Batubelig is a relaxed neighbourhood wedged between popular Seminyak and trendy Canggu. Dotted with appealing restaurants and offering easy access to the beach, Batubelig has held on to its local roots. The area has long been described as “up and coming” but has never skyrocketed to the busy frequencies of Seminyak. Batubelig is the perfect option for travellers looking to stay close to Seminyak without breaking the bank.
Batubelig has been spared from the mass development which has taken over Seminyak and the area maintains a more laidback, village feel than its famous neighbour. But you shouldn’t write Batubelig off as a complete snoozeville. The area blends in seamlessly with Seminyak and the Berawa surf district in Canggu, making it an attractive option for travellers looking for the best of both worlds: a more relaxed ambiance (and more affordable pricing!) while still being close to the action.
But Batubelig’s charm is not just about its famous neighbours. The petite neighbourhood centres around the main street of Jalan Batubelig which is dotted with a surprising variety of restaurants and a handful of cute boutiques. Besides the main drag, life in Batubelig revolves around the beach. Batubelig Beach sits between Seminyak Beach and Berawa Beach and offers soft yellow sand and beautiful views at sunset. There are a few cool beach bars in Batubelig and for more variety, you can easily walk along the beach to famous beach clubs located in neighbouring Seminyak and Canggu.
Planning Your Trip to Batubelig
Like the rest of Bali’s popular southwest coastline, Batubelig is a great destination all year round (though beach conditions are at their best during dry season from May to September). Our Batubelig travel guide aims to give you the essential information, list the most popular things to do in Batubelig, provide more information on locations you want to visit, and finish with some inspiration from our travel writers. For more information on events and festivals taking place throughout the year, check out our comprehensive Bali guide.
Bali is pleasant all year round! May through September has the best weather (drier, less humid) and is the best time for many activities including diving and surfing. November though March is rainy season – though rainfall is never excessive so you can do most activities except volcano treks.
The temperature ranges from 24 degrees to 31 degrees all year round.
Rainfall ranges from 0cm to 140cm during the wet season.
Things to See & Do in Batubelig
Batubelig offers a laid-back getaway where you’re never too far from the beach or your next great meal. While the neighbourhood definitely has its own relaxed charm, one of the undeniable highlights of staying here is the ease of access to other popular areas – hello Seminyak and Canggu!
Pampering yourself comes easy in Batubelig. There are a few great spas lining the main street of Jalan Batubelig and the same street is also home to one of the most popular nail studios on the island. As you’re away from the busy centre of Seminyak, prices tend to be more affordable. For the royal treatment, you can also enjoy massages and spa treatments in the privacy of your villa – our concierge can organise this for guests staying in our villas.
While options are significantly more limited than those in neighbouring Seminyak, Batubelig does offer some attractive shopping. The tiny shops lining the main street tend to come and go but there are few staples which have proved to have more staying power. You can pick up breezy beachside apparel, organic local cosmetics and more from the small boutiques dotted along Jalan Batubelig. You’ll also find casual souvenir shops lining the street, so picking up keepsakes to bring back home with you is made easy.
Tours & Activities
Staying in Batubelig means you’ll never be too far from the beach. Batubelig Beach blends in seamlessly with Seminyak Beach in the south and Berawa Beach in the north and you can easily walk from the beach to beach. Batubelig Beach offers soft sand and beautiful views at sunset. As everywhere in Bali, always swim between the yellow flags which indicate safe swimming conditions. There’s a cluster of laidback beach shacks offering bean bags on the sand and relaxed dining with stunning ocean views. In recent years, the area has also seen a resurgence of swankier beach clubs and if these options are not enough, you can easily walk over to the popular beach clubs waiting in neighbouring Seminyak and Canggu. If you have the stamina, you can follow the beach all the way down to Kuta and finally the airport.
One of the best things about Batubelig… is leaving it! The relaxed neighbourhood is ideally positioned between Seminyak and Canggu, allowing travellers to visit both of these popular areas with ease. Depending on traffic, a taxi ride from Batubelig to Seminyak or Canggu will take around 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can simply walk down the beach to reach both areas.
Eating & Drinking in Batubelig
Though more understated than cutting edge Seminyak, the dining scene in Batubelig is surprisingly varied. You’ll find a decent selection of restaurants lining the main street, with more relaxed options available right along the beach.
There are a few long-established restaurants in the area with the occasional new comer popping up on the scene. The restaurants and cafes on Jalan Batubelig cover everything from Greek cuisine to healthy salads and from juicy ribs to French pastries. The relaxed venues strung along the beach tend to focus on Indonesian food and tried and tested Western favourites. And of course, you’ll find even more options waiting within a short taxi ride – or a stroll along the beach – over in neighbouring Seminyak.
