Photo: Chilling out at the beach.

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The hassle on Kuta beach, Bali

I enjoy going to the beach — even if it is Kuta Beach. I love the people watching, the smell of sunscreen and the general feeling there are about 50 things I really should be doing while I’m laying around doing none of them. For me, it’s a relaxing time out and makes for very good thinking ... Read more about The hassle on Kuta beach, Bali .

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Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta
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There’s a new kid on the Bali mall block, and, for a mall, it’s rather pretty. We’ll put aside arguments about what our beachside Bali dream might be for now and look at the curvy new Beachwalk, across from Kuta beach, for what it aims to be. In summary, if we absolutely had to have a mall beachside, it may actually be quite like this ... Read more about Beachwalk .

Learn to surf in Bali

It’s been a full 24 hours since I finished my three-day Learn to Surf course and I’ve got most of the sand out of my ears, the abrasions on my knees are healing and I can just about move without wincing. Better still I can ride a wave all the way into the beach without completely embarrassing myself and best of all, I’m a good deal closer than ever before to being able to ... Read more about Learn to surf in Bali .

Bali Bombing Memorial
Jalan Legian near Poppies II, Kuta

On October 12, 2002, three terrorist bombs were detonated in Bali. This memorial pays tribute to the 202 victims of the devastating ... Read more about Bali Bombing Memorial .

Kuta Beach

While by no means Bali’s most beautiful beach, Kuta Beach starts towards the south near the airport and stretches uninterrupted for kilometres. There are about a gazillion deckchairs and umbrellas along with some shaded areas. In Kuta and Legian where most people choose to hang out on the beach, beach vendors do a roaring trade selling food and drinks and renting out surfboards. Masseuses also ... Read more about Kuta Beach .


Prices are negotiable at these shops and it is an art to extract the best price from the seller. Tactics used by the seller may include calling their mates over to have a laugh at your offer, telling you that they will go bankrupt, faking disgust at your offer and a range of other manoevres to convince you that you are off the mark. However, patience is usually rewarded with some very good ... Read more about Shopping .

Waterbom Park

It’s a bit tedious, the kicking off portion of organising yourself at Waterbom Park: the lining up, the entrance fee payment (phone lines were down for Amex when we were there), the paying for the splash tag (a barcode-marked bracelet that lets you pay for stuff without your wallet), the getting changed, the hiring a locker… But once you’re ready, the well organised, well run Waterbom, set ... Read more about Waterbom Park .

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Kuta? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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