We had already spent 5 days in Seminyak basking on the beach and introducing ourselves to Bintang before our friends Amy and Dom arrived into Denpasar. By then, we thought we were well versed in Seminyak and the surrounding areas so we decided it would be our turn to act as tour guides when they showed up! Here’s what we did in the following two days:
The beach is a sprawl of brown sand spreading as far as the eye can see and whilst it is not the most beautiful of beaches we have been to it still ticks the right boxes. Its difficult to really know where one ‘section’ of the beach starts and another stops but, for clarity’s sake if you visit the beach below and surrounding Ku De Ta you are on Seminyak main beach! You can spend hours playing around in the waves here either body surfing, body boarding or actually hiring a surf board from one of the many shacks and going out to do the real thing! The former is exactly what we did, enjoying the normal far too early ‘holiday’ Bintang and relaxing in the boiling sun. If that gets too much for you like it did for all of us take a stroll into Seminyak village itself. Full of arty/boutique clothes and jewellery shops, if you have an eye for fashion you wont be able to leave! There’s also a cool market at the bottom of the high-street selling all sorts of antiques, clothes, jewellery and some weird elephant statues…give it a try!
Canggu – Old Mans
Our favourite beach bar in Bali so far. Canggu is a pure surfers paradise with rolling waves on the beach and an awesome happy hour at the bar (5-6pm daily) which gets you two Bintangs for 20k!! The sea gets busy but the bar gets busier so get there early if you want to avoid the massive crowds that crawl out of every corner of Canggu for an evening session. We happened to be there on the one Sunday a month 3 DJ’s and a live percussion band graced the stage. We partied. Our heads hurt, need we say more? Canggu is a must visit for a chilled atmosphere with amazing views and a great crowd. (It should cost about 100k for a taxi from Seminyak to Canggu, with 4 in a cab so not too bad!)
Weird name, epic infinity pool and bar. Nursing some heavy heads from the night before we had a strong breakfast and doze on the beach (including some serious shade seeking from 3 of the parties involved) and eventually we were ready to check out the notorious Potato Head bar further along the beach from Seminyak. Busy and expensive as it may be for ‘travellers’ its well worth a visit…entry to the pool itself is free, which is somewhat of a novelty around these parts so if you don’t want to spend a penny you don’t have to! It will be hard, however, when you are floating around in the Jacuzzi or infinity pool not to wet your lips with a beer for 55K. We did and enjoyed every sip and got some pictures to prove it! This was very much a relaxed afternoon for the four of us but we are told later in the evening it really heats up and turns into a fully fledged pool party…not to be missed if you have the money!
Legian beach bars
We didn’t dare to go further down the beach to Kuta after all the horror stories we had heard, so for us Legian was enough. The beach bars are great, more chilled and more comfortable so we decided upon one and set up shop to watch the sunset and enjoy a sun downer (or two). There are so many to choose from and with all exactly the same prices and beanbags its better just to walk along the beach and see which one takes your fancy rather than go on a recommendation…enjoy!
Being on more of a budget and wanting to actually see some of the local culture we headed to a cheap Warung to tuck into some local food as opposed to being coaxed in for pizza and chips. It was well worth the walk (for Dom and Amy…our hotel was almost opposite…win!) with a variety of stools or BBQ’s to choose from this Warung has everything you could want and at a quarter of the price of any restaurant or cafe on the main drag. It was after Jalan Nakula 5.
With everyone full and satisfied, it was time to head back and pack before a day of travelling and preparing to find ourselves in Ubud. 2 days in Seminyak and surrounding areas is very brief but you can also squeeze a lot in. The best option of course is to rent a motorbike and kill many birds with one stone but as ever we walked…a lot!
C & J