Bali’s most sophisticated and upscale beach area with high waves making it ideal to surf and laid back beach clubs to relax during the day and party at night. Seminyak Beach offers a splendid stretch of gold to dark sand, complemented by gorgeous sunsets. You’ll find a stylish scene, with rows of designer boutiques along its main roads. An ideal recreational place where you can shop, swim and go for leisurely walks along boutique and restaurant-lined streets. Side streets feature a handful of the island’s best dining venues and world-renowned nightlife and gig venues are around each corner.
Things to do in Seminyak
1. Tanah Lot Temple
Make sure to visit Tanah Lot Temple being one of Bali’s most important landmarks, famed for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops.Dotted with smaller shrines, restaurants, shops and a cultural park presenting regular dance performances. View Bali’s iconic western beaches and Tanah Lot from above or visit all iconic water temples on one day.
2. Surfing and water sports
Surfing is an all-time favourite in Seminyak. Learn to ride the waves or improve your skills. Depending on the tide you can visit different beaches at different time of the day. Go with an expert instructor, who knows where you can enjoy the most epic scenery and the best waves.
3. Sunsets on the beach
Seminyak is renowned for their spectacular sunsets. Every single day at around 5.30pm you will see locals and tourists alike flock to the beach, beach clubs or rooftop bars to witness the dazzling show that this island is famous for. After a day packed with cultural adventures enjoy the sunset on the beach or watch the sun dip into the sea at the scenic site of Tanah Lot.
4. Dining & shopping
There are plenty of high-end bars and restaurants to visit along with the usual tourist fare. The area is at its busiest around sundown: bars and restaurants fill up with sun-kissed tourists, the music gets louder, and restaurant workers holding glow sticks take to the motorbike-filled roads to help tourists cross safely over to their next bar. However if you are up for a special local experience enjoy the authentic local flavors on a culinary trip.
5. Special experiences and classes
Discover a new way to appreciate one of the many arts and crafts of the Balinese culture by being a part of the creation process and create your own ceramic handicraft in Pejaten village, which is famous as the central of roof-tile producers with a rich history. Learn painting as a meditation capture the tropical environment around you in beautiful watercolor paintings or see artworks created by inhabitants of Singapadu and learn to carve your own souvenir out of bath soap or learn to cook authentic Balinese dishes.
Our insider tips
Lucy’s recommendation
Every girl needs pampering from time to time and there is no better place for that like Bali. To unwind and relieve my body and soul from the everyday stress I love to spend a day in the spa, enjoying traditional massage treatments and modern beauty rituals.
Adam’s recommendation
Since I arrived I wanted to try to ride the waves but I was not sure where and how to start. Seminyak is definitely a good, easy central location and there are a lot of other newbies on the beach. Find a great instructor and spend a day learning to surf and training and after some hours you’ll already enjoy riding those waves.
Trevor’s recommendation
Seminyak is a place where dreams come true. It’s sometimes hard to do a program together with my girlfriend, but combining a unique shoe shopping experience with a Harley Davidson ride is definitely the best combo. You can visit internationally well-known shoe maker, Ni Luh Djelantik (American actress like Uma Thurman and supermodel Gisele Bundchen wear her high heels) and then you ride a Harley Davidson down the coast to Uluwatu.
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Shopping

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.

Beach safety

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.

Nightlife

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.