Bingin, located within the region known as the Bukit is found on the southern end of the island of Bali, Indonesia. Bukit which means “hill” in Indonesian is home to some of the best surfing spots on the island. White limestone cliffs poring into blue sparkling oceans is what attracts most to Bingin and the Bukit.
Bingin is always on our “must stay” list when we travel to Bali. Its location means it is more quiet as it is tucked up out of the way of the hustle and bustle of Kuta and its popular surrounds. The beach is accessed by cliff steps which may be a turn off for some who are used to walking straight onto a beach. We like this as it gives this place a more uncharted feel. We managed to walk down and up the steps with Kanoa strapped to our back in a sling with no troubles. On low tide Kanoa had fun exploring the rock shelf and rock pools, but it can be slippery so we were always close by guiding his hand.
Another great thing is the wide range of accomodation options available in the area from cheap rooms and backpackers right on the waters edge to more family friendly accomodation upon the cliff in the way of Villas to romantic couple retreats perfect for honeymooners. If your looking for a Villa you cant go past checking out baliretreats.com.au we always book through Bali retreats and have had fabulous customer service. We decided to extend our stay in Bingin on our last trip and although we had to move out of our present accomodatation, they moved us right around the corner to another villa.
Eating out, there is plenty of options. Most Villa stays will come with a cook but if you are looking to eat out you cant go past the Warungs on the cliff overlooking the beach. We ate down there most nights and had no troubles. You will generally see tourists flock to “Kelly’s warung” which is one of the more popular eating spots but there is also some great options for a seafood BBQ on the beach where you can watch your meal being cooked while the sun sets over the Indian ocean.
On top of the cliff amongst the villa’s is a little food paradise known as “cashew tree”. Along with great coffee and smoothies it has an amazing array of both balinese and western food options. We visited most days as the smoothies were amazing and there was a childrens play area with plenty of toys for our little “terror” to busy himself with. It was a saviour and Kanoa got to play with kids and interact.
For a change of scenery and if you have time be sure to check out El Kabron spanish resturaunt and beach club. Although abit more pricier than your local warung it is definetly something to check out especially if you have a baby sitter and want a baby free escape. We had no baby sitter but this little family of three decided to take a trek to find this beach club amongst the cliffs. Although we got very lost (we reccomend just getting transport as some fences may or may not have been scaled) we had a lot of fun on our trek.
El Kabron is amazing, its infinity pool has fantastic views. We were lucky to be there on a slow lunch day and had the pool practically to ourselves (which was good for us as we had a very busy toddler that day that was very out of place in this beautiful beach club). The staff werew amazing to our little terror and very accomodating. We enjoyed tapas and drinks and although not the usual “Bali” we are used to it was a great experience all the same.
For the surfers amongst us, Bingin is a left hand barrelling wave breaking over a shallow coral reef. Its proximetry to numerous surfing spots along the Bukit means your always bound to find a good wave.
For those looking for a spa day, you cant go past “Micks Place” for a beautiful massage ontop of the cliff overlooking the ocean. Micks place has an extensive treatment list which offer multiple services. Micks place is also popular for destination weddings and offers multiple accomodation options.
Bingin, only approx. 30mins from Kuta in our opinion should be on everyones Bali must see list from singles, couples, families, surfers, non surfers and travellers. Enjoy the quiet, enjoy the calm and the pristine ocean in what we like to think as our home away from home.
See you soon x Salty Three
(Bingin, Bali, Indonesia).