Padang Padang Beach, locally referred to as Pantai Labuan Sait, is one of Bali’s most famous surf spots, located on the north-western coast of the island’s Bukit Peninsula, and just a kilometre southwest of the Anantara Bali Uluwatu. This beach features an exotic setting; a simply stunning one hundred meter-long stretch of sand that is accessible down a flight of stairs through a unique hollow rock entrance. The surf has a steady set of barrels during good weather, attracting wave riders from around the world.
Part of the group of world-class surf spots that line the coast of the southern peninsula, Padang Padang Beach lies several kilometres in between Bingin and Uluwatu, among which surfers usually hop to interchangeably for a different set of challenges and another thrill for the day. This beach is also a regular spot for international surfing events, the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang being the most frequent.
If you’re coming by car or scooter, there’s a handy car park directly opposite the entry to Padang Padang Beach. Head down the concrete stairs, past the monkeys (watch your sunglasses and snacks) and you’ll reach a crazy narrow staircase that’s built in between the limestone cliff face. Follow it down and you’ll find yourself in the thick of the bustling beach. There are stalls selling colourfull sarongs and plaited friendship bracelets, guys hiring out a range of different surfboards including paddle boards, and a bunch of warungs selling fresh coconuts, cold drinks and freshly-caught seafood.