Padang Bai is located in Padang Bai Village, in Manggis District of Karangasem Regency. It is approximately 53 kilometers from Denpasar, about 15 kilometers from Candidasa, and is about 30 kilometers from Amlapura, the capital of Karangasem Regency. Padang Bai lays on Padang bay, a remote bay that has been being functioned as a harbor since long ago. The name Padang Bai was taken from the name of Teluk Padang (Padang bay), which was then changed into Padang Bai by the influence of the Dutch.
This tourist object becomes interesting for its remote location, the white sand, and also for its big rocks lying on the sides of the beach that makes the underwater life protected. Here, visitors can do any kind of activities, such as sunbathing, swimming, diving, or snorkeling since this area offers a stunning underwater view, where visitors can find various tropical fishes and beautiful corrals.
Padang Bai is often visited by foreign tourists from all over the world, including those coming with cruise ships that anchored in Labuhan Amuk. Padang Bai is also known as a public harbor to Lembar in Lombok Island, Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan, and also to Nusa Lembongan.
This area provides us with many tourist facilities. Here we can find hotels, restaurants, art shops displaying handicrafts and souvenirs, diving shops, transportation operators, public transports, internet, and also money changers.
Besides being well known for its stunning panorama, Padang Bai is also known for its culture. On the east side of Padang Bai there are two Dang Kahyangan temples (Dang Kahyangan is a temple for all Hindu people). The two temples are Silayukti Temple and Tanjung Sari Temple.
Silayukti Temple was built by Empu Kuturan in 11th Century by Empu Kuturan, on his holy trip to Bali. Empu Kuturan had a very important role in making a good Hindu life system in Bali. His teachings are still applied in Balinese Hindu life until this very moment. On the south side of Silayukti Temple, there is Tanjung Sari Temple that was built by Empu Baradah, the youngest brother of Empu Kuturan.
On the west side of Padang Bai, there is Penataran Agung Temple that was built in the 16th Century by Dang Hyang Nirartha or Dang Hyang Dwijendra, who was also known as Pedanda Sakti Wawu Rauh. He was the ancestor of Empu Kuturan