Padang Bai (also Padangbai and Padang Bay) is a small port town in East Bali Indonesia near Candidasa. It serves as a ferry port for travel to on Lombok, The Three Gilis other of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is also a lovely beach town that is popular with those who prefer a small town atmosphere over the large scale beach party that is Kuta.
Many people go to Padangbai to Scuba Dive.
There’s a real traveller vibe about this little beach town that is also the port for the public ferry connecting Bali with Lombok and many of the fast boats to the Gilis.
Padangbai is is an attractive stop: it sits on a small bay and has a nice little curve of beach. A compact seaside backpackers hub offers cheap places to stay and some fun cafes.
The pace is slow, but should ambition strike there’s good snorkelling and diving plus some easy walks and a couple of great beaches. Meanwhile you can soak up the languid air punctuated by the occasional arrival and departure of a ferry.