Jimbaran fish market on Bukit Peninsular is a bustling spot for locals, business owners and tourists alike, who visit in the early morning to get their hands on the freshest seafood around. With the traditional colourful boats crowding along the shore in the clear morning light and the lively flock of sellers and customers, it’s a spectacular sight. If you arrive at around 6 am, you can see the incredible sight of these vivid Jukung (traditional Balinese canoes) returning to shore after a night at sea. The market is made up of three sections: a wholesale area, an area for selling to the general public, and directly on the beach you can find local fishermen selling their wares.
The market opens officially at 7 am, and you’ll notice countless trucks from all around the area delivering their fresh seafood to the Jimbaran sellers. Local fishermen usually sell smaller types of fish such as sardines and mackerel, and bigger varieties are often sourced from Kusamba and the Amed area. A huge range of fish is available each morning, and you can even have your purchase grilled on site for a small fee.
Although the area used to be solely known for its fish market, Jimbaran has lately become home to 5-star resorts, seafood restaurants and fashionable shops. The bay has a gorgeous white sand beach which is ideal for swimming. Jimbaran is less than a 15-minute drive from the airport, and 20 minutes from Sanur, Legian and Seminyak. The market is open between 7 – 9 am.