Bingin beach is a surfers delight and a wannabe’s dream. However it is also a perfect place to relax and live slow – slow on Indonesian time that is. Off the bustling main road, the roads get narrower and narrower which persist in snaking frantically through the lush rainforest until it ends abruptly by bungalows claiming sea views. Disoriented as to where the sea view actually is, don’t hesitate to ask the giggling locals who seem to know exactly what you are looking for. Are we still in Bali?? The tropical surrounding say “no”, the organic sounds say “no”, but the little ‘warung’s’ with ‘WIFI’ and ‘Surf boards for Hire’ snaps me be back to reality.
Surf is what puts Bingin Beach on the map. A good, constant reef break keeps local businesses happy. Even in low season the waves reach at least 3-4 foot. The hidden stairs down the cliff face to the beach are lined with little cafes which have set up shop to feed the appetites of the energetic tourists. All boasting diverse menu’s offering a variety of western and local foods, awesome breakfasts (especially at Kelly’s) and delicious vege/fruit juice options which of course are all to be eaten on their rickety verandahs overlooking the magnificent coastline. Be warned though, Bingin doesn’t like early risers or night owls. Breakfasts start at 8am (at Kelly’s) and food finishes just after sunset.
The idyllic beach is small, yet oozes appeal. The shelled white sand is interrupted by marbled rock pools throwing cool hues from its mirrored reflection. Dark jagged outcrops hide passageways through to private caves and shady cays where you will go unnoticed for hours. Sit and enjoy watching the locals creep upon fish, casting their bait nets with precision or watch the impressive surfers take on the barreling waves. Bingin truly is a little nook of paradise in the concrete jungle which has become Bali.
On top of the cliff is generally a little more extravagant with options to stay in shmick hotels with all the mod cons from $90. Waterfront accommodation on the cliff face is cheaper, with basic rooms and shared amenities from $25 a night, the surf views come for free.