Fishing Village and Coastal Resort
In July 2015, I flew to Bali on a bet. I was fishing in Wisconsin with a friend and he basically dared me to jump on a plane and fly somewhere random in the world. A few days later, I caught a flight from Chicago to Narita (Tokyo), then another one down to Singapore and then one more on down to Denpasar on Bali.
Mount Raung in East Java just happened to be spewing ash into the air from a recent volcanic eruption, which was causing all kinds of issues for travelers trying to get in and out of Bali, but I got a bit lucky and managed to grab a flight in with no issues. When I landed I found a quick spot to stay in Jimbaran, a small fishing village just south of the airport, and made a bee line for the sand. With no real plans, I spent the next week walking up and down the beach, drinking the local beer Bintang and thinking about what I wanted to do with rest of my life. When you travel alone, you have a lot of time to think about these types of things.
The weather was beautiful all week, so I spent a lot of time sitting in various warungs along the water and ended up meeting a lot of cool people, both visitors and locals. The food was great, the beer was cold and the conversations were epic. I’m still in contact with several people I met there.
And I guess the only real crazy moment of this short adventure was when I fell off the back of a motorbike a friend was driving and gashed my arm. We were actually run off the road, but I fell off none the less. You can see some of the evidence from the photo of my t-shirt below. And as I learned later, this is what many affectionately call the ‘Bali Kiss’, my welcoming to this beautiful and amazing island.
Next up was Ubud, so stay tuned for that dispatch soon.
Jimbaran is a fishing village and tourist resort in Bali, Indonesia. Located south of Ngurah Rai International Airport, the beach has seafood restaurants and luxury hotels, including the five-star Kayumanis Private Estate & Spa, Intercontinental Hotel Bali, AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, Four Seasons and Jimbaran Puri Bali and the casual dining restaurant Cuca. Lately, Jimbaran is developing a more affordable accommodation such as The Open House Bali Boutique Hotel.
Tourism in Jimbaran has increased rapidly so that it has boosted the local economy, but was devastated by the 2005 Bali bombings when suicide bombers struck at two popular warungs (restaurants) along the beach. However, the tourism industry has recovered. Diners select the live seafood that they wish to eat, and it is immediately prepared, generally grilled over a fire of coconut husks rather than charcoal.