Padang Padang Surf Spot
Locally known as Labuan Sait Beach, Padang Padang is one of the waves in Bali that keeps surfers coming back.
Considered one of the best lefts on the planet, Padang Padang is typically a notch all experienced surfers are looking to carve into their belt. Situated on the Bukit peninsula, SE trade winds blow offshore into walled-up, barrelling perfection. Due to the advancement in surf forecasting, on the best days, you can expect to see professional surfers in the line-up, fresh off the plane. Even for experts and professionals, a great day at Padang Padang could be the barrel of your life, it could leave you with a broken board, or it could leave you in the hospital. Long story short: know your limits. Padang Padang is worth the trip, even as a spectator, so take a look below for surf tips and recommendations on the top surf accommodations in the area.
What kind of wave is Padang Padang?
What kind of wave is Padang Padang Right?
Padang Padang: Reef Break
Baby Padang: Reef Break
Padang Padang: Experienced
Baby Padang: Beginner
Padang Padang: Left
Baby Padang: Right
Padang Padang: Reef
Baby Padang: Reef
Padang Padang: Personal preference
Padang Padang Right: Personal preference
Padang Padang: Rounded pin shortboard to step-up
Padang Padang Right: Short board or longboard
Padang Padang: Crowded
Baby Padang: Crowded
Padang Padang: See below
Padang Padang Right: Crowds and reef
Best swell direction:
Padang Padang: W
Padang Padang Right: SW
Best wind direction:
Padang Padang: SE
Padang Padang Right: SE
What tide is best:
Padang Padang: Mid to high tide
Padang Padang Right: Mid to high tide
Best tide movement:
Padang Padang: Rising
Padang Padang Right: Rising
Padang Padang: Inconsistent
Padang Padang Right: Consistent
Best time of year:
Padang Padang: May – September
Padang Padang Right: Year-round
Padang Padang: Intense
Padang Padang Right: Friendly
Other names for spot:
Padang Padang: Pantai Lubuan Sait
Padang Padang Right: Baby Padang
Most Common hazards
You can encounter just about every hazard you can think of at Padang Padang. From a large number of photographers swimming in the lineup to thick crowds of surfers. Pay special attention to the shallow reef on the end section, currents which can drag you over the end section of reef as the water sucks out, the heavy lip, barrels clamping down and of course the crowds!
How do you get in and out of the surf?
From the beach, you’ll see the break off to looker’s left. The channel forms on the far end of the shoulder on looker’s right. Paddle out at the channel and stay clear of the break until well outside. Once even with other surfers in the line-up, start at the shoulder, watch a few surfers, and wait your turn. There are a few more paddle battles at Padang Padang than you might expect other places in Bali but remember never to fight in the line-up, or it will be your last session in Bali.
What is the beach like?
Padang Padang is an open white sand beach surrounded by cliffs on either side and rock formations protruding from the sea. There are a few warungs where you can grab a bite to eat on the beach and inside of the reef is a great place for a dip with friends. There’s a small entrance fee at Padang Padang Beach of 10,000Rp. From the parking lot at the top of the cliffs, you’re likely to see monkeys swinging through the trees as you pass through the temple halfway down the stairs. Might be worth it to stop for a quick prayer/blessing before paddling out in the gnarliness of Padang Padang.
Where should I stay?
Cheapest Price Range – Guna Mandala Inn
You’ll find places like Guna Mandala Inn all over the world where surfers come exploring. 100 meters from Padang Padang, you’ll be most likely spending the majority of your time on the beach. Simple tile floors connect patios, bedrooms, and bathrooms make it easy to sweep the sand away as it drops off your ankles. Air conditioning is intact and free wifi, though a little spotty at times, is included. Don’t forget Padang Padang’s general proximity to other surf spots in the area. If you hire a scooter or car you’re only a short drive from everything from Dreamland to Uluwatu. If your partner is looking to spend more time hanging poolside than shredding, take a look at some of the other options on our list.
