It is difficult to ignore that there are 20,000 temples in Bali and visiting at least one of them is a minimal ritual to observe for any serious tourist. From Jimbaran, choose from two accessible temples. The shortest drive is to Uluwatu Temple located at the extreme southern tip of the island. Perched on a bluff where wavesexperienced surfers love themcome crashing, the temple is dedicated to the spirits of the sea and guarded by monkeys rather friendly, although a tad kleptomaniac. The site offers spectacular views and is more impressive than the structure itself.
Tanah Lot is farther and in the other direction, but it's the most celebrated one. Built on a promontory only accessible at low tide it stands as a mysterious fortress guardedthey sayby poisonous snakes. There's a fairy atmosphere at sunset when the silhouette of Tanah Lot is outlined against the orange red sky. Unfortunately, it's also the time where tourists gather from everywhere to admire the famous dusk scenery.
The return to Jimbaran will take you to the Legian/ Kuta/Seminyak area with an opportunity for shopping for batiks, clothes by Indonesian designers, antiques at Milo's, The House of Yanie, Bin House and other stores (see addresses below).
The ultimate diving spot is Menjagan Island on the North Western tip of Bali within the West Bali National Park. Fishes abound along the coral walls. Easier to access is Tulamben in the North East. The wreck of a liberty ship is home to almost tame fishes.
Golfers might want to experience the Bali Golf and Country Club in Nusa Dua Beach (tel. 771797) and its 18-hole championship course (about a 15-minute drive from the hotel). After the heat of the day, tennis is another alternative on one of the two floodlit "Wimbledon" courts of the Four Seasons.
In this southern area dining at Bumbu Bali is an option. Nestled in the garden of a Balinese home, Bumbu Bali restaurant (15-minute drive from Jimbaran) under the guidance of a Swiss owner serves uniquely Indonesian fare accompanied by dances and music. A bit touristy but well done and pleasant, Bumbu Bali also offers an Indonesian cooking class and accommodations in a choice of selected villas.
(Updated: 05/15/09 HC)