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23 Greatest Issues To Do


Sanur is understood for being probably the most quiet and household pleasant areas of Bali Indonesia, however there are additionally loads of good issues to do there.

Households will love the laid again ambiance and chill eating places at Sanur Seashore, and the dawn views listed below are a few of the finest you could find wherever in Bali.

This sleepy seaside city on the southeast coast of Bali was one of many unique birthplaces of tourism on the island, and it’s nonetheless well-liked for its good lodges, procuring, breakfast, massages, and quick access to the Nusa islands.

With out additional ado, right here is our full journey information for what to do in Sanur!

The place To Keep In Sanur

 

The place Is Sanur?

First issues first — the place is Sanur positioned?

Sanur (pronounced sah-noor) is positioned within the southeast nook of Bali island, throughout from Denpasar and the principle metropolis middle of Bali, Indonesia.

The Sanur space primarily contains the seaside and the principle avenue (Jalan Danau Tamblingan), in addition to the Ngurah Rai Bypass and a bit of land west of the Bypass.

The primary vacationer space is concentrated east of the Bypass. That is the place most vacationers keep, and it has most (however not all) of the lodges, eating places, points of interest, and actions in Sanur.

Most vacationers right here don’t enterprise into the realm west of the Bypass in any respect, though it does have some hidden gems, together with just a few good eating places and rice paddies. I’m positive this space will turn out to be extra vital as tourism continues to broaden.

Sanur Beach Bali Drone

Drone image of Sanur Seashore from above

 

How To Get Round Sanur

In case you’re staying on Sanur Seashore or Danau Tamblingan avenue, the entire space is fairly walkable and most issues are shut sufficient to be reached on foot.

Bluebird taxis are at all times accessible for brief rides round Sanur, however the costs are a bit inflated for vacationers. It’s cheaper to make use of ride-hailing apps like Seize and Go-Jek, and the native taxis in Sanur don’t appear to struggle this in any respect (in contrast to in Ubud the place the native taxi mafia could also be extra protecting of their turf).

If you wish to do some exploring outdoors of city, you’ll must hire a scooter or rent a personal automobile and driver (each of those could be booked on-line). Airport transfers to Sanur from the Bali airport will also be organized along with your lodge or booked on-line.

Sanur Beach Sunrise

Dawn could also be one of the best time to get photos of Sanur

 

Greatest Issues To Do In Sanur Bali

 

1. Sanur Seashore Dawn

Sanur Seashore might not rank up there with a few of the finest seashores in Bali, but it surely definitely shines (no pun supposed) as the most effective dawn spots on the island.

The mix of a cool morning breeze, birds chirping, fishermen wading out on the reef, the Mount Agung volcano within the distance, and the general dawn show right here is simply plain magic. Generally you may even see the distant define of Mount Rinjani in Lombok.

Dawn on the seaside is unquestionably the most effective issues to do in Sanur! It’s an effective way to start out the day.

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Sanur Beach Sunrise reflection in Bali

Dawn at Sanur Seashore is at all times particular

 

2. Sanur Boardwalk

Sanur Seashore has a really lengthy shoreline (round 7 kilometers) and there’s a paved foot path all the best way, so it’s good for a morning stroll, jog, or bicycle trip.

It’s a pleasant scenic path lined with fishing boats, lodge gardens, and seaside eating places, and you’ll sometimes get views of the Mount Agung volcano within the distance.

In case you’re searching for what to do in Sanur, the boardwalk is a superb place to start out! The entire public seaside space is free to enter, and sunbeds or bicycles can normally be rented for round 25k Rupiah per day.

The most effective place to hire bicycles is at Warung Sports activities in Jalan Pantai Sindhu, in any other case you could find different locations to hire them alongside the Sanur boardwalk.

For yoga lovers, there’s additionally a free morning yoga class day-after-day at Pantai Karang. It begins at 7:30 AM and everyone seems to be welcome, simply take part with a mat or towel.

Since 2023, the entire strolling path on the seaside has been renovated to make it wider. That is welcome information as a result of the boardwalk can get fairly busy within the mornings.

