Photo: Beach scenes.


Batu Karas

Most accommodation in Batu Karas is located right next to the main beach with easy access to the nearby cafes and warungs. Staying away from this area necessitates having your own transport to get around.

Bale Karang
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Batu Karas, Batu Karas
T: (082) 118 782 177

Bale Karang is a hotel built in late 2011 which is located across the road from the Batu Karas reef break about two kilometres north of the main Batu Karas beach. The rooms are simply concrete boxes that have been tastefully decorated to become great hotel rooms – really – featuring fridge, air-con, soft beds, great sheets, flat screen TV with international channels and fancy outdoor hot... Read our full review of Bale Karang.

BK Homestay
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Indah, Batu Karas
T: (0265) 7015 708

Without a doubt, this is the best budget choice in town, with two wooden rooms feeling more like sturdy beach shacks than the dingy surfer digs that the price may suggest. Each of the rooms is built out of solid wood and it feels great to walk around the well-lit, breezy rooms with solid wood underfoot. The beds are simple foam mattresses, the bathrooms cold water mandis with Western toilets and... Read our full review of BK Homestay.

JavaCove Beach Hotel
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Indah, Batu Karas
T: (0265) 708 2020

This is a very pricey option for Batu Karas, but the quality of the property is in a league of its own and in many ways justifies these prices. The rooms are sleek inside and designed to meet the tastes of the more luxurious traveller. Inside you'll find a bar fridge, air-con, plush beds with great linen and designer bathroom with hot water rain shower with Western toilet. It's right across the... Read our full review of JavaCove Beach Hotel.

Wooden House
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Indah, Batu Karas
T: (081) 369 194 405

Another great wooden building near the beach that oozes charm. The rooms are fairly basic with simple spring beds and fans as well as cold water bathrooms with shower and Western toilet, but they are so tastefully designed that they demand a look. It's located on the main road at the beach above the Wooden House Cafe. Staff are happy to bring meals to your verandah where you can hang out, have a... Read our full review of Wooden House.

Bonsai Bungalows
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Indah, Batu Karas
T: (0265) 709 3199

Bonsai is owned by an Australian/Indonesian couple based in Bali and the couple have done a good job at filling a segment of accommodation that the market has otherwise overlooked. The clean rooms all have spring beds covered with pristine white sheets and the cold water bathrooms have showers and Western toilets. The more expensive rooms even come with air-con, which is a luxury in these parts.... Read our full review of Bonsai Bungalows.

Jesfa Homestay
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Indah, Batu Karas
T: (081) 323 068 358

Another budget joint across from the beach with wooden floors, Jesfa Homestay lacks the charm of Wooden House and BK Homestay. Regardless, the basic rooms have decent beds, clean sheets and a cold water bathroom with shower and Western toilet. The problem with the bathroom is that the wall doesn't extend to the roof so it feels more like a toilet stall at the train station than a discrete hotel... Read our full review of Jesfa Homestay.

Corner Homestay
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
On the beach

This place has basic surfer digs right on the beach and is a bit over-priced for the quality on offer, although the owners are open to negotiation on long stays. The rooms are spartan and some are simply just mattresses thrown on the concrete floor. The toilets are Westerns and the showers pump out cold water. But the main reason to stay here is its absolute beachfront location and the fact that... Read our full review of Corner Homestay.

Where to next?

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