Kuta Beach’s central attraction is the beach itself, but there are a few other sites around that will allow you have some things to do in Kuta when you need a break for the sand and waves.
Kuta Beach Temples
Unlike some other beaches, Kuta doesn’t have a central temple but there are a number of charming puras all around the beach area. These temples are all active and are regularly visited by locals, and you can check them out yourself as well. They are most active in the early morning and at sundown. There are special occasions throughout the year when there may be special offerings. The temples can be quite beautiful, especially in the evening light.
Waterbom Bali is a waterpark that is perfect for people of all ages who want to cool off and experience some excitement while in Kuta. This is the major waterpark in Bali and there are plenty of slides to choose from. Friends and families will have a great time among the rides and games found here. The rides range from very small and gentle ones suitable for kids to more thrilling amusements for those wanting a bit of a rush. Waterbom is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located on Jalan Kartika.
Kuta Sea Turtle Conservation Site
Sea turtles have been threatened by human encroachment on their egg-laying beaches, but the workers at the Kuta Conservation Site have set up a wonderful hatchery to help protect them. June and July are the prime months for egg-hatching. The conservation workers and volunteers work to protect and then release the hatchlings while also educating visitors and locals about how they can help ensure that these turtles always have a home. The Kuta Sea Turtle Conservation Site is located on Jalan Pantai Kuta.
The Kuta Theater offers a fun and artistically impressive show each night at the Kuta Centre on Jalan Kartika Plaza. The shows tells an interesting and relevant story with both drama and humor, and the stage technology and magic are truly high-quality. It’s great entertainment for adults and kids alike. The performance is held at 8 p.m. and lasts about an hour.
Bali Shell Museum
The Bali Shell Museum has a fascinating collection of thousands of shells, rocks, and fossils from the tiny to the enormous. These items come not only from all around Indonesia but from around the globe. The museum occupies at three-story building and is sure to entertain both passionate shell collectors and the most unfamiliar traveler. Some of the displays are very impressive and a few have even been made into artwork. The museum is located on Jalan Sunset Road and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sari Wisata Budaya
One of the best ways to appreciate traditional Balinese art is to take it in via the gorgeous cultural performances available around the island. Sari Wisata Buaya is a great theater not far from Kuta Beach wear expert dancers exhibit their talents in Barong and other dance shows. Each performance tells a story, which is always given to the audience prior to the show so that you can follow along. With beautiful costumes, fine music, and awe-inspiring moves, don’t pass up an opportunity to see of these morning shows, which begin at 9:30 a.m. and typically last an hour. Sari Wisata Budaya is in Suwung Kauh, a village boarding Kuta.
The Buddhist temple of Vihara Dharmayana is a beautiful structure which features wonderful Chinese designs amidst its peaceful spiritual atmosphere. Situated on Jalan Singosari, this temple is a gorgeous place to visit and photograph. It is a little over two hundred years old.