Kuta, Bali (not to be confused with Kuta, Lombok) is one of the most popular destinations on the island of Bali. Located in the south west of the island, it’s close to the airport and many of Bali’s busiest areas and well-known attractions. It’s a popular pick for backpackers, especially since it is one of the cheapest areas of the country.
Kuta is known for its beaches, clubs, and the party scene. It’s more modern than cultural, but while there may not be as many temples and natural attractions here, Kuta still has plenty to see and do. From museums to submarines, and yoga to monster-themed restaurants, here are the top things to do in Kuta, Bali.
Culture & History
A beautiful Buddhist temple located on a leafy street, Vihara Dharmayana is one of the most important religious buildings in Kuta. Colourful murals, intricate carvings, and a beautiful courtyard make it a great place to find some culture in Kuta.
A beautiful structure in Kuta designated to honoring those who were killed in the Bali Bomb in 2002. A total of 202 people were killed at the Sari Nightclub bombing and their names are inscribed on the walls of this memorial.
Mads Lange Tomb
This is the tomb of a Danish explorer who died in 1850. He was interred in this tomb which is close to where he actually lived. The Mads Lange Tomb is a bit out of the way, but it’s a nice quiet area by the river and one of the few places in Kuta where you can see some local history.
Kuta Night Market
From 6pm to 11pm the Kuta Night Market opens up to attract locals and visitors. There are technically two separate markets; one located on the same road as the Vihara Dharmayana Temple and the second a few minutes’ drive away at Jalan Tuan Lange. These night markets are a good place to grab some cheap local food.
Museums, Waterparks, & More
One of the largest waterparks in Bali, Waterbom offers a fun way to spend a hot day. Perfect for children and adults alike, Waterbom has a number of pools and rides suitable for a variety of ages. It’s a must when in Kuta.
Armanda Flow House
Skip the ocean and catch waves all day long at Armanda Flow House. You can use either a body board or a flow board, or try both! Armanda Flow House is suitable for families with children as well.
Love to skateboard or always wanted to try? Kuta has an indoor skatepark where you can rent a board and play for a couple of hours. Watch some of the local skateboarders and see if you can pick up some of their jumps and tricks.
Upside Down Room
Looking for a fun way to spend a rainy day in Kuta? Head to the Upside Down Room for some fun photo opportunities. There are seven rooms with the furniture all on the ceiling allowing you to get creative and act out some funny scenarios.
5GX Bali Reverse Bungee
If you are looking for a major adrenaline rush, then this is it. Up to three people can sit inside this bungee seat to be catapulted into the air up over Kuta. Speeds can reach up to 200km per hour and, if you manage to keep your eyes open, offer some pretty awesome views over Kuta.
Best for families with younger children, Kuta Theater offers a wide range of shows including magicians and puppets along with some more traditional story telling performances. Shows take place in the evenings and you can purchase dinner packages.
A beautiful museum in the Beachwalk Mall, the Museum Kain showcases indigenous Indonesia textiles. There are a variety of galleries here, many of which show the traditional batik work. If you are creatively inclined, you can even learn how to make your own Batik here. If you are interested in Indonesian textiles, this is also a good spot to buy an authentic souvenir.
Escape houses have popped up all across the world, and Kuta is no exception. Pandora Experience escape room is a great idea for a rainy day or even if you are just looking for a break from the beach.
Dream Museum Zone (DMZ)
This interactive museum offers another fun photo opportunity. Realistic paintings allow visitors to immerse themselves into the scene and get some pretty creative pictures. A fun place for visitors of all ages.
Another Kuta Waterpark, Circus Waterpark is smaller than Waterbom but also has the added benefit of being cheaper. It has all the typical waterpark inclusions such as rides, pools, and a lazy river. Like Waterbom, it’s suitable for all ages.
For some strange reason there is an abandoned 727 Boeing Jet just hanging out in Kuta. Nobody knows what it’s doing there. Some say the original owner wanted to turn it into a home, others say that it was actually meant to be turned into a tourist attraction but abandoned due to a lack of funds. Either way, it’s a cool thing to add to your list of things to do in Kuta.
Check out an Old Steam Train
Another seemingly random attraction in Bali is the old steam train parked in front of Kuta Station Hotel. It’s free to anyone who wants to take photos or poke their heads inside the cabin.
Hop in a Submarine
If you have ever thought you wanted to know what it was like to be in a submarine, then this is your chance. Odyssey submarine offers visitors the chance to ride under the waves at a depth of 150 feet. It’s a fun way to see the marine life, especially if you aren’t a scuba diver.
