Top 10 Things To Do In Jimbaran

Jimbaran is one of the prettiest seaside spots in Bali and most of the area backs on to a gorgeous coastline that is made up of soft golden sand and dramatic craggy cliffs. To top it off, you will find quite a number of things to do here.

Most people who visit Bali come to Jimbaran to take in all the delights of the sea that this part of the island has to offer and the idyllic scenery coupled with a laid-back beach atmosphere is one of the main reasons to visit.

Here are our recommended top 10 things to do in Jimbaran.

Make the most of the beach

Jimbaran Beach is one of the nicest beaches in all of Bali and stretches for 4 kilometres along the picturesque coast. On a trip to Jimbaran Beach, you will find clean sands that are perfect if you want to spend the day sunbathing and you can easily rent a sun lounger and take in the views as you sip on a fresh coconut. The beach is also a little less frenetic than other spots like Kuta, so if you want a laid-back afternoon next to the water then this is a great pick.

Jimbaran Beach, Bali Indonesia
Jimbaran beach. Photo by Meindert van D

Tour Kedonganan Fish Market

Kedonganan Fish Market is one of the top attractions in Jimbaran which is famous for its fish. Back in the days of old this part of Bali would have been a little fishing village and although it has grown over the years you can still get back to its roots on a visit to the market. This is also actually the largest fish market on the island and if you come here you will be able to marvel at the array of seafood on display usually involving local delights like red snapper and amberjack.

Woman at the fish Market Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia
Woman at the Fish Market – Jimbaran. Photo by Annie Mole

Visit Jenggala Gallery

Jenggala Gallery is adjacent to Jenggala Keramik which is known for being one of the premium producers of beautiful ceramics in Indonesia. On a visit to the gallery you can view an array of ceramic artwork by both local and international artists and this is a wonderful place to visit if you want to know more about the cultural scene in Jimbaran. As well as checking out the gallery you can also have a go at making your own piece of art as there is an onsite workshop where you can throw your own pot as a souvenir.

Sip on a cocktail at Rock Bar

One of the most famous bars in Bali is Rock Bar in Jimbaran which has unrivalled views over the glittering ocean below. The bar sits atop a sweeping cliff and you can access it via a glass lift that is an experience in itself. Once you get to the top you can order one of their speciality cocktails and then enjoy some of the delicious bar snacks that have a Mediterranean flavour.

The Rock Bar Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia
The Rock Bar at AYANA Resort *, Jimbaran Bay is a truely unique experience and the perfect place to watch the sun go down. Photo by Simon Clancy

Pamper yourself at a spa

Bali is famous for its amazing spas and some of the best on the island are found in scenic Jimbaran. There are a huge number of high-end resorts in this part of Bali and even if you are not staying there you can still visit the spas and spend the day being pampered. There are also a number of stand-alone spas that have become famous in Jimbaran thanks to their amazing service such as Bamboo Spa and Opium Beauty.

Spa at Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia
Spa at Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by Huey3800

Wander around Jimbaran Town

Many people visit Jimbaran for the seafood and just head straight for the beach, missing the town entirely. This is a shame as the centre of Jimbaran has a charming village feeling that makes it a great place to spend an afternoon. Far from the hectic pace found in places like Kuta or Seminyak, you can wander around the winding streets here and hunt for local souvenirs or stop off for a drink in a little traditional cafe.

View of Jimbaran from the sea Bali, Indonesia
View of Jimbaran from the sea. Photo by Mark Lehmkuhler

Enjoy the seafood

Many people come to Jimbaran just to try its famous seafood. The beach here is lined with restaurants and warungs that serve up some of the best fish and seafood on the island and you can choose whatever looks best from the catch of the day and pay by the weight. All the seafood here is grilled for a delicious smoky flavour and then served with rice and spicy sauce. You can also get a range of vegetable side dishes and then eat your meal on the beach with your feet in the sand.

Go fishing

When visitors come to Jimbaran they often sample the seafood without realising that they can actually get out on the water and go fishing themselves. Fishing trips abound in Jimbaran and you can fish for majestic specimens like amberjack and mahi-mahi. The best part of a fishing trip in Jimbaran is that you will get to feast on your catch at the end of the day.

