If spending your days on the beautiful beaches of Bali gets a little boring and you're up for a change of scenery, why not head to Bali Zoo for the day. This popular family-friendly attraction is located on Jl. Raya Singapadu in the Gianyar Regency of Bali, approximately 1 - 1.5 hours' drive from Kuta.
Bali Zoo is a wildlife conservatory where exotic animals from various regions of Indonesia and Asia can be viewed. Rare and endangered species include the Sumatran tiger, orangutan and sun bear, and there's also birds and reptiles that call the zoo home.
With an area of approximately 12 hectares, walking through the grounds provides quite the workout!
The Ticket Counter is open from 9 am until 5 pm, and two types of tickets are available - one for local travelers and the other for international travelers.
International travelers= Adult: $ 28 | Children: $ 18
Local travelers = Adult: USD. 110,000 | Children: Rp. 85,000
After purchasing your admission ticket you can go directly to the entrance of the zoo which is open from 9 am until 6 pm.
The WANA Restaurant is located right next to the zoo's Main Gate. Open from 9 am until 10 pm, the restaurant offers a unique dining experience that's sure to impress both young and old visitors alike.
Don't be surprised if a lion lazily walks up to you while you're eating... Don't worry, you'll be safe behind the restaurant's thick glass walls! WANA overlooks the zoo's lion enclosure and you can even see the lions in action at feeding time.
Elephant View Restaurant is the zoo's main entrance and as the name suggests, it enjoys views of the elephant trail where visitors go on elephant rides. The restaurant is open daily from 9 am until 6 pm and lunch options include Asian a la carte or all you can eat buffet choices (from 12 noon until 2:30 pm).
There are several souvenir shops within Bali Zoo, one of which resembles a traditional Honai house from Papua. A souvenir such as a t-shirt, coffee mug, cap or fluffy toy will make the perfect momento or present to take back home.
A trip to the zoo is not complete without an elephant ride. Elephant Expedition & Elephant Safari are fun adventures for the whole family, where you even get to see where the zoo's gentle giants get to sleep and eat. Elephant rides are available daily from 9 am until 5:30 pm.
International travelers = Adult: $ 70 | Children: $ 50
Local travelers = Adult: USD. 350,000 | Children: Rp. 250,000
For kids only, pony rides are available from 10 am until 3 pm. Accompanied by a guide, getting around the zoo on these tiny horses is sure to be a hit with the young ones.
International travelers = Children: Rp. 35,000
Local travelers = Children: Rp. 35,000
At Miniapolis Jungle, families can enjoy all the waterpark's facilities which include a pool bar, changing rooms, lockers and cabanas. Various rides are available and entrance to the waterpark is included in the price of the zoo ticket.
1. Don't feed or touch the animals!
It may go without saying, but don't be tempted to reach in and touch any of the animals at the zoo. They may seem cute and cuddly, but you never know how a wild animal might react.
Also, don't feed any animals as they all have a particular diet that should be maintained and their health is the responsibility of Bali Zoo. In addition, they might just bite off more than you're trying to feed them!
2. Do supervise your children at all times
Children are curious by nature so it's important to keep an eye on your little ones at all times. Even the cutest of creatures may turn instinctively on humans so keep young children supervised for their own safety.
3. Do use the disable access
Bali Zoo is very concerned for the disabled they still provide special access lanes to get around the park for the disabled. So Bali Zoo is a place of recreation for everyone without exception.
4. Do feed the animals at the Petting Zoo
Now this is the place where you can feed the animals! The Petting Zoo is especially designed for this reason, and the animals here are gentle and friendly but keep in mind that they're still "wild". Vegetables are for sale for Rp. 25,000 that you can feed the elk, deer, cows and goats.
1. Bali Zoo is open every day (except on Nyepi Day) from 9 am am until 6 pm. Try to arrive early so that you can try some of the additional activities on offer like elephant riding and the Miniapolis Jungle waterpark.
2. Bring water, sunscreen, a hat and a small towel for the hot weather (an umbrella is also useful to keep in the shade or if you get caught in a sudden downpour). Some snacks for small children are always handy however there are restaurants in the zoo itself where you can eat lunch.
3. If you're visiting the zoo with toddlers, a stroller is a great idea.
4. Don't feed or touch the animals (other than at the Petting Zoo)!