Legian Beach

Legian Beach is probably the second most popular area with visitors in Bali. This is after Kuta, thanks to its close association with beach life and its parties. Indeed, one of Legian’s main attractions is its extravagant nightlife. Another attraction is the white sandy beach filled with tanned wannabe celebrities. For first timers, Legian might feel just like another Kuta. But give yourself a day, an evening walk along the famous Double Six Beach, and a night in a cosy club here. Then, you decide what you’ll do with the rest of your vacation. Legian literally means ‘sweet’ in Balinese. As its name suggests, Legian promises sweet memories of a Bali holiday.

About Legian Beach

Much like Kuta in the distant past, Legian was just another Balinese fishing village on the island’s southwestern coast, with empty seaside coconut groves and traditional fishing outriggers lining the sand. Now, it is home to some of the island’s best five-star luxury resorts, with adjoining beach clubs and luxurious amenities making good use of the quieter coast, rolling surf and dramatic sunsets.

The Rip Curl School of Surf

The Rip Curl School of Surf is Asia’s leading board riding school. One of the leading surf brands, Rip Curl set up a base for its surf school in Legian in 1998. It has an international reputation for offering the finest services, facilities and consistently perfect learning conditions. The school offers courses at all levels in surfing, wakeboarding, kite surfing, windsurfing, tow-in and stand-up paddle board. Legian’s waves are not as crowded as Kuta in the south and provide you with slightly better conditions for learning. After around four hours of guidance from Rip Curl’s experienced team of instructors, you’ll get a clearer understanding of the techniques, the form, and positioning on the board, and most importantly find your way on the waves. You can have fun with the soft boards after the course to hone your newly acquired skills.

Legian Beach Shopping and Dining

The boardwalk of Legian Beach is lined with small art shops, but most of Legian’s main shopping scenes are away from the coastline. Designated walking streets include the two Poppies Lanes, Jalan Legian, Jalan Werkudara (aka Garlic Lane Shopping Street) and the Mertanadi Art Market on Jalan Melasti. Luxurious Legian dining and nightlife hotspots include SKAI Beach Club and Azul Beach Club, both just a hop over the boardwalk. Chilling on a tight budget is also very possible in Legian, with many choices of locally-run beach bars right on the sand.

Legian Beach Activities

Besides surfing and swimming, you can simply rent a sun lounger to comfortably lay back and soak up some rays, available from either IDR 50,000 or 100,000 (USD 4 or 8) depending on your negotiating skills. You can expect a beach massage to be in the same range – agree on a price before your massage starts, and a small tip is acceptable if the kneading turned out great. When the sun goes down, you can enjoy an impromptu beach soccer or volley tournament with the locals. Contemporary activities such as bubble sumo and zorbing come and go, so you can expect a very different set of offerings on your next visits.

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