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21.11.16

Bali - Jimbaran fish market

Jimbaran fish market in Bali, Indonesia

Jimbaran fish market might not the typical tourist spot but is definitely worth checking out.

For many, Jimbaran is a synonym to fresh grilled fish spiced up Balinese style and enjoyed at a table located right on the beach - wet feet included at high tide. Located at the west coast of that narrow stripe in the south of Bali, it is a rather interesting place. Quieter than Kuta or Seminyak, alternating locals with Balinese style resorts (actually we stayed around the area) and the main fish market of the island. The best of staying in Jimbaran are the dining opportunities by the beach. Very similar to the restaurants in Koh Samui, at Jimbaran Beach you can have really fresh grilled fish (e.g. red snapper) together with plenty of staple side dishes and drinks at one of the many warungs for two and pay less than 20 EUR in total.

The beach is not particularly famous but during daytime is considerably less crowded than any of the other and quite clean, so if you also chose to stay in the area, it might be worthwhile spending some time there - we didn't realize until the day we were flying out when we killed time until it was time to go to the airport, hanging around the hotel pool area. There are not many sightseeing opportunities around, other than Jimbaran Fish Market shown in this post.

KLM lost my suitcase, so we went to the place where you could be without a bikini, the fish market. I really like the energy of local places, as they provide an opportunity to snap the real life in the island. It was a bit late, but still there was some activity on the "dried fish" stalls. I was stroke by the beauty of the jukung or traditional Balinese outrigger canoes. This boat is one kind of outrigger canoe that also use the crab claw sail, which was invented by the Polynesians. This type of sail is very special. With a triangular shape, it can produce very large amounts of lift when reaching and its performance is overall superior to any other simple sail plan. That's maybe the reason why they manage to come so far? They had smart engineers to optimize their boats!!!

The bars on the side reminded a lot of the boats we saw in the Polynesian Culture museum of Hawaii Big Island as well as those in Boracay. The magic of the Pacific, in the end... It was all coming from one amazing nomad culture.

We went by walk from our hotel Keraton Jimbaran Beach Resort, but it is located right in the middle of the south, so you can drop by anytime on the way somwhere maybe - try to come before 12PM.




Jimbaran fish market in Bali, Indonesia
Jimbaran fish market in Bali, Indonesia
Jimbaran fish market in Bali, Indonesia
Jimbaran fish market in Bali, Indonesia
Jimbaran fish market in Bali, Indonesia
Jimbaran fish market in Bali, Indonesia
Jimbaran fish market in Bali, Indonesia
Jimbaran fish market in Bali, Indonesia
Jimbaran fish market in Bali, Indonesia
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