The Best (Cool) Things to Do in Seminyak Bali!

On our recent holiday to Bali, we explored some amazing adventures in Ubud, took a magical 3-day Komodo Island boat tour, and we were ready to discover the best (cool) things to do in Seminyak. We were on vacation with our teenage and adult children, but we still refer to them as our kids although they’re now clubbing on their own. So instead of just doing “the best” things, we had to do things and see things that were “cool”, too.

The town of Seminyak isn’t as tranquil as Ubud, but it’s a perfect beach town on the southwest coast of Bali. It’s a surfer’s paradise filled with broad, pristine beaches, some delicious restaurants, fun nightlife, and a laid-back vibe.

Going to the beach is one of the best things to do in Seminyak, Bali

Surfing in Bali has been on our travel bucket list, and the waves in Seminyak did not disappoint, even though we visited in the off season. The clubs at night were “bangin” (according to the boys), and each day was a version of wake up, surf, eat local food, relax, enjoy the nightlife, repeat.

visit seminyak in bali

Here Are Our Six Favorite Cool Things to Do in Seminyak

1. Surf on Seminyak Beach

Bali is known to be a surfer’s paradise, as the beaches in Seminyak offer consistent and beginner-friendly waves year-round. My boys have been dying to surf here and our mornings were spent with them selecting the perfect surf spot.

surfing on seminyak beach, bali

Then hubby and I would set up on a sun chair (which the locals are happy to rent you for $3 for 2 hours) and bask in the sun. The laid-back atmosphere and gorgeous scenery makes it the perfect spot for relaxing, swimming, stand-up paddling, surfing and people-watching. There are plenty of surf shops along the beaches to easily get equipment and lessons if you need it.

stand up paddle boarding near seminyak beach

2. Visit Petitenget Temple in Seminyak

This centuries-old Balinese temple is located near the beach and is filled with Balinese culture and spirituality.

Visit Petitenget Temple in seminyak bali

The temple is built with intricate architecture and holds significant cultural importance. You can’t help but feel the spiritual ambiance as you walk around the beautiful grounds with the backdrop of the beautiful ocean.

Petitenget Temple is in Seminyak, Indonesia

3. Shop at Seminyak Square

Seminyak Square is a lively spot offering a mix of high-end boutiques, local shops, and delicious dining options. Whether you’re shopping for souvenirs or looking for a decent local meal, Seminyak Square has you covered.

explore seminyak square in Bali

4. Explore Eat Street

Eat Street in Seminyak is a bustling stretch along Jalan Kayu Aya lined with trendy restaurants, cafes, and bars.

Exploring "eat street" in Seminyak

If you’re a food lover, this is your paradise. Eat Street offers a variety of options from local delights to international cuisine. The vibrant ambiance, diverse menu options, and the opportunity to taste different kinds of food all in one place, make it a cool and must-visit spot in Seminyak.

the food is delicious on Eat Street in Seminyak, Bali

5. Pamper Yourself with a Balinese Massage

Balinese massages are special for their unique combo of gentle stretches, acupressure, and aromatherapy. What makes them even more special is that the massages and other self-care treatments are super inexpensive.

Pamper Yourself with a Balinese Massage in Seminyak

We were able to indulge in a rejuvenating treatment for as little as $5 – $10 per hour, making it an affordable luxury that elevated our tropical getaway.

6. Enjoy the Nightlife (Stay Cool)

Exploring Seminyak at night is a blast – there’s something for everyone.

The streets come alive after dark and are filled with music, street food, and vibrant energy. The boys were able to hop on the back of the many scooters that were more than willing to deliver them to various beach clubs. They were able to enjoy the fun club scene with their toes in the sand, and mingle with people from all different cultures.

Seminyak, and Bali in general, is a world-wide tourist destination. Although we thought it would be only Australians, we were surprised to see travelers from all ends of the earth, all there to relax, make new friends and enjoy the amazing Balinese hospitality.

