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Legian, Bali

Location and How to Get to Legian

Legian is located to the north of Kuta in south Bali. It is approximately 8 km (5 miles) from Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) International Airport. Most volunteers coming to Legian from the airport will arrive by taxi. There are also buses and bemos (open air minibuses) that travel here from other parts of the island. Volunteers and other visitors find that Legian has all the benefits of Kuta, without the chaos that follows it.

How to Get Around Legian

When it comes to getting around Legian the options are:

  • It is possible to walk almost anywhere in Legian if people have the energy for this. It is best to avoid walking during the hottest parts of the day.
  • It is common for volunteers to rent a motorbike for the duration of their stay – this is only recommended for those who have experience with a motorbike.
  • It is also possible to rent a bicycle.
  • There are plenty of taxis driving along the main roads in Legian.

Highlights of Legian

The highlights of Legian include:

  • The main attraction in Legian is the beach. Despite its popularity it continues to be a stunning location with plenty of activities on the sand and in the water.
  • The best sunset in Bali can be seen from Legian Beach. There are also plenty of beach bars where volunteers can enjoy a drink as they watch the sun go down.

Other nearby places to go include:

  • Kuta is just a couple of kilometers away from Legian, and this is the most popular tourist area in Bali.
  • Waterbom Park can be found in nearby Kuta. This is one of the best water parks in Asia and consists of 3.8 hectares of water slides and other amusements. *Seminyak is a town to the north of Legian beach, and this is also where most of the top class hotels in Bali are located. If people are looking for the best spa treatments or other forms of pampering they should go to Seminyak.

Things to do in Legian

  • This is a great place for volunteers to learn how to surf and there are a number of professional surf shops in the local area that will provide instruction.
  • Some visitors claim that the shopping in Legian is superior to Kuta because there are better deals and fewer crowds. There are numerous shops and markets along Jalan Legian, and the side roads off it.
  • Those people who enjoy a game of golf can go to New Kuta Golf Club near Balangan Beach. It is possible to rent clubs and other golfing equipment there.
  • There are a number of scuba diving schools in the local area if people wish to learn how to dive. Trips can be arranged for those who are already experienced and just want to do some underwater exploration.
  • Beach football is popular in Legian, and it is usually possible for anyone to join in the fun. Most games kick off at 5 pm.
  • Probably the most popular pastime is lying on the beach and soaking up the sun. There are vendors walking up and down the beach so there is no need to go anywhere for food or drink.

Nightlife in Legian

The nightlife in Legian is not as wild as in nearby Kuta, but there are plenty of options including:

  • Bali Beach Shack is an Australian owned bar and restaurant that is located on Jalan Sahadewa. They offer live entertainment every night of the week and have a good selection of western as well as Indonesian cuisine.
  • The Legend is live music bar on Jalan Sahadewa. It is owned by a famous Bali pop singer.
  • If people are looking for some authentic Indonesian food they can visit Ketupat on Jalan Dewi Sri.
  • Lanai Beach Bar is situated right beside the beach on Jalan Pantai Blue Ocean. They specialize in Indonesian seafood, and they also offer other menu options such as sushi and pizza.
  • W Sports Bar on Jalan Legian and they offer all live sports on 3 large screens and numerous smaller TV screens spread around the bar. As well as offering sports they also have a good menu and impressive cocktail menu. *Zanzibar Beach Side Restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine on Jalan Pantai Blue Ocean. This is also a great venue from which to watch the sunset.
  • Bali Rock Cafe is located on Jalan Melasti and it offers live sports as well as rock music. This venue is nice and large which is just as well as it often gets packed – it is a nice restaurant during the day and lively venue once night falls.
  • 61 Legian Entertainment Complex offers a number of bars and venues under the one roof. The Sky Garden Lounge is a rooftop bar in the complex that is highly recommended.
  • M Bar Go on Jalan Legian offers loud hip hop music late into the night – they have two floors so there is a choice in music. There is also a cocktail lounge area for those who wish to escape the crowds.
  • If people are looking for some non-local Asian cuisine they can visit Lemongrass Thai Restaurant on Jalan Melasti. They currently (mid 2012) have a happy hour on drinks between 15:00 and 18:00.

On Saturdays and Sundays there is plenty of live music and other entertainment on the Legian beach in the evenings.