Sanur is a peaceful fishing village in east part of Denpasar famed for its beautiful strip of pure sandy beaches across the coastal line. It is also famed for its' spectacular sunrises which literally marks a new day in the life of the Balinese. Visitors and meeting participants delight in the romantic beachfront – a picturesque, unbroken seaside promenade that stretches the length of ocean-front hotels, luxury villas and exuberant gardens, affording a pleasant stroll in the cool early mornings and late afternoons.
The atmosphere is what is unique about the village of Sanur where hospitality is intertwined with the traditions of Balinese culture and religion. The atmosphere from sunrise till sunset provides endless opportunities of discovery into the daily lives of the Balinese, where each corner of the village provides a certain exploration for every visitor.
About 15 kms from the international airport of Ngurah Rai, Sanur can make an ideal place for your Bali holiday. Families especially love the white sand beaches, protected by coral reefs, making swimming a lot safer than in busy Kuta. Characterized by its unique charm and unhurried pace, Sanur has long been a popular destination for guests seeking a stylish, laid-back beachside getaway. Another historic remain that marks the development or arts on the island of Bali is the LeMayeur Museum, built in Sanur in 1953 and was the first museum built in Bali.
Activities and Point of Interest :
Sanur beach is about 5 kms of white sandy beach is the earliest beach resort, features a relaxed coastal ambiance. Sanur Beach Hotel is the perfect gateway for those who seek to explore Bali. The former fishing village maintains most of its charm and continues to attract repeat visitors, mostly from Europe. With its coastline of white sandy beach of Sanur is perfect for watching the sunrise. Today there are many hotels packed with various staring hotels, from one star to five star hotel. Completed with any other supporting infrasctructure such as restaurants. You can choose from to fit every budget and various restaurants share the Sanur beach coastline along with an assortment of innovative and modern entertainment venues. Sanur Beach maintains its wealth in arts and culture, making it an ideal destination to enjoy the best of both eras, classic and contemporary. Sanur's reef gardens and coral plantations add to its underwater highlights.
Sanur also a splendid paved beachfront cycle-path stretches some 5 kilometres from the Jalan Mertasari area in south Sanur, north to the main beach at Jalan Hangtuah. This makes for a lovely scenic bike ride, especially in the early morning.
One of the attractions of Sanur is watersports including canoeing, surfing (outside Sanur reef), windsurfing and snorkeling. Sanur offering dive courses, fun dives and liveaboard trips. Offers a full range of fun dives and courses. Scuba diving companies are based in Sanur and can quickly arrange trips to Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and the East coast of Bali. Many international diving professionals arrange and make a day package of dive that divers of every level can enjoy, including children of 8 years and above. Disabled divers can also participate. Although the diving available around Sanur is not the best Bali has to offer, nearly all of Bali's most established dive operators are located here. All offer trips further afield. Sanur gets some good surf breaks between September and March. Other options are windsurfing, parasailing, water-skiing, jet skiing, kayaking as well as various fishing trips.
Seawalker Bali offers unique activities, walking on the ocean floor located in the Sanur beach. Live the adventure and unforgettable walk to the sea and enjoy the beautiful underwater environment with a special helmet that allows you to breathe under water as usual. From the beautiful Sanur beach, you will be escorted to the pontoon in place of sea walker diving base. The activity of Sea Walker will last for 35 minutes.
A day at any of the spas in Sanur is exactly what you would expect during your stay in Bali: full service treatment steeped in Balinese tradition. Take advantage of any opportunity to enjoy a spa during your stay, the cost here is at least half what you would pay in North America or Europe. All major hotels have in-house spa facilities and there are also several well established independents in Sanur.
Le Mayeur Museum
This museum located just steps from the ocean is physical proof for the love of an artist towards the island of Bali. Go the end of Jalan Hangtuah and turn right at the beach. Proceed along the paved footpath through the souvenir stalls and look for the entrance to the museum on your right), +62 361 286201. Su-F 7.30AM-3.30PM.
