Jimbaran Beach in Bali remains one of the most popular destinations on the island.
Home to international hotels, a gorgeous stretch of beach, and some of the best seafood restaurants in Bali, it’s not hard to see why Jimbaran Beach is the go-to coastal retreat for thousands of holidaymakers every year.
The Badung Regency Government have announced a series of new zoning policies, renovations, and upgrades in the area around Jimbaran Beach that they say will help improve access for tourists.
This, in turn, the Regency Government says, will help further promote Jimbaran Beach as a destination, generating more income for local businesses.
The Regent of Badung, I Nyoman Giri Prasta, told reporters that the Jimbaran area will be divided into new zones based on specific public functions.
This will include the traditional fishing area and fish market, the temple zone, an economic business area, and the hospitality zone.
According to Regent Prasta, this new zoning and subsequent changes to road access will have a positive impact on the safety and comfort of tourists and help promote the economic growth of the tourism sector in Jimbaran.
He told reporters, “Jimbaran Beach will become an icon of a new tourist destination on the Island of the Gods and will be able to increase the local revenue of Badung Regency.”
For Prasta, the mission to complete the rezoning of Jimbaran and improve access to road access to Jimbaran Beach and Uluwatu Beach just to the south is part of a personal quest to best serve his people.
Prasta told reporters, “I will move forward fully [with these plans], and I dare to guarantee that before I retire, I will be the regent for the arrangement of the beach and the construction of this Jimbaran alternative road.”
Prasta’s plans to upgrade the infrastructure and management of tourism resources of Jimbaran and northern Uluwatu have been well received by village leaders and local communities, many of whom have been calling for such improvements for years.
The proposed rezoning and new road will better connect Jimbaran with Kedonganan. Earlier this year, the same community leaders, along with leaders from Pecatu Customary Village, confirmed their support for five new access routes into the resort area of Uluwatu from the north.
All these infrastructural development and improvements, they say, will be of benefit to tourists by reducing traffic congestion and reducing travel distance.
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The Chief of the Jimbaran Traditional Village, I Gusti Made Rai Dirga Arsana Putra told reporters, “The community wants to ask the Regent for help because, since 2015, we have planned to build an alternative road in the coastal area where the [working group] have formed a team.”
He continued, “we have coordinated with coastal communities and fishermen, all of whom agree. There is also strong support from all Banjars to propose the arrangement and construction of this Jimbaran coastal road to the Regent.”
Support from local community groups for a project of this size is always a positive thing; however, not everyone is happy about the scope and scale of the imminent infrastructural changes.
Three hotels that sit along the proposed rerouting of the coastal access road have issued a protest to the project. The protest has been filed formally with the central government, who are now looking into the environmental impacts.
The complaint against the proposal is now in the hands of the Badung Public Works and Spatial Planning Office (PUPR), who say a further environmental impact assessment must be carried out before the project can be given the final go-ahead.
Regardless of the result, however, it seems that all parties are keen to implement infrastructural and access improvements to Jimbaran and Uluwatu as tourist interest in the area continues to grow.
Surya Suamba from the PUPR told reporters that if the road cannot be built above land, “we will use an underground tunnel design” to establish better access for tourists.
There is a lot for tourists to love about Jimbaran, and the beach is perhaps most famous for its beachfront seafood restaurants.
Diners from all over the world come to Jimbaran especially to sample freshly caught seafood prepared with traditional Balinese culinary flair.
Jimbaran is also a great base for exploring the rest of the island, as it is just a 90-minute drive from Ubud, an hour from Canggu, and just 15 minutes from the airport.
Tourism development along the Bukit Peninsula, from Jimbaran to Uluwatu and around the coast to Nusa Dua, is booming.
As is the case with all infrastructural growth, some people are all for it; others have serious concerns about the long-term impact of construction and infrastructure on the island’s natural beauty.
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