Fishing Trip at Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia
Fishing trip at Jimbaran. Photo by Mark Lehmkuhler

Visit Pura Ulun Siwi

If you want to explore a bit of the local culture in Jimbaran then make your way to this beautiful little temple. Pura Ulun Siwi lies close to the famous Morning Market in Jimbaran and dates from the 18th century. The temple is made of black volcanic stone and locals flock here thanks to the holy waters of the temple. The sacred spring water is here is said to guard against pests, and farmers, in particular, use it to keep their crops safe.

Sunset at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia
Sunset at Jimbaran bay. Photo by ValerioVeo

Visit Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple is not strictly in Jimbaran but it is one of the main attractions in the area. As such, if you are in Jimbaran it makes sense to make the trip to Pura Luhur Uluwatu which is one of the most famous attractions in Bali. Uluwatu Temple is one of the iconic Balinese sea temples that stands on a towering cliff giving you unrivalled views across the water. Much of the area is covered in pretty forest and you will find a number of cheeky monkeys here who love photo opportunities with visitors.

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Where to Stay in Jimbaran *

One of the popular hotels in Jimbaran is Rimba Jimbaran Bali, a beautiful hotel near the beach. Another nice place to stay that won’t break the bank is The Sintesa Jimbaran Bali, which has the most amazing views you will ever see in Jimbaran. Tucked away in an oasis is the Resort Belmond Jimbaran that is family friendly with lots of activities to offer.

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Jimbaran, Bali: Seafood Dining on a White Sandy Beach

Famed for delicious varieties of beachside grilled seafood, Jimbaran is a quaint, little beach resort town settled along the Jimbaran Bay in South Bali. Every night, Jimbaran comes alive with numerous beachside warungs serving grilled fish varieties on the candlelit tables set on the sand. It is simply a wonderful and unique experience enjoying fresh seafood on the beach while watching the gentle waves of water coming from the sea and ultimately wetting your feet in the sand.

Jimbaran, also sometimes called the “Beverly Hills of Bali”, was actually a little fishing village in its earlier days, where people used to trade their catch at the daily market. Things started to change after the 1980s with the wave of development that completely changed the identity of the village. Today, Jimbaran is home to several luxury resorts, high-end villas, and up-market chain hotels, all catering to the needs of luxury tourists visiting Bali to witness the beauty and the charm of this mesmerizing island.

Jimbaran Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Jimbaran Beach, Bali. Photo by Trans World Productions

Where is it

Jimbaran is located about 15 km from Denpasar and 3 km from Ngurah Rai International Airport in South Bali. It lies between Kuta and the Bukit Peninsula, with Kuta to its northeast and Uluwatu to the southwest.

Why go

Think of a town where you can have a superb seafood dining experience while watching the sunset on a white sandy beach. Jimbaran is the only place on Bali wish provides you with this wonderful opportunity. The town also offers a beautiful coastline along Jimbaran Bay, serving as home to some of the best surfing sites in Bali.

When is the best time to go

Although you can visit Jimbaran any time of the year, the period from May to August is usually the best time to visit the town. The cool, pleasant weather makes conditions perfect for traveling during these months. Jimbaran, like other regions of Bali, experiences tropical climate year round. The rainy season lasts from October to March and is usually avoided by tourists for travel purpose.

Fishermen at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia

Fishermen at Jimbaran Bay, Bali. Photo by Mark Lehmkuhler

What to see

Jimbaran beach, a pleasant white sandy beach, with calm waters which makes it completely safe for swimming. One of the favorite activities for tourists on this beach is to enjoy the sunset with food and drink at any of the restaurants located on the beach.

Jimbaran fish market, located at northern end of the Jimbaran bay. Every morning, fishermen return to this traditional fish market to sell their daily catch. Different varieties of fishes are sold here, and all top restaurants of Bali get their fish supply from this market. The best time to visit the market is between 6 am – 9 am when the market is buzzing completely with the activity of buyers and sellers.

Fish Market at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia

Fish Market at Jimbaran Bay, Bali. Photo by Annie Mole

What to do

Of course enjoys Jimbaran’s seaside dining of beach barbeques. There are several beachside warungs which serve fresh fishes grilled over coconut husks, and it is an amazing experience enjoying the dinner served at candlelit tables on the sand.

