Which was perfectly OK.
After a 2-hour drive from Canggu, we arrived at Padang and paid a small fee to enter the beach. We were then greeted by vicious monkeys! No really, they scared the crap out of us. To enter Padang, you have to walk down a flight of steep stairs, then go descend more stairs crunched between two mountains. If you’re claustrophobic, maybe skip this beach or hold your breath because it’s just a quick jaunt.
Anyway, once you’re off the stairs and away from the monkeys, you step onto this
Padang is also the beach where bits of Eat, Pray, Love was filmed. We spent a few hours here and the water felt great. The beach was packed with people and vendors selling clothes, accessories, food and drinks. Padang is also where I attempted to surf.
I failed miserably. I’m an amateur when it comes to surfing, but I’ve been doing it since I was a child. Back home in Hawaii, I’m able to get onto 3-foot waves (according to Hawaiian measurements). That day in Padang, it was maybe 2-3 feet. So pretty small. But it was just so different! The waves were super pitchy, which Jesse explained to me that the waves break quickly and not gradually. And, the tide was super low, making it super shallow.
I couldn’t catch anything. But hey, I tried.
Here’s a picture of the crew at Padang:
And then, here’s us. We had a good time.
From here, we headed to Ulu Watu. Ulu Watu is the southwestern tip of the Bukit Peninsula. It includes the much-revered temple and famous surf breaks. Here, we watched the crazy surf, and the tides roll in as it quickly went from a very low tide to high.
We even ventured to the famous Single Fin and shopped, ate, drank and watched the sun go down. The vibes were amazing and it felt like a dream ~