Padang Bai

The main beach at Padang Bai

Padang Bai (also Padangbai and Padang Bay) is a small port town in East Bali.

Understand

Most visitors to Padang Bai are there to catch a boat to Lombok. However, it is a charming little place in its own right and many people cancel their trip in order to spend more time in this lovely village. Spending a night or two here will certainly not be time wasted.

There is good diving and snorkeling in the immediate area, and a number of operators are present to cater for those activities. This is also a fairly convenient base from which to explore some of the wider attractions of East Bali. Accommodation tends to be quite basic and aimed at the backpacker market, although 3 stars villa is also available. The serenity of Padang Bai is suitable for old citizens or who want quiet place, no nightlife here.

Get in

Map of Padang Bai

By car

If you don't want to go to Lombok, rental car maybe is the best option. Rental car can be hired everywhere including by online and can be delivered at Ngurah Rai International Airport when you landing and give it back also at the airport. Many rental cars now use Low Cost Green Car for only Rp 150,000 to 175,000 per day with capacity maximum for 4 passengers including driver seats. The car Daihatsu Ayla and Toyota Agya is suitable for 2 persons with maximum 170 cm height and 2 children. Indonesia fuel price is relatively cheap compare to western countries price and the car can run 15 to 20 kilometer/liter.

By taxi

Padang Bai is about 90 minutes by taxi from Ngurah Rai International Airport and a pre-paid coupon costs Rp 365,000. Padang Bai is 54 km east from Denpasar and takes about 1 hour to 90 minutes to drive from the southern tourist areas of Kuta and Legian.

By bus

The national tour bus company Perama has Padang Bai in its network. They will pick you up from your accommodation in many areas of Bali and take you to your destination. Perama shuttle buses to Padang Bai leave from Kuta, Sanur, Ubud, Candidasa and Lovina. Reserve one day in advance. The Perama office in Padang Bai is at Dona Restaurant, Jl Pelabuhan, near the jetty (tel: +62 363 41419).

By bemo

Regular bemos ply the main east coast route between Klungkung, Padang Bai and Candidasa. Bemos routed through Padang Bai leave from Batubulan terminal in Denpasar. Bemos and minibuses arrive at, and depart from, the port entrance; orange bemos from Amlapura via Candidasa, blue or white bemos from Klungkung and pale-brown minibuses for Amlapura or Batubulan terminal in Denpasar.

By boat

There are slow public ferries from Lembar (Lombok) every hour, 24 hours a day. The trip normally takes four hours (but it can be considerably longer in poor weather) and costs Rp 36,000. Ferry staff often offer their private room to tourists for an extra Rp 50,000. The room is clean and comfortable with 2 or 3 beds. It should be understood that this ferry has a poor safety record. There is a ticket office, waiting area and small cafe adjacent to the pier.

Bali4Ride offer one way or open return trip ticket for Fast boat to Gili Islands or Lombok with maximum seat capacity of 92 people. Their price is Rp 450,000 one way and Rp 650,000 for return trip. You will got insurance (provided by PT. Jasa Raharja), cushioned, reclining seats, LCD TV with DVD player, clean toilets, sun deck, ample storage for baggage.

BlueWater Express is the fast boat pioneer from Bali to Gili Trawangan. They have three daily departure from Serangan harbour and Padang Bai harbour in Bali. Their price is Rp 690,000 one way and Rp 1,380,000 for return trip. You will got insurance, snacks and mineral water on board.

Perama runs daily cruises from Lombok (Rp 200,000) and the Gili Islands (Rp 300,000) to Padang Bai one way. The trip takes 4 hours from Gili Trawangan and 6 hours from Senggigi (Lombok). Perama Express leaves Padang Bai daily at 13:30 and arrives at Gili Trawangan Harbour at 07:00 and at Senggigi (Lombok) at 09:00.

