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For other places with the same name, see Kuta (disambiguation).

Kuta is the largest tourist resort on the island of Bali in Indonesia.



With a long, broad beach on the Indian Ocean, Kuta was originally discovered by tourists as a surfing mecca. Alas, today's Kuta is a showcase of excessive development gone wrong - a chaotic, tightly packed mass of concrete and congestion, the beach is overrun with touts and most serious surfers have headed elsewhere.

The 5-km-long arcing white sand stretch of Kuta is still arguably the best beach front on Bali. The beach is safe, clean, well-maintained, although the vendors remain annoying. Kuta is far from the fishing village it once was: it is now a Pacific resort and its streets are clogged with traffic, particularly during the peak seasons of July and August. The northern beach resorts of Petitinget and Kerobokan are in many ways more laidback versions of Kuta, less crowded and more suitable for longer stays. Further north still, Canggu and Dalung offer even more tranquility.

Get in

By plane

The misnamed Denpasar Airport is in fact directly south of Kuta, just 10 minutes away by taxi. The fare from the airport to Kuta should be around Rp50,000. If you don't have too much luggage you can save a lot of money by walking 200 meters to the right out of the airport area and take a taxi from a company that does not pay the commission to the airport mafia (and therefore is not allowed to enter the airport for picking up customers. They are however allowed to deliver you to the terminal at your departure). For example, the metered Taxi from Bali Taksi (Tel. +62-361-701111) charges just around Rp20,000 for the same trip.

By car

By taxi

The airport taxi counter is immediately to the left as you emerge from customs outside in the International Arrival Terminal and the Domestic Arrival Terminal. And tourists can buy a ticket from the counter for the sedan taxis, prices are clearly marked on the notice board behind. Metered taxis operate outside the airport just beyond the entrance. Make sure they start the meter before you take off, or agree on a fare before you get in. If you want to take a bemo, just walk out to the intersection past the entrance and flag one down making the turn north (left) down Jl. Kartika Plaza through Tuban and beyond to Kuta.

By bus

Bemos (public minibuses) still ply the streets of Kuta but they can be hard to recognise. Ask a local how much the fare should be.

Get around

By taxi

Taxis are ubiquitous on the streets of Kuta and the best way of getting around, especially at night.

Some taxi-drivers charge you more than you should pay, especially when the meter is off. Be sure to bargain before you get in if it is not a metered taxi.

The 'Bali Taksi' from the 'Bluebird group' always uses a meter and will not overcharge you. There is a bit of envy from other taxi-companies because of the good service from Bluebird. You don't see Bluebird taxis parked at night near the discos in Legian, Seminyak etc, as other companies have exclusive contracts with these business. However they can be found by walking up the street. The taxis outside the clubs do not use meters at night, offering a fixed price, although this is negotiable. There are plenty of others if one won't play ball.

WARNING: Traffic jams occur some days around lunch and dinner. It can be better to park your car just before you reach Kuta area and walk. Kuta area is only about 1,5 kilometer length by half kilometer wide. But when stuck in traffic, you might spend 30 minutes to travel the 1,5 kilometer. However there are car parking areas in the middle of Kuta (usually Rp5000 for an unlimited stay) including a large one on JL Legian near the top of Poppies II. Kuta Beach has plenty of parking most days.


Surf, shopping, party


  • Surfing — Kuta is an well known destination among surfing enthusiasts. Sandy beaches and a lack of dangerous rocks or coral makes the areas an attraction for beginners and more advanced surfers alike.

3-day surfing course in an accredited school costs approximately 100 USD. Bali learn to surf is one of good schools, that offers equipment in good condition and premises for surfing introduction in calm water (swimming-pool). The lesson lasts 2.5 hour, the students are offered transfer from/back to hotel and fresh water. 5-day course includes also "surfari" to some other surfing spot. It is also possible to rent the equipment from locals on the beach for anywhere between Rp20,000 and 80,000 per half day. If you rent from the same guys for a few consecutive days you will almost certainly get a better price. The equipment quality is worse than in surfing-schools. These guys can also give you some basic lessons and look after your stuff while you are in the water.

  • Enjoy the sunset. In the evenings plenty of people come to the Kuta beach or seaside cafes to watch the wonderful sunset




  • There are a lot of shops of popular surf brands Volcom, Rip Curl, Rusty, Billabong, Quiksilver selling surfing clothes, accessories and other stuff.
  • A lot of brands (such as Levi's, Polo, Rip Curl etc.) have outlets on the island.
  • Kuta Square, Jl. Kartika Plaza. A shopping complex that is so popular. There are small shops on both sides of the street and a big Matahari department store, with a cheap and utterly wacky collection of T-shirts on the 3rd floor.
  • Discovery shopping mall located across from Waterbom Park on busy Jl. Kartika Plaza in Tuban is a big mall with plenty of shops of international brands and cafes/restaurants with wonderful seaview.
  • Be aware that if you buy things from people on the beach, you will attract dozens more pushy vendors who'll try to make you feel bad for not buying something from them also at a special "good luck price" or "morning/sunset price". The trick is to not look them in the eye and respond to their offers with a stern "no thank you". Always stay polite!


