Travelers are probably familiar with Bali, the island that holds so much natural beauty: the stretches of white sand beaches, the green rice fields, and the majestic mountains standing tall.
If you visit Bali for some quiet and peaceful time to fully enjoy nature, then you should visit Sanur! The laid-back atmosphere is guaranteed to make you not want to leave.
Find out more about this tranquil seaside town and the awesome things you can do here, as well as the best ways to travel to Sanur.
Sanur in a Nutshell
Located just east of Bali’s capital city of Denpasar, Sanur doesn’t only offer Bali’s best views, but also the perfect escape from your busy daily routine. Get away from your rise-and-grind lifestyle and enjoy a far more laid-back time here.
How can you not relax when you’re greeted by the sight of stunning beaches with clear water? Better yet, you’ll get to enjoy some fresh mouth-watering seafood straight out of the sea.
On top of that, Sanur also has great historical value. This place is where the oldest relic containing the history of Bali was found. It’s believed that the relic was written by a king of Bali named Sri Kesari Warmadewa in 913 AD.
Of course, the appeal lies in all sorts of activities you can also do here. Let’s find out about the most awesome things you can do in Sanur below!
10 Awesome Things to Do in Sanur
1. Explore Sanur
Sightseeing is a way to fully enjoy what Sanur has to offer. You enjoy a nice scenic ride by renting a scooter, which usually costs a minimum of Rp50,000 a day excluding the fuel.
Enjoy the green view of rice paddy fields, stop by some street stalls known as warung to try out local foods, and interact with locals in an authentic way. This way, you can even get a few tips and hidden gem recommendations from locals!
2. Catch the Sunrise at Sanur Beach
Considered one of the best sunrise spots in Bali, be sure to take a morning walk just to see the magnificent view of sunrise at Sanur Beach.
You’ll get to hear the birds chirping, feel the cool morning breeze, and see the beautiful view of the sunrise. Mount Agung and the distant outline of Mount Rinjani serve as a majestic backdrop!
3. Workout with a View at Sanur Boardwalk
Did you know that Sanur Beach has a very long coastline? It adds up to 7 kilometers long, to be exact. So a boardwalk is then set up as a type of pathway, where you can workout while enjoying the view.
The boardwalk is a great place for a morning walk, a jog, and a bicycle ride. You can even rent a bike around the area, which will only cost you Rp25,000 per bike.
4. Fun Water Sports
You can also do a more challenging type of sport at Sanur Beach. Get your adrenaline pumped by partaking in activities such as parasailing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, jet skiing, and banana boats. Being in the water will certainly refresh your mind and body.
5. Visit the Turtle Conservation
Just a little south of Sanur, there lies Serangan Island where the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (TCEC) is located. Just like the name, the organization is dedicated to stopping turtle trade and preventing sea turtles from going extinct.
You’ll be able to learn more about turtles and interact with them here. At certain times, you might even be lucky enough to witness them releasing some baby turtles on the beach.
6. Attend Sanur Bali Festivals
If you happen to visit during the right time, you can even visit Balinese arts and cultures festivals at Sanur:
- Bali Kite Festival: Held annually around July or August. You can see hundreds of vibrant and quirky kites fly in the sky in a fun competition. Some kites even go up to 100 meters long!
- Sanur Village Festival: Another yearly festival usually held around July or August. You can enjoy Balinese foods and arts, watch a traditional show, and cheer on the colorful fishing boats competition.
- Bali Arts Festival or Pesta Kesenian Bali: An annual festival held around June or July and has been around since 1979. The festival includes a big parade on the opening day where you can see various Balinese costumes and music.
7. Admire Arts at Le Mayeur Museum
If you’re the artsy type and are looking to dive deeper into the Balinese art scene, then be sure to visit the Le Mayeur Museum in Sanur. It houses the artworks and personal history of Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres, ranging from canvas paintings to hardboard paintings.
The building itself is stunning, with Balinese architectural elements such as sculpted stone walls and red floor tiles.
8. Try Out Local Foods at Sindhu Night Market
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Another way to get to know Balinese culture is through the food. At Sindhu Night Market, you can try out various culinary delights at a reasonable price. From nasi campur, nasi goreng, to exotic fruits such as durian, you can feast to your heart’s content.
9. Enjoy Live Music with Drinks
You can also experience Sanur’s night scene. Though it’s not a full-on party, there are nice establishments to enjoy live music while conversing with a cocktail in hand. Look into TKS Bar, Bamboo Bar & Lounge, or Casablanca.
10. Souvenir Shopping
You haven’t really been traveling if you haven’t gone souvenir shopping. After all, it’s a great way to remember your trip.
Handmade crafts such as wood carvings, rattan bags, and paintings are readily made for you to purchase at various local shops. You can also get coffee beans, spices, oils, and silverwork as gifts for your friends and family back home.
Sanur Travel Guide
The best time to visit Sanur would be between May to August, when the temperatures are cooler and yet you’re still able to enjoy sunny and breezy weather. However, a lot of travelers also come here around that time, so you’ll be encountering more crowds than usual.
To get to Sanur, you’ll have to get to the island of Bali first. You can either go by plane or ferry boat:
- By plane: Book a flight to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali. After that, you can catch a shuttle or go by taxi to Sanur. You’ll get there in approximately 30 minutes.
- By ferry boat: You can get to Sanur by ferry boat from Nusa Penida, another tropical paradise worth visiting. The journey usually takes approximately 40 minutes.
Relax and Unwind at Bobocabin Ubud
Aside from Sanur, another laid-back place worthy of your visit is Bobocabin Ubud. Here, you’ll be able to refresh your mind by surrounding yourself with the green natures of Ubud.
Powered by the Internet of Things, give yourself some privacy with the smart window, adjust the lighting for a more relaxing mood, and put on some music for a great ambience—all within your fingertips.
With our grill facility, you can even enjoy some great dinner while gazing into the clear skies and the view of Mount Batur.
Download the Bobobox app on Play Store or App Store for booking and more information.
Writer: Sheila Lalita
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