Don’t tell me you’ve been to Bali, if you haven’t visited Kuta Beach Bali. This tourist spot has become an icon of beach tourism in Bali. Kuta Beach is not only known by domestic tourists, but also very well by foreign tourists.
This tourist spot on the southern coast of Bali Island has extraordinary beauty. The coastline is 2 km long and is curved like a crescent moon. The expanse of white sand, the waves typical of the south coast and rows of coconut trees are sights that you must capture with the camera.
Being an icon of Bali tourism, this beach has received special attention from the local government. Various supporting facilities are built here, ranging from restaurants, inns, bars, souvenir shops to rental places for various equipment for water sports.
Entering the Kuta Beach area, you will see many tourists passing by with surfboards. This tourist spot is known as one of the best locations for this water sport, for both beginner and professional surfers. Not infrequently this beach is also used as the location for national and international surfing competitions.
Towards dusk, this tourist spot is increasingly crowded with tourists. It is said that Kuta Beach has the nickname ‘Sunset Beach’, as a match for Sanur Beach which is known as the ‘Sunrise Beach’. The sunset view on Kuta Beach has been recognized by many tourists who come here.
To be able to enjoy the beauty of this tourist spot, you are free of charge. It’s just that if you bring a private vehicle, you need to pay a parking fee of around 5,000 Rupiah. This price is of course very cheap for a beach as beautiful as Kuta Beach.
- 1 History of Kuta Beach
- 2 What can be done at Kuta Beach?
- 3 What else is interesting about Kuta Beach?
History of Kuta Beach
Who would have thought that this tourist spot that was never empty of tourists was a quiet village away from the crowds. This beach in Kuta was originally only a trading port and a place for fishing boats to land after fishing.
From the traders who came, the beauty of this beach began to sound wide. People who originally came for buying and selling purposes began to take advantage of their arrival to also have a vacation and enjoy the beauty of this beach in South Bali.
Hugh Mahbett, a writer, has published a book entitled Praise to Kuta. This book contains about the natural beauty in Kuta and an invitation to residents around Kuta to build all supporting facilities on this beach. According to him, Kuta Beach will become a favorite tourist destination for many people because of its beauty.
What can be done at Kuta Beach?
There are many activities and interesting things you can do at Kuta Beach. Here are some things that you should not miss while in this tourist spot:
Enjoy the moment the sun goes down
There is no need to doubt the beauty of the sunset on Kuta Beach. Enjoying the sunset while accompanied by coconut ice and roasted corn is certainly an interesting experience. Don’t forget to prepare a camera to capture this moment.
Starting from a massage to put on a temporary tattoo
Sunbathing on Kuta Beach is certainly not a strange thing for tourists. Along the coast, you will see many who do this ‘sunbathing’ either lying on a beach lounge chair or even on a makeshift mat on the beach sand. If sunbathing is not enough, try calling a masseuse who has prepared around the beach.
Besides massage, there are other interesting things for you to try, hair braids and temporary tattoos. While relaxing enjoying the beach view, you can let your hair be braided by Balinese women who sell hair braiding services. While on vacation, there’s nothing wrong with trying a different hairstyle, right?
Want to know what it feels like to have a tattoo? In this tourist spot, you can tattoo your body without fear of regretting it later. The ink used for these tattoos is only temporary and can disappear within a few days. There are many patterns and images on offer, from calligraphy of your name to pictures of animals and flowers.
Don’t waste your chance at one of the best surfing locations in the world. Immediately rent surfing equipment and start conquering the famous waves of Kuta Beach. If you are not good at surfing, you can hire a coach at once. Besides surfing, another extreme sport that you can try is bungy jumping. Wow, this Kuta Beach is exciting.
Culinary tourism is always a fun part of a vacation. Here, you can enjoy seafood specialties in a place that suits you. There are lots of places to eat around Kuta Beach, from expensive restaurants to food stalls at more affordable prices. The menu? Of course, typical seafood dishes ranging from crab, shrimp to various processed fish. For drinking, coconut ice is definitely very suitable to be enjoyed in the heat of this beach.
But make no mistake, on this beach there are several malls, one of which is Beachwalk Kuta Mall. What is not common about this mall is that most parts of the mall are outdoor. So for those of you who live in the capital city, you should also try this mall, because it is no less cool than the concept of a capital mall.
Hunt for souvenirs
Around Kuta Beach there are many souvenir shops. You can find various beautiful knick-knacks made of shells and starfish here. This locally made souvenir is already global, you know. Many of these Balinese handicrafts have been exported to other continents such as Europe and America.
What else is interesting about Kuta Beach?
Apart from being a popular tourist spot, it turns out that in this coastal area there is also a turtle sanctuary. Not far from the beach, there is a giant turtle-shaped building in which there is sand for incubating turtle eggs. The type of turtle that is here is olive ridley or lekang turtle which is currently classified as rare.
The most interesting thing is the activity of releasing hatchlings or baby turtles into the high seas. There is no definite schedule for this activity, whenever the eggs hatch, they will immediately be released into the sea. The release of the hatchlings involves any tourist who wants to join. Each participant will line up and each carry a plastic box containing a hatchling. Then simultaneously, they released the hatchlings. Interested in joining?
The release time for hatchlings is usually at 16:45. This is because the birds, which are the main predators of hatchlings, will find it difficult to see the hatchlings at this hour.
Ground Zero Monument
Not far from Kuta Beach there is a familiar monument. The original name of Ground Zero Monument is Panca Continent Monument, but many call it Ground Zero. This is a monument built to commemorate the victims of the Bali I bombing that occurred on 12 October 2002. This monument was inaugurated exactly two years after the tragedy.
At the bottom of the monument is a list of names of victims. Every October 12, this monument is visited by many families and friends of victims for commemoration and flower-sowing events.
This monument is located on the land of Paddy’s Café which used to be the location of the explosion, precisely on Jalan Legian which is the center of entertainment in Kuta.
Transportation and accommodation
Kuta Beach is located on the southern part of Bali’s coast, or administratively located in Badung Regency. This tourist spot is about 12 km from Ngurah Rai International Airport and can be accessed by taxi.
There are a lot of lodgings around Kuta Beach, ranging from hostels commonly used by backpackers to star hotels with the best quality services.
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