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Kuta
Travel Guide

Jimbaran Beach which includes food and a sunset

With surf, beaches, amusement parks, buzzing nightlife and traditional Balinese culture and architecture, this city is one of the most popular island attractions in Indonesia.

Kuta is a tourist-friendly city near the southernmost point of Bali. The Balinese often call the area “downtown,” because it’s one of the busiest hubs on the island. The once sleepy fishing village, and former Dutch colony, turned into a vacationers’ dream when international investors discovered it in the 20th century. The beaches are the highlight in Kuta, but there is plenty of retail and culture to be found too.

To surf, swim and sunbathe, visit Kuta Beach, which is also a great spot to watch the famous Bali sunsets. Take a short trip south of Kuta to secluded Jimbaran Beach where you can relax in a peaceful atmosphere and watch local fishermen bring in their catch. Also great for an excursion outside of central Kuta is the Bajra Sandhi Monument. This attraction tells of some of the major events in the country’s history.

Back in downtown Kuta, go shopping in Kuta Square, which is surrounded by religious monuments and traditional Balinese buildings. Even though you can get American-style fast food here, the delicious Indonesian rice dishes and snacks are too good to resist.

Take the kids to the various theme parks, including Waterbom Bali, or stop in for a one-hour comedy and illusion show about Balinese culture at the Kuta Theater.

Kuta’s Bali Bombing Memorial is a grim reminder of the terrorist attacks on the tourists bars. More than a decade later, however, Kuta has moved on and the nightlife is as good as ever. Crimes are frequent though, so watch your belongings and drinks. Despite this, Kuta is a friendly place and most people have a hassle-free vacation.

An international airport is just a 15-minute drive from Kuta. Get around town on foot or by “bemo” taxi. If you rent a bike or scooter wear protective gear, because accidents are common.

In lively Kuta, traditional and modern attractions provide a nice break after a morning on the beach. Many people return to this part of Bali year after year to enjoy a relaxing vacation surrounded by comfort.

Where to stay in Kuta

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 $29 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
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 Mar 22, 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 $51 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
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 Jan 7, 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 $40 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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 Feb 22, 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.
2 Bedroom and Pool Villa in Kuta Bali
2 Bedroom and Pool Villa in Kuta Bali
Kuta, Bali
The price is $171 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
Located in Sunset Road, this romantic villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kuta Galeria Shopping Arcade, Kuta Beach, and Beachwalk Shopping Center. Legian Beach and ...
2 Bedroom and Pool Villa in Kuta Bali
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 $810 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
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 Mar 24, 2019

Villa at Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel
Kuta Townhouse Apartments
Kuta Townhouse Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Jalan Poppies Lane 1, Agung Art Market, Kuta, Bali
This family-friendly Kuta aparthotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Poppies Lane II and Bali Bombing Memorial. Kuta Beach and Beachwalk ...
4.1/5Very Good! (382 reviews)
"It was nice ,but service at front desk took for ever"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Kuta Townhouse Apartments
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.

Getting around Kuta

Kuta itself is a reasonably small area, and most of it can be traversed on foot, particularly if you’re staying around the hotel and beach area. Renting a bicycle is a very popular way to get around on Bali, and bike rentals are offered by most hotels. Many people also rent motorbikes, but you should only do this if you’re an accomplished rider, as the roads can be frantic and dangerous at times. Visit the Ministry of Transportation Republic of Indonesia website.Browse Kuta rental cars.

Best time to visit

The best times to visit Kuta are dictated by Bali’s climate, which sees distinct wet and dry seasons. Rainy season runs from October to April, and thunderstorms are common, although they are often over quickly, and this can be a quieter and cheaper time to visit the island. The busiest and most expensive times are July, August and December. May, June and September are cheaper but have pleasant weather.

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