Padang Padang Beach is a well known spot for surfer and beach bumming paradise on the Bukit Peninsula in South Bali. Padang Padang Beach has a number of awesome things to check out such as unique rock caves, tidal swimming pools, secluded beaches and world-class waves!
Pantai Padang Padang is located on the southwest coastline of the Bukit Peninsula in Uluwatu. From Kuta, Seminyak or Canggu, it’s approximately a 1-hour to 1.5-hour journey depending on traffic. If you already familiar in Bali you may rent a motor bike to head out to the beach or if you are not comfortable driving two wheels, you can use Bali driver service to drive you there.
The way down to Padang Padang beach, some would say is enchanting. A narrow staircase leads down from the top of the cliffs and through a limestone cave that emerges on the shoreline on Padang Padang Bali.
Be sure to keep any loose belongings out of reach from the monkeys on the way down to Padang Padang Beach as they have been known to snatch purses, sunniest, hats, phones, food and drinks.
Padang Padang Beach features a semicircular cove with golden sands which is surrounded by lush vegetation and verdant cliffs. There is plenty of space to perch up in the shade of the cliffs or in the middle of the beach if you want to work on that summer.
There are small vendors set up down on the sand at Padang Padang Beach selling locally made souvenirs such as colorful sarongs, hats, t-shirts, board shorts, stubby coolers, friendship bracelets and more. It’s a good opportunity to go shopping for gifts for your friends and family or to simply spoil yourself with a Bali souvenir.
If you are looking to ride some waves at the famous Padang Padang Surf Break there is a small beach shack run by the local surf life saving guards who offer surfboard rentals for around 100,000 IDR for 2 hours.
Up for grabs are long boards, short boards and foamiest though it’s first in best dressed. For beginner surfers, you can ask one of the locals to take you out for some surf lessons as they are always keen to get people out in the water for a wave.
On low tide, there is a lot of exploring to be had around the foot of Padang Padang Bali cliffs. Natural rock formations and secluded beaches make for excellent photo opportunities or the perfect spot to beach bum and read a book.
The cove at Padang Padang Beach is a great spot for a swim to cool off as the waters are calm and there are no currents. You can also swim out to the left of the beach alongside the edge of the cliffs to find a number of small caves that you can enter and walk around inside.
For food and drinks back on the beach, there are half a dozen local warungs to order fresh seafood or a local fried rice to fill the stomach and your choice of soft drinks, fresh coconut water or a cold Bintang beer to wash it all down.
The best time of day to visit Padang Padang is mid-morning once the sun is already up and reaches this side of the Bukit Peninsula.
Padang Padang Beach is busiest during the middle of the day and early afternoon when the tourist buses start arriving. Sometimes it can be hard to find a nice spot along the beach to settle down because it gets quite crowded, so just keep this in mind when planning your visit.
You can also consider coming to Padang Padang Beach in the late afternoon during sunset hours as most of the day-trippers would have come and gone by this time. Because of its west-facing location, Padang Padang is low-key one of the best spots to watch the sunset in South Bali.
Whether you come to surf the epic point break or to simply sip on a fresh cold coconut while reading a book on the shoreline, Padang Padang beach ticks all boxes for every type of traveler and beach lover.
So if you looking for a nice beach in South Bali to kill a few hours or to perch up for an entire day, head on over to Padang Padang and I guarantee you’ll fall in love with this beach.