Legian Travel Guide

Legian is nestled between Kuta and Seminyak, and its location is a good indication of its feel. A little less hectic then Kuta, not as relaxed or trendy as Seminyak.


Located about 15 minutes from Ngurah Rah International Airport, on Bali’s West Coast. North of Kuta, South of Seminyak.


If you want to be in the main tourist destinations of Bali, and have shops, markets, lots of food options and the beach at your doorstep then it’s for you. If you came to Bali to see beautiful beaches or rice fields, then your probably best looking into Ubud, Jimbaran, Uluwatu or the North or East coast of Bali.

The Ugly Truth

  • Busy with plenty of tourists
  • Traffic can be congested

The Silver Lining

  • Good location if you want to spend most your time between Kuta, Legian and Seminyak.
  • Lot’s of shops and restaurants on hand.
  • You can see a pretty nice sunset on the beach.

What’s Nearby?

Legian has surfing lessons available, music on the weekends and always a massage at the ready. There are many beachfront restaurants and bars and easy access to shops. At the beach end of Jalan Melasti is a large market selling traditional Balinese items and souvenirs.

Kuta and Seminyak are close by, so you could go to Kuta to shop or go to Waterbom Park, and you can also easily access Seminyak for more boutique high end shopping, art gallery’s and fine dining.

  • Kuta and Seminyak are right next door
  • Ngurah Rai International Airport is 15 mins south
  • Jimbaran is 30 mins south (depending on traffic)
  • Uluwatu is 45 mins south (depending on traffic)
  • Ubud is about 1.5 hrs away

Things To Do

Plenty of options for the normal activities, eating, sleeping, shopping, swimming. For those unique activities, such as bike riding through traditional villages, or relaxing on a beach that feels like your own, you will need to venture out.

Legian Bali Map

A Day In Legian

Morning: Spend the morning walking the streets looking for a bargain

Lunch: Have lunch at one of the restaurants that line the beach

Afternoon: Relax at the beach with a chair, umbrella and a Bintang

Sunset: Stay at the beach to watch a beautiful Balinese sunset

Night: Try another of the beach restaurants and bars to take you into the night

Tip: Legian is close to Kuta and Seminyak, so you could easily go between the three places…

Best For…

  • Shopping
  • Beach
  • Learning to Surf
  • Sunsets
  • Budget to mid-range eats
  • Bars and Nightclubs

Tips From Mandy and Chris

Legian would be a good option if you wanted to stay in Seminyak but it was over the budget. Or if you wanted to be near Kuta but not stay right there.

Accommodation Highlights


  • Ahmed E. says:

    hi, what a blog! thank you guys for this beautiful website, it is very informative and easy to read. i seek your advice on where to ‘sleep’ in Bali.
    we – a group of four friends – are looking for a blend of relaxation and adventure and it sounds like it could be found in Kuta and Seminyak.
    So what do you think about a ‘vacation rental’ in Legian as base for an exciting retreat? is it the right way to go?

    • Hi Ahmed, thanks so much! For a group of friends this would probably be a great area/base. By vacation rental, do you mean renting a villa? Villa rentals are a great option in Bali, especially for a group. They range from the basic to the extravagant, with pool, maid and sometimes chef included. It really just depends on your personal preference, if you want to all stay together in a villa, or if you would rather the facilities at a hotel, and comparing what you can get for the price. Have a great time in Bali 🙂 Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Abhijit says:

    I am planning for honeymoon in Bali in the month of March. Can u please help me in planning the same?
    Which are the good hotels to stay for couples & which are the must see spots?

    • Hi, Uluwatu is a popular area for honeymoons as it has some stunning resorts perched on the clifftops with great views. Some amazing hotels there include Alila, Anantara, Samara and Banyan Tree. But Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Seminyak and Ubud all have great options too, depending on what you’re looking for.
      Jimbaran/Uluwatu area have great beaches (Padang Padang, Bingin) as well as Pandawa Beach near Nusa Dua. Uluwatu temple has some great views but lots of cheeky monkeys. Seafood dinner on the beach in Jimbaran for sunset is always nice. Dinner at a beautiful restaurant, there are a lot of these in Seminyak. Visiting some rice terraces. Riding a bicycle through traditional villages. There are so many things to do in Bali!
      Let us know if we can help in any other way, otherwise have a wonderufl honeymoon 🙂

  • Danny Exton says:

    Hello from London Mandy and Chris! I must start by saying your site is absolutely fantastic thank you for providing such a useful resource! We will be in Bali for 10 nights staying in Legian (at the Stones!) and then Nusa Dua.. a couple of questions for you: 1) In terms of booking excursions to e.g. Ubud and Mount Batur should we do this before arrival (if so can you recommend a tour operator?) or is best to when at the hotel? 2) We will be in Bali on Christmas Day and would like to spend the day sailing.. any ideas on operator for full day catamaran excursions? / If not any ideas for Christmas Day in Legian (or nearby?) Best, Danny

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