Getting There & Getting Around
Seminyak is about 25 minutes maximum from the airport and almost all of the villas and hotels here offer complimentary pick-up from the airport. If you're taking a cab from the airport, pay for your trip at the official taxi counter located outside the arrival hall before you travel. The approximate cost is about Rp100,000. Prices are fixed.
Seminyak has no public transport but no matter what main street you may be walking on, it is always easy to hail a cab (Blue Bird). Hotel cars run at a premium of Rp300,000 per hour, which is nearly as much as the cost for a local car and driver for the day.
Finding an Address -- Every major thoroughfare has both an official and unofficial name. Also, gangs (small alleyways) often don't even bother with names at all, though they are used as roads and have shops and restaurants you'll want to visit. As a rule of thumb, go with the old unofficial names that everyone can understand with the exception of Jalan Oberoi and Jalan Laksmana, which seem to be understood no matter which name you use. Here are the unofficial names and their corresponding new official names: Jalan Oberoi is now called Jalan Laksmana; Jalan Raya Seminyak is now called Jalan Raya Basangkasa; Jalan Dhyana Pura or Jalan Gado Gado is now called Jalan Abimanyu; Jalan Double Six is now called Jalan Arjuna.
Note that Seminyak's sidewalks are a hazard to your health, with so many gaps and holes that the odd partygoer and shopper have gone missing a time or two.
Every year new tales of tourists being taken down permanently by the undertow spread throughout the community. Be extra cautious if you are going to swim at all. Warning flags with skull and crossbones or cautionary red flags mark some of the worst areas and are in front of well-known places like the Legian Hotel. The further north you go the stronger the current and the fewer warning flags. This undertow stretches from Kuta beach, through Seminyak, all the way to Gilimanuk.
The Best ATMs in Seminyak
The best ATMs to withdraw money from are Permata Bank ATMs. They will allow you to withdraw at least two lots of Rp3 million in Rp100,000 notes. Circle K on Jalan Laksmana has one as well as several other ATMs.