If you plan ahead, you can explore ocean and jungle, see a fire dance, enjoy a classic Balinese massage, admire an ancient Hindu temple, and watch the sun rise from the top of an active volcano.
Kuta Beach (Pantai Kuta)
Once a sleepy village, the neighborhood around Kuta Beach is now Bali’s busiest—it’s particularly popular with Australians visiting on bargain breaks. But don’t let that put you off discovering the beach: whether bodyboarding or surfing is your thing, there’s fun to be had under the lifeguards’ protective eyes.
Most tours to Kuta Beach focus on those rolling waves. Classic experiences include Kuta surfing lessons and Kuta bodyboarding classes. Kuta surf schools are used to beginners and most have outsize “foamy” boards to help build confidence. While it’s perfectly possible to arrange lessons privately from the many surf rental spots on the beach, many prefer the fixed price guarantee of booking lessons online.
Phone order with Viator got screwed up but the on the ground staff saved the day and I had a great time.
I only had one night in Denpasar, so I needed a short tour, the next morning, with hotel pickup. Because of the short notice I knew that might not be possible, but I called Viator to ask about it and they assured me that it was, and that all was confirmed for hotel pick up the next morning. When the time for pickup passed, I called EZ rider directly, and they did not have it scheduled. I don't know where the communications broke down, they had my reservation but thought I was a no show. They scrambled, but by the time I got started on the tour, it was 10:30. I got a 2 hour tour instead of the 3 hours I paid for. But I got to ride up and down the beach, was able to see it in a way you could NEVER do by car, had two guides with me to get me through the tricky part on the streets, and had a GREAT time. Owi and Henry, my guides (probably spelling incorrectly), were wonderful. Would highly recommend it as the way to see the beach!! Never saw the mangroves or the other parts of the tour as described, but the beach was what I really wanted to see on my one day there and I got to see Kuta, the German beach, all the way to the airport, the busy and uncrowded parts. All the staff were really helpful and hustled to give me a fun tour and get me back to my hotel in time to leave for my flight. SO glad I did it!!
MaryS2570, Nov 2019
Recent reviews from experiences in Kuta
chinglingchew, Feb 2020
The best surf lessons in Kuta
Had a fun time with these guys! Also ki was great very patient and hardworking with my beginner 11 year old would recommend him for kids.
Unknown951, Nov 2019
The best surf lessons in Kuta
Amazing value for money and I have never laughed so much during a lesson. The guys were lovely and were such great help and they couldn't do enough for us. I would definitely recommend to anyone.
Things to Know Before You Go
Kuta Beach is busy year-round—not a spot for shrinking violets!
Don’t get Kuta, Bali, confused with Kuta on the neighboring island of Lombok—it’s also a beachy surf town, so it’s easy to muddle the two.
The waves on Kuta Beach are a thrill for tweens and teens but may well be too much for younger children: east coast beaches, such as Sanur’s, are milder.
How to Get There
Everyone on Bali knows Kuta Beach, or “Pantai Kuta” in Indonesian. The cheapest and easiest way to get there is to ride the Kura-Kura tourist bus, or pick up a motorcycle taxi or 4-wheeled cab. Kuta is no place to learn to ride a motorbike, although tens of thousands try: If you must, stay sober and wear a helmet.
When to Get There
Kuta Beach is popular year-round: sunsets, which fall between roughly 6pm and 7pm, can be particularly stunning, especially washed down with an ice-cold beer. Kuta in general is best avoided during “Schoolies,” a 3-week period from mid-November when Australians graduate high school and descend on Bali en masse.
Where to Surf in Bali
Bali is blessed with year-round surfing, with the east coast picking up when the west coast slows down, and vice versa. Great beaches for beginners include Double Six, Batu Belig, Kuta, and Canggu’s Batu Bolong; Uluwatu and Padang-Padang in the Bukit Peninsula can deliver spectacular swells. For less crowded breaks, consider heading north, perhaps to Keramas on the east coast or Balian on the west coast.