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Bingin Beach (Pantai Bingin) Insiders Guide

It’s no secret Uluwatu is known for its spectacular beaches, and Bingin Beach, also known by the locals as Pantai Bingin, is no exception. This Bali paradise, with soft white sand, mesmerizing blue water, and possibly the best surf break in Bali, is the perfect place to spend a day or three.

Bingin beach insiders guide

Whether looking for a hot day in the sun or a weekend of surfing, Bingin Beach checks all the boxes. However, there are some things you should know before you go to make sure to maximize your experience.

Since I live in Bali and am somewhat obsessed with Uluwatu beaches, I’m excited to share everything I know about Bingin Beach and why you should add it to your Bali 10-day itinerary.

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Where is Bingin Beach?

Bingin Beach is located in southern Bali on the west side of the Bukit Peninsula, about a 1-hour drive from the Canggu/Kuta area, depending on traffic. It sits between two well-known surf spots, Dreamland Beach and Padang Padang.

Pantai Bingin Beach

The beach is only a few minutes from the famous Uluwatu Temple, so it’s easy to include this spot in any exploration of the Bukit Peninsula.

What to Expect at Bingin Beach

Bingin Beach is a narrow white sand strip against Uluwatu’s dramatic limestone cliffs. The main surf break is more than suitable for intermediate and advanced surfers, but it can be tricky for beginners of shallow shore breaks.

bingin surf

The beach is relatively small, but its clear blue waters and perfect waves make up for it. However, it’s important to note that there aren’t any facilities on the beach, such as toilets or showers.

You also won’t find the beach loungers with umbrellas as you find on some of the more established Uluwatu beaches, so make sure to bring a towel to sit on, sunscreen, and coverups.

However, several beachfront restaurants along the cliffs make great spots to take a break or grab a bite. If you’re looking for more of a beach day, plenty of resorts are nearby with ample amenities.

How to Get to Bingin Beach

Like most of Bali, there are several options to get to Bingin Beach. The best transportation option for you will depend on your level of comfort and whether or not you are traveling in a large group/kids.

If you’re experienced, a scooter is the most cost-effective and fastest way to get to Bingin Beach. You can rent scooters in Bali for around 7-10 USD per day, depending on the style and age of the bike.

I recommend renting a Nmax 155, especially if you’re two of you. The larger bikes are much more comfortable and stable on the uneven roads of Bali. You can arrange the rental through your hotel or Airbnb host or our favorite service provider Bikago.

If you’re comfortable driving yourself, renting a self-drive car is next. This is our preference for our family of six when we visit the beaches of Uluwatu.

Depending on the season and the type of car, the cost will range between 20-35 USD. For more details, check out our comprehensive post about renting a car in Bali.

bingin beach bali

The most popular way to get to Bingin Beach, especially for first-time visitors to Bali is to rent a private car with a driver. The cost is more reasonable than you might think at about 40-50 USD for about 8 hours.

There is a good reason why this choice is so popular. The driver handles everything, so you don’t have to worry about navigation, traffic, and liability.

Lastly, you can use ride-share apps like Grab or GoJek, which use cars and motor scooters. These services work like Uber to pick up and drop off on demand.

However, there is some risk to using these ride-sharing services in more remote areas such as Uluwatu. It’s possible to get stranded if a driver is not nearby. I may or may not be speaking from experience 😉

Bingin Beach Directions

If you decide to do it yourself, the best way to get driving directions to Bingin Beach is to search for ‘Bingin Beach’ on Google Maps.

The driving directions will lead you to a grass field designated for parking. The cost is 10,000 IDR (67 cents) for cars and 5,000 (33 cents) IDR for scooters. The last time we were there, they collected payment when we exited.

From the parking, follow the makeshift signs that point toward the beach.

Directions to bingin beach

The narrow path has a few zig-zags but ultimately leads to the stairs descending to the beach. Just a heads up, there are about 150 stairs.

Best Time to Visit

The best time of day to visit Bingin Beach is in the mornings or late afternoon since the sun on Noonday is hot, and the beach has very little shade.

Mornings also generally bring in the best waves. I recommend going in the morning if you’re visiting Bingin Beach for its surf break.

A late afternoon is a good option to lounge on the beach as the sun sets and enjoy dinner at one of Bingin’s cliffside restaurants, such as Bingin Bagus or Lucky Fish.

As far as which time of year is best, I suggest going during the shoulder seasons April-June and September to October, for fewer crowds. Also, when planning your trip, make sure to check on the seasons in this detailed post about Bali weather by month.

