10 Best Things to Do in Jimbaran

Most Popular Attractions in Jimbaran

The best attractions in Jimbaran mostly encompass the beautiful limestone cliff-fringed coastlines that are home to some of Bali’s best surf spots and reef breaks. These beaches, some considerably far-flung with more rugged terrain compared to the leisure and touristy coasts of Kuta and Legian, have continuously lured in wave riders and travellers with a penchant for adventure from around the globe.

The south-western coastline of Jimbaran and further south to the Bukit area of Pecatu, Ungasan and Kutuh is also home to ancient sea temples and magnificent landmarks, with the most notable being the picturesque cliff-top Uluwatu Temple and the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park respectively. Here we present to you the best places to see while in and around the Jimbaran and the peninsula region of Bali.

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    Uluwatu Temple

    Uluwatu Temple, locally referred to as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, is one of Bali’s most iconic postcard landmarks, perched high on top of a cliff southwest of the Bukit peninsula. Renowned for its exotic setting amongst a coastal forest that is inhabited by hordes of grey long-tailed macaques, Tanah Lot is also one of the best spots to witness Bali’s dramatic sunsets, second to Tanah Lot Temple, another in Bali’s collection of highly regarded sea temples, located on the western shore in the Tabanan regency. Moreover, just a hundred meters south of the main Uluwatu Temple complex is an open amphitheatre where daily Kecak ‘fire dance’ performances are held at sunset. The simians that dwell in the surrounding forests are believed to be the guardians of the temple. Read More...

    • Location: Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Jimbaran
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    Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, often referred to among locals by its acronym ‘GWK’, is a multipurpose open-air site and covering 250 hectares in the hills of Ungasan, several minutes’ drive up from the main Jimbaran area. The main showpiece is a yet-to-be-completed gigantic statue depicting the benevolent Hindu god Vishnu riding on the back of the mythical garuda eagle. In its current form, the upper head and torso, the garuda head, and Vishnu’s hands are located in separate sites within the complex, which serve as singular attraction highlights. The different locations are makeshift venues for art and cultural performances, exhibitions, as well as world-class gigs. Once completed, the monument will tower 145 metres high, and will be included in the world’s list of tallest landmarks. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 08:00 - 22:00
    • Location: Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Jimbaran
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    Suluban Beach

    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 (the likes of Blue Point Bay Villas), getting here from popular areas such as Kuta and Jimbaran is best by hotel shuttle, taxi or motorbike. Read More...

    • Location: Jalan Mamo, Labuan Sait, Uluwatu
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    Padang Padang Beach is one of Bali’s most popular surf spots, located southwest on the Bukit peninsula. Locally referred to as Pantai Labuan Sait, it is within only a kilometre of the Anantara Bali Uluwatu, and features a hundred meter-long stretch of sand that is accessible down a flight of stairs through a unique hollow rock entrance. A steady set of barrels during good weather attract a steady flow of wave riders from around the globe. Halfway down the main flight of stairs is a temple that overlooks the surf, and sharing the coastal forest features with neighbouring Uluwatu, you will occasionally witness grey long-tailed macaques playing around the stairs, on the Balinese gapura gate, and high up in the acacias. The waves are for advanced riders, but the beach is great for the whole family, with local stalls serving light meals and refreshments. Read More...

    • Location: Labuan Sait, Pecatu village, Jimbaran
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    Pandawa Beach

    Pandawa Beach is one of the latest additions to the list of gorgeous ‘hidden’ beaches in Bali. The beach is one of Bali’s southernmost, spanning a kilometre and slightly obscured behind carved limestone cliffs. ‘Pantai Pandawa’ as it is known by locals, is only five kilometres west from the Samabe Bali Suites & Villas and eight kilometres south from the main hub of the BTDC complex in Nusa Dua. Before entering the beach, ocean-facing cliffs halfway down feature carved arches with large statues inside them, each depicting a hero character from the Mahabharata epic, known as the ‘five Pandawas’, hence the name of the beach. You can enjoy a variety of water sports here, and gear rentals, cafes, and stalls serving seafood barbecues and local cuisine are onsite. Read More...

