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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
-> Read our Guide to Uluwatu Temple, Bali
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.