Batubelig Beach used to be something of a quiet spot (and the area is still not exactly known for its nightlife) but it’s been steadily picking up steam, mainly thanks to a few notable beach clubs opening up in the area. If you’re looking for a more laid-back setting, the beach also offers relaxed beach bars with colourful beanbags scattered on the sand – the perfect setting for sipping an ice cold Bintang beer while enjoying a stunning tropical sunset.
Batubelig centres around the main street of Jalan Batubelig with smaller side streets jutting towards the beach and further inland. Most villas are located down these side streets which offers more privacy while still being within walking distance from restaurants and shops – some are even within a short walk from the beach. If being close to the beach is a priority, you should look for accommodation at the Canggu end of Jalan Batubelig where the street leads down to the beach.
Batubelig & Surrounds
Batubelig is located on the southwest coast of Bali, nestled between the popular areas of Seminyak and Canggu. Driving towards Seminyak, Batubelig is flanked by the chic area of Petitenget which is home to many of the most restaurants and beach clubs on the island. Driving up the coast from Canggu, you’ll reach the up and coming but still relaxed seaside community of Seseh. Travelling inland from Batubelig, you’ll discover the relaxed areas of Umalas and Kerobokan. These two areas are favoured by expats and offer hidden gem eateries and stunning villas hidden between rice paddies.
There are over 10 Ministry Approved villas in Batubelig and almost 300 in the greater Seminyak area. Though centrally located on the sought-after southwest coast, Batubelig remains slightly under most travellers’ radar which has helped keep the prices more affordable. This makes Batubelig a great option for travellers looking to stay close to Seminyak and Canggu without breaking the bank.
Batubelig villas range from USD $150 per night for a two-bedroom villa to over USD $2,000 per night for a five-bedroom beachfront villa. All of our villas come with professionally trained staff. Many villas offer personalised services including: butlers, chefs, nannies, 24-hour security personnel, drivers and other services you won’t find in a hotel.
Ngurah International Aiport is currently the only airport on the island and works as most travellers’ first entry point to Bali. The airport serves a staggering 20 million passengers a year and is connected to numerous international destinations through direct flights, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Dubai, Melbourne and Sydney. Airlines flying these direct routes include Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Air Asia and Jetstar. There are some early plans of building another airport in North Bali.
Alternatively, you can also arrive in Bali by boat (though this is a far less popular option). You can land at an international airport on the neighbouring island of Java or Lombok and then cross over to Bali by boat or ferry. From Java, ferries arrive in Gilimanuk which is located about three hours from Batubelig. Boats and ferries from Lombok arrive in Benoa, Sanur, Serangan, Padang Bai and Amed. Benoa, Serangan and Sanur are all located about 40 minutes away from Batubelig.
Nationalities from over 160 countries are eligible for visa free entry into Indonesia. This means your passport will be stamped on arrival at the airport, allowing you to stay in the country for 30 days. For stays longer than 30 days, you will need to obtain a visa which will require further arrangements. Please note your passport must be valid for six months after your date of arrival in Indonesia.
There is no public transport to get you from the airport to your accommodation, so the only option is to use a private driver or a taxi. Ministry of Villas can arrange a chauffeur to greet you upon arrival and escort you to your villa. This service is included for most villas when booking more than four nights. To avoid queuing at the immigration counter, we can also arrange a VIP airport service for guests. This service includes lounge access, allowing you to relax while waiting for your luggage.
If you haven’t arranged your airport transfers prior to arrival, you can also get a taxi directly at the airport. You will find the official taxi stand once you exit the international arrivals, next to the information desk. The taxi stand offers fixed price and metered fares across Bali. The prices are updated frequently, making it very challenging to find up to date pricing online before landing in Bali. Besides the official taxi service, you’ll also find countless freelance drivers offering rides at varying rates at the arrivals hall. To avoid all the hassle, we recommend organising airport transfers before landing in Bali.
There are plenty of options for getting around Batubelig, so we’ve ranked them according to our recommendations for first-time travellers.
The main street of Jalan Batubelig is lined by a sidewalk, making walking to the nearest restaurants and the beach a feasible option. That being said, the street is near two kilometres long, so walking it from end to end in the tropical weather might not be the most comfortable option.
Taxis are a good way to get around Batubelig, especially if you want to hop over to neighbouring Seminyak. The most trustworthy taxi company in Bali is called Blue Bird. It might be hard to spot their vehicles with several copycat operators out on the streets, but try to look out for the Blue Bird logo on the taxi heading, the taxi’s number on the rear of the car, corporate logos on the windscreen and on the side of the car and finally, the driver’s blue uniform. Blue Bird’s meter starts at IDR 7,000 (USD $0.5) whereas other drivers might claim that the meter is broken or non-existent. You can hail a Blue Bird taxi off the street or order one through their app or by calling +62 (0) 361 701 111. When ordering over the phone or through the app, a minimum fare of IDR 30,000 (USD $2) will apply. To avoid getting things getting lost in translation, you can also ask your villa staff to order a taxi for you. If you really need to get a ride from a taxi without a meter, always agree on the price before getting in.
