Kuta has been a mecca for tourists since a few Australians found it to be a place for great waves in the late 1970’s. If it is waves you are looking for then Kuta is a great place to go. You will probably arrive through Denpasar’s International Airport Ngurah Rai.
From there it is just a 10 minute taxi ride to the hustle and bustle of Kuta’s main strip Jalan Legian, this road stretches 5 km to the up market Seminyak where most expats choose to stay. The road itself is lined with hundreds of swanky boutiques and surf shops.
If you are on a budget then Kuta is definitely the place for you. You can easily find accommodation in here from high end hotels to low range guest houses. You will probably find yourself exploring the little streets (gangs) that separate Jalan Legian from the infamous Kuta beach. It is in these narrow little streets where some of the best restaurants for the budget traveler can be found. These restaurants are called warungs and serve up an array of meals from traditional Balinese dishes to Western favorites’ like fish and chips. For the lone traveler it is in these warungs where you will probably meet other travelers as they can sometimes be a great way to pass away lazy afternoons after several hours on the beach.
Kuta beach can seem a little intimidating with its many sellers of Balinese souvenirs, a very polite no thank you will keep the seller moving on. However if you choose to buy some souvenirs from the sellers you will probably have a nice little conversation and find that the Balinese people are some of the friendliest you will ever meet.
The sea at Kuta can be quite dangerous with its riptides and very strong currents. It is strongly advised that you swim between the flags that the Balinese life guards raise every morning. If it is surfing you are looking for then this is the place to be whether you are a pro or even a beginner. You can find surf boards for rent all along the beach and sometimes if you strike up a friendship some of the local surfers may even teach you.
There are numerous surf schools that are highly professional along Kuta’s beach and if you have never ridden a wave before then it is highly advisable to seek some professional lessons as the local surfers will know the best place to learn. The one thing you will love about Kuta beach is its spectacular sunsets. Sitting on the beach watching the sun go down is one of the most popular activities for tourists and locals alike.
Kuta is renowned for its nightlife and after a day in the sun there is nothing better than to let your hair down and dance the night away. Some recommended Nightclubs are Double Six, The Hotel Bounty, and KuDeTa. This is just a few of the hundreds that surround Kuta. You will surely find one that suits you.
There are many day trips that you can take from Kuta and all Travel Agents will be more than happy to accommodate. A few favorites are the sacred temple of Tanah Lot about an hours drive east, Uluwatu temple on the southern peninsula. This temple has breathtaking views of the Indian ocean. You can even visit the artistic capital of Bali; Ubud for the day if you like. A popular getaway is Dreamland which is about half an hours drive from Kuta. Here you will find beach side food sellers, sun loungers and pristine white sand beach with continuous rolling surf. Be careful in the water here as the currents and waves can be very strong.
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