Sanur Bali Beach Tandjung Sari

Beachfront on the Tandjung Sari Resort. One among our favourite photos of Sanur Bali.

 

3. Sanur Seashore

To be sincere, Sanur seaside can’t compete with the nicest seashores in Bali, as a result of there’s simply an excessive amount of seaweed alongside the shore and the sand is just not actually particular.

There are just a few exceptions, however most elements of the seaside are simply common. Nevertheless, Sanur is nice for households, and that’s why so many Balinese locals and expats like to come back to the seaside right here.

Calm sea waves and shallow water make it a really perfect place for youths to swim, and there’s a improbable breeze in the summertime months (Might by way of August).

Sanur Beach Bali

Sanur Beach Bali       Sanur Beach Bali
 
 
 

4. Sanur Festivals

The Sanur space is house to a lot of enjoyable seasonal festivals in Bali. These are free to go to and it may be an important exercise for households and anybody eager to see Balinese arts and tradition.

Listed here are the principle festivals in Sanur you need to take a look at:

  • Bali Kite Pageant (July/August). This can be a yearly competition held in Sanur the place a whole bunch of inventive kites fly the skies in a enjoyable form of competitors. Through the dry season in Indonesia (Might by way of September), Bali will get good sturdy winds from the east, so Sanur has good climate for kite flying. The primary occasion of the competition is normally held in July or August, and you’ll see every kind of gigantic and quirky kites, generally as much as 100 meters lengthy!
  • Sanur Village Pageant (July/August). That is one other yearly competition celebrated in Sanur Seashore since 2006, that includes Balinese arts, meals, and tradition. There’s even a conventional boat present and competitors with the colourful ‘jukung’ fishing boats.
  • Bali Arts Pageant (June/July). Also called PKB or Pesta Kesenian Bali, that is Indonesia’s longest-running arts competition, which began in 1979. It’s celebrated yearly, and the competition lasts for a complete month in Denpasar metropolis, only a 10 minute drive from Sanur. The spotlight of this competition is the massive parade on the opening day of the competition, which options every kind of fantastic Balinese costumes and music.
Bali Arts Festival Pesta Kesenian PKB

Bali Arts Pageant (PKB) parade in 2022

 

5. Sea Turtle Launch

In case you’re fortunate, you may generally be part of a sea turtle launch at Sanur Seashore, though it’s not as frequent as the turtle launch at Kuta Seashore.

Olive ridley sea turtles nonetheless like to put their eggs at Sanur and the opposite Bali seashores every so often, so that they must be picked as much as preserve them secure from predators and folks strolling on the seaside.

When the infants hatch, you may launch them to the ocean with a donation. It’s a enjoyable exercise for households, and it advantages sea turtle conservation, which is vital in Bali.

This exercise comes from the Turtle Conservation and Schooling Middle (TCEC) on close by Serangan island, which is supported by the WWF and has been engaged on sea turtle repopulation and schooling in Bali since 2006.

There are normally batches of child sea turtles launched someplace on Sanur Seashore at the very least a few times a month. Turtle releases are extra frequent through the mid summer season months (June by way of August), however they’ll occur at any time of yr.

If you wish to be part of, your finest wager is to ask round with Genius Cafe or Byrdhouse, they usually can most likely let you know when the following turtle launch is occurring in Sanur.

Learn Extra: Bali Sea Turtle Launch

 

6. Sanur Seashore Golf equipment

The Sanur space isn’t actually recognized for seaside golf equipment (but), however just a few good ones have began to pop up, and a few of the good Bali beachfront lodges additionally provide pool day passes to stroll in prospects at their eating places.

The 2 high seaside golf equipment in Sanur proper now are Artotel Seashore Membership and Byrdhouse Seashore Membership. Nevertheless, the Artotel membership closed down throughout covid, and it stays to be seen if it will likely be renovated and reopened.

The way in which a seaside membership works is you pay an entrance payment, and then you definately get a meals and beverage credit score together with entry to a pool, playground, and beachfront lounge with WiFi and sunbeds.

