First Time in Jimbaran - What to Do

Jimbaran Survival Guide

If you’re planning your first time in Jimbaran Bay, you may already know that it’s the beach in Bali that’s famous for its cluster of beachfront seafood restaurants. The bay is found on Bali's southwestern coast, just south of Ngurah Rai Airport. You’ll find Bali’s largest fish market at the adjacent village of Kedonganan. There are even more rows of dining spots serving fresh seafood grills and local cuisine here.

The beach and the bay of Jimbaran offers small secluded areas, with some spots lined with shaded coconut groves. It’s also home to some of Bali’s most luxurious resorts that make good use of the calmness and beauty of the seascape. Let us show you the best of Jimbaran through this survival guide for your first visit. With such a grand selection of attractions, restaurants, hotels and more, planning your trip would be a struggle without this Jimbaran survival guide.

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Jimbaran at a Glance

If you’re looking for a best place to enjoy a magical Bali sunset, Jimbaran Bay is top option. The local seafood dining scene is excellent, too. Most of the hotels you’ll find here are international chains and five-star resorts. Shopping and nightlife in Jimbaran, by contrast, is rather low-key. However, Jimbaran’s rocky limestone cliffs south of the bay offers spectacular sunset cocktail venues.

  • Very scenic
  • Mostly secluded
  • Most hotels have direct beachfront access
  • Nearby the airport
  • Loads of great local seafood restaurants
  • Standalone venues are widely spaced
  • Not much to see and do outside of the resorts

Things You Can Do in Jimbaran

You’ll find some of Bali’s best surf spots and reef breaks off Jimbaran’s beautiful bay and around the limestone cliff-fringed coastlines south of it. Beyond the beaches, you’ll also find ancient sea temples in the most stunning cliff-top locations (where sunsets are also magical). Just up Jimbaran’s hills, you’ll find further magnificent landmarks and monuments. From all of that choice, we suggest making sure you visit these three places on your first time in Jimbaran.

  • Uluwatu Temple

    Uluwatu Temple

    Pura Uluwatu, one of six key temples believed to be Bali's spiritual pillars, is renowned for its magnificent location Read More»

  • Dreamland Beach

    Head down to this well-developed beach and surf spot on the southwestern coast of Bali’s Bukit peninsula, which still Read More»

  • Garuda Wisnu Kencana

    Garuda Wisnu Kencana

    Garuda Wisnu Kencana, or GWK for short, is a cultural park on Bali’s hilly southern coast famous for the ongoing Read More»

Best Places to Shop in Jimbaran

The shopping scene in Jimbaran is an eclectic one. There are fashion boutiques, jewellery shops and specialty stores lining its main streets. You’ll also find a bustling traditional fresh market in the heart of the village. That means you can get both first-class products as well as a taste of local life, depending on where you go. If either of those prospects sounds like your idea of a good time, we suggest checking out the following must-see shopping venues.

  • Jenggala Keramik

    Jenggala Keramik

    Jenggala Keramik, often referred to as simply ‘Jenggala’, is an internationally renowned Bali-based glass and Read More»

  • Jimbaran Market in Bali

    Jimbaran Market in Bali

    Make a stop at this traditional market on your visits to Jimbaran or Uluwatu, where you can shop for fresh fruits and Read More»

  • Paul Ropp in Bali

    Paul Ropp in Bali

    Find a rich collection of light tropical resort wear in dazzling colours by this world-famous, Bali-based designer. Read More»

Best Places to Go at Night in Jimbaran

Right before sunset, head to the famous restaurants that line this part of Bali’s coast, either in Jimbaran or the neighbouring fishing village of Kedonganan. These seafood restaurants are laid out right on the sand and some offer live entertainment. For actual bars and clubs, the scene here leans towards a more luxurious vibe. The stunning cocktail bars on top of rocky outcrops are unlike any other in the world! When it comes to planning your first time in Jimbaran, we strongly recommend at least one evening spent at one (or all) of these places.

  • Kecak Fire Dance at Uluwatu

    Enjoy a most dramatic sunset through a Kecak show, one of Bali’s iconic performances that combines dance, drama and a Read More»

  • Rock Bar

    Rock Bar

    The Rock Bar at the Ayana Resort and Spa Bali is a premier sunset venue that combines an unmatched rock and cliff base Read More»

  • Single Fin in Bali

    Head down to one the most hip cliff-top bars in Uluwatu, where cocktails and chill-outs are complemented by Read More»

Great Restaurants We Like in Jimbaran

Some of Jimbaran’s best dining spots are attached to the five-star hotels here. However, if you’re looking for the sort of food the area is famous for, look no further than Muaya Beach. This is where most of the sunset and seafood restaurants are. If this is too touristy for you, Kedonganan is also worth looking as an alternative. If you try no other restaurants during your first time in Jimbaran, you should definitely check out the following.

  • Jimbaran Seafood Cafes

    Jimbaran Seafood Cafes

    Seafood lovers must already have this on their Bali holiday list. Not only is Jimbaran Bay one of Bali’s best places for Read More»

  • Sundara Bali

    Sundara Bali

    A full makeover of a legendary Jimbaran Bay beach club, Sundara is a chic and fresh beachfront hotspot by day and a Read More»

  • Cuca Restaurant Bali

    Looking for an exceptional tapas experience? Head to Cuca, a hotspot tucked away in a secluded coconut grove in Read More»

Hotels in Jimbaran We Recommend to our Friends

There are many luxury resorts in Jimbaran, with tropical gardens and beach access directly into the gorgeous bay. Some other options dot the cliff edges around the Bukit peninsula, providing even more stunning ocean views. There are also a few budget and mid-range hotels in the area. From all of that choice, we’ve picked out our three favourites. Each falls into a different price bracket, but we’re confident that they’ll all give you a great stay in Jimbaran.


With a stay at RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA in Jimbaran (Bukit), you'll be within a 10-minute drive of Garuda Wisnu Kencana Read More...

Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran

Le Meridien Jimbaran Bali bids you a luxury five-star stay on the famous beach resort area of Jimbaran Bay.The resort is located Read More...

Infinity8 Bali

With a stay at Infinity8 Bali in Jimbaran (By Pass Ngurah Rai), you'll be within a 5-minute drive of Veteran's Monument and Read More...


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