There are many things to do in Kuta to keep you busy from early in the morning till late in the night. While things start a bit later than in other Balinese villages, slowly after 8 in the morning things start to wake up again.
Between the hustle and bustle of the big streets where most hotels, restaurants, shops and Bali travel agents are found, there are many other attractions that will provide you with unforgettable experiences.
One of the most popular things to do in Kuta and the neighboring villages is surfing. Early in the morning surf boards are placed up right in the sand while Balinese surf instructors wait for their pupils who want to catch their first waves.
Bali travel agents in town have long lists of all the things to do in Kuta and they can organize day trips to other great places on the island.
If you want to see more than just Kuta itself, you can easily reach other places that are only a few kilometers away.
Just a short drive away you can pay a visit to the popular temples (check out the Uluwatu temple), other gorgeous beaches and interesting museums.
After the beautiful sunset there are still many things to do in Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. Clubs and bars offer great entertainment every night of the week, you will probably never want to go home again...
Besides enjoying the beach and the great waves, here are other things to do in Kuta:
If surfing is not on your list of things to do in Kuta, the soft beach offers a beautiful spot to sun bath, swim and to watch the dark red-yellow sunset that Bali’s west coast is so famous for.
However before jumping in the sea for a swim look left and right first. Don’t go in when the red flags on the beach are visible.
I once ignored it which resulted in restaurant staff and sellers on the beach screaming at me to get out. I on the other hand was enjoying myself too much to even notice their panicked looking faces...
Only when I was out of the water did I understand why the people were yelling. Unfortunately many swimmers have drowned after swimming out too far and being pulled down by the strong currents.
Most of the licensed surf schools swear that you can stand on the surfboard after one lesson...if not, they will offer one extra lesson for free.
Or you can choose a Balinese surfer at the beach who will show you how it should be done. Experienced surfers can go wild and crazy here too. Read here about my first surf lesson...
If you don’t feel like going to the beach, check out the Waterbom Bali.
People from young till old can spend the whole day at this water park rushing down the exciting water slides, jumping in different pools or just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful tropical setting and spas.
The most popular 'things to do in Kuta' is shopping. Everywhere you look there are shops. The majority of shops along Jalan Legian, Poppies I and II sell souvenirs, clothing, fake DVD's paintings, jewellery etc at bargain prices.
But you can also find dozens of surf shops and boutiques too. For more upscale shopping you should go to the new BeachWalk Mall or the Discovery Shopping Mall where there are all sorts of stores selling international brands.
Spas in the Bali Kuta beach area:
There is a wide range of spas that offer you massages, foot reflexology and other tantalizing beauty treatments.
You can choose from the basic beauty parlors along the streets of Poppies I and II or you can indulge yourself into the more luxurious spas which offer various exotic massages and flower-petal milk baths.
However once on the beach you don’t always have to look far for a massage... Large numbers of masseurs are eager to pinch you with their strong hands while you enjoy the warmth of the sun at the same time.
Party all night long:
There are several bars and nightclubs where you can have fun and dance 7 days a week with live-bands and world-famous DJ's.
Partying till the early hours is probably one of the most popular things to do in Kuta and the majority of travellers who head to this famous beach village will do so every night. Most clubs and bars are located on Jalan Legian, Jalan Kartika Plaza and Jalan Pantai Kuta...
Walking along the beach:
This is probably the most obvious of all the things to do in Kuta, but surprisingly there are only a few Bali beaches where you can walk miles on end.
There is a concrete pavement starting at Tuban leading you all the way to Kuta. From here you can continue walking along the sea shore pass Legian, Seminyak all the way to Canggu. It's a long walk but it's a great way to see the different crowd these villages attract...
AJ Hacket Bungy Jumping Tower:
This is another one on 'our things to do in Kuta list'. It's a thrilling experience in Legian on Jalan Double Six where you can do some bungy-jumping at the AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping Tower. This is an international company that maintains high safety standards.
So at least you can worry about other things when you are standing on the edge looking over the Indian Ocean.