- Great Beach & Surf
- Spa & massage
- Affordable hotels
- Tattoo studios
A modern tourists’ playground
Kuta is located next to Bali International airport (DPS). The area is mainly known for its long sandy beach and gentle waves, as well as its wild nightlife and high concentration of bars, nightclubs, and hotels. Young travellers and those on a budget love it here, as everything is very affordable. Window shopping through the endless labyrinth of shops and boutiques is also a fun thing to do, remember all prices are mostly negotiable, so your good bargaining skills may save you a lot of money.
Are you feeling tired or jetlag after a long flight? There are hundreds of spas in Kuta with great therapists always be ready to make you feel better. Talented tattoo artists are hired in many big tattoo studios on main streets, do your self a favour by doing a brief research online to make sure you are coming to the right place.
The beach is full of chairs and loungers for rent, and vendors are everywhere. Many local and visiting families with children play in the water, which is safe but can have strong currents at times and usually is dirtier than in other places. Kuta Beach’s, small and gentle waves and soft sand bottom make this a popular spot for people learning to surf, and there can be hundreds of surfers out on any given day, even if there are no waves. The long, flat Kuta Beach is a great place for a walk or jog in the morning or at sunset.
Kuta is packed with affordable restaurants, offering cuisine from every corner of the world. There are unlimited dining options to choose from, including good Indonesian places that serve food to the many locals working in Kuta. If you are travelling on a tight budget, there are many street food vendors selling nasi bungkus start from IDR 5000. Proper meals served in clean restaurants starts from IDR 25.000, and fancy brunch or dinner in nicer restaurants usually starts at IDR 500.000.
Every night, streets of Kuta light up and are filled with music and large crowds of party-goers who are up for anything. DJs and bands from around the world play nightly and drinks are cheap and plentiful. Many visitors hop from bar to bar, ending up in the bigger nightclubs as the night goes on. Lately, during every holiday season, especially Australian “Spring Break”, Kuta becomes a wild playground for youngsters who lost control for alcohol and drugs. It’s dangerous to become part of these games for many reasons. Bali’s drug laws are fierce, and officials are not afraid to make use of those laws when necessary. Read here to find out how wild Kuta’s nightlife.
You don’t need to worry when it comes to finding a good transportation service in Kuta. The local government recently has provided numerous modern bus services to several places in Bali, including from the airport to Kuta and other regions. Some restaurants, malls, hotels and spas even provide free shuttle for their customers. However, if you prefer privacy, hiring a car with driver is the best choice. And if you have experiences of riding a scooter, renting a scooter is fun, this is the best way to explore the island.
There are an incredible number of guesthouses, budget hotels, and affordable beachfront resorts in Kuta. Many offer great value, and travellers on tight budgets are certain to find something that they like. Some luxury villas are located near Legian and Seminyak, mostly has a private pool and unique blends of Balinese and minimalist architecture.
Kuta was once a quiet fishing village and was mostly undeveloped even when Ubud and Sanur were already starting to attract travellers from around the world. That changed in the 1970s, as Bali became a more popular destination for surfing. Surfers drew to Kuta’s long stretch of rolling waves and its closeness to other surf breaks. With them came hippies and backpackers travelling through Southeast Asia. Over the next decades, Kuta quickly mushroomed into a major tourist hotspot, attracting visitors of all kinds.
Kuta is a great place to learn to surf, and more experienced surfers will also enjoy its consistent, fun beach breaks. It also offers many options for family fun, including waterparks, cinemas and karaoke places. Kuta is packed with spas and massage parlours of varying quality. Some are excellent, but most are cheap. There are also many malls in Kuta, which are filled with international stores and restaurants. Travellers on a budget may also enjoy the many roadside shops in Kuta, especially if they don’t mind some hard bargaining, check out this article to learn a few essential points on shopping in Bali.