by Aaditee Kulkarni Updated on 15 Oct 2018
Kuta is a seaside resort area and one of the most visited places on the island of Bali. Its wide range of accommodation options and golden white beaches along the Indian Ocean has made Kuta a part of many traveler’s bucket lists. Despite its rapid commercialization, there are many tourist attractions in Kuta that are worth exploring. Apart from its surfing beaches, this part of the island has many intricately built temple, manmade attractions, meditation centres, game zones, spas, and local shops & eateries. Some of the best places to visit in Kuta are all located along its coast and includes restaurants, cafes, shops, and beaches that are considered to be some of the best on the whole of the island.Here is a list of some of the best things to do in Kuta that are fun and definitely must not be missed out.
Let's explore points of interest in Kuta:
1. Be amazed at Upside Down World Bali
Upside Down World Bali is a unique speciality museum and one of the best fun things to do in Kuta with family. As you enter the museum, you will notice that the furniture and the décor has deliberately been set up upside down. In its many rooms, you can strike funny and whacky poses that would create a sense of illusion and look like you are trying to defy gravity. Do not forget your camera!
2. Feel adventurous at 5GX Bali Reverse Bungy
The 5GX Bali Reverse Bungy is a “reverse bungee” experience and one of the top things to do in Kuta. Hop on, fasten your seatbelts, and get ready to be catapulted in the air at the speed of 200 km/hr. This adventure park is located between the borders of Kuta and Legian’s perty regions and is open well into the night.
3. Visit the Dream Museum Zone
The Dream Museum Zone, or the DMZ in Kuta is best known for its art galleries featuring massive, life-size paintings that have a three-dimensional effect to it. The paintings here are made masterfully, each of which are served by an interactive background. With 14 categories and over 120 artworks, a visit to the DMZ is definitely one of the best things to do in Kuta.
4. Surf on the Kuta Beach
Often considered as Bali’s most famous beach, the Kuta Beach is located on the western coast of Bali, overlooking the Indian Ocean. Kuta was once a quiet fishing village which has now been transformed into a commercial holiday destination. Also called the Sunset Beach, this beach is quite a hit among the surfers due to its favourable wave conditions. Apart from surfing, activities like swimming, sun-bathing, kayaking, beach-volleyball, and fishing are quite common here.
5. Watch a show at Kuta Theatre
Visit the Kuta Theatre for a unique cultural experience. Featuring nightly stage performances, here you will find artists dressed in dazzling Balinese dance costumes, most of which are designed to create a sense of illusion. This theatre is located right next to the Kuta’s Jalan Kartika Plaza. A great place to visit post-dinner while in Kuta, make sure you get yourself front row seats when you buy your tickets here.
6. Scale the heights of Mount Batur
Start your day very early as you drive past the curly road of the island of Bali. Mount Batur is an active volcano that is located at about 85 kilometres north of Kuta. A popular hiking/trekking destination in Bali, most people trek this mountain at night to reach the top to catch the sunrise. But you can also start the trek in the morning. As you scale this mountain, you will pass the black sand and lava-formed hills. It is advisable that you hire a local guide who has an excellent knowledge of this region. The UNESCO-recognized crater is definitely worth your time and effort and one of the top-rated attractions in Bali.
7. Dive into the sea to explore the USS Liberty Shipwreck
Apart from its beaches and mile-long coastline, Bali also has its share of underwater attractions. One such attraction is the remains of the USS Liberty - a United States Army cargo ship. This shipwreck is found at Tulamben between 5 and 30 meters deep. As you take the first dive, the ship can be seen from 5 meters deep. The dive can be completed in about 30-40 minutes. After this you can proceed to take a second dive where you can swim past the abundant corals and fish found here.
8. Discover the beauty of Tanah Lot temple at sunset
Tanah Lot is yet another Bali attraction that is a must-do. The Tanah Lot Temple that is set on this unique rock formation is a prominent Hindu temple that is famous for its unique offshore settings and sunset backdrops. As you walk around this area, you will get to learn more about the Balinese Hinduism. If you stay long enough, you can see the sun set against the shimmering ocean. This temple is located about 23 kilometres from the Kuta city centre and along the way you can visit Taman Ayun Temple and Alas Kedaton - Bali’s protected monkey forest.
9. Take a bike ride along the villages of Bali
Just north of Kuta, Kerobokan is a quaint town that is perfect for some bicycle riding. Put on your shoes and helmets and pedal your way through the villages of Bali. Most of the roads here are flat hence the ride is going to be pretty easy. Pass through the verdant rice fields and chance upon seeing the many hidden temples of Bali. En route you can also visit places like Kerobokan, Tanah Lot, Pejaten, and Kerambitan.
10. Take a trip to Uluwatu
Situated on the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali, Uluwatu is one of the most visited regions of the island of Bali. The region is especially famous for the Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple and a number of surfing beaches. The temple is located on a cliff-top that overlooks the Indian Ocean and is quite a landmark. Right next to the temple is an open amphitheatre where you can see artists performing the kecak dance against a dramatic sunset backdrop.
11. Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest
Also called the Ubud Monkey Forest, the Mandala Suci Wenara Wana is home to the Balinese long tailed macaques. This forest lies inside the village of Padangtegal and is one of Bali’s most famous attractions. Here you can see the monkeys in their most natural habitat as they play, swing through the canopies, feed on bananas, or just laze around along the many pathways of the jungle. Other attractions inside the forest include 14th century Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, Pura Prajapati, and Pura Beji. The Sacred Monkey Forest is located about 35 kilometres from Kuta and can be easily reached by road. Make sure that once you are here, you follow the rules of the jungle.
12. Underwater Sea Walking in Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua is a region along the southern part of the island of Bali that is best known for its range of luxury hotels and spas. Not too far from Kuta, one can easily reach Nusa Dua under 45 minutes from Kuta. Divers should especially come here to explore the area’s underwater coral reef and tropical fish. Sea walking is one of the most highly recommended activities to do in Bali. Experince the incredible underwater marine life of Bali as you enter the water, putting on a comfortable helmet, breathing normally, and descending to a maximum depth of 17 feet (5 meters). Talk a walk along the sea-bed on your next trip to Bali.
13. Snorkel at the Blue Lagoon
Apart from swimming and scuba diving, Bali is also known for its snorkelling spots. Located in the beautiful Padang Bai, Blue Lagoon is a beautiful spot that has been blessed with abundant sea-life, and the presence of clear blue water will only enhance your experience. The actual spot is located 10 minutes boat ride inside the sea. You can ask the local boat guide to take you to some good spots. Once inside, expect to see some amazing exotic undersea world and colourful schools of fish and other marine life.
14. Explore the Balinese and Javanese culinary
The island of Bali is also known for its age-old and authentic culinary delights. Apart from touring and exploring the island, stop to taste the island’s best kept secret – it’s cuisine! This island is immensely renowned for its authentic local spices and many delectable dishes. Pass through the island’s many provinces and regions and taste a plethora of refreshing seafood dishes and pamper your tongue.
15. Get your picture clicked on the Bali Swing
We are sure you must have seen one of these on Instagram. Bali Swing has gained popularity in recent times for being a ‘playground for adults.’ Sit on an old-school tandem swing that is located anywhere between 10m to 78m above the ground, and rock over the edge above the valley with the most beautiful view of the canyon, coconut trees, rice fields, and the waterfalls underneath you. This ‘one-million-dollar view’ must definitely not be missed and is one of the top things to do in Bali.