Top things to do in Kuta
Top things to do in Kuta
1. Sunset at Kuta Beach
The beach may be full of litter but the sunset is a must for anyone visiting Kuta. Come 6pm the beach is busy with people waiting for the wild array of colours to appear over the next 45 minutes. Grab yourself a Bintang Beer and enjoy the view.
2. Tanah Lot
From Kuta to Tanah Lot is about 45 mins away but this all depends on the traffic. There are no highways so you are weaving in and out of cars and motorbikes all the way. It cost us Rp350,000 ($25) for the transport there and back, picking us up at our hotel around 2.30 and dropping us off at about 8pm.
The entrance fee and parking was an additional Rp65000 ($5) but definitely worth it as the views are pretty spectacular. The water temple is pretty and if the tide is low you can nearly walk out to it. There are also the usual shops around as well as plenty of places to eat and drink so its a good way to escape the madness of Kuta for an afternoon. If you go in the late afternoon, you can also catch the sunset which is worth the wait.
Having tried surfing once before in Australia, I didn’t bother here (as I wasn’t that good last time) although if you are keen there are many places where you can try it out, whether you are a seasoned pro or a novice. Hiring a teacher or just the board is easy enough from any of the beaches and is reasonably priced.
4. Waterbom Bali
We were due to go here at the end of our trip but due to Nyepi Day (where you are not allowed on the streets) we missed out. It is right in the middle of town so ideally placed and no need to waste half a day getting there and back.
5. Ground Zero Memorial
Quite a sombre place to visit, firstly as its remembering the 202 people who died in 2002, secondly as its right in the middle of the nightclub area of Kuta.
6. Bargain shopping in Kuta
Most of the stalls around Kuta are selling fake clothes, watches etc but you can still find some good things if you look hard enough. Everyone who travels to Bali has to buy a Bintang Bali singlet / vest. Not hard to find and for $2/$3 can’t be beat. Other bargains include all the basketball, rugby and AFL vests that are on sale. A little more expensive but the quality is good so worth the money. I bought 5 NRL vests, 3 NRL polos and a pair of NRL shorts (all different teams) for less than $70 once I had haggled the price down by more than half.
For those not into haggling there are plenty of malls around as well as plenty of Billabong, Rip Curl or Quiksilver shops. As they are original the price is higher but still a lot cheaper than over in Australia.
Ubud probably gained international recognition due to Julia Roberts and the film Eat, Pray, Love. Its a lot different than the beach resorts and has many reasons why this should be on your trip regardless of your duration in Bali. From Kuta beach takes less than 2 hours to get to Ubud. You could get a private driver who would then show you around Ubud, or you could get a taxi where the cost for the 1 hour journey could be anything from Rp250,000 to Rp400,000. We decided to get a shared mini bus which cost us Rp80,000 each. This was booked from one of the many tourist info booths around Kuta (Tanah Lot was also booked from there). Do not use Hotels at all to book trips in Kuta, they usually charge in USD and its many times double.