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Taman Pancing (Fishing Park)

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I live in Bali with my husband and two daughters. I blog about my experiences as Indomumma and I create content for blogs and websites at Stuff With Words.
Published February 11th 2022
A rare grassy space in South Denpasar
Stretching for more than 4km from South Denpasar into the city is a river bordered by grassy banks, known as Taman Pancing, or 'Fishing Park'.

As the name suggests, it attracts a lot of locals trying their luck with an (often homemade) fishing rod. At any time of day you'll find clusters of them perched along the banks, whether as a social activity or in the hope of catching something for their family to eat that evening.

Anyone may fish there, but it's worth noting that you'll need to bring your own gear, as there is no equipment available for rent.

But there is so much more to this area that makes it worth a visit.

First of all, the uninterrupted strips of grass make this a very popular place for people to walk or run, especially in the early morning before it gets too hot.

In the heat of the day, groups of people seek refuge in the shade of the trees that line the banks. And later in the afternoon, it becomes more of a hangout for groups of friends and families, perhaps enjoying a picnic or just catching some fresh air and watching the sun set. On Sunday afternoons it becomes particularly busy - watch this video to see!

The steep rocky walls are fun places for little climbers, too!

Visiting Taman Pancing
Taman Pancing is free to visit at any time of day. There is no official entryway; you just find a space to park up along the road and then head down the nearest steps onto the grass. These steps are spread all along the park at regular intervals, but they are usually quite steep and uneven, so take care using them.

Once there you may walk, run, play, or just sit and watch the world go by.

The busiest area is at the end near the Bypass, just outside a large Hindu temple named Geriya Tanah Kilap. If you really want to soak up the atmosphere in the late afternoon, head over here and browse the street food vendors to find something that takes your fancy.

If you're lucky, you might catch a couple of street artists or someone wandering around with a snake - you just never know!

Further down the same side of the park, just outside Geslim Cafe (which is also worth a visit), there are usually some people with horses offering rides along the grass.

If you just want a quiet space to hang out, head away from the south end and find an emptier spot.

On a clear morning, you'll be able to get a good view of the mountains too.

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Early morning mountain views

There are local warungs and shops dotted all along the road, so even if you don't bring your own food and drink, you won't have to go far to find something.
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Why? A green space to exercise or hang out
When: No opening hours
Where: Jalan Taman Pancing Timur (South Denpasar)
Cost: Free
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