Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Kuta, Bali's most popular holiday destination, is situated in southern Bali and is renowned for its fantastic surf beaches. Offering a multitude of accommodation options including family friendly, luxury and budget hotels, all resorts are conveniently located within walking distance to shopping, dining and entertainment. Kuta is also renowned for its vibrant nightlife and party reputation which draws throngs of young travellers on holidays every year. Probably one of the best beachfronts in all of Bali, the 5 km of beach that stretch along the island are immaculate and quite safe. This is also the best place to view Bali's breathtaking sunsets. Bali's top 3 activities are shopping, surfing and partying but there are also a great range of tours and attractions available. If you're up for a bit of adventure, Kuta is a surfing hot spot and with no dangerous rocks or coral, it's also a great place to learn. However if that sounds like a bit too much effort, Kuta is positively packed with day spas and enjoys some of the most competitive prices in Bali. Relaxing aromatherapy massages, body exfoliations and refreshing spa treatments are just a few dollars and are an excellent way to unwind while on holidays. Bali is famous for its discount holiday shopping but Kuta is the island's biggest and best when it comes to surfwear, sportswear and big brands. Some of the biggest names are available at heavily discounted prices 30-50% cheaper than anywhere else. Bali has a tropical monsoon climate and as it is located just south of the equator, the weather is generally fairly mild. Divided into two distinct seasons, November to March is the wet season while the weather is drier and therefore more pleasant for holiday travellers from April to October. Maximum summer temperatures reach 30°C (86°F) with sea breezes keeping things cooler, especially at night. With a dense population, Kuta is a bustling island best navigated on foot and in metred taxis. Motorbikes are also available for hire and if you're feeling game, you can also hitch a ride on the back of a local scooter. Known as ojeks in the native tongue, these scooters are a quick and cost effective way to get around the island and while providing an authentic Bali experience, these scooters aren't for everyone.