Artotel Beach Club Sanur Bali

The late Artotel Seashore Membership (© ABC)

 

7. Le Mayeur Museum

This can be a small museum devoted to a Thirties Belgian painter and his Balinese spouse. It’s arrange of their former home in north Sanur Seashore (GPS right here).

Critiques are combined, as a result of the work are good, however the repairs has been poor and there’s no air-con. Entrance payment is 50k Rupiah for foreigners.

The primary cause to go to this place is to get a small peek into what the true Bali was like within the previous days earlier than mass tourism, malls, and the web.
 

8. Sanur Rice Fields

These are some rice fields close to Sanur which are nearly unknown to vacationers, however they’re simply as inexperienced as any of the others in Bali Indonesia.

There’s a brand new strolling path in good situation, and you’ll take your bicycle or scooter on it for a pleasant scenic trip.

With the excessive velocity of improvement in Bali and particularly the Sanur/Denpasar space, sadly these rice paddies is probably not round for for much longer earlier than they’re changed by buildings. So take pleasure in them when you can!

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Drone view of green rice fields at Sanur, Denpasar in Bali

The Denpasar rice fields close to Sanur

 

9. Sindhu Evening Market

This can be a small evening market in northern Sanur the place you should buy native cooked meals like Nasi Campur, Satay, and Nasi Goreng at very cheap costs.

It’s well-liked with locals and vacationers alike, and you may as well discover contemporary veggies, fruits, and fruit juices (together with durian)!

The evening market is formally open from 6 PM till 11 PM, but it surely normally begins earlier, and generally it may well go as late as 1 AM if it’s a busy evening.
 

10. Sanur Water Sports activities

Sanur seaside is among the hottest locations to do water sports activities in Bali.

There isn’t worthwhile browsing or snorkeling on this space (regardless of the various dive retailers in Sanur), however the seaside is a superb place to do parasailing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, jet snowboarding, banana boats, and so on.

If you would like a singular expertise, you may as well rent one of many native fishermen to take you round on a conventional ‘jukung’ fishing boat. I’ve seen some nice fish caught within the waters right here.

Sanur watersports

Sanur water sports activities

 

11. Sanur Therapeutic massage & Spa

Virtually each third constructing in Sanur is a therapeutic massage store.

Balinese therapeutic massage is improbable and the costs could be very reasonably priced, at 100k Rupiah ($7 USD) or much less for a 1 hour physique therapeutic massage or foot therapeutic massage.

A number of of the very best rated therapeutic massage locations in Sanur are The Nest, KOA Boutique, and Leha Leha Spa. These locations are terrific and chances are you’ll want reservations, however truthfully you may go to only about any spa and get a very good expertise.

Lots of the excessive finish resorts in Sanur even have their very own spa and therapeutic massage facilities, that are normally dear however high notch.

We’ve by no means had a nasty therapeutic massage wherever in Bali. It’s the proper option to unwind after a full day of mountain climbing or touring.

Bali massage

Sanur therapeutic massage is a few of the finest (© Klook)

 

12. Sanur Eating places

Sanur is loaded with nice cafes and eating places, particularly for breakfast.

You may sip a espresso by the seaside along with your toes within the sand, or take pleasure in one of many many eating places lining Jalan Danau Tamblingan (the principle avenue).

That is far from a whole listing, however these are only a few suggestions:

You may also discover loads of low-cost and genuine Indonesian ‘warungs’ (little household owned eating places) in case you look within the facet alleys of Sanur or throughout the Ngurah Rai Bypass.

We plan to cowl meals and eating places in additional element with one other journey information in a while, so preserve a watch out for that!

Sanur fruit smoothie bowl

Sanur beach restaurant
 
 

13. Memento Procuring

Procuring is among the hottest issues to do in Sanur, so it’s an important place to choose up your Bali souvenirs earlier than leaving Indonesia.

Some individuals go to Artasedana (previously Hardy’s), which has mounted costs, however when you have time to go searching you may get higher offers from the small retailers on Tamblingan avenue or Sanur Seashore, the place haggling is predicted.