Surfing on Jimbaran Bay. Jimbaran is one of the safest places in Bali to try surfing and swimming. Some perfect surf breaks are accessible from Jimbaran Bay using chartered boats. The bay is also perfect for swimming. A large number of local children can be seen swimming on the beach in the evenings.

Strolling on the narrow streets of Jimbaran is an activity that most tourists like to enjoy. The town with its small streets and gangs (alleys) appears like a little Balinese society, and watching smiling faces of the locals while walking on Jimbaran streets is a pleasant experience for most tourists.

Seafood dining at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia

Seafood dining at Jimbaran Bay, Bali. Photo by Güldem Üstün

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Where to stay

Most of the accommodation available in Jimbaran is up-market, catering to luxury tourists. You can find several beach resorts, 5-star hotels, and high-end villas in the town. Budget accommodation is available but little in number. Rimba Jimbaran by Ayana, Kayumanis Private Villas and Spa, The Villas at Ayana Resort, and Jamahal Private Resort and Spa * are some of the well-known top-end options in Jimbaran.

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Recommended resort at Jimbaran beach

RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA
With a 5 minutes walk from the beach, this luxurious 5-star resort features 12 outdoor pools and 19 dining options. Bright modern rooms with tropical landscapes and scenic view views, it is no wonder that this place is one of the top choices in Bali. Guests also have priority access to the famous Rock Bar.
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What and where to eat

Jimbaran is famous for fresh fish barbeques served at most beachfront warungs. You can find many people coming to Jimbaran from areas like Kuta, Sanur, and Nusa Dua just to enjoy the fishes grilled in front of them and served with sauces and vegetables. At every beach-shack warung, you will find a table set out on the sand. Warungs near the Kedonganan fish market offer the cheapest food. Sharkey’s Ayu Wandira, and Pudak are some of the well-known warungs in this area.

How to get there

Fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport, which is served by many national and international airlines including Garuda Indonesia, Korean Air and Singapore Airlines.

By Taxi – The airport lies just 3 km north of Jimbaran, and a pre-paid taxi costs around Rp 65,000 – 85,000; the exact figures depend on the location of your hotel in the town. Metered taxis are available from outside the airport area and a bit cheaper compared to pre-paid taxis.

By Bus – Dark-blue bemos ply regularly between Tegal bus terminus in Denpasar and Jimbaran (via Kuta). Trans Sarabagita bus service also connects Denpasar to Jimbaran and Uluwatu.

Sunset at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia

Sunset at Jimbaran Bay, Bali. Photo by Adam Lai

How to get around

You can easily explore Jimbaran’s downtown area and narrow lanes on foot. Like other tourist resorts in Bali, rented motorbikes and metered taxis are also readily available all around the town day and night.

Where to go nearby

Denpasar, the administrative capital of Bali

Kuta, Bali’s most famous beach resort offering lots of opportunities to enjoy partying and surfing.

Ubud, the center of art and culture in Bali and home to a large number of artistically-designed temples.

Uluwatu, located south of Jimbaran and featuring Uluwatu Temple, one of the oldest existing temples in Bali.

Nusa Dua, a high-class beach resort located southeast of Jimbaran.

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Top 10 Best Places to Stay in South & Central Bali

Finding the perfect place for your stay in Bali is not that hard of a task to achieve. It does take some time to explore the many places that are available and see whether the prices and accommodations are within your budget and criteria. Most tourist choose to stay in South or Central Bali mainly for the location for easy access to many of the attractions in Bali. Choosing a place to stay in the South or Central Bali would depend on whether you are travelling alone, with a partner or with your family. Here are the top ten places to stay in the south and central of Bali.

Kuta – for the party goers

Kuta is the central party spot in Bali. Since it’s considered the most developed area in Bali, places to stay are everywhere. The Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel is quite a popular place to stay in Kuta, despite its price, which is justified as it’s a 5-star hotel. There’s also the Bali Bungalo Hotel and Febris’s Hotel and Spa, which are highly recommended by frequent visitors of this area. Suji Bungalow and Gemini Star Hotel are affordable places to stay for low-budget tourists.

