Surfing Bingin Beach

surfing bingin beach

Have you ever heard of surfing Bingin Beach? probably not! it is not one of those super known spots, nevertheless its also not a top secret spot. What i can say is that the beach has been spared by mass tourism and that's cool. There is no huge mega hotel with hundreds of rooms. I'll be honest here, the beach perhaps not the most beautiful one to sunbath and the rocky environment makes it tricky to go for a relaxed swim without hurting your feet. So let's talk about surfing Bingin Beach!

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How to get to Bingin Beach?

I already made a detailed Blogpost about the Bingin Beach itself so i'll quote this section here and you can read more information about where to stay and how to get there on this post.

"Bingin Beach is situated in the southern part of Bali, the region of Uluwatu. Bali has its own airport in Denpansar which is 35 min car drive away from Bingin Beach. Book a hotel close to the beach or park your scooter at the beach parking. Just google for “bingin beach parking”. From the parking should be street signs leading to the beach. The way leads through unconventional narrow streets through the buildings in front of the beach. sometimes the way seems to be wrong but trust the signs your on the right track."

 

bingin beach surf

The drop: the surfer is on top of a clean faced wave building up on the Bingin Beach reef.

Beach or Reef break?

Surfing Bingin Beach means dealing with sharp rocks. It is a reef break and i can highly recommend you to wear water shoes. I cut my feet, not very dramatic but you can hurt yourself seriously if you're not carefully, especially on low tide. I even saw some people surfing with helmets. Always stay safe buddy.

tube bingin beach

After a successful drop the surfer maneuvers himself slightly into that beautiful tube.

 

Is there a Surf school?

Yes, there are one or two surf schools. I've never participated in a lesson nor have i analysed their teaching style, but what i can remember is that some locals paddle out with you and teach you how they surf. So don't expect a "WSL" internationally certificated pro surf school.

surfing bali

Ending the ride with splashing up a some sea water. great job!

Can i rent a board in Bingin Beach?

Of course you can! The surf schools offer boards for beginners but you will also get some smaller specimens if you are a more advanced surfer. I think there is even a shaper, because they offer board repairs right by the beach. I mean in case you f* up your board shredding too hard. haha.

About Bali

Bali is one of the Islands in the southern part of Indonesia. Mostly there is tropical warm weather on the Island. The Island has an airport in the capital city of Denpasar which is situated in the South of Bali. The most beautiful month on Bali is September and the Rainy Season lasts from the end of november until the end of march. Most people speak balinese or indonesian on the island. We travelled Bali for a month. We landed in Denpasar in the south of Bali and went up to the north. We stayed in places like Nusa Dua, Canggu, Ubud and Pemuteran.

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Steem is about to get listed on Daybit!

steem chart

I just opened my mailbox and besides a couple of business e-mails and spam i noticed some familiar words: STEEM & SBD!
Opening up this e-mail and reading through it made excited. They have already announced it but it is finally about to happen.

steem daybit

This is the official e-mail i received from Daybit. They are now finally about to list Steem on their exchange.
It say that the exact time will be 2019.03.29 14:00:00 (UTC +9)

Daybit used to be one of the top exchanges in the market. they had a setback but the concept is great and its really a exchange you can trust.
I am signed up and got a referral link ready, if you sign up with this one you get some extra +20% of their Day tokens.
Click here to get to Daybit with the referral link

This really makes me excited because the more places Steem is being listed the more exposure the whole environment gets.
I'd say it is just a matter of time until the real value of Steem is being recognized in the crypto sphere.

Have you heard of Senggigi Beach?

senggigi beach

Newest upload on the tube is our adventure day to the Beach of Senggigi. Besides two bigger resorts like the Sheraton hotel and the Kila resort, there are not that many hotels. That means the beach is not as crowded as you might experienced it in Bali in some spots. In the evening we ate dinner in the Puri Mas resort close to Senggigi and later in the evening we enjoyed a dance show of different artists and a traditional fight show. Enjoy!

