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Kuta Travel Guide - Things to do in Kuta

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Free  Kuta Travel Guide to all Activities, Weddings, Restaurants, Hotels, Parties, Beaches, Shopping in Kuta and the History of Kuta.


The History of Kuta

The History of Kuta - Important things that happened in Kuta – 18th century till now


Important Things happened in Kuta in the 18th century

In the year 1817, after ignoring Bali for centuries, the first trading points in Kuta were opened by the Dutch. Singaraja and Kuta, both became important ports.

As other major Indonesian Islands, such as Java, had by far more to offer than Bali, therefore Bali and obviously also Kuta were ignored for a long time by the Dutch empire. However in about 1825 a Dutch merchant permanently settled in southern Kuta which in the end proved to be the seed for Kuta’s tourism industry. The first traded goods, sad but true, were opium and slaves from Kuta and the rest of Bali.

The Balinese law at that time allowed shipwreck plundering which in 1841 caused the first problems with the Dutch Army as the Balinese from Kuta plundered the Dutch frigate “Overijsset”, which wrecked itself on Kuta Beach.

In 1846 the first Dutch fleet landed in Kuta, carrying about 3000 soldiers with the aim of defeating Gusti Ketut Jelantik, a great hero of the mid-nineteenth century in Bali and the first Dutch-Bali war started in Kuta. A Danish trader named Mads, who ran a trading point from Kuta, acted as an intermediary.

The History of Kuta – Important things that happened in Kuta – 20th century

Kuta was now the most important area on the island of the Gods. Plenty of artists starting to arrive in Kuta in the 1920’s, such as Walter Spiess and Rudolph Bonnet. Over the years they settled down in different areas on the island.

In the 1930’s the foundations of Kuta’s tourism industry were laid. The first Hotel in Kuta was opened, named the “The Kuta Beach Hotel” and isnowadays known as “The Kuta Beach Heritage Hotel” which pays great homage to the original. Furthermore with the opening of Ngurah Rai International Airport in the 1970’s, based in Tuban–Kuta, the traffic light for tourism in Bali turned to green, whichtherefore allowed Kuta’s and Sanur’s tourism industry to grow rapidly.

The History of Kuta - Kuta Nowadays – What does Kuta look like now?

Nothing is left from the original Kuta. Restaurants, Spas, Hotels and Resorts have taken over this old fishermen’s village within a decade and it is already very hard to experience the traditional Balinese charm outside of the hotels or resorts in this area.

Kuta became Bali’s biggest nightlife and party area by far as it’s very popular with younger people and many Australians. Legian Street is covered with nightclubs, offering the young exactly what they are looking for. Happy Hours, Free Flows, Rooftop Pool Bars and Eventsmake it the perfect hotbed for party seekers. It has to be mentioned that Prostitution is illegal in Bali but it belongs to Kuta as water does to the ocean. Sex for money is a big issue in Kuta and it is highly recommended that this this business is not supported.

Kuta virtually offers an unlimited amount of shopping opportunities in every price category. It’s possible to purchase a new Cartier at the Duty Free area in front of the Mall Bali Galleria for those who have the money to spend on one. Others discover scarves, sunglasses, clothes or handicrafts at a variety of malls or local markets. Sellers outside regular malls tend to be very pushy, Why? Many market shares have been taken over by modern malls and therefore the prices have risen. This makes a seller’s life dramatically harder.

If any tourists are interested in Kuta’s target group, then they will enjoy Kuta beach for sure. 

The roughly 6 kilometre long coastline with white sandy beaches is the perfect place to relax. Also, if someone was looking for people to party with in the evening, making contacts at Kuta Beach is very easy. Last but not least it is the perfect place to learn how to surf, as local professional surfers along the coastline who offerto share their knowledge for a small fee are easily stumbled upon.

All in all, Kuta offers every visitor a lot of opportunities including a lovely sunset and value for money. If anyone likes it a bit quieter, more sophisticated or areeven looking for some culture, then don’t stay in Kuta at all.

Additional information: The first Bali bombing took place on Legian Street in Kuta. 202 people were killed and another 240 injured. The main target for the bomb attack was Paddy's Bar and the Sari Club. The 43 year old teacher Ali Ghufron was convicted as the main coordinator of this attack. Ghufron had at that time very close contact with Osama Bin Laden, the founder of Al-Qaeda. Osama bin Laden was killed by American Special Forces on May 2nd 2011 (Officially!). 


Explanation of the word Kuta

What is meant and talked about when Kuta is mentioned?


Kuta (past tense)

Till the 1970's, Kuta village was still a sleepy fishermen village and its inhabitants were very much relaxed and had nothing to do apart from going to the temple, following their traditions such as organizing and watching cockfights, sitting under palm trees and chatting, bringing goods to the market and obviously being very busy with fishing. Since the opening of Ngurah Rai International Airport in the 1970's, the meaning of Kuta up until today has changed.

