Rock climbing in Bali is very much in it’s infancy but you can certainly find some nice spots to challenge most beginners to advanced climbers looking for challenging routes. Most of the sea cliffs are limestone and will tear your hands apart but there is a great spot in Pecatu that is perfect for it. The rock here has been worn down and when the tide is out makes the perfect spot to take a break from surfing hit the crag. The max height is 8m and is only really good for bouldering. One of the best things about this place is the amount of things to do here. When the tide is in you can grab your board and head out in the surf and when the tide is out take a break from the water and go climbing. It’s really one of Bali’s best areas and you’ll soon see why when you visit.
A climber takes a rest and checks the route at Songan – Photo by Ryan Mazure
The Eiger flagship store in Seminyak has a 15m high outdoor wall and also an indoor bouldering wall that is a perfect for when the weather is bad outside. Eiger was created over 25 years ago in Indonesia and remains the main store for all your outdoor needs. They sponsor a large number of climbers and outdoor enthusiasts with their gear and they have the best quality equipment that you can find in Indonesia. They have rental shoes, chalk bags and on Wednesdays and Fridays have an open climbing day on the outdoor wall that you can use for 50,000rp for 2 hours, including gear hire. Keep in mind that the biggest shoe size is EU44 so if you have big feet then you’re out of luck.
You can find directions to the Eiger Flagship Store in Seminyak here.
6a route in Songan – Photo by Ryan Mazure
Far and away the best climbing in Bali is found in the village of Songan near Kintamani. The rock here is the best in Bali and the highest wall goes up over 100m. With views over to Gunung Batur and being in the shade in the afternoon, makes this the perfect place to come and spend the night, climb and just hang out with the locals. The grade on these walls is surprisingly difficult and will challenge all levels of climbers. The routes are fully bolted and looked after very well by the Bali climbers and you will definitely find something to suit your level. The local villagers are very friendly and if you do go alone one of them can certainly belay for you. There was recently the jamboree of Indonesian climbing here so everybody in the village knows all the routes and also some basic skills like belaying. Trust them at your own discretion. For directions to get to the crag click here.
You will mainly need a 70m rope, harness, shoes and climbing rack and you’re ready to go. There are a few hardcore climbers that are out most weekends and weekdays so you can get in contact with Pinetree Sagita and he will be able to set you all the information you need.
Side note : The rock isn’t that clean so when you are climbing it can dangerous because of the amount of sand in the crakcs and on the holds. It’s a good idea to bring a brush and clean out any holds or routes that you’ll be using.