SurfingKuta is a well known destination amongst surfing enthusiasts. A long sandy beach with a lack of dangerous rocks or coral, makes the area attractive for beginners.
* Bali Learn To Surf is Bali's first professional surf school and they have an office at the Hard Rock Hotel, as well as a beach presence. Offers equipment in good condition and premises for a surfing introduction in calm water at the swimming-pool of the Hard Rock Hotel. An introductory lesson costs US$39, lasts 2.5 hours and students are offered hotel transfers and fresh water. A 3-day course costs US$99, and five day courses include a "surfari" to other surfing spots for US$190.
* Some of the surf dudes in the shops also offer private lessons. They are considerably cheaper than the surf schools but just as good. Many of the dudes have been working for the schools or do it on the side. You cant find them on the web so you should look around. One good one is the "Sion Surf Shop" on Poppies I, around 400m from the beach.
* There are several surf shops on Poppies II which all seem to be much of a muchness. Friendly local surfer dudes will happily chat wth you about the waves, offer to fix a ding, rent you a board and sell you just about anything surf-related.
* It is also possible to rent equipment from locals on the beach for between Rp 20,000 and Rp 80,000 per half day. If you rent from the same guys for a few consecutive days you will almost certainly get a better price. The equipment quality is lower than fo the formal outlets. The surfers on the beach can also give you some basic lessons, and look after your stuff while you are in the water, but if this is your first experience of surfing it is safer to use a surf school or private lessons before heading out on your own.
* Be careful when you rent on a beach, some boards are in such a poor condition that you are very lucky if you don't break it. And that is what some guys who operate the rental business are looking for, make you break it and then pay it. So choose only the boards that look in good condition, otherwise you may get ripped. Prices are actually closer to 40-100000 for one hour. If you want to rent for a few days, rather use www.rentasurfboard.com, price is 7 USD a day (100000 rp), better deal, the boards are usually in very good condition and the local guy who handles the business is really a good guy.
There are Spas by the dozen, and as Kuta is the most competitive place in Bali, prices are the lowest (as is the quality of experience). Shop around and ask for package discounts. Take a look at the place first and do not allow yourself be talked into something by touts. A well known spa is Villa de Daun on Jalan Legian. Many hotels have their own in-house spas or partner with a local operator.
Enjoy the sunset. In the evenings plenty of people head down to the beach or seaside cafes to watch the wonderful sunset. Be in place by about 5:30PM, for a sunset between 6:15 and 6:45.
* Paradiso Bowling Centre, Jl Kartika Plaza No8X, +62 361 758880 (email@example.com), 6PM-11PM daily. An 18 lane bowling centre. Large number of pool and snooker tables as well. Rp 27,000 per game.
* Waterbom Park, Jl Kartika Plaza (opposite Discovery Shopping Mall), +62 361 755676, 9AM-6PM daily. This is one of the biggest water theme parks in Asia and is within easy walking distance from Kuta beach. Your children will love you for spending some time here. Adults US$23, under-12s US$13, good value 2 and 3 day passes available.