Top 10 Things To Do in Kuta, Bali

Kuta is famously remembered for its long golden white coastline and as a surfing paradise since the 1970s. Since then, Kuta has been transforming thanks to the development of hotels, bars, and restaurants. Though yes it has been touted as overrun by tourists, it still holds some sort of charm that continues to draw travelers from far and wide every year without fail. It is now one of the most famous fishing villages in Bali.

If you are planning a visit to Kuta, here are the top ten things that you can do during your stay to make it worth the crowd hustling.

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Try out the beach activities

It’s impossible to be in Kuta and not get involved in any beach activities. The best beach that comes to mind is the Kuta Beach, which has one of the finest coasts especially if you are looking to catch a great sunset. It has a marked beach footpath where you can take a walk or romantic stroll. Many free activities can be enjoyed at the beach including relaxing, sunbathing, horseback riding and swimming, which is just unavoidable as the blue and clear water is just irresistible.

Beach activities in Kuta, Bali

Beach activities in Kuta, Bali. Photo by Kai Lehmann

Getting to know the Sea Turtles

The Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation is a place in Kuta where visitors get to be up close and personal with sea turtles. The Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation consists of a sea turtle hatchery and educational facility, whose purpose is to protect sea turtles due to its decreasing numbers. Breeding season is around June and July and this is when thousands of sea turtles turn up around the sands of Kuta to hatch their eggs.

Surfing at the Beach

If you are in Kuta, then trying your hands or feet at surfing is a must. Even if you cannot surf, it’s not a big deal as Kuta is filled with surfing schools where beginners can learn to surf. There are all kinds of learning packages for individuals, families and couples. The amazing waves in Kuta are one of the reasons that tourists cannot resist surfing on and it is mainly one of its top attraction.

Surfing in Kuta, Bali

Surfing in Kuta, Bali. Photo by Egor Pasko

Visit the temples

Kuta is filled with beautiful temples that represent the religious backgrounds of the many cultures in Bali. There are two famous temples in Bali, which are the Leeng Gwan Kuta Temple and Kongco Bio Kuta Chinese Temple. Temples in Kuta are some of the oldest temples that were built from hundreds of years ago. The temples in Kuta are landmarks of vivid colours and far eastern architectures. There is the sense of spirituality when visiting these temples, something that is not felt elsewhere in Kuta.

Having fun at Waterbom Bali and Circus Waterpark

The Waterbom Bali is one of the biggest water parks in Asia and it is a very popular tourist attraction located only in Kuta! Since you are already paying a visit in Kuta, Bali, it’s definitely worth your time to spend at least a day if not three hours at Waterbom Bali. The thrills are plenty here, where visitors of all ages can enjoy. There are water slides, including the Climax ‘super-loop’ body slide, Race Track, Superbowl and much more, and a recreational part. There’s also the Circus Waterpark, which is just as fun as the Waterbom Bali in Kuta. Though it’s smaller, the Circus Waterpark is cheaper than the Waterbom Bali. The Circus Waterpark has many interesting activities, such as a range of water slides and a great kids’ corner with lots of fun activities. The Circus Waterpark is another great place for families with kids or couples to have fun.

Waterbom in Kuta, Bali

Waterbom in Kuta, Bali. Photo by Aiko Konishi

Learn more about Kuta at the Museums

If you are looking to learn more about the history or culture of Kuta, its museums are the perfect places to go. There is the Bali Shell Museum, which is currently the only museum in Indonesia that features a range of shells from all kinds of shapes and sizes. There are also fossilised specimens from hundreds of years ago and fine art items that define the culture of Kuta. Even if you are not a fan of shells, the Bali Shell Museum is an experience you will remember.



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Shopping

For any foreign visitors in Kuta, shopping is always on the cards as it is one of the Top 10 Shopping Places in Bali. There are a variety of things that tourists can buy to give away as gifts when they go back home. From clothes to artefacts to souvenirs to postcards, Kuta has a lot of interesting things that you can bring back home; things that you won’t find anywhere else. Depending on where you shop, you might find the prices cheaper there. A great place to shop in Kuta is the Discovery Shopping Mall, which is the biggest mall in Bali.

Shopping in Kuta area, Bali

Shopping in Kuta area, Bali. Photo by eGuide Travel

Check out the local Theatre

If you are visiting Kuta and checking out the entertainment scene in the form of theatres might not be your cup of tea, do consider again. The Kuta Theater might just change your mind with a wide range of shows that is available purely for your viewing pleasure. If you are visiting Kuta with your family then the Kuta Theater is perfect for a great night out as it has theatrical and cultural drama, and magic shows.

