An impressive coastline, plenty of family-friendlyactivities and a bustling nightlife combine with the colourful local culture inthis popular beach town.
Onthe southernmost tip of Bali sits one of the island’s most popular touristdestinations. Often referred to as “downtown” by locals, Kuta is among thebusiest townships on the island. It began its existence as a peaceful fishingvillage, and an outpost for the Dutch colonialists, but experienced atransformation during the 20th century into a tourist destination. Most visitKuta for its beautiful beaches, although it has plenty of culture and shoppingto offer too.
Makefor Kuta Beach for a swim, surf orsunbathe. The beach has supervised swimming between the flags and is known forits stunning sunsets. The nearby Tuban and LegianBeaches are both great alternatives for swimming. Dive the offshore reefsby renting gear from one of the many operators in Kuta, or charter a glass-bottomedboat to see the bright-coloured fish near Turtle Island without getting wet.
Thebest shopping and food can be found at Kuta Square, a picturesque part of townlined by religious monuments and traditional architecture. Local dishes arecheap and plentiful, but western style fast food is available for those missinghome.
Spenda day visiting Kuta’s theme parks with the kids, including the excitingWaterbom Bali, or learn about the local culture with a comedy and illusion showat the Kuta Theater.
Payyour respects at the Bali Bombing Memorial, but rest assured that Kuta’snightlife has recovered and is today as safe as ever. The biggest threats todayare the occasional pickpocket and drink spiking, so watch your belongings andyour drinks as you enjoy the nightclubs, bars and restaurants that Kuta hasbecome famous for.
Gettingaround Kuta is cheap and easy: “bemo” taxis can be hailed on the street andwill take you to all the attractions in town or the international airport just15 minutes away. Hiring a scooter is a great way to see Kuta, but be alert asthe busy roads can lead to accidents.
Afterjust a few hours you’ll see why the atmosphere, architecture and beach culturekeep visitors coming back to Kuta year after year.