Kuta & Legian in detail


Dangers & Annoyances

The streets and gang are usually safe but there are many annoyances. Touts offer Viagra and other tawdry diversions. You'll also grow weary of the cloying cries of 'massage?' and other dubious offers. But your biggest irritation will likely be the sclerotic traffic.

Alcohol Poisoning

There are ongoing reports of injuries and deaths among tourists and locals due to arak (colorless, distilled palm wine) being adulterated with methanol, a poisonous form of alcohol. Avoid free cocktails and any offers of arak.

Police Stations

Tourist Police Station

Tourist Police Post A second tourist police office right across from the beach; the officers have a gig that is sort of like a Balinese Baywatch.


Central Kuta Money Exchange This trustworthy place deals in numerous currencies. Has many locations, including a branch in Legian and counters inside some Circle K convenience stores.


Postal agencies that can send mail are common.

Main Post Office On a little road east of Jl Raya Kuta, this small and efficient post office is well practised in shipping large packages.

Tourist Information

There's no useful official tourist office. Places that advertise themselves as 'tourist information centres' are usually commercial travel agents, or worse: time-share apartment sales operations.

Travel Agencies

Hanafi This legendary tour guide operates from Kuta. It customises trips of all kinds whether for families or couples, and runs the lovely Kuta Bed & Breakfast Plus. Gay-friendly too.

Travel with Children

Besides cavorting on the beach all day, there are other activities in Kuta, Legian and Tuban that will delight kids, including special youth-oriented surf lessons at all the major surf shops.

Waterbom Park This watery amusement park covers 3.8 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens. It has assorted water slides, swimming pools and play areas, a supervised park for children under five years old, and a ‘lazy river’ ride. Other indulgences include the ‘pleasure pool’, a food court and bar, and a spa.