beach is by far the most popular and whitest beach in
Bali, attracting all ages and nationalities. The beach
extends from Canggu to the airport in Tuban. It is ideal
for those who wish to combine a beach holiday with testing
their surfing skills.
Kuta's six-kilometer-long, crescent-shaped surfing beach,
protected by a coral reef at its southern end, and long
and wide enough for Frisbee contests and soccer games,
is famous for its beautiful tropical sunsets.
Kuta first discovered by the surfers and hippies of
the 60's has now become known around the world for its
magnificent sunsets, surf beach and nightlife. The best
waves are the left-handers out on Kuta Reef. The best
surfing is from March to July. It is a fantastic place
to lay your sarong, frolic in the waves and soak up
the warm sun.
Young Kuta cowboys tend to be real possessive about
their waves, so make friends with them first. For surfing
equipment, head for the dozen or so surf shops on Jalan
Bakung Sari and Jalan Legian. Run by veteran surfers,
these shops rent and sell surfboards, boogie boards,
and such accessories as water-sport wear and tide charts.
These guys can also give you current information on
the state of the surf. Surfboards can also be rented
on the beach. Although Kuta's beach is inviting, watch
the treacherous undertow and strong currents. Since
1958, over 100 tourists have drowned here. Always swim
within the flag markers on the beach, keep near the
crowds and lifeguards, and remain within the reef.
Getting There and Around
A taxi from the airport is available. The problem is
the airport taxis won't go into Kuta's small lanes and
often dump tourists out to schlep their bags sweating
and cursing to their hotels. To avoid this, get out
of the taxi on the main street outside the airport,
then transfer to a metered blue/yellow taxis. Or walk
out the airport gate and hire a 'bemo' to the start
of Jalan Pantai Kuta.
Get to Kuta from Denpasar by boarding a 'bemo' from
Stasiun Tegal in southern Denpasar. 'Bemo' from Denpasar
travel only one direction-Denpasar to Kuta, then to
Legian via one-way Jalan Pantai Kuta, then back through
Kuta down Jalan Legian before returning to Denpasar.
Stay on the 'bemo' until you're closest to your destination.
A thick and endless stream of motorcycles, 'bemo', cars,
vans, and buses travel to Legian via the beachfront
road, Jalan Pantai Kuta. 'Bemo' from Denpasar's Tegal
station stop very briefly at Bemo Corner to let out
passengers, then travel down.