12 Best Things To Do In Kuta, Bali

10 best things to do in kuta
Stephanie Anais
Stephanie Anais

Kuta is the crazy and colorful town your plane lands in upon arrival at Bali Island and it has a lot of offer! There is a stunning stretch of sunset beach where you can go swimming, chill out, meet locals and learn how to surf. There are lots of cafés, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, together with a bustling nightlife. There are cinemas, scooters, street food, shopping malls and so much more.

Here are the 12 best things to do in Kuta while you are there:

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1. Learn how to surf at Kuta Beach

The Eddie
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Kuta Beach is the place to go surfing, whether you are a pro or you don’t have a clue about this thrilling water activity, Kuta Beach is perfect! Steady rolling waves drift to shore in a straight line on most days and on the beach there are lots of surf instructors eager to teach you the tips and tricks with a private lesson! You will get a big beginners board, learn the surfing movements in the sand and off you go into the water to try and master some surfing skills. With a bit of good luck and balance, you might be standing up on your board on the very first lesson. Try it out!

Surfing on Kuta Beach

Price: from 10 USD

Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm.

Duration: around 2 hours required.

2. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat BBQ on the rooftop of Sky Garden

'Buffet Dinner' on 'Skygarden' rooftop terrace.
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Every afternoon at 5 pm, you can indulge in an all-you-can-eat-and-drink BBQ buffet on the rooftop of Sky Garden, right in the center of town. Sky Garden is one of the most happening nightclubs around, so after munching a whole lot of food and trying out all the free-flowing mixed drinks, you can go dance the night away. For just IDR 99 (7.40 USD) you will get a free flow of alcohol, burgers, veggies, salads, desserts and more. A great deal indeed and it makes a great fun night out with friends and family! The BBQ has a different theme every night ranging from Italian to Mexican, Chicken wings, seafood, and Sunday Roast. Check their website for more information.

Sky Garden Rooftop BBQ

Address: Jl. Legian No.61, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Price: from 7.40 USD

Opening Hours: Daily 5pm - 9pm.

Contact: +62 361755423

Website: Sky Garden

3. Visit Waterbom Bali

Bali Waterbom Park, Kuta
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Waterbom has become an iconic attraction in Bali over the years. This amazing water park is ranked #1 of all waterparks in all of Asia and it is #2 in all of the world, making it well-worth a visit! Waterbom has got thrilling slides such as CLIMAX, where you get into a capsule and wait for the ground to drop beneath your feet, exposing you to 2.5 G-force of speed. This is not for the faint-hearted among us! Luckily, there are many more rides and slides to enjoy in this waterpark, from classic slides to a boomerang boat ride, a lazy river and a water playground for the kids. Waterbom promises a day of fun and excitement for the whole family. Don’t miss out!

Waterbom Bali

Address: Jl. Kartika, Tuban, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Price: from 39 USD / adult and 27.75 USD / child

Opening Hours: Daily 9am - 6pm

Duration: around 5 hours required.

Contact: +62 361755676

Website: Waterbom Bali

4. Sunset drinks on Kuta beach

~10-12-14 Kuta Beach Sunset #11~
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Kuta is world famous for its breathtaking sunsets! In the late afternoon, wander down to the beach and take a chair at one of the beach stalls or pick out an ocean-front beach venue, where you can sip a sunset cocktail or drink a cold Bintang beer and just gaze at the jaw-dropping sunset until the night sky appears. It is magically enchanting!

Sunset drinks

Address: Jalan Pantai Kuta

Price: from 1.85 USD for a cold Bintang beer on the beach

Duration: around 2 hours required.

5. Sip some bespoke teas that will make you tipsy at Azul Beach Club

Azul Beach Club will provide you with a memorable tropical vacation. Featuring a magnificent bamboo structure overlooking the sea, they have recently launched Tipsy Tea - think high tea with alcohol. Drinks are concocted by mixing exotic teas with classic liquor. You can choose between the classic tea with an impeccable selection of homemade and authentically Victorian sweet and savory delicacies, or you may enjoy your tea with a pleasurable twist by choosing the intoxicating spirit-laced tea selection with scrumptious sweet and savory light bites. Also, you can opt to order from the a la carte menu with complimentary pool access on the infinity pool on the rooftop. Azul Beach Club has definitely perfected the art of providing a relaxing afternoon tea time for your vacation.

This listing is sponsored by Azul Beach Club.

Azul Beach Club

Address: Jl. Padma No.2, Legian, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Website: Azul Beach Club

Opening hours: 7am - 11pm (daily)

6. Experience a memorable stay and lively evenings at Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa

May it be day or night, Mandira Beach Resort has something fun for you. Experience a cultural show from Mondays to Fridays where local dancers perform a contemporary Balinese fire dance on the beachfront garden of the resort. Meanwhile, on Fridays, you can discover local flavors and cuisines as you explore their festive night market.

