If you’re going to Bali, and you’d like to see more of the sights, and not just settle in popular areas like Kuta, Seminyak or Legian, it’s nice to know that there are lots of places in the island that have yet to be discovered by many. Located south of the international airport lies Jimbaran, a region previously known as a fishing village. Today, it’s home to 5-star beach resorts, temples, art galleries and more! Here’s a peek at a few of the top attractions in Jimbaran.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
For arts and culture buffs, if you think the island is just for avid surfers or hikers, don’t worry because there are lots of things to do and see in Bali, from an arts and culture perspective.
If you’re heading to Jimbaran, don’t forget to visit the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park. Most locals refer to it as “GWK”, and the park covers 250 hectares in the hills of Ungasan, which is a couple of minutes drive from the main district.
The park is situated on a limestone plateau high in the Bukit Peninsula, and offers a majestic view of Jimbaran Bay and Kuta to the west, as well as Tanjung Benoa and Sanur to the east.
It’s main attraction is a giant but yet-to-be-completed statue which depicts the Hindu god Vishnu riding on the back of the mythical “Garuda’ eagle. You’ll also find exhibition halls, amphitheatres, gardens and parks here.
Dreamland and Padang-Padang Beach
Dreamland Beach is the first beach to rise to international fame in the island’s southern Bukit Peninsula. It is home to one of the best reef breaks in the world, and it’s just a 30-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Here, visitors will find attractive resorts, several surfing classes, and lots of “warungs” or food stalls selling Balinese and Western food treats.
Padang-Padang Beach is referred by locals as Pantai Labuan Sait, and features a 100-meter long stretch of sand that’s accessible down a flight of stairs. The waves here are generally for advanced surfers, although the beachfront is perfect for everyone, including whole families.
This gallery displays the ceramic arts and crafts of one of the island’s most legendary ceramic produces, Jenggala Keramik. Here, you’ll find hand-painted ceramic artwork of various shapes and sizes, which are inspired by the symbols, patterns and hues commonly found in Indonesian culture. Adults and kids can also sign up for the “paint-a-pot” workshop.
If you want a mix of fun, adventure and a little bit of the island’s rich culture, don’t forget to visit Jumbaran. And if you want to stay longer, what’s great is that the area is also home to many of the best Bali Indonesia Hotels Resorts!