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SURFING SEMINYAK BEACH

One of the few beach breaks in Bali, Seminyak beach is often as elusive as it is perfect.  Located on Bali’s western coastline, just 15 minutes north of Kuta, Seminyak should definitely make your list of spots to scope.  Considered one of the more popular surfing destinations on the island for surfers of all ability levels, you can expect easy road access with a wide variety of accommodation, food, and entertainment options in the area.  If you’re hankering for a perfect A frame, long shoulder or epic lock-out barrel, Seminyak might be your best bet.

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SURFING CONDITIONS

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What kind of wave is Seminyak?

While Bali is more notable for its long lines of perfection breaking over stretches of sharp shallow reef, Seminyak stands apart as a beach break.  As a result, you can expect Seminyak to be much more conditions dependent than other breaks in the area. Meaning, size, swell direction, and currents will affect the break more than you may expect.  

    • Wave type:

      Beach break

    • Wave difficulty:

      Beginner-advanced

    • What way does the wave break:

      Rights and lefts

    • Sea bottom:

      Sand

 

  • Booties:

    Not necessary

  • Surfboard type:

    Longboard to shortboard

  • Crowd factor:

    Mellow

  • Hazards:

    Crowds, closeouts, beginner surfers, and rip currents

    • Best swell direction:

      WSW

    • Best wind direction:

      NE

    • What tide does it work best on:

      All tides

    • Best tide movement for surfing:

      Incoming

 

  • How consistent is the surf:

    Ultra consistent

  • Best time of year for waves:

    Wet season

  • What is the vibe like in the lineup:

    Mellow as can be

  • What other names does Seminyak surf spots go by?

    Petitenget

    Ku De Ta

    Double Six

How do you get in and out of the surf?

As you’re standing on the beach at Seminyak, it’s best to look for sections where the waves do not typically break.  Usually, these will be rip currents. Rip currents can be great for getting out to the line-up quickly but keep your eye on the beach to make sure you’re not getting sucked into a bad spot.  

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

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What is the beach like?

Seminyak beach is a wide open expanse of white sand dotted with restaurants, warungs, and tourist attractions.  Great spot for an afternoon drinking beers with friends, searching for live music or watching the sunset after a long session.

Where should I stay? (Overview)

There’s plenty of places to choose from in the surrounding area.  Take a look below for some of our favorites.

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Cheapest Price Range – Hotel Liberta Seminyak Bali

Hotel Liberta Seminyak Bali is more than your old sandy surf hostel.  With modern amenities, great food, pool access and only a block from the beach you couldn’t ask for more.  Hotel Liberta feels almost like a Southern California getaway except with easy access to year-round world class Balinese barrels.  Hotel Liberta is a great choice for single travelers, couples, and families on a budget.

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Cheapest Price Range – The Harmony Hotel Seminyak

The Harmony Hotel Seminyak looks more like a community of beach cottages than a hotel.  While this may not be the ideal locale for families or honeymooners, single surfers won’t mind the cheap prices and easy access to Seminyak’s various beach breaks.  All things aside, it’s always important to bare in mind not to expect a 5 star experience for a 1 star price. If you’re looking for a bit more luxury, read on to see what else is on offer in Seminyak.   

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Mid Price Range – Villa Kresna Boutique Villas

If you’re looking for comfort and privacy but don’t like the idea of a corporate resort, Villa Krensa Boutique Villas might be your ideas getaway.  Located a short walk from the sand, each villa has its own level of privacy and seclusion you won’t find in Seminyak’s busy surrounding areas. It’s easy to enjoy the peace, quiet, and comfort on Villa Kresna Boutique Villas.  Ideal for couples, families, or groups looking to spend hour upon hour in the line-up.

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Luxury Price Range – The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa

With nearly an uncontested 5 stars on Trip Advisor, The Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa is one of the best surf accommodation options you’ll find in Seminyak.  Just steps from the beach and conveniently located near local nightlife, The Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa is great for couples or honeymooners with differing ideas about hours spent in the line-up versus hours spent poolside.  Ideal for destination weddings, romantic getaways, or a private retreat.

Is there food nearby?