Holiday Inn at Kuta, Bali

Holiday Inn at Kuta, Bali

Legian – for family holidays

Legian is very popular among families that visit Bali. The place is quiet and filled with shops and places to eat. Legian is near Seminyak and Kuta as well, merely a walking-distance to these places. Since it is the perfect place for families, you can expect a lot of hotels that accommodate families of all sizes. Padma Resort Bali, Legian Beach Hotel and Villa de Daun are the finest family hotels in Legian with facilities, such as adults and children pools, game rooms, shops and restaurants. As for the best budget hotel in Legian, it would definitely be the Pujihouse One.

Tuban – for group stay

Tourists distinguish Tuban from the other places in Bali for its Waterbom Park (one of the largest water theme parks in Asia) and Discovery Shopping Mall. It is also known as a place that has lesser expensive mid-range hotels. If you are travelling in a big group then the perfect choices of residence would be the Novotel Bali Ngurah Rai and Patra Bali Resort & Villas, which are located near the airport and the beach in Tuban.

W Hotel at Seminyak, Bali

W Hotel at Seminyak, Bali

Seminyak – luxury resorts and villas

Seminyak is perfect for those, who are prepared to spend whatever it takes just to enjoy themselves and make their visit to Seminyak memorable. In other words, you get what you paid for in Seminyak. There are great hotels and villas, which provide discounts or special deals during off-season when there are not that many tourists. The famous places to stay in Seminyak are W Retreat & Spa Bali, The Oberoi Hotel Bali and Amadea Resort & Villas Seminyak Bali. As for the mid-range budget stay in Seminyak, you will find the popular Dash Hotel Seminyak.



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Sanur – for midrange budgets

Sanur is well-known for its beaches. Due to the heavy flow of tourists in Sanur, there are plenty of places to stay during your visit. Some of luxurious hotels with kids club, pools, suites and interconnecting rooms are Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites and Peneeda View Beach Hotel. If you are looking something a little more moderate, there are the Besakih Beach Hotel and Griya Santrian Resort. While Kirana Homestay and Tari Bed and Breakfast are some of the finest budget hotels in Sanur.

Sanur Paradise Plaza, Bali

Sanur Paradise Plaza, Bali

Nusa Dua – perfect stay for Honeymoon

Many of Bali’s big resorts are located in Nusa Dua, which is a place in the South of Bali. Like the beaches in Nusa Dua, hotels are aplenty in this area especially all-inclusive places to stay. Among the popular hotels with rooms of all sizes, swimming pools and restaurants in Nusa Dua are the Amarterra Villas Bali and Samabe Bali and Suites. If you are looking for something more moderate than these hotels, then there is the Rumah Bali Bed and Breakfast and Inaya Putri Bali in Nusa Dua. For budget options around Nusa Dua, we would recommend Puri Clinton Bali or Frangipani Homestay.

Jimbaran – good location and seafood

Jimbaran is an area surrounded by the beach and seaside resorts. It also has the nicest seafood restaurants by the beach side. One of the popular hotels in Jimbaran is Rimba Jimbaran Bali, a beautiful hotel near the beach. Another nice place to stay that won’t break the bank is The Sintesa Jimbaran Bali, which has the most amazing views you will ever see in Jimbaran. Tucked away in an oasis is the Resort Belmond Jimbaran that is family friendly with lots of activities to offer..

Ayodya Resort at Nusa Dua, Bali

Ayodya Resort at Nusa Dua, Bali

Canggu – for private holidays and surfers

Canggu is an area in Bali with black sandy beaches. It is popularly known for its surfing activities. The Theana Eco Villa and Spa * is quite popular in Canggu with its stylish villas for couples to families. Most of the places to stay in Canggu are private luxury hotels like Hotel Tugu Bali, which can be expensive for some visitors. For more affordable places to stay, there are D’Tegale Homestay and Abalihouse. There are also specific places to stay for surfers, which are The Chillhouse and the Andy Surf Villa.

Denpasar – center of everything

Denpasar is recognised as the real Bali among the tourists there, as it is the capital of Bali. It is filled with nice places to stay, including the Taman Suci Hotel, which is an affordable 45-room hotel. Popular places to stay in Denpasar are the B Hotel Bali and Spa and the Sugiras Living, which are first class hotels in their own rights. There are also The The Paica and the Samblung Mas House, which are considered affordable places to stay by international standards.

