Kuta, Bali – What once was an innocent fishing village, with an ever going beach front and a huge surf break, is now one of the most known tourist destinations in the world! One backpackers paradise to another ones hell.
In the 1930’s a young surfer from California and his wife were the first to discover the tourism potential that Kuta held. Robert and Louise Koke left the USA to start a Hotel in Kuta, Bali.
“It was Kuta … the broad, white sand beach curved away for miles, huge breakers spreading on clean sand.”
They then went on to create Kuta Beach Hotel.
Since then, Bali grew to be one of the destinations for gypsy, backpackers traveling through India on their way to Australia. Soon after, many warungs, restaurants and home stays were created to accommodate the surf village visitors.
From then Kuta is continuously developing, from being one of the poorest areas in Bali to a chaotic and over crowded commercial town.
Due to increasing tourism the old Kuta has 100% disappeared and now is known for being Australia’s playground.
Although the old Kuta has now transformed into a commercial town with a chaotic and busy life style, there still remains reasons why Kuta may be a guilty pleasure for a lot of us.
1. Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport
When arriving in Bali. Kuta is incredibly easy to access from the Airport, being just a fifteen minute drive away. Kuta holds hundreds of hotels and home stays with various prices suiting all types of travelers. Kuta is an easy stop destination when arriving and departing from Bali.
One thing that certainly hasn’t changed in Kuta is the surf break. People from all over the world still travel to surf at Kuta beach. Kuta beach is a perfect place to learn how to surf, with many surf schools and hundreds of local surf instructors on the beach. The surf break is perfect for beginners and advanced surfers. Beginner surfers don’t need to worry about having a surf board, there are hundreds of surf stands with boards to rent!
3. The Night life
Legian street belongs to Kuta and is one of the craziest streets in South East Asia! Legian street tends to be a lot of people’s guilty pleasure. Legian street is the most commercial street in Bali with hundreds of small bars, restaurants and huge night clubs. Sky Garden is four floors high and has eight venues within it, this is the biggest entertainment in Bali http://skygardenbali.com/. Other than Sky Garden, there are many other night clubs opened till the early hours of the morning, which are packed with tourists and locals seven nights a week!
4. Tour Agencies
Kuta has to be one of the easiest places to access tour agencies in Bali. Kuta has many small streets, like the famous Poppies 1 and Poppies 2 along with much more streets which have Tour Agencies. You will be able to find a Tour Agency on every street and around every corner. Tour agencies are able to organize you transport to Padang Bai, fast boats to Gili Trawangan. Before this website and other online options were created, the tour agencies were the only way you could access fast boat tickets. Tour agencies can organize day trips throughout Bali, shuttle buses to your next destination in Bali and so much more!
5. Waterbom Bali
Waterbom Bali is the number 1 water park in all of Asia and has been rated as the third best water park in the world by Trip Advisor! Waterbom is perfect for the whole family, with a choice of lazy rivers, thrilling slides and swim up pool bars. This leisure capital has something for everyone.
Kuta has thousands of shops from small cheap gift shops to high street, fashion in shopping malls. Kuta is a perfect place to purchase any gifts or souvenirs to take home with you! As well as gifts, there are thousands of cheap clothes that will cost little to nothing! Kuta has big shopping malls with shops and brands from the Western World! Beach Walk Shopping Mall, has a huge choice of brands from Europe, Australia and the USA. Other than shops, you will also find a cinema and many restaurants in Beach Walk Bali. http://beachwalkbali.com/stores.geml