Are you planning a trip to Bali and deciding whether to add Kuta to your itinerary? If you’re looking for the best things to do in Kuta, Bali, you’re in the right place!
I have been to Bali three times both for short 1-week trips and a month-long trip and even with that time, there’s still more to explore in Bali.
So for this guide, I’ve asked Abigail, the creator of I’m Going On An Adventure to share her insider tips for Kuta after living in Bali for half a year!
Kuta is a popular spot for backpackers and first-time travelers with unbelievably affordable shopping spots, restaurants, bars, and great beaches.
It has the Patong party vibes (that’s Thailand’s party town in case you’re wondering), but instead of calm blue waters think more surf-ready shores, so prepare for a wild time!
In this post, I will highlight the 20 best things to do in Kuta, Bali so you can plan an epic holiday to one of the world’s most sought-after destinations.
Where is Kuta in Bali?
Firstly, let’s just clear up where and what Kuta is because I hear a lot of people discussing this and giving incorrect information. Kuta is a village and a district within the Bandung Regency of Bali. Kuta district encompasses five villages: Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Tuban, and Kedonganan.
For this post, I’m going to be talking mostly about things to do in the Kuta district, although there are a few items that spread into the neighboring districts.
Top Things To Do In Kuta, Bali
Ready to dive in? Be surprised by how many amazing things Kuta has in store for you! Did I mention it’s one of the most affordable places in Bali too? Here are the top things to do in Kuta, Bali.
1. Kuta Beach
Kuta Beach is also known as Sunset Beach, not to be confused with Sunrise Beach in Sanur. It’s probably one of the most famous beaches in Bali.
Although it doesn’t have crystal clear azure waters like most of us picture when we think of Bali, it is a wonderful beach for some much-needed TLC.
Kuta tends to be a busy area but a low wall and coconut palms block the busy road. Expect white sands, refreshing wavey water, and breathtaking sunsets — all creating a lovely atmosphere for beach chilling or a beachside massage.
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2. Kuta Beach E-bike Tour
One of the best activities to do in Kuta is to explore the district and what better way than to jump on a Kuta bike tour? What makes this particular experience even better is that this bike tour is electric, so it’s perfect for everyone and the environment!
This is a great activity for those just arriving as it will allow you to discover Kuta with a guide. You’ll visit the best sites but also go off the beaten path to explore areas of Kuta you might not have visited.
This tour takes you to a mangrove conservation forest, temples, and even a local turtle sanctuary.
3. Vihara Dharmayana Temple
Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the Vihara Dharmayana Temple but I don’t want you guys to miss out.
I’ve read that it’s a lovely spot and a rare cultural gem in the heart of Kuta. I say rare because although Kuta is good for a lot of things it’s not the most culturally rich area of Bali.
Looking for a Bali cultural experience? This excursion tour takes you around the most significant structures while passing you through local villages like Penglipuran, Kintamani, and Celuk from Kuta.
The Vihara Dharmayana Temple is a fantastic blend of Chinese and Balinese architecture. Inside, you’ll experience the peaceful atmosphere, adorned with stunning traditional decorations.
4. Jimbaran Fish Markets
Jimbaran Fish Markets are just outside Kuta District (it’s located right on the border though) and although not in Kuta I think they are 100% worth visiting. It’s a frenzy of freshly caught seafood and not a place for the easily disturbed – dodgy smells!
What I loved about Jimbaran Fish Markets is it was a real hit of traditional Bali village culture. Remember, Kuta and the surrounding towns were all small fishing villages once upon a time.
Walk around the stalls, pick your faves, which can be anything from red snappers to breaded lobster, and take them to one of the restaurants onsite – look out for those with big BBQs on the go – and get your fish chargrilled right in front of you before eating it there. Something like D’ Talipapa in Boracay.
PRO TIP: Make sure you pick fresh fish, and check the eyes are clear and aren’t glazed over which indicates an older catch.
5. Surf Lesson
Kuta has got to be the best place on the island for beginner surfers. The waves are gentle and no sharp reefs, like those in Canggu, which makes it dangerous. Don’t worry if you haven’t ever surfed before most people haven’t either!
Give it a go, as it can be super fun. It’s possible to book a lesson on the beach without a prior booking but if it’s peak season you might not get one straight away and you need to be good at haggling to get the best price.
To avoid the hassle, you can book online, S Surf School, for example, is a highly-rated surf school and offers beginner lessons.
PRO TIP: Booking your surf lessons in Kuta? Use my Klook discount code GLADISTRAVELS and get 5% off any bookings on the platform. I’m cheering for your first waves!
6. Traditional Bali Dance
Bali is famous for its unique heritage and witnessing a traditional Balinese dance is a unique activity to add to your Bali itinerary.
In Kuta, you’ll find the Kuta Theatre which is a very modest theatre showcasing performances of drama, illusion & Balinese culture. It’s among the most affordable things to do in Kuta, Bali.
One of the unique ones is the sacred Balinese dance of Barong. Barong is a mythological dance representing the eternal fight between good and evil. You can buy directly from the theater or skip the long lines and get your ticket here.
7. Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
Also known as the GWK Cultural Park, the park holds the tallest statue in Indonesia. We visited the park with a friend not too sure what to expect but found it to be an interesting place. If you enjoy stunning sculptures and cultural exploration, you’ll find GWK amazing!
The cultural park is quite an impressive size, and not only houses the GWK statue but many other statues and monuments. You can also watch daily live cultural performances and street theater for free!
The GWK statue is devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu and the mythical eagle – Garuda – who became his companion and stands at 400ft. It’s a wonderful symbol of cultural and artistic greatness.
With its colossal size and interesting details, it’s a must-visit in South Kuta (the district just south of Kuta District – would be nice if they gave their districts and villages different names?).
PRO TIP: Book online for discounted tickets with complimentary drinks, plus no need to queue – you just need to show the QR which will be provided for you. Use GLADISTRAVELS and get an additional 5% off!
8. Kuta District Shopping Trip with Spa Massage
We’re back in Kuta and you’ve probably heard that it’s the best place for shopping on the island, especially if you’re after comfy beach wear and bohemian styles. The streets are bustling with fashion stalls almost a little overwhelming.
With this in mind and if you’re traveling to Bali for the first time, you might want to consider a guided tour. You’ll find heaps of shopping tours for Kuta but a great option is to combine it with a massage.
If you prefer to do it alone know that in Kuta there are three shopping malls. The most popular is the Beach Walk Shopping Centre. Also, check out Kuta Shopping Street and Kuta Square which is lined with shops selling souvenirs, handicrafts, and fashion with plenty of food and coffee stalls.
You could also head to Seminyak Market and shopping street with more boutique shops and a flea market to explore.
9. Kuta Scooter Lessons
Riding scooters in Bali makes your travel a lot easier (and cheaper) but if it’s your first time it’s important to learn how to.
Most people just jump on a scooter and go at it, which you can do but it’s really dangerous. Bali roads are not like those at home and the rules are completely different, trust me.
We rode our scooters a lot and saw lots of wild things, like dogs on scooters and surfboards on heads… we even had to ride on the pavements to beat traffic jams.
The point is, Bali roads are crazy and please get lessons if you’ve never been on a bike. The good news is that there are places all around Kuta that offer scooter lessons. If you prefer to book online, Kuta Seminyak Scooter Lessons has great reviews (apart from one, up to you whom to trust).
10. Potato Head Beach Club
Looking for a party? Located on the beachfront in Seminyak you’ll find the absolute gem of Potato Head Beach Club. It’s in a fantastic location, has a superb infinity pool, and a stunning architecture from antique shutters. If you want a mix of luxury and laid-back vibes, you’ll find this place epic.
Sip on refreshing cocktails, enjoy fantastic ocean views, and soak up the amazing Bali atmosphere. It’s a lovely spot for if looking to relax and indulge in the beauty of Bali’s coastal scene.
I highly recommend it for a fantastic day out of boozing and pool bumming! It’s one of the most relaxing things to do in Kuta, Bali.
11. Double Six Beach
North of Kuta Beach between Seminyak Beach and Legian Beach you’ll find Double Six. It was one of the first beaches we visited outside of Canggu and was amazing!
We spent the whole day chilling on the beach taking surf lessons and eating delicious street food.
You’ve likely seen photos of colorful bean bags and umbrellas lining the beach with fairy lights hanging between them. Well, this is the one!
If you’re looking for a stress-free, cocktails-on-tap kind of beach spot with an upbeat vibe Double Six Beach is the one for you.
12. Kuta Bali MassageKlook.com
I mentioned a beachside massage earlier but to experience a “proper” Bali massage you need to try it in a massage parlor. There are different types of massage parlors around and you want to make sure you go to the correct sort, otherwise, you might be in for a surprise!
Generally, you’ll know. If the masseuses are dressed in professional attire and not full of make-up you’re in the right spot. If you’re concerned about walking into the wrong type of massage joint then consider booking online.
Bali is filled with massage shops. The best one I had was in Ubud, down a little street leading to the Kajeng rice fields (somewhere you should visit if you head to Ubud) but for sure Kuta is full of traditional massages too.
13. Kuta Half Day Family Tour
If you’re visiting with family this half-day Kuta tour is a great option.
There are a handful of attractions in Kuta, such as the Upside Down World and DMZ Bali 3D Museum, which are perfect for families and if you’re looking for a driver to take you to these spots for a hassle-free day this will be perfect.
Half-day tours are ideal for families and those who don’t want to spend the whole day out!
Keep in mind that entrance fees are not included but you’ll get a stress-free morning at some of Kuta’s best family attractions with a private driver. Also included is a stop at Discovery Mall, a popular shopping center in the heart of Kuta, and hotel transfers.
14. Bali Sea Turtle Society
Among the fantastic things to do in Kuta, Bali is to visit the Bali Sea Turtle Society. We visited the turtle sanctuary in Pemuteran while on our road trip but I imagine they are very similar. You’ll love visiting if you care about environmental efforts and wildlife conservation.
From what I’ve read, the Bali Sea Turtle Society is doing fantastic work! This lovely organization is dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles in Bali. They’re doing a superb job protecting these incredible creatures.
