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Have you ever started planning a trip with your friends and family… And then got lost and had no clue what to include in your itinerary?

Fret no more – here, we make it simple for you!
A great vacation with your family/friends is as simple as these 2 things:

1. Fun and unusual activities so no one gets bored.
2. Incredibly Instagrammable settings so you’ll have gorgeous places to marvel at, and great photos to look back on.

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Our Hard Rock Hotel Bali Review: How to party like rock stars with your best buddies

If you’ve no idea where to go, what to do, or places to eat with your favourite crew…
Here are 10 ways to enjoy yourselves in Bali – and have what we call, ‘Instagrammable moments’.

Have fun! 😛

More than just Instagrammable moments at Hard Rock – Hard Rock Hotel Bali

Live in the moment, play your heart out… it’ll be the best soundtrack of your favourite vacation yet!

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Whether you’re in Bali with friends or family, there are endless activities available at Hard Rock so you know you’ll never be bored.

Embrace your inner rockstar at the Boom Box Recording Studio, watch a movie on comfy beanbags, or join in a pillow fight at the foam party, and many more – you’ll never run out of options.

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1. The latest treehouse (not meant for those with a fear of heights!) – Rumah Pohon Batu Molenteng

Located right smack on Nusa Penida and looking out at Atuh Beach – this beautiful treehouse is the latest unique addition to the island, providing stunning sights of the dramatic Balinese landscape.

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Once you’re up in the treehouse and looking out, you’ll be able to see glorious, glorious sights. From the pretty Atuh Beach and small surrounding islands like Raja Ampat in Papua, to the many cliffs, ravines and hills that paint Bali’s landscape – it’s a sight not to miss!

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Thankfully, the treehouse was built with a ladder, so you don’t have to literally climb the tree just to get to the treehouse! Just bring a picnic along and make it a stunning memory atop a tree, complete with crazy views and delicious food!

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How’s this for an Instagrammable moment?

Rumah Pohon Batu Molenteng

Address: Banjar Pelilit, Desa Pejukutan, Nusa Penida
Price: Rp.5000 (USD $.030) per entry, Rp.5000 parking fees

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2. Ride an underwater scooter – Bali Underwater Scooter

Have you ever seen or heard of an underwater scooter?!

Before we stumbled on this, we definitely hadn’t heard of this ourselves. It looks super fun and looks almost like your personal one-man submarine.1-1-baliunderwaterscooter7

Imagine you and your friends all on your underwater scooters floating over the sea beds… Now wouldn’t that make an interesting photo for Instagram!

The underwater scooter is perfect for those who want a good scuba diving experience that’s not as demanding (read: no certification, experience, or troublesome gear attached required) as when you actually scuba dive.

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All you need to do is sit, and you’ll be able to breathe comfortably in your personal ‘head bubble’ that thankfully provides very clear visibility and distortion-free views! The underwater scooter travels at up to 2km/hour, and it can go down to 20m depth so you’re able to access the shallow reefs!

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And just like a standard motorbike, simply turn the handlebars to go where you want to go, and easily press the buttons for more speed or depth.

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For those who always wanted to scuba dive, but might’ve been scared off by the requirements – here’s your chance!

Bali Underwater Scooter

Address: Banjar Pujung Kelod, Tegallalang, Kec. Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Opening hours: 8am to 7pm
Price: USD $95 (for Bali Underwater Scooter & Ceningan Day Tour)
Contact: +62 361 901728

Website


3. Step out of Bali and have a hearty dinner in Greece! – Slippery Stone Bali

Find yourselves in Greece when you visit Slippery Stone, a “Greek oasis” where patrons are welcomed to sit back and lounge in elegant Grecian comfort.

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Its ethereal settings combine sculpted pillars reminiscent of old Greece, with a dash of greenery and modern comforts.

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There’s even a garden ceiling that provides the perfect mix of ‘picnic under the setting sun’ – every nook and cranny of the restaurant screams picture perfect!

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Moving on to the food, when in Greece, you can of course expect Greek cuisine! “Diverse and healthy”, enjoy an authentic taste of Greece as everything is homemade the traditional Greek way.

If there’s one thing we love about Greek food, it’s how the simplest of ingredients can come together to create unexpectedly amazing flavours that explode on your tastebuds. From olive oil and olives, to lamb, beef and cheese, and homegrown greens, only quality ingredients are used!

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All you need to know is that at Slippery Stone, one can definitely expect a hearty and delicious dinner surrounded by the beauty of Greece.

PS: For the health/weight conscious, no butter or fat is used in the cooking, and all of the meats are trimmed, making them very low in fat!

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PPS: Every Sunday, be entertained as you dine with belly dancers, fire dancers and drag queens performing live!

Slippery Stone Bali

Address: JI.Batubelig, NO.9N Seminyak, Bali 80361
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 6pm to 12midnight
Price: From USD $5 (for mains)
Contact: +623618465999

Website

4. Submerge in your own riverside bath – Ayusha Spa

Located in Svarga Loka Resort and perched on the edge of a ravine overlooking Ubud’s Campuhan River sits Ayusha Wellness Spa.

