Legian is the northern subdivision of Kuta, though is often noted to be slightly more relaxed than Kuta itself. Kuta and Legian are the hub of mass tourism in Bali, where the draws of the city, meet the traveler’s desire for beach life. Kuta & Legian are typical city – constant traffic and noise, an abundance of shops, restaurants, some more eclectic than others. I am glad that Legian was our last stop in Bali. By the time we arrived, I am more familiar with market vendors, crazy traffic and customs of Bali. Had we gone to Legian first, I probably would have hated Bali. Vendors in Legian were constantly calling to us, some even tried to pull us by the arm into their shops. Definitely a very different vibe compared to little Sidemen or even Ubud. The perks of visiting the city include more food, shopping and accommodation options. Also, many tours to explore the rest of Bali leave from Kuta.
We arrived from Nusa Lembongan late in the afternoon and checked into our hotel. The evening compromised of a wander, to get our directional bearings, a quick dinner and some gelato. Our energy levels were dwindling, especially since our trip was winding down. I don’t know about you, but my last stop of a trip always has this air of sadness and tiredness mixed with a little readiness to go home.
Our last full day in Bali!
We spent the morning exploring the shops and looking for last minute souvenirs. In Legian, the main shopping streets are Jalan Padma, Jalan Melasti, Jalan Sahadewa (aka Garlic Lane) and the art market Mertanadi. Many of the products were similar to that of Ubud’s markets with the exception of basket bags and silk robes; which we were very happy to have purchased in Ubud. We also checked out the Kuta Beachwalk Mall, which is full of Western clothing chains like Zara, Pull & Bear, Mango, H&M, et cetera.
After we had all our souvenirs and a few things for ourselves, we walked beside the beach, specifically Jalan Pantai Legian which acts as a boardwalk of sorts. Legian beach is popular with surfers and sun seekers alike. The waves were certainly rolling in when we were there. The beaches are lined with sun loungers and umbrellas – though not free, there are people stationed to collect the rental fee.
Back at the hotel, we planned to relax and catch some final rays to work on our progressing tans. One of Kelsie’s friends from her previous visit brought a friend to visit us at the pool. We swam and chatted away (in a mix of American and Indonesian Sign Language, I mostly just guessed) the afternoon. Did I mention this was another infinity pool. A rooftop infinity pool! I’ve never felt so fancy as I have in Bali. So many gorgeous pools.
Our night was spent squeezing everything into our backpacks, in preparation for our flights the following day.
We had to make a stop off at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing School, Lumina, that Kelsie volunteered at on her previous visit. I quickly learned how to sign my name in Indonesia sign language (which is easier than ASL by the way). We popped our heads into all the classrooms, introduced ourselves, told them we were from Canada and had the children introduce themselves to us. It was such a beautiful way to spend our final morning in Bali. The children were so excited to see us and more importantly excited to see Kelsie’s hearing devices. You could see the look of recognition and then belonging when they realized they were same-same. The school had grown in size since Kelsie was last there, which is inspiring, as this is the first school of it’s kind in Bali. Kelsie and I both have a special place in our hearts for children, she being an educator and I being a pediatric nurse.
Off to the airport. We drank our last Bintang Radler at the departure gate, we already checked if we could get them in Vancouver, sadly no. Our first flight to Taipei was about 5 hours, with a short layover. The flight to Vancouver from Taipei was 10.5 hours . Fortunately we both slept for 8 or so hours. Thank you Benadryl and Melatonin (see my Airplane survival guide for more flying tips).
Things to do in Legian
- Day trip to Uluwatu Temple on the Bukit Peninsula, south of Kuta
- Day trip to Tanah Lot Temple, north of Kuta
- Take surf lessons
- Enjoy the beach
- Ride waterslides at Waterbom
- Day trip just about anywhere in Bali