Belgian impressionist Le Mayeur, Dutch artist Arie Smit, Australian artist Donald Friend and the flamboyant tourism pioneer Jimmy Pande all set up residence in Sanur during the 20th century. Approximately 80 paintings are showcased in this museum which was once the home of famous artist Le Mayeur himself. Interestingly the beach at Sanur suffered some erosion as result of the expansion of Serangan island (Serangan's reef was covered in rocks and earth and the size of the island doubled). To counter this, sand from Nusa Dua was bought in, although slightly light-brown in color. Still Sanur's beaches are pleasant and beach vendor activity for the most part is restricted to the beach-front foot path area.
This is the former home of noted 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 house stands just as it did when he died in 1958, and apart from viewing his works, visitors will gain an insight into what it must have been like to be one of Bali's very first expats.
Pura Blanjong (Blanjong Temple)
The most notable temple in Sanur which contains a major, 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. Located on Jl. Danau Poso – Blanjong.
Bali Orchid Garden
Neighboring to Sanur Village, situated along way of By Pass Ngurah Rai, Tohpati about 10 minute by car from Sanur. Easily reachable from the north and from south. A tropical garden of vast varieties orchids will give you a relaxing atmosphere with annual blooming orchids. Bali Orchid Garden is open for individual tourists, tour groups and private functions all year round. It is is a tropical haven where guests can stroll amongst a wide variety of tropical flowers and foliage plants from Indonesia and abroad. staff are available to escort and explain the wide variety of tropical plants, help you discover many orchid treasures while touring the garden, or assist with your purchase of a memento from the shop.
International Kite Festival
The annual international kite festival takes place here every July. Traditional Balinese giant kites up to 10 metres in length are made and flown competitively by teams from different villages around Bali. The origins of this event are as a festival intended to send a message to the Hindu Gods to create abundant crops and harvests. Aside from the actual organised festival, from June through to August each year, visitors will see many giant kites being flown in this area.
Sanur Village Festival
Annually programs certainly flourish Sanur Village Festival this year with the main attraction set at the food festival area combined with a wide range of entertainments from traditional and modern collaborations. The aim of the festival is to attract large number of tourist from various countries. Sanur Village Festival assures a lot of water sports activities and adventure. The event is inspired by Marine life which plays a vital role in daily life of Balinese.
These three events blend in perfectly and synergize with the Indonesia national-scale event which, in terms of promotion, products, business, exhibition participants and visitors, is of international quality.
Not to forget our green programs that have been appending with us since the first celebration such the beach cleaning campaign, coral reef conservation, baby turtle release and tree plantation. Let's get together hand in hand to support this event to be internationally recognized and together we promote to map Sanur as one of the major tourist entity in the world.
For souvenirs, try the numerous shops on the main street, or one of the various 'art markets'. Sanur Beach Market (off Jl Segara Ayu) has a wide selection. This is a one stop shop for all manner of Balinese handicrafts, sarongs, t-shirts and knock-offs such as sunglasses. Also can be found at beachfront Art Market at the end of Jalan Hangtuah.
Pasar Sindhu Art Market (off Jl Danau Tamblingan), the maze-like Shindu Beach Market (south of Jl Pantai Sindhu) and Jaya Kesuma Art Market have numerous stalls selling T-shirts, sarongs, woodcarvings.
Hardy's Grosir, Jl. Danau Tamblingan 193, Sanur. Open daily. This is Sanur's main supermarket, and a good place for stocking up on regular items.
Nogo Bali Ikat Centre, Jl Danau Tamblingan 104, Sanur . Specializes in the very best quality woven ikat fabrics from Bali and elsewhere in Indonesia. If you are looking for cheapies, don't even think of going here. If you have an eye for quality though, this will be right up your alley. You can purchase fabric by the piece, made up as clothing or homewares, and examine their very impressive genuine antique collection.