Nightlife

Kuta has many restaurants, clubs and bars where enjoying the nightlife is made possible and in fact one of its main attractions. Depending on the places chosen, there’s a range of prices available for tourists. For drinks, there’s the Alley Cats bar that is famous for its Double Doubles and is considered quite cheap for tourists. Though, the best place for a drink is at the Skygarden Club, which provides some of the best bargains when it comes to drinks and food. Other than its nightlife, there are also a lot of things to do in Kuta at night.

Food stalls at Kuta Beach, Bali

Food stalls at Kuta Beach, Bali. Photo by Jos van der Hoek

Eating

Kuta is filled with many good places to eat. There are simple restaurants and high-class restaurants. If you are looking to have a taste of what local food is like in Kuta, then local restaurants are the places to be. Small restaurants catering the local food of Kuta are Poppies Lane 1 & 2 and Warung Indonesia. The most famous local food here is the Nasi Goreng and the Banana Leaf with Rice. The availability of western food in Kuta is unlimited as there are many restaurants that serve pizza, pasta, fish and chips, chicken cordon blue, spaghetti and much more.

Anyone, who has been to Kuta, can vouch for the fact that it is one of the cheapest places for tourists. This is why Kuta is one of the most popular places for backpackers and travellers for many years despite its growing popularity. Famous for surfing, Kuta is also known as a cheaper party scene and nightlife, compared to other places in Bali. Give Kuta a chance if you are visiting Bali to see what the hype is all about but stay elsewhere if you want to escape the tourist’s crowd.


Best Accommodations in Kuta

Kuta is the central party spot in Bali. Since it’s considered the most developed area in Bali, places to stay are everywhere. The Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel * is quite a popular place to stay in Kuta, despite its price, which is justified as it’s a 5-star hotel. There’s also the Bali Bungalo Hotel * and Febris’s Hotel and Spa *, which are highly recommended by frequent visitors of this area. Suji Bungalow * and Gemini Star Hotel * are affordable places to stay for low-budget tourists.

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Top 10 Best Places to Stay in South & Central Bali

Finding the perfect place for your stay in Bali is not that hard of a task to achieve. It does take some time to explore the many places that are available and see whether the prices and accommodations are within your budget and criteria. Most tourist choose to stay in South or Central Bali mainly for the location for easy access to many of the attractions in Bali. Choosing a place to stay in the South or Central Bali would depend on whether you are travelling alone, with a partner or with your family. Here are the top ten places to stay in the south and central of Bali.

Kuta – for the party goers

Kuta is the central party spot in Bali. Since it’s considered the most developed area in Bali, places to stay are everywhere. The Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel is quite a popular place to stay in Kuta, despite its price, which is justified as it’s a 5-star hotel. There’s also the Bali Bungalo Hotel and Febris’s Hotel and Spa, which are highly recommended by frequent visitors of this area. Suji Bungalow and Gemini Star Hotel are affordable places to stay for low-budget tourists.

Holiday Inn at Kuta, Bali

Holiday Inn at Kuta, Bali

Legian – for family holidays

Legian is very popular among families that visit Bali. The place is quiet and filled with shops and places to eat. Legian is near Seminyak and Kuta as well, merely a walking-distance to these places. Since it is the perfect place for families, you can expect a lot of hotels that accommodate families of all sizes. Padma Resort Bali, Legian Beach Hotel and Villa de Daun are the finest family hotels in Legian with facilities, such as adults and children pools, game rooms, shops and restaurants. As for the best budget hotel in Legian, it would definitely be the Pujihouse One.

Tuban – for group stay

Tourists distinguish Tuban from the other places in Bali for its Waterbom Park (one of the largest water theme parks in Asia) and Discovery Shopping Mall. It is also known as a place that has lesser expensive mid-range hotels. If you are travelling in a big group then the perfect choices of residence would be the Novotel Bali Ngurah Rai and Patra Bali Resort & Villas, which are located near the airport and the beach in Tuban.

W Hotel at Seminyak, Bali

W Hotel at Seminyak, Bali

Seminyak – luxury resorts and villas

Seminyak is perfect for those, who are prepared to spend whatever it takes just to enjoy themselves and make their visit to Seminyak memorable. In other words, you get what you paid for in Seminyak. There are great hotels and villas, which provide discounts or special deals during off-season when there are not that many tourists. The famous places to stay in Seminyak are W Retreat & Spa Bali, The Oberoi Hotel Bali and Amadea Resort & Villas Seminyak Bali. As for the mid-range budget stay in Seminyak, you will find the popular Dash Hotel Seminyak.



