Bali is a sublime mix of relaxation and natural attractions, while there are many especially unique things to do inSeminyak, a beach resort to the south of the island. Although renowned as the perfect honeymoon destination, this Indonesian island is currently enjoying a healthy relationship with travel addicts and nature lovers alike. From snorkeling in the pristine waters of Padang Bay to an unforgettable meal on Madu Sari Mountain, there are many unique reasons as to why so many visitors return to the island year after year.
Here are 7 unique things to do in Seminyak:
1.Diving and snorkeling
After getting acquainted with one of the most charming and enchanting havens on earth, it’s time to explore beneath the surface of the blue waters surrounding Bali. Sites such as Amed, Padang Bay and Pulau Menjangan are perfect for beginners with a very light current and peaceful surroundings while more advanced divers can enjoy sites like around Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and and Candidasa.
In terms of visibility, the waters of Bali range from 10 to 50 meters ensuring an unforgettable encounter and the best visibility is usually found around Nusa Penida and Pulau Menjangan
Tip: It is recommended to wear a 3mm full length suit but don’t worry, Bali is a warm destination all year round so it will not be chilly.
2.Take a bike tour
Cycling is very common in Bali and one of the best ways to get around in Seminyak. In fact, a bike tour is arguably one of the best things to do in Bali as the island has invested heavily in amazing bike parks and other bicycle infrastructures.
You can also rent a bike independently and venture wherever your heart takes you, but a bike tour has the added value of being able to introduce you to local villages, rice paddy fields and other areas of local culture. You can even cycle to Monkey Forest to visit the crab-eating macaques or head to Goa Gajah, known as one of the holiest places in Bali. Either way, cycling is a great way to see the local environment, not to mention it is also a very affordable and healthy activity.
3.Enjoy an unforgettable meal
Bali has also some of the most unique and most fascinating dining places you will ever encounter. One of the absolute “must see” dining places amongst these options is Frankenstein’s Laboratory where you get to dine in a monster themed restaurant, although this is if you are brave enough to eat with Frankenstein without losing your appetite. Another highlight is the opportunity to dine at a live volcano at the Madu Sari Mountain restaurant. It might sound crazy at first but enjoying dinner with the backdrop of a volcano is one of the most romantic meals you could possibly hope to find. And then there is Pomengrate in the middle of actual paddy fields or Sardine where you can enjoy a meal in the serenity of a man-made paddy field.
4.Explore Bali with an ATV
Well yes cycling around Bali on 2 wheels is amazing but some people like to get around a little faster. While enjoying the real beauty of Bali would be hard with a car, ATVs and Buggies are a great way to travel while feeling immersed in the local surroundings.
The Bali Quad and Bali Buggy tours take you to discover Bali’s heartland and rural village scenes on off-road four-wheelers that whiz through all kinds of terrain with ease. On such a tour there will are professional guides to give you instructions and information on the local areas but in general, this is genuinely one of the most fun things to do in Bali. Feet off the ground, helmet on, saddle up, right thumb on lever… and off you go.
5.Visit a Waterpark in Bali
You just can’t go to Seminyak without taking a day trip to at least one of the amazing water parks. Waterbom Bali in central Kuta, which is also the island's first and largest; New Kuta Green Park, located in the southern Bukit Peninsula, and the latest addition being the Circus Waterpark, located in the outerskirts of Kuta will get you excited.
Each of these parks feature a wide array of slides, lazy river pools and food and beverage outlets, great day to enjoy with family or large group of Friends. Some beaches even offer kids pools and slides as well like the Padma resort Legian where the family pool has 3 slides and water umbrellas. And then there is the Bali Dynasty resort which is home to a 56-metre slide and a separate adults-only lazy pool with babysitting services to take care of the kids.
The southern shores of Bali have the perfect rolling waves and beaches for surfers, the origin of surfing in Bali started with the island’s own first visitors back in 1930 where wave-riders visited the island to discover the beauty of its waves, drawn by the sun and beaches wave riders flown in ever since! Bali's surfer crowd comprises experienced riders and beginners who want a piece of the action. Pros can head to the outer reef breaks of the southern Bukit Peninsula, while newbies can opt for smaller waves in the lagoons. Bali is a great place to pick up the sport, and Seiminyak has many places in which you can avail of board rentals and surf schools widely available. Surf shops are also abundant, so you can easily source your wax, rash guards and any other gear you might need! You can also visit surfing schools there that could give you guidance and help you have your first surfing experience in Seminyak.