Once deemed as a surfing paradise by Australian tourists, over the years Kuta has developed in a bustling and lively island in Bali. Thousands of tourists flock in throughout the year to enjoy the lively ambience and a host of activities. Kuta is no less than a heaven for people looking for fun and adventure. Nightlife in Kuta is unparallel to any other place in Indonesia. The lanes are adorned with pubs, bars and nightclubs that comes to life as the dusk falls. Happy people dancing to the tunes of peppy soundtracks is a common view in Kuta at night. For mornings, there are yoga retreats to detox, amazing restaurants for hearty meals, spas to rejuvenate the body and the soul and exciting water activities for the ultimate beach fun.
Kuta is a great choice for anyone looking to have a relaxing and laidback vacation with lots of fun and frolic. The cost of staying in Kuta for a vacation is also quite affordable. The daily expense ranges anywhere between $100-$150 per day which includes your food, travel, sightseeing and basic shopping. If you are planning to visit Kuta, here is a guide to everything that you need to know about this wonderful place:
When to go?
The best time to visit any beach location is during the time when there is enough sun, less or no rainfall and less humidity. In Kuta, the best time to go is between the months of April to October when you can soak your feet in the cold ocean water while basking in the sun and sipping on some lovely cocktail.
How to reach/ Transportation?
There are no direct routes from India to Kuta. One can book a flight from any international airport in India to Bali. The distance from Bali’s Denpasar Airport to Kuta is 10 km. From the airport, one can reach Kuta by taxi which will take 25 minutes approximately or on a bus which will take 40 minutes to reach approximately. If none of these works, there’s always Uber!
Transportation in Kuta is dependent on public and private buses, also known as “Bemo” or taxis. Public and private buses can get very overcrowded and these buses tend to take a longer route to pick up more people during a trip. It’s always advisable to hire a taxi for a comfortable journey but ensure that they agree to go by the meter rate.
Where to stay?
You’ll find numerous staying options all over Bali depending on the budget. In Kuta, there are inexpensive hotels and homestays with decent facilities for budget travellers. There are also three-star, four-star and five-star resorts with Jacuzzi, private pools, minibars and other luxury facilities. If you are travelling single or with a group of friends, you can always check out hostels for your accommodation.
For budget accommodation, you can check out Beneyasa Beach Inn, Matahari Guest House and Persona Beach Inn. For homestays, there are Waringin Homestay and Swandewi Homestay. Budbunkers are famous hostel chain in Kuta. If you are looking for a luxury stay option, you can go to the Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa or The Stones Hotel.
Places to see/Things to do
- There are a lot of exciting places to visit in Kuta and the most popular among them is the “Waterbom Bali”. This is one of the oldest water parks in Bali and is a lovely place to visit with children. The rides are super crazy with lots of twists, turns, plunges and falls, all adding up to the fun and excitement. Do try out the Boomerang and the Superbowl rides. And in case you are concerned about the safety for your kids, there is a different kids section in the park.
- Go surfing at the Kuta beach. It has been a popular activity in Kuta for years and is the main reason why this island is so popular. If surfing is not your thing, you can also try scuba diving or snorkelling to experience the captivating beauty underwater or just chill at the beach
- Visit the Kuta theatre to enjoy a magic show or a puppet show; you can also catch the light drama performance that is performed daily provided you can reach for the show on time. The Kuta theatre is a relatively new addition in Bali but it’s already quite popular among the kids visiting here.
- Visit the Bali Memorial at Kuta to pay homage to all those who lost their lives during the Bali bomb in 2002. You should also visit the Mads Lange Tomb in Kuta which belongs to Mads Lange who was a Danish explorer who lived in Kuta in 1839.
- Visit the Bali Sea Turtle Society which is a hatchery for sea turtles and works on conservation on turtle eggs and Olive Ridley turtles. You can also experience the live hatching of the turtle eggs during the hatching season, which is from April to October.
- If you love adventure games, puzzles, and riddles, there are two places in Kuta for you to visit. The Pandora Experience and the Dream Museum Zone, both are known to offer attractive puzzles and mind games to keep you hooked on for hours.
- Visit the ancient Buddhist temple in Kuta that goes by the name “Leeng Gwan Kuta Temple”. The colourful temple with intricate designs and structures is sure to make you spellbound by its beauty.
- Enjoy at the Upside Down World in Bali where everything from cabinets, tables, and chairs to lamps and fridges seems to be placed upside down. It’s definitely a great place to click a lot of wacky pictures.
If you are interested, you can also check out some other places in Bali.
When it comes to shopping, Kuta has a lot of places to go. Shopping in Kuta is not limited to local souvenirs but includes anything and everything that you can imagine buying at any other place on the globe. There is a huge range of clothes, paintings, fashion accessories, home décor items and much more o choose from. There are so many shopping malls and shopping complexes in Kuta that you’ll never get bored of exploring them. Some of the top shopping areas in Kuta are:
- Kuta Beachwork
- Lippo Mall Kuta
- Mal Bali Galleria
- Discovery Shopping Mall
- Kuta Art Market
You can read about them in details here.
Kuta is famous for its Balinese delicacies like Satay, Nasi Ayam, and Nasi Goreng. The main ingredients used in Balinese cuisine are eggs, seafood, chicken, lamb, and beef. Usually, the dishes are accompanied by a base of rice or noodles. In vegetables, onions, shallots, coconuts, peas and bamboo shoots are widely used for cooking in addition to different kinds of sauces to add a distinct Balinese flavour.
There are a lot of restaurants in Kuta serving food throughout the day. You can also find small food stalls by the beach or on street selling fresh breakfast, quick lunch and snacks. Food prices are quite cheap throughout Kuta but the taste and quality are really great for the price offered. To know more about the best restaurants in Kuta, read this.
Kuta is the ultimate location to have fun at pubs & bars and dance to the tunes of the latest musical hits. Kuta nightlife is something that you need to experience for real. The island comes to life in the evening with the lanes lighting up with glowing name boards. Once the crowd is decent, the real fun begins with unlimited booze and dance. Some of the best places to enjoy the nightlife in Kuta are:
- Hard Rock Café
This is one of the best nightclubs in Kuta with regular performances by talented bands and artists accompanied by a lively crowd who love to groove and party hard. The food and snacks served here are also amazing here. Do try out their Nachos and Burgers for sure.
- Sky Garden Bali
Deemed as one of the hottest nightspots in Kuta, Sky Garden Bali is a true crowd-puller. The well-decorated interiors, trippy lights and the rooftop dining area with regular live band performances, is something that cannot be missed at any cost. Apart from their A La Carte menu, their Buffet spreads are worth trying.
Bright quirky interiors with a spacious seating arrangement and a dreamy decor make Woobar look nothing less than a paradise. If you love music, you have to be here to see the DJs performing in the morning and noon and bands giving their best performances by the night. Plush sofas, amazing location and great food all combine together to make this bar a popular hangout place in Kuta.
Kuta should be in every traveller’s bucket list who want to spend a week or two in a completely chilled environment and enjoy partying. Reaching Kuta is very easy and so is finding an accommodation there. You can plan a Bali trip on your own and visit Kuta. If you want a customized itinerary matching your requirements, reach out to Pickyourtrail for help. Ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the fun in Kuta with a trip customized by experts.