Seminyak beaches

Seminyak and Uluwatu Beach of Bali

Whether you are a surfer or not, you’ve heard of Bali’s beaches! Google image search “Bali” and beaches will cover at least half of the images, along with fancy resorts and temples. But because there are sooooo many beaches in Bali {it is an island!}, how on earth are you going to decide which beaches to spend your Bali days lounging, tanning, building sands castles and surfing on? I by no means am an expert on Bali’s beaches. And if you are, then I’m super jealous that you’ve been able to intimately get to know all of Bali’s coast. During my days in Bali in July, I was able to enjoy both Seminyak Beach and Bingin Beach.

Seminyak Beach

Seminyak Beach is a long and wide, white sand beach. You’ll find four and five-star hotels, as well as some of the best restaurants in Bali. Although I haven’t been to Miami, I would say that Seminyak is like the Miami of Bali. I was in Bali with my sister and friend. We had dinner at Ku De Ta and afternoon snacks at Potato Head Beach Club. We stayed at the Ananatara Seminyak, whose upstairs restaurant and bar had a great view of the beach. The further north you walk along the beach, the less crowded Seminyak Beach is. However, if you go south, expect lots of crowds. Many restaurants and bars have beach seating with loud DJs playing. Walking inland from the beach, Seminyak is a really hopping town. There’s a ton of cute designer boutiques and plenty of laid-back surfer shops.

Seminyak Beach

Seminyak Beach also has the most gorgeous sunsets. I loved that the sun setting reflects on the wet sand.

Seminyak Beach Sunset

Bingin Beach

Alternatively, Bingin Beach is a small beach entrapped by cliffs. It’s located on the Bukit Peninsula, which is the southernmost tip of Bali. The most widely known beach in the area is Uluwatu Beach, so many people refer to the surrounding area as Uluwatu as well. We went to Bingin Beach for an afternoon to watch the surfers! The beaches on the Bukit Peninsula are known for being some of the best surfing spots in the world, and while I’m not a surfer, it was fun to watch.

There are also a lot of small hostels, bed & breakfasts, and internet cafes that cover the cliffs and the paths that take you down to the beach so there are plenty of options for lunch or a sunset cocktail if you are just going for the day like we did! If you’re in the area, you definitely need to stop at Single Fin. It’s a short car ride away from Bingin Beach and one of the best party spots in the area. They are especially known for their Sunday parties.

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Bingin Beach

We also went to the famous kecak dance at Uluwatu Temple. It happens every evening at sunset and tells a famous Bali story. The stage is situated so it looks directly over Uluwatu’s cliffs, so it was a really gorgeous view. I think the beaches on Bukit Peninsula are some of the most unique beaches I’ve seen because of their towering cliffs.

bingin beach uluwatu

Seminyak Beach is best for those who don’t mind a busy beach because it’s still gorgeous and there’s plenty of great shopping and fantastic restaurants at your fingertips! Bingin Beach is perfect for those that want smaller, more intimate beaches and for those who either surf or can appreciate a good wave! Both beaches are gorgeous but it’s important to know although they are only 16 miles away from each other, it can take an hour to an hour and a half to drive between the two because Bali’s traffic is horrible! Make sure to plan your days around the traffic depending on where you are staying and which of Bali’s beaches you are visiting!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where to stay in Seminyak?

Seminyak, Bali’s affluent district, is home to some of the world’s top resorts. Its beach mood and lush atmosphere are well balanced with the opulence that its resorts provide. Seminyak’s resort area provides a wide range of lodging options, including opulent resorts, inviting boutique hotels, and guesthouses, so whether you’re planning your honeymoon in Seminyak, travelling as a couple, or on a strict budget, you’ll find the right location.

Petitenget is a neighbourhood in Seminyak that boasts several excellent restaurants and boutique stores. This is the location of Potato Head Beach Club as well as hotels such as Alila Seminyak. Jalan Kayu Ayu (also known as Laksmana) is a significant thoroughfare in Seminyak that is dotted with restaurants and boutique stores. It’s farther inland and not directly on the beach. If shopping is important to you, this is one of the finest places to stay in Seminyak.

If you’re searching for a city break, this isn’t the place to go. However, the culture here remains diverse and dynamic. Much of the surrounding area has been depicted in art by talented residents, which you can see in Smeinyak’s many galleries!

Is Seminyak beach Safe?

Seminyak is almost always safe to visit. While minor crime has escalated in the aftermath of the epidemic, you should be OK with some street smarts and basic measures. Swimming is not recommended on Seminyak’s beaches. In the evening, though, you may enjoy beautiful views of the ocean and sunset. On the beach, there are various tiki shacks and restaurants where you may sip tiki drinks.

This beach is seldom busy, yet it is ideal for resting and unwinding. You may hire an umbrella and a sunbed, as well as enjoy some delicious cuisine and beverages. In Bali, do not drink the tap water. You shouldn’t even wash your teeth in it. I’ve been ill here previously with what’s affectionately known as “Bali Belly.” However, restaurants and hotels will only provide bottled water and you will not need to ask.

Can you swim at Bingin Beach?

Swimming is not recommended at Bingin Beach due to the stony beach. The cliffs around the beach provide panoramic views of the surrounding environment, and the trek up the cliffs is simple and enjoyable. The tides in Bali are fairly spectacular, so check out the tide charts before exploring the beaches at Uluwatu. During a high tide, the waves might shrink the beach and crash up against the rocks. This is true of Bingin and Uluwatu beaches.

Surf clubs and surf schools can be found all along the beach, and these establishments may assist you in renting colourful surfboards of all sizes and forms. Take one and use it to navigate the waves! It is feasible to stroll to Dreamland beach on the right and Padang Padang beach on the left at low tide. Be cautious since the tide might shift rapidly.


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