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While the open air spa treatments and magical river views are noteworthy themselves, what makes us sit up are the incredible natural pools carved out of the rock, that’s right at the edge of the ravine by the running river.

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A treat to your senses, your family or friends will be able to lounge in bliss while catching up on heart to heart sessions in these gorgeous pools.6-4-Ayusha-spa-by-widimulia,-peternathaniellee

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If you’d like, make reservations at the spa, and then treat yourselves to a good old time in the natural pools.

Hey, heart-to-heart conversations make for great therapy too!

PS: Remember to bring along waterproof cases for your phones or cameras and take some Instagram pix! #instagrammablemoments

Ayusha Spa

Address: Jl. Penestanan Kelod, Ubud 80571, Gianyar
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm
Price: From USD $49 (for 60min Balinese Massage)
Contact: +(62)361975578

Website

5. Go on a classic Volkswagen safari tour – Bali Sky Tour

If it’s a classic adventure you’re out for, why not adventure in style à la Volkswagen?

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These popular full day tours are available at Bali Sky Tour, and you’ll be able to choose from different tour itineraries depending on your preferences.

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Top on our list of the tour itineraries available is the Uluwatu VW Safari Tour that will take you to some of our personal favourite spots:

1. Garuda Wisnu Kencana Culture Park
2. Dreamland Beach
3. Suluban Beach
4. Uluwatu Temple (This is where you can catch the traditional Kecak and Fire Dance!)

Exploring Bali has never been quite so relaxing as when you ride around in a classic Volkswagen safari car – and it’ll be really simple bringing the group around!

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Another + point? You’ll get to take really cool pictures throughout the day at various scenic locations while spending the day exploring Bali. How great is that!

Bali Sky Tour

Address: Jl. Sidakarya no. 163, Denpasar 80223, Indonesia
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 7am to 10pm
Price: USD $55 (Adult), USD $40 (Child)
Contact: +623618465999

Website

6. How about a Pirate Dinner Cruise Party! – Dinner Pirate

Cracking your brains thinking of how to give your friends or family that one incredible experience during your time in Bali?

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It’s simple. Bring them for the pirate dinner cruise party with Sea Safari Cruises! Trust us, it doesn’t get better than this.

1. You get to pretend you’re a pirate for a night – wear pirate costumes, and play fun games with the ‘pirate’ crew!

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2. There’s great entertainment with live music, belly dance shows, fire dance shows, and fun games with door prizes.

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3. It’s all topped off with a delectable buffet dinner aboard the cruise as the sun sets and the ship gently sails on the sea!

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You’ll get some pretty fun photos of your night aboard the pirate dinner cruise party, and have a whacky and unforgettable time with your family or friends.

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Sound good? It definitely sounds great to us!

Dinner Pirate

Embarkation Address: Harbor Benoa, Bali
Opening hours: Session 1, 5.15pm – 7.30pm; Session 2, 7.45pm – 10pm (Open daily)
Price: USD $55 (Adult), USD $27.50 (Children 4 years – 12 years)
Contact: +62 361 721212, +62 89 642 441 835 (Email: [email protected])

Website

7. Have a relaxing picnic in a restaurant by the beach – The Lawn

Formerly known as Street by The Sea, The Lawn is a restaurant located right smack on the shores of Batu Bolong, Canggu.

If you’re here, all you need to do is enjoy the breeze, the sound of the waves and of course, the ever gorgeous sunsets.

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Our favourite thing about The Lawn? The colourful mats on the green grass, and the fun swing that both kids and adults enjoy!

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Your children will spend a delightful day frolicking in the grassy areas – as you enjoy a variety of cocktails and snacks, while lounging on soft beanbag chairs, hammocks, and huge cushy cushions.

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When children start getting tired from all that running and playing, invite them to come back to your large mat to fall back on cushions – to enjoy some delicious treats. These include juices, popcorn, and a wide selection of snacks. And if they’re too hungry for light nibbles, feel free to order hearty meals off the varied menu.

A day at The Lawn basically means this:

A day of utter relaxation for the family by the beach, and with gorgeous sunset views too!

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The Lawn

Address: Pantai Batu Bolong, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Canggu, Bali
Contact: 0361-473 1701
Price: From $1.80
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm

Website

8. Enjoy tea like the British do it – Standing Stones Restaurant at The Royal Purnama

The Royal Purnama’s Standing Stones Restaurant stands out amongst many other dining establishments in Bali, for one simple reason.

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Look at those magnificent stones standing against the perfect backdrop of black sand and deep blue waters.

Now take away the sand and waters, and there you have it – you’re at Stonehenge in England! Uh, not really, but since you’re at (what really looks like) the Brits’ homebase, how could you not indulge in some classic British teatime action?

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Sit back on the grassy plains and sip at your tea in the sunshine, or dine inside the comfort of the restaurant – it’s your pick. But wherever you choose to go, the views won’t disappoint.

