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. Legian Beach is probably the second most popular area with visitors after Kuta because of 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.
Legian Beach is the stretch of gold and silver sand that continues north of the coast of famous Kuta Beach, and ends just where Seminyak Beach starts. Set between these two of Bali’s most famous beaches, Legian has a mix of the surfing Mecca scenes of Kuta and the partying crowd of Seminyak, and is an ideal recreational place where you can shop, swim and go for leisurely walks along boutique and restaurant-lined streets.
Legian Beach also comprises a central coastline known as Double Six Beach, which is also referred to casually as Blue Ocean Beach, located north of the Jayakarta Hotel and borders the Seminyak Beach area. The beach itself has a more relaxed scene compared to the neighbouring beaches, with gold and silver sand that starts from Jalan Melasti to Jalan Werkudara. You can go for a swim, take a surfing lesson, simply soak up some sun with a good read, or play or watch afternoon beach volleyball and soccer matches in time for the dramatic sunsets.
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.
Legian comprises several shopping streets lined with local boutiques and notable art markets. Among them is Jalan Mertanadi and Jalan Melasti, the former featuring a large art market which features almost everything from knock-off brand sunglasses to the popular Bintang beer shirts and singlets. There are also unique handicraft items and knick-knacks that serve as great souvenirs for the folks back home, and it’s convenient as you don’t need to travel far to the other central Bali art markets that have become shopping destinations.
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. 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 Legian is a must visit. However, 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.