Atlas Kitchen and Coffee carries on the legacy of hearty, healthy, and delicious food you’ll find everywhere in bali.  A classic mix of asian dishes, Atlas Kitchen is a step-up from your typical street food warrung.  Great for a hearty breakfast post-dawn patrol or dinner/lunch followed by an evening in the surf or out on the town.  

Naughty Nuri’s Seminyak serves up a balinese look at barbeque.  Expect large succulent portions of your favorite barbecue dish from ribs and chicken to beef brisket.  A fun and lively atmosphere, Naughty Nuri’s is a great place to start out the night after a long day of bicep burning rip currents to a long night of belch inducing bintangs.  With over 1,400 reviews on Tripadvisor, Naughty Nuri’s still boasts a whopping 5 stars and it’s not hard to taste why.

Barbacoa Bali sets a high bar for Bali’s emerging boutique/hipster-foodie scene.  Offering a chilled ambience juxtaposed against a modern industrial chic, Barbacoa Bali serves up Argentine and Mediterranean inspired dishes from slow roasted pork to empanadas and chimichurri sauce.  You might find yourself planning your next surf trip for South America after tasting Barbacoa Bali.

What else is there to do in the area other than surfing?

Motel Mexicola – An evening at Motel Mexicola might make you forget your surroundings to the point where you’ll still be shouting spanish slang at your boat driver the next morning.  Motel Mexicola offers an authentic look into Mexicos cuisine, culture, and nightlife. Expect strong cocktails, loud music, and beautiful women all night followed by a bowl of menudo in the morning to nurse your hangover.  

Double Six Rooftop Sunset Bar – After a few hours of surfing, there’s not much better than a cool cocktail overlooking the sunset.  Double Six Rooftop Sunset Bar offers one of the best views of the sunset you’re likely to find in Bali.  While you can’t beat the view, the food, drink, and atmosphere is nothing to scoff at either. Ps: Don’t forget to scope out some of the other beach breaks in Seminyak while sipping your pina colada.

Potato Head Beach Club – Never judge a book by it’s cover, and never judge a bar by it’s name.  Potato Head Beach Club may not sound like the best place for night out, but it is.  When entering the restaurant, you can’t miss the eccentric public art pieces made entirely of window shades of all things.  Located literally on the beach in Seminyak, Potato Head Beach Club offers great food, drink and atmosphere paired with infinity pools and open gardens for enjoying the company of friends or strangers.  

Bali Food Safari Tour – Speaking of the emerging hipster-foodie culture, Bali Food Safari Tour offers a look into Seminyak’s bursting fine-dining experiences.  For a relatively cheap price, you can expect 12 different dishes from Seminyak’s best restaurants. With the melting pot that Bali has become in recent years, you’ll have the opportunity to taste a variety of different cuisines from Bali’s traditional food to mediterranean and american inspired dishes.  

Bali Party Pub Crawl – Who doesn’t love a good pub crawl?  Your surf trip might just not be complete without a night of full on debauchery.  Bali Party Pub Crawl can help to ensure that you have quick and easy access to the nightlife in Seminyak lead by a guide who can tour you through the scene.  For a night out with friends, who doesn’t love free drinks, free access to four different venues, and no line privileges?

What else do I need to know?

Seminyak is conveniently located to a number of other notable surf spots in the Bali.  Consider renting a scooter or moped to check out some of the surrounding area.

LOCATION

Where is Seminyak?

Seminyak is located on the west coast of Bali neighbouring Legian to the north.

How to get around?

You can grab a taxi from almost anywhere in Seminyak however be warned that Seminyak is home to the most congested traffic in Bali. At certain times of the day it is a lot quicker to walk than take a taxi. The best solution to get around Seminyak as is the same everywhere in Bali is by scooter. Renting a scooter will save you a lot of time and frustration!

Is there parking fees?

Along the beach in the Seminyak area you will pay a parking fee of 2,000Rp per scooter where ever you decide to park up and check the surf.

How to get there?

Step 1: From the airport head west along until you reach the roundabout

Step 2: At the roundabout take the first exit onto Jalan Airport Ngurah Rai and continue north onto Jalan Sunset Road for 12.8km

Step 3: Turn left onto Jalan Raya Taman and in 280m turn left onto Jl. Kayu Aya

Step 4: Drive 1.7km until your reach the carpark at Petitenget Beach