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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.

Four Points By Sheraton Bali, Kuta
Four Points By Sheraton Bali, Kuta
4 out of 5
Jalan Benesari Banjar Pengabetan, Kuta, Bali
The price is AU$45 per night from 28 Jun. to 28 Jun.
Located in Downtown Kuta, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Legian Road, Beachwalk Shopping Center, and Poppies Lane II. Kuta Beach and Bali Bombing ...
4.2/5Excellent! (443 reviews)
Nice and beautiful hotel,15 minute walk to beach
"Staff was very friendly. We had air conditioning problems and they came very quickly to fix it. Only problem I had was the bathroom was not very clean. There was lots of the previous guest hair all over the bathroom floor. Even after they clean the room the next day it was still there. I guess it ..."

Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2020

Four Points By Sheraton Bali, Kuta
Hard Rock Hotel Bali
Hard Rock Hotel Bali
5 out of 5
Jalan Pantai Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta, Bali
The price is AU$85 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
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
Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
Jalan Wana Segara 33, Tuban, Kuta, Bali
The price is AU$72 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
Located in Kartika Plaza, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 10-minute walk of Segara Beach and Tuban Beach. Kuta Beach and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (379 reviews)
"In a great location. Right on the beach. Close to airport and Kuta."

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2020

Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali, an IHG 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$1,274 per night from 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
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
Villa Tropicana
Villa Tropicana
3 out of 5
Gg. Soka, Kuta, Bali
This family-friendly Kuta villa is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuta Galeria Shopping Arcade, Beachwalk Shopping Center and Bali Bombing Memorial. ...
Villa Tropicana
Hotel Asoka City Home
Hotel Asoka City Home
3 out of 5
Jl. Kubu Anyar No.40, Banjar Anyar, Kuta, Bali
Located in Kartika Plaza, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Lippo Mall, Waterbom Bali and Discovery Shopping Mall. Kuta Beach and Tuban Beach ...
3.2/5 (42 reviews)
Terrible Hotel- but friendly staff
"Whilst the staff are friendly and courteous they did not know we had a booking that had already been paid the for and did not have any rooms available. They finally after 1 hour provided us with 2 rooms even though we booked and paid for 4 room, which had no toilet paper, towels or pillow covers. ..."

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2018

Hotel Asoka City Home
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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