The real name of the beach at Padang Padang is Labuan Sait, which means “small harbor” in Balinese. For as long as anyone can remember, fishermen have used the deep-water bay at Labuan Sait to anchor their small, paddle-powered fishing boats. You can still see a few of these traditional wood boats tied up on the beach at Padang near the lifeguard tower.
No one is quite sure how Labuan Sait came to be known as Padang Padang, which is actually a smaller beach just to the south, before Uluwatu. Many of the Pecatu locals believe that it started with one of the early bule (foreign) surfers to visit Bali. As the story goes, the bule was out surfing at Uluwatu on a big day and got swept down the coast by the strong current, past the real Padang Padang beach all the way to Labuan Sait. As he paddled in through the channel, he was stunned to see the spitting image of a Pipeline barrel thundering perfectly across the reef. When he reached shore, he mistakenly thought he was at nearby Padang Padang beach. As time wore on, more surfers heard about the mind-blowing waves at “Padang Padang” and the name stuck.