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JIMBARAN  & KEDONGANAN GUIDE – BALI

Jimbaran is known for…

  • Seafood restaurants by the beach
  • Luxurious accommodation
  • Fresh seafood market
  • White sandy beach & sunsets
  • Fancy spa treatments
  • Calm vibes
  • Family & kids friendly

How is Jimbaran in general?

The Bay of Jimbaran and Kedonganan

Jimbaran is a beautiful bay with white sandy beach located just a bit south of the Bali International Airport (DPS). The local fisherman living in the vicinity still work hard and sell their freshly caught fishes, clams, squids, and crabs at the traditional market or hotels and restaurants nearby. You will find world-class beach resorts and boutique hotels with luxury spas and restaurants, but also mid-range accommodation is available.

This bay is famous for its many fish-restaurants that set up their tables directly on the beach where they serve the freshest seafood in the evening. If you love seafood, it’s one the the must-visit places in Bali.

The area is mostly known as Jimbaran, while the northern half of the bay is actually called Kedonganan, where you can find one of the main fish-markets that starts to sell the “catch of the night” in the early morning hours.

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Jimbaran & Kedonganan – Guide & Insights

Jimbaran - Where to stay

Jimbaran serves as host to luxury international resorts, hotels and private villas. Just south of the Bali International Airport, Jimbaran is the first area travelers pass by before heading to the Bukit Peninsula towards Pecatu, Uluwatu, Ungasan. However this halfway point is not a location to be missed. Accessible to surrounding areas of the island, Jimbaran offers many options best suited for families and couples who are looking for a quiet scene to enjoy soft waves and seafood dining served under the stars.

Hotel & Resorts
Accommodation

For budget travellers, yoga and surf camps can be found near Balangan. Mid-range hotels and bungalows are located further from the beach. The upscale lodgings in Jimbaran include the Four Seasons and Intercontinental, both designed with incredible architecture, and their interiors are worth the visit for your time at the beach. Holiday goers are not going to want to miss staying in luxury, despite close proximities to the airport.

Accommodation
Culinary

Jimbaran has no shortage of good seafood restaurants set by the beach of Jimbaran. This spot is a definite place to go in Bali for a couples getaway. The tables are placed on the beach with some lovely torches surrounding it to provide such a romantic ambience, and sometimes include a traditional dance show to entertain your plated grilled seafood. Fine dining restaurants are mostly found inside the resorts; outside guests are welcome for dine-in, but requires a reservation.

Going out
Nightlife

Hotels and resorts offer exciting venues to dance the night away. Making a reservation to one of the upscale lounges and beach clubs is recommended. However, the nightlife in Jimbaran is outshined by the many choices you’ll find from in the neighbouring areas Seminyak and Legian. Fortunately, this area is only a hop and a skip away from the more hip and trendy clubs and bars in the places aforementioned. Although nothing beats a romantic night walking along the beach in Jimbaran.

Going out
Beaches & Surf

The Jimbaran and Kedonganan bay is basically one long beach with white sand.  Brightly coloured fishing boats are resting on the shore during the day, adding to the picturesque setting. Some parts of the beach offer restaurants and places to sit and rest. The water is free of strong currents or big waves, making it a good swimming spot for families and kids. The nearest surf spots are the “airport breaks”. Moreover, exploring nearby beaches such as Tegal Wangi and Balangan beach, even secluded ones off the beaten path, is an adventure in itself.

Beaches
Sightseeing

Kedonganan’s traditional fish market is a good place to witness the life of the Balinese and their fresh products. The white sand beaches of Jimbaran offer different features for surfers and sun-seekers. Hotels around Jimbaran are found situated by the cliffside, you’ll find breathtaking views of all angles overlooking the ocean. Because Jimbaran is the halfway point between the North and South Kuta neighborhoods, the only way through is down. In the southern areas, Balangan Beach has scenic limestone cliffs.

Activities

Jimbaran is more so known for their seafood dining and romantic settings, however you can still indulge in other activities by the beach. Learn how to surf in Jimbaran’s calm waves, or perhaps sunbathe on the soft beach when the sun is out and about. There are beautiful upscale lounges and bars for enjoying a drink while watching the stunning view and sunset. For a laid back afternoon, you could try some of the high-end spas, there are lifestyle complexes and spa treatments for you to shop and relax at. Although ultimately Jimbaran serves as a middle ground between exploring the different areas in Bali, especially around the Bukit Peninsula.

Transportation

Most of the upscale hotels and villas in Jimbaran provide transportation service for their guests. Though free shuttle is not always provided without hotels charging extra for the service. If you prefer more privacy, hiring a car rental with a driver is the perfect choice. Online taxis such as Gojek and Grab operate discreetly to avoid friction with the local taxi services.

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