Padang Padang Beach is the beach made famous by American actress Julia Roberts in her much maligned film “Eat Pray Love”. The beach is accessible from Jalan Labuhan Sait, Pecatu, and about a 15-minute drive from the huge – yet uncompleted - statue of the Hindu God Vishnu at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park. Just follow the road and look for the off-street parking sign.
To get to the beach from the car park it’s a 5-minute walk on a path which takes you through a narrow crevice between some huge rocks. I’m pleased to say that this beach is a huge improvement on the now ruined and overly-commercialized Dreamland Beach which is not far away.
The sea at Padang Padang is really calm and some people even do a bit of snorkeling – not that they will find too much sea life though! Further out, however, and there are some big breaks and this explains why Padang Padang has become famous as Bali’s premier surf spot despite being very dangerous because of the exposed rocks.
A far better option than trying to tackle the hazardous surf is just chilling out on the beach. Work on the tan. And read a book - as long as it ain’t that rubbish novel about an American woman trying to “find herself” in Bali! Hahaha!