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Kuta (Indonesia)

Practical information about Kuta

  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Water Sports
1 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
10 minutes by taxi from Denpasar
When to go
From June to October
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Kuta

Marine Faure Travel writer
47 travel articles

Kuta is the biggest seaside resort in Bali and a mythical surfing spot.

My suggestion:
Rent a surfboard for a few hours to enjoy yourself in the waves.

Kuta is where you will no doubt first arrive and I advise you to not spend too long there during your stay in Indonesia.  

This city has no charm, it is noisy, polluted, and full of mostly Australian tourists who are spending time partying in the cool night clubs and drinking beer on the beach in the daytime.

I stayed there a day and that was more than enough. I was keen to go to the beach because Kuta is a mythical surfing spot, so I rented a surfboard for two hours and tried to imitate the pros. I had fun, if not also feeling a little afraid, as the waves can turn out to be very dangerous. Also pay attention to pickpockets on the beach!

In the city centre, I found a development of restaurants, cafes and hotels serving western dishes to tourists. The street vendors sell souvenirs at extravagant prices.

So I quickly went back on the road to discover other, much nicer, places. 

Surfers in Kuta Bay
Aurélie Chartier Travel writer
45 travel articles

Ultra tourist-oriented town of Bali, Kuta is known for its beaches, its waves and its many Australian tourists.

My suggestion:
Located a few miles from the airport, Kuta is the ideal landing place when arriving at or leaving Bali. A town of party-goers and surfers: if you practise neither of these two activities... Pointless for you to linger here!

A town unpopular with travellers, Kuta is and will remain for me a place for surfers and travellers (Australian for the most part) in search of binge drinking parties. Boutiques, massage parlours, bars, hotels and restaurants line the streets. Here, nothing is Balinese. Everything is tourist-oriented. Prices are exorbitant for mediocre quality. Nevertheless, if you look hard enough, you always find a cheaply priced warung or guesthouse offering good services.

In spite of all this, the town is ideal for learning to surf and for partying while travelling in Bali . Near the airport, Kuta is a practical stop when you have an early morning flight to catch. A day or two days are enough to appreciate the little that the town has to offer and not suffocate in this tourist mass.

Kuta, Bali, Indonesia