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The Perfspots Liveticker

You might know livetickers from sport events, where websites update a webpage with everything that happens in a match. those livetickers are especially for people who want to know what is happening live and right now, in that match or event, but are not able to turn on a radio or a television, for example when theyre at work. Now the liveticker is a great tool to keep people up to date about events in form of mostly text but pictures, videos, audio and links to external sites as well.

Now the Perfspots liveticker will cover my daily activity of the project. When i am travelling or on an adventure i will post here where i am at the moment and a short term log of what happened, whats around me, or some thoughts i had in this moment. And when i am in the office working on content production i'll cover updates about Social Media channels and the project status in general

Just tune in every day on

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How to plan a trip?

how to plan a trip

How to plan a trip? that's a good questions and no single correct answer. There are a lot of different ways to plan a trip. The general rule is, the more time you put in planing a trip the more precise the plan will be and less things will happen unplanned and go wrong. And the less time you spend on your planning the more you have to care about and manage while you are travelling. Actually it is not wrong to go on a trip without any plans, then things don't go wrong because you take everything how it comes. But that's not everyone's cup of tea.

This is why i am writing down, how to plan a trip and i produced a video explaining how i set up a travel master plan for myself.

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What to use?

I plan my trips on google sheets. It is basically the same like Microsoft Excel, you might know this application, but with less features for formulas and calculations. But you won't need super professional calculations for your travel plan. I prefer google sheets because it is free and cloud based. Cloud based is important because if you lose your phone or notebook you can log in to your plan online with a google account wherever you are from any device and that's practical especially while you are traveling.

But there are other ways to plan your trip on. Like mentioned above it can be on Microsoft Excel or a piece of paper. What you need is a document where you can create rows and columns.

Columns

On the very first row of your sheet you will define the columns. Simply from left to right you'll define some titles that describes what the rows will show.
This is how i do it:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Happening
  • (Costs unpaid)
  • (Costs)
  • Note
  • Contact

This is not a written rule, you can be creative and write down what is useful for you. This is just an idea and might be inspirational for your plan.

Rows

Under the column titles you start to fill in happenings or corner stone events in every single row. i'll show you an example down below of one of my travel plans. You don't need to fill out every column for every event. Only fill out whats is relevant. For example a hotel arrival don't needs an exact time mostly. Or you can define a happening without a specific date, you'll just place it under a row so you remember you plan to do this after the event standing above of it. The cool thing, when you work with an application like Excel or Sheets, is that you can add and remove rows under and above some existing rows.

Example

This is an example of an existing trip plan i created for my travels to Brazil. Here you can see that i also like to work with colors: important things red, fixed things green.

How to travel?

Have you ever wondered how to travel the world for free? or where to get the cheapest flight tickets? how to discover places which are not overrun by tourists? then you are on the right site here! While i have traveled to every continent on earth (except Antarctica) i visited hundreds of different cities, thousands of hotels, restaurants and perfect spots. While this adventure i learned so many useful things. From travelling on low budget to staying in luxury resorts i share all my hacks, tips and tricks in this series.

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Perfspots stands for Perfect Spots. My passion is to explore places I've never been before. While running a startup, i travel as much as possible. Here i share the Perfect Spots i enjoyed the most. Spots you can get a great meal, sip a coffee with a breathtaking view or experience an exciting adventure. learn more about the project.

 

 

How to Travel?

How to travel cheap

Have you ever wondered how to travel the world for free? or where to get the cheapest flight tickets? how to discover places which are not overrun by tourists? then you are on the right site here! While i have traveled to every continent on earth (except Antarctica) i visited hundreds of different cities, thousands of hotels, restaurants and perfect spots. While this adventure i learned so many useful things. From travelling on low budget to staying in luxury resorts i share all my hacks, tips and tricks in this series.

