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Kuta Beach in Bali is the fulcrum of attractions in this region that located on the western side of the island and known as the most precious tourist destination on the island. Ngurah Rai International Airport is very close to the beach giving you easy access to it. There are a number of resorts near the beach which would give you inimitable views of the beach and the turquoise blue. Earlier, the beach was quite rustic and people used to do fishing here as it was the daily routine of the locals and later it started reforming and now it reached the glorious heights of being the most visited beach in Indonesia.
The accommodations, restaurants, shopping locations, and the beautiful surrounding are the reason why it could attract more people toward the white sandy beach loved by the azure water all the time.
Highlights: Kuta Beach never disappointed the visitors coming every year and during the peak season that is from July to August, and Christmas and New Year the beach is fully-booked by travelers.
Activities: Beachgoers would love the appreciable beauty of Kuta and its welcoming attitude to surfing and it owes its development to the visitors from Australia. The sunset views from the beach are simply adorable and the lines created on the edge of the beach by the swaying coconut trees bring in more charm to the white shore.
The nightlife, the parties and the leisurely spots near the beach keep the tourists entertained and vibrant throughout and that may be the reason behind why the beach is called the Mecca of beaches in Indonesia.
You will get an easy shopping on the streets of Kuta without harming your pockets at 100% genuine fake shop. The shop offers not even a single product displayed is a brand that is genuine but all are genuinely fake, 100% genuine fake shop it is. The tourists arrive in Kuta considers it to be one of the must do activities as it extends immense pleasure to stroll around buy items at ridiculously a cheaper rate.
But shopping here would be enough fun and never attempt to bargain or you might be thrown out of the shop by the owner. There are pick up services if you are stuck in finding the shop.
Location: Situated at Kuta Badung and can be accessed by any local road transport.
A buzzing enclave of food stalls that extend some rare fragrance of delicious food, other grilled food items, shops and busy roads with tourists and tourism workers is Kuta Night Market that opens its eyes nearly in the evening every day and goes on until early morning. The cheapest food in Bali would be available at the street food shops here but offering the best taste ever. Most of the tourists find the food awesome here and you can stroll around to find some authentic traditional restaurants as well.
The market is comparatively small with limited stalls selling clothes and other items. Those who love to take a leisurely night amidst people but without much traffic and buzzes, Kuta night market will be a good option.
Highlights: Asian and Indonesian food items are served at many of the restaurants here and they are awesomely tasty. If you love to try some delicious and traditional food styles, then choose any restaurants from the market and have a relaxed dining experience.
Timing: Starts at 06:00 pm usually and goes on until midnight.
Prices: Meals will be available at a price range starts at 15000 to 25000 Rp.
Location: Jl Blambangan, Kuta, Indonesia.
Jalan Legian Street a.k.a Legian Street is one of the most crowded, flamboyant areas in Kuta. It is the principal walking street located at the most popular beach resort area. It arrays a variety of good shops, bars, hotels and clubs on either side. Kuta and Seminyak are connected by this street. Shoppers or stroll lovers can be found anytime on the street, be it daytime or night. The street becomes lively around 11:00 pm and the roads will be buzzed and filled with enormous traffic till 4:00 am.
Legian Street is a great place for partying and socializing. The shops on the sides will give you countless options to buy colourful stuff but the initial price tags given by the shopkeepers would be inflated. But you can get them at a feasible price after decent bargaining.
Highlights: Daytime shopping centers and night time dining spots are the predominant places brimming with a huge crowd always. The spas and massage shops also will welcome you with a warm heart to experience the best therapies available in Bali. In addition to these, there are major outlets of famous brands where you can buy things at the retail price.
You can visit the Ground Zero Monument which is situated at the southern end of the street. Or else, you will be led to Kuta Beach which can give you an awesome time of leisure. Rip Curl Legian Surf Shop, the Kopi Pot in Bali, Mama’s German Restaurant in Bali, Five Monkeys Bali etc are some of the top notched shops, clubs and dining stations in Legian.
