way down

Ready to feel the adventure
Ready to feel the adventure
Not quite feeling it yet
Not quite feeling it yet
Happy group
Happy group
Floating
Floating

Josh and Caius took the slightly more docile flume ride which they both loved (and got equally drenched).

Starting to feel the adventure
Starting to feel the adventure
Yaaayy
Yaaayy
Really iconic 
Really iconic 
So many tracks
So many tracks

Conservation – The Park is run by the Taman Safari Group who is involved in ensuring the future survival and wellbeing of many Indonesian animal species. Conservation plays a central focus in the park, from the educational activities to the theatre performances.

This is very rare
This is very rare

Needs Some Work

Marine Park – You can hardly call this a marine park. It has some 40 different species of fish and is like walking around a fresh-water aquarium. The highlight would be the twice-daily Piranha feeding times.

The highlight would be the twice-daily Piranha feeding times

Water Park – The water park really needs work. The floors were (still) covered with tiles that became very slippery when wet. Unfortunately my 25-year-old brother fell and hurt his back. The splash pools at the end of the waterslides were dangerously shallow. I hurt my leg when I came down a slide and my feet hit the bottom of the pool at break neck speed. It seems to be aimed at smaller kids and safer for them too.

Weird park
Weird park
The kids had fun still
The kids had fun still
Colorful
Colorful

We Never Went, but we Want to

Night Safari – New to the park is a Night Safari through the African Savannah. Also included in this is a show featuring fire dancers, drumming and puppets. If you’ve been to Singapore Night Safari it sounds very similar and I’d love to give it a try.

New to the park is a Night Safari through the African Savannah

Safari Lodge – Thatched dwellings facing towards the enclosures inhabited by rhinos, zebras and oryx. Almost like you are in Africa! They would make a fun accommodation option for a night or two when staying in Bali.

The Verdict?

Bali Safari and Marine Park offers an experience that is quintessential Bali - there are elements that need improvement, but the highlights make it worthwhile. Getting up close to amazing animals along with the safari tour is definitely exciting. If you enjoy zoos and are looking for something a little different, then you might like a visit to Bali Safari and Marine Park.

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