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Sanur Travel Guide

Sanur - A little bit of everything

If you put a taste of Kuta, Jimbaran, Tanjung Benoa and Nusa Dua into one pot and then stir vigorously, what you are left with is known as Sanur. Europeans especially feel at home and attracted to Sanur as everything there is within moderation, even the traffic and the prices that are available. Sanur can also be described as a sleepy and neat little village.

In addition to this the ocean in Sanur is different. The scenery reminds you more of a plunge pool which makes Sanur the perfect place for families with kids.

Sanur has a wonderful beach promenade and it's simply relaxing to stroll along and soak up the beautiful views of the Beach. You can hire a bicycle if you would prefer to feel a bit more wind in your face.

Benoa Harbour, located in the south of Sanur is the primary launch point for many day cruises.

It wouldn't be fair to describe Sanur as boring but if you are looking for excitement, you shouldn’t stay here. Sanur is chosen as an alternative, mostly by Honeymooners with a limited budget, Families with kids, travellers aged 45+ and Kuta Lovers who don’t want excessive partying anymore.

10 tips - Things to do in Sanur

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Tip 1 - Get up early and see the sunrise

Sanur, located in the eastern part of Bali, offers a spectacular sunrise view. It is indeed very hard to get up at 5.30 in the morning when you are on holiday, but it is well worth it.

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Tip 2: - Stroll along Sanur’s Beach Promenade.

Combine Tip No.1 with Tip No.2 and get up early to stroll along the promenade and watch the sunrise. That way you will already have a romantic start to the new day. In case you like sports, you can do exercise at one of the gazebos along the way.

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Tip 3 - Cross the bridge and visit Nusa Dua and Jimbaran:

Nusa Dua is now only minutes away. Do a day trip to the most southern points of Bali. Smell the Luxurious air in Nusa Dua and explore the traditional Balinese charm in Jimbaran.

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Tip 4 - Get a massage on the beach

Sanur has very moderate prices. A full hour's massage on the beach won't cost more than 8 USD. Additionally, you will get the nice ocean view for free.

What to do in Bali – What to do in Sanur
Tip 5 - Have a seafood dinner at Sanur’s Beach Promenade

Many Restaurants are located along Sanur’s beach promenade. Some belong to hotels, whilst others are completely independent. As long as you don’t eat in a 5 star resort, a nice seafood platter shouldn't cost you more than 10 USD. On the main road (linear distance about 100m) lots of bars can be found to finish your day with some cocktails.

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Tip 6 - Do a Catamaran Cruise

As mentioned before, Benoa Harbour is the primary launch point for many half day and day cruises. Furthermore lots of Cruise packages are available and the only agony you have is to choose one. One of these options are sunset cruises, a very romantic and unique activity in Bali.

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Tip 7 - Go to Denpasar city once for sightseeing

Sanur belongs to Denpasar, the capital of Bali. Believe it or not, Denpasar is even busier than Kuta and the traffic is much heavier as well. Nevertheless, Denpasar offers unique things, which are worth seeing. Especially Denpasar Market (Pasar Badung) or Bajra Sandhi Monument (Monumen Bajra Sandhi) as these are two of the highlights you shouldn't miss out on.

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Tip 8 - Go to Nusa Penida one time

The Trip to Nusa Penida, Bali’s undiscovered sister Island, takes about 45 minutes by fast boat. Hire a bike as soon as you have arrived and explore the island on your own. Nusa Penida represents Bali as it was about 30 years ago. It is a very poor island but the people are amazingly friendly. Don’t forget to bring some sweets or pencils for the kids!

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Tip 9 - Join a cooking class

Bali’s kitchen is unique and attracts people from all over the world. Learn how to cook the Balinese way and surprise your friends back home. Prepare a Balinese dish whenever you need a break. It will help to calm you down and bring those holiday memories flooding back!

Find more cooking ideas in our category 'recipes'

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Tip 10 - Visit Le Mayeur Museum

To be perfectly honest, Le Mayeur Museum is not in the best shape. However it is a nice place to visit as the architecture of the Le Mayeur Museum is done in a traditional Balinese style. Find out more about the love story behind the museum!


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