padang padang beach is located in the south of bali on the bukit peninsula, near uluwatu. the small beach sits below a bridge, and is accessed by stairs carved into the cliff (its pretty incredible actually!) its known for surfing, but the surf is far enough out and the shore is protected by coral so the beach great for swimming. during low tide you can explore further down the beach around the rocks and into some of the fun little caves along the water.
there are several little warungs (small family owned restaurants/shops) on the beach and i had easily the best nasi goreng (fried rice) of the trip at one them. you can also get beers, jaffles (pressed sandwiches), rent beach umbrellas, surf boards, or buy a sarong.
we got lucky and missed the start of the annual rip curl surf competition by a day. overall its a peaceful beach and definitely worth checking out.