Jimbaran is the perfect destination for romantic couples, seafood addicts, luxury tourists, and anyone looking for the perfect place to enjoy the sunset. This area is sometimes referred to as the ‘Beverly Hills of Bali’ because there are so many expensive Villas and top hotels such as; The Four Seasons, Kupu, Kupu, and Ayana Resort (formerly the Ritz Carlton). Jamaran is to the south of Kuta. Up until the eighties, this area was just a sleepy fishing village, and despite the growth of tourism it has still managed to hold onto most of its former charm.
Transportation to Jimbaran
Jimbaran is 10kmm (6 miles) to the south of Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar, and 19km (11 miles) from North Kuta. The best options for traveling to this area would include:
- Jimbaran is a fifteen minute ride from the airport, and the taxi fare should be about 70,000 IDR. A taxi from North Kuta should cost about 80,000 IDR (as of early 2013).
- Some of the bigger hotels offer a shuttle bus service to and from the airport – it is sometimes necessary to book this in advance. There are also some restaurants that will arrange pick-ups from nearby areas such as Kuta.
- The Perama Shuttle bus service has routes from many parts of Bali to Kuta, and from there it is easy to get to Jimbaran.
- There is a bus service from Tegal Bus Terminal in Denpasar.
Getting around Jimbaran
The best options for getting around the town would include:
- It is relatively easy to navigate this area on foot. If visitors intend to spend all their time in Jimbaran, they will not really need any other form of transportation.
- There are many places where tourists can rent bicycles, motorbikes, or cars.
- Taxis are usually easy to find around the town.
Some of the most notable attractions in the Jimbaran area would include:
- The main attraction in the area is Jimbaran Beach, which is a long stretch of unspoiled sand surrounded by leafy tropical forest. There are restaurants and bars along the beach, but there are also plenty of secluded spots as well.
- Garuda Wisnu Cultural Park contains some impressive looking constructions including an 18 meter statue of Garuda and a 20 meter copper statue of Lord Wisnu.
- Jimbaran Morning Market can be found on Jalan Uluwatu, and this place gets really busy in the mornings. The main product on sale is fresh seafood, and it can be nice to come here and mingle with the local people as they go about their daily lives.
- Jimbaran Town is very traditional, and it is a nice place to walk around. Up until a few years ago, this was a small fishing village and local culture continues almost unchanged despite a significant increase in the number of tourists who stay here.
- Visitors can enjoy some excellent views of local area by ascending the Jimbaran Cliffs. There are also some nice hotels up here for people who want to enjoy this scenery a bit more.
- The Jimbaran sunset is spectacular on a clear evening, and the best place to enjoy this is at one of the bars or restaurants on the beach.
Some of the best activities available in the Jimbaran area would include:
- The Four Seasons Hotel offers cooking classes including: Balinese cuisine, Indonesian cuisine, Asian Cuisine, and pastry class. Attending this type of cooking class is not only a good way to gain some new skills, but it also means learning more about the local culture and meeting new people.
- There are a number of scuba diving centers in Jimbaran, and they will be able to arrange dives in the local area and further afield. If people have never dived before, they will be able to go for an introduction dive or complete the PADI Open Water course.
- If people are looking for a bit of pampering they might like to visit one of the nearby spas such as: The Body Spa, Aura Spa, or Spa L’Occitane.
- Surfing is possible in Jimbaran, and there are a couple of nice wave breaks close to the beach. Wave Guru Bali Surf Camp offers training for all levels of expertise and surf tours – they also have accommodation.
- The swimming conditions in Jimbaran are excellent, and this is probably the safest place to swim on the whole of the island.
- Listen to some jazz music on the beach. There are bands playing live music at a number of venues along the beach in the evening.
- There are some interesting art galleries in the local area that are worth visiting including Nake Contemporary Art Gallery on Jalan Uluwatu and Jenggala Gallery on Jalan Uluwatu.
- The Chocolate Cafe sells nice coffee, Belgium waffles, and crepes. They are located on Jimbaran Corner
- Depot Joko can be found on Jalan Raya Uluwatu, and this is the best place to go for reasonably priced Indonesian food.
- Warung Sibuni is also located on Jalan Raya Uluwatu, and this venue serves cheap and simple local cuisine.
- Bawang Meragh Beachfront Restaurant can be found on Jalan Segara Madu offers some of the best seafood dishes in Jimbaran. They offer free pick-ups from many places around the area.
- Sundara is a good option if people are looking for something a bit special. This restaurant is part of the Four Seasons Hotel, and they offer an eclectic mix of international cuisine.
- Lia Cafe on Jalan Pemalisan Agung is another good place to go for seafood. This is a good option for couples who are looking for a reasonably priced romantic meal on the beach.
There are a few nice bars in Jimbaran including:
- The Rock Bar is part of Araya Resort and Bar, and it is probably the hippest open-air bar in Bali. It is located on natural rocks and is 14 meters above sea level so customers get to enjoy a wonderful 360 degree picturesque view of sea and rocks.
- Scruffy Murphy’s is a pub that has been designed to look like a traditional Irish cottage. As well as a full range of drinks, they also have a dart board and live music.
- Sunset Beach Bar offers chill out music and a perfect view of the Balinese sunset. This outdoor venue is very stylish, and they have a nice snack menu as well.
- The Jimbaran Beach Club has an impressive wine list and they also serve snacks – it belongs to Kupa Kupa Resort.