Padang Bai, Bali
Padang Bai is East of Bali and is known for being the harbour for departing to Lombok, Gili Trawangan and other Indonesian destinations.
Padang Bai is a small traditional village in Bali, which is the home to many fast boat companies.
Although Padang Bai is an extremely busy harbour with tourists and locals passing through daily, it is very much an overlooked destination for tourists visiting Bali.
Most tourists only visit Padang Bai to travel to the Gili islands or to Lombok by fast boat. With only spending one hour there, at the harbour or in a small café waiting for their fast boat to depart. Most tourists don’t see the beauty of Padang Bai.
Padang Bai isn’t just a harbour but it is a dive location. The ocean surrounding Padang Bai, Blue lagoon and Candidasa has amazing visibility under water and is a great dive location. In the small fishing village; Padang Bai you will find Dive Schools here to join and see divers exploring the ocean daily.
Just like the Gili islands, Padang Bai is the home to many fishing boats and dive boats parked at the shore. It is easy for tourists to organize a trip out with a local fishing boat. Hundreds of tourists pass through Padang Bai each day on their way to their next Indonesian island, therefore all most all of the locals working in Padang Bai can speak English.
Locals will direct you to hostels, homestays and dive schools when rocking up at Padang Bai. Padang Bai is a small village so all the small cafes and hostels are accessible and easy to find.
Just a five minute walk up the hill from Padang Bai harbour you will find Blue Lagoon. Blue Lagoon has a great view down onto the beach and out to the ocean. The beach seems like a secret location as it is so quiet. The ocean is crystal clear and the beach is small, placed within rocks making a lagoon. Blue Lagoon is peaceful and untouched, you will find nothing here apart from one café and a few local ladies working on the beach and café.
You can really see why Bali is referred to as the ‘Island of Gods’ at Padang Bai. Many Hindu ceremonies take place every day and it won’t be a surprise if you see a ceremony or locals in their white Hindu clothing after or before praying. Hindu ceremonies take place all over Bali, but it is particularly obvious in Padang Bai. It is a great experience if you are able to see a ceremony with the locals walking in floods of white clothing, Balinese music and giving blessings to the Gods.
Overall we recommend Padang Bai as a destination for tourists, especially those travelling to the Gilis or Lombok next by fast boat or the ferry. Spend a few days at Padang Bai – Try diving, complete a course or rent a locals fishing boat. Explore the depths of the ocean, filled with beautiful coral. Enjoy the quiet Balinese village with great views before hopping on the fast boat to the Gilis of Lombok!