What could be a better gateway to the wonderful beaches of south Lombok? Imagine a crescent bay, turquoise in the shallows and deep blue further out. It licks a huge, white-sand beach, as wide as a football pitch and framed by headlands. Now imagine a coastline of nearly a dozen such bays, all backed by a rugged range of coastal hills spotted with lush patches of banana trees and tobacco fields, and you’ll have a notion of Kuta’s immediate appeal.
Kuta’s original attraction was the limitless world-class breaks, and now even as developers lick their chops, the sets still keep rolling in. Meanwhile, the town itself is an appealing mix of guesthouses, cafes, restaurants and low-key places for a beer.