While we were on our way back to the hotel from our Uluwatu temple trip we had a sudden brainwave. Why not stop on the way and relax on a beach for a while ? We did a quick search on google and found one of the hidden gems of Bali. “The Padang Padang beach”. The name sounded interesting and reviews were good too. So we decided to spend the afternoon there, lazing around!
Padang Padang Beach is also known as Pantai Labuan Sait and is a famous surf spot in Bali.The beach has an exotic setting. The beach is a stunning one hundred-meter-long stretch of sand that is accessible down a flight of stairs and passes through a hollow rock entrance. While the climb down is exciting, the climb back up can be a challenge for those not in the pink of their fitness.
While the beach is beautiful the number of people on that beach usually are quite limited thus making it a true gold mine for a visitor.At any given point of time there were not more that 50 -100 tourists maximum.
How to get there
- Padang Padang beach is very close to Uluwatu temple. Its about 10-15 minutes ride from the cliff temple.
- From Kuta or seminyak it’s about 1 to 1.5 hours ride.
- Its about 20-30 minutes from the airport, though I can’t help but wonder who might wanna come to a beach straight from the airport!!
- As before we will recommend bikes over cars or jeeps. Bike rentals are available all across Bali and are very easy to find. The rates are reasonable. A bike rental to come from Uluwatu to the Beach would cost you around 50K IDR.
Surprisingly its one of the rare beaches with an entrance fee. The fee is reasonable for what’s on offer. Visits to Padang Padang Beach are subject to an entrance fee of IDR 10,000 per person and an extra 5,000 IDR for the car parking. best to carry cash to make payment.
There are a lot of activities to do there. While surfing is big, there a lot of other things to explore there such as various natural cave like structures, tidal swimming pools, secluded beaches and world-class waves!
Far away from the madding crowd. A moment of peace in a otherwise a very busy tourist location.
A word of Caution: The beach unlike others is full of sea shells. In fact, so much that one can hardly feel the sand beneath their feet. It can be very distressing for those who are from the city and have soft feet. Also Hats, Sun-Tan Lotion, Smokes and Slippers are a must. Do not forget them.
Best time to Visit
It’s also one of these all-season beaches. Anytime is a good time to visit this place. However, for those who prefer things dry, April to October seems to be a good time.
Things to Do at the beach
Surfing: Padang Padang beach is perhaps best known as a surf spot. One can rent a surf board for 100K-150K IDR for couple of hours. In case you are new to surfing you can ask a local or the vendor to accompany you. He may do it out of good will or for a tip. Although the big waves beyond the reef breaks are limited to advanced surfers, the shore is great for family fun and leisure. The best time of year for surfing Padang Padang is the dry season, which lasts from June to September. This place is also known for hosting international surfing events.
Exploring: There are lots of natural caves which become accessible during low tide and the greenery around them is stunning. The location provides a lot of fodder for photo ops.
Sun-bathing: If you are not into any of that adventure stuff you can do what we did. Grab a drink and just chill with your book.There are a lot of food joints there which serve everything from stakes to sea food which you can wash down with a local Bintang Beer or fresh tender coconut. All for a reasonable charge of around 50K-75K IDR.
The place is great for friends, single people or couples looking for a romantic getaway.
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