BEACH BLOGGERS BALANGAN TRIP REPORT - visited May 2015
Behind the back-of-beach warungs/beach lounges is a small cliff (abt 10m - you may be able to see it on the above image) - there is a big grassed area behind. which slopes up gradually to some of the flashpacker joints. These have elevated sea views (must try to stay in one next time) and there are some steep steps in the cliffside for shortcut access to/from the beach.
Details will be clearer if you click-expand image.
The two beds were not parallel but the stitching mechanism of my elcheapo Olympus's panorama setting has exaggerated the V between the beds.
THE RESTAURANT up near reception had a nice outlook over the gardens and pretty nice food at prices well above the warungs down at the beach but still pretty decent by western standards. The inclusive breakfast was a bit basic.
OVERALL I thought Brothers' was an okay place - maybe a bit expensive, but all Balangan accommodation seems to have a premium with the exception maybe of those beach warung surfers' crash pads.
Note the local traffic mafia have exit fares out of Balangan sewn up, making them considerably more expensive than incoming taxi fares (big signs around "town" TAXI DROP-OFF ONLY") but I knew this from last trip and factored it into the overall cost/value equation of the visit.
I've already mentioned changes from my previous visit on the BALI'S BEST BEACHES PAGE but I'll repeat that there was a raft of new villas and resorts open and being built - some of which were very distant from the beach (up to 5km; be careful when booking) and another which was a new Surfers' motel-like hostel virtually on top of the beach....
.....and that when I did my usual wander to check the rather attractive Dreamland and Bingin areas nearby, my shortcuts had been cut off by new developments.
MORE THAN SURFING HAPPENS AT BALANGAN
JULIE'S BALANGAN TRIP REPORT - visited August 2012
Beach Blogger has this thing for Balangan on the Bukit peninsula south of Bali airport. I'm not a great fan of Bali's beaches (if you are on Bali and want a nice beach fly to Thailand) but agreed it would be a nice close-to-the-airport change from our usual Sanur or Kuta to spend the last few days of our trip.
*low tide/high tide do not occur at the same time each day - as BB points out elsewhere they come roughly an hour later each day - and you should maybe google "Bali time tides" if this factor concerns you. The time gap between low and high tides is a little over 6 hours so if it is low tide at 1230 when you arrive it won't be too bad 2 hours later. Just don't dive too deep off the sand - I noticed BB doing the old belly-flop at such times.
Balangan's super fast waves are for experts, not that this stops the inexperienced from trying them on. This and the fact that most waves are too fast for even the experts makes for some very entertaining viewing - crunch time coming up above.
Anecdote: Beach Blogger has too much faith in maps. We are sitting in the car adjacent the above sign on arrival from Canggu. BB is saying "no no, the place is over a kilometer further on, up a side road". Our driver is trying not to giggle at my eye rolling expertise.
You usually get no more sand than this, and at high tide it disappears. But 2012 had a bonus - if you click to expand you will see a much wider section in the middle background as per the shot below.
So there you go. You may get the impression I'm less enthusiastic about the general Balangan-Dreamland-Bingin area than Beach Blogger. Go to the top of the class.