Padang Bai travel and tourist guide

Padang Bai is a tranquil fishing village set along a picturesque curved bay in the east of Bali. It has a lovely beach lined with fishing boats and makes for a relaxing few days in the sun. Traditionally little more than a transit point to and from Lombok and the Gili Islands, nowadays it has a laid back travellers’ scene with plenty of cheap accommodation, dining and a handful of lively beach bars.

Excellent scuba diving and snorkeling attracts a steady flow of visitors and it is also one of Bali’s most delightful spots to simply kick back and soak up the sunshine. Despite its increasing popularity, Padang Bai still retains much of its traditional charm. The beachfront transforms into a vibrant marketplace at first light as fishermen return with the day’s catch from a flotilla of brightly-coloured outrigger boats. The town also has some historic temples overlooking the ocean and wherever you wander in town, the sacred volcano of Mount Agung offers an imposing backdrop.


Accommodation in Padang Bai is among the cheapest anywhere in Bali with a wide choice of comfortable budget rooms in large hotels and small family run guest houses...more

Activities & attractions

You can explore some of Bali’s most exotic coral reefs just offshore at Padang Bai and lots of opportunity for adventurous scuba diving and snorkelling plus stunning temples...more

Restaurants & bars

Padang Bai’s specialty is fresh grilled seafood and there is nowhere more alluring to gaze at the setting sun with a refreshing cocktail in hand than this picturesque beach...more


There are also excellent road connections to the tranquil east coast beaches of Candi Dasa and Amed and it makes an excellent base for exploring the heart of Bali’s countryside...more

Padang Bai guide - fishing villages and beach relaxation

It is a refreshing change of scenery compared to south Bali’s hectic beach resorts and is virtually free from the annoyances of noisy traffic and beach hawkers attempting to part you from your cash.

The pace of life is very laid back and provides the perfect environment for a few welcome days of pure relaxation. There is an excellent variety of beach cafes offering delicious home cooking at bargain prices.

Padang Bai is a busy port and the main departure point for travel eastwards to Lombok and beyond. Visitors can still choose a breezy hillside bungalow or a room right on the beach, all at unbeatable value. A short stroll off the beaten track will also discover some lovely secluded coves and imposing black sand beaches, often overlooked by some of the area’s most imposing Hindu temples

Those requiring medical attention in Padang Bai should enquire at Water Worx Dive Center (Jalan Pantai Silayulkti, tel: +62 363 41220, email: info@waterworxbali.comwebsite: where the wife of the owner is a respected local doctor who can help with most travel-related ailments.

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