Kuta Synonyms (past tense)
  • Tradition
  • Relaxation
  • Culture
  • Jungle
  • Walking
  • Temples
  • Fishing
  • Peaceful
  • Sleepy
  • White sandy coastline
Kuta (present tense)

Kuta has grown rapidly over the last few decades. It has grown that rapidly that the neighbouring villages Tuban and Legian simply have been annexed. Kuta nowadays exists as different villages all running under the mass tourism brand of Kuta. Kuta-Tuban, the area around the airport, as well as Kuta-City and Kuta-Legian, the very busy party and nightlife districts are branded with the single word Kuta.

Kuta Synonyms (present tense)
  • Hustle and bustle
  • Traffic
  • Party
  • Noise
  • Pollution
  • Mass tourism
  • White sandy coastline

Kuta’s resemblance for Americans: 'Spring Break Daytona Beach'. 
Kuta’s resemblance for Europeans: 'Majorca for Australians'

Résumé: Kuta is the village in Bali which has changed most rapidly, inhabitants have also lost some of their traditional lifestyle. The Balinese, normally stayin their village or at least return home after their father has passed away, now rent or sell their homes to foreigners and try to stay away as much as possible. Kuta is crowded with Indonesians, living illegally in Bali. From travelling BALI's point of view, Kuta it is nothing other than a cheap party place such as Daytona Beach in America or Majorca in Spain. This village is clearly not made for everybody but the main target group loves it for sure. 

Please see further explanations in the next chapters.


Explore Kuta:

Explore Kuta with - Busses, Motorbikes, Car Rentals and Hotel Shuttles


Explore Kuta with 2 wheels
Explore Kuta with two wheels - Scooter Rentals:

Scooters for hire are located at nearly every single corner. The rate shouldn’t be higher than 70k Rupiah per day anda cheap rate would be 50k Rupiah. Those who stay longer in Bali might rent a scooter for a full month for about 500k - 600k. 
Kuta is full of policemen and the lighter ones skin, the more chance there is of being caught. Useful Tips on what to do if caught should beviewed in the category "What to take care of in Kuta".

 Explore Kuta with two wheels - Harley Davidsons:

The big bikes are available for rent at the Harley Davidson store in Kuta on Sunset Road.Harley Davidson also organizes guided tours. Please call Harley Davidson or ask any friendly hotel staff for further assistance.

Explore Kuta with 4 wheels
Explore Kuta with 4 wheels - Car Rental

Car Rentals may be found everywhere,just walk around Jalan Pantai Kuta or ask any hotel staff for assistance. 200k - 300k is a fair price per day. It is NOT recommended to hire a car to explore Kuta as the traffic is too busy and it clearly wastes too much time. Also some places have a lack of parking lots. Car hiring is only recommended if it is planned to travel around in Bali.

Explore Kuta with 4 wheels - Busses

Kuta is connected to a bus system but the most interesting things can't be reached by bus. Busses in Bali in general are only recommended to visitors with a very small budget. To invest 4 USD for a motorbike is clearly the best solution if anyone wants to explore Kuta by themselves.

Explore Kuta with 4 wheels - Hotel Shuttle Busses

Some good hotels have understood the importance of Service and offer a regular hotel shuttle to and from Kuta to their guests. Vacationers staying with the Tauzia Group such as Harris or Pop in Kuta are able to use a special shuttle service which is provided for free. The hotel bus stops at important locations such as Beachwalk and comes every 45 minutes.


Things to do in Kuta 

Things to do in Kuta - General things to do in Kuta, Must see and do things in Kuta, Free Things to do in Kuta, Cheap things to do in Kuta, Medium priced things to do in Kuta, High-End things to do in Kuta, Shopping, Spa’s, Restaurants and Activities.


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General Things to do in Kuta – Enjoy Kuta Beach and sunsets at Jalan Pantai Kuta (Kuta Beach road).

Jalan Pantai Kuta, the sunset strip of Kuta, offers plenty of nice dining opportunities, located directly on thebeach, guaranties great opportunities for watching sunsets. Go to Beachwalk Shopping Mall and enjoy sunset cocktails from the 3rd floor. Alcohol makes everyone hungry! After the cocktails enjoy one of the dozens of restaurants on Jalan Pantai Kuta! Paps Restaurant, an Italian restaurant at Jalan Pantai Kuta offers a very unique dish, the volcano Pizza. After a lovely Dinner there is a potentialto enjoy one or more of the cocktail Bars also located in this area. Jalan Pantai Kuta is a place for everybody. Locals meet Westerners, old meet the youngand families meet single people. Generally spoken: "Visitors can't go wrong by visiting this area and it is the nicest public area on the beach Bali has to offer”. 

