Dec 29 2010
Some things are touristy for a good reason: they are very enjoyable to do. One such activity in Bali is going for a seafood barbecue at Jimbaran beach on Bali. Sure, cheaper places to eat seafood are around, but the setting at Jimbaran, right on the sands, often with a brilliant sunset to boot, is difficult to beat. For the budget conscious, you don’t need to order two dozen king prawns and a bottle of chardonnay to enjoy the spot — most places will rustle you up a nasi goreng, and the water is just as cold as the beer!
There are two blocks of seafood barbecue joints on Jimbaran. One lot is up quite close to the airport, and the other is way down at the other end of the beach, between the Intercontinental Bali and the Four Seasons. We prefer the latter, and our favourite place is the second last one (when walking away from the Four Seasons) called Cafe Bagus. (It’s actually combined with the joint next door and they’ve combined their names, but the sign still reads Cafe Bagus) and, well, it is bagus!
If you’re coming for the sunset, we’d suggest aiming to get here by about 17:00 and grabbing a table down near the water for the best, most uninterrupted views. That also gives you time for a swim. The drop-off here is very, very shallow, so it is great for children who just want to have a paddle without being too worried about the waves. If you’re not fussed about the sunset and your time is limited, you can visit Pura Uluwatu for the kecak performance (which takes place across sunset), then wander down here afterwards for a dinner.
Munching aside, there is also a large fish market at Jimbaran that is best visited in the early morning, but that’s another story!
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