Jimbaran Bay is on Bali's southwestern coast, just south of Ngurah Rai airport. It’s the beach in Bali that’s famous for its cluster of beachfront seafood restaurants on its main bay area. You can also find Bali’s largest fish market at the adjacent village of Kedonganan. There’s even more rows of dining spots serving fresh seafood grills and local cuisine here.
The beach and the bay of Jimbaran offers small secluded areas, with some spots lined with shaded coconut groves. It’s also home to some of Bali’s most luxurious resorts that make good use of the calmness and beauty of the seascape. There’s the Four Seasons at the southernmost end, and the InterContinental Bali Resort has its tropical gardens adjoining the white sandy coast. Let us show you the best of Jimbaran through this survival guide for your first visit.
If you’re looking for a best place to enjoy a magical Bali sunset, Jimbaran Bay is top option. Most of the hotels you’ll find here are international chains and five-star resorts. Dining options follow suit, with great fine restaurants within. But explore outside the resort grounds, there’s a local seafood dining scene not to be missed. Shopping and nightlife in Jimbaran is overall low-key. However, Jimbaran’s rocky limestone cliffs south of the bay offers spectacular sunset cocktail venues.
WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT JIMBARAN:
Scenic and mostly secluded
Most hotels have direct beachfront access
Nearby the airport
WHAT IS LESS GOOD:
Standalone venues are widely spaced
Not for those wishing to explore outside their resort very often
You’ll find some of Bali’s best surf spots and reef breaks off Jimbaran’s beautiful bay and around the limestone cliff-fringed coastlines south of it. Beyond the beaches, you’ll also find ancient sea temples in the most stunning cliff-top locations (where sunsets are also magical). Just up Jimbaran’s hills, you’ll also find magnificent landmarks and monuments.
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The shopping scene in Jimbaran is an eclectic one. There’s fashion boutiques, jewellery shops and specialty stores lining its main streets. You’ll also find a bustling traditional fresh market in the heart of the village. Here are some spots in Jimbaran to try out:
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Right before sunset, head to the famous restaurants that line this coast, either in Jimbaran or the neighbouring fishing village of Kedonganan. These seafood restaurants are laid out right on the sand. Some offer live entertainment, too. The nightlife scene also tends take on a more luxurious vibe. A stunning cocktail bar on top of a rocky outcrop is unlike any other in the world!
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Some of Jimbaran’s best dining spots are attached to the five-star hotels here. But if you’re looking for what it’s famous for, then look no further than Muaya Beach, where most of the sunset and seafood restaurants are. If this is too touristy for you, Kedonganan is also worth looking as an alternative.
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There’s many luxury resorts in Jimbaran, with tropical gardens and beachfronts overlooking the gorgeous bay. Some others dot the cliff edges around the Bukit peninsula, providing even more stunning ocean views. Here are some of our favourite picks.