Ahoy there me hearties…
We love to go for beach days on the weekend to Nusa Dua, as the beaches are clean and calmer for the kids to swim. Its a very relaxed part of the island and gives that instant holiday feeling. So recently we thought we’d try the Pirates Bay beach front restaurant for our Saturday outing.
They can arrange birthday parties and other events here, but it is also open to the public to enjoy as a café and adventure playground. You can pay IDR 50,000 per person to just use the facilities or entry is free if you are purchasing food or drinks. You could also opt for one of the day packages where the kids (and grown-ups) can dress up in pirate costumes, treasure hunt for loot, master the flying fox and more adventures led by the Pirates Bay team.
There is plenty of shade and fun areas to sit, with sandy floors and a jungle canopy of old shady trees. The restaurant has a “castaway” feel to it with lots of picket fences, bonfires, tents and straw huts. We set up camp in one of the pirate family tents, on comfy bean bags around a low table. The boys kicked off their shoes and were away!
There are four bamboo tree houses to explore, wooden swings, hammocks and a rope obstacle course to tackle. The height of the tree houses and steep ladders meant we had to join in with most activities, but we were happy to get amongst it. There are a few areas where little ones need to be watched carefully, perhaps kids aged 6 and above could explore more independently. Imaginations can run wild here, and with so few playgrounds in Bali our kids loved it.
The Pirates Cove is absolute beach front so the views from our hut were right out across the water. All the materials are natural (no over the top primary coloured plastics), they have used recycled materials for furniture and a mix of timber, rock and bamboo throughout. Some Bob Marley tunes added to the cruisy natural atmosphere. There are camp fires, beach torches and lanterns which are lit up in the evening, so we will definitely be back for a twilight adventure with our little pirates soon.
The service and food was a step above your usual beach warung, and although nicely presented it was not the main highlight for us. The menu had the usual favourites with little pirate fish and chips, nuggets and satay for the kids and a mix of European, Indonesian and seafood dishes.
After lunch we went down to the cove for an ocean swim and play in the sand, which was beautiful. Then back to Pirates Bay for a fresh water shower, ice cream and a few more “adventures at sea” for the kids before driving home. The new toll roads make life a lot easier for people day tripping from Seminyak or Canggu. Door to ship in 45 minutes. I would recommend Pirates Bay to anyone staying in Nusa Dua with kids, especially aged 4-10 years. With the large hotels dominating so much of the beachfront, this is one of the few places on the strip which is open to the public to enjoy. Our Thumbs up!
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 11pm
Review written by Emily, who is based in Bali, a busy Mamma to 3 little beach boys, and runs villa rental agency Bali Soul Villas