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Sanur – for midrange budgets

Sanur is well-known for its beaches. Due to the heavy flow of tourists in Sanur, there are plenty of places to stay during your visit. Some of luxurious hotels with kids club, pools, suites and interconnecting rooms are Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites and Peneeda View Beach Hotel. If you are looking something a little more moderate, there are the Besakih Beach Hotel and Griya Santrian Resort. While Kirana Homestay and Tari Bed and Breakfast are some of the finest budget hotels in Sanur.

Sanur Paradise Plaza, Bali

Sanur Paradise Plaza, Bali

Nusa Dua – perfect stay for Honeymoon

Many of Bali’s big resorts are located in Nusa Dua, which is a place in the South of Bali. Like the beaches in Nusa Dua, hotels are aplenty in this area especially all-inclusive places to stay. Among the popular hotels with rooms of all sizes, swimming pools and restaurants in Nusa Dua are the Amarterra Villas Bali and Samabe Bali and Suites. If you are looking for something more moderate than these hotels, then there is the Rumah Bali Bed and Breakfast and Inaya Putri Bali in Nusa Dua. For budget options around Nusa Dua, we would recommend Puri Clinton Bali or Frangipani Homestay.

Jimbaran – good location and seafood

Jimbaran is an area surrounded by the beach and seaside resorts. It also has the nicest seafood restaurants by the beach side. One of the popular hotels in Jimbaran is Rimba Jimbaran Bali, a beautiful hotel near the beach. Another nice place to stay that won’t break the bank is The Sintesa Jimbaran Bali, which has the most amazing views you will ever see in Jimbaran. Tucked away in an oasis is the Resort Belmond Jimbaran that is family friendly with lots of activities to offer..

Ayodya Resort at Nusa Dua, Bali

Ayodya Resort at Nusa Dua, Bali

Canggu – for private holidays and surfers

Canggu is an area in Bali with black sandy beaches. It is popularly known for its surfing activities. The Theana Eco Villa and Spa * is quite popular in Canggu with its stylish villas for couples to families. Most of the places to stay in Canggu are private luxury hotels like Hotel Tugu Bali, which can be expensive for some visitors. For more affordable places to stay, there are D’Tegale Homestay and Abalihouse. There are also specific places to stay for surfers, which are The Chillhouse and the Andy Surf Villa.

Denpasar – center of everything

Denpasar is recognised as the real Bali among the tourists there, as it is the capital of Bali. It is filled with nice places to stay, including the Taman Suci Hotel, which is an affordable 45-room hotel. Popular places to stay in Denpasar are the B Hotel Bali and Spa and the Sugiras Living, which are first class hotels in their own rights. There are also The The Paica and the Samblung Mas House, which are considered affordable places to stay by international standards.

UMA by COMO at Ubud, Bali

UMA by COMO at Ubud, Bali

Ubud – for art and culture lovers

Ubud has plenty of places that tourists will enjoy staying at. There’s the Como Shambhala Estate, which is a health retreat deep in the rainforest. There’s the Hanging Gardens Ubud, which has a spectacular view and private pool villas. The Purist Villas & Spa is another popular place to stay in Ubud, as it’s a stylish boutique villa complete with meal and spa facilities. A popular boutique hotel is Uma by COMO, which is located on the hillside in Ubud.

Bali is an island, which is not that big. Still, to make choices as tourists in Bali can be quite overwhelming. That is why it is easier to research and review before making a decision on what to do, when to go and where to stay in Bali. Mostly you can book your choice of place to stay in Bali online through the many agents online or even directly through the hotels, resorts or accommodations’ websites. Choosing an area to stay in Bali is a highly personal one, therefore, go for one that would suit you best and you will be sure to have an enjoyable stay in Bali.

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Kuta, Bali : Surfing and Nightlife

Famous for its spectacular white sandy beach, entertaining nightlife, restaurants, bars, pubs, and shopping centers, Kuta is the biggest and most energetic beach in Bali. The five kilometre long stretch of clean, sparkling sand with big ocean waves makes Kuta the most popular and exciting beachfront in Bali, attracting thousands of surfers and sunbathers from different parts of the world every year.

