For most visitors, Kuta is the Bali dream: sand, surf, shopping, and spectacular sunsets. Choose Kuta for an undemanding beach holiday with plenty of dining options and non-stop nightlife. Some newcomers aren't so entranced, pointing to the relentless souvenir sellers and hair braiders, as well as the "Kuta cowboys" offering vacationing women companionship for a price. But hints of Kuta’s less-touristy past survive south of its urban sprawl in the surfer paradise of Uluwatu and the beachside village of Jimbaran.
There seems to be something about this remote collection of islands that fosters the rare, the fearless, and above all, the weird.More