The Bingin Beach is located at the base of a large cliff that is dotted with cafes, warungs, and inexpensive to expensive accommodation. Despite the fact that most of these structures are butted up against each other, the lack of motorbikes or cars creates a very relaxed atmosphere. It’s a great place to drink a beer and watch the sunset, with views of Dreamland, Bingin, Impossibles, Padang Padang, and even Uluwatu depending on which side of the cliff you’re on.
There are numerous beautiful rock pools to explore or lounge in at low tide, and you can even walk all the way to Padang Padang along the reef and beach.
Bingin Beach Waves
Bingin can be surfed at any tide, but a low to mid tide on a medium sized swell is your best bet for a barrel. On higher tides, it has a short wall but can get pretty soft, and you’ll see complete beginners surfing here on a small swell/high tide combination.
Bingin is more sheltered from swell than most other spots on the Bukit, so if the Peak at Uluwatu is overhead, Bingin will most likely be shoulder high, which is a good size for here. When it gets into the overhead range, regardless of tide, it tends to break wide and burger.
When is the Best Time to Surf
Bingin Beach, like the rest of the Bukit Peninsula, is best to surf during the dry season (or winter) months of April to August. They provide much more consistent swells in the SW channel, allowing spots like Impossibles and Binging to shine.
At this time of year, offshore winds from the east (trade winds) are also common. The wind can last into October and November, but the swell usually drops a little, making it a good time for beginners and improvers. All of that being said, we surfed Bingin Beach in December and had no trouble finding great waves, albeit a little smaller.
Bingin Beach View
Bingin is one of Bali’s most beautiful beaches, with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. The white sandy beach is at the bottom of a steep set of about 200 steps that will give your legs a good workout and get your body sweating.
Bingin is one of many hidden beaches with great waves, beautiful views, a few shady spots from the sun, shelter from the trade winds, great people watching, and plenty of warungs to keep you fed. When the tide is high enough, it’s a nice spot for swimming and cooling off in the water, with enough water to keep you off the reef.
Worried you won’t be able to find a place to sleep?
There is a wide range of accommodation styles available at Bingin Beach, catering to all types of surfers and travelers; there is something for everyone. The most comfortable and luxurious accommodations are located on the cliff’s edge, with breathtaking views. With the exception of a few, the cheapest accommodations are located along the cliff face, only a few steps away from the beach and into the surf.
Hardcore surfers have been shacking up in these types of budget rooms for years, many without air conditioning, just to be able to get into the surf at Bingin at any time and avoid the exhausting climb back up a couple of hundred stairs!
Bingin Beach Location
If you are staying in the Uluwatu area, I recommend renting a scooter and driving over to Bingin. If you’re coming from Kuta, Seminyak, or Canggu, it’ll take you about an hour to 1.5 hours.
If you’re coming from the airport
Take Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai south towards the Bukit peninsula. Drive approximately 2.8 kilometers from Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai and then turn right onto Jalan Raya Uluwatu. Continue straight for approximately 20 kilometers; the road will then become Jalan Raya Uluwatu Pecatu.
Take the next right onto Jalan Labuansait after the road makes an exact 90 degree right angle turn. After nearly 3 kilometers, turn right onto Jalan Pantai Bingin in Pecatu and continue for approximately 1.3 kilometers until you reach the Bingin carpark.