First Time in Kuta - What to Do

Kuta Beach Survival Guide

Plan your first trip to Kuta with this quick guide, which provides you with a few of the best ideas you can see and experience on your first day. Most hotels here have Bali’s famous sand and surf mere steps away, and the same can be said for world-class dining and chilling while overlooking Kuta’s dramatic sunsets.

There’s great shopping along the main footpaths of Kuta’s Jalan Pantai, the main beach road, as well as on its southern part, with the Discovery Shopping Mall right across from Waterbom Bali, one of Southeast Asia’s premier waterparks. Kuta is also conveniently right next door to the Ngurah Rai Airport in Tuban, making it an ideal destination for brief stays. Also, the island’s liveliest nightlife scenes are just around the corner in neighbouring Legian and Seminyak. Here are a few to help you plan ahead.

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Kuta Beach at a Glance

Kuta is Bali’s most famous beach. It was once a fishing village that evolved into a surfing mecca. In addition to the great surf, it’s also one of the island’s major nightlife hubs. Basically, it offers something for all visitors. For sure, it's a favourite for budget travellers. There’s countless restaurants, bars, a big mall, the largest waterpark in Southeast Asia, and a wide variety of hotels to suit any pocket.

  • Great for backpackers to medium budget travellers
  • Lots of fun things to do, from surfing to waterslides and vertical bungee
  • Good choice of dining spots
  • Wide range of hotel prices
  • Plenty of nightlife options with Legian’s nightclubs nearby
  • Traffic can get a little hectic in the high season
  • Venues are spread out widely
  • Not many sightseeing attractions

Things You Can Do in Kuta Beach

Kuta’s main attraction is, and always will be, the beach. Kuta Beach is where Bali’s surfing scene (and tourism) started. But this famous resort continues to attract visitors with its plentiful options. These range from some of the island’s most modern shopping and entertainment centres, to world-class recreational spots. Kuta is good for all. Whether you're a lone and adventurous surfer, or travelling as a family or band of friends. You can enjoy all Kuta has to offer. Here’s some of the top picks.

  • The Beach of Kuta

    Kuta’s 2.5-kilometre stretch of cream-colored sand borders Legian to its north and Tuban (home of the Ngurah Rai Read More»

  • Waterbom Bali

    Waterbom Bali

    Bali’s premier water park, Waterbom now features over 17 exciting rides, slides and water games to suit all ages. The Read More»

  • Poppies Lane Walking Streets in Bali

    Poppies Lane I and II refers to two separate narrow streets, both of which connect Jalan Pantai Kuta beach road to Jalan Read More»

Best Places to Shop in Kuta

Besides usual art shops and street markets, you can find a handful of great modern spots lining the main streets in Kuta. This includes a large mall right on the main beach road of Jalan Pantai Kuta. Here’s some of Kuta's best shopping spots. These range from places to test your bargaining skills, to those offering fixed price shopping.

  • Kuta Beach Walking Street

    The Kuta Beach walking street (Jalan Pantai Kuta) is one of Kuta’s main thoroughfares; a one-way street that follows on Read More»

  • Kuta Beachwalk

    Kuta Beachwalk

    A fresh addition to Kuta’s leisure alternatives, the striking new Kuta Beachwalk is a sprawling complex just across from Read More»

  • Kuta Art Market

    Kuta Art Market

    Looking for Bali souvenirs and handcraft items while in Kuta? Head off to the Kuta Art Market, a small, beachside Read More»

Best Places to Go at Night in Kuta

Once the sun sets over Kuta’s surf, you’ll find an exciting nightlife scene come alive with its wealth of beach bars, clubs and sunset chill-out spots. Kuta and Legian’s downtown clubbing scene are closely-knit, so you’re well positioned. Here are some of the best spots in Kuta to get down after the sun does:

  • Sky Garden Rooftop Lounge

    Sky Garden Rooftop Lounge

    Sky Garden Rooftop Lounge is a Legian nightlife institution, with great skyline views, international DJs, drinks and Read More»

  • Velvet & Hypnotized (VH Bali)

    VH Bali

    VH Bali on the third level of the Kuta Beachwalk, is a restaurant, bar, lounge and club, where you can enjoy Kuta Read More»

  • Bounty Discotheque

    Bounty Discotheque

    The Bounty Discotheque is Legian’s legendary and hottest nightlife spot that attracts a young crowd with its late night Read More»

Great Restaurants We Like in Kuta

In terms of dining, Kuta beach offers something for every taste and budget range. The beach road and its intertwined streets are lined with prominent international franchise restaurants, popular bars, cafes, and local warung or local roadside cafes selling local fare. Kuta’s dining scene is eclectic. Here are some that we recommend.

  • Kuta Beach Warung Complex

    The Kuta Beach warung complex is a cluster of small, local restaurants with ocean views. These thatched-roof shacks on Read More»

  • Rosso Vivo Dine & Lounge

    Rosso Vivo Dine & Lounge

    An instant eye-catcher with its red parasols and cushions, Rosso Vivo is a stylish restaurant and lounge opposite Kuta Read More»

  • Ma Joly Restaurant and Lounge

    Ma Joly Restaurant and Lounge

    Enjoy fine French and continental cuisine with sunset and ocean views at one of the most secluded beachfront locations Read More»

Hotels in Kuta We Recommend to Our Friends

Find your base to enjoy this popular surf and sunset beach resort area. There are so many places to stay in Kuta that we could go on reviewing them all. But to save you time, here’s our three favourite hotels in Kuta, comprising a luxury, mid-range and budget selection.

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort conveniently adjoins the new Kuta Beachwalk mall, and the beach is just across the road, with Read More...

Kuta Paradiso Hotel

Kuta Paradiso Hotel is a classic five star beach resort in Kuta, located on the northern end of Jalan Kartika Plaza and bordering Read More...

Bali Garden Beach Resort

Bali Garden Beach Resort is a four-star hotel located on Kutas Jalan Dewi Sartika, otherwise known as the northern part of Jalan Read More...


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