Padangbai Beach

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Good to know
  • Setting : urban
  • Beach access : by Foot, Scooters, Cars
  • Busy : medium
  • Anchoring zone
  • Snorkeling
Services
  • Lifeguard : none
  • Drinks & Snacks
Type
  • Beach or Surfspot : Beach
Beach
  • Beach Type : White Sand
  • Swimming Conditions : can be dangerous
  • Beach length : 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Cleanliness : natural
  • Ocean Bottom : Sand
Surf Spot
  • Great for Beginners
  • Restaurant Nearby
  • Surf Board Repair nearby
Area: Padang Bai
Also known as:
Swimming Conditions: can be dangerous

Padangbai Beach

Padangbai is the biggest port for boats travelling between Bali and Lombok, to and Indonesia's eastern islands. This means that most travellers visit on their way to another place. Parts of Padangbai can be interesting as the harbor is always full of local boats of all shapes and sizes. The area near the main ferry terminal is gray and rundown, but farther to the north, there are pleasant places to sit and watch the action, and the seaside village has some charm of its own. It's possible to swim here, and even to surf on some rare days, but the water can be dirty and oily.

The real attraction of Padangbai is the two beaches on either side of the cove that holds the harbor. To the south is a beautiful sheltered white sand beach where the water is surprisingly clean and it is possible to snorkel. To the north is Blue Lagoon, a great place to hang out, which offers fantastic snorkelling and diving opportunities. It is a favorite stop for dive operators, and is often used to train beginners. This is a shallow area where sea turtles and all forms of marine life can be seen. There is also a reef wall a bit farther north that can be excellent. The water close to the beach is gentle, and kids will enjoy swimming here. At night, beach barbecues are sometimes available in the Padangbai area, although most visitors prefer to come in the morning or early day and move on to another place by nightfall.