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General Things to do in Kuta – Learn how to surf

The roughly 6 kilometre long coastline with white sandy beaches is the perfect place to relax. Also, if someone was looking for people to party with in the evening, making contacts at Kuta Beach is very easy. Last but not least it is the perfect place to learn how to surf, as local professional surfers along the coastline who offer to share their knowledge for a small fee are easily stumbled upon. Compared to Nusa Dua the waves are moderate and exactly the right height for beginners to intermediates. Plenty of surfing schools stretch along Kuta Beach and also local instructors offer their service.

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General Things to do in Kuta – Horse-drawn carriages.

Taxis are found and used everywhere in Kuta but what about a Tour through Kuta in a horse-drawn carriage? It is obviously not as romantic as it would be in a traffic limited area, but it is something special and unique which probably isn’t available at home.

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General Things to do in Kuta – Release a Sea Turtle.

This family friendly beach activity is highly recommended as it helps to protect the sea turtles. To be a part of the project, please contact Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation.

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General Things to do in Kuta – Get Pampered at a Spa. 

Bali is simply a Spa Heaven. Spas in every price category are found in Bali and the next Spa, if travellers stay in Kuta, is just a stone’s throw away from most accommodation. Spas regularly offer Happy Hours and Discounts. Some of them may be found on this website in the category “Discounts, Reductions and Rebates” subcategory Spa Discounts. It is highly recommended that everybody rechecks the preferred Spa on the web as plenty of them offer in addition to the Happy Hours regular direct booking discounts. Some of those Spa discounts are able to becombined and cheap Spas simply offer value for money. 4 hour treatments may be found for around 600k Rupiah and this price already includes a Ginger Tea, coffee and snack as well as a free pick up and drop off service from the guest’s hotel, villa or resort.

As parts of Kuta belong to Bali’s red light district, some Spas in Kuta offer a special service, mostly offered to men and the locals call it the “++ - service”. So please be aware some Taxi driversmight try to take single male travellersto the wrong one because for ++ Spas the commission is higher by far. To make sure nobody ends up at a spa in the red light districts, the following selection of Spas deliver a clean and proper business. travelling BALI’s Spa TOP TIP is available in the above category ‘Cheap things to do in Kuta’. Everyday Spa is simply value for money and is also recommended to travellers staying outside of Kuta as the Taxi fare from other places in Bali, such as Sanur, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua or Seminyak isn’t higher then 100k Rupiah.


In addition to regular Spas, more and more Medical Spas are coming to Bali, as the importance of health and beauty increase. Medical Spas are specialized in treatments such as Fat reduction and Botox injections. The following list will also contain the two most popular Medical Spas in Bali and both are based in Kuta. Both contain a Men’s clinic as well and offer treatments such as Stem Cell Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction.Finally some spas have added an additional service with Salons that have been integrated into regular Spas offering hair treatments, pedicures and manicures, facial treatments, Nail Art, bikini zone waxing and many more other beauty treatments.

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Cheap Spas in Kuta-Bali: (prices start around 1.200k for a 4 hour treatment and includes a free pick up and drop off service - see Spa Bali Green)

Where to find Spas in Bali - Cheap Spas in Kuta – Spa Bali Green, Jl. Sunset Road, Pertokoan Sunset Permai Blok D +62 361 841 3681

Where to find Spas in Bali - Cheap Spas in Kuta – Febris Spa and Salon at Febris Hotel – Jl. Kartika Plaza, +62 361 761 023

Where to find Spas in Bali - Cheap Spas in Kuta – Spa at Harris Hotel & Residences Riverview Kuta, Jl. Raya Kuta, No. 62A, +62 361 761 007

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Average Priced Spas in Kuta-Bali: (prices start around 1.200k for a 4 hour treatment)

Where to find Spas in Bali - Average priced Spas in Kuta – Bali Orchid Spa, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rani No 108, +62 361 883 1319

Where to find Spas in Bali - Average priced Spas in Kuta – Suma Spa, Fontana Hotel Jalan Dewi Sri 16 Sunset Road, +62 361 850 1022

Where to find Spas in Bali - Average priced Spas in Kuta – Ambiente Spa at Rama garden Hotel, Jl. Padma Legian, +62 361 751971

Where to find Spas in Bali - Average priced Spas in Kuta – Balinese Spa at The Bene, Jalan Benesari, +62 361 846 9500

Where to find Spas in Bali - Average priced Spas in Kuta – 

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Pure pampering in Kuta-Bali: (prices start around 1.500k for a 4 hour treatment and includes free pick up and drop off service)

Where to find Pure Pampering in Bali - Exclusive Spas in Kuta – Shine Spa at Sheraton Kuta Bali, Jalan Pantai Kuta, +62 361 846 5555

