live, love, laugh. Just the way I like it.
There is something about the island that keeps us coming back for more. It was my second trip to Bali but this time around, it was with the girls and it couldn't have been more fun! There are so many things to do in Kuta that can keep you busy from early in the morning to late at night.
Where to stay?
Kuta attracts plenty of backpackers and travelers from all walks of life. Stretching across a long beach front, you will see plenty of budget hotels and inns in Kuta itself (only 15-20 mins away from Ngurah Rai Airport, Denpasar), so don't fret if you have no place to stay.
We arrived at Masa Inn, located right smack in the heart of Kuta, in Poppies Lane I.
It is by far one of the best budget stays I have visited, you can read reviews from Trip Advisor here.
We got a triple room on the second floor at Masa Inn that comes with an attached balcony overlooking the entrance.
While we enjoy going to the beach, there is also a swimming pool for us to take a dip after a long walk around the island. In total, we paid 700,000 rupiah (less than RM 250 per person) for 4 days 3 nights, which is very reasonable. All in with breakfast for three :)
A room can be easily booked via their website here or through call ins.
What to do?
Instead of limiting yourself to a fixed itinerary, it is always fun to list down places you have in mind before touring the island and at the same time play it by ear.
There are countless things to do in Kuta from surfing to sunbathing, shopping to partying and sight seeing.
One thing to note though, when you are at Kuta beach always be prepared to say NO! Otherwise you will be bombarded by the locals and 'kakaks' trying to sell you all kinds of accessories, hair braiding services, mani/pedi, and body massages.
Eventually we gave in for a short pampering time while getting a well deserved tan =P
It may have been a little claustrophobic for me because the roads were tiny and streets were filled with motorcycles, vans and tourists but we walked all over to explore the island.
They say, the best things are found by walking and exploring.
Shopping in Kuta is also a challenge because you learn to polish up your negotiating skills (if you know what I mean). Sun dresses, souvenirs, and accessories start from as low as MYR 3 if you do it right rofl
Nightlife in Kuta?
Apart from the great waves and the beach, Kuta has the best nightlife! Walk over to Legian and Poppies Lane II and you will see a whole stretch of clubs, bars and restaurants. Famous ones are Bounty and Sky Garden. From R&B to reggae and jazz, you will definitely find something to suit your style.
Sky Garden was packed as usual because of their awesome set up, different music on each floor.
Tip: Bring your passport along to get tourist discounts and free entrance.
There are also plenty of other nice places to chill outside of Kuta. Kudeta, known as the best lounge in Bali is located in Seminyak (about 20 mins drive away), do check their site (here) for upcoming events and parties before planning your night out.
Hard Rock Bali is also a must visit. Go there for live bands and a laid back night. We sang to Hotel California while sipping on more iced cold Bintang (local beer) and if you are feeling adventurous, head on over to Double Six in Legian. Take two shots and bungee jump! :)
It is a must to try the local delicacies like satay lilit (fish satay), kuih muih, nasi campur, and seafood (in Jimbaran especially!)
Live band singing to popular tunes like "Marry You" and other love songs on the beach at Jimbaran.
Other things you need to do
4 days just ain't enough to cover all the places to visit in Bali. Go for the spas and massages after a long day strolling and walking around. We also opted for a half day tour after our surfing lessons on day three.
Tanah Lot is one of the most popular tourist destinations. You have to visit this temple located on a rock when you are in Bali! It is about 45 mins drive away from Kuta and it has the most beautiful view, ever!
Thousands make their way up to offer their prayers while many like us go there for photos and sunset.
Another place that I love to visit is Jimbaran Bay, famous for its fine sand and seafood dinner.
Brought the girls there and they love it the moment they saw the tables and chairs laid out perfectly on the beach.
A good time to arrive is about 5pm just in time to grab a seat in one of the restaurants, place your order and enjoy the romantic sunset. Of course, we ate like gluttons because the food was so good! (try Restaurant Ganesha, that's where we went)
On our last day, we found some time to shop for last minute items and more fun in the sun.
This time, we made friends with the locals and 'kakaks'.
Of beaches, fun and magical Bali, till we meet again ;)