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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.