Planing & Booking

  • Planing
  • Budgeting
  • Booking
    • Flights
    • Hotels
    • Airbnb
    • Hostels
    • Couchsurfing
  • Packing
    • Luggage
    • Minimalism
    • Compression pack
    • Packing for cold weather
    • Fold techniques
      • Roll technique
      • How to fold Sweaters & Hoodies
      • Pants & Trousers (Marie Kondo)
      • Shirts / Socks / Stockings
  • Preparation
    • Cloud storage
    • Timeplan
    • emergency infos

Travelling & Exploring

  • Style
    • Cheap / on a budget
    • Backpacking
    • Mixed
    • Luxury
  • Airport
  • Transportation
    • Airplane
      • Fear of Flying
    • Bus
    • Taxi
    • Uber
    • Public transport
    • Scooter rental
    • Car rental
  • Accomodation
    • Check in
    • Upgrades
  • Sightseeing
    • Research
    • locals
  • Gastronomy
    • Restaurants
    • Cafes
    • Bars
      • Find
  • Safety
    • Safety Rules
    • Pocket picking
  • Scams
    • Typical Scams

Capture & Present

  • Storytelling
    • Fundamentals
  • Camera Gear
    • Camera
    • Lenses
    • Sound
    • Stabilization
    • Tipps
  • Storage
    • SD Cards
    • External Hard Drive
    • Cloud
  • Present
    • Youtube
    • Instagram

Latest Episodes

Masterplan

Travel Map

Research Spots

Travel Vaccines

This is the agenda of all the topics ill be covering in this series. You can see there is a lot to talk and teach about. This Series should be interactive so if you have any questions or you know a very useful travel tip do not hesitate to write me a comment wherever you are (Blog post, YouTube, Instagram... etc.). If you bring up a good feedback or input i will cover it in a video for the series. this should be an interactive process and the list above keep on changing. So basically this site is the index for the "How to Travel" series, means you will find all the content linked here and you will get an overview here.

I will produce the "How to Travel" in three different Media types:

  1. Video | YouTube & IGTV
  2. Text | Blog posts
  3. Audio | Spotify

 

What do you wanna know about Travelling?

Do you have a good travel hack?

 

Life on Gili Trawangan

ship wreck gili islands

A full week on Gili Trawangan in Indonesia means really a full week of relaxing and slowing down. Already the fact, that on the island no engines are aloud and only bicycles, horses and your own feet bring you from A to B, proves that you will really slow down. But that's not the only thing. Gili Trawangan is the most populated of the three Gili Islands, that means you will find lots of nice restaurants and bars there. Gili Trawangan has a lot of nightlife to offer as well. Boats bring you to the more deserted neighbor islands Gili Meno and Gili Air. Lots of beautiful reefs for snorkeling and diving around.

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How to get to Gili Trawangan?

We purchased our Gili Boat ticket online. Actually there are a lot of different options to get over to the islands. In peak season i can recommend you to buy a couple of days in advance, otherwise you could miss your preferred departing day and time. But whilst low season you can actually book a day before departing or even on the same day you want to leave. If you decide to buy from a street seller always negotiate the price and compare different offers. You can choose between private boats, which are the most expansive, fast boats and public ferries. We chose the public ferry because it is the cheapest option and we actually enjoy a good boat trip. more about it here

 

gili trawangan boat

No engines on the Island but the boats are of course running on benzin

Where to stay?

Of course in the Pinkcoco Hotel, it is not right in the center of Gili Trawangan but they have a restaurant, a popular bar and bicycles for rent. The beach is sandy and in the water a bit rocky but depending on the tide there are some good areas to go on a swim. And of course there is a hotel pool if you prefer to avoid the salt.

Check it out here

gili restaurants

Amazing restaurants on the island. Places to have a meal, stare at the ocean and live life to the fullest.

Which are the best Restaurants on the Island?

Well, its difficult to choose which one are the best restaurants but there are some we really can recommend. Healthy, delicious and chilled locations. The prices on the island are a bit more expansive than in Indonesia because it is also more touristy but still affordable. So here we go:

Besides those Restaurants i can highly recommend you to eat seafood in the local market or in a seafood restaurant (lots of them around)

nightlife gili trawangan

The nightlife is vibrant on the island. live music and raving party all night long.

