Ok here goes. We asked on Instagram if you wanted us to start blogging again and we had an overwhelming yes vote. We had a lot of inquiries about our trip to Balian so I guess we may as well start here. I hope you enjoy our new easy to read blog layout, let us know!
Balian is a sleepy surfing town which can be found in the upper West Coast of Bali approximately 2.5hrs from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
There are two major surfing options within the Balian area. Balian is a beach break known for its usually longer and better shaped lefts from its rights. The water can be murky here at times after a lot of rain as there is a river mouth that runs into it.
Medewi is another 30mins north west from here, and is a left hand point break. The bottom is made up of boulders. Jacko got some of his longest rides here. It also boasts one of the most user friendly waves in Bali and is a great beginner wave.
As you can see there is lots of wave options for the beginner through to the advanced in this area…. depending where you sit.
We stayed in Balian which we would recommend, especially for families. Everything is so close which is handy for those not confident to jump on a scooter. You can head to the beach, grab some food from a warung or a massage which is all within walking distance. We stayed at Istana Balian which has a few great options for single travellers, couples and families. It’s only a short 3minute stroll to the beach and also boasts the best food around. Even if you don’t stay here be sure to drop in for some food and drinks and catch some live sport on the TV. Pondok Pitaya is another accommodation spot especially popular for surfers and yogis and has a range of accommodation options. It is adjacent to Balian Beach and you can watch the surf from the pool. It’s also another spot to grab a coffee or some food after a surf. There are also some great villas around just situated back from the beach, most with ocean views.
As mentioned make sure you drop into Istana Balian for dinner and Pondok Pitaya for a post surf snack. Also be sure to try Sushi Surf Balian which overlooks Balian Beach. Although it is western prices it was absolutely delicious and so fresh!
What besides surfing?
Ok so there is also some fun things to do away from the waves. If your up for it drop in to Pondok Pitaya and do a casual yoga class. Just be sure to drop by maybe the day before and check in what times they run as it can change. I was able to go twice and really enjoyed both my classes.
Go hang out at Secret Bay. At the top of the hill over looking Balian Beach turn right at the sign towards Secret Bay. Down here you can explore a little hidden bay after crossing a driftwood bridge. Get a cute Instagram photo on the swings overlooking the bay and wander down the paths on the cliff leading to great photo spots. Also if you see the sign “nature walk” it will lead you to a bat cave (an actual cave full of bats). Or alternatively you can just see them hanging off the cliff to the right of the secret bay swings. There is also a resort here where you can use the facilities such as the pool and restaurant for the day.
Hire a scooter or a driver with a car and explore your surrounds. We started to head off towards Medewi And found this massive stretch of isolated black sand beach with thousands and thousands of crabs scuttling off to hide when we walked by. It was amazing and Kanoa loved just exploring the beach.
So there you have it. Our first post after a very long hiatus and we have so many things to blog about coming up. Tell us your thoughts and if you have seen anything on our Instagram @saltythree that you want us to write about just comment here, DM on Instagram or shoot us an email.
✌🏻 Saltythree~ Ash.