10 Best Attractions in Kuta
Best Things to See in Kuta
Kuta, long famous for its golden white coastline that curves north from the Ngurah Rai International Airport’s runway in Tuban, continues to attract visitors with highlights other than the favourite surfing coast itself. Despite the rapid progress following the beach’s fame since the vagabond wave-riding heydays of the 70s and the establishment of hotels, restaurants and bars that ensued throughout this once quiet fishing village, Kuta offers a handful of other interesting sights worth finding out. Here are among the few not to miss out on while in Kuta.
For some splashing fun that’s away from Kuta’s waves, a hop from the beach and across the road from the Discovery Shopping Mall is Waterbom Bali, the best and long-running water park on the island. Another great place like no other in all of Indonesia is the Bali Shell Museum. Some cultural highlights such as village temples, a Barong show and a significant Buddhist temple in the heart of Kuta are also worth a visit. And back on the coast beside the lifeguard tower is the sea turtle conservation site where you and the whole family can learn about the exciting community efforts in protecting the endangered species. Check out our list of Kuta’s top attractions below.
- Highlights Of Bali Full-Day Tour
- Royal Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Excursion
- Private Sunset at Tanah Lot Temple with Dinner
- Kintamani Volcano, Ubud & Barong Dance Performance
- Whitewater Rafting on the Ayung River
- Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Private East Coast Tour
- Bali Hai Dolphin Cruise
- Lembongan Island Leisure Day Trip
- Quad or Buggy Driving Adventure & Tubing Excursion
Stretching an approximate five kilometres on the south-western coast north from the island’s international airport in Tuban, Kuta Beach is one of the best coasts from where to enjoy Bali’s golden sunsets all year round. A beach footpath lets you enjoy leisurely strolls passing the Discovery Shopping Mall, the colourful Kuta Art Market, hotel beachfronts the likes of the Grand Inna Kuta Bali, and down to the Balawista Kuta lifeguard tower. Sunbathing, surfing, swimming and beach soccer are favourite pastimes, while masseuses, hair braiders and peddlers roam the coast. The main beach roads of Jalan Kartika Plaza and Jalan Pantai Kuta are dotted with modern establishments, from numerous hotels, entertainment spots, shops big and small, and a mix of restaurants and bars. Kuta’s waves suit beginner to advanced surfers and many surf schools line the beach. Getting around is easy along footpaths and it’s easy to wave for a taxi. Read More...0
Waterbom Bali is easily located midway along Jalan Kartika Plaza in Kuta, and just across the road from the Discovery Shopping Mall. The waterslide and recreational park is also an additional convenience to guests staying at the notable hotel that shares the same name as the street. As Bali’s largest and pioneering waterpark, Waterbom Bali provides plenty of thrills, from the Climax ‘super-loop’ body slide, Superbowl, Boomerang, Smashdown, Race Track, and other adrenaline-pumping slides. Waterbom Bali features leafy grounds with fine tropical gardens providing ample shade, and various canteens and open-air restaurants offer international and Indonesian selections of snacks and wholesome meals. Read More...
- Location: Jl. Kartika Plaza, South Kuta, Tuban
- Tel: +62 (0)361 755 676
One of the highlights of Kuta is surfing, so why not get in the fun of wave riding while on holiday. Odysseys Surf School has been giving lessons since 2003 from its headquarters right at the front of the Mercure Kuta Hotel, providing an open, fun, and friendly learning environment for beginners, with a team of experienced instructors who are determined to get you standing on your board within your first few lessons. Lessons start off with handy hints in selecting the right board together with the basic know-how of body and board positioning and basic manoeuvres. Supported by Oakley and the Academy of Surfing Professionals Australia, it offers group and private surfing lessons, and there’s even a special class for kids. Its arsenal of rash guards, helmets and soft different sized foam-lined boards help you learn ride the waves instantly and safely. Read More...
- Location: Mercure Kuta, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 742 0763
Dream Museum Zone (DMZ) Bali offers a great time indoors with a collection of galleries that are filled with immersive large-scale wall paintings that create a three-dimensional effect for photos. You can set up your tripod and camera timer to share wonderful group shots with friends, or simply pose and play around with the numerous themes available. From being chased by a great white, to crossing a treacherous causeway and sitting in an ancient temple garden, you'll easily spend a whole day here. Read More...
