The waters around Sanur can be protected from a lengthy line of offshore reefs making large, warm, safe lagoons that are crystal clear and ideal for snorkeling, swimming, and all sorts of water activities. Surfers will be happy to learn that the reefs surrounding Sanur are home to some of the most beautiful waves anywhere when the conditions are right, although they may be quite shallow when low tide is in. However, there are more reliable waves off the reefs suitable for surfing.
Sanur can also be the launch platform for tourists who wish to dive in and explore the island’s beauty nearby, Nusa Lembongan. Nusa Lembongan is approximately 8 square kilometers in the area, and it is also one of three neighboring islands that are larger than Nusa Penida and tiny Nusa Ceningan.
Many of the islands are great for snorkeling and diving, with plenty of marine life and healthy corals. Surfing can become overcrowded; however, the waves are great. A few white beaches are away from the main centers that are rarely busy.
Sanur is a city that was the first to see tourism flourish during the early days of tourism in Bali; Sanur has several Bali’s historic hotels. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants on the beach. For a cheap meal, you might consider the Pasar Malam (Night Market) located at the northernmost point of Jalan Danau Tamblingan, where it connects with Jalan Pungutan.
Sanur’s stunning beachfront cycle path is about 5km long from the Jalan Mertasari area in south Sanur north, all the way and to the main Sanur beach, Jalan Hangtuah. This is a beautiful picturesque bike ride, particularly at dawn. For those who are more active, you can explore one of the numerous water sports offered in Sanur Beach. Try windsurfing, kitesurfing, paragliding, wakeboarding, or surfing.
If you are not active, rent the banana boat and head out to the tranquil waters. The surf here isn’t excellent by Bali standards. However, there are some decent breaks that are about 1 km offshore during the northwest winds season (about October to March). You’ll find no difficulty finding the breaks in this period – just keep an eye on the surfers. Boards can be rented at the shore at Rp 100,000.
If you want to experience a unique experience, try this unique experience: Sea Walker. An exciting and safe experience in the water. Sea Walker is a unique diving experience that gives you the chance to look at the underwater world at 15 feet deep without certification and without getting damp. Participants walk onto the depths of the ocean instead of swimming. Many exotic marine life forms are abundant throughout.
Jalan Danau Tamblingan, the main street in Sanur, is lined with various rental outlets for cars, bikes, motorbikes, and bicycle rental. There are a lot of taxis spotted on the streets, looking for customers. Local bemos are operating with some frequently on and off the two roads Jalan Danau Tamblingan and Jalan Danau Poso. Sanur is also an excellent area to walk. Distances aren’t too long, the streets are quite tranquil, and there’s an amazing, well-paved beachfront walkway that is a long-distance through the area.
It is located in the proximity of Denpasar, the capital in Bali; Sanur is a 20-minute taxi ride away from Denpasar, located near the Ngurah Rai International Airport. There are many metered taxis throughout the island willing to take passengers to Sanur. It is one of the most specific regions of Bali to discover since the principal Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai is the western part of Sanur.
There are a variety of well-signposted destinations from the main road to the center of Sanur. Take about 30 minutes to drive from Kuta and Legian and 45 mins from Seminyak and Ubud and 15 minutes drive to Downtown Denpasar.
Sanur is also well-served by bemos and shuttle buses from the south and north, as well as Denpasar’s Tegal terminal. Bus company Perama operates its Sanur office at Jalan Hangtuah, and offers the direct transfer to Sanur via Candidasa, Kuta, Lovina, Padang Bai and Ubud. Shuttle buses with private chauffeurs run from the major tourist destinations in Bali from Bali to Sanur.
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