Legian is the northern extension of Kuta and serves as the commercial center with lots of restaurants and night clubs. Further, north lies another popular place called Seminyak. The area extending towards the south, from Matahari to airport is known as Tuban. Just a few decades back, Kuta and Legian were readily identifiable as separate areas, but now, after all, the tourism development in the region, it has become almost impossible to discern the two beaches. Today, Kuta and Legian are considered as sections of a long stretch of a continuous shoreline.

Map of Kuta in South Bali

Map of Kuta in South Bali

Where is it

Kuta is located about 10 km southwest of Denpasar in South Bali.

Why go

Two reasons to go to Kuta – surfing and nightlife. You can enjoy surfing the great waves of Bali and the magnificent view of the long, clean, sandy Kuta beach. Also if you like to party and enjoy lively nightlife, then Kuta is surely the perfect destination for you.

Kuta beach, Bali

Kuta beach, Bali

When is the best time to go

Bali is known for its tropical climate year round, with average temperature hovering around 86°F (30°C) all the year. May to August is the best time to visit Kuta because the weather remains cool during this period and there is minimum rainfall. October to March is the rainy period and should be avoided if you don’t like traveling in rainy season.

What to see

Bali Bomb Memorial. It is constructed in memory of 202 people killed in Kuta on 12th October 2002 due to a bomb explosions done by the terrorists. The memorial is located on Jalan Legian. A ceremony is held at this memorial every year in commemoration of them.

Sunset in Kuta, Bali

Sunset in Kuta, Bali


Sunset at the beach. Every evening, you’ll find hundreds of locals and tourists moving to beach to enjoy the spectacular view of the sunset. It is better to reach there by 5.30pm and then enjoy the whole evening.

Watch people performing the ritual of beach offering. Every morning, Balinese people throw some offering into the sea, and it is a pleasing experience to see local people performing this ritual.

What to do

Surfing of course. The long sandy beach at Kuta is the perfect place to enjoy surfing. The absence of corals and rocks makes it an ideal location for the beginners. If you do not know how to surf you may approach any of the many professional schools in Kuta that provide equipment as well as practical lessons on surfing. A beginner surfing lesson may cost between USD 40-60 and usually lasts for 2 to 3 hours.

Surfing in Kuta, Bali

Surfing in Kuta, Bali


Enjoy the nightlife. Kuta is a great place to enjoy the nightlife in Bali. Most of the bars and clubs remain open till 1 am, and offer a lively atmosphere to enjoy dance or wine with your friends or even for solo visitors.

Shopping. Kuta is one of the best shopping place in Bali, where you can find almost everything from traditional items to modern everyday things. Main shopping area in Kuta is Ngurah Rai street at Simpang Siur Kuta, Kuta Square and Kuta Art market.

Shopping in Kuta area, Bali

Shopping in Kuta area, Bali

Where to stay

Kuta offers a wide range of accommodation options from budget guesthouses to mid-range and luxury hotels. The most inexpensive guesthouses are located along Poppies Lane 1, Poppies Lane 2, and Jalan Benesari, like H-ostel Bali *. Good mid-range rooms are available in the Legian area, such as Pujihouse One *. For more luxury without breaking the bank check out the popular Poppies Bali and Alaya Resort Kuta *. You can find most of the luxurious hotels can in Tuban and northern Seminyak area.

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Recommended Hotel at Kuta Beach

Legian Beach Hotel
With a mix of modern and Balinese design, this 4-star hotel enjoys a beachfront location on Legian Beach and also a quick walk to Kuta beach. It features a pool surrounded by palm trees filled tropical grounds. The rooms are typical Balinese style with white drapes and wooden carvings. Prices starting from 120 USD.
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What and where to eat

You can find hundreds of eateries in Kuta, ranging from street side warung (food stalls) to restaurants of international standard. Jalan Melasti and Jalan Sahadewa restaurants are famous for serving buffet breakfasts. Exclusive and luxury restaurants can be found in Seminyak area, further north of Kuta in Bali. Hard Rock Cafe, The Old Bounty, Deejay Cafe, and Tubes are some of the well-known spots to enjoy drinks in Kuta. Check out Top 10 Best Restaurants in Bali.

How to get there

Fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. This airport, popularly known as Denpasar International Airport, is served by many international and domestic airlines such as Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Airlines, Thai International, Korean Air, etc. From the airport, you can either opt for a prepaid taxi or a metered taxi. Metered taxis are cheaper but you’ll have to walk out of airport area to get this option.

