Chilling kind of person? Sanur offers the perfect fusion of peace and relaxation that is so hard to find on the popular spots of Bali like Kuta or Seminyak.
The island is situated on the southeast of Bali and hosts a couple of sandy child-friendly beaches with sparkling shallow water that makes Sanur an ideal hub for a family vacation. Nevertheless, it offers a variety of good restaurants, charming bars, and live music events for a dazzling evening.
How to get to Sanur?
Sanur is located within the Bali’s vicinity and is about 20 minutes’ taxi ride away from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
There are numerous metered taxis available around the island that are willing to transport you there.
The main road Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai is the western boundary of Sanur; which makes it one of the easiest places to reach as there are several exit points with road signs from this main road into the center of Sanur.
If you’re coming from Kuta or Legian; spare about 30 minutes driving time, and about 45 minutes from Ubud or Seminyak and about 15 minutes from Denpasar Downtown.
There are also various shuttle buses serving to/from Sanur from the north and south as well as Denpasar's Tegal terminal.
Direct bus transfers from Ubud, Kuta, Candidasa, Padang Bai, and Lovina are available through Perama Company which is located in Jalan Hangtuah, Sanur.
Moreover, private shuttle buses are running straight from the most major tourist centers of Bali to Sanur.
Got there? Cool! Sanur is all about chilling out, yet there are multiple things that you can do to enjoy your time here and we are just getting to exactly this…
Getting Around Sanur
Getting around Sanur is pretty smooth as the main street here “Jalan Danau Tamblingan” has multiple cars, bicycles, and motorbike rentals.
Metered taxis are also everywhere and local bemos constantly run up and down both Jalan Danau Poso and Jalan Danau Tamblingan.
Walking is also preferable in Sanur since distances are quite short and the streets are relatively calm with a spectacular paved beachfront path along the whole stretch of the area.
Top Things to Do In Sanur
Dating back to 914 AD, this fascinating stone is one of the top attractions in Sanur and the oldest historical monument in Bali that was erected at the time of Sri Kesari Waemadewa, Bali’s first king.
The Blanjoing Pillar is located on a resting street off Jalan Danau Poso, once you’re in this road; go ahead until you find yourself facing Pura Belanjong then take the alleyway on the left side to reach the stone.
Treat yourself at Jalan Danau Poso
Right after you finish contemplating the ancient stone; there is nothing more pleasing to do than grabbing some delicious local food from one of the restaurants located in Jalan Danau Poso. Where you will find a much better variety of local warungs and cafes offering tasty Indonesian dishes. Various vegetarian options are also widely available.
Walk along Sanur Boardwalk
If you enjoy walking along the beach, then you would appreciate this boardwalk; Sanur boardwalk is a paved walkway that you can use to spot the perfect place on the beach or simply for the joy of walking nearby the sea.
Exciting Water Sports
Surfing may not be the ideal thing to do in Sanur; yet, there are other various fun water activities that you can enjoy including windsurfing, jet skis, and stand up paddleboarding.
Contemplate the Sun Rise
You can spot the most stunning sunrise views on Sanur beaches with calm magical surroundings. So just set that early alarm and hit the beach. You may seize the chance and do some yoga too!
Pasar Sindhu Markets Sanur
Or Sanur Night Market; is a small interesting night market that offers one of the best local food in Bali. The market opens at 4:00 pm and here is the address: Jl. Pungutan No.2, Sanur, Kec. Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80228, Indonesia.
Visit the Nearby Islands
Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan are two dazzling islands located just 21.2-31.2 km distance from Sanur and are totally worth a visit or even a whole stay. And here a couple of relevant articles that may come in handy for you!
This is a museum that once was the house of Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres, a Belgian expatriate who lived in Bali until 1958, and it is considered one of the most interesting attractions in Sanur.
The museum showcases Le Mayeur’s unique art collections which most of them are paintings of his wife who was a Balinese dancer.
The home is situated inside an inspiring compound that you may also stroll around and take in its gorgeous artistic vibes.
