The beach of Legian stretches for 2 km, starting from the northernmost point of Kuta Beach, where the Jalan Pantai Kuta beach road also ends. The beach scene is similar to Kuta in terms of the usual beach offerings, ranging from parasol-shaded sun loungers and impromptu ‘beach bars’ selling cold drinks and Bintang, to roaming beach masseuses and peddlers selling knick-knacks and knock-off fashion items.
The beach of Legian does offer slight differences, though. The narrow beach road that separates the beach from the hotels, restaurants and bars of Legian is inaccessible by public traffic, meaning that it’s great for pedestrians and is less chaotic than its southern sister. To the north, there’s Double Six Beach, aka Blue Ocean Beach, a half-kilometre stretch of sand dominated by beach restaurants with colourful beanbags on the sand, shared with neighbouring Seminyak.
About Legian Beach
Much like Kuta in the distant past, Legian was just another Balinese fishing village on the island’s southwestern coast, with empty seaside coconut groves and traditional fishing outriggers lining the sand. Now, it is home to some of the island’s best five-star luxury resorts, with adjoining beach clubs and luxurious amenities making good use of the quieter coast, rolling surf and dramatic sunsets.
Best Time to Visit Legian Beach
As an alternative surf spot after Kuta, Legian is home to several notable surf schools, such as Rip Curl School of Surf. Thanks to its sandy beach breaks, conditions are great for beginners. Most of the surfing in Legian is focused around Double Six Beach and in front of the Padma Resort.
Dry season (from April to August) offers the most favourable swells at Legian thanks to the westerly winds. It’s also when the water is generally temperate and free from flotsam. The swells at Padma feature occasional strong undercurrents, particularly around June through October. There are Balawista lifeguard posts here, as well as in front of the Jayakarta Hotel and Double Six Beach. Red-and-yellow flags mean it’s safe to swim or surf, while solid red flags mean “beware of dangerous currents”.
The boardwalk of Legian Beach is lined with small art shops, but most of Legian’s main shopping scenes are away from the coastline. Designated walking streets include the two Poppies Lanes, Jalan Legian, Jalan Werkudara (aka Garlic Lane Shopping Street) and the Mertanadi Art Market on Jalan Melasti. Luxurious Legian dining and nightlife hotspots include SKAI Beach Club and Azul Beach Club, both just a hop over the boardwalk. Chilling on a tight budget is also very possible in Legian, with many choices of locally-run beach bars right on the sand. If you’re lucky, a cold Bintang can be as cheap as IDR 20,000 (USD 1.50) for a small 330ml bottle.
Legian Beach Activities
Besides surfing and swimming, you can simply rent a sun lounger to comfortably lay back and soak up some rays, available from either IDR 50,000 or 100,000 (USD 4 or 8) depending on your negotiating skills. You can expect a beach massage to be in the same range – agree on a price before your massage starts, and a small tip is acceptable if the kneading turned out great. When the sun goes down, you can enjoy an impromptu beach soccer or volley tournament with the locals. Contemporary activities such as bubble sumo and zorbing come and go, so you can expect a very different set of offerings on your next visits.