Things to do in Sanur
It should really be things NOT to do in Sanur as most people come here to relax, sit by the pool and sun bake. This is the main ingredient that goes into making a perfect Sanur holiday.
Sanur Beach is one of the original tourist hubs in Bali and it’s the place that saw the first large hotels open up. It is an upscale resort area that has maintained it’s quiet and serene ambiance, despite growing numbers of tourist coming to Sanur to experience it’s tranquility. With it’s laid back small village feel there is still many things to do in Sanur if you are prepared to peel yourself off the sun lounge and actually do something.
Here is our list of the best attractions and activities in Sanur
- Sanur Beach If you are staying in a beachfront hotel this is easy. All you need to do is put your book down and head straight. The beach is right in front of you and guess what? The water is like a bath. It’s tropical warm and is protected by an outer reef so you can swim easily without waves. Go for a jog along the footpath that stretches along the entire Sanur beachfront them go for a nice dip in the ocean. Don’t be one of these people who never leave the hotel pool and are too afraid to go into the ocean. Do yourself a favour and try it. It”s wonderful. The beach stretches for 3 km so there are many places where you can swim in privacy. Sanur is less crowded than other beaches in Bali so you can find a peaceful place to swim, read a book on the shore or you might even like to grab a cold beer and stand in the water to cool down.
- Bali Seawalker If you have never done scuba diving and are keen to see the under water life off the Sanur reef then this is a great experience. It’s safe and you are under the constant guidance of professional staff. The launch point is roughly 10 min off the Sanur coastline where you wear a specially designed helmet that allows you to walk freely on the seabed and marvel at all the tropical fish. This is ideal for a family outing in Sanur. The seawalk is between 30-40 min depending on your speed but that gives you enough time under water to soak up the natural beauty.
- Bali Sharks Bali Sharks, in Serangan is also referred to as the Shark Island Project. It’s a conservation initiative project to save the black and white tip reef shark. This is the first of its kind in Indonesia and provides visitors with a close up look at these rare beauties. It’s open every day and if you are game the operators allow you to swim with these gentle, docile and very friendly creatures.
- Griya Satrian Gallery The gallery is located in the Griya Satrian Hotel and it regularly hosts exhibitions from local Balinese painters. This is the most famous and reputable galleries in Sanur and is a go to place for art lovers. If you are a fan of Balinese art then make sure you spend the afternoon here. The gallery s a focal point of artist all around Bali who want to showcase their work. Every month the gallery will put on a special exhibition to promote and individual artist.
- Go for a surf, snorkel or swim Your hotel will probably have this equipment and if not there are places where you can rent a surf board or snorkelling equipment. To get to the surf at Sanur you either have to paddle out to the reefs edge or get a boat to take you out there. Either way when its good, it’s a fantastic wave. But, a word of warning here – this is only for the intermediate to experienced, as you are surfing over a sharp coral reef and there are no lifesavers out there. You are on your own. There are strong rips, tides and waves and this can be very dangerous if you do not know what your doing. For snokellers the best thing to do is have a swim outside your hotel and check out all the small fish that are inside the reef area.
- Bali Orchard Garden For those that love their gardening and are a fan of the orchard then head straight to the Bali Orchard Garden where you can browse rows or flowers in the open air – no green houses here. There is an area along Bypass Tohpati road north of Sanur where there are rows of shops selling flowers. It’s here that you can find this lovely garden and it’s the only one offering daily tours. The landscaped gardens are a tropical oasis on the busy road where you can also view other tropical plants that they have grown.