Kuta is well known as a tourist destination, located in the south of the island, a mere ten minutes drive from the Ngurah Rai international airport. It’s one of Bali’s most densely populated and busy areas and is famous for having a young, carefree, fun and friendly atmosphere making it the perfect destination for surfers and backpackers. Legendary Kuta Beach is a great place to go surfing or to simply chill out on a deck chair, beer in hand, watching the area’s spectacular sunset.
Inexpensive accommodation and restaurants are scattered throughout a myriad of streets, but are most prominently situated on Poppies 1 and Poppies 2, the narrow lane-ways that connect Jalan Legian, Kuta’s unofficial main street, with the beach. For a constant stream of entertainment, an abundance of tourist oriented shops, café’s, cheap market stalls, and massage salons, restaurants and nightclubs go straight to Jalan Legian.
Just to the side of Kuta there is an area known as Tuban, officially an extension of Kuta, which stretches from Kuta Square shopping centre to the airport. It is a little quieter and somewhat more relaxed, yet barely a few minutes walk from Kuta so it’s the perfect place for those of you who wish to be close to the Kuta area but don’t want to have to endure all of the noisy hustle and bustle that plagues Kuta well into the early hours of the morning. For this reason, Tuban is perfectly suitable for those wishing to find a bustling budget oriented destination, far better suited for families and those would like to enjoy the luxury of a good nights sleep.
Accommodation & Real Estate
This area has a good mix of both low and mid to high-end accommodation. All of the budget and mid range accommodation is mostly concentrated in the centre of Kuta and the Poppies Lane area whilst the high-end luxury accommodation can be found along Jalan Kartika Plaza in Tuban and Jalan Pantai Kuta in Kuta. If you choose to stay in budget accommodation you will usually be provided with simple breakfast. But don’t try to hide too many people in the room, they are also likely to be strict about the number of people you have sleeping under the one roof.
All of the budget and mid range accommodation is mostly concentrated in the centre of Kuta and the Poppies Lane area
The Real Estate opportunities here are mostly apartments or townhouse complexes, which are mainly located in the Tuban area. This whole area is overdeveloped already and consequently the availability of land is non-existent. If you want to purchase property in this area, explore the second hand residential house market, as it can be a worthwhile alternative to buying new. Rental incomes in this area are good so those looking to own a second home and generate additional income from rentals will do well to look in this area.
Real Estate opportunities here are mostly apartments or townhouse complexes
Essentials & Amenities
As you would expect, life’s essentials are pretty easy to get here in this area. There are a number of local supermarkets, mini marts, pharmacies with familiar names and many smaller pharmacies know as “apotik”. There are also a few traditional markets located in this area that sell fresh fruit and vegetables. Most international branded goods are readily available in the supermarkets.
Medical services are a common sight around Kuta and Tuban. If you are seriously sick, and hold medical insurance, then it is easiest to head straight to the area’s international standard hospitals or clinics. If you don’t have insurance, these places can be very expensive. Many of the doctors in the local clinics can speak English so don’t be afraid to try one of these for a professional but reasonably priced service. There are no international schools in the Kuta and Tuban area, you would need to drive to Kerobokan, Jimbaran, Sanur or into Denpasar. There is a selection of National Plus schools that offer a perfectly good curriculum and there are plenty of local schools to choose from if your children are happy and comfortable to attend an Indonesian language school. This would usually depend on their age level and how long you are intending to be in Bali.
Traffic & Transport
Traffic is a big problem in this area and there are not many areas that are not affected. Small one-way lane-ways filled with motorbikes and pedestrians are the worst. Peak times vary, but the worst time tends to be during sunset when there is a build up of cars parked along the beach. The other areas, including Jalan Legian, are most often affected during the evenings when everyone is out clubbing or drinking. The build up of traffic is caused by through traffic and taxis circling for fares.
> Kuta is administratively a district (kecamatan) and subdistrict/village (kelurahan) in southern Bali, Indonesia. A former fishing village, it was one of the first towns on Bali to see substantial tourist development, and as a beach resort remains one of Indonesia’s major tourist destinations. It is known internationally for its long sandy beach, varied accommodation, many restaurants and bars, and many renowned surfers who visit from Australia. It is located near Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.- wikipedia
Tourism Information Offices
- JI Bakungsari, Tel: +62 361 751660 ext 145
- Ground Floor, Century Plaza Building, JI Benesari No7, Tel: +62 361 754090
Key phone numbers
- Police 112 or 0361 751 598
- Ambulance 118
- Fire Brigade 113