BaliKuta Free All Year Mostly Outdoor
Beach

Kuta Beach

A popular holiday destination attracting visitors from as close as Southeast Asia and Australia and as far away as Europe and the USA. This is undoubtedly one of the busiest beaches on the Island of Gods.

Beach activities include surfing on waves beyond the reef (including learn to surf schools), snorkeling around the reef, swimming in the calmer waters of the bay, and relaxing on rented deckchairs with an ice cold Bingtang. Beach vendors sell everything from watches and sunglasses, to food and drinks, to hair braiding and massages. Learn to say a firm “no” if you want to be left to enjoy the beach in peace.

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Price

Free

Time Spent

30-120minutes

Fitness level: Easy

Hours

24 hours7 days

Look Around

South end of Kuta Beach early in the morningSouth end of Kuta Beach early in the morning
Lifeguard patrolling on a quad bikeLifeguard patrolling on a quad bike
Packed beach ready for sunsetPacked beach ready for sunset
Capturing the famous sunsetCapturing the famous sunset
Kuta Beach throughout the day
After a long surfAfter a long surf
Kuta's waves are modest by world standardsKuta's waves are modest by world standards
Watching the sun set over the oceanWatching the sun set over the ocean
Sunset surfers
One of the best tropical sunsets anywhere in the world

Who Will Like Kuta Beach

Relaxation Guru

Hire a lounge chair to read a book, take a nap or indulge in an open-air massage from a beach masseur while the waves gently lap in the background.

Nature Lover

Feel the sand between your toes as you walk along the waters’ edge and admire golden sunsets.

Recreational Athlete

Bring your surfboard and spend your days riding waves. Challenging waves can be tackled beyond the reef while calmer waves inside the reef are ideal for newbies who can hire boards at the beach.

Photography Whiz

Capture sparkling water reflections at golden hour or find a model to pose for an elegant silhouette against the colorful sunset.

Fun Expert

Spend a day at the beach with the kids making sandcastles, swimming, snorkeling, or learning how to surf.

Insider Tips For Kuta Beach

  • When hiring any equipment like surfboards, body boards, or snorkeling gear take clear photographs of the items condition so you can’t be charged for pre-existing damage upon return.
  • Bartering is expected so don’t accept the first price offered by beach vendors. If you can’t quickly agree on price, walk away as you’ll likely find the same item from another vendor.

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Where Is It

Jl. Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

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How To Get There

Motorbike

Street parking is free although a common scam is being asked for payment – just ignore those “vendors”.

Taxi

Taxis are plentiful and wait patiently near each entrance.

Car

There is not much room for cars to pull over for a pick-up so try to be ready on the main road when your driver arrives.

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What To Bring

Do:
  • Sunscreen and hat for sun protection.
  • Swimsuit and towels if you plan on swimming.
  • Cash for drinks, deckchairs, and surfboard rental.
  • Snorkels to explore the reef.
Don't:
  • Valuable belongings like passports or large quantities of cash.

Tech & Photography

Wifi

Public wifi access: None

Photography

Photography allowed: Yes

Tripod allowed: Yes

Selfie sticks allowed: Yes

Best time to shoot: Sunset

Tips: Sunsets is around 6pm with little variation in time throughout the year. Arrive at least an hour earlier to set up for that perfect shot.

Drones

Drones allowed: Yes (subject to national/regional rules)

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Secured bag lockers available: No

Food & Drink

Drinks for sale on Kuta Beach

A large number of vendors selling drinks and Balinese snacks are located along the beach. Over 20 international restaurants and cafes are located in the streets directly opposite the beach.

Backstory

Located on Bali’s southwest coast, Kuta Beach was originally a fishing village which endangered green turtles used to frequent. After WWII the beach became popular among visiting surfers, and then by backpackers enjoying this white sandy coastline and peaceful culture as they travelled through Southeast Asia. Investors started to build bungalows for the visitors and then restaurants and hotels began to rise. The area has grown to become the most developed and popular area to visit in Bali.

Etiquette

Jalan Pantai Kuta (main road opposite beach) gets very busy in the evenings
Do:
  • Be respectful of other visitors and mind their personal space, even when the beach is crowded.
  • Follow the surfing rules signposted.
Don't:
  • Litter or leave rubbish behind. 
  • Be rude to local beach vendors who can be pushy when trying to close a sale.
  • Feel pressured into buying from local beach vendors. 

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Long stretch of beach to enjoy a stroll at sunset.  
  • Waves suitable for beginner and intermediate surfers.
  • Sunsets with vibrant hues of orange and pink. 
Could Be Better:
  • Beach vendors hassling tourists to buy products and services.
  • Trash washing into shore. 
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