Jimbaran Beach Attractions
What to See in Jimbaran Beach
Jimbaran and The Bukit Peninsula were once very quiet areas with a small population and were considered to be underdeveloped and left out. However, since rumours about their beautiful beaches and nature-carved cliffs spread among surfers and hippies, Jimbaran and The Bukit became very popular among tourists looking for a private break, away from the city rush.
One of the most famous tourist destinations is the Uluwatu temple, a cliff-edge temple high above the sea. Another place you shouldn't miss is Jimbaran bay which is only a 15-minute drive from the airport. A former fish market, it has been transformed into a beachside open-air eatery with almost 40 restaurants along the shoreline.
If you are a water sports enthusiast, The Bukit has more excellent beaches than any other area in Bali, such as New Kuta beach (formerly known as Dreamland Beach), Padang-Padang, Bingin and Suluban or Uluwatu.
- Highlights Of Bali Full-Day Tour
- Royal Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Excursion
- Private Sunset at Tanah Lot Temple with Dinner
- Kintamani Volcano, Ubud & Barong Dance Performance
- Whitewater Rafting on the Ayung River
- Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Private East Coast Tour
- Bali Hai Dolphin Cruise
- Lembongan Island Leisure Day Trip
- Quad or Buggy Driving Adventure & Tubing Excursion
All Attractions in Jimbaran Beach
A favourite surf spot, Balangan is on the northern side of the cliff that forms the signature hole 15 of the New Kuta Golf course. The name ‘Balangan’ itself was thought to apply to the whole coastline including Dreamland, before surfers nicknamed the specific shore area south of the cliff. Several beach shacks serve simple local ‘surfer meals’, cold refreshments and beer. Accessing Balangan is easy, compared to other beaches along the Bukit peninsula’s shoreline, with only a dozen steps down from the limestone hill. Read More...
- How to get there: Head up the hill to Pecatu. Various signs at the main intersection bear directions to Balangan.
Located just one kilometre from Dreamland along the shore but 10 kilometres by road, Bingin is not recommended for novice surfers due to its reef bed. Like Dreamland, this beach is loaded with surfaris from around the world between May and October, but its pristine beach makes Bingin more appealing for non-water activities than Dreamland.
Dreamland Beach was one of the Bukit’s most secluded areas for years until a property developer decided to open the 400 hectares around the beach to the public, in the form of residences, a golf course, an international school, a hospital, an upper-class resort and a brand new name.
New Kuta Beach has lost much of its rugged charm since its commercial development but still has some of the best reef breaks and tends to get very busy during May to October with a series of surf meets. To avoid the crowds, try not to visit Dreamland Beach during Indonesian holidays like the June/July school break, Ramadan, Christmas and New Read More...
Prior to its recent incarnation, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (commonly known as GWK) monument was an abandoned limestone excavation which was no longer used by locals. Today the GWK can be compared to Thailand's Sleeping Buddha or the Giant Buddha in Hong Kong. Read More...
- Location: Bukit Peninsula, at the southern end of Bali. Between Uluwatu and Nusa Dua
Green Bowl Beach
Despite the cease in operations of the Bali Cliff Resort, this hidden gem on the southern coast of Bali beside the hotel site continues to appeal to lovers of quiet and exotic shores. This beach deserves to be in the ‘hidden’ category due to its access – a descent of hundreds of concrete steps down the cliff face. At the base are several bat caves. There are variations in the origin of the name, one inspired by the view of green seaweed and corals exposed at low tide, another owing from the name of the company slated to develop a resort there. Getting down is easy. Back up is a challenge, but a scenic bird’s eye view keeps you going along the way.
- How to get there: Follow down the road known as Jalan Bali Cliff, and go around the derelict hotel site to a small parking space before the steps down.
The Kecak Dance is one of Bali’s most iconic art performances, famous for its dominant use of human vocals in place of gamelan instruments to accompany the dance-drama at its core. Your visit to the island won’t be complete without seeing a show, and the best place to do so is at the cliff-top amphitheatre located just south of the Uluwatu Temple on Bali’s southern Bukit peninsula… and at sunset for added drama.
Usually, the Kecak Dance show is included as part of the package if you booked a common tour to the temple, and which perfectly serves as a closing highlight to your day out in Bali’s south peninsula Read More...
- Location: Uluwatu Temple, Jalan Uluwatu, Jimbaran
Kedonganan Fish Market, referred to locally as ‘Pasar Ikan Tradisional Kedonganan’ and often inaccurately as ‘Jimbaran Fish Market’ due to its close proximity to the famous seafood dining bay, is Bali’s main seaside marketplace where fishing boats land daily and haul off their fresh catches. Just south of the market and boat landing area are the rows of Kedonganan village’s own cluster of seafood restaurants, which source most of their fresh local items here.
Most of the popular cooking classes and guest activities of hotels around Bali’s southern beach resort area include tours to Kedonganan Fish Market as part of their packages. Here, you’ll be able to witness fishermen unloading Read More...
- Location: Jalan Pantai Kedonganan, Kedonganan
Another world-class reef-break three kilometres southwest from Bingin, the best waves at Padang Padang happen early in the morning during the dry season. To reach its exotic location, you have to clamber down a pathway between a collapsed rock and a slanted cliff - surely an adventure one must try. Since it’s just a short distance between these beaches, you can visit the three of them in a day. Read More...
- How to get there: Follow the road of Labuan Sait and look for the large yellow-railed bridge.
Pandawa Beach, locally referred to as ‘Pantai Pandawa’, is a great addition to Bali’s collection of gorgeous beaches, located on Bali’s southern Bukit Peninsula. The fine, one-kilometre coastal stretch is located in the village of Kutuh, only five kilometres west from the Samabe Bali Suites & Villasand eight kilometres south from the main hub of the BTDC complex in Nusa Dua.
‘Hidden’ behind large carved limestone cliffs that reveal wide views to the Indian Ocean, Pandawa Beach was once also dubbed as ‘Secret Beach’ and it was officially opened in 2012, fast-gaining popularity among local weekenders and international visitors. Read More...
- Location: Kutuh Village, Jimbaran
Suluban Beach is one of Bali’s most unique coasts, concealed by natural limestone formations and accessed via steps and log ramps through narrow gaps in the rock. Canopied by a looming cliff face, this small beach may not be ideal for sunbathers, but serves pro surfers well as a base to paddle out and ride adjacent reef breaks, including around Uluwatu, just to the south.
Nicknamed ‘Blue Point’, Suluban Beach lies at the end of Jalan Mamo in the coastal area of Labuan Sait, the same locality shared by famous surf spots Padang Padang and Uluwatu. Unless you’re staying at any of the villas that have recently popped up here Read More...
- Location: Jalan Mamo, Labuan Sait, Uluwatu
Tegalwangi Beach is one of the most unique ‘hidden’ beaches to grace the western rim of the southern Bukit Peninsula, and despite the fact it’s not very well-known amongst locals, it is ‘in plain sight’, and publicly accessible. Tegalwangi Beach is named after the temple perched on top of the limestone cliff that overlooks the coast, reachable via a paved road just to the right of the entrance of the glitzy Ayana Resort and Spa in Jimbaran. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Pura Tegal Wangi, Jimbaran
Uluwatu is one of nine main temples in Bali, which according to Balinese Hinduism were built to guard the land from southward threats. Its cliff-edge exotic location has made Uluwatu Temple famous and sunset here is truly monumental. Uluwatu Temple is also home to dozens of monkeys - some even consider them sacred. Read More...
- Location: 45 minutes from Nusa Dua