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Neither will your tea party friends, namely the selection of eight Femmes Dammann French loose leaf teas, including Standing Stone’s signature Earl Grey Blend.

Freshly made pastries, cakes and biscuits are all presented on a classy tiered tray to top off your authentic high tea experience!

And if you’d like to work off those calories after consuming a mountain of cakes, simply pay an additional fee of IDR 350,000 (USD $26.50) to lounge on the gazebo or swim in the pool right beside the restaurant.

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You know what, this might even be better than really going to Stonehenge.

Standing Stones Restaurant at The Royal Purnama

Address: Jalan Pantai Purnama (Purnama Beach) Sukawati, Gianjar
Opening hours: Afternoon tea from 4pm – 6pm
Price: IDR 150,000 (USD $11.35) ++ per pax
Contact: +62 361 8493706

Website 

9. Feast like a king – Gabah Restaurant & Bar (Kuta)

We mean it literally. If you can’t be king, well, you can at least eat like one.Now that you’ve tried almost all there is to try about Bali’s local fare, there’s one last experience to be had – the Balinese royal feast.

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While Gabah also serves up other yummy Indonesian dishes with in both modern and traditional styles, what you’ll really want to try is their Royal Kingdom menu. It features the best of traditional specialties from around the island of Bali!

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You’ll get to feast on 22 signature dishes that the royal family eats on the first day of harvest season, including traditional Balinese soup, grilled chicken and fish satay.

And it’s not just eating – you’ll also be having the full experience of being a king/queen for a day.

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Put on your Batik headdress, which will immediately elevate your sense of self-importance, and sit back as your dinner is served to you on an intricate platter – along with some traditional live music and dances to whet your appetite.

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Gabah Restaurant & Bar

Address: Jl. Bakung Sari, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 7am – 12am
Price: Normal dishes from IDR 100,000 – IDR 200,000 (USD $7.60-15.21), Royal Kingdom Feast from IDR 688,000++ for 4 person (USD $52 ++)
Contact: +62 361 751864

Website 

10. A satisfying feast for both the belly and the eyes – Arwana Restaurant

Arwana is designed in such spectacular ways that you can call the place a feast for the eyes itself.

Guaranteed to spoil you with an unforgettable and romantic dining experience, don’t miss the chance to reserve Arwana’s special sunken table and plush seat, specially for date night.

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Overlooking the vast ocean with the sound of lapping waves (as all of the restaurants in this list) – this exclusive table arrangement welcomes you to take a few steps down into a private area, with large seaters among dimly lit lanterns and wood decorations.

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As you enjoy the breeze and panorama of Nusa Dua Beach and the sparkling ocean making for a gorgeous date atmosphere – be prepared to tantalise your tastebuds with the huge selections of creative lunch and dinner dishes.

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Enjoy fresh local seafood, including lobsters, oysters and sushi bars, that have been brilliantly prepared by the hands of professional chefs. The chef recommendations are phenomenally delicious with commendable service by the ever helpful and attentive staff too.

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Other than the beachfront terrace, Arwana can also generously host diners in the warm indoor dining rooms. With an open-air kitchen that instantly relaxes you with the passion of their humming kitchen – relax under the tropical roof where a laidback soundtrack accompanies your night, just as splendidly as the flow of Laguna signature luxury cocktails.

Arwana Restaurant

Address: Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua Lot N2 Nusa Dua, Bali 80363 · Nusa Dua · Bali.
Contact: +62 361 771 327
Opening hours: 7am to 11pm
Price: From $20 per person

Official Website

11. Brunch with quaint caravans – La Laguna

On that eclectic note, you’ve gotta check out this newly opened cafe that’s a 10 minute drive away from Seminyak, in Canggu.

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La Laguna is simply electric in its boheme decor and all around stunning backdrop. (Gypsy caravans, anyone?)

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Photo via: Gaeri, Katarína Cupaková, AG Photography

Set right in front of the beach with its sapphire waters and white sands, this cafe has a cool mixture of quirky and organic – with bright pops of coloured plush fabric mixed with textured wood furnishings.

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It’s probably going to be the new ‘in’ place to get shots to meet your Instagram quota with beautifully quaint gypsy caravans available for you to explore and take photos with.

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Apart from the look and feel of this amazing new cafe, the food here will satisfy the foodie in you too. Treat yourselves to a yummy La Laguna Breeze Cocktail, and satisfy your hunger with tapas from the tapas menu!

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Lastly, there are peacocks roaming the area, so do be careful to stay safe around these beautiful wild birds.

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Photo via: onank_magagapoda

La Laguna

Address: Jalan Kayu Putih, Berawa, Canggu – Bali Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 4741214
Opening hours: 11am to 11pm
Price Range: From $8

Official Website

Now you know the secrets to a super fun (and photogenic) vacation with your family and friends!

Let us know which is your favourite fun things to do in Bali in the comments below!

We would like to thank Hard Rock Bali for making this article possible.

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