Horses do the work

fruit juice gili

Do not miss the tropical fruit juices!

About Bali

Bali is one of the Islands in the southern part of Indonesia. Mostly there is tropical warm weather on the Island. The Island has an airport in the capital city of Denpasar which is situated in the South of Bali. The most beautiful month on Bali is September and the Rainy Season lasts from the end of november until the end of march. Most people speak balinese or indonesian on the island. We travelled Bali for a month. We landed in Denpasar in the south of Bali and went up to the north. We stayed in places like Nusa Dua, Canggu, Ubud and Pemuteran.

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Perfspots stands for Perfect Spots. My passion is to explore places I've never been before. While running a startup, i travel as much as possible. Here i share the Perfect Spots i enjoyed the most. Spots you can get a great meal, sip a coffee with a breathtaking view or experience an exciting adventure. learn more about the project.

 

 

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The famous Gili Water Swing

gili water swing

I'll be honest, i already saw a couple of water swing pictures swinging through instagram before i saw this Gili water swing on the Gili Trawangan Island. Nevertheless it is something fascinating, a swing placed in the middle of the ocean. This one was placed right in front of the hotel we were staying. Someone had the idea of building such a water swing and now there are a handful of swings on the island or in the sea, however you want to call it. During the daytime the swing is often occupied by people shooting pictures and making selfies. The first time i had the chance to get on it, i tried to swing. first attempt failed. One of the two swings was hanging a bit lower than the other one. with the lower one i had no chance to swing because it was too hard to get enough velocity to swing out of the water. It depends on the tide, when it's high, it gets more difficult, when low, easier. The second try on the other swing was successful. i gained height once the swing came out of the water. Trust me, that was fun!

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How to get to the Gili Water Swing?

As i mentioned there are couple of water swings on Gili Trawangan. I think there are already some in Bali as well. Just do your research. Get on the island, stroll along the beach. You can actually get around the island easy in one day. If you see a water swing out in the water and nobody is having a shooting on it. Go swing the shh out of you.

 

gili trawangan water swing

this stage is called "the posing", while shooting pictures or thinking about a strategy.

Where to stay?

Of course in the Pinkcoco Hotel, it is not right in the center of Gili Trawangan but they have a restaurant, a popular bar and bicycles for rent. The beach is sandy and in the water a bit rocky but depending on the tide there are some good areas to go on a swim. And of course there is a hotel pool if you prefer to avoid the salt.

Check it out here

water swing

This is the moment moving out of the water, use this momentum.

What is special about the Gili Water Swing?

Instead of lying the whole day on your beach chair and burn your skin while reading a bad book, move your body an feel like a child again. You will experience that it takes a bit more energy to swing while the water is breaking your speed. But once you get that velocity and height, the water splashes up when touch down, that's an amazing feeling. Getting sweaty? no problem, just drop in the ocean and feel like newborn. it is amazing trust me.

gili trawangan swing

This stage is called "sky high". feel the realease of dopamine.

About Bali

Bali is one of the Islands in the southern part of Indonesia. Mostly there is tropical warm weather on the Island. The Island has an airport in the capital city of Denpasar which is situated in the South of Bali. The most beautiful month on Bali is September and the Rainy Season lasts from the end of november until the end of march. Most people speak balinese or indonesian on the island. We travelled Bali for a month. We landed in Denpasar in the south of Bali and went up to the north. We stayed in places like Nusa Dua, Canggu, Ubud and Pemuteran.

The Perfspots Project

Perfspots stands for Perfect Spots. My passion is to explore places I've never been before. While running a startup, i travel as much as possible. Here i share the Perfect Spots i enjoyed the most. Spots you can get a great meal, sip a coffee with a breathtaking view or experience an exciting adventure. learn more about the project.

