Padang Padang Beach – one of Bali’s best secrets

Padang Padang Beach in Bali

Padang Padang beach is one of Bali’s best secrets!

Padang Padang Beach is one of Bali’s best kept secrets.  Seemingly guarded by the cheeky monkeys in the ‘lookout pavilion’, the entry to this beautiful beach is though a tight pathway deep into the rocky cliff-face.

We stumbled on Padang Padang Beach quite by accident.

Discovering this secret beach was a lovely surprise.

On our way to Uluwatu Temple to see the traditional Balinese Kecak Fire Dance at sunset, our driver suggested we walk down to the beach.

Padang Padang Beach - Bali's secret beach

Crossing the road we stepped onto a moss covered stone pavilion where a number of cheeky monkeys darted around on the handrails accepting food and water from tourists, and ‘posed lazily’ for photos.

Padang Padang Beach

Steep, stone steps, chiseled through the rock crevice to lead us downwards some 500 metres below. There was room for people to pass each other only by flattening themselves against the rocks as they descended towards the beach.

Brightly coloured beach umbrellas, beach chairs, canoes and surfboards available for hire. You must visit Padang Padang Beach - Bali's best kept secret beach! Click To Tweet

As we descended down the path we could hear the sounds of the waves gently lapping on the beach.  We knew the beach must have been nearby but couldn’t see anything as we were totally surrounded by rocks and dense jungle with no idea as to what lay below.

As we stepped out of the pathway onto the sand, we were taken aback by the view!

Padang Padang, a beautiful secluded little beach with clear blue water and golden sand at least a hundred people lay sun-baking or lazing around on the beach.  Many more were bobbing around in the warm tropical water.  Quite possibly one of the most stunning beaches ever!

Padang Padang - one of Bali's best kept secretsA truly self sufficient cove, hidden away from the rest of the world!

Someone clearly had developed a highly lucrative tourism enterprise.  Brightly coloured beach umbrellas, beach chairs, canoes and surfboards available for hire.  Many were enjoying an icey cold ‘Bintang’ or a freshly squeezed fruit juice or barbecued food purchased from the bar!

A splash and a paddle in the beautiful blue tropical waters, the obligatory selfie for our photo album as our proof that we’d mastered the steep decline and we turned around to face our biggest challenge … the return climb back to the top of the cliff!

Padang Padang Beach is on our list to visit again, and next time we’ll spend the day!

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Padang Padang Beach

Have you been to Bali yet?  Check out our Bali Itinerary with 5 awesome day trips for first time visitors.  Bali has a great deal to offer as a tourist destination, make sure you see it all.

Have you been here yet?   What’s your favourite ‘secret’ beach in Bali?  Care to share some of your favourite secret beaches?