GUIDE FOR VISITING KUTA
When to go: Although it’s always a good time to visit Kuta, the dry season is best, between June and September. There’s less humidity, and it’s the
perfect time to go scuba diving, surfing and snorkelling.
What to eat: Indonesian food is a mix of different cuisines from nearby regions like Malaysia, China and southern India, with some European influences. Spices play a starring role, with ingredients like sambal, tamarind, turmeric, raw chillies and coconut milk taking centre stage. Some standout dishes are Nasi Goreng, a kind of fried rice with chicken, prawns, egg and spices, and Gado Gado salad, topped with steamed vegetables
and peanut sauce.
What to visit: There’s plenty to do in Kuta beyond the beach. Discover its architectural and cultural heritage at the Leeng Gwan Kuta Temple, which is over two centuries old. Or visit the tomb of Mads Lange—a 19th-century Danish explorer—on Jalan Tuan Lange, one of the most historic spots on the
island. You might also want to stop by the Bali Sea Turtle Society, a conservation group that works to rescue turtles.
What to buy: Kuta is the perfect place to go shopping, and the great Beachwalk Shopping Centre has everything, from international brands to typical Indonesian textiles and even local art. If you’re looking for something different and unique, check out Upcycle, which helps support the community by
selling items made from recycled materials.
A new addition: In a few months, the Sol House Bali Kuta resort will be joined by the Sol House Jimbaran, the third of the brand’s hotels in Bali. It’s a
newly constructed condo hotel complex with 178 rooms, expected to open this summer.