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Monday, 07 February 2011 09:16:45
Tuban Once known as Southern Kuta, the Tuban area is a short walk (especially along the beach) from Kuta itself, however it is a world away from the hustle and bustle of central Kuta. Tubant is only a few minutes drive from the main Kuta area and the Ngurah Rai International Airport. It is also the preferred location for many who wish to be close to Kuta but do not want to stay there.

This one time fishing village with its white sandy beach offers a range of tourist attractions as well as a good variety of shops, restaurants and family entertainment. Tuban, over the past few years has become a prime resort area and a favorite amongst families with young children.

Although a more relaxed atmosphere prevails in Tuban there is still a great selection of activities such as the Waterbom Park (water recreational park), Go-Karting & Sling Shot. Tuban is also well known for the horse drawn carts that can be seen taking visitors around the area. This is of course a great attraction for children and the young at heart. Tuban has a good selection of restaurants offering various cuisines from around the world.

The shopping area of Tuban features a fine selection of boutiques, gift and souvenir shops and an excellent art market as well as the new Discovery Mall Plaza which is situated right on the beach next to Discovery Plaza Resort. Kuta and its popular market area is also within walking distance, either by road or along the beach.

Many of the hotels in the area located directly on the beachfront. Accommodation ranges from large International class hotels to smaller budget hotels and bungalows. There are many new hotels and restaurants, mostly of a high standard, and the area is well suited to families. The Discovery Kartika, Tthe Ramada Bintang Bali, the Dynasty and the Santika are some of the most popular resorts in Tuban because of their beachfront advantage and yet within easy walking distance to Kuta. Of these, the Discovery Kartika Plaza offers the very best in terms of gardens and space.

A little closer to Kuta is the Bali Garden Hotel which offers simple accommodation. It is very clean, very central and has one of the very best beach fronts available in the Tuban area. Santika offers well landscaped gardens and 4 star rated chalet accommodation, relaxed ambience and friendly service.

Beaches in this area are generally quiet, far less crowded than its famous near-neigbour, and has fewer hawkers and stalls to detract from the scenery.

Surfing Surfing has really gained popularity in today\'s Bali.

Kuta is one of the most popular surfing areas and you can now find most surfing equipment for sale here. As the sun approaches the horizon, you can see lines of Balinese approaching the beach, controlling their surf-boards with the same gracefulness as their traditional dances, mastering the waves and penetrating the tubes. Even off Kuta, Legian & Tuban Beaches there are surf spots that produce quite difficult waves so it\'s best to talk to the locals so you won\'t get into trouble.
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