Sanur is Bali’s oldest resort area and is a relaxed beach-side town with an abundance of restaurants, boutiques and cafes. Sanur is popular with all age groups and has plenty to entertain the whole family.
The Sanur main street though Sanur, Jl Danau Tamblingan runs from North to South and is a long tree lined street bustling with cafes and restaurants. The street comes to life at night and offer a safe and entertaining place to stroll and take in the holiday atmosphere.
The beach at Sanur is one of Bali’s best. Unlike other areas a paved walkway, on which cars and motorbikes are forbidden, stretches the entire length of Sanur. The beach is protected from the pounding waves found elsewhere in Bali, by a reef and the ocean is shallow and gentle.
Many cafes, restaurants and a charming market can be found along the oceanfront as well as dive operators who can whisk you away to nearby Nusa Lembongan for excellent diving and snorkeling.
Taxis are readily available in Sanur and local bemos run with some regularity up and down both Jalan Danau Tamblingan and Jalan Danau Poso.
Car and bike rental are readily available. We recommend that those seeking to self-drive or hire a motorbike purchase an International Drivers’ license from their home country before arriving in accordance with Bali’s driving laws.
Places to Visit
Sanur has a wealth of cultural and historical attractions, as well as shopping and beach-related sights.
Mangrove Information Centre
Suwung Kauh, ([email protected]). A little south of Sanur is the Mangrove Information Centre set in a spectacular 600 hectare mangrove forest which fringes the east coast south of Sanur. There are two different boardwalks through the mangrove forest and the center is doing great work in educating local schoolchildren as well as visitors, about the importance of mangrove forests. A great place to spend the day.
Le Mayeur Museum
Jl. Danau Poso, Blanjong
This is the former home of Belgian impressionist Adrian Jean Le Mayeur, which is now a museum dedicated to his works. Le Mayeur arrived in Bali in 1932 and soon immersed himself in the culture of the island, and married a noted Balinese Legong dancer. Much of the Le Mayeur house stands unchanged since his death in 1958. Visitors can view Le Mayeur’s works and learn about his life in Bali.
Pura Blanjong (Blanjong Temple)
Jl. Danau Poso, Blanjong
The most notable temple in Sanur and home to Bali’s oldest known artifact, Pura Blanjong contains an important inscription on a stone pillar called the Prasati Blanjong. The inscription tells of a Javanese king who visited Bali in the 10th century and installed what was probably Bali’s first formal government. This is Bali’s oldest known artifact.
Turtle Conservation Centre
Known locally as Turtle Island, the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre hosts a number of conservation initiatives aimed at protecting Bali’s seas turtle population. This island used to be the center of the Balinese trade in turtle meat until the practice was banned.
As well as shopping and eating, there are plenty of photo opportunities while walking along the splendid 5km beachside paved path. The local night markets are a sensory delight, with plenty of food options.
International Kite Festival
Padang Galak beach (just north of Sanur, east off the main Jalan Ngurah Rai bypass). The annual international kite festival takes place in July. A spectacular festival, often huge traditional Balinese giant kites up to 10 meters in length are flown competitively by teams from different villages around Bali. The events origins date back hundreds of years and are intended to send a message to the Hindu Gods to create an abundance of crops for harvest. It’s a regular sight in Sanur to see many giant kites being flown in this area especially between June and September.
Massage is one of the most popular pastimes for visitors to Bali and Sanur has many spas to offer. Along the beachside path at Pantai Sindu in the North to the luxurious Maya Spa to the South there is a spa to accommodate all budgets.
Along the main street of Jalan Danau Tamblingan you will find everything from Balinese handicrafts, shops selling the latest DVD’s, clothes, surf wear and dive equipment.
There is a main Supermarket (Hardy’s Supermarket) as well as a number of delicatessens offering organic produce including Bali Buddha and Manic Organic. At Batu Jimbar (about halfway along the street) you will find Café Batu Jimbar, a popular café which has a delicatessen and a Sunday market selling fresh organic produce.
Sindhu Market. Located at the northern end of Jalan Pungutan, just before Jalan Danau Tamblingan, is Sindhu Market. Famous for Balinese handicrafts, sarongs, t-shirts and, of course the ubiquitous DVD’s and imitation designer sunglasses.
Diving and Fishing
Sanur has many dive operators offering safe and affordable diving with many run by expatriate divers. The closest dive location is Nusa Lembongan which requires a short speedboat ride to the nearby island. Famous for its Sunfish migration and strong currents it offers come of the best diving around but is generally for the more advanced diver. Snorkeling is also available at Nusa Lembongan and the ocean is teeming with tropical fish, sea turtles and beautiful coral reefs.
Sea fishing is available from some operators and the deep channel between Nusa Lembongan and Sanur offers Tuna, Mahi Mahi and other species of epic proportions.
Eating Out in Sanur
From the North to the South Sanur has hundreds of small restaurants and café’s offering a vast range of excellent food choices. Choices include Balinese, Indonesian, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German and Dutch specialties. Many cafes are offer charming, non-touristy places to eat and drink and, although there are no nightclubs or flashy bars, there is a great atmosphere at every corner.
For Italian had to the south of Jl Danau Tamblingan where Massimos and Trattoria are perennial favorites. For Indonesian the choice is vast however Warung Sanur Segar is rated as the best in Sanur according to the Trip Advisor reviews at the time of writing. Those that need their Starbucks Coffee, they will find it located around half way along Jl Danau Tamblingan.
Kayu Manis, tucked along a side street close off of Jl Danau Tamblingan, and close to Pantai Sindu and Jl By Pass, is another secret find offering wonderfully constructed fusion food.
Along the beach you will find a huge number of wonderful bars and restaurant including the charming Café Lutuh, with its onsite bakery and the restaurant at Tanjung Sari offering fine dining and a wonderful beachside bar.
The huge choice of dining and the easily accessible beach combine to make Sanur one of the best holiday destinations in Bali.