Staying in Jimbaran, Bali

Closely located to Bali's International Airport, Jimbaran is famous for a string of beach-front seafood restaurants and some of the finest luxury hotels in the world that also line the shore

The resort bay of Jimbaran lies on the neck of Bali’s southern Peninsula and is only 15 minutes away from Ngurah Rai International Airport. The main beach is a favourite spot for watching the often stunning sunset and enjoying fresh seafood. Especially, as the main fish market for South Bali is located in Jimbaran Bay. 

Once upon a time, it was a sleepy fishing village, and fishermen still come to shore along its stretch of white sand at dawn. Today, Jimbaran is famous for a string of beach-front seafood restaurants and some of the finest luxury hotels in the world that also line the shore. Further south, rugged limestone cliffs of the Bukit occasionally reveal slivers of beach. The shallow coral reef makes swimming hazardous in some areas, but the waves and barrels peeling off the reef command an enthusiastic throng of thrill-seeking surfers. Most come to this area simply to relax by a pool or beach and get pampered at a spa, but there is a growing number of interesting outlets for the shopper seeking unique Balinese products.

Whilst, Jimbaran is a good location, people staying in this area need to keep in mind, that getting to other areas via car can sometimes be a little challenging, especially in high season, when traffic can be extremely busy. This situation as been somewhat alleviated however by the new toll road across Benoa Bay, which can provide faster access to areas, such as Sanur.

Accommodation & Real Estate

A healthy selection of mid-range to luxury accommodation is available in this area. Sprawling resorts such as the Bali InterContinental and the Jimbaran Puri Bali have sprouted along the low-lying coconut grove plains, while seclusion is afforded towards the hills by luxurious resorts and villa estates such as the Four Seasons and Karma Jimbaran. Budget accommodation tends to be limited to poorly maintained cliff-side huts further south near popular surf-breaks.

Once an arid wasteland, the limestone hills referred to as the Bukit was among the cheapest land available in Bali. The expatriate penchant for breathtaking sea views has pushed up land prices along the coast rapidly in the past two decades, and the Bukit has not been spared. Numerous developments are taking place; apartments, villas and stately mansions are cropping up among the many resorts. For those who can live without the view, there are bargains to be had towards the interior of the Bukit. Be warned, however, that utilities, especially water and electricity, are not always readily available.

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Essentials & Amenities

It is relatively easy to get your basic necessities in this area, as there are a growing number of well- stocked convenience stores. Those planning to host a big BBQ should check out the fish market at Kedonganan. While finding good fresh vegetables remains a challenge, here you can find fresh tuna, barracuda, snapper, squid, shrimp, lobsters, etc. for a relatively cheap price. Besides the local fish market, Jimbaran’s Gourmet Garage offers some of the island’s best deals for imported foods and wine.

While there is a thriving local community and a number of luxury villa and holiday-home developments, this once-secluded area has tended to be more suitable for visitors then long-term expatriate residents. The demographics are changing, however, thanks to its convenient location. There are two respected national-plus schools teaching the Indonesian curriculum in English and a growing number of state-of-the- art medical facilities. The closest clinic is the Kasih Ibu Medical Centre & Dental Aesthetic Clinic. For more comprehensive service, Kasih Ibu have a hospital in the nearby hamlet of Kedonganan, and there are several international hospitals within 20-25 minutes on By Pass Ngurah Rai just past the airport.

Traffic & Transport

Traffic within Jimbaran itself tends to be fairly quiet except for the peak pre-sunset hours of 4.30 to 6.30 pm. However, due to the bottlenecks that occur at the airport entry and the Dewa Ruci roundabout (gateway to Kuta, Legian & Seminyak), traffic north of Jimbaran gets relatively congested during peak hours. When it is gridlocked heading north, stress can be avoided by going south towards Uluwatu Temple for breathtaking views. Alternatively, go east to the luxury tourism enclave of Nusa Dua and the adjacent Tanjung Benoa for beautiful beaches and water sports.

Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia

Jimbaran is a fishing village and tourist resort in Bali, Indonesia. Located south of Ngurah Rai International Airport, the beach has seafood restaurants and luxury hotels. Tourism in Jimbaran has increased rapidly so that it has boosted the local economy.- wikipedia

Tourism Information Offices

  • JI Bakungsari, Tel: +62 361 751660 ext 145
  • Ground Floor, Century Plaza Building, JI Benesari No7, Tel: +62 361 754090

Key phone numbers

  • Police 112 or 0361 751 598
  • Ambulance 118
  • Fire Brigade 113

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