- Location: Jl. Nakula No. 33X, Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)361 849 6220
Vihara Dharmayana, also known by the names Leeng Gwan Kuta Temple and Kongco Bio Kuta Chinese Temple, is one of Bali’s considerable landmarks, but it is slightly hidden and located on a side-street off Kuta's main beach roads. The Buddhist temple is one of the oldest in the area, dating back two centuries. However, its main structures are well-maintained, and feature intricate Far Eastern architecture painted in bright and vivid colours. The courtyard is calm with constant wafts of incense smoke from the altars and large bowls. The red roof tiles are easily visible from the busy road. The temple is located on Jalan Blambangan, with a rear access easily located from the smaller road of Jalan Singosari that leads to the main Jalan Raya Kuta. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 20:00
- Location: Jalan Blambangan, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 762 362
Kuta Theater started out as a unique addition to the entertainment scene in Kuta, presenting a stage of magical tricks performed by Bali’s handful of stage magicians, and then developed to include theatrical aspects to its show. Now it is a must-see on Kuta’s Jalan Kartika Plaza and serves as a great night out for the family. For only USD 10, you can enjoy this fun show that blends stage magic with a theatrical and cultural drama, known as Lights of Faith. It tells a story of traditional friendship faced with the challenges of modernism. There’s fun and hilarious moments mixed in between tense and thrilling illusion scenes. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily shows start at 20:00 for an hour and dinner packages are also available.
- Location: Kuta Centre, Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 762 750
Circus Waterpark is a leisure park fit for the whole family, located on Jalan Kediri in Tuban, only 10 minutes north from Ngurah Rai International Airport. This park serves as a smaller and inexpensive alternative to the existing Waterbom Bali in Kuta, which is approximately 1.5km north. The water park features various slides and a lazy river, as well as a dedicated kids’ area that offers a variety of fun activities such as fountains, water cannons, and mini train rides. Thrill seekers can opt for more exciting slides such as the ‘speed slider’ and ‘wave slides’ among others. Several dining outlets serve meals and refreshments while a mini store offers special merchandises, fashion items and accessories. Also onsite are rental facilities comprising towel, lockers and gazebos, a temporary tattoo corner, foot reflexology spa and photo services. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Kediri, Tuban
- Tel: +62 (0)361 764 003
Dream Museum Zone (DMZ) Bali is a fun and interactive art gallery featuring a vast collection of three-dimensional, life-size murals for visitors to pose and play with. The gallery features a rich array of masterfully painted artworks that each serves as interactive backdrops for illusory three-dimensional photography. There are an impressive total of 120 unique artworks in 14 different categories spread over three levels, which provide a full-day of discovery and creativity. The museum is located on Jalan Nakula, right off the junction of Jalan Dewi Sri and Kuta’s Sunset Road, and just down the street from the TS Suites in Seminyak. Read More...
9Kuta Sea Turtle Conservation Site0
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 09:00-22:00
- Location: Jl. Nakula No. 33X, Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)361 849 6220
A special highlight on the shores of Kuta Beach, and practically beside the prominent Balawista Lifeguard tower and headquarters, is a sea turtle hatchery and educational facility known as Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation. Set out with the main purpose to protect sea turtles and boost their numbers, the site has released over tens of thousands of hatchlings over the years. The conservation centre usually gears up for breeding season mid-year around the months of June and July, when thousands of turtle eggs hatch on temporary sites around the sands of Kuta. A joint effort with the Sea Turtle Society, they also set out to involve local communities and visitors to participate in their efforts and exciting releases. Established in 2002, the conservation site features a large eye-catching pen structure in the form of a giant sea turtle that is great for photos. Drop in with the kids and check out their approximate release schedules to possibly partake in the next ‘baby turtle race’.
10Ground Zero Memorial0
- Location: behind Inna Grand Kuta hotel and next to Balawista Lifeguard headquarters, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 804 008 8
The Ground Zero monument sits on the border of Kuta and Legian, built as a permanent site and tribute to the fallen victims of the 2002 Legion bombing. It takes over the site of the destroyed Paddy's Pub that once stood famous on the main Legian road. The bar was reborn further down along Jalan Legian, named ‘Paddy's: Reloaded’ and continues to attract partygoers to the new venue that is open on all four sides, with a high roof and hard tiled floors, giving it a light and airy feel. The Ground Zero memorial is made of intricately carved sandstone, set with a large marble plaque bearing the names and nationalities of the victims. The monument is well maintained by the local government and is illuminated at night. A memorial ceremony takes place every year on October 12 to honour the victims, hosted jointly by the Indonesian and Australian governments.
- Location: in front of the White Rose Hotel, Jalan Legian
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