PADANG PADANG BEACH IN ULUWATU!
Padang Padang Beach (Pantai Padang Padang) is a famous surf spot and beach bumming paradise on the Bukit Peninsula in South Bali.
Padang Padang Beach has a number of awesome things to check out during your visit such as unique rock caves, tidal swimming pools, secluded beaches and world-class waves!
I have put together this complete guide to Padang Padang Beach including how to get there and what to expect!
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WHERE IS PADANG PADANG BEACH & HOW TO GET THERE
Padang Padang Beach is located on the southwest coastline of the Bukit Peninsula in Uluwatu.
The best way to get to Padang Padang Beach is on a scooter. You can rent scooters in the main tourist hubs throughout Bali including Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta, Ubud, and Uluwatu.
Scooter rental is typically 50,000 IDR per day or you can rent them on a monthly basis from anywhere between 600,000 IDR and 700,000 IDR.
From Kuta, Seminyak or Canggu, it’s approximately a 1-hour to 1.5-hour journey to Padang Padang Beach depending on traffic.
Alternatively, if you are not comfortable driving a scooter, you can rent a car in Bali and head out to Padang Padang on 4 wheels instead of 2.
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Drone shot of Pantai Padang Padang
ARRIVING AT PADANG PADANG BEACH
There is a car park conveniently located across from the entrance to Padang Padang Beach which costs 2,000 IDR to park up your scooter for the day.
Padang Padang Beach Entrance Fee: When you arrive at Padang Padang Beach you’ll see a ticket booth at the top of the stairs and here you will be asked to pay a 10,000 IDR entrance fee.
The way down to Pantai Padang Padang, 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, sunnies, hats, phones, food and drinks.
Golden hour at Padang Padang Beach
Cheeky monkey at Padang Padang Beach
WHAT TO EXPECT AT PADANG PADANG BEACH
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 Padang Padang Beach if you want to work on that summer tan!
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 longboards, shortboards and foamies 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 at Padang Padang Beach as they are always keen to get people out in the water for a wave.
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The iconic Padang Padang Beach Uluwatu
EXPLORING PADANG PADANG BEACH
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 shoreline at Padang Padang beach, there are half a dozen local warungs to order fresh seafood or a local nasi goreng dish to fill the stomach and your choice of soft drinks, fresh coconut water or a cold Bintang beer to wash it all down. All this for as little as $3 to $5
Padang Padang Bali is also dog-friendly so if you want to take your pooch down to Padang Padang Beach for the day then this a great location to do just that. I happened to be dog-sitting my mates dog Taco and she was the center of attention when I took her down to Padang Padang for some playtime.
Playtime down at Pantai Padang Padang
PADANG PADANG SURF
Padang Padang Surf is typically a left-hand barreling reef break but it is also known to have a fairly decent right-hand wave that breaks into the bay.
The best months to surf at Padang Padang Beach Bali is in the dry season, May to October. Padang Padang Surf works best in offshore winds from the east and the ideal swell direction is from the south-west.
You can check the live stream video on the Padang Padang Surf Cam to see the conditions beforehand.
Tube riding at Padang Padang Surf
Padang Padang Surf
BEST TIME TO VISIT PADANG PADANG
The best time of day to visit Padang Padang (Pantai Labuan Sait) 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.
PADANG PADANG BEACH PARTY
You may or may not have heard about the ever-popular Padang Padang Beach Party which is a weekly occurrence and worth checking out if you like cheap drinks and dancing on the beach!
Every Saturday night the locals set up a stage down on Padang Padang Beach along with lots of neon lights and a DJ who plays some funky beats to get you going! I have been to the Padang Padang party a number of times and can tell you it’s a lot of fun and a great place to meet other backpackers.
The Padang Padang Beach party usually kicks off between 9 pm and 10pm on Saturday nights only.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON PANTAI PADANG PADANG
Pantai Padang Padang is by far one of my favorite beaches in Bali and I can’t even count on one hand the number of times I have been here!
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, Pantai Padang Padang ticks all boxes for every type of traveler and beachgoer!
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 just as I have.
WHERE TO STAY NEAR PADANG PADANG BEACH
Uluwatu has hundreds of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay near Pantai Padang Padang to suit the needs of luxury travelers, budget backpackers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Canang Sari Villas
I’ve stayed at Canang Sari Villas a few times and it’s one of the best 4-star accommodations near Padang Padang Beach! Featuring 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom villas with private swimming pools, beautiful gardens, equipped kitchens, large living space, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, free wifi and ocean views. There is also a spa centre and squash court for guests to use. Close to beaches, cafes and shops. Perfect for families, friends and couples.
Mid Range: Bukal Sari Villas Uluwatu
Awesome 3-star accommodation near Padang Padang boasting a swimming pool, restaurant, gardens and outdoor swimming pool. There is free wifi and each room is spacious and modern with private bathrooms. Continental or à la carte breakfast is included for all guests. Close to Uluwatu Temple and beaches. Great for couples, families and friends.
Budget: Bali Beats Guesthouse Uluwatu
One of the best budget accommodations near Padang Padang Beach. Bali Beats features an outdoor swimming pool, garden terrace and free wifi. There are a restaurant and bar as well as a shared kitchen for guests to use. Close to beaches, cafes and restaurants. Perfect for solo travelers and friends on a budget.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR PADANG PADANG
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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