Kuta Bali Tourist Guide
Kuta Beach is the most popular beach in Bali Indonesia for tourists to stay. Around Kuta Beach is packed with restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs, hotels, shopping malls and markets. Kuta Beach is only around 15 minutes by taxi from the Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport. Taxi fares from the airport to Kuta are fixed at 50,000Rp.
The surf on Kuta beach is perfect for beginners and people wanting to learn how to surf. There are plenty of guys (Kuta Cowboys) at the back of Kuta beach with surf boards to rent and they will also give you lessons. You will need to bargain for the board rental but you should be able to get them down to about 100,000Rp ($10) to rent the surf board for a few hours. Add lessons for another 100,000Rp.
Kuta Beach attracts a younger crowd due to the wild nightlife and all night parties. You will find some of the best bars and nightclubs in Kuta as well as in the surrouding areas of Legian Beach and Seminyak Beach.
There is now a cinema complex in Kuta showing latest release movies. Opened at the end of 2012, Cinema 21 is located at Beach Walk Lantai Jalan Pantai Kuta Bali. Ticket prices are 50,000Rp Mon - Thurs, 60,000Rp Fri and 75,000Rp Sat, Sun and Public Holidays.
Shopping in Kuta Beach Bali
Shopping in Kuta is good and cheap. The shopping varies from the cheap fake brand name products along Poppies Lane II including tshirts, sunglasses, leather goods, DVD and arts and crafts. As you get to the end of the Poppies Lane II you come to the intersection of Jalan Legian which has the high end brand name shops including Polo Ralph Lauren, Quicksilver, Billabong.
Poppies Lane II in the centre of Kuta has almost everything you need shopping wise. DVD and book shops, internet cafes, bars restaurants and all the t-shirts, shorts, sandals and sunglasses you could possible want. At the small shops along Poppies Lane II you need to bargain for the price. Usually the starting price they offer is around 3 times higher than what you should be paying.
Jalan Legian also has a range of speciality shops selling designer clothes, surf wear as well as jewellery as well as arts and crafts. Also along Jalan Legian are plenty of tailors who can make really good men and women's tailored suits, pants, shirts and jackets. They also specialise in leather products including tailored leather jackets.
Shopping Malls in Kuta
There are a few large shopping malls in Kuta which have good quality products at reasonable prices. Check out Kuta Square which again has a lot of brand name shops as well as the large Matihari Department store which has multi levels on clothing, sports gear, luggage, jewelry etc. Further along into Tuban is the Discovery Shopping Plaza with multi levels of specialty stores. The latest shopping mall to open is Beach Walk Shopping Centre located directly opposite Kuta Beach.
Beach Walk Shopping Centre Kuta
Beach Walk Shopping Centre is a modern 3 story shopping mall right in the heart of Kuta, directly across from Kuta Beach, next to the Sheratown Hotel.
Beach Walk has hundreds of shops including some of the top brand name designer stores like Armani Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria's Secret and Zara. See a full list of stores at Beach Walk Shopping Centre.
There is also a good selection of restaurants like Tony Roma's, Sushi Tei, Paradise Dynasty Chinese Restaurant, Johnny Rockets burgers, Kyuko Japanese Sushi and Grill and there is a large food court on the top level called Eat & Eat.
Also on the top level is one of the best bars in Kuta Beach to watch the sunset. Velvet Beach View Lounge is a rooftop bar with views over Kuta Beach. A great place to sit in the afternoon and watch the sunset over the ocean.
Kuta Art Markets
Just along from Kuta Square you will find Kuta Art Markets which is open everyday. The stalls stretch through from the main road right down to the beach. Kuta Art Markets used to have the majority of stalls selling products from local artists including paintings, local Balinese carvings, jewellry but now the usual stores full of fake t-shirts, sunglasses etc have taken over. There are still alot of stalls selling arts and crafts.
Nightlife in Kuta Beach Bali
You can grab a drink pretty much anywhere in Bali, and we are talking with alcohol. Though if you are looking for some alcohol fueled nightlight, dancing/music then you have to check out these places:
Sky Garden Nightclub has 3 levels with dance music and a separate hip-hop music room on the very top level. A small Bintang beer costs 25,000Rp. There is no entrance fee and on Monday nights they have a promotion for 50,000Rp for as much beer as you can drink until 10pm. Each night they have fire dancers performing on stage. Each level has a large TV screen playing videos to match the music.
Bounty Discotheque - Pirates Dance Party, located just next door to Paddy's Bar on Jln Legian.
Ocean Beach Club close to the Hard Rock Cafe, at the top end of Kuta Beach. A good selection of drinks, cocktails and regular entertainment including dancing shows, acrobatics, fire acts and a good selection of meals available, Indonesian and Western.
M Bar Go is one of the newest late night venues in Kuta. Located just across the road from the old Sari Club on Jalan Legian. www.myspace.com/mbargo
Billy's Bar in Garlic Lane at Legian Beach close to Legian Beach Hotel.