You’ll likely not need a car if you’re staying locally in Batubelig or even if you want to visit neighbouring Seminyak. In Batubelig, you can usually walk around and catching taxis is easy. If, however, you want to explore further out or even if you just want to visit nearby Canggu (where most taxi services are banned by the local village communities), hiring a car and driver for the day is a good idea. Ministry of Villas can arrange a private car and chauffeur for you. This little luxury is remarkably affordable and we can also help you arrange an itinerary, instructing your driver in advance.
Hiring a scooter is probably the most popular way of getting around Bali. You can rent a scooter starting at around IDR 50,000 (USD $4) per day. You should have previous experience driving, as the busy streets of South Bali are not the best place to start learning. Always wear a helmet and carry an international driver’s licence – driving without either will result in a fine if you get pulled over by the police.
The Balinese are among the friendliest and most welcoming people on the planet. This is all the more reason to return the favour and be respectful towards the local culture. Like anywhere else in the world, common sense and basic human decency goes a long way. For more detailed information about local culture, language and safety in Bali, check out our comprehensive Bali guide.
The boutiques lining Jalan Batubelig all offer fixed pricing, so bargaining is not necessary. When shopping at markets and local stalls, bargaining can become an enjoyable part of the experience… or it can be frustrating! To ensure a smooth exchange first decide what the item is worth to you, then ask the seller for their price – your first offer can be from one-third to two-thirds of that price. They are likely to respond with a counteroffer, which you can either accept or negotiate further. If you don’t like the price and you walk away there is a good chance the vendor will call out to you with a better (usually final) price. Keep in mind, if an agreement is reached, you’re committed – you should buy if your offer is accepted.
In late 2018, Bali’s governor banned single use plastic on the island, meaning shops, boutiques and supermarkets no longer give out plastic bags. When out and about, it’s best to carry a reusable bag with you.
Most restaurants and villas include a service component already so tipping is not expected, but if service is good, an additional cash tip is appreciated.
Indonesia’s country code is +62. Data speeds of 3G and faster is the norm across Bali. Local prepaid SIM cards are sold everywhere; any modern mobile phone will work. As of 2018, all prepaid SIM cards need to be registered which you can usually do with a copy of your passport directly at the shop where you purchase your SIM card. Prepaid SIM cards come loaded with pulsa (credit) or mobile data which you can later easily top up at other outlets. Most if not all minimarts and local phone shops can top off your SIM card when needed. Most villas provide broadband Internet and free Wi-Fi is common in cafes, restaurants, hotels and shopping malls.
Health & Safety
It’s important to note that compared to many places in the world, Bali is fairly safe. There have been some high-profile cases of visitors being injured or killed on Bali, but in many cases these tragedies have been inflamed by media sensationalism.
Many of Bali’s beaches are subject to heavy surf and strong currents – always swim between the yellow flags. Trained lifeguards are on duty at Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Nusa Dua and Sanur. Be careful when swimming over coral and never walk on it. It can be very sharp and coral cuts are easily infected. In addition, you are damaging a fragile environment. Lastly, water pollution is a problem in busy neighbourhoods. Avoid swimming near open streams flowing into the sea as they are often contaminated by run-off from built-up areas.
Violent crime is uncommon in Bali, however bag-snatching from motorbikes and petty theft does occur. Take extra care with your phone if riding pillion on a motorbike as phones regularly get snatched from unsuspecting tourists using a navigation app. Otherwise, take the same precautions you would in any urban area and secure your money before leaving an ATM (and don’t forget your card!), don’t leave valuables on a beach while swimming, and use in-villa safes to store your valuables.
Tap water in Bali is not safe to drink. Bottled water is widely available and cheap, however Ministry of Villas encourages visitors to keep a reusable water bottle to reduce plastic consumption.
Travel insurance is absolutely essential for every traveller. A typical travel insurance policy will have coverage for a traveller’s main concerns, including trip cancellations, medical emergencies, travel delays, and lost luggage. Most policies are built to be comprehensive to protect travellers from a variety of events that may cause financial loss before or during their trip. Some policies specifically exclude ‘dangerous activities’ which can include scuba diving, renting a local motorcycle and even trekking.
Worldwide travel insurance is available at World Nomads and you can buy, extend and claim online anytime – even if you’re already on the road.
Relaxed Batubelig is like that third bowl of porridge: not too busy and not too quiet but just right. The area offers great hidden gem villas and cool eateries favoured by expats. Our team is always on the lookout for what’s cool and interesting in the neighbourhood. Check out our latest blog posts written by experienced Ministry of Villas writers.