Padangbai is a sleepy fishing village on the East Coast of Bali. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the west coast, Padangbai feels a million worlds away. It is a small village, with a few homestays and guest houses close to the harbour. Most backpackers come to Padangbai simply to catch the ferry over to neighbouring island Lombok, or to take a trip to the Gili Islands. But Padangbai shouldn’t be overlooked-it has three white sand beaches and the waters are perfect for snorkelling.
If you’re not so into your surfing and more into spotting fish, Padangbai is one of the few places on the island with waters calm and clear enough for snorkelling and diving. You can do a diving course here or simply put on a mask and flippers at Bloo Lagoon beach. This beach, which is up and over the hill to the left, is a secluded spot with two warungs and white sand. It has coral and scattered rocks and if you swim out from the shore you can spot a Napolean Wrasse, reef sharks, stonefish, blue ribbon eels, rays, squid and octopus.
The only luxury resort in Padangbai is Bloo Lagoon, a luxury eco-villa resort.
The evenings in Padangbai are low-key, with a couple of beach-shack type bars and restaurants. Sometimes the Balinese locals will play guitar and have a bit of a jamming session.
To the right of the town and about a 15 minute trek over the hill is the white sand beach. You cannot see this beach from the town, but you may see it if you take the ferry over to Lombok. Many people do not realise it is there, but it is perhaps the best beach on the island. It has been referred to as Bias Tegul, Pantai Kecil (small beach), White Sand Beach or Secret Beach. The beach has powder white sand, making you feel like you’ve just stepped onto a beach in the Caribbean.