Sanur is based in the south-east corner of Bali, Indonesia and is set along the coastline with a long stretch of beach, and is backed-up by a cycle/walking path that follows along the coast for approximately 7 Kilometers. The walkway is lined with restaurants, bars and various gift and souvenir shops and also the local arts and crafts dotted along the path. The various fishing boats bring in their daily catch direct into the seafood restaurants, along with the Warung’s based along the shore where a nice Nasi Goreng can be had for around a pound, with a chilled Bintang around the same price, nice. The Warungs are run by small local family businesses and are a great cheap way of enjoying the sun, sand and sea breeze whilst supporting the local economy instead of the brash commercialised western offerings.
The main street Jalan Danau Tamblingan is a pleasant stroll along the tree road along the many restaurants and art gallery’s on offer. Plenty of tours and activities can be booked along here so get your best poker face on and grab a bargain.
Sanur is the departure point for boats to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. Boats leave from the beach near Jalan Hang Tuah. There are also boats to the Gili islands but these mostly leave from Padang Bai about 45 minutes in a taxi on the North -East coast.
There are plenty of walks to take in sites and surprises galore all around Sanur, with enough to entertain for a few days of exploring. Some of the building works and attention to detail and ornate offerings were a welcome bonus around the area.
Sanur’s laid back and relaxed compared to the nightlife of Kuta, but there is still live music and entertainment on offer in most retaurants that will keep you interested during your stay. We had a great stay at The Bali Wirasana hotel, which had a secluded pool and bar and included breakfast at £18 a night…a bargain.