Mid Price Range – Padang-Padang Inn
Padang-Padang Inn offers modest, simple, clean, and comfortable surf accommodation. Built as a high rise with attached restaurant and pool, Padang-Padang Inn gives the feeling of staying in a condo complex. A quick 6-minute walk to the surf makes it easy and accessible to neighbouring world class waves. All in All, Padang Padang inn is a great choice for surfers on a budget trying to stay comfortable.
Afforable to Luxury Price Range – Rapture Surfcamp Padang Padang
Rapture Surfcamp Padang Padang is one of a network of four surf camps in Bali, Portugal and Nicaragua that provide epic surf vacations and surf schools for people from all over the world. Whether you are a beginner looking for a surf school or a more experienced surfer wanting to discover new surf breaks, Rapture Surfcamp Padang Padang is there to help you get the very best from your surfing experience.
Luxury Price Range – Suarga Padang Padang
Suarga Padang Padang is the luxury spot in Padang Padang for couples and honeymooners looking to surf. Committed to environmental sustainability, Suarga Padang Padang is constructed almost entirely from locally sourced and recycled wood and bamboo. Overlooking the ocean, you can keep your eye on the peak while watching fisherman wade through the inner reef and sip a cappuccino. With everything from basic rooms to villas, Suarga Padang Padang offers quick and easy access to the ocean for when the conditions are right and the privacy that families, couples, and surfers dream of.
Is there food nearby?
Om Burger – When thinking of the cuisine in Bali you may have images of acai bowls, kale smoothies, and avocado toast. Om Burger takes a side step from these more popular millennial, traveller, and aspiring dishes by providing overstuffed and often open-faced burgers. Om Burger is a great place to celebrate your last barrel amongst friends and load up on calories for your next session.
The Mango Tree Cafe offers a wide variety of health-conscious western and eastern inspired dishes. Walking distance from the beach and most accommodations, The Mango Tree Cafe is a nice retreat from the typical warung. Don’t forget to try the cheesecake.
Nalu Bowls Bukit – Considering your travelling and surfing in Bali, chances are that you’re looking to stay in paddling shape. After a few nights on the bintangs, you might need to recharge your batteries. Nalu Bowls is a great fresh and healthy option for your post dawn patrol surf. A short walk from the beach, Nalu Bowls offers fresh fruit, homemade yogurt, vegan options, and a plethora of smoothies. A great place for a quick bite to recharge before your next session.
Cacho Sunset Grill – There’s nothing like surfing that gives you a true hankering for a burrito. Cacho Sunset Grill offers a surf inspired Mexican cantina that will make you feel like your in Baja rather than Bali. Great for families looking to fill up hungry kids and surfers looking for good food on a budget.
Blue Heaven Bali is by far the most luxurious food option on this list. With ocean views, infinity pool, and boutique cocktails Blue Heaven offers the opportunity for a romantic night away. They specialise in weddings so if you’re looking for a destination, this should make the list for consideration.
What else is there to do in the area other than surfing?
Padang Padang Beach Party – Every Saturday night there is a raving party held on the beach at Padang Padang (Labuan Sait Beach). Beach parties at Padang Padang vary in live music from DJ’s to the very popular reggae band Ulu Roots. BBQ dinners, fire dancing and fireworks are also common most Saturday nights. It is a great night and usually a highlight for a lot of travellers especially any night that there is a full moon.
do I need
White Monkey Surf Shop Padang Padang is just up the road from Padang Padang, White Monkey Surf Shop offers board rentals and gear sales. Great place to look for a new surfboard or used boards left behind by a previous surfer.
Where is Padang Padang?
Padang Padang is on the south-west side of Bali tucked just north of the southernmost bulge of the Bukit Peninsula.
How to get around?
Taxis are not plentiful but can be found in the Padang Padang area. There is a taxi stand at Padang-Padang just north of the bridge and one or two taxis are often sitting there waiting for customers. Otherwise, the best form of transport in Bali is by scooter and you will have no trouble finding one to hire.
Is there parking fees?
Padang Padang parking is 2,000Rp per scooter and 5,000 Rp per car. From the parking lot, you will have to cross the road and then pay 10,000Rp to enter Padang Padang beach.