Kuta is also well connected to other areas of Bali through excellent road network. Shuttle buses are available from Candidasa, Sanur, Lovina, Ubud and other cities/towns in Bali. If coming from Gili Islands or Lombok, speedboats are an option, which arrive at Benoa Harbou that is nearby Kuta.

How to get around

Traffic jams are common in Kuta especially during the rainy season. Hence, walking is the best option when exploring the narrow lanes or the downtown area. For long trips, you can use a metered taxi or a rented motorbike. Hopping on a local scooter is the cheapest option (excluding walking) to get around.

Where to go nearby

Denpasar, the administrative capital of Bali

Nusa Dua Beach, located a few miles away from Kuta. The waves are gentle at this beach, thus encouraging water sports like swimming, surfing, snorkelling, and diving.

Seminyak, just north of Kuta, is an upper-class area with fine restaurants and luxurious resorts.

Sanur, a quiet, relaxing beach resort town that is famous for its long, white sandy beach and a distinct village ambience

Ubud, further north in central Bali, it is also the heart of arts and culture in Bali. Escape the beach to experience beautiful rice terraces in Tegalalang.

Sunset at Kuta beach, Bali

Sunset at Kuta beach, Bali

Travel Tips

Follow safety measures while swimming at Kuta beach. Avoid swimming near the red flags, placed at the spots where water currents are strong. Always keep yourself in the area between the yellow and the red flags.

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Where is the Best Place to Stay in Bali

Q: We (a couple with an infant) are planning to travel to Bali for 7 nights. We wish to do all/most of the places that you have recommended in Top 10 Must Visit Places in Bali.

Where (area, any hotel/resort/b&b) should we stay? We can either stay at one place or may be two places (3+4 nights).

Answer:
I would suggest looking around staying in these few areas that are quite in the middle of everything and where all the actions are. There are a variety of choices depending on your preferences, from vibrant Kuta to cultured Ubud to relaxing Sanur.

Take a pick at some of our recommendations below and you are good to go!

UMA by COMO at Ubud, Bali

UMA by COMO at Ubud, Bali

Stay in Ubud for culture, nature, arts and markets

Ubud has plenty of places that tourists will enjoy staying at. There’s the Como Shambhala Estate, which is a health retreat deep in the rainforest. There’s the Hanging Gardens Ubud, which has a spectacular view and private pool villas. The Purist Villas & Spa is another popular place to stay in Ubud, as it’s a stylish boutique villa complete with meal and spa facilities. A popular boutique hotel is Uma by COMO, which is located on the hillside in Ubud.

W Hotel at Seminyak, Bali

W Hotel at Seminyak, Bali

Stay in Seminyak for luxury resorts and villas

Seminyak is perfect for those, who are prepared to spend whatever it takes just to enjoy themselves and make their visit to Seminyak memorable. In other words, you get what you paid for in Seminyak. There are great hotels and villas, which provide discounts or special deals during off-season when there are not that many tourists. The famous places to stay in Seminyak are W Retreat & Spa Bali, The Oberoi Hotel Bali and Amadea Resort & Villas Seminyak Bali. Sometimes renting for long term is cheaper than paying by the. The North Seminyak Home is one of the popular places for long term rental in Seminyak. As for the mid-range budget stay in Seminyak, you will find the popular Dash Hotel Seminyak.

Stay in Kutafor nightlife, fun and surfing

Kuta is the central party spot in Bali. Since it’s considered the most developed area in Bali, places to stay are everywhere. The Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel is quite a popular place to stay in Kuta, despite its price, which is justified as it’s a 5-star hotel. There’s also the Bali Bungalo Hotel and Febris’s Hotel and Spa, which are highly recommended by frequent visitors of this area. Suji Bungalow and Gemini Star Hotel are affordable places to stay for low-budget tourists.

Holiday Inn at Kuta, Bali

Holiday Inn at Kuta, Bali

Stay in Sanur for a relaxing beach resorts

Sanur is well-known for its beaches. Due to the heavy flow of tourists in Sanur, there are plenty of places to stay during your visit. Some of luxurious hotels with kids club, pools, suites and interconnecting rooms are Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites and Peneeda View Beach Hotel. If you are looking something a little more moderate, there are the Besakih Beach Hotel and Griya Santrian Resort. While Kirana Homestay and Tari Bed and Breakfast are some of the finest budget hotels in Sanur.

Sanur Paradise Plaza, Bali

Sanur Paradise Plaza, Bali

The above are just the main popular ones that I suggested. Check out our Top 10 Best Places to Stay in South and Central Bali to find even more choices.

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