Dec 22 2010
This little beach on the Bukit peninsula is a favourite with families due to its calm waters by the sand, and with surfers for the break on the offshore reef. It’s reached via a narrow staircase that passes under an overhang (watch your head!) and the compact beach has plenty of unbrellas for rent and simple beach food (nasi goreng and, oddly, cheese jaffles) is available.
The beach attracts a mixed crowd of domestic and foreign tourists along with a bunch of expats — if things get too busy for your liking on the main beach (which is quite compact), take a wander to your right (when looking at the water) and you’ll find some sandy little nooks and crannies away from the crowds. You won’t have to walk too far to see the horror that is Dreamland in the distance.
If you have kids in tow, we’d suggest going in the morning as you won’t have the sun totally beating down on you and it is less crowded. In the afternoon it gets quite busy and very hot — luckily cold Bintangs are in plentiful supply.
There is accommodation at Padang Padang, but if you’re coming from elsewhere, it is best reached by your own transport, (there’s a large carpark nearby) and it’s about halfway between Dreamland and Uluwatu.
Many first-time visitors to Bali find themselves a little underwhelmed by the beaches. It’s a response easy to imagine considering all the beautiful beaches featured on Bali brochures and the reality of crowded Kuta. Luckily, Bali is a big island with pretty beaches enough for everyone, and over the next seven days we’ll show you one a day to help you fill out a week’s beach holiday in Bali.
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