Jimbaran is a tourist spot and fishing village located south of the Ngurah Rai International Airport. The village is best known for its amazing surf spots and fresh seafood, but there are plenty more Things to Do in Jimbaran too! If you are adding a trip to Jimbaran to your itinerary and you are wondering what’s in store for you and the whole family, read our recommendations below:
#1 Play Golf!
The New Kuta Golf Resort makes an excellent getaway spot for grownups who want a laidback outdoor activity after days spent sightseeing. The New Kuta golf course is one of the best 18-hole golf courses in the world! Although a golf course is typically associated with grownups, the kids can have a little fun of their own too!
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Meanwhile, the kids will love relaxing at the Klapa Lounge and Club or go for a snack at the Links Restaurant and Bar.
#2 Art-Making at Jenggala Keramik Bali
Jenggala Keramik in Bali is known for its ceramic factory and showroom. It also houses the Warung Keramik Café where guests can hang out, enjoy a coffee and cool their heels after a long day of shopping and touring. The best part about Jenggala Keramik is that it allows you (and the kids!) to make your own ceramic items from scratch and bring it home as a souvenir or gift!
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The Paint-A-Pot Program gives everyone a chance to design his or her very own plates, cups, saucers, bowls or ceramic mugs. The program is suitable for kids, teenagers and grownups . Your little artists will be assisted by staff members to design, mold, and decorate their own ceramic creations.
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Jenggala provides you an array of sponge shapes, glazes, and stencils to choose from. Once done, your creation will be taken to the studio’s on-site kilns where it will be baked. The firing process takes about 4 days so make sure to visit early on in your trip so you can claim your handy work.
#3 Visit the Uluwatu Temple
No trip to Bali is complete without visiting Uluwatu Temple. It is one of the most iconic landmarks in Bali! This temple is perched on top of a cliff on the Bukit Peninsula, and once you reach the apex of the temple, you will be treated to a stunning panoramic view of the Indian Ocean.
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A few meters from the main Uluwatu Temple is an amphitheater where daily performances of the Balinese Kecak fire dance is held at sunset. We recommend arriving in the afternoon and waiting for the performance because the dance is a treat for the senses.
#4 Enjoy a Seafood Feast at Jimbaran Bay
Known as the seafood capital of Bali, Jimbaran Bay is lined with warungs offering the freshest catch from local fishermen, served piping hot! Imagine fresh prawns, live fish, massive lobsters and crabs cooked just the way you like them!
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As far as the menu goes, the warungs offer similar menus so your choice where to eat will depend mostly on your desired view while dining.
#5 Make Your Own Perfume
Housed within the upscale Ayana Resort, the L’Atelier Parfums et Creations sells artisanal perfumes. The perfume workshop offers scent-making lessons to kids and adults alike. A trained staff member will guide each participant in making his or her own signature fragrance and keep it as a souvenir or as a gift.
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Special Children’s workshops are also offered so the little ones can make their own scents too.The kids will attend a basic perfume-making class followed by the actual workshop. The 1-hour long Children’s workshop will set you back IDR 480,000.
As for the adults, the workshops can last for either 90 minutes (costing IDR 1,080,000) or 3 hours (costing IDR 1,690,000), where you can make customized perfume while being assisted by an instructor. The 3-hour workshop includes a lecture and an overview of the Indonesian Perfumery.
#6 Go Paragliding
For adventurous souls who want to experience a bird’s eye view of Jimbaran, why not try an adrenaline-pumping paragliding flight? Imagine soaring 10,000 feet above sea level, with the wind blowing in your hair and your feet up in the air!
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Paragliding is definitely one of the best attractions in Jimbaran and is ideal for kids ages 14 years old and above. If you’re concerned about safety, have no fear, you and the kids will be assisted by a professional paragliding instructor. The guides will provide safety measures and harnesses to ease nerves for a worry-free adventure.
#7 Surfing the Waves
A trip to Jimbaran (or Bali, for that matter) is not complete without heading out into the waves for a surf. Jimbaran prides itself for having some of the best waves on the whole island. In fact, surfers from all over the world flock to Jimbaran to surf the waves and enjoy a little fun under the sun.
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The Bukit Peninsula features more than 20 quality breaks that span across the southwest and southeast coasts of Jimbaran. Other excellent surf spots in the area include the Pecatu area, Padang Padang and Bingin.
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If you think the kids won’t be able to go surfing, think again. Kids as young as 8 years old can take basic surfing lessons. Of course, it helps if the climate and the wave sizes are ideal if you’re letting the kids surf. During surf lessons professional instructors guide your kids through the waves and are there at every turn!
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#8 A Splashin’ Good Time at New Kuta Green Park
New Kuta Green Park is a massive, 5-hectare water park located near Dreamland Beach on the western side of the Bukit Peninsula. The water park boasts 12 water activities and rides as well as children’s playground, aviary, a snack bar, souvenir stores and a lounge area.
Some of the water park’s best attractions for older kids are the Wave Pool, Flying Fox and the Bungee trampoline.
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For small kids, the park has a kiddy pool and a Giant Bucket, which is connected to the pool as well as the Belibis river. The Belibis River is a manmade stream with tubes that gently carry riders for a relaxing ride. For folks who can’t get enough of water slides, the park offers several slides, each one is suitable to small and big kids.
#9 Dreamland Beach
What’s a trip to Jimbaran without stopping at one of its many beaches. The most popular beach in the area is Dreamland beach. The beach used to be a hidden gem back when Jimbaran was an underdeveloped village. But after the development of the Pecatu Indah Resort, the beach attracted hordes of tourists and locals.
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The beach is open to the public and is now best known as New Kuta Beach. The beach is perfect for those who love to surf, and although the waves are best for more advanced surfers, there are several surf instructors on the beach to teach anyone who wants to surf basic lessons, regardless of age. Dreamland beach is accessible because it’s located near the main entrance of Pecatu Indah Resort, just 30 minutes away from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Tuban.
#10 A Cultural Trip at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Park
Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) park is a multi-purpose cultural park that sits in the hilly Ungasan village near the main Jimbaran area. This 250-hectare cultural park features colossal statue of the Hindu god Vishnu riding the mythical garuda eagle.
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The bits and pieces of the giant statue are located in separate spots within the park. When the statue is completed, it is set to become an iconic landmark in Jimbaran. The 145 meter high statue will be included on the list of the world’s tallest landmarks once the pieces are completed and put together.
Although the park remains unfinished, you and the rest of the family can go and explore the sprawling property. The park also features various facilities including an amphitheater, a market, a souvenir store, a massage center and two restaurants. Thanks to its massive size, the GWK is the perfect spot to ride an ATV or Segway. ATVs and Segway units are available for rent within the complex.
So Many Things to Do in Jimbaran!
Jimbaran is most famous for its bay and seafood restaurants, but as you can see, there is much, much more to enjoy there! Take a day to explore the area and you won’t be disappointed!