There are fast boat services from the Gili Islands via Teluk Kode (Lombok) to Padang Bai. Operators have been coming and going, but one constant has been the Gili Cat service for Rp 660,000 one way. Travel time is 2 hours. Gili Cat leaves Padang Bai daily at 09:00 and arrives at Teluk Kode (Lombok) at 10:00 and at Gili Trawangan Harbour at 10:30. In high season there's also a departure at 14:00.

There is another boat service from Sampalan at Nusa Penida to Padang Bai. Travel time is about one hour.

Get around

You do not really need any transport within Padang Bai as everything is within walking distance (maximum one kilometer or 2 kilometers vice versa). If you want to explore the surrounding area, motorbike rental and car rental are widely available. You can go in one day tour to Candidasa, Tirta Gangga, Taman Ujung (Edge Sukasada Park), and see sunset at Lempuyang Temple.

Get Out

Padang Bai functions as the gateway to Lombok and the Gilis for those traveling by boat. There are two main options:

Public Ferry/Slow Boat

Book at the larger pier in the harbor. Tickets should be around 50,000.

Fast Boat

Virtually everyone in town will try and sell you fast boat tickets. At least during low season (Oct 2014) pricing appears to be extremely flexible. Posted prices can be up to 660,000 for a one way trip to the Gilis, but we were able to negotiate three open ended return trip tickets for 1,000,000 RP (333,333/p). Prices during high season are likely much less negotiable.

See

Bias Tegul beach at Padang Bai

Beaches

The main beach is generally awash with colorful double outrigger fishing boats in the shape of a marlin. The front of the boat is shaped with the point of its mouth open wide and large eyes looking to the heavens. Either side of the main beach are two other hidden coves with nice, quiet white sand beaches.

Temples

Silayukti Temple Padangbai Ceremony
Silayukti temple bali

If you need a break from the beaches, there are some temples to discover. These are not especially notable temples, but still worth a visit. Padang Bai has five major temples: Pura Dalem, located downtown, Pura Segara, located next to the beach in between town and the main beach, Pura Telagamas, Pura Silayukti and Pura Tanjungsari in the eastern end of Padang Bai. Of the five Pura Silayukti is the most notable, having been the home of the great Hindu sage Empu Kuturan and dating back to the 11th century, making it one of the oldest extant temples on the island. Just walk along the beach road to the end and up around the headland. Don't forget to bring a sarong and a sash.

Do

Massage/Spa

Snorkeling

There is good snorkeling in the bay, though the snorkeling at the Blue Lagoon is much better. Many of the local dive operators organise trips to this spot. If the waves are large, don't bother snorkeling as the current is extremely strong and visibility will be 1 to 3 metres at best. On a calm day expect lots of fish and great visibility. Buoys mark the furthest point snorkelers should go. For even better snorkeling you can charter a boat.

Several places in Padang Bai rent snorkeling equipment.

Diving

Padangbai is noted for its diving and the friendly dive centres are right on the beach with their own bars for after-diving refreshments.

Buy

There are many ATMs in Padang Bai: BRI bank 100m away the police station (doesn't always function, gives a maximum of Rp 500,000 and does not accept VISA cards), Bank Mandiri 200 metres from the harbour along the beach road (accepts VISA cards and gives a maximum of Rp 1,500,000), BCA and Danamon on the main road next to the Police station.

Eat

Padang Bai restaurants feature good-priced seafood and the usual travellers' fare.

Drink

There are plenty of bars and small cafes to choose from along the beach in the village. On entering Padang Bai, head over to the left of the bay, keeping the ferry jetty to your right. The road here runs along the beach and is full of activity, dive shops, bars and small home stays (nice and cheap).

Sleep

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under Rp 250,000
Mid-range Rp 250,000-1,000,000
Splurge Over Rp 1,000,000

A wide choice of budget-leaning accommodation is available in the village, and along the road behind the beach. Upstairs rooms in the village places, especially up on the hill, catch the breeze and have fine views.

Budget


Mid-range


Splurge

Stay safe

There are reports of cases involving aggressive porters at the dock demanding excessive payments when you are waiting to board the ferry. To be safe, do not allow anyone else to carry your luggage.

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