Best Things to Do in Sanur
Maybe it was Sir Charles Spencer KBE aka Charlie Chaplin who visited Bali and stayed in Sanur in 1932, maybe it was the Dutch tourism agencies who began to advertise Bali in the 20’s, maybe it was the adorning sunrise… Whichever the reason, Sanur has been long time adorned its reputation as the birth place for Bali’s tourism.
Oozing a quaint ambiance as a seaside town that offers visitors a quieter slice of the island, many families flock or move to Sanur for the serene atmosphere and the child friendly beaches. However, Sanur is also appealing to everyone looking to learn about Bali’s unique culture and natural landscape too.
Beach strolling for sunrise and good bites
Early risers, this is your haven. The coastline of Sanur spans around 8 km from north to south, you’ll enjoy several notable Sanur beaches that are connected by a paved footpath that provides a nice jogging track and scenic cycling routes and best for sunrise views.
Sanur beaches include Mertasari Beach, Semawang Beach, Pantai Karang (Reef Beach), Segara Ayu Beach, and Sindhu Beach. Some parts are more swimmable than others 8 the boardwalk, find your spot and enjoy some beach time. It is a nice, relaxed beach to spend the day there should always be food, drinks and swimming pool in the restaurants scattered along the stretch.
Visit Le Mayeur Museum
Right on the main Sanur Beach of Sindhum, behind a row of art and souvenir stalls, Le Mayeur Museum houses the artworks and personal history of painter Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres, a Brussels-born artist who fell for by Bali and particularly Sanur area.
The main building features the former living quarters of Mayeur and wife, aka his muse Legong dancer ni Pollok, who was also the one often portrayed in his paintings. With classical Balinese elements, sculpted stone walls and red terrazzo floor tiles, carved wood dominates the furnishings in the museums, whilst window sills feature motifs inspired by wayang characters, making Le Mayeur an artsy yet idyllic place to visit.
Go to 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 open-air pools separate the turtles according to size and staff can provide information and brief tours for those who want to find out more about these beautiful creatures. There’s also a small sandy enclosure for tortoises, and hatchling pen. Finish your tour by visiting TCEC souvenir and bag some turtle-themed items to take home.
Diving and other Water Sports
If walking or lounging on the beach is not enough action for you then scuba diving, jetskis, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding can be the ones you opt for.
Sanur beach can be your starting point for discovering Bali’s underwater landscape through scuba-diving. The Bali International Diving Professionals offer diving trips to the Nusa Islands, led by PADI-certified instructors. There are some other notable centres along Sanur Beach include Bali Marine Diving (BMD), Joe’s Gone Diving Bali that can offer you arranged and or tailored trips.
Another note, Sanur is a gateway to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. So, depending on sea conditions and weather, if you have time in hand, arranging a day trip to one of these islands can be a highlight to your Sanur experience too.
Renowned as the most established IB school in Bali, Bali Island School is strategically located in the heart of Sanur. This location makes formal and informal school activities as well as social life of BIS families are conveniently taken place at this favourite area in Bali, and those living in Sanur can take advantage of the aforementioned perks anytime they want.