The dual surf spots of Padang Padang are located on the northwest coast of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, the southern-most portion of the island and a surfing Mecca. Sandwiched between the equally famous breaks of Uluwatu to the southwest and Impossibles to the northeast, there are several important things you should know about surfing Padang Padang.
Padang Padang Left and Right
Surfing Padang Padang’s fame comes mainly from Padang Padang Left, sometimes referred to as the “Balinese Pipeline” because of its similarity to Hawaii’s legendary Pipeline break. Like Pipeline, Padang Padang Left is also a reef break that is best left to the pros or very experienced and skilled surfers. Surfing Padang Padang Left might reward the “kamikaze” surfers, but during low tide it can be a dangerous risk to take. This powerful break provides speed, tubes and an average wave height of 10 feet (3 meters). If you’re good (or crazy) enough to try it, look out for the sharp coral reef underneath the shallow water as well as jagged rocks.
If you’re not quite the pro or kamikaze but still want to taste what surfing Padang Padang is all about, try Padang Padang Right, a beautiful beach break that is perfect for beginners and intermediates. High tide provides a long, unbroken wave, which is great practice for honing your technique, especially if you’re progressing from riding white water to unbroken waves.
Padang Padang beach is a sandy beach located 3km (2 miles) north of Uluwatu temple. It is accessed by a stepped path and besides surfing it is a beautiful spot for swimming, sunbathing and canoeing.
Surfing Padang Padang is best during the dry season of June to September. If you’re looking for smaller crowds you might also want to try April, May or October, months bordering on Bali’s wet season.
Both left and right breaks are consistent in high quality surf, if completely different from one another. Enjoy surfing Padang Padang, Bali’s most famous surf spot!