Located in west Bali, 2 hours drive north of Seminyak. Pondok Pitaya Surfer Hotel is located on the edge of a natural volcanic black sand beach. The beach is perfect for long walks and has year round waves for surfing.
All rooms have been reconstructed from indigenous houses imported from Java, dating back to the 1930's. Rooms include twin share Surfer Suites and large houses that can sleep up to 8 people.
When you pull in to Balian River you will find a one lane village that ends at the beach. And on the beach you will find the Pondok Pitaya Surfer Hotel and restaurant. Made up of a series of old original Javanese and Balinese houses Pondok Pitaya is a cozy home stay offering 10 rooms, swimming pool, a hearty menu and a killer view of the break.
The Restaurant, Bar and Pool all sit on the edge of the beach and have fantastic views of the surf. Toki Restaurant & Bar has a cool vibe created by a mix of international surfers. Menu includes a range of Indonesian, Asian and Western Food.
Breakfast is included in the rate and includes Tea or Coffee, Fruit Salad & Eggs any style. The Restaurant is open all day for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks. This is an emerging area for tourism and prices are generally cheaper than other areas of Bali.
Besides surfing there is not much to do in Balian River. But is just one of those places where people like to hang out, play cards, sunbake, read and enjoy the long lazy days and incredible sunsets.
Clean and simple the Surfer Suites are set up for surfers with 2 king single bamboo beds.
Each room has a private bathroom.
Great view of the surf from the small balcony in front of each room.
Maximum guests - 2 adults and 1 child under 12
The Surf House is the perfect set up for a group of surfers travelling together. Split over 3 levels with open plan rooms, it includes 2 Doubles & 2 Single Beds, 1 bathroom, 2 toilets, ground floor lounge & loft upstairs with daybed to check the waves and a basic kitchenette with cook-top and fridge.
Maximum guests - 6 adults
Located in front of the surf with an awesome view from the covered balcony at the front. Joglo has 2 private King rooms, 2 hot water bathrooms, 3 extra beds are set up in the huge lounge space for extra guests. Suitable for family of up to 7, 3 couples and 2 singles
Maximum guests - 7 adults
Located in front of the surf with a view towards Balian river mouth. Bading Kayu is a large open plan room with 2 doubles beds and 1 single bed. All guests share one hot water bathroom and there is a second toilet for convenience. A basic kitchenette complete with gas cook top and fridge, makes it a good choice for a long stay or family.
Maximum guests - 5 adults
Located on the river end of the resort Happy House makes you happy as you sit back on your covered balcony sipping a bintang overlooking the waves. A larger version of the Joglo it has 2 private King rooms, 2 bathrooms and 2 additional single beds in the lounge. The lounge space is very large and has a central kitchen/bar with basic cooking facilities, fridge, kettle and cooktop.
Maximum guests - 7 adults
These services can be arranged for a small additional charge.
2 night minimum stay
Denpasar International Airport 2-3 hour drive, traffic dependant.
Located directly in front of the Balian surf break. Check the waves from your room.
This area is remote and void of shopping options
In house menu
Kuta / Legian 2 hours
Seminyak 2 hours
Pondok Pitaya is located on the west coast of Bali 2 hours north of Kuta, at the end of the road in front of the Balian surf break with wave views from most rooms.
Balian offers near all year round surfing with a left and two rare right handers. If the waves are small elsewhere in Bali more than likely you will still find a wave in Balian. Holding swells from 2-10ft and when the swell increases you can make the 20-30 min drive north to Medewi which offers long mellow lefts.
The hub of the Balian village with a great vibe literally steps from the beach, Toki's restaurant features fresh food and drinks with a killer view of the surf. A melting pot of international travellers and surfers hang to watch the waves and enjoy the great food.
Bean Burritos, thin crust pizza, baked penne and BBQ everything are a few of the featured items being served from morning til night. Wax, leggies and board rentals are also available as well as pitchers of Sangria and bowls of Guacamole.
'We spent 5 nights at Pondok Pitaya in July 2011. We stayed in the "Happy House". The kids had a blast, at the pool and on the beach. It's was convenient to be within spitting distance of the surf.
The restaurant service was good, the food good and all in all, in retrospect we should have stayed a little longer. Will certainly return when we come back to Bali.'
Malcolm July 2011
'We have just returned from another fantastic holiday in Bali. Balian is a gorgeous cruisy place and as for everywhere in Bali, the locals are definitely it's greatest asset. The staff at Pondok Pitaya were friendly and tried hard to please everyone. We stayed in the Surf House (Room One) which was spacious and had a great location and views.'
Michelle June 2010