Padang Padang beach, also known as Labuan Sait beach with locals, is one of the most popular beaches in Uluwatu. There are several reasons for it, one being because this beach made its appearance in the Eat Pray Love movie. But Padang Padang also has one of the best waves to surf in Uluwatu. Besides these reasons, Padang Padang is just a beautiful, pure and almost adventurous beach with the unique rock caves, tidal swimming pools and secluded beaches. Read in this blog post everything you need to know about Padang Padang beach Bali!
How to get to Padang Padang beach
Padang Padang beach is located in the southwest of the Bukit Peninsula in the Pecatu region. The best way to get around in Bali is on a scooter. You can rent scooters at many spots throughout Bali including Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta, Ubud, and Uluwatu. Scooter rental is usually between 50,000 and 100,000 IDR per day depending on the model and CC’s you choose. Renting on monthly basis is of course a lot cheaper from anywhere between 600,000 IDR and 1,000,000 IDR. It’s approximately 1-hour to 1.5-hour journey from Kuta, Seminyak or Canggu, depending on traffic.
When you arrive at the entrance of the beach, you will see that there is quite large parking area at the opposite of the stairs to the beach. There you can park your scooter for 2000 IDR.
If you are not comfortable driving a scooter yourself, you can hire a private driver (or private guide, however you like to call it), for a day tour. You can make your own itinerary and visit the highlights of Uluwatu in one day. The price will depend on how many persons join the car. But mostly it will cost you around 500,000 IDR.
Entrance fee to Padang Padang beach
After you’ve parked your scooter, you will see there is a ticket booth at the top of the stairs to the beach. Here you will be asked to pay the 10,000 IDR entrance fee.
The way down to this beach is a beautiful and special one. Via a narrow staircase that leads down from the top of the cliffs, you will walk through a limestone cave that emerges on the shoreline of Padang Padang Bali.
Make sure to keep any loose belongings out of reach from the monkeys! They are very cheeky and have been known to snatch phones, food, sunglasses, purses and hats. Almost everything that they can catch easily!
What to expect at Padang Padang beach
The crystal clear blue- greenish seawater and its beautiful white sand beach combined with several caves makes Padang Padang beach an unique spot. Some people might even remember this beach from the movie ‘Eat Pray Love’ with Julia Roberts. It’s a fact that after this movie came out, Bali gained a lot of attention. More and more travellers came to Bali after that for an ‘Eat Pray Love’ experience. Therefore, this beach also gained more visitors over the time, and is now one of the most famous beaches in Bali to visit.
There is plenty of space on the beach. You can rent sun beds and an umbrella, but there is also some natural shade due to the cliffs. Also a toilet is available on the beach. And if you’re thirsty or hungry, there are small vendors set up on the beach selling drinks, snacks, coconuts and lots of different Bali souvenirs. So if you’re in need of a sarong, hat, t-shirt, bracelets or other things, you will most likely find it here!
Surfing at Padang Padang beach Bali
If you like to go surfing at Padang Padang beach, you can rent surf boards at a small beach shack. Run by the local surf life saving guards, the surfboard rentals are around 100,000 IDR for 2 hours. If you rather have surf lessons first, you can ask one of the locals to take you out for some lessons. They are always happy to help people and get them out in the water for a wave. But, because Padang Padang is considered as one of the best surf spots on the south part of Bali, it can get busy. Surfers from beginner to professional from all over the world are coming to Bali’s south coast to surf the waves. With the amazing, beautiful scenery of the Indian ocean, the stunning limestone cliffs and lush vegetation in combination with the great waves, it is understandable why!
A birds eye view on the beach. As you can see there is a resort with private villas in front of the beach. Would you like to stay there?
Other things to do in Uluwatu
Uluwatu has many things to offer, but the impressive limestone cliffs and beautiful white sand beaches are the main attraction of Bali’s south-coast.
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