UMA by COMO at Ubud, Bali

UMA by COMO at Ubud, Bali

Ubud – for art and culture lovers

Ubud has plenty of places that tourists will enjoy staying at. There’s the Como Shambhala Estate, which is a health retreat deep in the rainforest. There’s the Hanging Gardens Ubud, which has a spectacular view and private pool villas. The Purist Villas & Spa is another popular place to stay in Ubud, as it’s a stylish boutique villa complete with meal and spa facilities. A popular boutique hotel is Uma by COMO, which is located on the hillside in Ubud.

Bali is an island, which is not that big. Still, to make choices as tourists in Bali can be quite overwhelming. That is why it is easier to research and review before making a decision on what to do, when to go and where to stay in Bali. Mostly you can book your choice of place to stay in Bali online through the many agents online or even directly through the hotels, resorts or accommodations’ websites. Choosing an area to stay in Bali is a highly personal one, therefore, go for one that would suit you best and you will be sure to have an enjoyable stay in Bali.

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3 Days / 2 Nights in Bali Itinerary

Q: My family is planning to visit Bali for 3 days and 2 nights this Sept. if you can help us to plan places to visit. We have 2 children to go along with.
Appreciate for your help. Thanks.
– Sheila

With only 3 days, one important tip is that you should consider hiring a driver and a car to take you around as Bali island itself is huge and would take quite a bit of time to get from one place to another. It would be serious moving around with children, so maybe you should consider choosing what you like among the must visit places in Bali. Also check out our Top 10 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Bali for some ideas.

If you want to stick to the tried and tested route, visiting the best attractions, here are our suggested itinerary for 3 days in Bali:

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali. Photo by melburnian

Day 1 – Arrival, Uluwatu and Tanah Lot Temples and dinner at Seminyak

Try to arrive early since you only have 3 days to visit this beautiful island, and stay in one of the strategic places in central or south of Bali. Hire a car in advance and use it to head straight to two of the most famous temples in Bali. First head to Uluwatu Temple and double back to Tanah Lot Temple, in time to enjoy the amazing sunset there. If you are also in time, catch the famous Kecak Dance here that is set against the backdrop of this beautiful temple. End the day with a good dinner at Ultimo in Seminyak.

Kecak Dance Performance at Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

Kecak Dance Performance at Ubud, Bali. Photo by Meru Muhammad

Day 2 – Ubud, rice fields, beach and seaside dining

Ubud is the place one must explore when in Bali. Walk around the city would be a delight, there are many boutiques to shop around, spas and massages to pamper yourself and art or attractions to visit. Next, head out to the north to the neighbor town of Tegalalang to find classic rice terraces of Asia. Many tourists also like to stay in Ubud * as it is quite central to many of the attractions around Bali and yet away from the crowd in Kuta. After visiting Ubud, choose one of the beaches in Bali and get some swim and tan, popular choices are Balangan or Padang-padang beach. At sunset, head to Jimbaran and enjoy a seaside romantic dining.

Rice fields terraces, Tegalalang, Ubud, Bali

Rice fields terraces at Tegalalang. Photo by Pandu Adnyana

Day 3 – Temple or shopping or beach

Depending on how much time you have left and what your preferences are, you may squeeze in one of two more things before heading to the airport for your departure. If you still want to explore more of Bali’s amazing temples, then I would recommend the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a beautiful mirrored temple by the lake. Or if you would prefer to pack in some last minute shopping, there are few shopping places in Bali. Or if you still have not enough of the beaches, you know where to find more beautiful beaches in Bali to hang out.


Best Accommodations in Bali

Booking.com is my favourite site to book a place when I am planning my trip to Bali. The main reason is that most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Bali:

    Luxury (from 150 USD)

  • Oberoi Villa, Seminyak
    For those who are looking for privacy and to splurge for a honeymoon or special occasions. With quick access to Seminyak beach, this Balinese inspired accommodation is built on 15 acres of tropical gardens. The Frangipani Cafe inside here is famed for its cuisine. Notable are their open-air massage pavilions and outdoor pool overlooking the ocean.
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  • Tandjung Sari Hotel, Sanur
    For those who appreciate traditional architectures and design. This hotel, built way back in 1962, encapsulates the Balinese style and spirit. Among the spacious gardens are thatched roofed bungalows, pavilions, sculptures and fish ponds. It also has direct access to the Sanur beach.
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