Seminyak Bali: Things to do

April 12, 2019

Bali has a lot to offer and there is just so much you can do while you stay in Seminyak. The thing I love about Seminyak, is that it is not as crowded as Kuta and definately less noisy. It has a great vibe and good shopping along the Main Street of Jalan Kayu Aya. 

The best part of staying in Seminyak is, that it is quite centrally located. You can stay here and every other town: Nusa Dua, Sanur, Tanah Lot, Canggu will be easily accessible by scooter.

Let's explore the things you can do in Seminyak, Bali.

1. An evening at Seminyak beach

People and dog walking at Seminyak Beach in Bali Indonesia
Seminyak Beach at Sunset
The beach at Seminyak is one of my favorite for people watching. Every evening you'll find friendly stray dogs, owners walking their dogs and people strolling in the area. Have a stroll on the beach or park yourself on the beach for a bit and enjoy the sunset.
If you feel like lounging and having your cocktails, head over to Ku De Ta, La Plancha, Potato Head Beach Club just to name a few good ones to get to.

2. Have dinner at Made's Warung

warung made with people in the evening in seminyak bali indonesia
Warung Made
Time tested great food can be had a Made's Warung. The ambiance is great too and they now feature nightly variety shows. Some days, you'll get to see a Legong dance which we loved and had come back a few days just to watch it. Try everything and anything on the menu.

3. Pamper yourselves with massages

Eco Bali Spa ( was simply fantastic. We loved our massage here. They used organic coconut oil so we didn't have to wash off a thick oil after our massage. The owner is just lovely and offered so much advice on what to do and see in Bali. Definitely worth a visit while you're in Seminyak. Their therapist were well trained and the rooms clean. Best massage I've had while in Bali.

Alternatively, just across this spa, you'll find the Spa Bali Seminyak. I've heard good reviews from friends who have been there. I can't vouch for it personally because I've never been. But just in case you're looking for an alternative, this would be it.

4. Shopping in Seminyak

Jalan Kayu Aya, the main road that runs through the Seminyak area has a nice mix of restaurants and boutique shops. You'll get artiste selling their work, small boutiques selling everything and souvenir shops. Definitely worth spending a day walking around the area, stopping in to the cafes to have food or a coffee.

5. Rent a scooter and take a morning trip to Tanah Lot

Easily accessible by a scooter, we headed down early morning to avoid the crowds, yet at 7.30am, the crowd was starting to fill in. It took us roughly 30 minutes to get here and it was a relatively easy ride.

Low tide allows you to walk up to the temple and receive blessings from the priest there. You'll also find a natural spring under the temple complex. The temple itself is not accessible to anyone except for alinese Hindus.
While the photo opportunity during sunset would be far better, the peaceful, less crowded atmosphere appealed to us even more.

6. Explore North Kuta and Canggu

As you take a ride from Seminyak to Tanah Lot, you'll be passing by most of North Kuta and Canggu. Spending a day here, is far more relaxing and less commercialised compared to Kuta and Seminyak area. Its worth a day trip, possibly catching a breakfast after Tanah Lot and walking around the area. You'll find access to a few beaches off the main road and worth a visit if you have time to explore.

7. Rent a scooter and spend the morning swimming in Sanur

speed boat docked at bay in sanur beach in seminyak bali indonesia
Sanur beach in the morning
The sea, food shacks and easy going strolling along the streets will entice you in this quiet place away from the hustle and bustle of Nusa Dua. Its cheaper, less crowded and a great place to do some swimming as the water is calmer here compared to Seminyak or Kuta. Get here early morning because as the tide comes in, expect to see lots of weeds wash up to shore. As this isn't a four star hotel managed beach, there aren't any crew to clear away the weeds.

A bike ride from Seminyak to Sanur took us approximately half an hour. We used google map to find our way the first time. Subsequent visits were quite easy to remember. You'll need to set your google map to Jln Kusuma Sari to access the beach front. Hotel Puri Santrian is also a landmark to set for yourself in case you can't find your bearings.

Rent an umbrella and 2 loungers for IDR 50,000. The area is filled with shacks where you can get a meal, coconut water or Bintang Beer. If like us, you stay in Seminyak or Kuta, it is relatively easy to head over to Sanur beach early morning, park your scooter and lounge in the area for a swim as well as for breakfast and lunch.

8. Learn to surf at Kuta Beach

kuta beach sunset with blue sky and clouds with reflections
Kuta Beach
Around 20 years ago, when I first came to Bali, I stayed in Kuta. While it was still quite a bit busy and noisy then, Kuta was nothing like what it is today. Kuta is now a shopping paradise. And I no longer recognise it. While we haven't stayed in Kuta since, I still do love the beach and it is worth a visit. You can take surfing lessons here for IDR 300,000. The beach is safe to go waddling in and the best part about Kuta would always be the waves and playing amongst them. 

Kuta beach is a short bike ride from Seminyak, it took us 15 minutes to get in. The traffic jams are another story here though. Expect to be caught in jam at any time when heading here.

All in all, Seminyak is a great place to park yourself while in Bali....

Seminyak is a great place to stay at since it is so centrally located to most of the attraction and towns in the area. There's lots to do. Hire a scooter and go explore the area. Alternatively, shop around the many boutiques in the area and stop off at the beach to get a drink and watch the sunset. There's just so much to do here.
It also has lots of reasonably priced hotels in the area. If you head slightly further up into North Kuta, the accommodation gets cheaper and the place less crowded.

Check out my other blog post on Bali.....

Travelling to Bali and want a short run down of the positives and negatives of the country, visit my post: What to do in Bali

Want to know more about Ubud? Head over to my post: Ubud Bali: Things to do

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