Padang Padang, located on the famous Bukit Peninsula, is in the heart of Bali’s premier bali surfing region. Despite the still somewhat rustic atmosphere of the Bukit, at only 25 minutes from the airport at Denpasar, Padang Padang is easily accessible.
This makes this legendary surf beach both convenient and slightly off the beaten path. Close to Padang Padang you’ll find other stellar surf spots including Bingin Uluwatu, Balangan, Impossibles and Dreamland. In fact, it’s only 3 km to the north of Uluwatu temple.
The beach at Padang Padang is as famous for its beauty as it is for its surf. Accessible via a steps down the from the cliffs above, this idyllic 120 meter-long white sand stretch is inviting and feels sheltered and somehow private amongst the steep surrounding rocks and lush greenery. The large volcanic boulders that dot the shallows of the turquoise water and the sandy beach also add to its exotic flavor. It’s not hard to imagine why Padang Padang was chosen as a setting for some romantic scenes in the popular Hollywood movie “Eat, Pray, Love” starring none other than Julia Roberts.
Whether you’re a surfer or just want to relax on the beach and swim in the clear, warm and water, Padang Padang is a great place to spend the day — or a few days if you’ve got the time. Since the surf break is offshore, bathers can swim and frolic in the shallows or sit on the beach and watch the world famous surfing action that put Padang Padang on the map. For the pros as well as beginner surfers, Padang Padang is a great place to shred or learn how to surf.
Conditions for surfing at Padang Padang are at their peak during the dry season (June – September) although waves at this big offshore break, as well as other nearby spots, start getting really good in April and can last into October. These months offer the opportunity for both great waves and significantly smaller crowds.