The Bukit Peninsula
With it’s rugged coastline and powerful surf the Bukit Peninsula has been a favourite amongst travelling surfers for sometime now. Secluded beaches, secret coves and sandy nooks abound in this part of Bali, some more easy to find than others.
The towering limestone cliffs offering expansive views of the mighty Indian ocean are unique to this part of Bali. The Bukit (as it’s referred to) meaning ‘hill or hilly’ has for a long time been overlooked as an isolated region of the island largely populated by local fisherman and farmers. This however is beginning to change with tourists both local and foreign awakening to the areas appeal.
The locals are friendly by nature and charm you easily with a flash of their welcoming smile. Their culture entwined with their Hindu religious beliefs give way to a gentle, relaxed and happy people.
Our location: Bingin
Melali is located in the outskirts of Bingin village, is situated on the south west coast of Bali along the Bukit Peninsula. The village is tucked away off the main road between Padang Padang and Dreamland and is home to one of the best surf breaks in Bali.
Melali lies at the end of a one-way laneway dotted with local homes, homestays, villas and farmland. You’ll get to witness our Balinese neighbours going about their day, making offerings or tending to their cows and chooks.
Bingin village lies atop the stunning cliffs. To access Bingin village from Melali, expect a 10 minute walk (or 2 minute scooter ride). Once in Bingin you’ll find a convenience store, some local shops selling local wares and souvenirs, a surf shop, a cafe, a spa and two yoga studios.
From the village there are approximately 150 steps down to the famous Bingin Beach.
Bingin Beach is unique in the fact it remains one of the last bastions on the Bukit Peninsula yet to be overrun by big development. It is dotted with quirky beach huts and local warungs offering food, drinks and shelter from the hot Indonesian sun, for tourists, expats and locals alike.
To get there, you traverse the famous stairs and snaking alleyways leading you to the beach below. Its relaxed village vibe is immediately felt as soon as your feet hit the sand. Scattered across the beach watching the world go by are surfers, swimmers, sun bakers and local ‘Ibu’s’ (women) peddling their wares.
As the day crawls to a close and hunger sets in, there are a handful of dining options. One not to be missed is the the nightly seafood BBQ offered by a few local warungs. Their fresh, daily caught seafood is cooked on beach grills, all you have to do is choose your seafood, order a beer, sit back and feel the sand between your toes.
Facing west, Bingin Beach is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down into the shimmering Indian Ocean.
Getting Places from Melali:
Melali to Cashew Tree (our closest cafe) - 10 minutes by foot or a 2 minute scooter ride.
Melali to Bingin Beach 15 - 20 mins on foot, 2 minutes to the carpark with scooter or car then 5 minute walk down the stairs to the beach.
Expect a 15 minute scooter to Uluwatu Beach (Single Fin).
It will take approximately 20 minutes to the Uluwatu Temple by car/scooter.
Bingin Beach. Bali. Images by Ryan Robson - Copyright