You will discover the standard souvenirs like keychains and fridge magnets, or all kinds of good handmade crafts like wooden carvings, work, and rattan luggage.

Bali can also be recognized for espresso beans, spices, oils, lace, ceramics, and silverworks, and you could find all of this stuff in Sanur too.

Souvenir beach seller

Pleasant seaside vendor. This man paints wood eggs with wonderful element.

Sanur Bali paintings

Work on the market in Sanur Bali

 

14. Pura Blanjong Temple

Pura Blanjong is an historical Balinese Hindu temple positioned in south Sanur, on the principle avenue of Jalan Danau Poso.

Regardless that it’s not almost as lovely or photogenic because the finest temples in Bali, some may discover the historical past right here fascinating.

There’s a stone pillar at Pura Blanjong that is among the oldest artifacts in Bali, and it has inscriptions telling concerning the first recorded Balinese king (Sri Kesari Warmadewa) and his army victories.

Learn Extra: Greatest Temples In Bali
 

15. Pool Day Passes

Among the lodges in Sanur promote day passes for his or her pool, so you may swim and benefit from the sunbeds and different good amenities with out staying in a single day.

In case you’re visiting Bali on a price range, a day move like this may be an effective way to get your ‘pool repair’ a few times with out breaking the financial institution. At varied instances, pool day passes have been supplied by Prama, Swiss-Belresort, Gazebo Seashore Resort, Puri Santrian, InterContinental, Taksu, and different lodges in Sanur.

A traditional worth for that is about 50k to 100k Rupiah per individual for the day, though it might be increased if there’s meals and drinks included. You may inquire with the lodges immediately to verify pricing and availability.

Swiss Belresort Sanur Pool Day Pass

Some lodges in Sanur promote pool day passes (© Swiss-Belresort)

 

16. Pod Chocolate Store

Pod Chocolate is legendary in Bali, they usually have a pleasant store in north Sanur the place you may refill on their wonderful chocolate bars and spreads.

You’ve most likely seen their chocolate on the market within the Bali airport earlier than, however this native store close to Sanur has a much bigger choice and higher costs. It’s additionally simpler to go to than their predominant chocolate manufacturing facility, which is in north/central Bali (Mengwi space).

Pod Bali has free chocolate tasting right here (so you may attempt before you purchase), which is nice as a result of they’ve greater than 20 flavors on the market now!

Pod Chocolate Junglegold

Pod Chocolate Junglegold

The Pod Chocolate store (now referred to as ‘Junglegold’)

 
 

Extra Issues To Do Close to Sanur

 

17. Plaza Renon Mall

This can be a small shopping center within the Renon space of Denpasar metropolis, simply quarter-hour from Sanur.

It has plenty of good eating places and occasional retailers, in addition to a grocery store, pharmacy, and multi-screen cinema.

Plaza Renon is an effective place to hang around, however it may be a bit crowded on the weekends since numerous locals like to come back right here.

Plaza Renon Mall Denpasar

Plaza Renon is a small mall in Denpasar

 

18. Taman Pageant

This can be a spooky deserted theme park simply outdoors of Sanur that’s was a little bit of a darkish tourism object over time.

Taman Pageant closed in 1997 through the Asian monetary disaster and an total droop in curiosity from vacationers on the time. The $100 million USD park initially featured a faux volcano and a pit stuffed with crocodiles, however now it’s coated with graffiti and consumed by jungle. Even bats are beginning to take up residence right here.

Clearly exploring a haunted park like this isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, however I assumed it was fascinating to see the enormous banyan timber beginning to swallow up the buildings. It’s just like the Angkor Wat of theme parks!

There’s a small entrance payment to go to Taman Pageant (we paid 20k Rupiah), and you’ll discover the realm for so long as you want, however make sure to convey mosquito spray!

Taman Festival Ruins

Taman Festival Ruins

The spooky Taman Pageant ruins

 

19. Bajra Sandhi Monument

That is an imposing monument in Bali’s capital metropolis of Denpasar, only a 10 minute drive from Sanur.

It’s devoted to the struggles of the Balinese individuals over the centuries, and the within has an air conditioned museum that was opened in 2003.

