Sanur is the oldest attraction area in Bali. It is a beachside town on the east part of Bali’s coast and is popular for water sports, culture and laid-back ambiance. Among the hustle-bustle of Bali, Sanur could be the alternative escapade for those looking for stress relief.
Sanur is perfect for a family vacation, as there is less partying in Sanur. Located only 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Sanur is a must-go when you visit this Island of Gods. Getting to Sanur is relatively easy, from Ngurah Rai Airport, you can arrange a car to pick you up and bring you to your favorite hotel in Sanur.
Here are some favorite activities you can do to spend your holidays in Sanur.
1. Cycle around town
Once you get to Sanur, you would want to go around the town. In this culturally rich town of Sanur, sightseeing is truly worth a try. The best way to do it is by cycling around. The paved beach-walk and flat roads are perfect for this activity. Not to worry if you don’t bring your own bike. There are bikes to rent all over Sanur and there’s even official cycle route to track with your family and friends.
2. Sanur Beach
Sanur is one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali. Its golden sand and bunch of entertainments are available here. Resorts, restaurants, shops, and bars are dotted along the beach. However, this area is the opposite of Kuta.
In Sanur, it is less crowded and has a relaxed atmosphere all over the area. The beach is still maintaining its culture and arts and continue to charm visitors all over the world in this formerly fishing village.
While spending a day on the beach, there are plenty of activities you can do. Water sports such as banana boat rides and surfing are available in Sanur for the waves are mostly calm.
Parents can just sit back and lay down under the tropical beach while the children are playing with the sand or run around freely. Of course, there are food stalls along the coastline where you can get refreshments while waiting for the sunset.
3. Le Mayeur Museum
Le Mayeur Museum used to be the house of Belgian painter Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres and his wife Wayan Polok Tjoeglik (Ni Polok), a Balinese dancer. They both got married in 1935, shortly after Le Mayeur arrived in Sanur, while it was still a fishing village.
Le Mayeur died in 1958, and his wife lived in the house until her death in 1985. The artist’s artworks are kept in that house before it was turned into a museum. Now people can enjoy the artist’s contemporary arts inspired by Sanur and Balinese culture.
4. Turtle Conservation and Education Center
Turtle Conservation and Education Center (TCEC) in Serangan Island, only south of Sanur is the legitimate place as a turtle sanctuary. This turtle center has been trying to end turtle trade, support turtle conservation and creating regulations to keep turtles safe.
While on TCEC, you’ll get proper education all about turtles and you might get the chance to release baby turtles to the sea once they’re strong enough. Release programs usually happen in July and October.
5. Bali Orchid Garden
Bali Orchid Garden is a mini scale botanic garden in Sanur. It is located in Bypass Tohpati, a spot famous for local garden shops where you can buy one to take home. This privately-owned garden collects and reserves rare orchid specimens from all over Indonesia. They are ranging from dendrobium, lobster-claws, and flycatchers. This garden also offers garden tours with professional guides.
A culturally rich area in Bali, Sanur has various spots to buy arts and crafts as memento or souvenirs to bring home. One of the unique markets in Bali is Sanur Sunday Market.
In Sanur Sunday Market, you can buy dozens of various crafts, toys, gifts, jewelry, painting, pottery, as well as cakes, pieces of bread, even organic vegetables in open-air stalls. This market takes place in the Sand Beach Club and Restaurant.
Other markets to visit while you are in Sanur are Jalan Danau Tamblingan Shopping Street, a major street in Sanur lined with various small art shops and boutiques; Atlas South Sea Pearl, pearl producer, and jewelers, etc.
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