Thomas beach is one of the most undiscovered and underrated Bali beaches. The beautiful 200-meter stretch of soft white sand, rolling turquoise waves covering a crystal-clear reef of aqua blue water and the colourful beach umbrellas makes it the perfect tropical beach getaway. Read in this blog post everything you need to know about Thomas beach Bali Uluwatu, how to get there and what to do.
Where is Thomas beach Bali
Thomas beach Bali can be found in Uluwatu along the southwest coastline of the Bukit Peninsula.
The beach is located in between Labuan Sait beach, more commonly known as Padang Padang beach, and Suluban beach, also known as Blue Point beach. The interesting fact and sometimes little confusing thing is that even though Labuan Sait Beach has a big sign saying it is Padang Padang beach, actually its neighbouring Thomas Beach is the true Padang Padang beach.
The reason for the confusion is because, in the past, you could only access Padang Padang (aka Thomas Beach) via Labuan Sait, by paddling around. So Labuan Sait quickly became popular known as Padang Padang, which has stuck with visitors.
How to get to Thomas beach Bali
Thomas beach is just a little further than Labuan Sait beach. Keep an eye out for a black and yellow sign that reads ‘Thomas Bali Guesthouse’, turn off the main road here and follow the white chalky road down to the car park. There is no parking fee and you will see a little shack next to the stairs where you can buy drinks and snacks. You have to take the stairs to get down to the beach which takes a short ten-minutes. After this little work out you can relax at the beautiful shoreline of Thomas Beach.
The best way to get to Thomas Beach is on a rental scooter. You can rent scooters almost everywhere in Bali including Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta, Ubud, and Uluwatu.
Scooter rental is typically in between 50,000 – 100,000 IDR per day depending on the model and CC of the scooter. For scooter rental on monthly basis you pay anywhere between 600,000 IDR and 1,500,000 IDR. From Kuta, Seminyak or Canggu it takes approximately 1.5-hour to reach Thomas Beach depending on the traffic around Sunset Boulevard, Kuta.
Entrance fee Thomas beach and other costs
There is no parking fee or entrance fee for Thomas beach. But if you want to rent a sun bed with an umbrella you pay 50,000 IDR per person per day.
What to expect at Thomas beach Bali
Thomas beach is a very pretty 200 meter long beach with fine soft white sand, turquoise crystal-clear water and some beach shacks selling sun beds, umbrella’s, food, drinks and surfboards. Because Thomas Beach is still a bit under the radar as a popular tourist beach destination, you will likely have this hidden gem almost entirely to yourself.
And that is a huge plus, because with Bali’s tourism industry that keeps growing, it’s hard to find a beautiful ‘secret beach’ in Bali. So finding a place like Thomas beach is a true gem and a perfect beach destination for the peace seekers. There are a few warungs to grab something to eat or have a drink and no big beach clubs are around which gives an authentic and laid back beach experience. Also toilets are available on Thomas beach Bali.
There are a few other things to do on Thomas beach. Of course it’s a perfect spot to relax on the beach with a coconut and take in the incredible views. But on some days, Thomas Beach Bali picks up the swell that rolls in from the more southern beaches. And when it does, Thomas beach is a great surf spot for some uncrowded waves. A great experience for surf lovers.
There are some small surf shacks along the beach on the north end to rent a surfboard from you. The normal price in Bali to rent a surfboard for two hours is around 50,000 IDR.
But on the other hand with low tide, you can discover some of the rocky outcrops, secluded beaches and small caves along the coastline nearby Thomas Beach. A great little adventure on your beach day!
Take the tide into account
Just like many other beaches in Bali, is Thomas each also affected by the tide. This means that you need to take into account when it’s high tide or low tide. Surfers will know this the best as they need high tide to surf. But with high tide, the sand of the beach can get a little narrow which means less space for sun beds. But with low tide there isn’t much water to swim in and the retreated water exposes many rocks. It still is a great spot to visit and have a drink, but just take the tide into account if you want to enjoy Thomas beach on its best. In between high tide and low tide would be the best timing! Check the tide times in advance here.
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