Loud, overcrowded and a one-stop party destination. Whether you love or hate this description, you simply will not be able to ignore Kuta. Situated just 15 minutes away from the Denpasar International Airport, it is the partying capital of Bali. While it is true that Kuta is mainly about surfing and clubbing, this colourful town has a lot more to offer than just a bustling nightlife. A destination well-worth stopping over for more than just an obligatory visit, here are some must-dos for making the most of a 24-hour stay in Kuta.
Start your day right by visiting one of the hipster cafes in Kuta for some delicious breakfast. With Instagram-worthy setups, these cafes offer everything from burgers to a range of vegan and gluten-free options. Head over to popular cafes such as Crumb & Coaster or Paperboy Bali for some incredible food and remarkable service. With natural tones to create great visual contrast, you can be sure of clicking pictures that will stand out from other café shots. Have your share of smoothie bowls, crispy bacon and smashed avocado to satisfy all your breakfast cravings.
Most recommended activities in Kuta start post-sunset, so preserve your energy for the latter half of the day by taking a lazy stroll along the streets of Kuta. Admire the architecture and general landscape of Kuta which is built using organic materials such as teak, bamboo, coconut and stones. Head over to the two most famous temples in Bali which are the Kongco Bio Kuta Chinese Temple and the Leeng Gwan Kuta Temple. Built hundreds of years ago, these temples in Kuta are landmarks of vivid colours and architecture.
Around mid-morning, visit the Bali Sea Turtles headquarters. By engaging with the local communities and visitors, this society aims to protect sea turtles. For a small fee, you can release one of the saved sea turtles back into its natural habitat. Watch as the baby turtles waddle back into the sea and start their new life.
After a busy morning, take a lunch break by heading over to Wanaku Bali. Unlike other restaurants, this newly opened restaurant gives you a chance to be close to nature while savouring local delicacies. Surrounded by ponds, lush gardens and waterfalls, indulge in delicacies like the famous Nasi Goreng. Accompanied by contemporary performances and traditional activities, this is the perfect place to taste authentic Balinese cuisine.
After binging on local delicacies, burn those calories off by heading over to the beach to conquer the waves. If you don’t know how to surf yet, fear not as a lot of local surfing schools have short and affordable courses for beginners. With excellent courses offered by certified instructors on Kuta Beach, you can be sure of having a good time. What’s more, if you can’t even stand up on your board during the first session, you can even get a free lesson from them!
After an afternoon of learning how to surf, treat yourself to some shopping at the Beachwalk Shopping mall. Holding many beloved global brands, this trendy mall is known to offer some massive discounts that attract a huge crowd. If you are keen on shopping for local crafts and souvenirs, the streets of Kuta are filled with kiosks and stalls selling everything you can dream of. From clothes, art objects, essential oils to wooden sculptures, Kuta has everything at incredibly cheap prices!
At sunset, drop by the famous Ocean 360 located right next to the sea for some sensational ocean views. With a laid-back vibe and artistic furniture, it looks like a mini Santorini. You can lounge by the pool and gaze at the endless sea view while enjoying this unique dining experience.
End the day with a club crawl at some of the most popular restaurants in the city. To try something unique, hop onto the Amsterdam inspired beer-bikes. With Bali Beer cycle, you can pedal around Kuta and Legian while sipping on some ice-cold beer and taking in the vibe of the city. With free flow tap beer, music and WiFi, it is the perfect way to end your day in the city.
There is a lot more to Kuta than you would expect. With this 24-hour guide, I hope you enjoy your time discovering much more than just the nightlife that it is famous for.
‘Curated by Neha Bhise’