PADANG BAI BEACH
"I love that Padang Bai is still a small, typical Balinese fishing village and has some gorgeous little places for tourists to stay, eat and play. Best of all, the place is authentically Balinese when so many other places have gone way down the tourist track catering to western ideals.
I've been coming to Bali since 1994 and this place continues to draw me in and have me stay, with its tranquility and cultural traditions. The village is located on the south-eastern side of the island, approximately 40kms from Kuta. Fishing is their mainstay and if you are a fish foodie then this is going to knock your socks off.
Padang Bai Fishing Village also plays a critical role as far as transport systems are concerned. This is attributed to the fact that it presents a transit point for ferries travelling between the main island and Lombok.
Tour the local market like a Balinese and get fresh farm produce to prepare your meals if you are staying in a villa. Proceed to the three village temples (pura) on location at Padang Bai. These temples are the location of an array of traditional rituals, so it is fascinating to watch just how well Balinese have preserved their culture over the years.
Padang Bai is known for its main seaport in eastern Bali, where ferries and boats leave with tourists to Lembar Harbor on the neighboring island of Lombok. The village has much more to offer when you visit. It offers a number of cultural sights and has a large collection of white sandy beaches.
In Padang Bai divers will find no shortage of dive schools. The schools form one line at the beach of Padang Bai. Boats operated by the locals also bring you to the best places to discover the waters around the vibrant reefs. The view under water is very good here.
A great highlight in Padang Bai for beach lovers is the beach in the Blue Lagoon (bay). This is a small bay northeast of the seaport in the village. It has only a 60 meter long white sandy beach, where you can snorkel away from the beach, which is very worth a visit.
Many divers join a five-minute boat trip from Padang Bai to a dive spot with the same name. At that spot the divers can enjoy the great Napoleon fish, various types of reef sharks,
stonefish's, moray and blue ribbon eels, slugs, rye, jellyfish and octopuses, giant frogfish and cuttlefish. They belong to the variety of marine animals at Padang Bai. Here are the best spots to discover the vivid reefs teeming with marine life and with good visibility.
Another beach, often referred to as a 'hidden beach' because of the location between small hilly rocks, is Bias Tugel, a 130m long strip southwest of the port of Padang Bai. Most of the year you will find calm and blue water here. Here you can relax on the sand or under the coloured parasols with sun loungers. The beach that shares the bay with the seaport is not so busy, especially at the eastern point you can swim and snorkel pretty well.
There are several temples around Padang Bai, but the most significant is the 11th century Pura Silayukti. This is located northeast of the bay and the seaport. A path takes you to the hill, where two other temples will be found, namely Pura Tanjungsari and Pura Telaga Mas. Silayukti's vibrant temple celebration, which falls on the Wednesday's Kliwon Pahang of the Balinese ('pawukon') calendar, is visited by pilgrims from all over Bali for four days.
From a Travel Blog:
"Padang Bai has remained a small, typical Balinese fishing village. While there are many facilities catering for tourist's need like hotel and restaurant. Blue Lagoon is a favorite snorkeling spot for families and new snorkelers because the waters are extremely calm. The snorkeling area has a sandy bottom and is home to one of Baliís coral reefs. While you are exploring the reef, expect to see cuttle fish, angel fish, cow fish. "
Padang Bai Beach Resort
Located in Padang Bai, Padang Bai Beach Resort is the ideal base for relaxing and comfortable accommodation. Due to its key location, guests are able to access several interesting attractions such as Blue Lagoon and White Sand Beach. This dive resort offers quality rooms, all of which are fully equipped with standard facilities.
Apart from excellent facilities and services, Padang Bai Beach Resort also provides plenty of recreational activities to ensure that guests are having a pleasant stay. If you are looking for good accommodation in Bali, Padang Bai Beach Resort is definitely a smart choice at all costs.
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