    • Location: Kutuh Village, Jimbaran
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    Jimbaran Bay, originally a fishing village, is now home to a traditional wet market where most of the fresh catches are sourced from in southern Bali. The main market is located in Kedonganan, several hundred meters north from the main Jimbaran coastline, with the western runway of the Ngurah Rai Internatoinal Airport in sight. At this is the largest fresh seafood market in Bali, you will encounter almost any saltwater catch, from the popular red snapper that ends up to your table at one of the seafood cafes in the bay, or a rare mahi-mahi bound to be prepared as a delish steak at your five-star hotel restaurant. If you arrive early just after sunrise, you will witness the fishing boats that come in to unload their nets and baskets filled with live fish. Locals from other areas of Bali also head here for great bargains when they’re planning for a family barbecue gathering or a party with friends Read More...

    • Location: Jalan Pantai Kedonganan, Jimbaran
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    Balangan Beach

    Balangan Beach is a scenic beach, home to one of Bali’s namesake pro surf breaks. The beach is located on the northern side of the cliff that forms the signature hole 15 of the New Kuta Golf course. Its name once applied to the whole cliff-fringed coastline that included the now famous Dreamland Beach, before wave riders from around the world unanimously nicknamed the specific shore area south of the cliff so. Several local warungs are on the coastline, serving simple local ‘surfer meals’, together with cold refreshments and beer. Heading up past the Garuda Wisnu Kencana site, at the junction proceed along Jalan Pantai Balangan I, which will lead you to the beach. Great for photographers at sunset, the beach is beautiful from above at the hilltop as it is from the coastline. The beach is down only a dozen steps from the limestone cliff. Read More...

    • Location: Pecatu, Jimbaran
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    Bingin Beach

    Bingin Beach is another of Bali’s favourite surf spots that features a calm and relaxing setting of a limestone cliff-fringed beach. The beach is located not too far from its sister surf break Dreamland, but is accessible after a 10-kilometre drive through interconnecting roads. The waves and the reef break are strictly for advanced riders, while everyone can enjoy the scenic beauty from the stretch of white sand. At lower tides, the waters offer great swimming and snorkelling opportunities. You can explore the hilly terrain for a bird’s eye-view, or families can simply enjoy leisure activities down on the coast. Bingin is slightly visible in the distance from Dreamland, and is divided by a steep cliff. Along the hills are various warungs and small villas that have sprung up over the past decade or so. Read More...

    • Location: Jalan Pantai Bingin, Pecatu, Jimbaran
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    Dreamland Beach

    Dreamland Beach was the first surf spot and ‘hidden’ beach to rise to fame on Bali’s southern Bukit peninsula. This was before its 400 or so hectares were opened to allow for the development of the Pecatu Indah Resort megaproject. Now open to the public, and dubbed ‘New Kuta Beach’, it still is home to some of the best reef breaks on the island, and continues to attract advanced wave riders from the world over. Access has become very easy, down a smooth asphalt road from the main Pecatu Indah Resort entrance, and within a half-hour drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Tuban. Although the waves are fit for pros, there are several surf classes available on the beach, offering quick riding lessons. Parasols are for rent, and a row of warungs serve refreshments, local cuisine and Western bites.

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    • Location: Pecatu Indah Resort, Pecatu, Jimbaran
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    Jenggala Gallery

    Jenggala Gallery is the extension of Jenggala Keramik, one of Bali’s legendary ceramic producers, where you can admire a rich collection of ceramic arts and exhibits. The gallery, located adjacent the main showroom where fine pieces of many shapes, colours and sizes are sold for retail and wholesale, features regular exhibitions from international ceramic artists, sculptors and painters. A great stopover if you’re interested in arts and something different while out and about in Jimbaran, Jenggala Gallery also offers convenience with its coffee shop right next to this large contemporary space. Past artists featured include Japanese artists Mastaka and Kikko, with their hand-painted ceramic artworks inspired by symbols and patterns found in Indonesian culture. Children can also sign up for its fun ‘paint-a-pot’ workshops available inside. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 09:00 - 20:00
    • Location: Jenggala Keramik, Jalan Uluwatu II, Jimbaran
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 703 311
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