Thomas beach is one of the most undiscovered and underrated Bali beaches. The beautiful 200-meter long beach with it’s perfect fine, white sand and turquoise water 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 is located on the southwest coast of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, 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 and pretty easy to find with Google Maps. The beach is signed from the road where you have to follow the unpaved road down to the parking lot. There is no parking fee asked, so you can walk straight down the stairs to the beach. It will take you a short ten minutes to descend the stairs, but after this little work out you can relax at the beautiful shoreline of Thomas Beach.
The best way to get around in Uluwatu in general is with a rental moped. You can rent motorbikes almost everywhere in Bali, especially in the busier places like Uluwatu, Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta and Ubud.
Renting a moped costs between 50,000 – 100,000 IDR per day depending on the model and CC of the motorbike. Renting a moped on monthly basis will cost you in between 600,000 IDR and 1,500,000 IDR. From Kuta, Seminyak or Canggu it takes about 1 hour to reach Thomas Beach, but it depends 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. With the right timing, you can have Thomas Beach completely for yourself! It’s not on everyones Bali itinerary yet to visit Thomas Beach Bali, so take advantage of that before it becomes too crowded.
With Bali’s tourism industry that keeps growing, it’s hard these days 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 has perfect waves to surf. So if you want to go surfing, there are some small surf shacks along the beach where you can rent surfboards from. The normal price in Bali to rent a surfboard for two hours is around 60,000 IDR.
When it’s low tide, it’s fun to explore some hidden beaches and caves along 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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