Timing: The Street will be opening its eyes around 11:00 pm at night and extends till it is early morning and this is one of the reasons why visitors love to stroll around Legian Market when they visit Bali.
Location: Legian is located in Kuta and between Kuta and Seminyak. You can reach there from the airport by a prepaid taxi and the drive will take around 20 minutes.
Mal Bali Galeria is a large shopping complex centrally located at the SimpangDewaruci landmark and roundabout in Kuta. The sprawling shopping and entertainment complex boasts a ‘family mall’ concept, carrying a slogan of ‘enjoy, play, eat, shop’ making it the perfect one stop destination for a perfect family weekend at the mall. This mall has gained immense popularity as one of the favourites amongst locals and visitors.
Apart from shopping and dining, Mal Bali Galeria is also a popular relaxation venue where different eventskeep popping up on its calendar of events. These mostly occur in its massive foyer referred to as the ‘dome’ with a stunning central fountain.
Location: Jalan Bypass NgurahRai, SimpangDewaRuci, Kuta
Timings: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
If you’re looking for incredibly handcrafted high-quality gold and silver items boasting elaborate and intricate designs then Celuk Village is where you have to be. This is Bali’s major centre for goldsmiths and silversmiths. The main road of Jalan Raya Celuk is lined up with galleries and workshops.
Almost all of the households in the village are homes to jeweller families and each Celuk villager possesses artistic skills in developing and executing intricate designs and varying patterns.
You can visit this destination during the day and spend your day marveling at the process of designing elaborate items, learn the process and witness art in the making up close. You can also purchase the items directly from the households.
Right from beautiful jewelry, silver spoons, small curious and much more Celuk Village is your one stop shop for everything gold and silver.
Location: Jalan Raya Celuk, Sukawati, Gianyar
Kuta Square is like the Times Square of Bali, a delightful and abundant shopping arcade with lines of stores, café’s and throngs of tourists filling the streets. This two-way avenue is flanked by rows of fashion outlets, hypermarkets, departmental stores, and plenty of dining options.
You will come across surf retail outlets and top-ranging sports brands as well as famous name brands. Designer items such as Armani, Gucci, Versace and Donna Karan New York highlight the street sides with posters and mannequins in glass displays. Local quality brands such as Animale, Milo’s and Body & Soul can also be found here. Local jewellers such as Suarti and high-end batik outlets also offer unique items to visitors.
Location: JalanBakung Sari, Kuta
Timings: 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Circus Water Park Bali is the first family theme park in Bali and it is located close to Ngurah Ra airport. There are multiple fun rides exclusively for kids as well as adults. Wave slider, Spiral Slider and Speed Spiral Slider are for adults while Pinisi Boat, Mini Spiral Slider, Spill Bucket, Mini Speed Racer and water plaza are for kids. There are four extensive pools with pure water and proper safety. The park is an authentic station for those who love to have some adrenaline pumping activities with the family.
Highlights: The park is not big as other water parks but it is a great spot to enjoy special occasions like Birthday parties for kids. The circus clowns found in the park extend the happiest time your kid can have at the park.
Entry tickets:-Adults- US $ 8.50 and for children up to 12 years: US $ 4.50.
-Star Package (25 kids minimum) - Rp. 99000/kid
-Sun Package (25 kids minimum) – Rp. 89000/kid
Timing: Monday to Sunday: 09:00 am to 06:00 pm.
Location: Jalan Raya Kediri. It is located about 5 minutes away from Ngurah Rai Airport.
An important water theme park in Bali is Waterbom Waterpark which is lying amidst lush green forest and equipped with multiple fun and adventurous rides extending happiness to adults as well as kids. It is termed to be an indescribable oasis amidst the extensive stretch of Kuta beach. The water slides inside the park are quite amusing. They will slice through a huge area of 3.8 hectares that provide complete entertainment for kids as well as adults, equally.
