Photo: Padang Bai scenes.

Things to see and do

Blue Lagoon
1km northeast of Padang Bai, along Jalan Silayukti

Sapphire waters, palm-tree-fringed horseshoe bay, decent snorkelling directly from the beach — yes, please! One of the best reasons for taking a day out of your transit between Bali and Lombok or the Gilis is to spend an hour or three on lovely little Blue Lagoon Beach. Though indeed very appealing from a distance, be warned that up close it may not be the cleanest ever visited. This beach ... Read more about Blue Lagoon .

Pantai Bias Tugel
1km west of Padang Bai

Sometimes know as Secret Beach, this attractive white sandy beach is no longer unknown, and is quiet easily reached by road from Padang Bai. Its real secret is that no one seems to know its official name. Pantai Bias Tugel is referred to as Pantai Kecil (Little Beach) or more often, The White Sand Beach — not to be confused with White Sand Beach (Pantai Pasir Putih) near Candi Dasa (now ... Read more about Pantai Bias Tugel .

Diving and snorkelling
Arrange on Jalan Silayukti

Padang Bai offers some excellent diving with a kaleidoscope of colourful tropical fish and a variety of hard and soft corals. It’s possible to see among others: sharks, turtles, mackerel, frogfish and scorpion fish. We were advised, however, that there are not so many big fish, sadly due to ... Read more about Diving and snorkelling .

Pura Goa Lawah
Jalan Raya Goa Lawah (the main coastal road to Padang Bai and Candi Dasa)

Pura Goa Lawah, the Bat Cave Temple, is an important temple in Balinese cosmology, and to the passing traveller offers an interesting quick stop. As the name suggests, part of the altar is dedicated to a huge cave teeming with fruit ... Read more about Pura Goa Lawah .

Pantai Pasir Hitam

There is an abundance of generically named beaches in Indonesia: Black Sand Beach, White Sand Beach and Red Sand Beach being the most common. Mostly they are not the official names, and this one we are sure fits into that category. This Pantai Pasir Hitam (Black Sand Beach) is the next beach round to the south from Pantai Bias Tugel. It’s not much visited by tourists and only a few local ... Read more about Pantai Pasir Hitam .

Kusamba salt making

Along the dry east coast of Bali, traditional salt panners spend their days labouring in the hot sun to produce some of the tastiest sea salt you’ll find. Near Pura Goa Lawah on the coastal road heading to Padang Bai and Candi Dasa, Kusamba is one of the areas where this often arduous work is done. If you are passing by it’s an interesting stop to see how it’s made — and a bag of salt ... Read more about Kusamba salt making .

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