Where to find Pure Pampering in Bali - Exclusive Spas in Kuta – Lavender Luxurious Spa at Lavender Luxurious Resort, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 7, +62 361 752 961

Where to find Pure Pampering in Bali - Exclusive Spas in Kuta – Dala Spa at Villa de Daun, Jl. Raya Legian, +62 361 756 276

Where to find Pure Pampering in Bali - Exclusive Spas in Kuta – Tari Spa at Bali garden Beach Resort, Jl. Dewi Sartika +62 361 752 725

Where to find Pure Pampering in Bali - Exclusive Spas in Kuta –

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General Things to do in Kuta – Go shopping in Kuta - Shopping Areas and Shopping Malls in Kuta

Kuta is a shopping paradise that offers so many opportunities, from small family businesses with low costs at Kuta Market to high end shopping at the luxurious Beachwalk Shopping Mall or Discovery Kartika Plaza Shopping Mall. The high end Jewelleryis available at the DFS (Duty Free Store) at Mall Bali Galeria in Kuta. Obviously, the products bought on the street in Kuta are fakes and bargaining is a part of the game. In shopping malls it’s beneficial to ask for a license if there are any uncertainties about the quality of the product.

Where to shop in Bali - Discovery Shopping Mall Kuta

Discovery Shopping Mall was the number one shopping mall in Kuta for a long time until the development of Jl. Panati Kuta, a couple of hundred meters to the north, begun. Discovery Shopping Mall still has the advantage of it stretching directly to Kuta Beach and some very nice Restaurants are located at the beachfront of the Discovery Shopping Mall. This guarantees amazing Kuta sunset dinners. Those who are looking for fast food and the fanatics of American brands are able to go to Burger King and Starbucks directly in front of the Malls entrance. Also located in front of the entrance to the Discovery Shopping Mall, is Bali’s only 5D cinema, a nice family attraction to put in the schedule. Those who are looking for a nice Medical Spa, Soleil Medi Spa, an Australian Medical Spa is located at the southwest entrance. Last but not least, Discovery Shopping Mall has a very nice promenade which is located in the west, at the backentrance, right in front of this shopping centre which encourages visitors to go for a stroll before or after sunset.

Where to shop in Bali - Kuta Square

Kuta Square is a shopping area located between Discovery Shopping Mall and Beachwalk Shopping Mall. Most of the shops there sell popular surfer bands such as Quicksilver, Oakley, Billabong or Rip Curl. With the development in the neighbourhood over the last year Kuta Square has lost its importance. Mc Donald’s at Kuta Square is busiest on the weekend around 2-4 am when plenty of party people experience alcohol making them ravenous.

Where to shop in Bali - Kuta Mall Bali Galeria

Mall Bali Galeria is located in Kuta, on Jl. Sunset Road directly next to the new underpass and the main roundabout “Simpang Siur”. It is the shopping mall for richer locals and a place to see and be seen. On Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons Mall Bali Galeria gets very busy. This shopping mall is a 2 floor building and contains everything that visitors might be looking for: Shoes, handbags, watches, glasses, clothing, food and much more. In the middle of this 2 storey shopping mall is a food corner. The Sushi there is highly recommended as its real value for money. Due to it being mostly local people that go there, the prices are a little lower than those at Discovery Kartika Plaza. Finally two special places in there have to be mentioned. The Hypermart is the Indonesian equivalent to the French Carrefour and offers everything for everybody’s daily needs. From toiletries to fresh fish is on offer at Hypermart. In addition to this, ACE Hardware offers everything from electronic products such as amplifiers, speakers, vacuum cleaners and electronic razors to household items. 

Where to shop in Bali - DFS at Kuta Mall Bali Galleria

DFS or Duty Free Shopping at Mall Bali Galleria is for sure Bali's Number 1 and most exclusive shopping area. Chinese, Russians and Japanese people are mostly seen here. Brands such as Cartier, Ro lex, Mangoo, Lancome, Coach or Burberry are just to mention a few, that are on sale at the Duty Free Area at Mall Bali Galleria. 

Where to shop in Bali - Carrefour Kuta

Carrefour is a very popular French supermarket brand and is located on the same street as Mall Bali Galleria, just a 5 minute drive away. Carrefour is very often visited by expats as they know theywillsee many international food brands and western standard items there. From fresh fish to electronic products such as microwaves and televisions, Carrefour offers everything. The food corner has basic but delicious local food and as in every good supermarket in Indonesia, a kid’s games zone is also available.

