Things to do in Kuta
Sun baking, grabbing a bargain, getting a cheap massage, eating street food, football on the beach at sunset, bars, clubs, drinking, meeting new people, great hotels, surfing…the list goes on and on.
There is so much to do in Kuta and so many things going on that you are going to need a holiday after this one. Kuta is where its’ all happening and it’s where you will find all the action. Alternatively, if you want to kick you heels up and chill out by the hotel pool and do nothing, then Kuta is perfect as well. There are so many options and things to do that following are some great suggestions.
- Go for a surf Ideal for beginners, Kuta is a great place to rent a surfboard and grab a few waves. The beaches here are patrolled but take care as their are strong rips and waves can get big here quickly. Board hire is about $10 per hour. Make sure you wear heaps of sun screen as you will fry out there if you are unprotected.
- Get a beach massage You will absolutely love this. Lay of the beach and wait for a local massage lady to come up to you and have an massage for an hour. The cost is about $15 and it’s the best money you will ever spend in your life. The massage is traditional Balinese style and you will feel like a king afterwards. Make this a daily thing as the price makes it well worth it.
- Waterbom Bali Waterbom Bali is located near Kartika Plaza in Kuta,which is near the discovery shopping mall. Perfect if you are travelling to Kuta as a family. Drop the kids off at the water park and have some ‘me’ shopping time. This is the biggest water park in Asia so there it’s filled with lots of adrenaline pumping slides which are bound to put smiles on the faces of your kids and even you if you are willing to give it a go. The park has leafy grounds and shaded areas with ample restaurants that serve decent food. It’s a fun filled day out.
- Ground Zero Memorial Not the most pleasant of places but this memorial dedicated to the Bali Bombing victims located right outside the place where it happened, The Sari Club, should be on your Kuta list. No need to spend too much time here, just long enough to pay your respects.
- Shop for a bargain Kuta is filled with local street vendors that seem to have these type of semi permanent shops that pop up where ever their are tourists gathering. On top of this there are all these Balinese vendors walking up and down the beach trying to sell you something. Have a try at bargaining with them as it’s all part of the fun. In fact, you are expected to bargain. Never except the first price and the trick here is to go in at 50% of what they are asking. Walk away with a sarong for $5 or a classic Bintang T shirt for $3. A walk around the Kuta area and you will see what I mean there are literally thousands of shops and the funny thing is they all seem to sell the same thing.
- Play soccer on the beach at sunset This is a big favourite. All you need to do is walk done to the beach at around 5pm and pick any soccer game. There are dozens of them going on and they are mostly local Balinese who are more than happy for you to join in the fun. It does get competitive so be prepared to work hard here. These guys take it quite seriously. As the sun goes down grab a ice cold Bintang and sit on the milk crate and watch the sunset with the thousands of other tourists.
- Laze by the hotel pool and do nothing This is an easy one. Make sure you get up early enough and get the best pool chair as those early risers seem to get the best position. Most of the main hotels in Kuta will have pool service. So go on, indulge yourself and order up big and have them bring it to you. Don’t forget a couple of nice cocktails as well as the afternoon kicks in.
If you run out of things to do in Kuta then you have probably stayed there for too long and it’s time to look at another part of the island. If you are only here for a week or 10 days, then Kuta has everything you need for a perfect holiday experience. But remember, Bali is a great island with so many interesting cultural sites and gorgeous landscapes, so make sure you speak to your hotel about a day trip around the island.