Some of the best things to do in Sanur appeal to those looking to learn about Bali's unique culture and natural landscape. Historical landmarks include the Le Mayeur Museum, the ancient and mysterious Blanjong inscription, and even a ‘ghost town' that only the brave should enter.
Sanur Beach is one of the first resort areas in Bali, though it remains rich in history and a laidback ambience. It's made up of several beaches that are relatively quieter than the likes of Kuta or Legian, with a pleasant footpath that's popular for strolling and cycling. Sanur's expansive coastline is shared by some of the island's oldest hotels and boutique resorts.
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The coastline of Sanur spans around 8 km from north to south, between the coastal border of the Gianyar regency and southern Denpasar's mangrove forest. You'll enjoy several notable Sanur beaches that are connected by a paved footpath.
The walkway provides a nice jogging track and scenic cycling routes. Starting from the southern end, Sanur beaches include Mertasari Beach, Semawang Beach, Pantai Karang (Reef Beach), Segara Ayu Beach, and Sindhu Beach. The footpath ends at Grand Bali Beach, one of the most popular coasts on the island. Read More...
- Location: Sanur, Pantai Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Bali Seawalker, as the name implies, lets you walk underwater to view beautiful reefs with tropical marine life. Its pontoon is anchored 5 minutes offshore, from where you go below the waves from a ladder wearing a specially designed helmet.
You can easily explore the bottom of the ocean on foot for about 30 minutes, with certified and experienced guides overseeing the activity from above and below. Bali Seawalker can be enjoyed by children aged 10 and up, and no diving experience or swimming skills are necessary. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 8pm
- Location: Sekar Menuh Building, Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai No.5, Padanggalak, Sanur, Denpasar Selatan, Denpasar City, Bali 80237, Indonesia
- Tel: +62 (0)813 3739 9432
Le Mayeur Museum is right on the main Sanur Beach of Sindhum, behind a row of art and souvenir stalls. This memorial museum mainly houses the artworks and personal history of painter Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres, a Brussels-born artist who was impressed by Bali and the shores of Sanur.
His wife and muse was Legong dancer, Ni Pollok. She is prominently featured in his oil paintings. The main building features the former living quarters of the couple, with classical Balinese elements, sculpted stone walls and red terrazzo floor tiles. Carved wood dominates the furnishings, and window sills feature motifs inspired by wayang (shadow puppet) characters. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Friday from 8.30am to 12.30pm, Saturday–Thursday from 8.30am to 3.30pm
- Location: Jalan Hang Tuah, Sanur Kaja, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
- Tel: +62 (0)361 286 201
Bali Sharks is a private nature conservation initiative with a mission to save black tip and white tip reef sharks in Indonesia. Also known as the Serangan Shark Island Project, it also offers environmentally-friendly tours of its pontoon nursery located east of Serangan Island.
The conservation centre collaborates with the local Kelompok Nelayan Serangan fishermen's group to build this nursery, which has over a dozen pups. The tours let you swim and snorkel with these young sharks, visit a turtle hatchery and a marine garden aquarium. Meals and refreshments are provided as well. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 4pm
- Location: Jalan Tukad Punggawa No.25, Serangan, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80229, Indonesia
- Tel: +62 (0)858 5732 0471
Pura Blanjong Temple
Pura Blanjong Temple displays one of Bali's oldest known artefacts, which dates back to 914 CE. It's a stone pillar with Sanskrit inscriptions, and believed to be some sort of victory monument, chiefly of King Sri Kesari Warmadewa. The first king of the Balinese Warmadewa dynasty, he was believed to have installed Bali's first formal government. Blanjong Temple also showcases sandstone statues of Hindu lord Ganesh and various animal figures. The temple is a national cultural heritage site and welcomes visitors year-round.
- Location: Jalan Danau Poso, Pura Blanjong No.80227, Sanur Kauh, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80228, Indonesia
Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (TCEC)
The Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (TCEC) serves as a hatchery, nursery and sanctuary for rescued turtles. The centre is open for the public year-round. Well-shaded and open-air pools separate the turtles according to size. Its supervising staff can provide information and brief tours if they aren't busy maintaining the pools or feeding the turtles. There is also a small sandy enclosure for tortoises, a hatchling pen, and a small souvenir shop selling turtle-themed items.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 4.30pm
- Location: Jalan Tukad Punggawa, Serangan, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80229, Indonesia
- Tel: +62 (0)813 3849 0357
Griya Santrian Gallery
Griya Santrian Gallery regularly hosts art exhibitions, book launches and gatherings of local and international artists. Almost every month, the gallery showcases various paintings and sculptures from artists who mainly focus on classical styles. Notable names who have displayed their artwork at Griya Santrian Gallery include Syahrizal Koto, Ni Nyoman Sani, I Ketut Muja, Le Mayeur de Mempres, Auw Kok Heng, and Sujana.
One of the most reputable galleries in Sanur, Griya Santrian Gallery is owned by the same people behind the annual Sanur Village Festival. It's one of the main art exhibition venues during the week-long event.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm
- Location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan No.47, Sanur, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80228, Indonesia
- Tel: +62 (0)361 288 181
The annual Bali Kites Festival takes place at Padanggalak Beach, located on the northern end of Sanur. It's one of Bali's major provincial calendar highlights, preceding the Bali Arts Festival. On this day, you'll see thousands of traditional kite troupes and youth groups transporting their gigantic kites to the beach using large trucks. The kites usually have wingspans ranging between 5 to 10 metres.
Bring your camera to take photos of the sky speckled with hundreds of colourful kites, though the process of take-off and landing are just as exciting, with the troupes manoeuvring in their droves. The Bali Kites Festival is usually held during the windy season, between July and August. Confirmed dates follow favourable weather conditions in Bali. Read More...
- Location: Pantai Padang Galak, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80223, Indonesia
Sanur has a spooky ‘ghost town' on Padang Galak Beach, a remote coast about 7 km north of the main Sanur hub. It's the vast ruins of Taman Festival Bali, a favourite location for photographers looking for a desolate, post-apocalyptic-like setting
The park's deserted main entrance gates, ticket booths, empty cafeterias and deteriorated main buildings with partially collapsed roofs all give it a creepy sensation even in broad daylight. Dense foliage and creeper vines have grown over broken windows, and ornamental stone figures loom over in the open spaces, making it a nice place to try your nerves. The locals believe long-abandoned sites like Taman Festival Bali are ‘borrowed' by lost spirits. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Padang Galak No.3, Kesiman, Kota Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia