The Best Beach Spots from Semiyak to Kuta in Bali, Indonesia

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After 90 minutes in a taxi and only half way through the 23 mile trip to Tanah Lot, we create a new itinerary for the day.  We ask our driver to drop us off South of Batu Belig Beach at the popular Potato Head Beach Club. We begin a leisurely 4 mile walk along the beach from Semiyak to Kuta and have an oceanfront seat for a perfect sunset.

Potato Head Beach Club 

Nearing the entrance to Potato Head Beach Club, our taxi is searched before we gather our belongings and walk to the security checkpoint. Our bags are thoroughly inspected and we are required to dispose of any plastic water bottles before entering. 

Drinks at Potato Head Beach Club
We loved the menu of fun Indonesian cocktails at Potato Head Beach Club.

Potato Head Beach Club Pool Bali

Potato Head has 3 restaurants, 3 bars, and an infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. Beach and pool seating is open to both guests and outside visitors, but many of the chairs were reserved by those staying at the resort. 

Shutters at Potato Head Beach Club Bali

5000 Lost Soles in Bali

Alila Moments Beach Bar

Neighboring Potato Head Beach Club, we walk down the beach to Alila Moments’ Beach Bar. Choosing a group of bean bags facing the ocean, we are welcomed with a happy hour menu (featuring a buy one get one free Moscow Mule), clean towels, and complimentary snacks. 

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Petitenget Beach

Continuing our walk along the beach, we pass by crews setting up for the first Petitenget Arts & Spirit Festival at Petitenget Beach. 1,952 dancers will perform a Tari Tenun Dance at the festival. The number of dancers symbolizes the year the dance was created, 1952. Assuming the first year is a success, there are plans to have the festival become a permanent annual celebration.

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Petitenget Festival at Kerobokan Petitenget Beach

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Tiny balls of sand can be found along the beaches of Bali. As tiny crabs, known as Sand Bubblers, filter sand through their mouth in search of food, leaving small, discarded sand balls behind.

La Plancha Beach Bar & Restaurant 

Our next destination is on my list of must visit places while in Bali, La Plancha. Arriving before bean bags are set up, we enjoy drinks at the colorful sand bar. The restaurant brings Spanish decor and techniques of cooking on a hot, large metal plate from Spain to Indonesia.

La Plancha Beach Bar Bali

Lounging on Beanbags at La Plancha in Bali

Around 3:00pm, the beach in front of La Plancha begins transforming into a colorful, beanbag paradise, and we are on of the first to claim a bean bag when seating opens at 4:00. 

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Posing in front of La Plancha

Wayan’s Bar

We continue our beach walk as the sun slowly begins to fade. Looking for a place to enjoy the sunset, we see 5 open bean bags at Wayan’s Bar on Legian Beach and order cold Bintangs. Wayan, the owner of the bar, is a great host posing for a photo and serving us complimentary homemade, garlic roasted peanuts as we watch the most beautiful sunset we’ve ever seen.

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sunset panorama

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yoga on the beach

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Legian Beach

As the light on the beach becomes almost nonexistant, we leave Legian Beach to walk along the well-lit road towards Beachwalk Shopping Center. Hearing soft, acoustic music and smelling barbecued meat, we follow an illuminated sidewalk to Legian Beach Hotel’s Ocean Terrace Restaurant for dinner. 

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Kuta Beach

After dinner, we continue walking to the Beachwalk Shopping Center, a collection of upscale shopping. Looking for local, handmade souvenirs we venture outside of the shopping center to a nearby area of local artist shops. Later we return to Beachwalk and easily find a taxi for a return trip to our resort.

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Traveling Gingerbread Note: Our beach walk was inspired by the Lonely Planet Pocket Bali 4km Beach Walk: Batubelig to Pererenan Beach. We didn’t encounter any issues with high tide on our beach walk, but in some other areas in Bali the beach is hidden by the ocean until the afternoon.


September 2018

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Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My fiancé, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over four years. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours, and experiences to maximize our time. Any time we travel, we try to visit to a local brewery and can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. 
 In Tokyo, we laughed every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased a gingerbread off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own adorable gingerbread friend here! The Traveling Gingerbread is an entertaining account of our travels, fun facts, and tips we learned along the way.

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