By visiting, you’re supporting the society to make a positive impact. It’s a fantastic way to combine a beach holiday and a conservation activity of these stunning sea creatures, which are my favorite (alongside jaguars).
15. Waterbom Park
Not a place we visited but certainly worth a mention as so many people have said it’s great. Waterbom Park is a nice waterpark that has been highly rated.
I did a quick search and they have tons of rides and pools plus places to eat, gazebos, lockers, and towel rentals available. Book here for an entire access to the park with private transport.
In total, there are 22 slides built and maintained to international safety standards throughout the park. Some of the big ones include “The Climax” which is Asia’s steepest water slide and “Boomerang”, for a more laidback vibe check out the “Lazy River”.Klook.com
16. 5GX Bali’s Extreme Reverse Bungy
Now if you’re looking for more (I really mean a lot more) adrenaline, ride Bali’s extreme reverse bungy! Face your fears and soar high into the air up to 35m!
It’s available from 11 am to 2 am and in the morning, you’ll see the beauty of Bali (if you can open your eyes) and at dusk a beautiful sunset at a height. It’s the most adrenaline-pumping among the things to do in Kuta, Bali!
PRO TIP: Skip the line by booking online and get 5% off with this discount code GLADISTRAVELS from Klook.
17. Kuta Customized Private Tour
If you’re searching for a private tour to explore the best of Kuta, this is it!
This particular tour is customisable which means you can choose where you want to visit and for how long. There are loads of options including beaches such as Kuta, Legian, Pandawa, and Melasti, shopping malls, coffee factories, and watersports like snorkeling, jet ski diving, and parasailing.
This tour would be perfect for couples, friends, and families who want a hassle-free day of exploration with a local guide who knows all the top things to do in Kuta, Bali.
If you’re up for more of an adventure further afield why not jump on a best of Bali day tour? You’ll be picked up from Kuta and taken to gorgeous waterfalls and popular sites like rice fields and ancient temples!
18. Luxury Spa Day In Kuta
I talked about a Bali massage above but if you want to treat yourself then have a pamper day at one of Kuta’s luxury spa resorts. I love spas and in Bali, they are super affordable; a day of total bliss has got to be one of the top things to do in Kuta, Bali!
Imagine a day of pure relaxation, surrounded by stunning settings and indulgent treatments. You’ll find the experience rejuvenating!
You can choose from soothing massages to refreshing facials. It’s a superb way for you to unwind and recharge in style. Here are the best spas in Kuta for your relaxing escape!
19. Bali Cooking Class
One of the most immersive things to do in Kuta, Bali is a Bali cooking class. I don’t think you can visit Bali without experimenting with its food culture and one of the best ways is through a cooking class.
We loved the food in Bali, albeit a little too spicy for us at times! They have delicious specialties like the flavourful Nasi Champur, Bakmi, and Mie Goreng.
It’s a fantastic and interactive experience that adds a lovely touch to any Bali adventure. Embrace the flavors, but stay away from the sambal if you’re not keen on heat.
20. Yoga Class
Any Bali trip wouldn’t be complete without a yoga class and Kuta has several yoga studios to try from. This yoga class happens in a spiritual location to help your body relax and release any emotional blocks through yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises.
This class is perfect for beginners and intermediate in yoga. Plus, enjoy a healthy bowl and coffee after your class. Easily one of the best things to do in Kuta, Bali that you can add to your itinerary!
PRO TIP: Book this class via Klook and get 5% off by using GLADISTRAVELS discount code.
What Activities in Kuta Are Best For You?
|Best free activities to do in Kuta
|Beach, Shopping, and Jimbaran Market
|Our favorite overall activities
|Yoga Class, Extreme Reverse Bungy, Surf Lesson, GWK Cultural Park, Bali Massage, Jimbaran Markets
|Best things to do in Kuta Bali for family
|Waterbomb Park, Family Half-Day Tour, Turtle Sanctuary
|Best things to do in Kuta Balu for couples
|Cooking Class, Spa Day, Potato Head Beach Club, Bali Dance, Private Day Tour
|Best things to do in Kuta Bali for solo travel
|Yoga Class, Extreme Reverse Bungy, E-bike Tour, Bali Massage, Surf Lesson
In Summary: Things To Do In Kuta Bali
As always, I want to leave you with final thoughts about the best things to do in Kuta Bali and which activities we enjoyed the most. For me, I enjoyed learning to surf and if this is one of the reasons you’re heading to Bali then Kuta is a good place to start.
The Jimbaran Fish Market is an interesting place to visit, especially if you enjoy seafood. The GWK Cultural Park provides a nice hit of Balinese culture for your Kuta trip.
The e-bike tour of Kuta sounds fantastic as well and if it were to return to Kuta I’d seriously consider booking this excursion. That said, Kuta wasn’t my favorite place in Bali (it was Amed on the east coast) but Kuta is the best place for affordable holidays with a friendly upbeat vibe and shopping at your fingertips!
Which of these top things to do in Kuta Bali are you adding to your itinerary? Let me know which one you enjoyed best and if you’ve discovered something new! I’ll add it to the list!
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