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.
one of Bali’s most densely populated and busy areas, famous for having a young, carefree, fun and friendly atmosphere .. the perfect destination for surfers and backpackers
Restaurants & Nightlife
There are a myriad of places to eat around Kuta and Tuban area ranging from the simple local warung to high-end restaurants that offer fine dining. In this area you can find just about any type of food that you might fancy. The local warung probably won’t have a menu printed, they will most likely serve the food straight out from behind glass displays. You just need to point to the food you want and they will serve it to you. Be aware of the level of spices and chillies in the food. Although effort is often made to tailor food to tourist taste, these local warungs serve their food hot and spicy, just like the locals like it.
Although effort is often made to tailor food to tourist taste, these local warungs serve their food hot and spicy
The number one attraction of the Kuta area is the Nightlife. On Jalan Legian, as well as along the beachfront, there is a variety of cheap and cheerful clubs, raging hip hop venues and some venues dedicated to getting you as drunk as possible. Most clubs are pretty casual about the way you dress and maintain a very relaxed dress code, if there is even a code at all! But, be careful, as there are a couple of exceptions to this rule. Entry to the majority of clubs is free for foreigners whilst they will, rather unfairly, charge locals a cover charge.
The vast majority of shops in this area are focused on selling tourist souvenirs. Surf related clothing brand stores lay alongside cheap stores selling accessories, jewellery, paintings, imitation watches, sunglasses, beach wear, wooden carvings and the notorious printed singlets and t-shirts. If you shop in the simple establishments that don’t have price tags on their products it means that the price is negotiable. Try to bargain down to as little as 50% of the original asking price.
If you shop in the simple establishments that don’t have price tags on their products it means that the price is negotiable
Tourist Attractions & Activities
Kuta Beach is a long, broad beach facing the Indian Ocean. It is one of the most popular and busy beaches in Bali, famous for its friendly crowds, beer, beach sellers and sunset. Bali Memorial - Located in Jalan Legian, adjacent to where the Sari Club and Paddy’s Club bombing occurred on the night of the 12th October 2002. This memorial was build as a place where people could go to remember and show their respect to the 202 people, a mixture of both tourists and locals, who died during the bombings. Waterbom - Located opposite to Discovery Mall on JL Kartika Plaza in Tuban, Bali’s only water slide park is an excellent day out for the family. The park has been built and designed to international standards with wild rides, a great kiddie area, beauty salon, and restaurants. Lush tropical gardens give the park a relaxed jungle atmosphere.
Surfing – constant waves make this an ideal place to surf. The waves here tend to be smaller and less strong than at other places around Bali, making it a perfect place to learn. If you don’t have a board, there are plenty of surfboards available for rent along the beach. Most of the boys who rent these out, will happily give you lessons for a minimal fee. Boogie Boarding - The other popular water sport recommended here is boogie boarding. As with surfboards, boogie boards are rented out along the beach. The average rental price depends on the condition of the board and the season but may start as low as Rp 20,000 per day. Volleyball - Along Kuta beach there is two volley ball nets that are available for use. They are reasonably easy to find, one of them is located on the beach, just across from the entrance to Jalan Benesari. You can either collect your friends to play or join in with some of the locals who like to play around sunset. Tennis - Lots of the mid to high range hotels provide tennis courts and racquets for guests to use.
Squash – A popular sport in Indonesia, Squash facilities and equipment are sometimes provided by hotels in this area. If you enjoy a game of squash it is best that you book into a hotel that has the facility as it is unlikely that you will be able to enjoy this type of facility unless you are a hotel guest. Gym - Along with hotels, there are many public gyms sprouting up around the area. You can pay by visit or pay a monthly membership. There are usually professional gym instructors on hand to provide advice and guidance. Bowling - There is a bowling alley built on Jalan Kartika Plaza. It’s a great place to hang out with friends and family. Besides bowling, there are pool tables and a snooker table. Monday night is a great night for bowling, as its promo night and that means one game will only cost you RP 10,000.
Bali Sling Shot - Located next to Waterbom on Jl Kartika Plaza, the slingshot is an exhilarating reverse bungy jump ride. They’ll strap you into your ball-like cage and send you on your way; all the while capturing your reaction on video. Not recommended immediately after you have eaten! Massages and Spa - There are plenty of choices in Kuta and Tuban when it comes to Massages and Spa. They range from cheap places for a nice massage, manicure or hair braiding to upmarket boutique spa’s offering luxury hideaway indulgence in the bustling centre. As with most things, you will find them mostly along the main streets of Jalan Legian and Jalan Kartika Plaza.
Below are some examples of tourist attractions and activities you can find in Kuta Area:
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