Where to shop in Bali - Kuta Beachwalk

Kuta Beachwalk is a very stylish shopping and food arcade which also has a nice bar and nightclub on the 3rd floor. Plenty of Western brands are found at Beachwalk and it is indeed a nice place for (window) shopping. The young and stylish go there for shopping or meet for a drink or dinner in one of the great restaurants. It is a great place to see Kuta’s lovely sunset. Girls may also come to Beachwalk to shop for sexy underwear and Lingerie from La Senza. 

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General Things to do in Kuta – Food and Cocktails - Restaurants and Bars in Kuta

Bali is not an all-inclusive destination and due to the massive tourist flow in Kuta, this mass tourism area is paved with restaurants. Italian restaurants offer great Pizza and Pasta dishes, Australian restaurants take care of fries and burgers, German restaurants have sausages, Kraut and Schnitzel on the menu, Greek Restaurants offer Gyros with Tatziki, Moussaka and Souvlaki, Spanish restaurants have tapas, Japanese restaurants Sushi and Teppanyaki, Indian restaurants take care of  the curry, Chinese restaurants the Dim Sum, Mexican Restaurants the Tacos and Enchiladas and obviously Mc Donald's and Burger King represent the classic American food. Obviously vegan and vegetarian food is also is easy to discover in Kuta. As Kuta is aiming on a special target group, the prices for main dishes are more or less the same. Regular meals start around 5 USD and may go up to 12 USD. Surprisingly, in-hotel dining isn’t more expensive but the view in a beachfront hotel is by far better! Lobster or other specialities are obviously more expensive. Daily Specials, Happy Hours or All You Can Eat Buffets are also available at selected restaurants in Kuta. 

Where to find Restaurants in Kuta?

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - American Restaurants in Kuta - Burger King, In front of the Discovery Kartika Plaza

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - American Restaurants in Kuta - Mc Donald's, Kuta Square +62 361 14045
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Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Australian Restaurants in Kuta - Bamboo Bar and Grill, Jalan Kartika Plaza, +62 361 758 128

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Australian Restaurants in Kuta - Moo Moo’s Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Jl. Melasti, 69+62 361 784 8144

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Australian Restaurants in Kuta - Bali Beach Shack Bar and Restaurant, Jl. Sahadewa 9, +62 819 362 22010

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Australian Restaurants in Kuta - Piggy's Bar, Poppies Lane II, +62 361 754 627

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Australian Restaurants in Kuta - The Pub, Buni Sari Street, +62 361 751 905

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Chinese Restaurants in Kuta - Feyloon Restaurant, Jln. Raya Kuta No. 98, +62 361 766 308

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Chinese Restaurants in Kuta - Golden Lotus at Bali Dynasty Resort, Jl. Kartika Plaza +62 361 752 403

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Greek Restaurants in Kuta - Pantarei, Jl. Raya Seminyak No. 17 A, +62 361 732 571

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Italian Restaurants in Kuta - Papa's Limoncello Italian Restaurant, Jl. Pantai Kuta, +62 361 755 055

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Italian Restaurants in Kuta - Ultimo Italian Restaurant, Kuta Square,  +62 361 738 720

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Italian Restaurants in Kuta - Rosso Vivo at Kutasea view Hotel, Jl. Pantai Kuta +62.361.75196

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Italian Restaurants in Kuta - Pronto Pizza Restaurant, +62 361 300 7020

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Italian Restaurants in Kuta - Bel Piatto+62 361 300 9191

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Japanese Restaurants in Kuta - Ryoshi at Bali Garden Hotel, Jl. Dewi Sartika, +62 361 766 302

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Japanese Restaurants in Kuta - Sushi Tei, Jl. Sunset Road, +62 361 780 7288

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Mexican Restaurants in Kuta - TJ's Mexican Bar and Restaurant, Poppies lane 1 No 24, +62 361 751 093

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Kuta - I Love Vegetarian De Ra Sa Restaurant, Petrokoan Graha Tuban Kav 6, Jalan Bypass, Gusti Ngurah Rai 88 C, +62 361 768 042

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Kuta - Happy Buddha Vegetarian Restaurant, Jalan Raya Kuta 143, +62 361 761 600

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Kuta - Saima Vegetarian Restaurant and Juice Bar, Jalan Raya Kuta 133 

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Kuta - The Little Green Cafe, Jalan Bidadari 1, Banjar Taman, +62 361 275 2125

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Free things to do in Kuta - Things to do in Kuta without a Budget
Top Tip: Free things to do in Kuta – Skygarden on Legian Street

Skygarden dailyoffers a great opportunity to all those who are looking for free drinks. The daily free flow of alcoholic drinks is obviously the best value for “money” in Kuta. Ask the Sales Promotion Girls in front of Skygarden what to do to be a part of the game.

Free things to do in Kuta – Enjoy a wonderful sunset at Kuta Beach

As nearly every spot on Bali’s west coast, Kuta has wonderfully great sunsets. Take a loved one there and enjoy a very romantic timeat Kutabeach.