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Waterbom Park Kuta
Just along from Kuta Square you will find the Waterbom Water Park which is a water theme park with 17 world class waterslides. Single day entry pass costs US$31 for adults and US$19 for children (2 -12 years old). 2 day entry pass (valid for 1 week) costs US$50 for adults and US$31 for children (2 -12 years old).
Massage and Health Spas in Kuta
There are plenty of shops throughout Kuta where you can get a good massage starting from around 60,000Rp for 1 hour.
Febri's Spa located in South Kuta offering Balinese massage, body scrubs, body mask, head and scalp massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, facial plus more. Packages start from US$35. www.greenbali.com/febris_spa_main.html
Bounty Salon and Spa located right next to the Bounty Hotel on Poppies Lane II. Hairdressing, cut, blow-dry, colouring, high-lights, straightening (womens cut 75,000Rp, mens cut 60,000Rp), body treatments from 95,000Rp, cream baths from 115,000Rp, manicure, pedicure and foot reflexology from 75,000Rp, body waxing from 60,000Rp, traditional Balinese massage from 95,000Rp
Internet Cafes in Kuta
There are plenty of Internet cafes in Kuta with desktop computers. Many of these will allow you to plug your laptop computer into their network for high speed internet access or they offer wireless (Wi-Fi) internet access. Charges are around 10,000 (US$0.85) - 12,000Rp per hour. Internet connections are generally slower than other parts of the world so you have to be patient. Some still use dial-up connections so ask before you sit down and start using it.
Many hotels in Kuta, Legian and Seminyak have Wi-Fi internet access in the hotels though depending on which room you get you may only be able to access in the public areas like foyers, restaurants and cafe. The rooms on the top floors of hotels will not receive the wireless signal
Many restaurants, bars and cafes are now offering free Wi-Fi internet access in Kuta if you sit down and buy something. Some will need to give you a userid and password to access the net. If the place is busy expect the connection to be really slow so often better just to go to an internet cafe and pay the charges there for a faster connection
Snorkeling and Diving near Kuta
There are no coral reefs directly off Kuta beach though you can do an easy day trip to many of the islands off the coast of Bali with excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. Nusa Lembongan has a few good snorkeling and dive sites and well as some good surfing spots. For transfers across to Nusa Lembongan as well as boat trips to do some snorkeling and diving check out Bali Hai Cruises. There is also good snorkeling off Sanur beach.
There are plenty of travel agencies within Kuta that arrange these boat trips as well as PADI certified dive shops which rent out all the equipment.
For the best snorkeling and diving in Bali head to the north-west coast and visit Pulau Menjangan part of the West Bali National Park. There is also some great spots for snorkeling and scuba diving on Lombok, Sulawesi and Sumatra.
For organised boat cruises around Kuta as well as Lombok, Komodo National Park check out Realadventures with prices starting from US$80. They also have PADI certified instructors for scuba dive courses.
Sailing and Cruise Ships from Kuta
There are various sailing and cruises you can choose from that visit the neighbouring islands of Lombok, Komodo Island and the Gili Islands. Sea Safari Cruises have a replica Buginese schooner that do 2, 4 or 6 night cruises leaving from Benoa harbour in Bali and visiting Lombok, Komodo and Sumbawa.
Bounty Cruises have sunset dinner cruises at US$49 per person starting at 6pm and finishing at 8.30pm, this includes return hotel transfers to the jetty. Also available is a full day cruise starting at 10am and finishing at around 4pm. Price is US$95 per person including return hotel transfer, monring tea, buffet lunch. Activities include village tour, 44m water slide off the boat, snorkeling, banana boat ride and canoeing.
Komodo Dancer is a cruise boat which offers 7 or 11 night cruises out of Bali to cruise around Komodo Island for diving on the best reefs.
Bali Bombing Memorial
At the end of Poppies Lane II, on Jalan Legian is a memorial for all the people that lost their lives in the Bali bombings in 2002. All the names of the people who died are listed by the country that they came from. Directly across the road from the memorial is the empty site of the Sari Club which was one of the 2 clubs that was bombed. The site now acts as a car park.
Restaurants in Kuta Bali
There are heaps of cheap restaurants in Kuta Beach as well as some high end fine dining restaurants as well as all the usual fast food places like KFC and McDonalds. There is a good choice of different types of food including traditional Balinese and Indonesian food as well as international restaurants including Japanese, Italian and Chinese. Check out these restaurants in Kuta:
Seafood Restaurants close to Kuta Bali
A short 15 minute trip out of Kuta will take you to Jimbaran Bay. The beach at Jimbaran Bay is lined with around 50 seafood restaurants with their tables and chairs setup on the beach over looking the water - great for watching the sunset. You need to negotiate your prices first so best to walk along and check the prices of the seafood before sitting down. Check out the hotels in Jimbaran.
Hotels in Kuta Bali
There are hotels in Kuta to suit all budgets. From cheap backpacker accommodation up to luxury beach resorts. Most hotels in Kuta have free WiFi internet access as well as lots of free WiFi at the restaurants, cafes and bars around Kuta Beach. Check out these hotels in Kuta Beach Bali
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