Seminyak sits a little way along the coast from the famous Kuta Beach in Bali and provides a welcome alternative to its brasher and more crowded cousin. Seminyak has its own pretty beaches and there is a feeling of more space here as the crowds that descend on Kuta are not as prevalent in Seminyak. As Seminyak has a beach it also has some good surf and you can also rent a board here and ride the waves or just stick to swimming or sunbathing. One of the main reasons to come to Seminyak is to enjoy not only the beach but also the amazing beach bars and cafes that run along the coastlines and you will find a huge number of choices available which means that you will never go hungry or thirsty here. Many of the restaurants have foreign chefs in residence so if you want to try some fine dining then this is a great place to do it.People also flock to Seminyak for its nightlife although it is a little tamer than neighboring Kuta. Whereas Kuta has a number of nightclubs, Seminyak is more focused on beach clubs where you can sip a drink with your feet in the sand, although there are also some clubs to be found in the area. As if all that wasn’t enough, Seminyak is also known for its shopping with some of the biggest names in Bali choosing to open up shop here. As such, you can walk along the main shopping arteries of this part of the island and shop until you drop.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Seminyak:
1. Spend the day by the pool at Potato Head Beach Club
Potato Head Beach Club is one of the premium venues in Seminyak and has a large infinity pool and beach front covered in bean bags and sun loungers. It is the perfect place to come if you fancy a lazy day in Seminyak and you can also rent one of the cabanas here and stay all day sipping on cocktails and enjoying some of the poolside cuisine. If you want a cabana you will have to get here early as many of them are snapped up by 10 am, and some of the signature nibbles here include tapas and huge cheese and meat platters. There are also three restaurants here if you want some formal dining in the form of the Potato Head Bistro, Lilin which serves Asian fusion food, and Tapping Shoes which is a French take on upscale dining.
2. Have a cup of coffee at Revolver
Locals and visitors alike will tell you that the best coffee in Seminyak is to be found at Revolver. The small coffee shop sits at the end of an alleyway but it is worth seeking it out to sample the delicious beans here. You will find a wide range of different coffee based drinks as well as a number of bean blends and the place is not short on character, particularly as it is styled to resemble a saloon in the days of the Wild West. They also serve delicious food so try and time your visit to coincide with breakfast or lunch.
3. Try scuba diving
If you are in Seminyak and want to get PADI certified then consider a trip to Adventure Scuba Diving Bali. This Seminyak based diving school will teach you how to dive safely, or if you are already an experienced diver you can also sign up for a dive trip with them.
4. Check out the art at Nyaman Gallery
Nyaman Gallery is one of the best places to come in Seminyak if you are interested in art and want to support the arts scene in Bali. Most of the pieces on show here are made by local Balinese and Indonesian artists with an emphasis on showcasing up-and-coming new talent. There are a huge number of pieces on show here including wearable art, ceramics, painting, and sculpture. There are also items from around Indonesia such as ornate carvings from East Nusa Tenggara as well as hand blown glass and oil paintings. Almost all of the pieces are for sale, so you can also pick up your own piece of art as a souvenir of your trip to Seminyak.
5. Go horse riding
Suggested tour: Canggu: Horse Riding on the Beach and in the Rice Fields
6. Go surfing at Seminyak Beach
Seminyak Beach is a lovely spot of golden sand and always feels less crowded than Kuta, even though it is equally popular. The waves here provide some surfing opportunities although the surf can be a little inconsistent and this is also a good place to go swimming. If you prefer, you can rent a sun lounger and just take in the atmosphere and there are a huge number of stalls here that will happily sell you some ice cold beer or a soft drink as the perfect complement to the spectacular Balinese sunsets.