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“Good and bad and even tasteless in Kuta”
Review of Kuta Beach - Bali

Kuta Beach - Bali
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Beginner Surfing Lesson at Kuta Beach
Ranked #11 of 111 things to do in Kuta
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Narbonne, France
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“Good and bad and even tasteless in Kuta”
Reviewed May 16, 2014

We were anxious about the weather before we reached Bali, it was forecast for March as very stormy. In reality there was an occasional short heavy shower, and the temperature was always warm. The rain was never a problem, don't be deterred from going at that time of year.

The currents of the sea wash some awful rubbish onto Kota beach; it's okay on the beach itself, but in the water, what a horror, rubbish everywhere. If you want to swim, go to another side of the island; it's okay for surfing at Kuta.

On the beach the locals have impromptu bars, very nice to sit there for a while; you'll be prey to all the roving sellers, who are polite but persistent.

That same persistence is evident throughout all the roads and alleys of the town, both roving street peddlers and shop keepers too. Viagra, anything you can imagine, and a few things you wouldn't want to imagine. It does get tedious. It won't stop us going back, but it's a severe drawback.

Everything is cheaply priced, and most of it is poor quality. Fake branding is everywhere. Don't try to take anything back, this street trader (in my photo) was quite nasty when I went back within 24 hours with an item which had just fallen apart.

The locals are very charming, but not all those selling are locals, so be very discerning.

It's probably not a very nice place for women travelling on their own, or just with other women, unless you are very assertive.

The White Rose is a nice retreat, centrally placed, if your budget stretches that far.

Have I made it sound too awful? I hope not, because there's enough there to make it very enjoyable; maybe we were expecting too much, and arriving from Sydney with all its cleanliness & charm, we were initially disappointed. Unlike a visit to Thailand, where one can enjoy the local culture, in this part of Bali you just accept the merging of Indonesian charm with the more tasteless aspects of "Western" living.

Watch out for the entry & exit visa costs, they like to grab solid foreign currency whenever possible. You really do need that in cash.

Visited March 2014
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“Over rated dirty Bali”
Reviewed May 15, 2014

Any money changer with a higher than normal rate is a cheat, they will keep half or more than half in a trick, I caught them twice and had an argument with them. I found vast majority if people from taxi drivers to tour operators, and shopkeepers, most of them are cheats and are only active in there best effort to take as much out of tourists, hated the place after spending a week in Bali. Never coming again.

Visited May 2014
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“White Sand Carpet with layers of Blue”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

The beach in itself is a combination of multi colour blue and pure white sand where sun will TAN you and water will chill u up.

Visited April 2014
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“Not a relaxing place”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

The moment you step into the sand , they start to bug you to buy what ever it is they have to sell .
Unfortunately , there is not escaping it :(
Sad really, because it's a loverly beach, a mass of white sand, stretching as far as the eye can see!

Visited May 2014
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“Kuta ”
Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

This is a great beach
Plenty to do besides swimming and surfing
Watch out for the hawkers, they want to sell you anything and everything

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