Garden movie night is on Wednesdays, where you can watch your favorite movies by the beach and under the stars. Movie night starts at 125 IDR (~9 USD) and includes one selection of food and beverage.

For a day of pampering, book a relaxing treatment at Glow Spa. The spa uses local herbs and botanicals, and Asian and Western traditions to soothe the body and mind.

This listing is sponsored by Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa.

Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa

Address: Jl. Padma2 P.O.Box 1003, Bali

Restaurant Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Sun terrace Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies Terrace Luggage storage Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay

7. Escape the heat with a trip to the Cinema

IMAX at Gading XXI
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Photo is only for illustrative purposes

Unlike the rest of Bali Island, Kuta has got a number of high-tech cinemas in town. Choose between the XXI Cinema at the Beachwalk or go for a 3D experience at Lippo Mall. Both cinemas are tucked in large contemporary shopping malls by the beach in Kuta. You can see the latest blockbuster movies, munch some popcorn to go with your soft drink and enjoy some quality family time. It’s a real Western cinema experience at a much cheaper price. The air-conditioning also makes it a great escape from the heat outside!

XXI Cinema Beachwalk

Address: Beachwalk Shopping Center, second floor, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Price: from 3.75 USD for a movie ticket

Opening Hours: 12pm - 9.40pm.

Duration: around 2 hours required.

Contact: +62 3618465621

Website: Beachwalk XXI Cinema

Cinemaxx Lippo Mall

Address: Lippo Mall Kuta, Jalan Karika Plaza, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Price: from 3.75 USD

Opening Hours: 12pm - 8.15pm.

Duration: around 2 hours required.

Contact: +62 3618978097

Website: Cinemaxx Lippo Mall

8. Eat local food

Made's Warung Nasi Campur
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When the sun is down and the shops are closing, there are lots of evening food stalls opening up. You can try Soto Ayam (chicken soup), some delicious chicken sate with rice or try the Balinese ‘Babi Gulung’ (suckling pig). If you wander a little bit outside of the tourist center, the choices are endless! Another option is to eat at a local warung found right in the heart of the tourist center. Warung Indonesia makes an excellent choice! You can just point at the food you want to go with your rice. It is fresh, delicious and surprisingly cheap!

Warung Indonesia

Address: Jl. Poppies Lane II, Gg. Ronta, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Price: from 1 USD

Opening Hours: 8am - 11pm.

Duration: around 30 minutes required.

Access: 3 min walking from Sky Garden

Contact: +62 361759817

Facebook: Warung Indonesia

9. Get your holiday shopping done

Source: Photo by user Güldem Üstün used under CC BY 2.0

Kuta is home to numerous shopping malls where you can shop around for clothing and souvenirs in a nice air-conditioned temperature. Prices are fixed so you needn’t worry about bargaining. However, if you feel like it, wander down to the souvenir market at Kuta beach, the ladies here will love to do some bargaining with you for their goods.

Kuta Beachwalk

Address: Jl. Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Opening Hours: 10.30am - 10.30pm.

Contact: +62 3618464888

Website: Beachwalk Bali

Kuta Art Market

Address: Jalan Bakung Sari, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Opening Hours: 8am - 10pm.

10. Enjoy a traditional spa treatment

Bliss Sanctuary For Women. Hot stone massage
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At the corner of every street, there are pampering spas to be found. Go for a traditional Balinese massage, a reflexology treatment or a manicure and pedicure. Everything is possible! Perfectly relaxing at any time of the day!

11. Explore the buzzing nightlife of Kuta

Source: Photo by user Aiko Konishi used under CC BY 2.0

The nightlife of Kuta bursts with liveliness and excitement. There are lots of bars, cafés and nightclubs located side by side on the main road in Kuta. There are clubs for dancing, there is live music and there is even a sling-shot for those who seek adventure in the night. Reggae bars, rock bars, night clubs, you name it, it is there! Kuta’s hustling and bustling nightlife is not for everyone, go see for yourself whether you love or hate it!

12. Morning run on the beach

Running  For Gold Beach
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Perhaps not after a night of partying, but going for an early run on Kuta Beach certainly is wonderful! Go around 6 or 7 am for a perfectly empty 10-meter coastline that runs from the airport all the way to the end of Seminyak, just perfect for beach running! A perfect start to the day, healthy and refreshing. Try it out!

Time to explore!

There is a lot more to Kuta than meets the eye. Come and discover all the most popular spots and the hidden gems of this Balinese paradise. Enjoy your time!

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