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Why Jimbaran is special ?
Jimbaran is just south of the airport and Kuta. This was formerly a real backwater of south Bali, just a tiny fishing village with a daily market. That all started to change in the 1980s and Jimbaran is now home to several world class 5 star beach resorts, plus a few more moderate mid-market hotels. There is however little in the way of budget accommodation and there are also many high-end villas in this area, particularly on the ridges of high ground above Jimbaran Bay. This has resulted in monikers such as the "Beverly Hills of Bali" or "Millionaire's Row". The bay itself has a pleasant white sand beach and is very safe for swimming. The three clusters of grilled seafood restaurants on the beach are a major tourist draw in the evenings, as is the truly stunning sunset. Jimbaran is also home to a Norwegian University, Gateway College, with around 500 students studying athletics, philosphy, culture, economics and journalism. The school is located in Kedonganan close to Sari Segara Resort and in Jl, Bantas Kau where it also has a small cafe. Jimbaran has an increasing number of rather chic shops but there is little or no nightlife here. It has the advantage of being a little closer to Kuta and Seminyak and the cultural highlights of Central Bali.
Wow what a disappointment, the bay looks nice but nothing really in Jimabaran other than overpriced restaurants, you can get the same meals in Kuta and Legian for at least 1/3 of the price. We looked around the Fish Market and yes it had plenty of fish and smelled of fish and we walked out on the Jetty at the fish market and some locals were catching fish and one even caught an Octopus which was a highlight and you can get some good photos of airport and planes from the jetty, at least we have finally seen Jimbaran and really no need to go back
The Jimbaran Beach Club is worth a visit while in the area.The food and service is of good quality and the outlook from the restaurant over Jimbaran Bay, the nice beach and Bali airport inthe distance, is great.
We were recommended a visit to Jimbaran Bay by our villa in Seminyak and we were not disappointed. They helped us to book a restaurant which offered free pick up and drop off at our villa. It was about a 40 mins ride from seminyak to Jimbaran. Recommended to visit from 6pm onwards. Weather was cool as we were seated on the beach front and we enjoyed our drinks as we watched the sunset. By the time it turned completely dark, we were ready to leave so 6pm is the perfect timing for dinner. The cafe we went to was expensive though. We paid about $80-$100 for a basket of seafood for 2 which comprises one small crab (not much meat in there) some calamari, few prawns, and bbq-ed fish. Think the fish was the freshest. Not worth it for food but definitely do go there for the experience. We also tried the corn sold by corn vendors on the beach. Expensive at $2 for one, but totally delicious.
One of the best beaches of Bali. The sunset over the bay is breathtaking . Having dinner on the beach is awesome(if you are a seafood lover) Should not miss it!!!