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If you want to check out the scuba diving on Bali's east coast then Padang Bay makes a great base, and Padang Bai Beach Resort is the place to stay. Set overlooking a working beach, is the Absolute Scuba dive shop and their resort which consists of a 2 storey row of rooms, overlooking a restaurant, swimming pool and a row of garden bungalows.
Rooms:22 Diving in: Bali - Padang Bay and the Gili Tepekong and Gili Mimpang Dive type: Boat dives Divers: Max. 16
Without being fancy, Padang Bai Resort is a comfortable and relaxing spot, ideally located to access the local dive sites of Blue Lagoon and the nearby Gilis: Tepekong and Mimpang. Guests tend to hang out by the poolside soaking up the sun and enjoying drinks from the poolside 'Buddha Bar'. There are a few other dining options along the beach road although many guests tend to dine from the resort's restaurant.
Operated by an English couple with a technical diving background, you can expect good safety standards, free nitrox and a great enthusiasm for the local Bali scuba diving. You will either use local junkungs or their fibreglass speedboat when doing your 2 dives a day, depending on the number of other divers. A few days here can sit well with short stays in either Tulamben or Lembongan or, with airport transfers included, a few days at Padang Bai Beach Resort could be your main focus for diving in Bali.
Destinations:Padang Bay, Amuk Bay: Tepekong and Mimpang. No diving on days of arrival and departure.
Resort diving includes:
Dives (as detailed in the packages above), boat rides to sites, experienced English-speaking divemaster (maximum 4 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available), scuba tax, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks. Diving excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own):
Scuba equipment (approx. US$ 20 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival. Optional extras:
Night dives, dive computer, diving insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Resort accommodation includes:
Bed, breakfast, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks, internet access, taxes. Accommodation excludes (mandatory):
If you are a single person it is compulsory to pay in advance for a single supplement. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival. Optional extras:
Lunch, dinner, alcoholic drinks, return resort transfers to Denpasar airport. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there:
The property is situated along the beach road in Padang Bai on Bali's east coast. Padang Bai is around 1.5 hours by car from Denpasar International Airport. For more information see our Bali travel information section.
Dive clubs and group discounts:
To experience the best Bali scuba vacation, and to avoid long and arduous daily road transfers, we recommend that you book a combination of resorts in Bali, to include the Tulamben area and Padang Bai to dive the east coast, Lembongan Island to scuba dive Nusa Penida, and Pemuteran to dive the north west coast.
There are several levels of accommodation and price at Padang Bai Beach Resort. Gardenview Rooms and Balcony Rooms (double and triple bed) are found in the long, modern 2 storey building. There is also a family room here. On the other side of the property are 4 stand-alone Garden Bungalows with outdoor Balinese showers.
There are 11 local Padang Bay dive sites. A typical day starts at 8:30 am and is either to nearby sites and returning to the resort after each dive or a 2 tank trip to local sites a little further away (Gili Tepekong and Gili Mimpang). Water and snacks (crisps, peanuts) are provided on the boat.
There may also be 3 tank trip where lunch is included. Trips further afield to Bali's Nusa Penida on Lembongan Island may be available but will incur a surcharge payable at the resort.
The centre owns 2 boats; one is a fibreglass speedboat, the other is a Jukung. They both feature:
Separate equipment storage
Camera rinse tanks
Water and snacks (crisps, peanuts)
Nitrox is provided free of charge to EANx-certified divers. Equipment, dive computers and cameras are all available for hire. The efficient shop staff do all the carrying and rinsing so you can just focus on enjoying your Bali scuba vacation.
The dive centre facilities include a shower, personal equipment storage, lockable drawers, rinse tanks, oxygen and first aid.
Padang Bai Beach Resort is quite a simple place so do not expect glamorous holiday facilities. You can expect services like laundry and complimentary airport shuttle. However for most guests, staying here means diving and relaxing by the pool, investigating the busy working beach and port, or walking 15 minutes to the nearest quiet beach.
Resort facilities include: Restaurant - Bar - Swimming pool and sun beds - Satellite telephone - Laundry - Baby cots - Open-air lounge with games - Books and movie library
Padang Bai Beach Resort has its own restaurant set in the centre of the property in an open air dining area. Here guests can order from the menu which consists of a mix of international and local cuisine. Special occasions are often marked by the introduction to the dining options of a whole roast suckling pig or a local seafood banquet.
The resort's menu includes:
International main courses
Various Balinese snacks and specialities
Italian dishes including pizza
Desserts and cakes
Special dietary requests catered for
The complimentary breakfast menu offers you many choices including fruit with yoghurt, Nasi Goreng and a full Australian-style breakfast. You can help yourself to fruit and drinks on the buffet.
The nearest re-compression chamber is in Denpasar, 1.5 hrs away. Although the resort has public liability insurance, we advise customers to have their own dive insurance policy - see our insurance programme for a insurance programme.
All the guides are qualified PADI Rescue Divers - 1 for every 4 scuba divers. Dive boats are equipped with marine radio, mobile phone and fire extinguisher. Oxygen and first aid kits are always carried on the speedboat, and there is an additional supply back at the resort.
Padang Bai Resort has 24 hr security and CCTV. There is a safety box in reception as well as in all rooms. The nearest police facility is 5 minutes away and there is a local hospital 30 minutes away.