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 their nets full of sardines, larger catches such as mahi-mahi being weighed for auction, and shrimps, crabs, lobster and a huge variety of other sea harvests displayed in rows of ice containers, ready for retail bargain or wholesale.
Getting to Kedonganan Fish Market is a breeze – follow Jimbaran’s main Jalan Uluwatu road to its northern end, or go along Jalan Segara Madu south of the Ngurah Rai International Airport. Kedonganan Fish Market also adjoins a morning village market mainly serving the local Kedonganan community, with stalls selling fresh groceries and daily necessities, where you can discover a wealth of tropical herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables that locals use in their home cooking.
The market opens right after the break of dawn, and the bustling scene continues throughout the day, with countless pick-up trucks with boxes ready to ship out their fresh seafood to hotels and restaurants, while local fishing boats land and unload their catches, greeted by smaller vendors on the sand. The boats don’t necessarily catch their fish in the adjacent waters, but often from neighbouring Java, Sulawesi and Bali’s own coastal waters of Kusamba and Amed on the other side of the island.
It’s a great alternative to shopping at the supermarket, especially if you’re considering making good use of your in-villa kitchenette by cooking up your own tuna or red snapper steak. You can even arrange with the chef for a small and private barbecue party with your own bought selections. There’s a huge range of fish available daily, and you can hone your bargaining skills at the same time.
Conversely, if you’re in for a quick seafood treat at the market, you can have your selection cleaned and grilled right on the spot for a small fee (USD 1-4 or IDR 15,000-50,000) depending on size. Normally, fish prices start from USD 2 or IDR 30,000 per kilogram, and more for rarer catches. Kedonganan Fish Market also has its own group of smaller warungs or locally-run food stalls that allow for cheap seafood dining compared to Jimbaran or Kedonganan’s own upmarket cluster of restaurants.
Kedonganan Fish Market
- Location: Jalan Pantai Kedonganan, Kedonganan