Jimbaran Fishing Village, Bali
Enjoying an exquisite, leisurely meal at one of several restaurants, ideally at a table laid out on the beach, is not the only pleasure. The colourful fishing boats are a delight to inspect and photograph, followed by a walk to the Kedonganan fish market, and all within a couple of kilometres. There is not much else to do here, apart from enjoying the beach, but it is a worthwhile, relaxing day, or half-day trip.
According to the 2010 Census, 83.5% of Bali’s population is Hindu, followed by 13.4% Muslim, Christianity at 2.5%, and Buddhism 0.5%. Jimbaran is unusual, with a predominately muslim fishing community. Their lively market provides the opportunity to buy fresh fish from a number of vendors with simple stalls, often consisting of a few boxes or crates.
As you would expect, a wide variety of fish and shellfish is on display.
The relaxed atmosphere belies the hard work that must be part of the fishermen’s everyday lives, particularly in bad weather. No-one seemed to object to their photograph being taken, though it is always polite to ask first. It was a pleasure to receive a friendly wave from this group, about to take a ferry to their boats.