Bali island has two beaches located at different places and both have names with words Padang, namely Padang Padang Beach Bali is located in the south and Padang Bai in East Bali.
For those of you who have often traveled to Bali, Kuta Beach is probably too mainstream you visit, and of course you want an alternative to beach tourism in Bali. Generally, a beach resort in Bali which has white sand as a favorite sunbathing tourists. Especially those who stay in Uluwatu tourist area. Padang Padang Beach, you will find after passing Dreamland Beach. Almost every day this beach is never empty of visitors, especially tourists from abroad. It was like sunbathing on the overseas beach, for locals anyway.
Padang Padang Beach, locally referred to as Pantai Labuan Sait, is one of Bali’s most famous surf spots, located on the north-western coast of the island’s Bukit Peninsula, and just a kilometre southwest of the Anantara Bali Uluwatu. This beach features an exotic setting; a simply stunning one hundred meter-long stretch of sand that is accessible down a flight of stairs through a unique hollow rock entrance. The surf has a steady set of barrels during good weather, attracting wave riders from around the world.
Part of the group of world-class surf spots that line the coast of the southern peninsula, Padang Padang Beach lies several kilometres in between Bingin and Uluwatu, among which surfers usually hop to interchangeably for a different set of challenges and another thrill for the day. This beach is also a regular spot for international surfing events, the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang being the most frequent.
Heading up along Jalan Raya Uluwatu from Jimbaran and around 30 minutes’ drive past the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, a junction with signs that clearly bear ‘Jalan Labuan Sait’ leads you along a hilly but smooth 3.5km asphalt route. This region has developed with its rise to fame over the past decade, and is now lined with shops, surf lodges and neat western-style cafes targeted at the surfing crowd.
Beach access is down the slope across the road from a large parking area. Prior to this is a bridge that connects the two sides of the limestone cliff, offering a glimpse down to the beach from up high. Halfway down the flight of stairs is a temple that overlooks the surf, and sharing the coastal forest features with Uluwatu, you will occasionally witness playful grey long-tailed macaques playing around the stairs on the Balinese ‘gapura’ gate, and high up in the acacia trees. A fun fact: Padang Padang Beach was featured as a romantic setting in the 2010 big-screen adaptation of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.
Once you reach the bottom of the stairs, you are greeted by a gorgeous sight: a fringed beach with fine, white sand, blue waters and a distant horizon. There are board rentals here provided by the locals if you don’t have your own but would like to try (warning: the waves here break over shallow coral and are not suitable for beginners). Although the big waves beyond the reef breaks are limited to advanced surfers, the shore is great for family fun and leisure, and there are local warungs on Padang Padang Beach serving light meals and refreshments. Sand castles, splashing, sunbathing, lying down with a good read under a parasol, or simply sitting back to enjoy the exotic views… all are welcome.
Things to Do in Padang Padang Beach
The uniqueness of site with a shady background hills and steep rocks, are characteristic of the beach. To get to Padang Padang Beach visitors must pass through the road that resembles a cave. Then down past dozens of stairs which is only enough for one person. Once past the stairs, white sand with calm and clear water will be seen in front of the eyes.
Padang Padang Beach Bali is one of the set of a Hollywood movie Eat Pray Love, starring Julia Robets. Offering white sand and calm surf. Plus one music group Michel Learn To Rock chose this place for location filming one of their music clip videos. This makes Padang Padang Beach increasingly popular in foreign countries. Especially for those who like to play surfing, then this beach is perfect for your visit.
Surfers from around the world certainly never tried sensation surf this beach. Usually they swim somewhat into to get big and long waves. Because at the beach water is calm and the waves are not too big.
By late afternoon many local villagers who come to visit. Especially for teenagers who take walks on the beach while occasionally take pictures of appropriate angle they like. Cool coastal air, bright blue sky and clear sea water greenish, very supportive for those who want to take pre-wedding photos with the background of the beach.