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.
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 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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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 Uluwatu.
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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 or car 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 15,000 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.
WHAT TO EXPECT PADANG BEACH BALI
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 are a number of small beach shacks run by the locals who offer surfboard rentals for around 100,000 IDR for 2 hours.
Up for grabs are longboards, shortboards, bodyboards, and soft tops.
For beginner surfers, you can book surf lessons online in advance.
Alternatively, ask one of the locals to take you out for some lessons at Padang Padang Surf as they are always keen to get people out in the water for a wave.
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.
To the right side of the beach, you can find a set of stairs that lead to the top of a rocky outcrop. Here you’ll find a small Balinese temple and another viewpoint to take some photos.
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.
There are also plenty of choices for 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 a dog-friendly beach 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 named Taco and she was the center of attention when I took her down to the beach for some playtime.
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 are in the dry season between May and October.
The break works best in offshore winds from the east and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest.
You can check the live stream video on the Padang Padang Surf Cam to see the conditions beforehand.
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 beach 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 here to see all other points of interest in Uluwatu.
WHERE TO STAY IN ULUWATU
Uluwatu has hundreds of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay during your visit.
Below you’ll find properties suitable for luxury travelers, budget backpackers, and everyone in between.
LUXURY: ANANTARA RESORT
Anantara Resort is at the height of luxury, located on the edge of the cliffs in Uluwatu overlooking the ocean.
Features include an infinity pool, fitness center, spa, multiple restaurants, bars, and on-site cultural workshops.
There are many different rooms, suites, and villas on offer to suit everyone’s needs.
MID RANGE: SAL SECRET SPOT
Sal Secret Spot is the best place to stay in Uluwatu for travelers on a mid-range budget.
Features include a swimming pool, beautiful gardens, and a restaurant, and it’s located just a few minutes walk to Bingin Beach.
The rooms are spacious and have a terrace, a private bathroom, a minibar, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi.
BUDGET: ONE DEGREE SUNSET HILL
Located on the hillside overlooking the ocean, One Degree Sunset Hill is the best hostel in Uluwatu.
This property offers dorm rooms and private rooms, and other features include an infinity pool, a tour desk, and breakfast is included for all guests.
For More Options, See My Complete Guide On Where To Stay In Uluwatu
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FINAL THOUGHTS – PADANG PADANG BEACH ULUWATU
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.
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