On the western side of the Bukit Peninsula, Jimbaran blends its working fishing village atmosphere with a collection of exclusive and tasteful hotels. Almost like a more chilled version of Seminyak, it boasts some of Bali’s most beautiful sandy beaches and calm, clear waters for swimming.
Jimbaran is also home to Bali’s finest seafood restaurants with fresh catches grilled over a fire of coconut husks and tables right on the beach.
There are a number of chic stores and retail boutiques to visit if you are a keen shopper, and the vibrant daily fish market and the impressive colourful jukungs (fishing boats) that are pulled up the beach next to it is quite something to see. If you get there early enough in the morning you can buy the fresh fish and have it grilled for you right there at the market. The market also supplies many of the fine-dining seafood restaurants, which together with gorgeous sunsets, make the beaches especially popular with visitors on balmy evenings. Find a table, order something delicious and end the day on the perfect note.
With the calm waters, long beaches and lush tropical forests, Jimbaran is a beautiful place to go exploring, or simply just to unwind and live the island dream. Keen surfers should definitely take a turn past Dreamland Beach to the southwest and check out the strong waves.
When to go
The best time to go is between May and October to avoid the rainy season.
What to do
- Toes in sand, enjoy some of the best seafood on the island.
- Beach relaxation and first class pampering at your hotel
- Sail on a traditional jukung (fishing boat)
- Stroll around the lively food markets for a taste of daily life