Located on the eastern side of the island's isthmus, this former fishing village is Bali's most established resort yet has retained much of its character and is quiet with a wonderfully relaxed coastal ambience.
The golden sandy beach gently slopes into crystal waters and is fringed by a band of shady palms and hotels. The waters are protected by a long string of offshore reefs, creating large, shallow lagoons that are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and a whole array of watersports including kitesurfing and stand up paddleboarding. Sanur is also the launchpad for visitors wishing to dive and explore the splendours of the nearby island of Nusa Lembongan.
Sanur's beachfront esplanade curves for over two miles past resorts, beachfront cafes and wooden fishing boats under repair, as well as a few elegant old villas built by wealthy expats. It's the perfect place for a lazy stroll or bicycle ride as there are numerous places offering bike hire. The town itself also boasts a range of tourist shops, markets, cafes, restaurants and bars, particularly along the main street, Jalan Danau Tamblingan.
For those seeking a brief escape from the beach, just 10 minutes from Sanur is a hidden oasis called the Mangrove Information Centre. There are two trails to follow along wooden boardwalks, both of which give you a good view of the mangroves and wildlife that inhabits the forest.
- Calm seas good for swimming
- Popular with families
- Good selection of restaurants
- Diving opportunities close by