Great balls of fire
Bakso ("BAH-soh", meatball) soup is cheap and tasty any time of the day. The vendors wander the streets with their steaming wooden food carts, and are easily located by the 'tink-tink-tink' sound of a spoon hitting a soup bowl. The soup is a small-ish bowl of MSG-laden meaty broth with some thick yellow egg noodle, meatballs, and the optional extras of: fried wanton, fried tofu, hard-boiled egg and occasionally some others. Add some mild chili sauce and sweet soy for a bit more flavour.


Beach-stall food is delicious, filling and very cheap. These are dotted along Kuta and Legian beach beneath trees or awnings near the road.

  • Aromas Cafe, Legian St. (near the Rip Curl shop). Some of the best vegetarian food in Bali.
  • Warung Indonesia between Poppies 1 and 2 is popular with locals and long-termers and is packed out most nights - a good sign. The best food is not on the menu but stalled out behind a glass display from where you can pick any ingredient you want and are charged Rp1000 - 2000 per ingredient.


  • Made's Warung, Jl. Pantai Kuta (near intersection with Jl. Legian), [1]. The first restaurant in Kuta, now on two floors and still doing a roaring trade. The menu covers Indonesian, Balinese and Western food, try the pork ribs with green papaya. Rp. 50,000.
  • Yut'z Place, Jln. Werkudara 521,Legian. Good european food, tasty steaks.
  • Belgian cafe on Jalan Pantai Kuta, not far from the beach offers good coffee and ice-cream.



Every possible drink is available in Kuta - for a price. After the bomb blasts security has been very tight at nightspots though.

Most tourists drink bottled water ( about Rp 2,000 per 1500 ml bottle in the supermarket). Larger bottles ( about 11 litres) are available at a much cheaper rate.

It's also possible, and even cheaper, to buy "sterilised" water at dedicated shops. These shops claim to use modern and effective filtration/purification methods. Compared to the waste caused by many plastic bottles, they are environemntally friendly as well as much cheaper.

  • Mbargo, Jalan Legian. Airconditioned, security is tight and they hire models to serve you drinks. Fashion show at 1230am Thursday nights.



There are a lot of cheap guesthouses (10-20.000RP PPPN) on Poppies 2, but you can find nicer places on the lanes between Poppies 1 and 2.


  • Fat Yogi, Poppies Gang 1. Jan Vleeming sleep here.
  • Masa Inn [2], Poppies Gang 1. 400 meters of Kuta beach, McDonald's, Hard Rock Café and KFC. Rooms are clean, quiet and the staff friendly. Two wonderful pools. Small breakfast. 175,000 Rp, sigle, 250,000 Rp double (they have rooms for until 6 persons with good prices). Booking can be made on the website by mail. This service works very well and you don't need to send credit card number or payment order.
  • Sorga Cottages, Sorga Rd.
  • Sri Ratu [3] The hotel is situated behind the All Seasons hotel, 10 minutes walk from the ocean. It consists of one building with rooms, patio and small swimming-pool and a bungalow complex. It is better to choose rooms upstairs far from the swimming-pool and dining area sounds. The staff is helpful, by booking for more than 10 days you'll get a discount.
  • Sari Bali Cottages , between Poppies 1 and 2 has spacious rooms with double bed, a nice communal swimming pool and basic breakfast for around Rp120,000 per night.


  • Bali Mandira Hotel, Jln. Padma, Legian, Kuta. tel: +62-361-751381. Luxurious hotel and spa. Located on the beach front, it is a quieter surrounding area yet just a 10 minute walk into the heart of Kuta.
  • Hard Rock Hotel, Jln. Pantai, Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta. tel: +62-361-761869. Worldwide chain, offers nothing but fun. The hotel has the largest free form pool in Bali which offers an array of activities for anyone and everyone to enjoy. Just across from the beach, the hotel is also in the heart of the tourist filled district. The hotel also has 6 places where you can get food and drinks, whilst being entertained by the hotel's very own radio station! From USD100 (superior room).
  • Bale Bali, Jl. Pendidikan no. 86 Sidakarya Denpasar - Bali, tel +62-361-7400442 [4]. This private villa agency provides a wide range of private staffed villas for rental. From budget private villas to luxury villas. All private villas are fully staffed and feature private swimming pools.


Stay safe

In the ocean it is prohibited to swim near the special flags, that are put by beach staff near the places where the currents are very strong. You are allowed to swim in the area between yellow-red flags


Get out

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