Bali is one of those destinations that is on everyone’s bucket list, and with good reason! It has even been rated one of the top 10 islands in the world by Travel & Leisure! Chances are if you are coming to Bali, you will at least pass through Kuta, the main tourist beach town by the airport. Kuta has a reputation of being an overcrowded party destination, but if you give it a chance you’ll find there is so much to do in the city. Here are 10 amazing things to do in Kuta:
Learn to Surf
If you’ve ever wanted to learn to surf, Bali is the place to do it! In Kuta, you have the option of booking a lesson with a pro surf shop or you can pay one of the locals on the beach to teach you. I ended up booking a lesson with a local I met on the beach who had been surfing for many years. Despite my lack of athleticism, he had me standing and riding waves before my hour lesson was up. While I won’t be a pro surfer any time soon, I enjoyed learning to ride a wave and will definitely give it a shot again in the future!
Hang With Baby Sea Turtles
The Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Center, located right on the beach, aims to protect sea turtle eggs and increase the rate of sea turtles that make it to the ocean upon hatching. You can visit their facility and watch the hatchlings swim. Depending on the time of year, you can watch or even participate in releasing the baby sea turtles into the ocean. Plus, the center has a giant turtle statue which makes for a great photo opp. 🙂
Have a Crazy Night Out
Kuta is known for it’s amazing nightlife! Start your night at Alleycats, a tourist bar with amazing drink specials and a really social atmosphere. I went there many nights during my time in Kuta and never failed to meet new drinking buddies! After that head to one of Kuta’s many night clubs like Sky Garden to dance the night away.
Stay at an amazing resort
Kuta has so many amazing resorts, so why not treat yo’ self. When I go back to Kuta, I would love to stay at one of the amazing resorts right on the main beach, like the Hard Rock Hotel Bali. Just looking at pictures of the pool and the nightclub has me planning my return trip! Think you’d be interested in checking out the Hard Rock on your next trip to Bali? Find out here!
Take a Sightseeing Tour of the Island
Even though there are tons of things to do in Kuta, you can’t leave Bali without seeing some of the amazing sights in other parts of the island! You can book a tour at any travel agent in Kuta, though I would recommend walking farther away from the beach for a better price. Many places will take you on a private full day tour all around the island for as little as $40 USD. Some highlights I recommend: Saraswati Temple, Monkey Forest, and the Tegalalang rice paddies.
Sample the Amazing Street Food
Balinese food is some of the most delicious I had in Southeast Asia and the best place to sample it all is from street food hawkers. If you walk down by the beach at sunset you can find many people selling delicious Nasi Goreng and other dishes. Just make sure to follow a few best practices to avoid the dreaded Bali belly.
Shop till you drop
Whether you are looking for souvenirs or high-end items, Kuta has some awesome shopping options. Check out shopping streets Jl. Popies I & II for tons of souvenir stalls with reasonable prices (just be sure to haggle!). For more mainstream stores like Zara & Pandora, visit the open air Beachwalk Mall.
Trick Eye Museum
If you’re looking to get out of the heat for bit, take a taxi to the nearby Dream Museum Zone to visit the 3D art museum. This trick art museum has life-size 3D murals for guests to pose and play with. The murals allow you to get as creative or funny as you like. Make sure that your camera is fully charged, because this museum has over 120 murals to pose with!
Be a Beach Bum
Kuta Beach is a lovely spot for some sunbathing and people watching! You can bring a towel or rent a chair from one of the locals on the beach. There are also food & drink hawkers that will come around and sell you an ice-cold beer. Be sure to snag a Bintang Radler (my favorite!) and stick around for the next item on the list!
Watch An Amazing Sunset
Bali has some of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen! Of all the things to do in Kuta, this is the one you can’t miss. End your day on Kuta Beach as the sun goes down and relax while the sky is filled with beautiful colors. I’ve never seen a disappointing sunset in Kuta!
Bali is such a beautiful and diverse island! With so many things to do and see, Kuta is definitely worth a stop when visiting Bali. I hope this list of things to do in Kuta has inspired you to check it out. As you guys know, I’m a huge fan of the island life, so I’m sure that I will be back someday.
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This post is sponsored by Traveloka. As always, all opinions, ideas and bad jokes are my own.