Jimbaran has a surprisingly unique combination of luxury resorts within an authentic local community. It’s a great area to relax, have a seafood dinner on the beach, visit the local markets and spend the day at the beach. Although it can be a little touristy at times, it certainly doesn’t have masses of tourists lining the streets like some other areas of Bali.
Within the community, there are predominantly local stores, in particular, a large fresh food market in the morning and a seafood market on the beach where you can see the fisherman still bringing in their catch. There is also an open-air shopping village.
There may not be as many restaurants as other areas, but they have some delicious local and international food options here.
There are lots of things 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 go by and before you know it, all you have done is walk, rest, get a massage, swim and eat. And the best thing is, if you want to do more, a lot of great, popular destinations are not far away.
Depending on traffic… Kuta, Legian and Seminyak are about 30 minutes to 1 hour north. Uluwatu is 15 mins – 30 minutes south. Nusa Dua is 15 minutes to 30 minutes away. Ubud is about 2 – 2.5 hrs away.
The Rock Bar at Ayana Resort is a stunning place for a sunset drink, even though it’s usually busy and touristy. And if you head a little further south to Uluwatu you can explore this region, including things like Uluwatu Temple and the traditional Balinese Kecak dance. The Bukit Peninsula beaches are some of the best beaches in Bali.
FEEL // Beach resorts with local surrounds.
LOCATION // On Bali’s west coast, Jimbaran is south of the airport and north of Uluwatu.
GET THERE // Jimbaran is about 20 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic. You can get a taxi from the official airport stand at the airport when you arrive, or arrange a transfer with your hotel. If you’re coming from another area in Bali, you can take a taxi or a private driver if you want to stop off along the way.
GET AROUND // The best way to get around Jimbaran is walking. Otherwise, Bluebird taxi’s are the way to go to get a little further. You may also want to think about a private driver to spend the day exploring Uluwatu and Bukit Peninsula beaches.
THE UGLY TRUTH // Jimbaran doesn’t have as many restaurants and shops as Seminyak. If you plan to spend most days in Kuta/Legian/Seminyak area, then staying in Jimbaran may be a hassle.
THE SILVER LINING // Relaxing. Nice Beaches. Close to the Airport. Close to Uluwatu and Bukit Peninsular beaches. Close enough to go to Kuta/Legian/Seminyak area, say even every few days of your holiday.
ACCOMMODATION // Predominantly mid-range to luxury hotels and villas. Read More.
TYPE OF HOLIDAY // Family, Couples, Luxury, Romantic, Weddings, Honeymoons.
READ MORE // Find all of our Jimbaran Blog Posts here.
A Day In Jimbaran
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