Famous for its world-class waves and ultra-fresh seafood, Jimbaran Bay is one of Bali’s best offbeat beach resorts. It sits on Bali’s southwestern coast, on the narrow neck that connects the Bukit Peninsula to the mainland. Jimbaran’s lush tropical forests hide a realm of luxury hotels and resorts, as well as a string of oceanfront dining options specialising in freshly caught seafood.
The bay is small and secluded, which makes it a favourite for holidaymakers in search of tranquillity. Its sunsets are stunning, and there’s no better way to end the day than with a craft cocktail or an ice cold Bintang at one of the luxury oceanfront hotels. As well as on-site guests, Jimbaran Bay is also a popular day-trip destination.
Thanks to its position on the isthmus, Jimbaran is a great base for exploring the island. It’s a short drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport, and also a great gateway to Bukit Peninsula attractions like the majestic Uluwatu Temple, and its world famous surf break.
While today people flock to Jimbaran for sweet waves, fresh seafood and a laid-back atmosphere, it wasn’t always on Bali’s tourism radar. Prior to Bali’s mass tourism surge in the 1980s, it was little more than a small fishing village. Though its legacy lives on, with Jimbaran now celebrated as one of the best places in Bali to sample freshly caught seafood.