Get a Bird’s Eye View of Bali
If you would rather be above the sea than below it, then check out Air Bali helicopter rides. You’ll get stunning views of the area’s beaches, temples, and natural scenery. If you’ve ever wanted to splurge on a helicopter ride, this is a great place to do it.
The Bali Shell Museum
Did you ever collect shells on the beach? Then this museum is for you. It has three floors filled with shells of all shapes, sizes, and colours from across Indonesia and other parts of the world. There is also a shop filled with all kinds of seashell-inspired products that make great gifts or souvenirs for wannabe mermaids.
Beaches & Nature
Kuta beach is a popular surf destination, especially for beginner surfers. If you want to give it a shot you can easily find a board for rent and an instructor willing to give you a lesson. Kuta Beach is also a popular sunset spot.
Bali Sea Turtle Society
This turtle hatchery works to protect sea turtle eggs and, once hatched, releases the turtles back to the wild. Turtle hatching season runs from April to October, and during this time guests can visit after 4pm to watch the turtles being released.
Legian Beach is a little way past Kuta Beach (you can actually walk from one to the other) but it’s worth the extra distance. It may not have the same amount of shops, restaurants, and activities as Kuta Beach, but its quieter and cleaner.
One of the most popular beaches near Kuta, Dreamland Beach is a scenic place to relax and spend a beach day. Spend your day lounging on the sand or rent a surfboard to play in the waves. The beach is also a popular go-to spot for stunning sunsets. It’s a bit outside of Kuta, but definitely worth it.
Gungang Payung Beach
Located in the south Kuta district, Gungang Payung Beach is a scenic beach surrounded by hills. There are plenty of activities to try here ranging from surfing to sunbathing. Make sure to also check out the nearby hilltop temple.
A little bit outside of Kuta, but worth the trip if you are looking to escape the crowds of Kuta Beach. Jimbaran is also known for its fresh seafood fare and the nearby Uluwatu temple.
Food, Drink, and Nightlife
Boardwalk Bali Garden
A low key and romantic spot to grab a pre-dinner cocktail or two and watch the sun go down. Comfortable wicker chairs, live entertainment, and a Mediterranean-inspired menu make it a popular choice for those looking for a break from the Kuta party scene.
Bali Beach Shack
One of the best live music venues in Kuta. Bands and musicians rotate throughout the week but you can expect the usual pop and rock classics (or make requests). There’s also a dance floor and the bar is open until the early hours of the morning.
Bounty Night Club
This ship-themed nightclub not only looks like a ship, but has staff dressed as sailors as well. There is a karaoke stage on the bottom level and a disco with stage on the top floor. You can also find pool tables or areas to just sit and relax.
Sky Garden Lounge
Sky Garden is the largest nightclub in Kuta, and the lounge on the top floor is the place to go in the evenings around sunset time. The Sky Garden Lounge offers gorgeous views across Kuta along with some great buffet dinners that include free-flow drinks and food. It’s the perfect way to kick start a party night.
Another hot spot for partying, this nightclub is located on Japan Legion and is a great place if you are looking for somewhere to dance. There are two floors, several stages, and a variety of music including pop, techno, rock, and typical club hits.
The Bush Telegraph Pub
Looking for a fun spot to grab a drink? The Bush Telegraph Pub is a fun pick. This Australian themed bar offers some fun décor and an Aussie themed food and drink menu. The highlight though is the giant crocodile at the front door.
This Halloween themed bar/restaurant/cabaret is a fun place that is accessible to all ages. A spooky menu plus nightly shows (family or adult) performed by zombies, vampires, mummies, and monsters promises to make this a fun (and maybe a bit scary) night out.
Relaxation and Wellness
Take a Yoga Class
Yoga may not be as popular in Kuta as it is in Ubud, but there are still a few studios where visitors can drop by for a class. A couple of places even offer yoga on the beach.
Visit a Spa
If you need to relax or are just looking to pamper yourself, then consider having a spa day. If you have long hair and are spending a lot of time in the sun and the ocean, try a Balinese hair treatment. It will leave your hair feeling silky smooth and healthy.
Get a Massage
One of the best things about Bali are the cheap massages. Many places in Kuta will offer their massage services in the window, or even call out to you on the streets. You can get a foot, head, or back/neck massage for a fraction of the price that you would pay at home.
Keep in mind, since Kuta is so close to many other popular areas in Bali such as Seminyak, Sanur, and Canggu, you can also use it as a base to explore more of the south west parts of the island. This will allow more opportunities to see more of Bali’s cultural and natural attractions such as the temples or rice terraces.
Kuta may have a reputation of being a backpacker’s party paradise, but this area offers plenty to see and do making it worth a visit on your Bali vacation.
A lot of these things we also covered in our list of 101 Awesome Things to do in Bali, so check that out!