Jimbaran is just south of the airport and Kuta. This area was formerly a real backwater of south Bali – a small fishing village with a daily wet market that sells sea foods. That all started to change in the 1980s though, and Jimbaran is now home to several world class five-star beach resorts. It is the usual tourist spot after watching the sunset at Uluwatu Temple – having dinner by the beachside.
The bay itself has a pleasant dirty-white colored 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.
Eating seafood on the beach in Jimbaran is a quintessential part of many a visitor’s itinerary when coming to Bali. Jimbaran Bay is home to about fifty grilled seafood restaurants in three different groupings, all set along the beach. Tables are set up right on the sand and if you sit at the lowest tables at high tide, you can even get your feet wet. The sea breeze is cool, the sunsets are beautiful and the whole area is lit by oil torches after dark.
This is where Abbe, our hired Bali driver, brought us after we visited the Uluwatu temple. He recommended this restaurant. But we didn’t have the grilled seafood basket meal (composed of a kilo of snapper fish, 1/2 kilo of prawns, 1/2 kilo of squid, mussels) – we can always have that in Roxas City (which is, afterall, the “Sea food Capital of the Philippines”!). We settled for the authentic Indonesian Chicken Sate and Indonesian Fried Rice.
This was just our first day in Bali and we already LOVE the place. Tomorrow, we go out in the countryside and see what else Bali has to offer.
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