Sanur Beach can be touted as one of the first areas developed for resorts in Bali. The tourism in Bali was started here and the influx is promising even after a half-century today. Other than that fact, Sanur still has the vibe of its history and provides a laid back ambiance.
This is why this area attracts various types of the crowd compared to other scenes you may find in Legian and Kuta, even if those two offer livelier scenes. Sanur is the home of several small beaches that connected to one another. It’s quiet vibe presents a nice atmosphere and you can walk or jog around Sanur on its pleasant paved path.
The coastline of Sanur is shared by some pioneering boutique and hotels on the island that came at the earliest time of the tourism development of Bali. When you are in Sanur, you must visit its historical landmarks. Le Mayeur Museum and Blanjong are located in this area. Sanur is such a wonderful place for you to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere without a crowd of traffic or too much pollutant in the air.
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So, here are the 10 best things to do in Sanur. Other than its wonderful surrounding and environment, you must try its cafes and restaurants. Check this out.
#1 Sanur Beaches
We can call Sanur Beaches as one of the legends on the island. The coastline of this beach stretches across about 8 kilometers from south to north. The beach is located between the Gianyar regency coastal border and the mangrove forest located in the southern part of Denpasar.
Along with its 8-kilometers of coastline, you will enjoy several well-known and interesting beaches. However, people around the world would call it Sanur Beach since all beaches are connected to one coastline. The coasts are connected by paved footpaths and it is the great spot to spend your morning jogging or cycling while witnessing the sunrise.
The footpaths started from Mertasari Beach and you will get through Semawang Beach, Reef Beach, Segara Ayu Beach, and then Sindhu Beach as the end of the footpath. There are still a few beaches if you go to the north but all of them are not so popular. Sanur Beach is the best place to spend your wonderful morning.
#2 Bali Sea Walking
Until today, all people who can go underwater are only divers. If you do not have a driver license then you will not be allowed to get underwater. The good news is that now you can go underwater without that license.
Bali Seawalker provides an excellent experience of your underwater journey. It would be a fun activity to be done with families and friends without worrying about safety matters. You will ride a pontoon and you will be asked to wear a special helmet before going down to the water.
The helmet has been connected to the oxygen bank on the boat so you can breathe normally while you are underwater. The trip will allow you to walk underwater and explore marine life for 30 minutes. Make sure you are over 10 years old so you can join this marvelous journey.
#3 Le Mayeur Museum
This museum can be touted as a hidden treasure in Sanur. You can access this place by going through the Sindhu area and the museum is located behind the lines of stalls that sell souvenirs and art pieces. This memorial museum is home of all artworks and personal history of Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres, a painter that was born in Brussels. He dedicated his life to two things: women and the arts.
According to the story, La Mayeur fell in love with a Legend dancer named Ni Pollok and they got married later. Ni Pollok became his muse for the rest of his life and his oil paintings were inspired by his lady. You should visit this museum while you are at Sanur for sure.
#4 Bali Sharks
Bali Shark is also referred to as the Serangan Shark Island Project. This is private nature conservation with the main mission to save both black and white tip reef sharks. At the same time, they also want to provide visitors with an environmentally-friendly trip.
They make collaborations with a local fishermen group named Kelompok Nelayan Serangan to build a pontoon nursery located in the eastern part of Serangan Island. This 10x10m nursery pontoon is home of dozen pups. The tours are welcome for all stages of age and the visitors could swim or snorkel with the pups. This aims to educate people that not all sharks are deadly. There are other interesting marine tours you may get from this place for sure.
#5 Blanjong Temple
If you have an intense interest in the history of Bali, you really need to visit Blanjong Temple. The temple is located within the Intaran Village, to the south part of Sanur. This place will introduce you with the oldest artifacts of Bali as well as a huge stone pillar with Sanskrit writings on it.
The stone pillar was believed to be a monument of the victory during King Sri Kesari Warmadewa leadership. He was believed as the first formal government founder in Bali. There are various things you may get by visiting Blanjong Temple for sure.
#6 Turtle Conservation and Education Center
The Turtle Conservation and Education Center or TCEC will show you the beauty of sea turtles. This animal has been a traditional commodity since ancient times and nowadays it becomes a protected creature on the whole planet. Bali is one of the islands in Indonesia that gives major yet intense conservational efforts for the sake of sea turtle.
It becomes an interesting spot to visit during your holiday in Sanur. This place is open for all visitors so you can enjoy your family trip here as well as give a fun education for your kids. There is a small souvenir shop when you can buy turtle-related stuff.
#7 Griya Santrian Gallery
This gallery is located inside a boutique hotel with the same name in Sanur. The gallery adapts an open-air concept and you may find exhibitions were held in this place. If you love to admire artworks and culture buffs then you should come and visit this gallery, considering this place is the best gallery throughout Sanur. The gallery showcases various sculptures and paintings and each month would have a different theme or vibe. If you are lucky, you may visit its annual main art exhibition festival.
#8 Bali Kites Festival
The kite festival in Sanur is one of the most festivals throughout the year and you must join the crowd. Located in Padang Galak Beach, this annual festival takes place during the windy season or between July and August. The date will be announced once they have figured out whether or not the weather condition is favorable.
This festival is one of the major provincial traditions that will be presenting unique scenes of cultures. It is also part of the Bali Arts Festival. You will see thousands of traditional kites fly around the sky. The most exciting part is witnessing the take-off and landing process.
#9 Bali Orchid Garden
There is nothing better for gardening enthusiasts and flower lovers than seeing a garden full of stunning orchids. The orchid garden is located in the middle of local garden shops you may find along the road of Bypass Tohpati in the north area of Sanur. The garden features a variety of lush collections.
Other than that, you can purchase your favorite plants in the stalls near the garden. This place is the only that provide this type of trip, where you can have an encounter with the real orchids and witness the exotic of them. Since it also adopts the open-air concept, you will get a relaxing environment.
#10 Taman Festival Bali
This place is also known as the ghost town. It was open in 1997 as a festival in Bali but the financial and marketing problems turned this park into a close down situation. People love to take pictures in this place especially if you are looking for an apocalyptic theme. The main buildings have been partly collapsed and the vines are everywhere. You may also see some big statues with ornamental figures in some spots. But if you want to visit this place, make sure it is still in the daylight and do not go near the crumbling structures.