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.
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
- Close to the Airport
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.
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
- 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!)
- Family Holidays
- Romantic getaways
- Weddings + Honeymoons