Free things to do in Kuta – Window shopping at Kuta Beachwalk

Beachwalk is Bali’s most trendy shopping mall and offers a great opportunity for window shopping. As it is located directly at Pantai Kuta, Kuta’s popular beach road, touristsshouldperfectly combine this tip with Tip No. 2.

Free things to do in Kuta – Visit Ground Zero next to Skygarden

Kuta was the victim of a massive bomb attack on October 12th 2002. 202 people were killed and 240 injured. The Ground Zero Monument reminds us of the victims of this attack organized by Osama Bin Laden.

Free things to do in Kuta – See Kuta’s traditional market

Compared to other local markets, Kuta’s traditional market is already very westernized. See traditional souvenirs, clothes such as sarongs, handicrafts, paintings and so on. In case anyone decides to buy something, this tip goes automatically into the next category…

Free things to do in Kuta – Bali Shell Museum.

If anyone is a shell lover, then don’t miss outon the Bali Shell Museum, which offers a great shell collection in Kuta. In case travellers would like to buy some products, Caspla Sea Shell is highly recommended.

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Cheap things to do in Kuta: - maximum Budget 10 USD/person
Top Tip: Cheap things to do in Kuta – Everyday Spa

“Everyday Spa” is the value for money Spa in Kuta. It is highly recommended by travelling BALI and offers great service for a low price. In addition to this everyone gets a 20% Discount from Monday – Thursday between 10am and 2pm. 

Cheap things to do in Kuta – Have a BBQ dinner at Skygarden’s Rooftop Bar

Again, Skygarden offers value for money. It offers a daily All You Can Eat Buffet for just 50k Rupiah which is less than 5 USD. In addition, this value for money offer includes free beer from 5-6pm.

Cheap things to do in Kuta – Go to Circus Waterpark

Honestly spoken, Circus Waterpark is not the best water park in Bali for sure and can’t compare at all with Waterbom. However it is relatively cheap. For families travelling with smaller kids up to 8 years old, it is the perfect place to go.

Cheap things to do in Kuta – Play Pool

In the case of bad weather conditions in Kuta go to Paradiso bowling located across from the Discovery Kartika Plaza. A round of pool comes up to 27k Rupiah per person and it is an activity for all ages.

Cheap things to do in Kuta – Go Bowling

The same place also offers bowling. A round for this Kuta Activity comes up to 51k/person.

Cheap things to do in Kuta – Kuta Theatre

At Kuta Theatre it’s pleasant to see a very nice dramatic show, inspired by a true Balinese story. Tickets for this show are around 10 USD and are very affordable.

Cheap things to do in Kuta – 5D cinema

In front of the Discovery Kartika Plaza is the only 5D cinema in Bali. A nice thing to do before or after shopping and eating dinner.

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Medium priced things to do in Kuta: Maximum budget 50 USD/person
Top Tip: Medium priced Things to do in Kuta – Learn how to surf with a local at Kuta Beach

If anyone should take this tip seriously, don’t choose a big surfing school. Support the local businesses and there are plenty of them at Kuta Beach. The price is cheaper, the service is probably better, the training is more personal and travellersmay even support local businesses in the process.

Disadvantages and Warning: Unfortunately there probably won’t be any locker facilities available with the small businesses. Make sure credit cards aren’t brought to Kuta beach, and only the money that is wanted should be carried!!! This tip should also be followed when going out at night and partying on Legian Street or other popularnightlife spots in Kuta. Prices must be negotiated but should not go above 350k Rupiah/person.

Medium priced Things to do in Kuta – Waterbom waterpark

Waterbom waterpark is surely the best waterpark in Bali, however it’s not affordable for everybody. The entrance fee is around 30 USD and lockers another 5 USD. Food is affordable buta family with kids are able to quickly spend 150 USD/day. 

Average priced Things to do in Kuta – Cocktail Happy Hour at Ramada Bintang Resort

Cocktailsdon’t have to be expensive. Ramada Bintang Beach Resort is one of these places that facilitate that. For 11 USD everybodyis encouraged to chose 3 out of 10 selected cocktails in every Restaurant and Bar within the Hotel. 120k Rupiah for 3 Cocktails, directly on the beach, we think this is a real bargain!

Average priced Things to do in Kuta – Romantic Sunset Dinner

The best place to have a sunset dinner in Kuta is at one of the Beach Resorts stretching along Jalan Discovery Plaza. A Regular sunset Dinner for two does not go above 50 USD if wine is not chosen.

Average priced Things to do in Kuta – Stand up paddle boarding

This relaxing activity is the perfect alternative to surfing. It could be done by people of every age and Kuta Beach is the perfect spot to learn it.

