Jimbaran Beach is renowned for its beauty, one of the main reasons it has attracted so many resorts to its beaches. It is also popular with surfers, although some people have just as much fun relaxing on the sand. While in Jimbaran, be sure to check out several beaches instead of just getting caught up in one. Other options are temples (especially on the Bukit Peninsula and nearby areas), the towns, and parks.
This beach was one of the first to start drawing surfers to this area. Today, it is still often called Dreamland Beach by surfers, but it is officially called New Kuta Beach. Thanks to significant development, accessing the beach is no challenge. While beginning surfers shouldn’t try the impressive reef breaks here, experienced surfers will love it. If you are a middling surfer, don’t hesitate to take a lesson. Classes are organized right on Dreamland Beach. There are various stalls for food and drinks, so there is no need to worry about lunch and you can spend the whole day here. To get to New Kuta Beach, head to Pecatu Indah Resort.
A fine hidden beach located at Kutuh Village, this Jimbaran beach is fast becoming a favorite site for travelers seeking quiet and peace, with a little fun thrown in. It still has a private feel, however. It is also known as Pantai Pandawa. This beach is suitable for swimming, snorkeling, and other fun activities. There are plenty of cafes and stalls where you can rent equipment. There are also impressive cliffs at Pandawa Beach and those interested in Balinese culture and spirituality will appreciate the statues showing the main figure in the Mahabharata Epic.
Padang Padang Beach
Surfers adore the great reef breaks at Padang Padang Beach. It is not far from Pecatu on the Bukit Peninsula. There is plenty of room on the sand for both surfers and those wishing to simply take in the sun for a while. To get to the beach, you will descend many stairs down the cliff. There are forests not far away, making an even more perfect picture. There are a number of vendors on the beach ready to serve food and drinks.
There are nine temples considered to be main temples in Bali, and Uluwatu is one of the most famous. Thought to have been built to protect the land here, Uluwatu is poised at the edge of an amazing cliff. This makes it one of the best sunset sites in Jimbaran Beach. Monkeys live around the temple and this fact attracts even visitors uninterested in the temple’s spiritual significance. This beautiful sea temple has its own amphitheater, where dance shows occur in the evening.
Another popular surfing beach is Bingin Beach, which isn’t a great distance from Dreamland Beach (New Kuta Beach). Only the most experienced surfers should engage in the sport here, as the reef breaks and waves are quite difficult and at times dangerous. It is a beautiful beach, though, with gleaming white sands and pretty water. When the water is calm enough, it is perfectly suitable for a quick swim or for snorkeling. The scenery is lovely and it is a great beach for simple relaxation.
New Kuta Green Park
Adults and children alike will enjoy a visit to New Kuta Green Park. Here you will find water slides and pools as well as other entertainment options such as bungee jumping and flying fox apparatuses. There are rides appropriate for all ages, no matter what your adventure level. There are plenty of restaurants and food stands available, so you may want to make a visit an all-day affair. The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jimbaran Bay Traditional Fish Market
Jimbaran has traditionally been a fishing village and many locals still make their living this way. There is a major traditional market located on Jalan Pantai Kedonganan where you can find all the freshest seafood. It is the largest such market in all of Bali. Just about every kind of fish that can be caught off Jimbaran Bay will be proudly displayed at the market. This is a fascinating place to explore and there are often great deals to be had, especially if you can bargain. Many locals visit the fish market. The best time to go is in the early morning, shortly after dawn, as you will not only see the most fish but also witness them being brought in by the fishermen and vendors.