Kuta is the more grungy, party town of Bali, but still a fun place to spend a few days. Walk around the streets and find tanks and scarves for very cheap, take a surf lesson at the beach and make sure to delve into the night life. Kuta is a fun place to explore before hitting the rest of the beautiful island of Bali.
How to get There
This ones pretty easy, take a plane! However it wasn’t so easy for us as Jetstar decided to delay our fight for four days due to an “ash cloud” while other airlines were happily flying their travellers over without any issues. Stupid Jetstar. It’s about a 2.5 hour plane trip from Singapore. The taxi cost us 100,000 rupiah to get from the airport to our hotel. The BlueBird taxis are the most reliable.
Due to our flight delays we only visited one other area of Indonesia, the Gili Islands. From Kuta it takes just over 4 hours to go between the two, and obviously you have to book a boat. We got scammed and thrown on the worst one (Semaya) even though we paid a bit extra to book tickets on a slightly better one (Eka Jaya). We were not happy about that at all, but the trip ended up being okay. Like most boats in SEA be prepared to have to jump off the boat into ankle/knee deep water.
Where to Stay
- Ayu Lili Garden Hotel – This is a great hotel which is pretty close to the main area, but not close enough to be constantly bothered by noisy bars if you’re trying to sleep. It’s located just south of Benesari Rd. on a side street close to the Four Points Hotel. 195,000 rupiah gets you a private double with a nice ensuite bathroom, free wifi, free (good) breakfast and an awesome pool. Easily one of the nicest places we stayed for this price, and nothing is more than a 10 min walk. You can book at Ayu Lili Garden online here.
What to Do
- Surfing Lesson – If you’ve never been on a surfboard before, invest in a surfing lesson. We went with Odyssey’s Surf School for $35 US which is located right in the same lot as the Mercue Hotel along the ocean front. They provide a rash guard and surf board and you get a 2.5 hour maximum 4 person lesson in the surf across the road. It’s very basic so if you’ve ever surfed at all don’t bother, but for a beginner it’s lots of fun!
- Shopping – Everywhere, there are lots of street stalls to buy Bintang tanks, scarves and phallic key chains if you’re into that kind of thing. Also, there is a pretty cool modern mall called Beachwalk Shopping Mall that’s fun to walk around. In the basement we found the cheapest Bintang in all the land at 17,900 rupiah.
Where to Eat
- Tubes – An awesome open air bar and restaurant on Popies II Rd., this massive joint is never too busy but somehow sells the cheapest Bali Hai at 18,000 rupiah (great beer) and Bali Cider (only found at Tubes) in Kuta and an awesome shrimp cheese dip. A picture atop the surf board in the “tube” at the entrance is a must.
- Mojo’s Mexican Place – Located on Benesari Rd. this Mexican restaurant enticed us with it’s deal of free nachos if you bought two orders of well priced fajitas. Neither meal disappointed and we went home with happy bellies.
- Swich – An awesome make-your-own, on the go sandwich shop also located on Benesari Rd. You only pay for what you put on your sandwich, so make it as plain of extravagant as you can afford.
- SkyGarden – The perfect buffet/night club, you can’t leave Kuta without going to SkyGarden. Arrive early and take advantage of the all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink (alcohol included) BBQ buffet from 5-9pm on the top floor and watch the sunset. Then keep it going and join in the party on one of the 4 other floors playing host to DJ’s from around the world. All of this cost a meager 100,000 rupiah.