Personally I feel it seems just like the creepy fort of some film villain, but it surely’s nonetheless an fascinating design.

Lots of native {couples} love to do prewedding photographs right here, and it has an enormous courtyard space with some good strolling paths.

Bajra Sandhi Monument Renon Denpasar

Bajra Sandhi Monument in Denpasar

 

20. Nusa Dua Camel Safari

You are able to do camel rides on the seaside in Nusa Dua, simply 30 or 40 minutes from Sanur.

The rides begin on the Hilton Bali Resort in Nusa Dua, however they’re run by a unique firm referred to as Bali Camel Safaris (you may e book with them by way of WhatsApp at ☎ +62 812-3615-8243).

The camel trip is nothing spectacular, only a quick stroll on the seaside for 30-60 minutes, however in case you’ve by no means rode a camel earlier than it may be a enjoyable expertise for the primary time.
 

21. Bali Zoo

The Bali Zoo has numerous nice wildlife, together with some species which are native to Indonesia.

You will get your image taken with tropical birds right here, and the park amenities and animal care appear good too. I feel it’s the most effective issues to do close to Sanur.

The zoo is only a 30 minute drive north from Sanur.

Learn Extra: Bali Zoo Assessment

Scary looking alligator statue at the Bali Zoo

Bali Zoo Baby Wallaby

A child wallaby on the Bali Zoo

 

22. Bali Chicken Park

In case you’ve been to the Bali Zoo and also you’re eager to see extra tropical birds, there’s a chicken and reptile park only a quick distance away that has over 1,000 unique chicken species.

The Bali Chicken Park additionally has a reptile middle with crocodiles and Komodo dragons, and you’ll maintain iguanas or turtles.

The park is only a 30 minute drive north from Sanur.

Red parrot and green parrot at the Bali Zoo

The colorful face of a blue and yellow parrot at the Bali Zoo

A colourful parrot on the chicken park

 

23. Nusa Islands

Sanur occurs to be the principle leap off level for visiting the Nusa islands, a bunch of three small islands close to the east coast of Bali Indonesia.

Nusa Penida Island has a few of the most wonderful surroundings wherever within the Bali province, so you possibly can simply spend every week exploring this island and its smaller twins, Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan.

There are a bunch of speedboat corporations making this journey every day from the comfortable new harbor in north Sanur, and the journey to the Nusa islands solely takes about 45 minutes.

You may even go to the Nusa islands on a day journey and return to Bali in the identical day in case you’re so inclined, though I feel it’s value staying longer!

Learn Extra: Nusa Penida Journey Information

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The T-Rex shaped cliff point at Kelingking Beach in Nusa Penida, Bali

Probably the most well-known views in Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida tree house view at Rumah Pohon Molenteng in Bali

Treehouse in Nusa Penida

 

Greatest Seashore In Sanur

I feel one of the best seaside in Sanur is perhaps the sandy little part in entrance of Tandjung Sari Resort, which is a part of Segara Seashore. This spot has smooth white sand, palm timber, and sunbeds, and the employees rake and clear the seaside frequently, holding it wanting actually immaculate.

One other good seaside in Sanur is the lengthy stretch in entrance of Hyatt Regency, which is lined with colourful jukung boats, and has nice views of the Mount Agung volcano within the distance.
 

Sanur Seashore Sellers

Like a lot of the well-liked seashores in Bali, Sanur has sellers who stroll round and attempt to generate profits by peddling their wares to you: paper followers, knives, kites, bracelets, and different handmade trinkets. They’re simply attempting to feed themselves and pay the payments.

The seaside sellers in Sanur should not almost as aggressive as those in Kuta, however a few of them are nonetheless pushy at instances, which could be a bit annoying in case you’re simply eager to take pleasure in your meal or loosen up on the seaside.

On the principle avenue of Jalan Danau Tamblingan, you get the identical factor from taxi drivers and native transport attempting to give you excursions round Bali. I discover the taxi touts extra annoying as they’ll even yell to you from the opposite facet of the road whenever you’re clearly preoccupied.