There are 101 ways to enjoy your time in complete thrill both on land and in water. This is a perfect choice for families as all the rides are safe and enjoyable. You can choose to dine out at cafes and this park is a one-stop entertainment capital of Bali.
Highlight: The park uses only advanced salt chlorination water which is soft to the environment as well as on your skin. Twin Racers, Smash Down 20, Fast and Fierce, Double Twists, Green Vipers, Pipe Line, Lazy River, Super Bowl, Boomerang etc are the most liked rides in the park with enormous fun and thrill hidden inside. Both adults and kids can equally enjoy these rides since all of the meet the international safety standards.
The total package includes admission ticket, express entrance, prioritize Gazebo booking, towel, digital photos, lunch and 1 activity. It costs IDR 880 for adults and IDR 750 for kids.
Location: Jl. Kartika, Tuban, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia.
With an aim to protect the tiny eggs and thus increase the hatching rates of sea turtles started Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Programme Started almost 17 years ago. It was started by Mr. Agung and Wayan with 1 sea turtle nest which was protected with bamboo placed around the nest.
There are Turtle Rangers to patrol the beach during the night to give the mother sea turtles safe place on the shore to lay eggs and go back to the ocean. They relocate the eggs to the hatchery at Kuta and wait for the next 45-60 days to get the eggs developed and hatched. When the eggs are hatched, the conservationists will return them to the natural habitat immediately.
Highlights: Currently, tourists are also becoming part of the conservation programme hugely as the awareness about protecting these animals has gained prominence around the island. People can join the release of the baby turtles to the ocean so that they can spread the word to others and bring more people in order to be a member of the conservation team and protect more sea turtles like this.
In 2012 and 2013, the authorities say that they could collect more than 50000 eggs safely and relocated them to the hatchery. Around 80% of them were hatched and released to the ocean.
Timings: The nesting season on the beach is from March to September every year and the hatching season is from April to October. The nesting dates can be altered as the baby turtles will be hatched naturally when they are ready. During the months of June, July, August and September, the baby turtles will be released almost every day.
If you visit Kuta during these months, you may be able to take part in this mind blowing social activity.
Things to remember: When you visit the conservation centre, try not to touch the baby turtles or not to take photos of them with flashes on in order to protect their eyesight.
Location: The beach is located a few minutes away from the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Tuban.
Very close to the famous Jimbaran Beach is Kedonganan Beach which is famous for authentic seafood delicacies and relaxed resort stay with a bewitching view of the ocean. The extremely beautiful white sandy beach with a slope along with the regular remembrance of the calm waves to the shore is ideal for a perfect sunset view or a leisurely walk.
The multiple restaurants offering different types of seafood will be quite buzzed every afternoon by the enlarged crowd of tourists and locals. Another attraction is the fish market where fresh fish caught by the fishermen can be purchased.
Highlights: The romantically shining restaurants are the irresistible attraction on the beach where you get lip-smacking grilled seafood items and the dining settings that offer you the best sunset views are quite beautiful.
Activities: Swimming, sunbathing, fishing etc are the favourite activities of tourists arriving at the beach. But a relaxed walk on the shore watching the calm waves slowly approaching the white sandy beach is something even more appreciable.
Opening hours: You can visit the beach any time you would like to but most of the seafood restaurants will be opened around 04:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.
Location: Jalan Pantai Kedonganan, South Kuta
Those who love to watch n number of cartoons or wish to show your kids something vary “cartoonic”, then you should visit Museum Kartun in Kuta, Bali. This is the first cartoon museum in the Indonesian archipelago. You can watch different cartoon works from world famous cartoonists like Pramono R Pramoedjp, Dwi Koendoro, GM Sufarta etc along with some young cartoonists. The displays are varying on themes ranging from mild, imaginative themes to the relevant problems around the world.
