Bali has already known as one of the favorite tourist destinations globally. In the previous articles, there have been a lot of tourism objects discussed, especially natural objects like mountains, lakes, or beaches. Amongst the beaches, there is one famous name which is not yet discussed; Kuta Beach. No one doubts this beach’s worldwide reputation as the best beach for holiday. Almost all tourists who come to visit Bali must have visited this beach. Having holiday in Bali without visiting this white sand beach is indeed incomplete. Kuta Beach has been becoming a famous icon of Bali Island.
Before discussing the tractions of this beach, let us glance at its history first. At the beginning, before Kuta Beach was famous as tourism object, this beach is a trading port. Here, the yields of Balinese were sold to the merchants from various origins. In the 19th century, a Danish merchant named Mads Lange came to Bali and built his trading headquarter in Kuta. It was the beginning of the development of this area. After that, Hugh Mahbett also wrote a book entitled “Praise to Kuta” which disenchanted the local residents about their land’s potential and encourage them to anticipate the upcoming tourist “invasion” to Bali. As the time goes by, many tourism facilities were built such as hotel, restaurant, and so on.
The main attracting power of Kuta Beach is of course the stunning panorama which is enchanted by the sparkling clear white sand. This area is located on the west side of Bali Island, so it is a perfect area for observing the sunset. In the morning, Kuta Beach is visited by tourists searching for fresh air or doing jogging. In the daytime, the tourists usually gather around the beach to enjoy the panorama while sun bathing under the warm tropic sun. The surfers spend their time by trying to ride on the challenging waves of Kuta Beach. If you are interested in trying this sport, you should have no worries because there are a lot of surfboard rentals and surfing course which can help you learning the techniques of surfing in no time. By spending around 50 thousand – 150 thousand IDR per hour, you can have both services. Under the guidance of the instructor, you will only need around 30 minutes for being able to squirm on your surfboard, or at the very least stand up steadily on your surfboard. In the afternoon, just like mentioned earlier, the tourists will flock into the beach to wait for the sunset to come. The tourists can enjoy sunset not only from the beach or shore, they also can do it while having meal in the restaurants or observing from their hotel room. This crowd does not stop until there because at night the atmosphere will be merrier since the tourists will flock into interesting places around the beach such as café, restaurants, clubs, and so on. We can always see that this town never falls asleep.
Although the beach’s waves and current is relatively not dangerous, the safety of the tourists must always be kept. Hence, Kuta Beach is guarded by at least 40 coast guards. These men in red and yellow have a duty to watch over the risky areas around the beach. With complete equipments, three jet skis, and six boats, they are always ready to help and rescue if something wrong happens.
As the center of Bali’s tourism, Kuta indeed has complete facilities. You can easily find various hotels, inns, department stores, pubs, spas, and many more. For shopping activities, it is not only limited to the modern and updated items. You can always find Balinese typical souvenirs which are sold in almost every corner of this region. Same with the food. You can find international culinary until the tasty and unique local taste.
In the long holiday season, the occupancy rate of the hotels in this area can reach 90 until 100 percent. The times are Juli-Agustus (full of domestic, Australia, Eropa tourists); end of November – middle of January (Indonesia & Australia); March – April (Russia & Japan). If you want to stay around Kuta area within those holiday season, you may need to book a room from a long time!
From Ngurah Rai International Airport, Kuta Beach can be accessed in approximately 10 – 15 minutes. There is no entrance ticket for visiting this beach. However, no big public transportation vehicles are allowed to pass the nearby areas. So, if you want to go here, you can use taxi, car pool, personal vehicles, or if your hotel is quite near, you can go there on foot. If you want to go around without taxi, you can also rent personal vehicles such as bike/scooter, car, until bicycle.