Except you’re genuinely occupied with one thing they’re promoting, it’s finest to keep away from partaking in any dialog or eye contact with them as this may solely encourage them to maintain pestering you. Don’t say ‘possibly later’ both, as they’ll maintain you to your phrase!

For me, one of the best answer is to smile, shake my head no, and preserve strolling. In any other case, in the event that they catch you when you’re sitting on the seaside, normally a easy ‘no’ or ‘tidak’ (tee-dah) will do the job. In case you give them cash simply to go away you alone, then you definately’re prone to be surrounded by different seaside sellers wanting the identical factor!

Sanur Beach Seller Bali

A pleasant seaside vendor

 

What To Do In Sanur At Evening

Regardless that Sanur isn’t recognized for nightlife, there are some issues to do in case you go searching.

The Sindhu market in north Sanur will get vigorous at evening, and it normally goes till at the very least 11 PM. You will discover low-cost native meals there, plus contemporary fruit and veggies.

For bars, you might have plenty of decisions in each space of Sanur, like Casablanca, Area Pub, Bamboo Bar, and Sand Seashore Bar. There are too many to listing.

Sanur isn’t a sundown watching spot because it faces east. Most likely the one option to catch a very good sundown in Sanur is a romantic dinner on the rooftop of the Maya Resort.

Maya has a pleasant elevated rooftop for fancy dinners, and you may get some nice panoramic views of the sundown from there. You may e book this dinner with them immediately right here.
 

Is Sanur Protected?

Sure, Sanur could be very secure. It’s commonly known as one of many most secure areas in Bali. Simply take regular precautions and also you shouldn’t have any points.

I’ve introduced my digicam gear to the seaside in the dead of night many instances for dawn, and there are normally loads of different photographers there taking dawn pics.

Even earlier than dawn, plenty of individuals begin jogging the trail at Sanur Seashore. Violent crime is uncommon in Bali, and Indonesia normally.

The primary factor to be careful for is drive-by telephone snatchings, which do occur in some elements of Bali every so often, so simply bear in mind to place away your telephone whenever you’re by a busy street with passing motorbikes.

Swimming at Sanur Beach

Children can swim too at Sanur Seashore

 

Snorkeling In Sanur

In case you’re anticipating nice snorkeling spots in Sanur, you’ll be upset. You could get fortunate and see some fish and coral, however normally the visibility is just not nice and there actually isn’t a lot to see underwater in Sanur.

The excellent news is that it’s straightforward to do a day journey from Sanur to Nusa Penida island, the place you may snorkel with some improbable fish and coral. The truth is, Nusa Penida is among the finest locations on the planet to swim with manta rays and big mola mola fish.

You may go to Nusa Penida and organize a snorkeling tour your self at Toyapakeh boat harbor, or it’s additionally doable to e book this on-line as a day tour departing from Bali, full with lodge pickup and velocity boat switch.

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When To Go to Bali

The most effective time to go to Sanur will depend on what you’re searching for:

☁ Bali’s wet season runs from November to April. The climate through the day could be scorching and humid, at 32 to 35 °C (90 to 95 °F), but it surely’s much less crowded throughout this time, and the rain is generally within the night or at evening.

☀ From Might to August, the temps are cooler, and it’s extra breezy and sunny. That is the windy season and it’s the nicest climate. It’s additionally the excessive season for vacationers, so it’s typically extra crowded.

Except for the Sanur festivals (which solely occur through the windy season), you may expertise any of the opposite sights on this Sanur journey information all yr spherical!

Sanur Beach Jukung Boats

Conventional ‘jukung’ boats on the sand

Sanur Bali Drone

Drone image of the enduring floating gazebos at Pantai Karang

 

Extra Bali Journey Suggestions

Thanks for wanting! I hope you loved this listing of one of the best issues to do in Sanur Bali!

We plan so as to add extra tricks to this Sanur journey information sooner or later, so please test again once more later.

Within the meantime, don’t neglect to take a look at my full Bali Journey Information for extra suggestions, information, and photographs!
 

Sanur Resorts

 

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