 

 

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The PinkCoco Hotel

pinkcoco hotel

It was a bit of a struggle to get to Gili Trawangan but we made it to the Pink Coco Hotel finally. Read about our struggles to get on this Island here. It was not really a surprize but as we arrived we realized that the whole hotel is in Pink. Okay the name already betrays it but to see it in real life was cool. Passports, Check-in, welcome drink, short instruction and we were ready to drop our bags in the hotel room. Guess what, the room all in pink as well. It was on the first floor with a nice balcony with a view on the Pink Coco Hotel pool. First impression... Pink 🙂

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How to get to the PinkCoco Hotel?

First of all you need to get to Gili Trawangan which is an Island. This is one of three islands located between Bali and Lombok, Indonesia. On the Islands are no motors allowed so either you get on a coach, walk or you get around with a bicycle. And it can be pretty difficult to ride to the hotel with bags on a bike. So the only options are to walk or get on a coach. It's about 22 minutes to walk from the port to the Pinkcoco Hotel. First we decided to get on a coach but the prices were really high, 100 Indonesian rupiah as i remember. It is affordable compared to other tourist destinations but compared to Indonesia the price is pretty high. So we decided to walk. After the first steps with the luggage, the bad roads, the burning sun on our neck, we decided to pay the price nevertheless.

After trying to negotiate the price we hopped on the coach.

Where to stay?

Of course in the Pinkcoco Hotel, it is not right in the center of Gili Trawangan but they have a restaurant, a popular bar and bicycles for rent. The beach is sandy and in the water a bit rocky but depending on the tide there are some good areas to go on a swim. And of course there is a hotel pool if you prefer to avoid the salt.

Check it out here

coach gili trawangan

A coach on a rainy day transporting tourists.

What is special about the Pinkcoco Hotel?

Of course it is all pink, the building, the interior, the restaurant, slippers and the towels as well. That somehow a special experience to live couple of days in a pink world. The Pinkcoco hotel has its own bar which is crowded in the evenings. people come to enjoy the sunset because it sets right in front of the bar with a fantastic view on the sea.

The famous waterswing (there are severals on the island) is in the front of the bar and a lot of tourists come just to snap a picture on this swing. when we were enjoying our coconut at the bar there were people standing in line to get such a photo... probably for instagram. 😉

drone gili trawangan

A droneshot to see the Pinkcoco Hotel from a birds perspective

water swing gili trawangan

This is me, having fun on the famous waterswing.

pinkcoco bicycle

Even the bicycles are pink

About Bali

Bali is one of the Islands in the southern part of Indonesia. Mostly there is tropical warm weather on the Island. The Island has an airport in the capital city of Denpasar which is situated in the South of Bali. The most beautiful month on Bali is September and the Rainy Season lasts from the end of november until the end of march. Most people speak balinese or indonesian on the island. We travelled Bali for a month. We landed in Denpasar in the south of Bali and went up to the north. We stayed in places like Nusa Dua, Canggu, Ubud and Pemuteran.

The Perfspots Project

Perfspots stands for Perfect Spots. My passion is to explore places I've never been before. While running a startup, i travel as much as possible. Here i share the Perfect Spots i enjoyed the most. Spots you can get a great meal, sip a coffee with a breathtaking view or experience an exciting adventure. learn more about the project.

 

 

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Boat journey to the Gilis

gili boat

After arriving with the taxi in Padangbai we've been approached by a lot of street sellers to buy a Gili boat ticket. We've already purchased one online with a dubious boat company which i'm not gonna mention here because we were not happy with the service. there was no pickup point described nor a proper pick up time or meeting point. so we had to ask our way through the hotel reception and some small offices of this company. The staff was not friendly but we managed to get to the port in time. I have never experienced such a messy boarding. The boat was delayed and we waited for more than two hours to depart. The port is pretty chaotic, people screaming around departing times from different companies, vendors are selling beverages and the waiting room is packed full with tourists.

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How to get to the Gilis?

Like i mentioned we purchased our Gili Boat ticket online. Actually there are a lot of different options to get over to the islands. In peak season i can recommend you to buy a couple of days in advance, otherwise you could miss your preferred departing day and time. But whilst low season you can actually book a day before departing or even on the same day you want to leave. If you decide to buy from a street seller always negotiate the price and compare different offers. You can choose between private boats, which are the most expansive, fast boats and public ferries. We chose the public ferry because it is the cheapest option and we actually enjoy a good boat trip.

port padangbai

The port of Padangbai

Where to stay?

