The white sands of Kuta are still arguably the best beachfront on Bali. The beach is much cleaner than just a few years ago, although the vendors remain annoying. Kuta is a booming Pacific resort and its streets are clogged with tourists and traffic during peak seasons. Legian is more of the same, just as crowded, but more suitable for longer stays, although in many ways it has become an extension of Kuta. Further north, Seminyak, Petitenget and Canggu offer more tranquility.
Kuta and Legian have long been surfing areas. The 6 km beach break stretching from Kuta to Petitenget has a range of waves. Speak to the experts at Kuta's surf shops: Jungle Surf, Rip Cud, Bali Barrel, Tubes and The Surf Shop. The owners are all avid surfers and have up-to-the-minute surfing reports and tide charts which are essential for negotiating the tricky currents.
The School of Surf JI. Double Six on the beach (next to the Soda Club) provides surfing lessons for the uninitiated. $35 for a one day lesson, Japanese and Australian instructors.
The currents at Kuta are extremely strong and the undertow is dangerous. Swimming is at your own risk. There are markers to indicate no-swim areas, but no sea markers to indicate safe distance from the beach. There are lifeguards at the Kuta Lifesaving Club at the end of JI. Pantai Kuta, but not along the beach. Drowning is not uncommon.
Bali's first water park, Waterbom on JI. Kartika Plaza, Tuban, is more than an amusement park with its variety of pools, "rides", and slides in a beautifully landscaped environment. Open 9 am-6 pm.
Location map of Water sports in Kuta-Legian
Last revised on December 15, 2009
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