After our very short (10-minute) trip to Dreamland Beach (New Kuta Beach), we moved on to another beach in the Pecatu area of Bali: Padang Padang Beach, also known as “that beach from the movie Eat, Pray, Love” starring Julia Roberts.
The fun started when we were greeted by the beach’s naughty and funny welcoming committee: the monkeys!
The monkeys in Padang Padang really cracked us up! They were all grooming one another that it almost felt like we were in a beauty parlor for monkeys.
We didn’t bother going to the popular Monkey Forest in Ubud because a friend told us not to waste our time there. “The monkeys will only steal your stuff!” she warned. Also, Mike decided that we should probably skip it because in case the monkeys go bananas, “I don’t want to get some kind of ebola virus,” he joked. The monkeys at Padang Padang Beach were harmless, though. Actually, our driver Made told us that the monkeys in Bali are generally gentle, as long as they are not provoked.
To get to the beach, visitors need to descend a narrow staircase in between a large limestone cave. It’s not the most ideal passageway for claustrophobics, but it’s really quite an experience. This is also the only way back up, and only one person at a time can go through so there can be a bit of traffic when there are people going up and down at the same time.
And if there is a monkey passing through, you must let it go first because in this place, they are the boss!
Padang Padang Beach, just like Dreamland Beach, is a popular beach for surfers. It’s also quite small and was occupied by a lot of people, which only made it seem smaller. If you’re expecting that you’ll have the beach all to yourself just like Liz and Felipe did in the movie, you most probably won’t.
Like I mentioned in my previous post, our driver said that locals don’t like going to the beach that much because they don’t want their skin to get dark. True enough, Padang Padang Beach was alive mostly with fair-skinned beach bums (mostly Caucasians) who want to achieve the perfect tan.
The heat was a little overpowering that afternoon and it was a little too crowded when we visited so we didn’t really stay long. We just took a few shots before proceeding to our next beach.
If you’re a huge Eat, Pray, Love fan, you’ll probably be curious about Padang Padang Beach and want to check it out for yourself. The water in this beach is clear and beautiful, especially with its surrounding rock formations and soft sand. However, you will have to share this beach with a lot of people — tourists and hawkers alike — and the beach is already small to begin with. Like Dreamland Beach, this beach is worth a look if you love to surf or if you’re in the Pecatu area. Otherwise, you can just skip it and go to Suluban Beach instead.
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