"Kuta, I just canít stop going there over and over again. I used to swim a lot there, waiting for the sun to set. Thereís also a time when I found myself building a sand castle with my lil cousin. And I also did surfing several times. But still I canít always stand on the board. Need a lot more practice for that."
Kuta is a former fishing village. It has a long and wide beach and was originally discovered by tourists, who saw
Kuta as a surfing paradise. It has long been a popular stop for backpackers in Southeast Asia. In the 1980s there was talk about the three Ks: Katmandu in Nepal, Khao San Road in Bangkok and Kuta. You
should have been there as a backpacker in those days. Nowadays it attracts some hardcore backpackers as well as families and tourists from all over the world. It is primarily a playground for the young tourists from Australia.
Kuta Beach is famous for its high waves and strong stream, ideal for beginners and the more experienced surfer. South of Kuta Beach is on Tuban Beach. Here you will also Waterbom park with slides and a swimming pool.
So Kuta was one of the first places in Bali with some tourism industry as a seaside resort and is currently one of the major tourist destinations in Indonesia. It is known internationally for its long sandy beach with surf
schools, varied accommodation, many restaurants, bars and it has easy access to Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport (Denpasar).
Due to the ever increasing popularity of Bali, Kuta is still developing the
town. There is no shortage of ugly, poorly planned buildings. It can sometimes seem as chaotic, crowded and busy. However,
there are people who like the chaos of this type of building. Hundreds of thousands of tourists enjoy their holiday in Kuta every year.
Kuta are large department stores with a wide range of items. The largest mall in the Kuta Square. Here is a Matahari department store and supermarket and several smaller specialty stores. Near the beach at Kuta Square is the Kuta Art Market. All the world's cuisines are represented and most are along Jalan Legian. Furthermore, there is large opportunity to go out.
Nowadays it is mainly known as one of the most crowded and lively resorts, which are to be found in Bali. There are many shops, restaurants and plenty of entertainment options.
The large local shops, restaurants, cafes and hotels offer free WiFi for their guests. There are also everywhere SIM cards for sale, which companies compete with each other.
Touts are everywhere and they try constantly to sell you something, whether you're walking down the street or sitting in a restaurant.
The roads are not good, although they are working on it. Especially in alleys are many potholes and traffic rules doesn't mean much to the locals. In the narrow streets drivers fold their mirrors in order to prevent that they hit a parked car.
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The five-kilometer-long sandy beach of Kuta is maybe one of the best beaches in Bali. The beach is safe, partially clean, well maintained. Although there are annoying beach vendors, who try to persuade massages, hair braiding, and cigarettes to buy or rent
surfboards. The long, wide stretch of sand is often full of sunbathers and although most surfers have moved to
other areas, there are still plenty of surfers in the high season. If you are heading north along the beach to the places
Legian, Seminyak and Petitenget it becomes
step by step more quiet and less hectic.
The towns Tuban, Legian and
Seminyak are in practice considered to Kuta. In Kuta
it's almost always hot and there is also the most famous beach in Bali to find. In short, Kuta is a cozy and vibrant city and absolutely worth a visit.
Kuta is within easy reach by by bus from all places in Bali. Perama shuttle buses leave from
Ubud, Candidasa, Padang Bai and Lovina. As elsewhere in Bali, the number Bemo's is drecreasing, because the Balinese has become richer and a they drive a car nowadays. Bemo's Corner is in the heart of Kuta at the intersection of Jalan Legian and Jalan Raya Kuta. This was important place for the backpacker.
However, there are several events held in Kuta, but the touristic highlights are few and far between:
- Bali Bomb Memorial. This is a memorial to the 202 people who were killed by the bombs on October 12, 2002. It's on Jalan Legian opposite the corner of Poppies II. This is the former site of the old Paddy's Bar. It is still an empty space, in addition to a Billabong store. Every year on the occasion of that terrible event there is a mourning ceremony for those who died or were wounded by bombs. If you look at the memorial, be calm and quiet out of respect for the victims.
- Sacrifice on the Beach. In the morning you regularly see Balinese people throwing an offering into the sea, especially when Nyepi is approaching. The best place to see right next to the temple at the beach about 200 - 250m north of the Hard Rock Hotel.
- Hard Rock Hotel is something of a tourist attraction and it is definitely worth to take a photo of the outside of the hotel.
- Kuta Sea Turtle Beach Conservation, a project where turtle eggs are collected and stored in the sand until they hatch. Once the eggs are hatched, then the baby turtles are released back into the sea. The center is located next to the Kuta Beach Security (Satgas Pantai) Office at the Lifeguard Tower.
Kuta Sea Turtle Beach Conservation
Adi Dharma Hotel
The Adi Dharma Hotel is set in a secluded garden enclave on bustling Legian Street, 15 minutes from the airport and walking distance to shops, restaurants, galleries, entertainment, and the famous Kuta Beach. Facilities in this 3-star, low-rise property, which has a quiet and relaxed atmosphere, include a swimming pool, sundeck, 24-hour restaurant serving Western and Indonesian cuisine, meditation hall, and regular cultural performances of Balinese dance and music. Comfortable and basic rooms, each with a private balcony or terrace, overlook the pool and tropical gardens.
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