10 Best Things to Do in Padangbai

Most Popular Padangbai Attractions

The best things to do in Padangbai proves that this remote coastal town area in East Bali is not only about the famous harbour that ferries travellers to nearby Lombok every day. Day trippers to Bali’s lesser travelled east can find a laidback seaside retreat in Padangbai at its beautiful and secluded beaches, and it has some of the region’s best dive spots. Among these are Blue Lagoon and Bias Tugel, with others featuring ancient temples overlooking the white sand and blue waters.

Off Padangbai’s own namesake beach, you’ll enjoy great swimming and snorkelling, while cultural places of interest around the coast include the nearby beach of Kusamba, where you can take in the exotic seascapes with glistening black sand and learn from up close the traditional salt farming techniques that the village is best known for. To unwind after a good day out diving or beach wandering, try out some yoga classes onsite, or check out the wonderful spa at one of the leading ecotourism resorts in Padangbai. Start with these most popular Padangbai attractions for your next escape east.

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This main stretch of sand in the bay of Padangbai is where all the activity takes place, and it’s where you can get a good overview of what the coastal town is all about. To first-comers, it can be a hectic sight with the namesake ferry seaport nearby, ferrying and out passengers from Bali to Lembar Harbour in neighbouring Lombok Island. Along the beach are a mix of motorboats operated by dive shops nearby, as well as wooden traditional outriggers of local fishermen. It’s a bit quieter on the farthest eastern corner of the bay, where you can find a good space on the golden beachfront of the Beji Bay Resort to bask with a good read and even go out for a swim. Read More...

  • Location: Padangbai, Manggis, Karangasem, East Bali
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A great highlight in Padangbai for ‘hidden’ beach lovers is Blue Lagoon, a small bay northeast of the seaport with only a 60 metre stretch of white sand, from which you can snorkel right off from. Divers take a five-minute boat ride from Padangbai to a dive spot here of the same name, where large Napoleon wrasse, several kinds of reef shark, stonefish, moray and blue ribbon eels, nudibranchs, rays, squids and octopuses, giant frogfish and cuttlefish are among the marine diversity. The Bloo Lagoon Village takes its name from the popular dive site, located up on the green hills just north of the beach. Uniquely, the main bay of Padanbai is just a hundred meters west on the other side of the cape. Read More...

  • Location: Padangbai, Manggis, Karangasem, East Bali
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Just 150 meters southwest from the Padangbai seaport you can reach Bias Tugel, another secluded beach that’s hidden between small hilly capes. This 130-meter long sandy stretch features a tranquil seascape that’s calm with blue waters most times of the year. Here you can relax on the even sand or under the shades of parasols with beach loungers that have been set up by local vendors who sell cold beers and snacks. At Bias Tugel Beach’s far eastern end you can find some more good spots for swimming and even snorkelling. Read More...

  • Location: Padangbai, Manggis, Karangasem, East Bali
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If you ever wondered how salt is traditionally harvested, then Kusamba Beach is the best spot to head to. The black sand beach is quiet and exotic on its own, and the local practice of salt farming adds to its appeal. Here you’ll find salt farmers repetitively fetching seawater in devised palm leaf buckets on carrying poles, then splashing them out on smoothened black sand and under the scorching sun. The salt begins to crystallise after several hours of drying, which are then scraped off, collected and brought inside huts for filtration processes, until a pure result is achieved. You can buy packets of salt off the farmers if you wish. Half a kilogram sells for around IDR 25,000 (under USD 2) at the supermarket. Read More...

  • Location: Kusamba Beach, Jalan Kusanegara, Dawan, Klungkung, East Bali
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There are several temples around Padangbai, with the most significant being the 11th century Pura Silayukti, located on a headland northeast of the bay and seaport. A path leads you up to the hill where two other temples are also found, namely Pura Tanjungsari and Pura Telaga Mas. Silayukti’s vibrant temple anniversary, which coincides every ‘Kliwon Pahang’ Wednesday on the Balinese ‘pawukon’ calendar, sees pilgrims from all over Bali for the course of four days. Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Silayukti, Padangbai, Manggis, Karangasem, East Bali
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Pura Penataran Agung Padang Bai Temple

Just west of the seaport and beach of Padangbai there’s a temple complex inside a grand gate and white limestone bricks called the Pura Penataran Agung, which dates back to the 16th century, is believed to have been built by the high priest Dang Hyang Nirartha during his missions to Bali. The temple anniversary coincides every Wage Kelawu Wednesday on the local Balinese ‘pawukon’ calendar, when Balinese Hindu pilgrims attend for prayers. You can also find locals regularly visiting and praying at the temple on any other day.

  • Location: Jalan Penataran Agung, Padangbai, Karangasem, East Bali
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Rumah Bambu Pengalon Beach Bamboo Houses

Featuring striking bamboo structures on a vast and grassy beachfront field as a display of sustainable architecture, this site is worth a look if you’re into peculiar selfies on your adventures east. What was once set up as the ‘7Temples Eco Beach Venue’ for Bali Unite, a major yoga, dance and arts event in 2016, was discontinued halfway due to unresolved permits. Thus, these four gigantic ‘bamboo houses’ now look like abandoned buildings in the middle of nowhere. A bridge made from coconut tree trunks is also nearby. You can freely roam the site, but due to the unkempt state of the structures, extra caution must be taken.

  • Location: Banjar Pengalon, Antiga, Padangbai, Karangasem, East Bali
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Yeh Malet Beach

Some 4 kilometres east of Kusamba Beach is a similar black sand beach that’s both tranquil and featuring traditional salt farming. The beach is visible from drives along the Jalan Raya Tengading main road. On the coast, you’ll see several spots where the local traditional fishermen park their wooden outriggers. Besides the smoothened salt farming spots and huts akin to Kusamba’s, you can also find local warung food stalls set up, selling soft drinks and snacks. Most of the locals come here for shore fishing and occasional beach volley. You can also catch a different kind of sunset here.

  • Location: Jalan Raya Tengading, Amlapura No.16, Antiga Kelod, Manggis, Karangasem, East Bali
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Spiral Spa at Bloo Lagoon Village

To unwind after your explorations overland or under the waves of Padangbai, you can consider treating yourself to a spa treatment at the Bloo Lagoon Village. Spiral Spa @ Bloo Lagoon is housed in a unique dome building at the resort, and treatment rooms have views over the nearby seascape, allowing for natural sea breezes and audible waves as soundtrack to your pampering sessions. The spa menu is also comprehensive, with must-try treatments that include a 1-hour signature massage at IDR 220,000 (USD 17), specially aimed to relax the body and to increase blood circulation in the skin and muscle, all while using freshly blended warm oil made of chopped ginger, galangal and lemongrass.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
  • Location: Bloo Lagoon Village, Jalan Silayukti, Padangbai, Manggis, Karangasem, East Bali
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 412 11
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Padang Bai Yoga Bale

This single pavilion on top of a hill overlooking the main bay of Padangbai is a wonderful spot to take in the views and the gentle sea breezes, while connecting with nature and your innermost self. Classes include hatha yoga, however schedules are irregular. Check out their Facebook page below for updates.

  • Location: Padangbai, Manggis, Karangasem, East Bali
  • Tel: +62 (0)812 4676 0540
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