Average priced Things to do in Kuta – High Flyers

High Flyers is a Trapeze class for all ages but mostly used by Kids. A great family fun activity located at Bali Dynasty Resort Kuta. 

Bali Travel Guide  City Guide – Kuta Guide

A High end thing to do in Kuta: 
Helicopter Charter - Budget needed: about 365 USD but up to the sky is the limit 

Enjoy a helicopter tour or let Air Bali bring provide transport to the Gilis. In case 500 USD means nothing, just hire a helicopter and see Bali from a completely different perspective.


5 things to be aware of in Kuta:

Things everyone should Not do or should avoid in Kuta

Tip 1: Things to beaware of in Kuta – Money Changers - Make sure the full amount is received.

Money changing is partially a dirty business. Make sure the amount that has been received is the correct amount and everybody should actually check they have the right money in their pocket. Recount the money twice then it should be put directly into ones pocket after the deal has been! Don’t forget to ask for the changing fee first.

Tip 2: Things to beaware of in Kuta – Legian Street (Jalan Legian) - A kind of red light district

As with everywhere else in the world, party places contain some level of crime. This is especially the case for Legian street, in particular on Jalan Legian visitors should follow these hints:

1. Don’t carry too much money when going out on Legian Street.
2. Don’t bring any credit cards when planning to jump into Kuta’s nightlife scene.
3. In Kuta  tourists should keep their Bags close to their bodies.
4. Don’t put wallets in the back pocket of shorts or trousers.
5. Don’t get too drunk and lose control in Kuta’s nightlife!!!
6. Don’t buy any drugs, anywhere in Bali! Magic Mushrooms are not illegal but should be steered clear of.
7. Be aware of local gigolos, especially in Kuta. Their charm is lovely and their pilfering skills are too!

We have to face the fact that Kuta is partially a place for crime. Kuta and Jalan Legian do NOT represent Bali and its people. Nearly all of the crime is caused by Indonesians, living illegally in Bali.

Tip 3: Things to beaware of in Kuta – Taxis – Ask for meter

Especially in Kuta visitors should make sure to get a Taxi with a meter. During the day, Bluebird and Bali Taksi are highly recommended but as soon as it comes to after dark, plenty of Taxi drivers change their behaviour in Kuta. Prices may double or triple the later it gets and less and less drivers are willing to use the meter. Everyone has to options on how to react:

  • 1.     Smile and try to negotiate the best price
  • 2.     Bluebird takes care and tries to make sure that the Taxi Service in Bali stays proper. In case a Taxi driver in Kuta is asking for more money and is not willing to switch on the meter, tell the driver ‘I will report this case to the Bluebird Office’ (Tel. 0361 – 701 111) and maybe he will change his mind.

Some of the Taxis havenow changed their logo to look like Bali Taksi or Bluebird ones as these two are recommended as the most trustworthy companies.

Due to the high costs for standby at Ngurah Rai International Airport, prices for Airport Taxis are about double of the price of a regular cab, we always see recommendations for bargain hunters to go out of the airport and get a taxi there. This is simply nonsense. On the upper floor is the drop off for departures and if travellers are really looking for a bargain, they should just go to the departure area and grab a taxi there.

Taxi business is a very hard business, not only in Kuta. Taxi drivers in general work 12 or more hours a day. A little tip, 50 Cents to about 1 USD would be fair if the Taxi Driver is friendly.

Tip 4: Things to beaware of in Kuta – Magic Mushrooms and Drugs – Stay Away

Even though Magic Mushrooms are NOT illegal in Bali, please stay away! Mushroom Merchants in Kuta might be incognito policemen, asking people to later by other drugs and when the case comes to getting caught with drugsin Bali, the fun is over. The best case scenario is to pay a fee of couple of thousand Dollars to get out of jail. In case the police need success, a longer holiday in Bali is guaranteed, but not in a 5 star hotel. Heavy cases of drug abuse mayresult in the death penalty in Bali.

Tip 5: Things to beaware of in Kuta – Policemen – How to behave

If policemen in Kuta are short on money and see foreigners on a motorbike they will stop them and explain in a very polite way what they have done wrong. Obviously they have definitely done something wrong. Don’t worry about it! Everything apart from drug cases in Kuta are negotiable. Stay friendly, play the policeman’s game and start to negotiate. Tell them ‘I only have 100k Rupiah left and I still need to buy fuel and eat’. Ask if 50k Rupiah is ok and most of the time it is as long as everyone stays friendly.

