Legian is nestled between Kuta and Seminyak, and its location is a good indication of its feel. A little less hectic than Kuta, not as trendy as Seminyak.
If you want to be in the main tourist destinations of Bali, and have shops, markets, 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 you’re probably best looking into Ubud, Jimbaran, Uluwatu or the North or East coast of Bali, either as an alternative or combining it with Legian.
There are plenty of things to do in Legian, including shopping, swimming, eating out, massages, and surfing lessons. At the beach end of Jalan Melasti is a large market selling traditional Balinese items and souvenirs.
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. Legain offers great value for money.
Depending on traffic… Kuta and Seminyak are walkable or a short taxi. Ngurah Rai International Airport is 15 mins south. Jimbaran is 30 mins south. Uluwatu is 45 mins south. Ubud is about 1.5 hrs away.
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 galleries, cafes and fine dining.
Another option is visiting Tanah Lot, a Balinese Temple on the coast. You could do a day trip to Ubud although I think staying there would be much more enjoyable. And then there is always a tasty seafood dinner on the beach in Jimbaran.
FEEL // Busy, touristy and laid-back at the same time.
BEST FOR // Sunsets, budget to mid-range eats, bars and clubs, shopping, learning to surf.
LOCATION // About 20 minutes from the airport on Bali’s West Coast. North of Kuta, South of Seminyak.
GET THERE // Legian is about 20 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic. You can get a taxi from the official airport stand at the airport when you arrive, or arrange a transfer with your hotel. If you’re coming from another area in Bali, you can take a taxi or a private driver if you want to stop off along the way.
GET AROUND // The best way to get around Legian is walking. Otherwise, Bluebird taxi’s are the way to go to get a little further.
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.
ACCOMMODATION // Predominantly budget to mid-range hotels and villas, with some luxury hotel options. Read More.
TYPE OF HOLIDAY // Fun, Friends, Family, Couples.
READ MORE // Find all of our Legian Blog Posts here.
A Day In Legian
Morning: Spend the morning walking the streets looking for a bargain
Lunch: Have lunch at Nalu Bowls or Shelter Cafe
Afternoon: Relax at the beach
Sunset: Stay at the beach to watch a beautiful Balinese sunset
Night: Have dinner in Legian or Seminyak and try one of the beach bars.
Tip: Legian is close to Kuta and Seminyak, so you could easily go between the three places…
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
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 :)
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.