Things to do in Padangbai
If you have time to spare in Padangbai, there are several ways to entertain yourself aside from visiting Bias Tugel. Most, but not all, of the activities are water-based.
1. Go diving
Padangbai has around eight dive sites, including boat and reef diving sites, including Blue Lagoon, Jepun, Secret Jepun, Tanah Ampoe, White Sand Beach, Ferry Channel and Temple.
The Blue Lagoon dive site is the best-known, as it has sea life such as leaf scorpion fish, cuttlefish, turtles, and crocodile fish over a white-sand slope suitable for beginners. There is also a wreck dive.
There’s also a good chance of getting to witness sharks in their natural environent, especially whitetip, blacktip and nurse sharks around the Tanjung Sari and Ferry Channel dive sites. Elsewhere, there are moray eels, clownfish, jackfish, octopus, and green turtles.
2. Go snorkelling
If you’re not up for diving, snorkelling is also a great activity in Padangbai. You can snorkel directly from Blue Lagoon and Secret Beach or take a snorkelling trip with one of the organisers in Padangbai.
There are a number of stalls along the seafront, but the experiences are usually overpriced and short-lived. GetYourGuide runs a day’s snorkelling experience.
3. Visit Blue Lagoon Beach
Located on the other side of Padangbai, Blue Lagoon is the other viable beach option in the port town of Padangbai. It is excellent for snorkelling, but it is completely submerged at high tide, so you will need to check the tide timings before visiting.
4. Visit Silayukti Temple
On the way to Blue Lagoon, visit Silayukti Temple on the clifftop above Padangbai Beach. A favourite spot for the town’s monkeys, the 11th-century Hindu temple is only small. However, it is spectacular at sunset, and it provides gorgeous views over the town and the bay.
5. Take a yoga class.
If you want to take a break from swimming and stretch out, relax and embrace Bali’s spiritual side, it’s not tricky to track down a yoga class in Padangbai. OK Divers runs daily yoga classes, so call by to book a place.
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