Kuta rose to international fame from surfing hype and its golden sand beach, but once the sun sets you’ll find an exciting nightlife scene with its wealth of bars, clubs and sunset chill-out spots. Surfing and water sports are No.1 activity to do but some cultural highlights such as village temples, a Barong show and a significant Buddhist temple in the heart of Kuta are also worth a visit.
In Kuta there are a handful of malls offering shopping, dining and entertainment spot for the whole family, but you can still find a mixture of handicrafts and curios at the longstanding Kuta Art Market, where you can also put your bargaining skills to the test.
Beware of taxi scams
Taxis in Bali are easily your most viable choice for getting around the island, due to their wide availability and convenience, but be aware of taxi scam. Some of the tricks to look out for are well known, like when the driver takes an unnecessarily long route or hands you short change or says they don’t have change. Let the hotel front desk or restaurant call you a reliable taxi.
Tides can be very strong and unpredictable. If you want to learn to surf book in with a professional licensed surf school, who can ensure you’re learning in a safe environment. Some beaches are marked by flags or signs as being especially dangerous, so as with all warnings, pay attention and steer clear! Most beaches in Bali aren’t staffed by lifeguards. Reef cuts need proper medical attention, so don’t leave them and risk infection. See a doctor as soon as possible.
Kuta is a popular party destination with many tourists and you’ll find plenty of bars around but there are a few things you should keep in mind: always leave your valuables locked in your hotel safe if you don’t need them with you and know how to get back to your accommodation. Better never leave your drink unattended when you’re out, and never accept any food or drink from a stranger, unless you can see the barman pouring it or the waiter serving it.