Drawn by its exotic location, laid-back attitude and bohemian vibes, Sanur attracts a well-heeled, mature and sophisticated crowd.
Thanks to an influx of western artists and adventurers making the town their home from the 1930s onwards, Sanur quickly became Bali’s first official tourist spot. Times have definitely moved on since then, but Sanur retains the same eclectic vibe that made it so popular in the first place.
Only a 30-minute drive from Bali’s international airport, Sanur’s main attraction is a long stretch of golden coastline. Its relatively gentle ocean swell, incredible panoramas and lengthy beachfront promenade make it a great spot for tanning, swimming, strolling and catching the sunrise.
Despite its quaint reputation there are plenty of things to do in Sanur, including day time and night time beach markets which sell the full range of traditional local crafts, cheap souvenirs and fresh produce. It also has an excellent range of quality restaurants and a surprising number of evening entertainment venues.
For a slice of local history and culture, we recommend a visit to the Le Mayeur Museum – home of the famous Belgian painter who was one of the early Bali pioneers. You can combine it with a trip to Pura Blanjong, a temple housing a stone column said to be the oldest man-made artefact in Bali.
Sanur’s small port has regular ferry services to the nearby islands of Penida, Ceningan and Lembongan. Less developed than the main island and only half an hour away by speedboat, they offer awesome diving and snorkelling opportunities – perfect for a day trip.
Easy-going, breezy and picturesque, Sanur is a great location if you’re looking for a quiet beach town with easy access to some of Bali’s most popular destinations and beauty spots.