Seminyak travel guide: all you need to know

Seminyak beach sunset credit to Jason Thibault

Overview
Seminyak is a beach town, fashionable and one of the most busy destinations in Bali located on the South of Bali, on the north of Legian.

Even Though it is close from Kuta but the atmosphere is much more laid-back than Kuta, and the beach is quieter during the day.

Transport (Get in & around)

By car

As this town is part of the main west coast urban area in South Bali therefore the traffic can be very crowded.

There are two main routes in here; from Kuta and Legian, Jalan Legian runs parallel with the beach and at its western limit, becomes Jalan Seminyak. Try to avoid this road if you could, and take Jalan Sunset instead the bypass at the eastern side. Even though Jalan sunset is more far in distance than Jalan Legian however it can be quicker.

Traveling from the airport to Seminyak

Most of the hotels in this beach town provide a shuttle service. You could also take the prepaid taxi from the airport to Seminyak which gives a fixed Rp 60,000.

The taxi from Kuta costs around Rp 30,000 and from Legian about Rp 15,000.

By boat

If you are arriving from the Gili islands, the closest port is located in Benoa; 30 minutes drive to the South-East. You will get a free shuttle service to any location surrounding Seminyak/Kuta/Denpasar is you are travelling on the Patagonia Xpress from Gili Air,

Get around

The streets of Seminyak are increasingly jammed, with Jalan Laksmana being a particular black-spot. Your best options here are to walk or rent a motorcycle/bicycle.

Seminyak roads

Roads in Bali are usually named for what is at the end of the road. So as you leave Legian, Jalan Legian changes its name to Jalan Seminyak. A number of roads in Seminyak have alternative names. The change often reflects a change in what is on the street. Whilst this issue is not exclusive to Seminyak, it does seem to happen here more than anywhere else in Bali.

Here’s the list of road names with the most popular given first and the alternatives afterwards in brackets.

  • Jalan Arjuna (Jalan Double Six, Jalan 66) 66 is from the famous Club 66 which has now closed.
  • Jalan Raya Seminyak (Jalan Raya Basangkasa)
  • Jalan Dhyana Pura (Jalan Caplak Tanduk)
  • Jalan Laksmana (Jalan Oberoi, Jalan Kayu Aya) Named for when the only place at the end of the road was Oberoi Hotel, now mainly known as ‘Eat Street’ due to it’s many restaurants.
  • Jalan Pantai Legian (Jalan Blue Ocean) Get the idea?
  • Jalan Mertanadi (Jalan Penjara)
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