Kuta seems to have an effect on people. You either love it or hate it, but either way I think you have to see it.
Located about 10 – 15 mins from Ngurah Rai International Airport, on Bali’s west coast.
Arguably Bali’s most known destination. It definitely attracts the tourists, but this spoils the Bali experience a little. Kuta is party central and popular with backpackers.
The area is full of markets and the local shops are quite pushy. Everyone you walk past tries to sell you something whether you look interested or not. So be prepared! It can get full on, but its something I personally needed to experience as we wanted to see all of Bali. There are lots of dining, accommodation and activity options.
The Ugly Truth
- Kuta Beach is not the most beautiful and it’s difficult to relax with all the stalls and sales people
- The only place in Bali we were offered drugs twice whilst walking down the street within 5 mins of each other (please note Bali has very strict drug laws and you should avoid drugs without exception)
- People at the market stalls can get quite aggressive (one guy grabbed Chris to try and bring him back to buy $2 sunglasses)
- Traffic can be congested
The Silver Lining
- I think you have to experience it, just to get the whole picture of Bali
- The markets may be hectic but they can be fun too, and everything is very cheap. Bargaining is half the fun
Tips From Mandy & ChrisIf you want to see Kuta, I'd recommend a day trip over staying in the area unless you're looking for budget/back-packing style accommodation
There are lots of markets, shops and a shopping mall (Discovery Mall). So if you do want to go shopping, you will probably find it in Kuta. Anything from dvds, to clothes to accessories, from the traditional to the more westernised. There are also many restaurants, from local cuisne, to western and lots in between. For a family’s, Waterbom Park is a good day out. At night, Kuta isn’t short of a place to have a drink, with many night clubs and bars. And in Bali, no matter where you are, your’e never too far away from a massage. And you might need one after a day here…
A Day At Kuta
Morning: Walk along the beach just to have a look (I probably wouldn’t choose this beach to stop and swim)
During the Day: Shop. Take a break for lunch (You will need one). Or alternatively go to Legian or Seminyak.
Afternoon: Have a long massage
Night: If you want to have dinner and get a drink here there are plenty of options. Personally, I would prefer to go to Seminyak for the evening.
Things To Do
There is a lot to do here, but they may not necesarily be the things you want to do in Bali. Depends on the individual.
There are a lot of shops…shopping centre, street lined shops, markets.
There are activities for families…Surfing schools, Waterbom Park.
There are lot’s of bars and nightclubs…but for the more trendy bar scene I would got to Seminyak.
Lot’s of places to eat…local warungs, street food, restaurants.
And in general just lots of people (and Kuta is not short of a Tourist)
- Bars and nightclubs
- If you want to go to Bali to be with a bunch of people who aren’t from Bali
- Local dining
- Learning to surf
- Waterbom Park
- Discovery Mall
- Experiencing what Kuta is like (even if you go for an hour or 2, I think it’s good to see what all the fuss is about)