When most people think of Indonesian beaches ‘Bali’ is often the place that comes to mind. With most of the island surrounded by stunning white sand beaches and blue seas it does make sense.
Just a couple of kilometres from Bali’s airport you can reach the surfers hub of Kuta, Seminayak and Legian. Here young backpacker (mainly Australian) tourists take over most of the area, relaxing on the beach or surfing during the day and partying at night.
If wanting to learn how to surf, Kuta beach is where to begin. Just like Mui Ne has kite surfing school, Kuta has surf schools dotted along the beach. However if wanting a beach paradise, Kuta is really the opposite end of the scale, with western shops or bars lining the road and 18-24 year old drinking Smirnoff ice most afternoons.
Even though Kuta is known for its beach and night life, don’t worry if it is raining as there is Kuta square and discovery mall to go shopping..where you can even find a Haviannas vending machine!
Not to miss when in Kuta is the memorial of the 2002 bombings also known as The ground zero memorial. Here all the names and nationality of people killed are displayed , showing that around 88 Australians were killed along with Indonesians, Brits, Americans and more.