The island of Bali is home to some of the best beaches in the world and Padang Padang Beach is one of our favourites. Located next to well-known surf break Impossibles, Padang Padang like most beaches in Uluwatu, is famous for its super consistent surf. With no off-season, Padang Padang attracts a year-round crowd. But despite being one of the busiest beaches on the Bukit Peninsula, its golden sand and clear aqua waters are well worth a visit.
If you’re coming by car or scooter, there’s a handy carpark directly opposite the entry to Padang Padang Beach. Head down the concrete stairs, past the monkeys (watch your sunglasses and snacks) and you’ll reach a crazy narrow staircase that’s built in between the limestone cliff face. Follow it down and you’ll find yourself in the thick of the bustling beach. There are stalls selling colourful sarongs and plaited friendship bracelets, guys hiring out a range of different surfboards including paddleboards, and a bunch of warungs selling fresh coconuts, cold drinks and freshly-caught seafood.
We were in Bali for a yoga and detox retreat in Uluwatu, so we popped down to Padang Padang Beach for a few hours in between our yoga and meditation classes at Bali Bliss Retreats. Luckily, the surf was fairly small when we got there so we hired a couple of boards and headed out for a few quick waves. While out in the surf we saw one of the cutest things ever – a tiny baby on a surfboard with her dad wearing a pink life vest. Michaela somehow found this little surfing baby on Instagram – she is amazing!
How to get there:
Padang Padang Beach is located at Jalan Labuan Sait at Pecatu Village. It’s a 20-30 minute drive from the international airport and a quick 10-minute drive from the neighbouring area of Uluwatu.
Where to stay:
There’s accommodation to suit every budget around Padang Padang and nearby areas like Uluwatu, but you don’t need to be staying super close to Padang Padang Beach to visit. If you’re staying around Seminyak or Legian, it’s a 45 minute drive. Once you reach Padang Padang on the south side of the island, make a day of it and head to Single Fin to refuel after the beach and then watch the sunset at Uluwatu Temple while taking in a cultural show (it’s on every night).
We stayed at Bali Bliss Retreats where we were doing a five-day yoga package that included five days and four nights at Uluwatu Surf Villas. Prices start at $1999 for a double/twin room. Details here.
Photography by Michaela Skovranova.