Padang Padang Beach (Pantai Padang Padang) is a famous surf spot and beach bumming paradise located on the Bukit Peninsula in Uluwatu, South Bali.
There are a number of awesome things to check out during your visit to this stunning beach such as unique rock caves, tidal swimming pools, secluded beaches, and world-class waves!
I have put together this complete guide including how to get there, the best time to visit, and what to expect when you arrive.
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WHERE IS PADANG PADANG BEACH?
Padang Padang Beach can be found on the southwest coastline of the Bukit Peninsula in Uluwatu, South Bali.
HOW TO GET THERE?
If you are staying in the Uluwatu region, I recommend renting a scooter and making the short drive over to the beach.
For those of you who are coming from Kuta, Seminyak, or Canggu, it’s approximately a 1-hour to 1.5-hour journey.
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Drone shot of Pantai Padang Padang
Another alternative when planning a trip to Uluwatu is to book a full-day tour to experience the best beaches in Uluwatu and other popular attractions in the Bukit Penisula.
This Full-Day Uluwatu Tour includes a pick-up and drop-off from your hotel and the places you’ll get to visit are Pandawa Beach, Melastic Beach, Padang Padang, Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Fire Dance, and a seafood dinner on Jimbaran Beach.
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ARRIVING AT PADANG PADANG BEACH
There is a large parking lot conveniently located opposite the entrance to the beach which costs 2,000 IDR to park your scooter for the day.
Padang Padang Beach Entrance Fee: When you arrive, you’ll see a ticket booth at the top of the stairs and it’s here that you must pay a 10,000 IDR entrance fee.
The way down to the beach at Padang Padang Bali, 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.
Be sure to keep any loose belongings out of reach from the monkeys on the way down to the beach as they are very cheeky and have been known to snatch purses, sunnies, hats, phones, food, and drinks.
Aerial perspective of the beach
WHAT TO EXPECT
Padang Padang features a semicircular cove with golden sands and calm turquoise waters, all of which are 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 tan!
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Small vendors can also be found down on the sand selling locally made souvenirs such as colorful sarongs, hats, t-shirts, board shorts, stubby coolers, friendship bracelets, and more. It’s a great opportunity to go shopping for gifts for your friends and family back home 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 Surf as they are always keen to get people out in the water for a wave.
The iconic beach
EXPLORING PANTAI PADANG PADANG
At low tide, there is a lot of exploring to be had around the foot of the 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 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, 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 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 the beach for the day then this a great location to do just that.
I happened to be dog-sitting my mate’s dog Taco and she was the center of attention when I took her down to the beach for some playtime.
Playtime with Taco
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 is in the dry season between May and 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 it reaches this side of the Bukit Peninsula.
It’s 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 visiting 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, it’s low-key one of the best spots to watch the sunset in South Bali.
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Incredible sunset in Uluwatu
PADANG PADANG BEACH PARTY
You may or may not have heard about the ever-popular beach party at Padang Padang 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 the 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 party usually kicks off between 9 pm and 10 pm on Saturday nights only.
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
The Bukit Peninsula boasts many other awesome locations that are worth checking out if you have the time.
Click on the links below to see all other points of interest in Uluwatu:
- Karang Boma Cliff
- Jaran Hill Sunset Viewpoint
- Nyang Nyang Beach
- Suluban Beach Uluwatu
- Green Bowl Beach
- Bingin Beach
- Balangan Beach
Suluban Beach Uluwatu
WHERE TO STAY IN ULUWATU
Uluwatu has hundreds of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay 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 in Uluwatu. 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 center 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 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 in Uluwatu. 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.
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY, SEE MY COMPLETE GUIDE ON WHERE TO STAY IN ULUWATU.
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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, this stunning beach 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 Beach and I guarantee you’ll fall in love with this beach just as I have.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions, please drop me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.