Insiders Guide to Kuta, Bali: The Centre of Everything

Insiders Guide To Kuta: Who should go & what are the best things to see, do and eat in the area? Here are the coolest attractions and activities in town!

What’s Kuta known for?

Bali’s infamous party capital is packed with bars, clubs, shops and Western food places, attracting thousands of young travellers and partygoers. It’s also a popular spot for families, who choose the town for its sandy beaches, convenient location and family-friendly resorts.

Kuta is all about having fun at the beach.
Kuta is all about having fun at the beach.

From water parks to theatres and bars, Kuta is one of the best places in Bali for purpose-built tourist attractions. With dozens of fun activities on offer to keep you entertained, your trip to Kuta will be action-packed from start to finish!

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Who should go to Kuta?

Kuta is a hit with families, partygoers and groups of friends, who come for the easy travel and wide variety of things to see and do in the area. If convenience is key for you when travelling abroad, Kuta is the perfect destination. With more shops, bars, restaurants and tourist amenities than anywhere else in Bali, Kuta will cater to your every need during your trip.

Kuta is a popular place for family holidays.
Kuta is a popular place for family holidays.

When should you go to Kuta?

For the weather

The weather in Kuta is generally driest and sunniest in July and August, with an average temperature of around 29 C (84 F). This conveniently aligns with the school holidays, so it’s the perfect time for families with kids to visit.

July and August are Kuta's sunniest months.
July and August are Kuta’s sunniest months.
To beat the crowds

July and August may be ideal months for families to visit Kuta, but this time of year can get busy. If you hate crowds, this is the worst time to find yourself on Kuta’s bustling streets. For fewer people (but still plenty of sunshine) head to Bali’s capital in May, June, or September.

For the coolest events:

Kuta Karnival (AKA Kuta Beach Festival)

Where? Kuta Beach

When? October

The Kuta Karnival is Kuta’s major annual event and takes place on Kuta Beach every year in October. Lasting over a whole weekend, this festival is a mega-celebration of life and all its pleasures. With incredible cultural performances, movies, sand-sculpting competitions, kite festivals, cartoon exhibitions and so much more, the Kuta Karnival is one epic beach party you won’t want to miss!

This year, the event also welcomes the Bali Food Festival to join the Karnival. Fill your belly from the delicious food stalls on offer, before checking out the live DJ session in the evening. This extravaganza of fun on the beaches of Bali is an unmissable event for visitors to Kuta in October, so swing by if you’re in town!

Things to see and do in Kuta

Splash around at Waterbom Bali

Bali’s largest waterpark is a great place to escape the tropical heat of the island and is a blast for both kids and adults. Spend a day playing on the park’s 22 rides, including the Boomerang, Superbowl, Smashdown and many more!

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Check out the show at the Kuta Theatre

For unique family entertainment, head to the Kuta Theatre for an evening show of magic and cultural drama. This educational and entertaining show is a great place to take kids and features talented musicians and performers from Bali. Entry costs only $10 USD, making it as affordable as it is fun!


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Ride the 5GX reverse bungy

The 5GX1 reverse bungy in Kuta is ’the only legal way to get high in Bali,’ and is a must for thrill-seekers in Kuta. This gigantic slingshot-style ride isn’t for the faint of heart and catapults riders to dizzying heights.1 For the ultimate adrenaline rush (and incredible views from the top) check out this awesome high-octane attraction near Legian, in Kuta.

Go for drinks at Sky Garden Bali

For groups and solo travellers, no trip to Kuta is complete without at least one wild night at Sky Garden. Kuta’s most popular club has been voted no.1 in the whole of Indonesia and is well known for its delicious cocktails and world-class DJs. For dedicated partygoers, the Sky Garden is an unforgettable night out in one of the world’s most spectacular locations.

Make the most of Kuta's nightlife with a trip to Sky Garden.
Make the most of Kuta’s nightlife with a trip to Sky Garden.
Try surfing at the Armada Flow House

Bali is all about surf and the calm waters around Kuta make this area the perfect place to practice. If you’ve never surfed before and want to see what it’s all about, head to the Armada Flow House in Kuta. Their friendly and professional coaches can help you find your groove on the jets and this activity is great fun for kids and adults alike!

Take on the Pandora Experience

This unique escape-room experience is a fun and different way to spend an afternoon in Kuta with friends or family. Gather your team and embark on a thrilling journey through secret passages and hidden chambers, in this exciting and uniquely immersive game.

The magical Pandora Experience takes you on the ultimate adventure, as you solve mysteries and unpick a series of challenging puzzles to win your release.


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Off the beaten track in Kuta…

Explore an underwater world with the Odyssey Submarine Voyage of Fantasy

This one-of-a-kind experience in Kuta offers travellers a rare opportunity to dive beneath the ocean in a real submarine. View spectacular coral reefs and tropical fish with this eco-friendly excursion to the seabed, in a once-in-a-lifetime outing that’s perfect for families and groups. Afterward, you can enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch, with enough variety to cater to all tastes. This is the only experience of its kind in Indonesia, so it’a must-do for marine enthusiasts in Kuta!

Where to eat in Kuta

Fat Chow

Fat Chow is one of Kuta’s best-loved restaurants and is known for its amazing atmosphere and outstanding food. Their menu is bursting with all things Asian, with dishes from China, Indonesia and Thailand to choose from. Fat Chow also offers excellent vegetarian options and all dishes are authentic and expertly prepared.

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Pronto Pizza

How much do you love pizza? At Pronto Pizza, you can get it by the meter, for a fun and delicious shared dining experience. The pizza at Pronto is 100% authentic and prepared by their Italian chef using a traditional family recipe. Head over to sample what is (quite possibly) the best pizza in Bali while you’re in Kuta!

Un’s Restaurant

If you’re hungry to try the local cuisine during your trip to Kuta, stop in at Un’s one evening for dinner. Their authentic Indonesian and Balinese dishes are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and their prices are competitive enough to keep you coming back for seconds! Un’s also serves a variety of Western dishes and their frozen margaritas especially are worth dropping by for.


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Where to stay in Kuta

For families

For families travelling to Kuta, the best area to stay is Tuban in South Kuta. Renting a villa in this area puts you within easy reach of the prettiest stretch of Kuta beach, as well as the Waterbom water park. This area is set apart from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, so it’s also quieter than other parts of Kuta.

For partygoers

If you came to Kuta to part, look for accommodation near Jalan Legian. The main strip in Kuta is bristling with bars and clubs and there are plenty of late-night food places nearby.

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