The bustling 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. 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 corral 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 more adventurous shopper.
Restaurants & Nightlife
The most popular attraction of Jimbaran is its long row of seafood outlets where you can dine on the beach after you have made a selection from the live seafood that will be immediately prepared for grilling over a fire of coconut husks or charcoal before being served with a set menu of rice, vegetables and condiments. For those who appreciate and can afford the finer things in life, the luxury resorts in this area provide beautiful, romantic settings and some of the island’s best fine dining.
Nightlife in Jimbaran and the Bukit is much less frantic than in Kuta, Legian or Seminyak. It tends to be upmarket and located in exquisite seclusion - sometimes hard to find without someone guiding you there. Parties are not always held indoors. Any good excuse such as New Years Eve or Full Moon tends to be used to throw an outdoor rave. There are also a few laid back bars and cafes on the main road.
Tourist Attraction & Activities
The main road through the Bukit winds its way to the dramatic Uluwatu Temple, a holy pilgrimage site overrun with mischievous grey-brown monkeys. Dang Hyang Nirartha, a traveler of Indian origins revered as a Saint in Bali, achieved enlightenment here. Most days, at sunset, there is a kecak monkey dance by the temple retelling stories from the Ramayana Epic. Along the route to this temple, there have now sprung a new campus of Udayana University, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park and the New Kuta Golf Course which acts as a gateway to the surfing beach popular as Dreamland.
All major resorts have their own unique gift store, and there are a number of souvenir shops on the main beachfront. Further inland, the Jenggala Ceramics factory & store has a huge range of stoneware and offers workshops where both adults and kids alike can make their own ceramics. There are also art galleries where you can be inspired before exploring the nearby shops for antiques, souvenirs, gifts, or bigger items of homeware, lighting and furniture. Serious bargain hunters should be advised that antique and furniture stores continue to pop-up and go bust along the main road to Jimbaran.
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
Jl. Uluwatu No. 45, Jimbaran, Bali
Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan, Kuta Selatan, P.O. Box 139 Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Bali