You can go for a swim, take a surfing lesson, or simply soak up some sun with a good read, or play or watch afternoon beach volleyball and soccer matches and enjoy the dramatic sunsets. In the evening Seminyak Square and the adjacent streets are a very pleasant place to wander and to buy some clothes or trinkets in its many boutique stores, or sit down for a beer or meal.
Seminyak's shopping scene is filled with exclusive fashion boutiques and lifestyle brand outlets. Rows of stores featuring designer labels, homeware and furniture, handicraft and contemporary artwork line Jalan Raya Seminyak (also known as Jalan Basangkasa) and Jalan Petitenget, between Bali's top restaurants and cafés. Glamourous tropical collections feature ethnic and chic designs, natural and silk fabrics adorned with beading and sequins in strong deep colours – perfect for Bali’s tropical climate and any summer day around the world. Most of the streetside shopping starts from the corner of Jalan Raya Legian and right up to Jalan Laksmana (also known as Jalan Kayu Aya).
Beware of taxi scams
Taxis in Bali are easily your most viable choice for getting around the island, due to their wide availability and convenience, but be aware of taxi scam. Some of the tricks to look out for are well known, like when the driver takes an unnecessarily long route or hands you short change or says they don’t have change. Let the hotel front desk or restaurant call you a reliable taxi.
Tides can be very strong and unpredictable. If you want to learn to surf book in with a professional licensed surf school, who can ensure you’re learning in a safe environment. Some beaches are marked by flags or signs as being especially dangerous, so as with all warnings, pay attention and steer clear! Most beaches in Bali aren’t staffed by lifeguards. Reef cuts need proper medical attention, so don’t leave them and risk infection. See a doctor as soon as possible.
Seminyak is a popular party destination with many tourists and you’ll find plenty of bars around but there are a few things you should keep in mind: always leave your valuables locked in your hotel safe if you don’t need them with you and know how to get back to your accommodation. Better never leave your drink unattended when you’re out, and never accept any food or drink from a stranger, unless you can see the barman pouring it or the waiter serving it.