KutaBest Place for Surfing
Kuta Bali, 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.
Kuta Beach has attracted many travelers from around the world either for leisure or business. Lies 30 minutes drive from the provincial capital of Bali (Denpasar City) and is within a short drive from Bali International Airport. Once a lonely village on the road from Denpasar toward the Bukit Peninsula, Kuta is now a thriving tourist resort, popular mainly among the young. It is a popular beach for surfing although currents make it less suitable for swimming. Coast guards, however, are on constant duty during the day. Kuta faces toward the west offering beautiful sunsets. Accommodation ranges from international hotels to home stays.
The village abounds with restaurants, shops, discotheques and other tourist facilities. It is easier to find regular performances of Balinese music and dance in Kuta, staged specially for tourists, than anywhere else in Bali. Some performances are staged nightly.
The village is ideal for meeting and mixing with other people, locals as well as visitors from abroad.
Kuta Art Market has a multitude of shops selling a wide variety of goods including, sarongs, handicrafts, jewelry, clothing, furniture and leather goods. You can find some good pieces if you look carefully and smart bargain.
On the south, the beach is fenced by the airport's runway, which gives the visitors a breathtaking landing experience. Kuta Beach bustles with tourists' vendors and locals. It's the most popular beach in Bali and the island's number one party zone. The beach stretches as far north as the eyes can see.
As short walk away north, the waves will invite to surfing. Rapid development and an influx of visitors haven't kept the surfers away and Kuta still remains one of Bali's best surfing beaches and a great place to enjoy a beach lifestyle.
No comparison for Kuta Beach. The beach stretches along 8 kilometers with golden sands, gently waves and provides a suitable place for sunbathing, swimming and surfing. Various tourist services are offers by local people such as full body massage, learning to surf, simple hair coloring and curling, to attractive tattoos body signs.
Learning to surf
Many company offers surfing lesson and can be found along the main road of Kuta Beach, Legian Street as well as individual right on the beach. If you eager to surf but do not know what to do, then it is suggested to learn from the surfing company who will provide well trained surfing guides. Rates are varies from USD 35.00 to USD 50.00 per person per lesson. Do not forget to prepare surfing suits, just in case they do not provide one.
The surf clothing brands such as Surfer Girl, Bilabong, Volcom are easily find on Jalan Legian and shopping malls around Kuta and Legian.
Cheap surfing lesson is usually offered by beach boys including surf board but no insurance coverage on their price.
The waves are quite strong and high during a certain time of the day. It is recommended to swim between the red-yellow flags and keep swimming close to the beach. Underwater strong currents sometimes happens and can push you to the deepest area. Renting a body board is also suggested if you do not have swimming experience.
Other Activities and Services
As an international tourist resort, Kuta remains attractive for travelers to Bali. Local people still wants to sell something to visitors to Kuta Beach from traditional massage, fresh fruits, soft drinks, surfing lesson, souvenirs and many more.
If you do not want be disturbed, just answer " No, Thank you" or say in Indonesia " Tidak Terima Kasih". Once you bargain, they will try to get you buy. This will ruin your beach holiday so far.