If beach-hopping, fresh seafood, and authentic local atmosphere are your thing, let’s explore Bali’s southern coastline, Jimbaran. With recent development, Jimbaran does offer five-star resorts, private luxury villas, and high-end accommodations, but it manages to keep the balance between up-scale vibes and authentic local life all around it.
Jimbaran Bay Fish Market
There is nothing better than savor the taste of freshly caught fish right from the sea. In the morning, head to Jimbaran Bay Fish Market on Kedonganan Beach street. This is where the local community is busy doing their morning activities with jukungs (traditional fishing boats) on the coastline and the smell of fish wafted through the air. You will definitely feel a different atmosphere here than any other touristic places in southern Bali. Find locals selling their catch of the day with cheap price, from a variety of fish, squids, lobster, and many more. Most restaurants also source their fish here ensuring the best quality. Then, eat like the locals: pick your own seafood, bring it to grill stalls behind the market, ask them to marinate and cook it up.
The main draws of Jimbaran and the surrounding area Uluwatu and Ungasan are the beaches. Jimbaran’s beaches, and those nearby around Uluwatu and Ungasan, are limestone cliff-edged and best-known for surfing, incredible sunset views, and cool beach clubs. Compared to Kuta or Seminyak beaches, Jimbaran boasts a quieter, laid-back ambience, with a dash of up-scale vibes. There are amazing hidden beaches, too. The pristine Nyang-Nyang beach is your go-to for an adventure. It does take effort to climb the cliffs and explore tiny rugged roads, but the beauty of solitude is a real treasure! You can also simply go for a walk and have a chill-out day swimming. Go to Suluban beach and wander through the cinematic caves. Head to Green Bowl, where algae-covered cliffs lining up the shore. The epic waves at Padang-Padang and Balangan are the top surfing destinations providing surfing classes for every level.
The Beach Clubs
One Eighty, a luxury cliff-top day club in southern Bali peninsula, redefines the concept of infinity pool, taking it to the next level. The vast Indian Ocean views are best seen from the 500-feet high cliff, while dipping yourself in their infinity pool with crashing waves visible beneath your feet! In addition to the impressive pool, they also offer scrumptious selections of food and drinks to perfect your day. Perched on a cliff, Rock Bar by Ayana brings you a convenient cable car taking you to the bar, so no hassle in making your way down. Make sure to experience the luxurious sunset views! Other beach clubs worth mentioning are the chic Mediterreanean Ibiza in Bali; Ulu Cliffhouse with their weekend parties, groovy tunes and dramatic backdrop; Sundays Beach Club where “everyday is Sunday”, an ultimate relaxation overlooking crystal lagoon; and the private tropical oasis Karma Beach Club and its gorgeous infinity pool.
After a long day exploring Jimbaran, it’s essential to recharge yourself. Here’s an idea: staying in a luxury private villa in Jimbaran’s quiet top hill and indulge in Balinese massages!