Photo: Beach reflection, Balian.


Balian Beach

Most of Balian's hotels and guesthouses are within a five to ten minute walk of the beach, set either atop a bluff that rises above the beach or by the river. There is a full range of accommodation options, from affordable budget lodgings, to very high-end private villas.

Istana Balian
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Main Beach road
T: (087) 862 095 656

Set a mere five- to 10-minute walk from Balian beach, Istana Balian is a family-friendly hideaway that really delivers the goods at a midrange price-point. Run by the very friendly Australian and Indonesian couple of Michael and Komang (and their young daughter Eka) along with an affable local staff, the hotel is appealing both for the comfort on offer as well as the family-friendly vibe... Read our full review of Istana Balian.

Alam Balian Homestay
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Eastern side of the river (look for the sign)
T: (081) 236 057 250

One place that isn't on the road with all the others is the Alam Balian Homestay which feels as if you are entering a jungle village. Situated on the road to the left before reaching the Balian River if travelling from the east, this Homestay has a handful of bamboo shacks on stilts among a lush forest. They are basic, but clean with a mattress on the floor, mosquito net and individual downstairs... Read our full review of Alam Balian Homestay.

Kubu Balian Beach Bungalows
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Main Beach road
T: (085) 857 118 815

All the rooms here are designed for families or groups of people with facilities such as a kitchen and large fridge to allow self catering. Additionally a lounge room with TV and sofa provide a welcome separation from the sleeping area and add to the overall apartment feel of the rooms. All rooms have either a verandah or balcony on which to laze the day away and the hot water bathrooms are very... Read our full review of Kubu Balian Beach Bungalows.

Pondok Pitaya
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Balian Beach Road
T: (0819) 9984 9054

If you’re looking for absolute beachfront digs at Balian beach, Pondok Pitaya is your only option and does a solid job at delivering beachfront comfort at a reasonable price. With a good restaurant, well-placed pool and a range of comfortable rooms there is a lot to like about here. Welcome! Originally a basic surfer hang-out, Pondok Pitaya has been through Japanese and Canadian hands but is... Read our full review of Pondok Pitaya.

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Balian Surfer Homestay
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Main Beach Road

This is one of the first places you'll reach after turning off from the main throughfare. A few rooms on top of the owner's house are what greets visitors to Balian Surfer Homestay and this is a decent budget option for the area. Located upstairs past the lounge room, the large rooms are clean, but basic, have dark cold water bathrooms and not a lot of decoration but you can't ask for much at... Read our full review of Balian Surfer Homestay.

Gajah Mina
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Turn right off Main Beach Road, Suraberata at Made's Homestay
T: (081) 2381 1630

The air-con bungalows at Gajah Mina look slightly odd due to their church-like tinted windows and circular bathrooms, but these design features really add to the experience. Some of the bathrooms are in fact the outdoor variety allowing you to shower under a large modern shower head while gazing at the stars. Each of the rooms also has a bar fridge and the family rooms also contain a separate... Read our full review of Gajah Mina.

Made's Homestay
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Main Beach Road
T: (081) 2396 3335

The roar of the ocean can be heard from the rooms at Made's Homestay giving a hint that ocean is nearby — and it is — just a couple of hundred metres down the road. The rooms are big, bright and clean with comfy beds, semi-functional mosquito nets and fans. The bathrooms are the cold water variety, but are very clean and have a shower and Western toilet. To top it all off, a room safe is... Read our full review of Made's Homestay.

Pondok Pisces
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Balian Beach
T: (0361) 780 1735

Pondok Pisces boasts a collection of traditional houses and bungalows at their main hilltop location off Balian Beach, as well down on the flat beside the river and behind the beach itself. Originally run by Tom and Tati (a very friendly Australian and Indonesian couple), Tom passed away in 2009 and Tati isn't so much on the scene these days -- perhaps the intention was for the equally friendly... Read our full review of Pondok Pisces.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Balian? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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