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Is Bawah Reserve a family-friendly island?

We’re often asked: Is Bawah a good holiday spot for families?

Here is the honest truth. Bawah Reserve is a wonderfully family-friendly island, if your children are over five years old and come from a family that loves and values nature.

Please don’t expect kids’ clubs and kids-only events; our activities are designed for all ages
to have fun together. A holiday here is designed to get kids (and adults) off their screens and
into the fresh air, to bring families together to create experiences, memories and laughter.
One thing you will never hear here: “Mum/Dad, we’re bored.”


To get an idea of what we’re talking about, here is a list of activities for the whole family.

 

In the water:

 
1) Snorkelling

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Part of an archipelago with rich marine life, Bawah's six islands and three lagoons are
surrounded by a coral reef that makes the perfect sanctuary for busy underwater
activity. Mask and fins will be in your suite on arrival, so whether you choose to snorkel
straight from the beach or join us on an escorted trip, the whole family will enjoy spotting
the rich marine life around our islands.

Here’s our top 5 amazing creatures to watch for.
More information on snorkelling here:  https://www.bawahreserve.com/snorkeling/


2) Diving

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Diving around Bawah Reserve and the Anambas islands is an exceptional experience for
families with older kids. Whether you are already a confident diving family, looking for a
refresher or first-time learners, our diving team have got you covered.

For the kids, The Bubblemaker Experience is a fantastic way to introduce young ones to scuba diving. Our team will help you the whole way: from equipment to getting into the water to mastering a fun dive that goes no more than 2 meters deep. " Mum/Dad we found Nemo!" 

More information on diving here: https://www.bawahreserve.com/scuba-diving/

 

3) Sailing

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Make waves and set sail on our easy-to-use catamarans. Whether you are a beginner or an
experienced sailor, our activities team can take you out and show you the ropes. Our
sheltered lagoons make the perfect conditions for a relaxed family sailing experience.

More information on sailing here: https://www.bawahreserve.com/sailing/


4) Stand Up Paddle boarding

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Standup paddle boarding (SUP is a fun and fab way to see the lagoons and sea life around
Bawah Reserve. Kids can sit on the front of the board and make mum or dad do all the hard
work – or take out a board and explore on their own.

More information on SUP here: https://www.bawahreserve.com/paddleboarding/


5) Kayaking

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The gentle waves around Bawah Reserve make excellent kayaking routes. With single,
double and triple kayaks available, kayaking here is a family sport. Why not order a picnic to
be delivered to one of our thirteen beaches and work up an appetite while rowing to it?

More information on kayaking here: https://www.bawahreserve.com/kayaking/

 

6) Swimming

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From the beautiful saltwater infinity pool to the lagoons surrounding Bawah splashing and swimming is a family favourite.  Kids love jumping off the jetty when the tide is higher (always check with a member of the team first) or off the floating platform by the Boathouse. Endless hours of fun! 

More information on the pool here: https://www.bawahreserve.com/infinity-pool/

 

 

On land:

 

7) Beach Sports

Football, volleyball, badminton, petanque, frisbee or sepak takraw (a kick volleyball game
native to Southeast Asia) – there’s nothing the Bawah team enjoy more than rallying for an
afternoon of games on the beach. Sunset football is a common sight here, but be
forewarned: the losing team buys the sundowners (and mocktails for the kids)!

See more on beach games here: https://www.bawahreserve.com/beach-games/

 

8) Batik Art

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Batik is an Indonesian art technique that uses wax and colourful dyes to create beautiful
patterns for fabrics and art. Kids will enjoy creating their own designs and taking their
masterpieces home to hang in their bedrooms as a souvenir of their time at Bawah.
More information on batik classes here: https://www.bawahreserve.com/batik-painting-class/

 

9) Cookery Class

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Enjoy a morning in the permaculture garden learning about the fruit and vegetables we
grow, then harvest the ingredients for a fun-filled cookery class. The best part: you can eat
the delicious dishes for lunch and take home new recipes and skills too.

More information on cooking classes here: https://www.bawahreserve.com/cooking-classes/


10) Movie Night

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Enjoy a memorable cinema experience, watch a movie under the moonlight on our outdoor
screen. We have a selection of family favourites that everyone will enjoy. Popcorn is
provided, of course!
More information on movie night here: https://www.bawahreserve.com/starlight-cinema/

 

11) Stargazing

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With no light pollution, Bawah Reserve is a fantastic place to see the night sky in all its glory.
Look on your own or use our beach telescope to see the stars and planets in more detail.
The sun sets here around 7pm, so it doesn’t have to be a late-night event. And the kids will
love the chance to spot famous constellations in the sky.
More information on stargazing here: https://www.bawahreserve.com/stargazing/

 

For a full list of our experiences, have a look through our e-brochure to help plan your stay. 

Top Tip for the family: Don't forget to stop by the ice-cream cart for a delicious homemade ice-cream in between all your activities! 

 

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