After our island escape to Gili and Nusa archipelago we stayed in Seminyak for the last 3 nights of our Bali adventure. Seminyak, just like Kuta, is a pretty touristy spot.
Seminyak lies on the west coast of Bali, a 30 minute drive from Ngurah International Airport in Denpasar. Here you will find an abundance of boutique shops. Alongside being a great place to pick up a bargain, in Seminyak you really won’t have to walk far without meeting an organic or vegetarian cafe filled with raw treets, snacks, dishes and drinks.
As things to do here, your choices are endless. You could easily spend an entire day at the beach, or getting Balinese massages and other spa treatments, or shopping, or eating, or a little bit of all the above. I kept going back for more massages. You could easily rent a motorbike and explore around as well!
We rented a motorbike and went to explore Tanah Lot, a Balinese Temple on the coast. It is about 40 minutes drive. I would suggest to go early to avoid the crowd, as this is one of those places that most people who visit Bali would go. This is a beautiful spot for sunset as well but decided not to because of the traffic and the crowds. If you are like us and try to have a spot to yourself as much as this is possible keep in mind that around 10am the tour buses were arriving.
On another “day trip” we went surfing in Kuta. It’s definitely a busy area full of markets, shops and shopping centres. The markets may be hectic but they can be quite fun too, and everything is very affordable. Bargaining is what makes this so much fun, but remember to be respectful with the vendors. Kuta is also one of the best areas to learn to surf. I think it’s interesting to experience Kuta, just to get the differences between Ubud, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, etc.
On our last day we decided to enjoy a day at the pool and seafood dinner on the beach. We chose Intercontinental Hotel and didn’t regret it. The drinks were very good and we got to experience a great sunset on the beach. For dinner we drove to Jimbaran, a fishing village on the south end of Kuta, to enjoy some of the freshest seafood in Bali. Price wise is a little bit expensive, but for a one time experience you can try it. Many of the restaurants that are on the beach allow you to choose your own seafood and specify how you want it prepared. After that the only thing left for you is to grab a beer, choose a table, and watch the waves come in while the cooks prepare your feast.
Let me know in the comments below any hidden gems that you found in Bali!
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