Jimbaran is a must visit destination in Bali with its beautiful coastlines, beaches and seafood dinners. For the traveler to Jimbaran, the best way to relax is to enjoy the local beaches. But, this isn’t only a destination to relax, lay and swim on the beach; there are also plenty of other attractions that aren’t too far away. Here are five of the popular things to do in Jimbaran.
One of Bali’s most iconic landmarks is the Uluwatu Temple (also called Pura Luhur Uluwatu) which helps to create a stunning setting that is surrounded by coastal forest and inhabited by the long-tailed macaques. This is also a great destination for those that want to experience the wonder of Bali’s dramatic sunsets. Other great attractions in the local area include the open amphitheatre that is just 100 meters from the temple and is a perfect spot to admire the fire dance performances that take place on a daily basis.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana
The Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park covers an area of nearly 250 hectares and is an open-air and multi-purpose site. There are plenty of exhibits and cultural performances to visit throughout the park. There is also the gigantic statue of the Hindu God Vishnu which stands in the region of 145 meters.
New Kuta Green Park
The New Kuta Green Park is a great leisure and fun zone that is intended for the entire family, with outdoor activities available like lazy rivers, slides and pools. In addition to the exhilarating rides and water slides, there are also plenty of other games to get the adrenaline flowing including the paintball battlefield, vertical bungee and the 200 meter flying fox rides. Plus, there are plenty of food stalls throughout the park serving western and Indonesian dishes.
Padang Padang Beach
One of the most popular sites for the surfer is Padang Padang beach (also called Pantai Labuan Sait) and gives easy access to 100 meter stretch of sand. While the surf is more practical for the experienced riders, the beach is a great destination for the entire family to play and relax. The beach is accessed down a flight of stairs which often have the long-tailed macaques playing. Additionally, there are plenty of food stalls serving refreshments and light meals throughout the day.
Jimbaran Bay is a traditional fish market where a vast majority of the fresh fish is sourced in southern Bali. This is a perfect market to find all types of fresh seafood from the rare mahi-mahi to the common red snapper. Because of the fish market, there are plenty of dishes in the local seafood cafe and hotels that are heavily influenced by fish. If you arrive at the market early in the morning, it’s possible to watch as the fishermen start to unload their catch of live fish.