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Kuta
Travel Guide

Jimbaran Beach showing food and a sunset

This popular tourist resort is known for its nightlife, beaches and theme parks with plenty of traditional Balinese culture and a relaxed island vibe.

Tourists flock to Kuta for its idyllic beaches, but the once-sleepy fishing village also offers shopping and culture in abundance. The busy city, often referred to as “downtown” by locals, lies in southern Bali. You’ll still find elements of Dutch culture from its time as a colony of the Netherlands, but the most notable influence on Kuta is the recent international investors who turned the resort into a thriving tourist attraction.

Kuta Beach is the most popular beach on the island and its sunsets are hard to beat. Come to soak up the sun and ride the waves on a surfboard. Other areas great for watersports are Tugan Beach and Legian Beach. Hire snorkels or sign up for a dive tour. The beautiful coral reefs and tropical fish, especially around Turtle Island, can also be explored in a glass-bottom boat.

Go to Kuta Square to buy cheap souvenirs and quick meals. Avoid American-style fast food outlets and try Balinese street food, such as rice cakes. The streets around the square offer traditional buildings and religious monuments worth exploring.

Families with children should check out the Kuta Theater, which shows a nightly one-hour comedy and cultural show. Visit theme parks such as Waterbom Bali, within walking distance of Kuta Square.

Many Australians were killed or injured in the terrorist attacks on bars in Kuta more than a decade ago and the tragic events are remembered at the Bali Bombing Memorial. The city has moved on, and the nightlife is still a huge drawcard for many tourists who come to party. Keep your belongings safe and watch your drinks, because crime in nightclubs is common if tourists aren’t careful. Also note that there are heavy penalties for drug use.

Fly into the international airport 15 minutes from Kuta. Once in the city you can safely walk or take taxis called “bemos”. Bike and scooter accidents are common among tourists so wear helmets and drive with caution.

Kuta is a lively and overall friendly place. Many visitors who come here end up frequenting the city year after year thanks to its pristine beaches, Balinese culture and comfortable modern amenities.

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
5 out of 5
Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Bali
The price is AU$100 per night from 16 May to 17 May
Located in Downtown Kuta, this beachfront hotel is connected to a shopping centre, just steps away from Kuta Beach and Beachwalk Shopping Center. Poppies Lane ...
4.4/5Excellent! (851 reviews)
Hotel dengan manajemen SDM yg super.
"Hotel dg lokasi yg tepat , dekat mall, dekat pantai dan rata rata semua karyawan sangat baik melayani kita..next pingin menginap kembali ....hanya parkir di basemen pada saat mall tutup yg susah masuk karena tdk ada petugas yg mengatur agar mobil kita bisa masuk."

Reviewed on 19 Dec. 2020

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
Hard Rock Hotel Bali
Hard Rock Hotel Bali
5 out of 5
Jalan Pantai Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta, Bali
The price is AU$82 per night from 18 Apr. to 19 Apr.
This family-friendly Kuta hotel is located by the sea, within a 10-minute walk of Kuta Beach and Kuta Square. Tuban Beach and Legian Beach are also within 2 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (992 reviews)
Great family hotel, Great staff okay.. food & room
"Awesome family hotel. Nice facilities - pool, gym, kids club. Okay, food. The room is clean, comfortable but lacks design. Looks like all the furniture is from Ikea. This hotel is in Bali and bail has the best furniture makers. It seems easy to make the rooms unique by adding Indonesian and Balinese ..."

Reviewed on 7 Jan. 2021

Hard Rock Hotel Bali
The Stones - Legian, Bali - Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel
The Stones - Legian, Bali - Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel
5 out of 5
Jl. Raya Pantai Kuta, Banjar Legian Kelod, Kuta, Bali
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$57 per night from 17 Apr. to 18 Apr.
This family-friendly Kuta hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Kuta Beach and Legian Beach. Double Six Beach and Eat Street are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)
Okay hotel
"Rooms on the back side has no view"

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2021

The Stones - Legian, Bali - Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Villa at Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel
Villa at Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel
4 out of 5
Jl. Kartika Plaza, South Kuta Beach, Kuta, Badung
The price is AU$1,232 per night from 17 Apr. to 18 Apr.
Nestled on the beach, this Kartika Plaza villa is within a 5-minute walk of Discovery Shopping Mall and Waterbom Bali. Kuta Beach and Tuban Beach are also within ...
3/5 (1 review)
"At the beginning of my arrival they told me that there was no booking until I showed them via email from your site. They then gave me a different villa than the pictures in the booking. I had no other choice because I could not cancel the reservation because of the terms of cancellation and wasting ..."

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2019

Villa at Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel
Coast Boutique Apartments
Coast Boutique Apartments
3 out of 5
Jl. Pantai Kuta Gang, Wina, Kuta, Bali
The price is AU$71 per night from 18 Apr. to 19 Apr.
Located in Downtown Kuta, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kuta Beach and Poppies Lane II. Beachwalk Shopping Center and Kuta Square are also within ...
4.2/5Excellent! (56 reviews)
"Property location is great. Close to the beach, the beach walk mall, and a lot of local shops and restaurants. Breakfast was very good as well. Hotel itself is a bit older than appears in the photos. Bathrooms could use either a very good scrub or a reno."

Reviewed on 20 Nov. 2019

Coast Boutique Apartments
The Only 9 Bedroom Villa in Kuta Bali
The Only 9 Bedroom Villa in Kuta Bali
Kuta, Bali
Located in Kartika Plaza, this villa is within a 10-minute walk of Discovery Shopping Mall and Waterbom Bali. Kuta Beach and Kuta Square are also within 15 ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Awesome place to stay very friendly staff and close to everything highly recommended.
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Reviewed on 18 Feb. 2019

The Only 9 Bedroom Villa in Kuta Bali
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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