It's no secret that Bingin beach in Bali is one of my favourite places in this great big world of ours. From the travelling surfer, backpacker, flashpacker, to the high rolling cliff top resort dweller, Bingin brings together a melting pot of cultures and nationalities. Perfect surf, perfect sunsets and a beautiful location, Bingin is the business!
I won't deny that as a surfer it was anything but the perfect and mechanical left that first lured me to Bingin. Bingin the wave, is a perfectly formed left barrel that breaks over sharp and shallow coral.
(Bingin from the beach)
It breaks right out front from the beachside/cliffside Warung's and after a long day of perfect surf it doesn't get much better than siting in a Warung, sipping a ice cold Bintang as the sun sets, watching the last few surfers, slip into a few last barrels.
(Kelly's Warung - Sunset Beers)
During the day the actual beach at Bingin is relatively quiet. You'll find a few girls laying out on their beach towels, a few Euro's strutting the beach and groupies chilling watching pro surfers, but for most people its just to hot. If you're not swimming or surfing chilling in a Warung with some yummy food and a cold drink is a much better option.
Come early evening however the beach comes alive. Not crazy alive but in a Bingin chilled out kinda way. More people hit the beach, sitting watching the surf and sunset. The Euro's get strutting a bit more. The beachside Warung's get busier with people sipping beers, watching the sunset, the surf and the Euro's strutting on the beach. The smell of charcoal bbq's and grilling fish starts to waft around. Three of the Warung's do an epic fresh fish bbq, tables on the sand, toes digging in and the water lapping at your feet if the tide is high. So good, so fresh, so cheap, with maybe a Bintang or three to wash it all down. Life's good!
(Evening backhand slider - from Mick's Place)
If you're onto it you'll be staying for a few days. Beachside, cliffside or on top of the cliff there is accommodation to suit all budgets and million dollar views for everyone.
(View from MU - towards Impossibles)
(Sunset Warung - $20 a night, double bed, cold water ensuite and balcony with those million dollar views)
Yes there are steps, big uneven steps, lots of steps and a rabbit warren of paths and alleyways at the top, but that just means only the keen and worthy will make the effort.
Pack yourself a bag and a Bamboo Beach towel or Turkish towel, strap on that motorbike helmet or safer yet wave down a taxi and do yourself a favour, next time you're in Bali get yourself out to Bingin to enjoy yourself some Bingin beach goodness.
(Steps to the beach)
(Bingin from MU)
All captioned images by Bamboo Beach