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Padang Bai (also Padangbai) is a small port in east Bali.
 Get in
 By car
Padang Bai is 54km east from Denpasar.
Indonesia is a pleasure to travel. From the kindness and friendliness of the people to the natural beauty of the countryside. Enjoyment truly is in the journey. There are many ways to travel around Indonesia and Bali at a price that won't break the bank. From taking the local bus to hiring a car and driver.
 By boat
 Get around
Padang Bai is a beautiful, small, friendly fishing village on the east coast. Not all but, sadly, a lot of people don't stop to enjoy the life of Padang Bai. Padang Bai is also the main ferry port for heading east to the island of Lombok. Most people on a limited time rush through on their way to the Gilli islands of the coast of Lombok and beyond.
The main beach is generally awash with colorful outrigger fishing boats built in the shape of marlin. The front of the boat shaped with the point of its mouth open wide and large eyes looking to the heavens to its curved bow ending in its upright tail.
Either side of the main beach are two other coves. To reach the secluded Bias Tegul Beach, back out of the the main beach cross the ferry carpark and turn up the road next to the police station. Keep walking up the hill until you see the sign to the beach on the right. Be careful on this hillside track. Before you head down into the cove turn around. Weather permitting you should be able to see the largest of volcanoes on Bali, Gunung Agung. It's a powerful sight. This village is noted for its diving and Gekko Dive (english) and Water Worx Dive Center (german/english) are the friendliest and right on the beach with their own bars for after-diving refreshments.
Bamboo Cafe is a lovely place to eat great and healthy food - they use bottled Aqua water for shakes etc. The cafe has been newly built mostly from bamboo and you can enjoy surprisingly good live rock and native music played by the very friendly and fun staff. It has also 3 nice aircon rooms. From the Police station keep walking up the hill in the direction to the Bias Tugal beach and after 100 m find the Cafe on the left side of the road.
There are plenty of bars and small cafes to choose from along the beach in the village. On entering Padang Bai, head over to the left of the Bay, keeping the ferry jetty to your right. The road here runs along the beach and is full of activity, dive shops, bars and small home stays (nice and cheap) In the evening there are a few bars actually on the beach - notably "The Reggae Bar" livens up about 10PM. They have great music and flame wielding bar staff. After a while you forget the plastic chairs that wobble in the sand as the setting is just unique.
 Get out
 Stay safe
When taking a shuttle bus and waiting for the ferry at your travel agency (such as Padang Bai's branch of Wina Wisata travel agency), beware of porters (such as an overweight middle-aged man) because they will pretend to work for the travel agency, carrying your luggage and demand excessive payments (such as $5) when you get on the boat. If you try to lower the price they will become aggressive and start threatening you. Never allow anyone else to carry your luggage - even when they are allowed to enter the travel agency!