Kuta is Bali’s backpacker headquarters. It’s a 15 min drive from the airport. From Bintang singlets to surfboards, the town has everything a traveler wants or needs. While the beach here is not the best it’s a great place to learn how to surf. There are loads of board rental places right on the beach that also offer surfing lessons. Although there are lots of beginners, there are also a lot of experienced surfers in the water as well.
Strangely enough, in Kuta you’re just as likely to run into an Australian as you are an Indonesian person. Flights to and from Australia are very cheap so there are loads of Aussies who holiday here, particularly young Aussies because of the immense party atmosphere. All the bars and nightclubs are full of Aussies who are busy getting very drunk. In my opinion, Kuta is a good place to stay if you want to party or learn how to surf but the rest of Bali has a lot more to offer.