Bingin is located on the western side of the Bukit peninsula between Dreamland and Impossibles. Its is ideal for advanced surfers and has a beautiful wave, a left hander, that works really well during the dry season (June-September) when off shore winds are the norm.
Bingin is a reef break with only one take off point and the thing I hear from my Aussie mates is that sometimes tempers get a little frayed when everyone including the locals are trying to get on the same wave at the same time.
High tide seems to be the best time to surf and I have also seen surfers at mid-low tide, the edge of the reef becoming more obvious.
A Bingin local told me that the beach is safe to swim on and that swimmers should stick to the left side of the beach at high-tide and anywhere on the beach at low tide.
Getting to Bingin from Kuta means taking the Bypass in the direction of Nusa Dua. Look for the Uluwatu turn-off to the right after a couple of miles. Take that turn and head through Jimbaran up the hill towards Uluwatu at the far west of the Bukit.
Up the hill you will pass through a small intersection, just keep going towards Uluwatu. And after another 4 kms you will come to this turn-off to the right at the village of Pecatu. Easy to spot as there are not many turnoffs of this size and on the left side of the road is this Balinese temple. You will also notice the Indonesian flag and the Wartel (phone office) on the right.
Just around the corner is a handy little warung I have eaten at before. They do an okay nasi campur and satay.
Follow the obvious route the road takes, remembering that most of the traffic is surf related and use that as your guide. Looking a the map of the Bukit you will see there is a loop that circles round from Pecatu, to Bingin, to Uluwatu and round again to Pecatu. Following the road you will come across a couple of large signs for Bingin & Impossibles as well as a selection of guest houses. The first one is this sign. Following this road will lead you to a small selection of decent cliff top places including Pondok Indah Lynie, Secret Garden and Leggie Bungalows. You can get cars and motorbikes down this road although it turns into a dirt track, and there are some nice looking houses down there.
About 20 meters past the sign for the bungalows is a sign for Wika Café pointing to another sign for Bingin & Impossibles. This road is popular with surfers who are not staying in the cliff top places. You will ride for several minutes through a small village area then dead-end at this parking area. Locals are always around to ask you for 5,000rp parking and there is enough space to park cars.
Right there is a nice little restaurant called Yuli & Jelly Café. Accommodation available.
A hike down across a old looking bridge and across someones field (try to ignore the cows and roosters) will take you to the offshoot of that dirt track mentioned earlier. Keep going straight past all the new construction and follow the narrow dirt path round several corners until you get to the final section overlooking the surf. Along the way you will pass Kembang Kuning Ocean View Bungalow, right on the cliff top.
The way down to the beach is via some steep steps, so if you are an older person you might prefer another beach like Padang Padang to relax on. You will immediately notice the array of guest houses and warungs on the beach and the slopes close to the beach.
I visited in March (low season) and Bingin seemed very quiet, although there was swell and locals were having a great time riding nice 5ft waves. I asked a few different people how many guest-houses were in Bingin and was told 33 to 35. Needless to say I am not going to spend all week visiting every one of them as after a while I got a good idea what was on offer. Almost all guest-houses have something that pretends to be a warung attached and during high season (June-September) all these will be in operation.
The general consensus is that on the beach you can get a room in a bamboo shack with fan for around 30,000rp per night, 40,000rp -50,000rp for a couple per night. Up on the cliff the nicer places have a widely variable pricing structure.
The next beach to the north, Dreamland, is visible and you can walk there at low tide. In fact one guest-house owner told me its possible to walk to Uluwatu also.
Prices at Moyo Café include: 1 Small Bintang 12,000rp, 1 Large Bintang 20,000rp, 1 nasi goreng 10,000rp
Starting at the left side of the beach I noticed some places closed for the slow season including Tom Tom. The 3rd or 4th place is called Juniarti Warung. As usual this place featured a beach-side warung, surfboard paraphenalia, massage beds / crash pads and proper accommodation upstairs. Juniarti has 11 crash pads and 6 upstairs rooms for 30,000rp per night. Rooms were lockable with simple bed and fan, electric light.
Prices at Juniarti include: 1 Small Bintang 12,000rp, 1 Large Bintang 20,000rp, 1 nasi goreng 15,000rp
Along from Juniarti is Herawati. I spoke to Wayan Saliamiatta the owner who is a Bingin local. Wayan told me Herawati has 6 upstairs rooms for 50,000rp per night. Rooms were lockable with simple bed and fan, electric light.
Wayan said that in the high-season (June-September) there are many places renting surfboards, in fact almost every place has a rack.
Surfboard rental prices are : 25,000rp-40,000rp per hour, 350,000rp per week. Only small boards are usually available.
During high-season there will be at least 5 places doing ding-repair, only 3 places operating in the low-season and only when there is swell.
Prices for ding-repair are : 20,000rp-30,000rp for small holes, 600,000rp-700,000rp for a snapped board.
Contact info for the Herawati: 081 23949822
Basically these are all surf oriented, but you can take one of these just to splash around on the beach if that is your thing. The boat will take you straight there from Bingin, wait for about 3 hours and bring you back.
Prices for Sticky Boat Tours are:
Nusa Lembongan $250 (ouch!!!)
Nyang Nyang 100,000rp
Padang Padang 50,000rp
A weird pricing structure and one that I am sure changes with the tides.
Sticky Boat Tours operates in high and low season and can fit up to 8 people in the boat. Practice up on your paddling skills beforehand as who knows how reliable the motor is, especially if you are going to Nusa Lemongan!
Contact info for Sticky Boat Tours: 081 55887956
Mades Warung Bingin has 6 rooms upstairs for 30,000rp per night. Also has crash pads for 15,000rp per night.
Prices at Mades Warung Bingin : Small Bintang 15,000rp, Sprite 5,000rp, nasi goreng 10,000rp.
There are better places to stay up on the cliff-top and read Cliff-top accommodation at Bingin, coming next, for more information.
For people requiring resort type quality on the Bukit you can check out our hotels in Jimbaran and Nusa Dua.