Go Kite Surfing
There is no more joyful way to capture the scenery of the island than kite surfing! Sanur is not blessed with optimal surfing conditions except for its strong winds; that’s why lots of the beaches here offer other fun water activities, and one of the best would be kite surfing which turns out amazingly fun because of the winds’ awesome strength.
If you are a first-timer; an instructor will accompany you to fly away through the water.
Shopping on Jalan Danau Tamblingan
Serving as the main street of Sanur, the shopping here is just about right; as you will find plentiful cafés, shops, and restaurants, as well as many arts and crafts shops and local souvenir retails presenting selections of very special Balinese pieces.
Visit Griya Santrian Gallery
Art and culture lovers will surely have the time of their lives touring Sanur since cultural attractions, art galleries, and events are valuable things here. And Griya Santrian is no exception.
The gallery is placed inside the Griya Santrian boutique Hotel and showcasing numerous exhibitions that are changeable throughout the year featuring local artists and traditional artwork including photography, ceramics, and paintings.
You may also come across other art events such as book signings and launches.
Souvenirs Shopping at Hardy’s
Hardy’s is the only large department store/supermarket in Sanur. The supermarket takes the whole ground floor and offers a wide collection of imported products.
However, what’s really exciting is the amazing assortment of souvenirs presented on the upper floor. Think of any souvenir you like, really, anything; and it must be somewhere here at cheap prices too. From clothes and textiles to wood carvings and even spices.
Visit Bali Orchid Garden
The Orchid Garden is not really in Sanur, yet, it’s located pretty close; around 3 kilometers away on the main road that leads out of the Jalan Ngurah Rai area.
The garden presents a unique collection of thousands of orchids of different shades and colors that you may not spot elsewhere.
Chill out on Pantai Indah
Based on locals’ advice; this is by far the most beautiful beach on Sanur Island blessed with soft golden sands and a clean calm space that makes it perfect for relaxing, swimming, and sunbathing.
The beach also hosts a nice café called Warung Pantai Indah that is famous for the best beers and the freshest coconuts.
Pantai Indah is located at the heart of Sanur, and you can reach it either through Jalan Danau Tamblingan then go round onto the huge road in front of the popular Bali Deli or through walking along the coastline from another beach.
Wondering what are the other beach options nearby? There you go!
Beaches in and around Sanur
Sanur beach is one of the most iconic beaches in Bali; a peaceful refugee where you can contemplate beautiful sunset views and enjoy the calm sparkling waters.
The beach is most famous for the popular Annual Bali Kites Festival and the best time to visit is during October. The Le Mayeur Museum is also placed here.
A beach hidden by limestone cliffs is certainly worth checking out! Nevertheless, the beach is also called Five Pandawas referring to the cliffs facing the ocean and each engraved with the heroes of the epic Mahabharata.
Pandawa Beach is located around 8 km from Nusa Dua and considered the best of the best. Some of the activities you can do there is sunbathing, jet-skiing, parasailing, and banana boating.
Marvelous blue gradient waters and the softest sands are the highlights of Cemara Beach, located on Bali’s east side in Denpasar. Imagine being welcomed with a gorgeous view of the horizon and equally magical shades of seawater and surrounding red corals.
Beach house stay-ins and few shacks are available around the beach, also there are many great restaurants where you can enjoy mouthwatering treats.
Taman Inspirasi Mertasari
This is by far one of the best beaches of Denpasar, Bali with the softest black sand and the most enjoyable camel rides! The allocation of the theme park also makes it a great family-friendly beach offering magical spots for everlasting memories. Don’t forget to use your camera!
Various food stalls are situated along the beach to fill you up the entire time.
Also known as Sawangan Beach; is one of the nicest beaches in Nusa Dua that is famous for its adventurous camel rides along the stretch of the beach. Yes! No need to head to the Middle East, as Bali got the full package!
There are several package options available here including single-day excursions with lunch, overnight tours including a stay at one of the beachfront hotels, in addition to exciting sea bottom walking tours and glass bottom tours.