If anybody would like to know more out about the general Do’s Don’ts in Bali please click here 


Kuta Accommodation

Where to stay in Bali – Kuta Hotels, Villas in Kuta, Kuta Resorts and Guesthouses in Kuta


Different travellers have different needs. Not everybody travels to Kuta with the same budget.
As Kuta is more of the party area in Bali and plenty of younger vacationers stay in Kuta, this area of Bali is paved with 3 star city hotels. Due to the number of hotels rising in this area, the prices are therefore been dropped. A very nice city hotel for 30USD is available andit is also possible to locate accommodation in every price class in Kuta as well. Ranging from 4 and 5 Star Beach resorts stretching along Kuta Beach and guest houses or 2 star hotels in the city, not far from the nightlife area around Legian street. Some of those hotels offer rates as cheap as 20 USD/night. The following overview should help to get an idea of how different the accommodation in Kuta is.

Bali Travel Guide  City Guide – Kuta Guide

Cheap 2* city Hotels in Kuta (prices start around 200k Rupiah in the low season)

Where to stay in Bali - Cheap 2* city Hotels in Kuta - Grandmas Hotel Kuta, Jl. Blambangan, Te+62 361 300 6789

Where to stay in Bali - Cheap 2* city Hotels in Kuta - Favehotel Kuta, Jl.Khayangan Suci No.8, +62-361 846 5959

Where to stay in Bali - Cheap 2* city Hotels in Kuta - Alron Hotel Kuta, Jl. Blambangan No. 10, +62 361 768 051

Where to stay in Bali - Cheap 2* city Hotels in Kuta - The Flora Hotel Kuta, Jl. Bakung Sari, No.13A, +62 361 361 0840

Where to stay in Bali - Cheap 2* city Hotels in Kuta - A Residence Kuta Hotel, Jalan Pudak Sari Kartika Plaza, +62 361 759008

Bali Travel Guide  City Guide – Kuta Guide

3* City Hotels in Kuta (prices start around 300k Rupiah in the low season)

Where to stay in Bali - 3* City Hotels in Kuta - Yulia Beach Inn, Jl. Pantai Kuta 43, +62 361 751893

Where to stay in Bali - 3* City Hotels in Kuta - Adi Dharma Hotel, Jl Benesari, +62 361 754 280

Where to stay in Bali - 3* City Hotels in Kuta - Solaris Hotel Kuta, Jl. Jenggala, +62 361 761 399

Where to stay in Bali - 3* City Hotels in Kuta - Ibis Styles Bali Kuta Circle, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No.99, +62 361 894 8999

Where to stay in Bali - 3* City Hotels in Kuta - Natya Hotel Bali, Jln. By Pass Ngurah Rai, +62 361 300 7799

Bali Travel Guide  City Guide – Kuta Guide

4* City Hotels in Kuta (prices start around 500k Rupiah in the low season)

Where to stay in Bali - 4* City Hotels in Kuta - Town House Apartments Kuta, Jl. Poppies Lane 1, +62 361 761 464

Where to stay in Bali - 4* City Hotels in Kuta - The Bene Hotel, Jl. Benesari, +62 361 846 9500

Where to stay in Bali - 4* City Hotels in Kuta - Kuta Sea view Boutique Resorts. Jl. Pantai Kuta, +62 361751961

Where to stay in Bali - 4* City Hotels in Kuta - Alam Kul Kul Boutique Resort, Jl. Pantai Kuta, +62-361 752 520

Where to stay in Bali - 4* City Hotels in Kuta - Park Regis Kuta, Jl. Raya Kuta 88, +62 361 763 888

Bali Travel Guide  City Guide – Kuta Guide

Exclusive 4* and 5* Beach Resorts in Kuta (prices start around 1,200k Rupiah in the low season)

Where to stay in Bali - Exclusive 4* and 5* Beach Resorts in Kuta - Discovery Kartika Plaza Resort, Jl. Kartika Plaza, +62 361 751 067

Where to stay in Bali - Exclusive 4* and 5* Beach Resorts in Kuta - Ramada Bintang Resort, Jl. Kartika Plaza, +62 361 753 292

Where to stay in Bali - Exclusive 4* and 5* Beach Resorts in Kuta - Bali Garden Beach Resort, Jl. Kartika Plaza, +62 361 752 725

Where to stay in Bali? Exclusive 4* and 5* Beach Resorts in Kuta - Bali Dynasty Resort, Jl. Kartika Plaza, +62 361 752 403

Where to stay in Bali - Exclusive 4* and 5* Beach Resorts in Kuta - Holiday Inn Resort Baruna, Jl. Wana Segara No. 33, +62 361 755 577 


Hard to locate or impossible to see in Kuta

What Kuta does NOT stand for or what CAN'T be found in Kuta?


What Kuta does NOT stand for or what CAN'T be found in Kuta? - Water sport in Kuta?

Water sport activities are limited to surfing and Stand up Paddle boarding only. Activities such as Parasailing, Jet-Skiing or Banana Boating should be done in Tanjung Benoa or Sanur. Snorkelling and diving is highly recommended to be done in&nbs