first started visiting the fishing village of Kuta in the 60's
because of its beach, good surf, beautiful sunsets and relaxing
atmosphere. Since then, following continuous development, Kuta
has become Indonesia's most popular beach resort.
Now the main customers are not backpackers on a budget, but tourists
from Australia & Japan, on their annual vacation with money
to spend. Kuta is crammed with hotels, restaurants, shops, travel
agencies, etc, all focused on getting the tourist dollar or yen.
Ripping off is very common. Kuta is a noisy sprawling town, the
beach is crowded, un-relaxing with constant hassle from hawkers
and masseurs. However Kuta does have some good points, the best
conditions for low/intermediate surfing, great sunsets, a wide
range of accommodation, shopping, entertainment options at very
reasonable prices. Close to the airport, its convenient when
flying in/out of Bali.