All of your most burning questions about Seminyak answered —
Q: How do I get to Seminyak from the airport? About how long does it take?
A: Official airport taxis will take you where ever you need to go; get a prepaid ticket at the taxi stand located on the left hand side once you exit the terminal. If you are staying in a villa or hotel, then you will most likely arrange for an airport pickup with management beforehand. Seminyak is located 10 kilometers from the Ngurah Rai International Airport and about a 20-30 minute drive away, depending on the time of day and amount of traffic.
Q: When is peak season in Seminyak?
A: Peak season in Seminyak (and Bali as a whole) is generally from December to February, when most people come to Bali on holiday breaks. The period between July and September is also very crowded and is considered the island’s high season; you will see prices increase significantly for accommodation and transport during both the high and peak season.
Q: What is the weather like in August?
A: If you come to Seminyak in August you are likely to experience a day that is free of rain and intense humidity. Since it is in the middle of dry season, the weather consists of pleasantly warm days and relatively cooler nights (though still warm, we are in the tropics after all!). The easterly winds pick up during this time, making for a good surf swell and a prime environment for competitive kite flying.
* Dry Season: May-November
* Rainy season: December-April
Q: Do I need a visa if I’m only coming for 2 weeks?
A: Yes. Tourist visas are issued upon arrival to the airport in Bali for citizens of over 60 different countries. Valid for 30 days, the cost of the tourist visa upon arrival (VoA) is either free or USD$35 (the fee may also be paid in EUR or AUS, as well as a few other currencies). As of June 2015, a new visa waiver has been issued by the government, allowing citizens from 45 countries to enter Indonesia (and Bali) for free, including those from Singapore, France, the United States. This visa is only valid for 30 days and cannot be extended or converted into another type of visa. Remember that in order to get a visa stamp, your passport must also be valid for at least 6 months and it needs to have a free page.
Q: What is the best way to get around Seminyak?
A: If you feel comfortable, you should definitely rent a motorbike to travel the short distances within Seminyak. Renting a car is another option, but if you are not accustomed to driving on the left side of the road, then it is probably not worth it to try and attempt doing so, especially on the chaotic streets of Seminyak. Taking a taxi is a cheap and efficient option, as is hiring a driver to chauffeur you for longer trips around the island.
Q: I want to stay within walking distance to the restaurants and shops. Where should I look?
A: Conveniently, most of Seminyak’s main streets are lined with an endless array of dining venues, shopping boutiques, spas and bars among other attractions. Oberoi Road, aka ‘Eat Street’, is one of these such streets and just happens to be surrounded by hidden away villas, hotels and home stays, most of which are within a 10 minute walk or less.
Q: Where is the best place to watch the sunset in Seminyak?
A: Any of the beach clubs along Seminyak’s coast offer uninterrupted views of the sun setting over the horizon; personal favorites include La Plancha for their laid beach vibes, live music and bean bag seating, along with Potato Head for its amphitheater-style grass hill, poolside day beds and inventive libations making nature’s light show that much sweeter.