Padang Bai is the name of a small town in Bali. It is a bustling port but also known as a good diving and snorkeling spot in East Bali. Located in a very protected bay surrounded by hills and long beaches where colorful boats are made on the beach. Both small and large ships lowered their anchors between the daily lives of traditional fishermen. It evolved as a famous port around beautiful surroundings and stunning underwater scenery.
It is a transit point to Lombok and the other islands next to Lombok, people are there to reach the surrounding islands by ferry or speed boat that departs and returns through the port of Padang Bai every day. The fast boat takes about 1 hour 30 minutes to the main island of Lombok depending on wave conditions.
Besides as the main port of fast boats and ferries from Bali to Lombok, Padangbai also has an area worth to visit by a tourist. Padangbai was famous as the diving and snorkeling point. The best of 3 diving point of Padangbai: Blue Lagoon, The Jetty and Ferry Channel. You can meet the turtles, sharks and Giant Travellys's in there. If you want to snorkeling or diving, you can visit Traviora as they provide many tours and water activities around Bali.