Kuta is a coastal town in southern Bali, located very close to Seminyak and Canggu. As the two previous ones, it belongs to the regency of Badung and stands out for being a fishermen’s village and for having some excellent beaches for surf lovers. Kuta is located near the international airport Ngurah Rai and Denpasar, the capital of the island.
In Kuta, all the services are focused on the travelLers who want a holiday as a couple, with friends or family and searching for parties, surfing, spas, sunbathing in resorts near the beach, or shopping in exotic malls.
Given its proximity to the airport, good connections to most of the towns on the island and affordable prices, it may be a good option to spend a few days in Kuta when arriving or leaving Bali. Also, there is a great offer of spas to have a nice treatment and activities like the Waterbom Bali park.
Kuta is a place with a lot of energy and a lot of entertainment, which you can combine with a few more quiet days in Ubud or any northern town, where the atmosphere is more relaxed and there are not so many tourists.
HOW TO GET TO KUTA
From the airport
Kuta is situated practically next to the airport, about 10 minutes away by car. Even though it’s only a few kilometers from Ngurah Rai International Airport, you have to take a taxi. The best thing to do is to take a taxi from Blue Bird, the official taxi company in Bali, and ask the driver to start the meter.
Another option that may be necessary in case you arrive at an unusual time is to take an unofficial taxi and bargain over the price before getting into the car.
Moving around Kuta and its surroundings
The most popular option among tourists is the motorbike, as it is easy to rent one and move around any time and place. Another option is the taxi, for comfort. If you want to travel to other towns more economically, you can use the shuttle bus from Perama Tours, Trans Sarbagita or Kura-Kura companies from the station located in the center of the city. From Kuta, you will find connections to most of the main destinations in Bali. We advise you to check the timetables on the 12go.asia website, before organizing your routes, because there are no daily buses for some destinations.
WHAT TO DO IN KUTA
As it is located on the coast, Kuta stands out for the activities that take place nearby at the beach, and, unlike other towns, it is not so famous for having important landmarks. Still, there are plenty of things to see and do in Kuta. Here are some options.
Surfing or swimming at Kuta beaches
The south of Bali island is known for its beaches where there is a great variety of activities. During the day you can enjoy water sports like surfing or going on sightseeing tours, while at night you can find parties.
Some good examples of this type of beach are Segara Beach, Kuta Beach, Legian Beach, and Double Six Beach. If you start from the south, very close to the airport, and walk along the beach towards the northwest, the name of the beach changes even though it seems to be the same.
The first one in the south is Segara Beach, which has a quiet and familiar atmosphere and is perfect for watching the sunset and enjoying good views. This is followed by Kuta Beach, which is ideal for the most famous activity in the area: surfing. This is also an area with many shops, restaurants, pubs, and resorts. Further northwest you can find Legian Beach and Double Six Beach, which are also surfing beaches and just as busy as Kuta Beach.
Enjoy beautiful sunsets
Kuta is the perfect place to enjoy unforgettable sunsets. There is nothing better than enjoying the sunset and having a cold Bintang or a refreshing coconut in one of the beach bars.
Taste the local cuisine
Kuta is an ideal place to try some traditional Balinese dishes, like Nasi Goreng (fried rice) or Mie Goreng (fried noodles) in one of the warungs located on the beach. It is true that in Kuta you will find many western food places, but we recommend you to try some traditional dishes as they are tasty and an important element in the Balinese culture.
WHERE TO STAY IN KUTA
In Kuta, you can find accommodation of all kinds and for all budgets and it has a wide and varied offer to stay, from resorts with private pools and luxury villas to homestays or surf houses, there is a great variety to choose from. We are sure that you will find the perfect accommodation that suits your preferences and budget.
WHERE TO EAT IN KUTA
In Kuta, you can find restaurants and cafes of all kinds and there are places that serve everything from local food to more western dishes. In Kuta, you will find Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Greek, vegetarian or Mediterranean restaurants, even fast food like McDonald’s or Burger King.
WHAT TO DO IN KUTA
In Kuta, there is a wide variety of activities you can do. Among the most popular are surfing, shopping (clothes or souvenirs), snorkelling, having a drink in one of the best-known pubs while enjoying the sunset, going out to party, going to the water park, getting a tattoo, riding a motorbike and getting to know other nearby areas, taking yoga classes, getting a massage, going to a spa, getting a body treatment.
PLACES OF INTEREST NEAR KUTA
Close to Kuta, there are quite a few places of interest such as the temples of Uluwatu, Tanah Lot, and Batu Bolong or the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park which may be a good choice if you are interested in visiting other places in the area. Also, you may consider visiting museums or other beaches for snorkelling or surfing.
On the following map, you will find all the places of interest in Kuta mentioned in this article. You can use it to organize your routes around Bali. We hope you find it useful.