Jimbaran Bay Travel Guide

Jimbaran is a must see destination in Bali. From it’s beautiful beaches, seafood dinners on the beach and local community markets, there is something for everyone.

Location

Located south of Kuta and Ngurah Rai International Airport, on the west coast of Bali.

Jimbaran Bay

Jimbaran is a local community of Bali, south of Kuta and the Airport. Within the community, there are predominatly local stores, in paticular, a large fresh produce market in the morning and a seafood market on the beach where you can literally be amongst the fisherman still bringing in there catch. There is one very small shopping centre. And some luxury resorts and villa’s.

Here they manage to keep the local community authentic whilst having luxury accommodation options for travellers. Although it can be a little touristy at times, it’s mostly tranquil, and certainly doesn’t have masses of tourists lining the streets.

The Ugly Truth

  • If you plan to spend every day in Kuta/Legian/Seminyak area, then staying in Jimbaran may be a hassle.
  • Slower Pace

The Silver Lining

  • Close enough to go to Kuta/Legian/Seminyak area, say even every 2nd/3rd day of your holiday.
  • Beautiful Beaches
  • Relaxing
  • Close to the Airport

What’s Nearby?

There are a lot of attractions in this area that are worth a look. There are the local fish markets where you see all the indonesian boats coming in and selling there fresh produce. Then you have Jimbaran markets where all the locals go to get their fresh produce. Many of the hotels have nice restaurants or fine dining. The Rock Bar @ Ayana Resort is a stunning place for a drink, even though it’s a bit of a tourist trap. There are great places to get a massage, from clean and cheap to luxury spas. And if you head a little further south to Uluwatu you can explore this region, inlcuding things like Uluwatu Temple and the traditional balinese Kecak dance.

  • Kuta, Legian and Seminyak are all within 30 mins – 1 hr (depending on traffic).
  • Uluwatu and the Bukit Peninsula are just 15 mins – 30 mins south.
  • Ngurah Rai International Airport is only 15 mins – 30 mins away.
  • Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa are roughly 15 – 30 mins away.

Things To Do

There are lot’s of thing’s to do in Jimbaran. If you want to. But the real beauty here is enjoying the beaches. The food. The people. The local community. It’s that place that forces you to relax. My biggest problem when I travel is I feel I only have a limited time to explore everything and as much as I want to relax I want to explore. I’m conflicted. But in Jimbaran, entire days went by and before you know it, all you have done is walk, lay, swim, eat and drink. And the best thing is, if you want to do more, a lot of great, popular destinations are not far away.

Jimbaran Bali Map

A Day At Jimbaran Bay

Nice and early: Start your day with a visit to Jimbaran Bay Fish Markets

Breakfast: Have a look at how the locals shop at Jimbaran Markets and try a traditional balinese breakfast

During the Day: Have a massage, go for a swim, relax on the beach or take a walk around the streets of Jimbaran

Sunset: Head to Rock Bar @ Ayana Resort in time to see the sunset over a cocktail

Dinner: End your day with Seafood dinner on the beach at the South end of Jimbaran Bay

Best For…

  • Local Bali Community (if you venture out of the massive grounds of your hotel – recommended!)
  • Local Seafood and Produce Markets
  • Food (Renowned for Seafood dinners on the beach)
  • Cheap and Luxury Spa’s
  • The most yummy corn (yes, corn cobs on the south beach end at night are delicious!)
  • Beaches
  • Swimming
  • Family Holidays
  • Romantic getaways
  • Weddings + Honeymoons

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6 Comments

  • Stephanie says:

    My husband and I are in our 30s and planning a 2 week trip to Bali in October. We like to relax on a beautiful beach during the day with a cocktail whilst people watching and at night we like to explore outside our hotel, discover local restaurants, enjoy seafood on the beach and drink even more cocktails! We generally like a nice balance between going to cool/unique/trendy places and local/laidback places.
    Though we plan to do a couple of tours and day trips, we want to stay in one base for the duration of our 2 week holiday.
    Kuta and seminyak sound a bit too trashy and touristy… similar to chaweng in koh Samui. We’ve therefore narrowed it down to Jimbaran and Sanur. Which would you recommend? We want clean, picturesque beaches during the day and at night we would like entertainment, nice restaurants and cool bars but nothing too crazy. Help please!

    • Hi Stephanie,
      I would say Jimbaran over Sanur from what you’ve described, but I would also say Seminyak sounds very much like what you want, it’s definitely got a different vibe to Kuta, although it’s touristy. Seminyak has the most restaurants and bars and beach clubs. Although Seminyak beach isn’t the most picturesque in Bali, you could still do day trips to Jimbaran and Uluwatu for more beautiful beaches. If you stay in Jimbaran, although we prefer this beach over Seminyak, there are not a lot of restaurants or bars around the area, at least not all within walking distance. Cuca is a beautiful restaurant in Jimbaran, drinks at Rock Bar is also nice but touristy, Single Finn is a nice relaxed bar in Uluwatu, but you’d have to get transport, Biku is a nice restaurant for lunch, but most other restaurants are within the hotels. So I would tend to lean to Seminyak for you, with day trips to Uluwatu for beaches (Bingin and Balangan are great) or Finns Beach club, a seafood dinner at Jimbaran, and maybe a day trip to Pandawa Beach (near Nusa Dua). Whatever you choose I’m sure will be great!

  • mira says:

    hello mandy and chris .
    what do you think about ayana resort for a honeymoon?do u recommend it for 7 nights?or should we change the location to seminyak ,we want to get some relax , spa and activities and nt out

    thank you

    • Hi Mira, Ayana resort would be heaven for a honeymoon 🙂 7 nights there would be great if you are happy to relax and go to the spa there. You could also go to Finns Beach club or other beaches around Uluwatu, and do a seafood dinner on Jimbaran beach. You could still do a day trip to Seminyak from here. But if you want to spend a couple of days in Seminyak, it might be best to stay there too. Have a great trip 🙂

  • Maggie says:

    Hi Mandy and Chris!
    I am debating going here for my honeymoon. Do they have good hikes- waterfall hikes? Hot springs attractions? Any other recommendations for a honeymoon?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Maggie, there are lots of waterfalls, and some great walks, like the Campuhan Ridge walk: http://almostlanding-bali.com/how-to-get-to-the-campuhan-ridge-walk-ubud/), Munduk is a nice area with some nature hikes and waterfalls there too. There are also some hot springs including Banjar and Batur.
      Other recommendations for a honeymoon would be some of the beautiful hotels in Uluwatu on the clifftops overlooking the ocean, there are some amazing spas in Bali, and then it really depends what you want to do. Bali is one of those places you can really make into whatever you need, there is so much to do and so much variation.
      Have a great honeymoon 🙂

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