Where to Eat in Sanur
Since Sanur offers unbelievably delicious food variety; we had to dedicate a couple of more minutes here to help you with a detailed food itinerary.
Don’t be surprised to find a superb Italian restaurant in the middle of an Asian retreat. This Milan inspired café sets the perfect multicultural fusion and serves the best in town spaghetti, pasta, and pizza. Make sure to book a table in advance as it’s always entirely booked.
Three Monkeys Cafe
Spread over two floors; this knock-off place serves delightful coffee and a creatively infused menu with a mix of Western and Asian creations.
Moreover, the cozy atmosphere, the comfy seating, and the uplifting jazz music add up to a perfect experience.
Nasi Ayam Men Weti
This is the place to go for a true flavorful local food experience including hot sambal, crispy chicken skin, and plentiful other local Indonesian dishes spontaneously and freshly made by the talented Balinese.
Continuing the authentic Balinese flavors with this warung that is famed for his deluxe local duck dishes and satay. The stylish wooden dining room interior is also something.
What’s better than a yummy cold treat for an afternoon refreshing dessert? Nothing, right? And Gaya Gelato might be the best in that! The lovely shop also has multiple branches across Bali.
Soul in a Bowl
A unique spot that serves both Western and Balinese specials in addition to a variety of healthy dishes and an elite collection of juices and cocktails.
La Playa Café
Seafood lovers, ramble on! The beachside seafood grill offers a mesmerizing tropical experience with iconic garlicky dishes; setting on the soft sands and surrounded by palm trees and fishing boats.
This is a gorgeous beachfront co-working café with an impression just out of this world. Genius’s menu is remarkably assorted with Indonesian, International, and healthy cuisines as well as vegetarian-friendly meals, vegan options, and gluten-free options.
This is a monthly market held in Sanur featuring local vendors selling organic products, prepared foods, handicrafts, and much more.
Pasar Sindhu Night Market
This one is mainly for fresh vegetables, pungent spices, dried fish, household goods, and many tempting Balinese meals.
Sindhu Beach Market
On budget shopaholic? Now you know where you are heading next! Sindhu Beach Market offers various products at very low prices including antiques, accessories, souvenirs, and other artistry items.
Art Market Kumbasari
This is a very special market featuring different art pieces and handicrafts from Bali’s various art districts.
Sanur Night Market
Whether you’re looking for a fresh tasty meal or missing a couple of items; Sanur Night Market offers something for everyone with its various food stalls of freshly prepared meals and its different shopping stalls.
Temples in Sanur
Sanur hosts some amazing ancient temples that date back to hundreds of years and holds in their architecture and intricate details the secrets of the rich Balinese culture.
Taman Ayun Temple
Rated among the top 10 temples in Bali; Taman Ayun is a compound of Balinese temple situated in the Mengwi district; the compound hosts a garden with water characteristics and distinguished tranquil vibes.
This temple was thoroughly renovated around the year 1937, yet, its construction dates back to 1634. Taman Ayun is certainly a place to relax, breathe, and get lost.
Pura Sakenan Temple
This temple goes on top of the list of the must-visits of Bali, due to its significant role in Hindu-Balinese history and culture. This temple is also the meeting point where devotees come from the farthest corners of the world to perform their rituals amid the Piodalan Anniversary 210 day celebration.
Enchanting carvings and rich history are what this temple is all about. It is located close to the City Square and the Provincial Museum of Bali. Jagatnatha Temple went through several renovations to reach its current valorous state.
When is the best time to Visit Sanur
Just like the rest of Bali; Sanur enjoys warm tropical weather all year round, however, it still has some rainy months, months were the sun is always out, and some in between.
October to March would be the wettest months of the year in Sanur with few tourists, better prices, and much more room for you!
The Best Time
We would say the period from May to August are the best months to visit due to the ideal weather conditions. July is also an interesting time to travel to Sanur as it’s the time of the International Kite Festival where you get to watch hundreds of giant colorful kites flying high in the blue skies of Sanur.
And here is some detailed weather and climate information.
It was fun having you here for a while and hope we have covered everything Sanur related!