Padangbai in Bali

Beach Resort in East Bali

Padangbai is better known for its main seaport in east Bali where ferries and boats take travellers southeast bound to Lembar Harbour on the neighbouring island of Lombok. However, this coastal village has much more to offer for day trippers to Bali’s lesser visited east, offering some cultural sites as well as great diving and snorkelling from its small but great collection of white sand beaches.

Furthermore, Padangbai is suitably 13km closer before the main hub of Candidasa, if you’re coming from the main southern Bali resort areas such as Kuta and Denpasar. Divers won’t find a shortage of operators here, which line its beachfront, and boats operated by locals also take you to the best spots around the waters to discover the vivid reefs teeming with marine life and with good visibility.

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A great highlight in Padangbai for beach lovers is Blue Lagoon, a small bay northeast of the seaport with only a 60m 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 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.

Another beach, often dubbed a ‘hidden beach’ due to its location between small hilly capes, is Bias Tugel, a 130m long strip southwest of the Padangbai port, and which also offers calm and blue waters most times of the year. Here you can relax on the even sand or under shades of parasols with beach loungers. The beach that shares the bay with the seaport is not so busy, especially on its eastern end, and you can also enjoy fairly good swimming and snorkelling here, too.

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.

Padangbai

  • Location: Padangbai, Manggis, Karangasem, East Bali
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