Sanur: The Authentic Balinese Coastline

Discover Sanur, the authentic Balinese coastline and all it has to offer. Beatiful sandy beaches, surf spots, the Sea Walker and much more.

The waters of Sanur are protected by a long string of offshore reefs, creating large, warm shallow, safe lagoons that are perfectly clear and excellent for swimming, snorkeling and a whole array of water sports. Surfers will be pleased to know that the reefs around Sanur produce some of the best waves in the world in the right conditions although they can be very shallow at low tide. But there are more consistent waves beyond the reefs good for surfing.

Sanur is also the perfect place to explore the splendours of the neighboring island of Nusa Lembongan. Nusa Lembongan is around 8 km2 in area and is one of three neighboring islands, the others being the much larger Nusa Penida and tiny Nusa Ceningan.

Many areas around the island are great for diving and snorkeling, with abundant marine life and unspoiled corals. The surf can get a bit crowded, but the waves are good. There are several white sand beaches away from the main centers which are hardly ever crowded.

Being the resort where tourism first developed in Bali, Sanur has some of the historic hotels in Bali. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes along the coastline. For budget meals you might want to try the Pasar Malam (Night Market) at the northern end of Jalan Danau Tamblingan where it meets Jalan Pungutan.

Sanur’s paved beach promenade stretches for about 5 km from the Jalan Mertasari area in the south of Sanur to the north of the main Jalan Hangtuah beach. It makes for a great bike ride with scenic views, especially early in the morning.

The more active can try one or more of the many water sports offered at Sanur Beach. Try kitesurfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, surfing or paragliding.

For the less active, hire a banana boat and cruise the calm waters. The surf here isn’t great by Bali standards, but there are reasonable breaks about 1km offshore during the northwest wind season (around October-March). During this period, you will have no problem locating the breaks – just follow the locals. Boards can be rented on the beach for Rp 100,000.

For a unique experience, you should try the Sea Walker. A safe and exciting underwater adventure Sea Walker is a unique diving system, which offers the possibility of observing the underwater world at a depth of 15 feet without certification and without getting your hair wet. Participants actually walk along the bottom of the sea, rather than swimming, while many exotic fish and marine life are found all around.

Visit the surroundings

Jalan Danau Tamblingan, the main street in Sanur, has many outlets for car, motorbike and bicycle rentals. A large number of metered taxis patrol the streets looking for passengers. Local bemos roam Jalan Danau Tamblingan and Jalan Danau Poso with some regularity.

Sanur is also a great place to walk around. Distances aren’t far, the streets are relatively quiet, and there’s a beautiful cobbled seaside path that runs through the entire neighborhood.

Getting to Sanur

Located near Denpasar, the capital of Bali, Sanur is a 20-minute taxi ride from Ngurah Rai International Airport. There are plenty of metered taxis all over the island that will happily take you to Sanur. This is one of the easiest areas of Bali to find as the main bypass of Jalan Ngurah Rai is the western edge of Sanur.

There are many well-marked exit points from this main road into the heart of Sanur. It takes about 30 minutes by car from Kuta or Legian, about 45 minutes from Seminyak or Ubud and 15 minutes from downtown Denpasar.

Sanur is also well served by shuttles and bemos from the north and south as well as from the Tegal terminal in Denpasar. Perama bus company has its Sanur office at Jalan Hangtuah and offers direct transfer from Candidasa, Kuta, Lovina, Padang Bai and Ubud. Private shuttles run from most major tourist centers in Bali to Sanur.

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