Once a quiet fishing village, Kuta is now one of Indonesia’s most popular tourist destinations and a hive of activity on the south-west coast of Bali. Laid-back days on the beach and late-night jaunts are staple pastimes in Kuta, but there is something to suit everyone in this tropical island town.
Visitors can choose to be as active as they like in Kuta, where the surroundings are as appealing for action-packed getaways as they are for relaxing retreats. Whether it’s budget accommodation, boutique hideaways or beachfront resorts you’re looking for, use Expedia’s search tools to find your perfect Kuta hotel.
Kick Back on Kuta Beach
Days here revolve around the beach. The long stretch of golden shoreline draws in flocks of sun-worshippers and surfers of every level, while the bordering promenade is packed with restaurants. At dusk, everyone spills on to the sand to enjoy Kuta’s legendary sunsets. Come evening, all manner of bars and clubs entice visitors in for a taste of the town’s world-renowned nightlife.
Families are well catered for in Kuta. Besides sandy shores and infinity pools, there is also Waterbom Bali, a water park with 17 slides and rides for all ages, and the interactive Dream Museum Zone Bali, which contains larger-than-life 3D murals visitors can pose with. For a more traditional experience, families can learn about local culture by visiting one of Kuta’s sacred temples or the Kuta Art Market.
Shopping in Kuta
The modern Kuta Beachwalk complex houses shops for everybody as well as a textile museum, a day-care facility, a play zone and a stage with scheduled music and dance performances. In the centre of town, visitors can wander Kuta Square, which is dotted with high-street shops and stalls selling Indonesian crafts.
Spa and Relaxation
The Balinese are famous for spa culture and Kuta is awash with holistic get-aways. From spiritual healing and Balinese massage to beauty treatments, visitors can scrub, wrap and soothe themselves into a state of relaxation worthy of this easy-going island.
Yoga and Sports
Yogis will delight in the many yoga studios in Kuta. Those with a heart for the sea can hone their surfing skills on the breaks at Kuta Beach or Legian Beach, or partake in any number of water sports activities in Bali’s azure waters, including kayaking, wakeboarding, parasailing and snorkelling.
Exploring Kuta’s Surrounds
In the northern region of Kuta is low-key Legian, a coastal town with a quieter beach and equally great surf. A little further up the coast lies trendy Seminyak, which is studded with upmarket-fashion and homeware shops, chic bars and glitzy restaurants.
South Kuta is home to the idyllic shores of Nusa Dua Beach on the east coast, as well as the picture-perfect Uluwatu Temple in the south, which is set on a magnificent cliff overlooking the ocean. An hour-long ferry trip will take visitors to Nusa Penida, an island off southern Bali’s east coast, and its even tinier neighbour, Nusa Lembongan, which is popular for its coral reefs and bohemian beach cafes.