Jimbaran Fish Market
On our last day on Bali we woke up early to take in one last bit of Balinese culture at the Jimbaran Fish Market. We took a taxi from the resort and hired the driver to hang around for an hour and bring us back because at this time of day it’s almost entirely locals and taxis are hard to come by. We arrived around 8:30am and headed out to the beach…
By this time in the morning most of the fish have already been unloaded and put on display in the market but we still had a chance to see all the boats along the shore and up on the sand. The deep blues of the water and the bright, colorful boats made for an incredibly beautiful view.
After snapping a million pictures of the boats we headed into the market which doesn’t look like much from the outside…
…but inside it was ripe with activity. Fish and other sea creatures of every shape, size and color were piled onto tables or in laundry baskets or styrofoam coolers filled with ice. It didn’t seem to be the most sanitary of places but the fish was definitely fresh! We walked up an down each row, stopping at almost every stall so I could snap a few pictures. I had no idea what most of the fish were but I wanted pictures of everything! We were the only non-locals in the market for the 30 or so minutes that we were inside and besides a few people motioning and commenting about how tall I was, nobody paid us much attention as I snapped away. It was very hard to narrow it down but I picked some of my favorites to share….
Visiting this fish market was such a cool, interesting experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Bali. Even if you’re not in the Jimbaran area you can easily hire a taxi from anywhere on the island for very little and they can get you there and bring you home. Jimbaran Beach is also a very popular spot for tourists to catch a picture perfect sunset while dining on the fresh catches of the day. We were told that the restaurants along the beach charge a bit of a premium but if you just go straight to the beach and buy from someone there or in the market it is much cheaper. Not sure how that works but something to keep in mind if you have a little sticker shock upon arrival.
And so, for those who have been following along, I’ve finally reached the end of our 10 days on Bali. 🙁 I hope you’ve enjoyed my posts and for those considering a visit to this beautiful island, feel free to email me with any questions! As I’m sure you can tell we had a fantastic time and I’d love to share my experiences with anyone who wants to listen!