We stayed at a hotel close to the Port of Pdangbai. What we didn't kow then, we had to walk all the way with our luggage to the Gili Boat ticket office and from there they brought us to the port again.

Check it out here

What is special on the Gili boat trip?

The funny thing was, that the boat seats were old airplane seats. somehow a cool way of recycling. The boat ride was comfortable. once the boat broke down, the motor stopped but after couple of minutes they fixed it again. Don't expect everything to work well if you choose the cheapest option 😉

Me personally love boat trips so i really enjoyed the whole journey from departing in bali until arriving to the Gilis. You see the Islands from the water perspective and that's cool somehow.

gili boat selfie

finally boarded and happy with our window seat. Me and Simi

gili boat trip

Not all the boats arrive there safely haha

About Bali

Bali is one of the Islands in the southern part of Indonesia. Mostly there is tropical warm weather on the Island. The Island has an airport in the capital city of Denpasar which is situated in the South of Bali. The most beautiful month on Bali is September and the Rainy Season lasts from the end of november until the end of march. Most people speak balinese or indonesian on the island. We travelled Bali for a month. We landed in Denpasar in the south of Bali and went up to the north. We stayed in places like Nusa Dua, Canggu, Ubud and Pemuteran.

The Perfspots Project

Perfspots stands for Perfect Spots. My passion is to explore places I've never been before. While running a startup, i travel as much as possible. Here i share the Perfect Spots i enjoyed the most. Spots you can get a great meal, sip a coffee with a breathtaking view or experience an exciting adventure. learn more about the project.

 

 

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The Brahmavihara-Arama Temple

brahmavihara-arama

We explored the Brahmavihara-Arama Temple in the north of Bali.  This temple is also known under the name of Vihara Buddha Banjar. We where the only tourists exploring it at the time we arrived. The North is not as popular as the south but it has so many gems to offer. The Brahmavihara-Arama is a buddhist temple and is still in use as a meditation center.

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How to get to the Brahmavihara-Arama Temple?

The Temple is situated in the North of Bali, Indonesia. It is built on a hill, overlooking the city of Banjar. The temple is actually not that easy to find so make sure to visit it with a guide or a driver who really knows how to get there. You can try it by yourself but driving with gps is recommended because there are no roadsigns showing the way up the hill to the temple.

Brahmavihara-Arama temple

this is me in front of a temple statue

Where to stay?

We stayed at a hotel close to the center of Ubud and not right in the jungle. There are tons of options. From Ubud we went on a tour to the temple.

Check it out here

What is special there?

Like i wrote before, this is not a very popular tourist spot. At the time we visited the temple there were only one or two other tourists visiting. The Buddhist buildings are very unique and the meditation rooms built in a simple and minimalistic design. The architecture is a bit Hinduism influenced because of the main religion in Bali. This place is really recommended if you are interested to learn more about Buddhism.

Vihara Buddha Banjar

The door to the jungle in a meditation room.

Brahmavihara-Arama

inside view of the Brahmavihara-Arama temple

About Bali

Bali is one of the Islands in the southern part of Indonesia. Mostly there is tropical warm weather on the Island. The Island has an airport in the capital city of Denpasar which is situated in the South of Bali. The most beautiful month on Bali is September and the Rainy Season lasts from the end of november until the end of march. Most people speak balinese or indonesian on the island. We travelled Bali for a month. We landed in Denpasar in the south of Bali and went up to the north. We stayed in places like Nusa Dua, Canggu, Ubud and Pemuteran.

The Perfspots Project

Perfspots stands for Perfect Spots. My passion is to explore places I've never been before. While running a startup, i travel as much as possible. Here i share the Perfect Spots i enjoyed the most. Spots you can get a great meal, sip a coffee with a breathtaking view or experience an exciting adventure. learn more about the project.

 

 

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