Not long ago, Jimbaran and the peninsula were still quite little towns off the tourist trail. Their beauty made their discovery by travelers inevitable, and today people love to come and enjoy the views, the beaches, and various other attractions away from the big cities.
One of the most famous temples on the island, Uluwatu is a beautiful spiritual site. Tradition has it that Uluwatu, along with eight other major Balinese temples, were meant to protect against attacks. It is located on a breathtaking cliff, which unsurprisingly makes it especially lovely at sundown. It will take a little less than an hour from Nusa Dua.
Jimbaran Bay Fish Market
The Jimbaran Bay Traditional Fish Market is a wonderful chance to experience an essential and ancient part of Balinese life, updated for the modern world. Not far from the main airport, you will find this enormous market, where an amazing number of fish and other seafood are sold by the hundreds. Take a saltwater fish home and try your hand at preparing a seafood dish.
Surfers flock to Balangan Beach and it is an area built for them, although non-surfers will have plenty of fun too. It is easy to get there and its pretty sands are dotted with stands that sell small meals and drinks. Balangan is located to the south of a cliff that can be reached by following the signs along the road by Pecatu.
Padang Padang Beach
Padang Padang Beach is another favorite surf spot. It is best to visit during the dry season in the early daylight. Padang Padang is reached by making your way down a sloping cliff. It is famous for its excellent reef breaks as well as the difficulty in reaching it.
Green Bowl Beach
Those looking for a quieter beach may want to head to Green Bowl Beach, a somewhat hidden beach that requires descending a seemingly endless series of steps down the cliff to reach it. It isn’t a difficult descent, though. In fact, getting up the stairs again is more of a challenge. There are interesting bat caves at this beach and overall it is one of the most naturally feeling and peaceful beaches in the area. Head towards the former site of Bali Cliff Resort.
Bingin Beach is best left to experienced surfers, and they come in droves, especially from May to October. Even then, and certainly during the rest of the year, you can carve out a spot of your own at this beach of soft sand and lovely water. It is not far from Dreamland Beach and you can walk from there. If you go by road, your path will be a little out of the way and extend your journey by about nine kilometers.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Park
This areas once provided a good deal of limestone to the locals. Today, Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) is a park and monument located out on the Bukit Peninsula. The monument is a remarkable statue of the Hindu god Vishnu. There is also a remarkable carving of his companion, Garuda, King of Birds.