INk inc tattoo studio in Seminyak Bali

Tattoos in Seminyak

If tattoos are your jam, you’re in luck!  There are literally hundreds of tattoo studios each showcasing talented local and international artists. They’re all ready to turn your vision into a personalized piece of body art. It would be really hard to try them all out and rate them, because there are literally so many – one on every street corner. So, go with referrals and recommendations. Or, go visit a few and see if you like the artist’s work and their vibe. Each studio is different. The boys went to Ink Inc. which is a well-known studio with a few other locations scattered around the world. They did look at a few different artists’ work, as each has a different style.

Beautiful Sunset on Seminyak Beach, Bali

The Best of Seminyak

In Seminyak, it was more than just a holiday destination. We discovered this idyllic spot with great vibes and we took home some fantastic family memories. My surf-loving boys conquered the waves, embraced the lively nightlife head-on, and stayed cool, enjoying the endless golden beaches. Seminyak was the perfect blend of relaxation and excitement.

Our family trip to Seminyak was an unforgettable experience, one we’d recommend to all searching for that unique balance of tranquility and adventure.

From Bali we returned to Los Angeles with a slight diversion – a 15-hour layover in Taipei, Taiwan. This was quite a different experience than our 12-hour layover in Syndey on the way in to Bali.

things to do in Seminyal Bali

Insider Secrets: Navigating Seminyak Like a Pro

Seminyak is a place where the sun seems to shine a tad brighter and Balinese smiles are everywhere. Having travelled all around this town, we’ve uncovered a few tips that might just make your visit a touch more delightful.

What’s the best way to navigate through Seminyak’s streets?

Navigating the streets of Seminyak is definitely not for the faint of heart. If you don’t have a good sense of direction, you might opt to hail a Gojek bike or car ride. The streets themselves are fine, but there doesn’t seem to be rhyme or reason with the layout. While walking through Seminyak lets you soak in the sights and sounds up close, there few direct paths to where you’re going.

You (and bikes and scooters) will travel through alleys and walkways to get where you’re going. I suggest you use Google Maps on your phone as a walking tour guide. Hailing a scooter is easy (they honk as they go buy) and they can give you the freedom to explore a bit more. The traffic here has its own rhythm, so keep your wits about you.

Is there a hidden gem for foodies away from Seminyak’s bustling Eat Street?

Absolutely! While Eat Street is the central eating district, there’s a lesser-known alley called Jalan Drupadi. Here, you’ll find quaint cafes and local warungs serving up dishes that are excellent with a more chill atmosphere. Eating in Seminyak is like stumbling into your grandma’s kitchen — especially if your grandma was a top-notch Balinese chef

What’s cool about Seminyak Beach?

While Seminyak Beach offers a fabulous sunset experience, for an extra-special sunset dipped in a bit of magic, head over to Double Six Beach. It’s the next beach south, closer to Kuta. Grab a bean bag at one of the beachfront bars, order a cold drink, and watch the sky put on a show. These beach sunsets are wonderful, and compare to the sunsets near our home in Los Angeles.

Are the prices fixed at shops in Seminyak Square?

Seminyak Square is a bazaar of treasures waiting to be haggled over. Everything is negotiable, to a point. My advice is to start your offer at about half (or less) of the asking price. then work your way up. You can ask for the cost of something in another shop if you want to act surprised. And remember, a smile and a friendly chat will almost always help you find a bargain.

Is Seminyak expensive?

Not for most. Eating, drinking, and clubbing in Seminyak is surprisingly inexpensive (coming from Europe and the US). We had many lovely dinners for four from $45 to $65 USD, and that included drinks and/or a bottle of wine. Many beach clubs and restaurants offer happy hour specials in the early evening, too. Bali is a great place to flex your travel budget.

You’re now well on your way to experiencing the best things to do in Seminyak, Bali. Remember, every alley has a story, every local has a tip, and every moment is an opportunity for adventure!

What are your favorite things to do in Seminyak?

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About The Author

Samantha

I’m a travel and health writer, digital brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising an active family, life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.

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