If surfing is not your thing, how about a little adventure below the ocean waves? Scuba diving is just as popular as surfing in Bali and Kuta has many professional dive centres. All offer introductory and comprehensive open water courses and live aboard dive cruises, however the best dive sites are outside Kuta itself.
Nearby Tanjung Benoa and Sanur feature safe shallow reefs teeming with marine life and are perfect for beginners. More seasoned divers should book a package to the island of Nusa Lembongan or tranquil Amed on the east coast. There is even an underwater shipwreck to explore at Tulamben.
Theme parks in Kuta
Yet more wet and wild fun can be had in Kuta at the always popular Waterbom aqua park (website: www.waterbom-bali.com) located close to Kuta Square. There are numerous high speed water slides and wave pools surrounded by lush tropical gardens. There is a swim up cocktail bar, restaurants and a luxury spa for parents to enjoy.
It is the number one kid’s attraction in Kuta and the perfect escape on a rainy day. Other nearby attractions just a five minute stroll away include a go karting track, ten pin bowling and the hair raising Bali Slingshot reverse bungy jump.
Helicopter rides in Kuta
High fliers with a little money to spare can take to the air in style by helicopter. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Kuta’s dramatic coastline or a whistle stop tour of the entire island. Air Bali offers customised itineraries, taking in many breathtaking sights on 30-minute (from US$400) or hour-long tours as well as private charters (from US$1,400).
You can buzz over Bali’s emerald green rice terraces, the glistening black sands of Lovina or descend into the smoking caldera of Bali’s sacred volcano Mount Agung. The Sanur-Ubud-Tanah Lot-Seminyak tour is especially popular. (website: www.airbali.com).
Wine tours in Kuta
Surprisingly, Bali has a rich heritage of wine growing and is one of the most successful wine producers based in the tropics. A cultured day of wine tasting can be had at Kuta-based Hatten Wines (website: www.hattenwines.com). Learn all about Bali’s exotic red and white wines and join in with cookery demonstrations. Full day visits to the vineyards based in North Bali can also be arranged.
Escaping Kuta for the day
Downtown Kuta may feel like an urban jungle at times but just a short drive away is a lush landscape of rolling rice paddies, mangroves, coffee plantations and dense woodland. Here you can get back to nature while enjoying thrilling quad biking safaris or white water rafting, just 30 minutes away.
Guided treks on foot or by mountain bike are also a popular way to explore Bali’s hidden nature trails. These adventurous days out will also offer a colourful introduction to traditional rural life that seem a million miles away from hectic Kuta.