My recent trip to Bali was my third visit to the beautiful Indonesian island. I had previously visited Seminyak, Nusa Lembogan and Ubud only briefly. As this time was only for a few days I made sure to write a list of everywhere I wanted to get to or had previously missed out on, and on this particular day we discovered three beaches along Uluwatu thanks to Dana’s help.
We arrived at Padang Padang in the heat of the day and peeked out from the view point above the cliff to receieve taunting teases of the blue water below. We descended on the beach track between the rocks along with a queue of other tourists, monkeys hanging around seemingly expectant of bananas as a toll.
Locals set up makeshift markets of snacks and sarongs along the beachfront, wherever they can find space between the hoards of tourists. There is a cove sheltering from majority of the crowds if you continue to follow around the rocks, which was only accessible from swimming while I was there during a higher tide.
It was refreshing to dive in after a non stop morning in Bali’s heat. This beach is best experienced while floating off shore with the cliff and jotting rocks in view past your toes, but I wouldn’t plan on spending all day laying on the beach. A bit too much company for me!
Photos by Nicole Cooper