Some of the best things to do in Jimbaran 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 rugged terrains, 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 clifftop Uluwatu Temple and the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park. Check out this guide on places to see when you’re in and around the Jimbaran and peninsula region of Bali.
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Garuda Wisnu Kencana is a multipurpose cultural park which locals refer to it by its acronym ‘GWK’. It covers 2.5 sq km in the hills of Ungasan, about 5 km south of the main Jimbaran area. The main showpiece is a gigantic statue depicting the benevolent Hindu god Vishnu riding on the back of the mythical garuda eagle.
The 121-metre-tall monument stands on a pedestal that’s about 46 metres high, making it one of the tallest landmarks in Southeast Asia. Cultural performances, exhibitions, and world-class events regularly take place at Garuda Wisnu Kencana. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 9pm
- Location: Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan, Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia
Jimbaran Bay is home to Kedonganan Fish Market, a traditional wet market where most of the fresh catches are sourced from in southern Bali. It’s about 3.6 metres north of Jimbaran Beach, with the western runway of Ngurah Rai International Airport in sight. The largest fresh seafood market in Bali, you’ll encounter almost any type of saltwater catch, from common red snappers to rare mahi-mahis.
If you arrive early (just after sunrise), you’ll get to see 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, especially when they’re planning for a family gathering or a party with friends. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 4am to 9pm
- Location: Jalan Pantai Kedonganan, Kedonganan, Kuta, Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Balangan Beach is 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 Dreamland Beach, before wave riders from around the world unanimously nicknamed that specific shore area south of the cliff as 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 cultural park, at the junction proceed along Jalan Pantai Balangan I, which will lead you to the beach. Popular at sunset, Balangan Beach is beautiful from above at the hilltop as it is from the coastline. The beach is several steps down from the limestone cliff. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Pantai Balangan, Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Bingin Beach is one of Bali’s favourite surf spots, where you can enjoy 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-km-long drive through interconnecting roads. The waves and the reef break are strictly for advanced riders, but everyone can enjoy the scenic beauty from the stretch of white sand.
At lower tides, the waters offer 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 Beach and is divided by a steep cliff. Along the hills are various warungs (local food stalls) and small villas that have sprung up over the past decade or so. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Pantai Bingin, Pecatu, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Dreamland Beach was the first surf spot and hidden beach to rise to fame on Bali’s southern Bukit peninsula. It's open to the public and dubbed the ‘New Kuta Beach’, where surfers can enjoy some of the best reef breaks on the island. Every year, Dreamland Beach attracts advanced wave riders from the world over. Access to the beach is down a smooth asphalt road from the main entrance of Pecatu Indah Resort, and within a 30-minute drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Tuban.
While the waves at Dreamland Beach are fit for pros, there are several surf classes available on the beach, offering quick riding lessons. Parasols are available for rent, and there's a row of warungs (local food stalls) serving refreshments, local cuisine and western bites. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Pecatu Indah Raya, Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Jenggala Gallery is the extension of Jenggala Keramik, one of Bali’s legendary ceramic producers. You can admire a rich collection of ceramic arts and exhibits at the gallery, adjacent to the main showroom. Jenggala often hosts regular exhibitions from international ceramic artists, sculptors and painters.
An excellent stopover if you’re interested in arts and something different while out and about in Jimbaran, Jenggala Gallery offers convenience with a coffee shop right next to this large contemporary space. Past artists featured at the gallery include Japanese artists Mastaka and Kikko, with their hand-painted ceramic artworks inspired by symbols and patterns found in Indonesian culture. Children can sign up for Jenggala Gallery's 'paint-a-pot’ workshops. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 8pm
- Location: Jalan Uluwatu II, Jimbaran, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
- Tel: +62 (0)361 703 311