The place is used for meetings and interactions too in order to spread the importance of exhibiting ideas through different modes in the current scenario.
Opening hours: The museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm.
Entry fee: You can enter the museum by paying entrance fee of Rp 20000
Location: Jl. Sunset Road No.85, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia.
An aircraft abandoned in the middle of a town in Kuta has been a continues topic of curiosity and discussion among the tourists and locals for a long time and now it acts as an attraction with unproven mysteries roaming around. The abandoned aircraft is an old Boeing 737 plane which was abruptly placed in between two houses and now Google maps even show this craft.
Some people used to say the owner of the plane had left it there to have an original home in it while some others said that the owner wanted the craft to be a tourist attraction but when he ran out of money he just left it there and moved away. An interesting fact that was noticed was that its turbines were boarded up by wood in order to prevent people from finding its engines are missing.
Location: It is placed at Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, Jimbaran. From the airport to Nusa Dua, you can take the left wing and 500 meters from the Benoa Square and right beside Dunkin Donuts is this mysterious aircraft.
Art lovers would drop in to enjoy the sights at Kendra Gallery, the great representative of the art in Seminyak. There are lively works on display, exhibitions and interactive sessions with the creators of the artwork. It came into existence with the aim of entertaining and encouraging the contemporary artists of Indonesia as well as international regions. Its mission is to foster dialogue via the presentation of a different culture from all around the world.
It was opened in 2008 and it has conducted many exhibitions of established artists along with the works of upcoming talents, thus welcoming a mutual feedback and support for the both generations and genres of brilliant artists. Kendra Gallery is the child of art lover Bruno Wauters and now it serves as a meeting place and workspace option for villa guests.
Highlights: The gallery located away from the hectic traffic is amidst the leafy garden setting and this courtyard is the host of exhibition evening where guests would love to sit and enjoy the beauty of the gallery and its surroundings. The composition of the courtyard may change according to the theme of the exhibition. The entrance of the gallery is beautified by the al fresco terrace layout of the Deus Café and inside there is the gorgeous showroom named velocita bohemienne.
Speed House, it is fondly called, is where a lot off items are shown off- from vintage dirt-track racing helmets to photo frames filled pop art wall. The main attraction is the vintage bikes. Paintings and wall art are popular along with the traditional street art of Indonesia being represented well through the paintings. The gallery possesses a unique collection of puppetry as well.
The collections inside the gallery depict the artistic brilliance of over 70 artists who gained fame nationally and internationally through oil paintings and other types of wall arts and paintings. Installations, artistic creations made in other materials etc bring together an amazing range of art and culture.
Opening hours: The gallery is open on all days 24 hours.
Location: JI. Drupadi No. 88B Basangkasa, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 40294, Indonesia
The Ground Zero Memorial or Monument was opened in order to pay tribute to those who killed during the massive bomb explosions happened in Kuta in 2002. It came into existence in the year of 2004, on October 12. During the bomb explosion led by Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist group, three types of bombs were used claiming 202 lives including people from Australia in a large number, from Bali and other 20 nationalities.
People from different parts of the world come to the memorial to mourn the death of their friends and relatives.
Structure of the Monument: The monument exhibits the name of all those who died during the bombing and there are 22 flagpoles arrayed near the stone that represent the 22 nationalities of people who lost their lives. Also, there is a pool with a fountain in front of it. People come every year from different nations to commemorate the death of their beloved and pray for their souls.
But currently, the condition of the monument is worse as it was not maintained well and cleaned. The pool has green algae in it and diminished the beauty. The flagpoles are empty and the beautiful stone carving decayed by mould. But people hope the Government will retain the monument since it is the major place where people from all over the world will come every year to pay tribute.
Location: The monument is located in the center of Kuta. Walk east from Kuta Beach for 10 minutes approximately and then you are at the monument. You can also visit the Beach Walk Mall, the Bali Sea Turtle Society etc near.
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