Padang Padang is down in the south of the island on the Bukit Peninsula on the way to Uluwatu. Padang Padang means “green grass” and this well-known surfing spot is home to the annual Rip Curl Cup Invitational held between July and August.
Padang Padang lies beneath a bridge and is visible from the road, so you can check to see if the surf is working. Padang Padang is usually only good for surfing in the dry season when there are big swells, but when the conditions are right, it’s really pumping!
There are narrow steps leading down to the beach, which has golden sand and is protected from the waves by a coral reef, making it safe to swim. A mixture of surfers, tourists and expats come to this beach and it is much more tranquil than the likes of beaches in Kuta and Seminyak. On the beach you can get the usual snacks like Nasi Goreng and cheese jaffles, as well as ice cold Bintang beers.
In the Padang Padang area on the main road you have restaurants, motorbike rental, money change and an internet cafe. Most of the accommodation is within walking distance from the beach and is pretty basic and cheap- ideal if you’re on a budget. Places to stay in the Padang Padang area include Ayu Guna Inn, Padang Padang Inn, Padang Padang Sari Homestay, Kongsi Inn, Guna Mandala Inn and Sunny.