Legian may be a more relaxed alternative to brash Kuta but there is still almost as much to see and do in the resort. It is just as popular with younger surfers who come here in their droves to learn the basics in a more laid back atmosphere. Beaches are wide and golden with a spectacular backdrop of crashing waves and afford majestic ocean sunsets.
Kite flying, massage, beach soccer and volleyball can all be enjoyed on the sand and while it is a lively place, it is rarely troubled by persistent beach hawkers. It remains busy until well after dark with strolling couples and guitar strumming youngsters and is a great spot for some people watching.
Bali Shell Museum
On the eastern outskirts of Legian is this rather grand looking museum and gallery solely devoted to sea shells. There are over 1,000 exotic species on display in a multitude of vivid colours. In addition there some weird and wonderful stuffed sea creatures, crustaceans and even a shark.
Exhibits are lovingly arranged and illuminated and it makes for a pleasant and diverting couple of hours away from the beach. (website: www.balishellmuseum.com)
Surfing in Legian
Still the most popular pursuit by far in town, Legian’s surfing scene is a lively one and well represented by several large surf schools offering professional tuition for all levels. Ombak Legian Surf Academy (website: www.academyofsurfing.com) is a well respected operator with many years experience and offer both tailored individual and group lessons. Legian beach is the perfect environment for learning as it is extremely wide and never seems to get overcrowded. There is also the added advantage of no noisy traffic as its long shady promenade is closed to all motorised transport.