Best Tide For Bingin Beach

If you are looking to catch a wave at Bingin, you can score at all tides. But a low to mid tide and medium swell will give you the best chance at a barrel.

best tide for bingin beach

For lounging and swimming, a mid to high tide will open up enough sand to set up shop while still allowing enough water to dodge the rocks to take a dip.

What to Bring to Pantai Bingin

Bingin Beach doesn’t have much going on in regard to access to goods, so you’ll want to bring everything with you for the day. Here are the must-bring items to Bingin Beach:

Where to Stay at Bingin Beach

Bingin Beach is not just for day-trippers. If you are looking for an idyllic escape, there are several options for places to stay near the beach.

Here are our top picks for the best places to stay at Bingin Beach.

1. Mu Bungalows Boutique Resort

Mu Boutique is at the top of the list of accommodations at Bingin Beach. This resort offers everything from cozy bungalows perched on the cliffside to large villas accommodating up to 12 people. The amenities include Abracadabra, a top-rated restaurant and bar, pools, a spa, and even a yoga deck overlooking the sea.

Cost: Starts at 130 USD per night

Web: Mu Bungalows Boutique

2. Sal Secret Spot

Accommodations at Bingin Beach Bali.
Photo Courtesy of Sal Secret Spot

This eco-friendly friendly boho style resort is one of the newest additions to Bingin Beach. It has an all-white aesthetic with views of the crystal blue water and a pool, restaurant, and yoga platform on site.

Cost: Starts at 120 USD per night

Web: Sal Secret Spot

3. The Sun & Surf Stay

Best accommodations Bingin Bali
Photo Courtesy of The Sun Surf & Stay

This one is all about the location since it’s set right on the beach, just steps away from the famous surf of Bingin Beach. You can’t put a price tag on waking up and looking directly out over the sea. It’s a great option for surfers who want a front-row seat and easy access to one of the greatest surf spots on the island.

Cost: Starts at 200 USD per night

Web: Sun and Surf Stay

4. Legends Beachfront

Best places to stay at Bingin Beach.
Photo Courtesy of Legends Beachfront

Legends is another one of the few accommodations on the beach at Bingin. The only thing that separates you from the stunningly beautiful sea and epic surf swells is 10 meters of soft white sand.

Cost: Starts at 140 USD per night

Web: Legends Beachfront

5. Morabito Art Cliff

Morabito is a luxury accommodation near bingin beach
Photo Courtesy of Morabito Art Cliff

Whoa! If you’re looking for a luxury stay with a view, Morabito Art Cliff is hard to beat. The five themed cliff-side villas, Santorini, Miami, Capri, Manhattan, and Cartagena, offer panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. They are outfitted with all the bells and whistles you’d expect at a 5-star resort.

Cost: Starts at 380 USD per night

Web: Morabito Art Cliff

Bingin Beach FAQ

How Much Does Bingin Beach Cost?

It’s free! There is no cost other than the 5,000-10,000 IDR (.33 – .66 USD) parking fee (if you drive yourself) and the 150+ steps required to walk down to the beach.

What is Bingin Beach Known For?

Bingin is well-known for its beautiful white sand, world-class surf break, and jaw-dropping sunsets. It’s also becoming increasingly popular for its luxury accommodation options perched atop the cliffs overlooking the beach and turquoise blue sea.

Can You Swim at Bingin Beach?

Swimming is not recommended at Bingin Beach due to the strong currents and lack of lifeguards. It’s best to stick with relaxing on the beach or watching the surfers from a distance.

How Many Steps to Bingin Beach?

Access to Bingin is much like the other beaches in the Bukit Peninsula of Bali, steep. You’ll need to traverse down and then back up 150+ steps.

Is Bingin Beach Good For Kids?

We are pretty adventurous with our kids and bring them pretty much wherever we go, and Bingin was no exception. However, I wouldn’t suggest bringing little ones to this beach because of the steep steps, strong ocean currents, and lack of shade.

Other Points of Interest Near Bingin Beach

Bingin sits directly smack dab in the middle of Dreamland Beach and Padang Padang, two of the more popular beaches in Uluwatu. Just beyond those are Balangan and Thomas beaches, only about 10 minutes away.

I can’t make it through an entire post without talking about food. 🙂 The Cashew Tree, our favorite restaurant in the Uluwatu area, is literally less than 5 minutes from Bingin. It’s fantastic, give it a try, you’ll thank me later!

Last Word: Bingin Beach Complete Guide

Bingin Beach is a stunningly beautiful beach in Bali’s Bukit Peninsula. It offers some of the world’s best surf, breathtaking sunsets, and an unforgettable experience for all who visit. Whether you’re looking to catch a wave, take in the stunning views from a cliff-top villa or enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants, there is something for you at Bingin Beach. So make sure to add it to your itinerary!

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