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Originally a small fishing village, Sanur has developed into a well-known tourist destination, particularly popular with families and a more mature age group. While it has a good mix of bars and eateries, it lacks the congested traffic, crowds, and hectic pace of Kuta and Legian. The ocean is calm and good for swimming, the sunrises are breathtaking and the 5km paved beach-path makes it an ideal place for walkers and cyclists. In the past Sanur has been referred to as "snore" but watch out, this little village is waking up!

Good for
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

16 Places

7 City Tips

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16 Places

Day 1

Power of Now Oasis

Yoga & Pilates, Lessons & Workshops

Nogo - Bali Ikat Centre

Gift & Speciality Shops

Warung Little Bird

Restaurants

Bali Dolphins

Nature & Wildlife Areas

La Playa Cafe

Restaurants

Day 2

Bali Stand Up Paddle School

Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing

The Porch Cafe

Restaurants

Taman Festival Bali

Other Fun & Games

Man Shed

Restaurants

Bali Orchid Garden

Gardens

Linga Longa Bar

Restaurants

Day 3

Sanur Cycle Tours

Bike Tours, Sightseeing Tours

Mangrove Information Centre

Visitor Centres

Sanur Beach

Beaches

The Fire Station

Restaurants

Sindhu Market

Flea & Street Markets

LynnePP's City Tips

  • There are metered taxis available.
  • The local "Bemos" (open-air minibuses) run up and down Jl. Danau Tamblingan and Jl. Danau Poso regularly.
  • Bicycles are a popular mode of transport and easy to hire.
  • Casual dress is acceptable everywhere but leave the bathers for the beach and swimming pool.
  • Tipping is not compulsory but appreciated for good service.
  • The quality of the market-style clothing is a bit higher than over in Kuta and Legian.
  • Take a look in Hardy's Supermarket to stock up on snacks and drinks.
    Day 1
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    Power of Now Oasis
    Yoga & Pilates, Lessons & Workshops
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    LynnePP Says:

    The Power of Now Oasis is a holistic center constructed completely from bamboo, surrounded by tropical gardens, and positioned right on Mertasari Beach. A wonderful start to the day is taking a yoga lesson by the sea in this serene atmosphere. There is a lovely tea house with a juice bar, hammocks, and a music studio for those not into yoga or meditation. This is a great place to come to rejuvenate or just relax and meet new friends.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If music is your thing, you can join in one of the jam sessions.
    • Try one of the organic juices.
    • Wear comfortable clothing.
    • Private lessons are available.
    • Yoga classes are suitable for all levels.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 15 Classes & Workshops in Sanur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Yoga paradise 02/10/2017
    • Great yoga and easy access 28/09/2017
    • Power of Now Oasis
    Address:
    Merta Sari Beach Front
    Sanur, Denpasar 00001
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 878-6153-4535
    Price range:
    US$100 000 - US$100 000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Nogo - Bali Ikat Centre
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    LynnePP Says:

    For those who don't have time to visit a textile weaving village, the next best thing is a visit to Nogo Bali Ikat Center opposite the Griya Santrian. The center is an amazing store full of vibrant colors and rich textiles — and the merchandise is hand-woven so your purchase will be unique. The range is extensive and includes cloth, soft furnishings, home decorations, gifts, and garments. There is also a custom-made tailoring service available.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • This is a good place to buy that "one of a kind" gift.
    • Take a look at the wonderful antique collection.
    • There is no bargaining, but a discount is usually offered.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 22 Shopping in Sanur
    • The fabrics are a great reminder of our Bali vacation 07/06/2017
    • Quality Ikat fashion and fabric 11/05/2017
    • Nogo - Bali Ikat Centre
    Address:
    Jln. Danau Tamblingan 104
    Sanur, Denpasar 80228
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 288765
    Other:
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    Warung Little Bird
    Restaurants (Asian, Indonesian, Soups)
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    LynnePP Says:

    Good, fresh, tasty, local food at cheap prices, Warung Little Bird might be small in size but it is big in atmosphere. The staff are a very welcoming, happy lot and ready to break out in song at the slightest encouragement!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • It can get hot, especially at the back.
    • Cocktails are cheap and the beer is cold.
    • The Nasi Campur and Gado Gado are very good.
    • This place is very popular and can get crowded fast, especially at night.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 381 restaurants in Sanur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice seating 20/10/2017
    • Good and fast 19/10/2017
    • Warung Little Bird
    Address:
    Jl Danau Tamblingan 34
    opposite Villa Ajanta
    Sanur, Denpasar 80231
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 7454968
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 23:30
    Other:
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    Bali Dolphins
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    LynnePP Says:

    Five minutes by boat off the coast of Sanur is a floating sea enclosure where you will be able to get up-close-and-personal with a dolphin. Interacting with these beautiful marine mammals is a powerful experience that will stay with you forever.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Lockers are provided.
    • Group sizes are limited, so booking well in advance is essential.
    • Bring your camera.
    • Wash sun lotion off your hands before this experience.
    • Do not wear any sharp objects or rings.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 79 things to do in Sanur
    • Amazing experience 14/10/2017
    • Dolphins in captivity!!!! 13/10/2017
    • Bali Dolphins
    Address:
    Jl. Tangkuban Perahu
    Sanur, Denpasar
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 4730218
    Other:
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    La Playa Cafe
    Restaurants (Cafe, Seafood, Asian, Indonesian, International)
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    LynnePP Says:

    Location, location, location! La Playa is a real gem of a place with an unbeatable sea view and Nusa Lembongan in the background. The smell of salt air, the breeze off the ocean, feet in the sand, candles on the tables, and a nice icy-cold cocktail in hand — what could be better? This is the ideal spot to people-watch and catch up with friends.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The fresh snapper and the seafood platter are house specialties.
    • The restrooms here are very clean.
    • Arrive early and watch the paragliders take off and land.
    • La Playa Cafe does a mean Caprioska cocktail!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 381 restaurants in Sanur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Our new Best restaurant in Sanur 16/10/2017
    • Awful experience (ужасный ресторан) 06/10/2017
    • La Playa Cafe
    Address:
    Jl Duyung
    Sanur, Denpasar 80228
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 821-4794-4514
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 22:30
  • Day 2
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    Bali Stand Up Paddle School
    Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
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    LynnePP Says:

    Stand up paddleboarding has come back into fashion in recent years and the calm waters at Sanur make it an ideal place to learn this sport. At Bali Stand Up Paddle School you will be taught the basic correct techniques that will have you out riding a wave in no time. This experience is a blast!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Lessons start at around 7am.
    • Listen to your instructor carefully.
    • Be prepared for aching muscles in the beginning.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 85 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Sanur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great fun 29/08/2017
    • Brilliant beginners SUP 27/08/2017
    • Bali Stand Up Paddle School
    Address:
    Villa Puri Ayu Hotel
    Jalan Cemara 4B
    Sanur, Denpasar 80228
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 813-3823-5082
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:30 - 11:00
    Other:
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    The Porch Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Cafe)
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    LynnePP Says:

    The Porch Cafe, situated in front of Flashbacks, is well known for its great coffee and mouth-watering breakfasts. Only the best quality ingredients are used, and breads and cakes are freshly baked in-house. You have the choice of sitting outside on the veranda, or inside where it is air-conditioned.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Look around the newspaper-covered walls to see the headlines of the past.
    • Free WiFi is available.
    • You can't do better than the good old bacon and eggs here!
    • The freshly-made vegetable juice is delicious.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 381 restaurants in Sanur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • OK! 12/10/2017
    • Best Breakfast in Sanur 12/10/2017
    • The Porch Cafe
    Address:
    Danau Tamblingan 110
    Sanur, Denpasar
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 281682
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 22:30
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    Taman Festival Bali
    Other Fun & Games
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    LynnePP Says:

    Just to the north of Sanur is an old abandoned entertainment park called Taman Festival — known by the locals as 'ghost town.' It was only open for five minutes before it was closed and never reopened again. When the gates shut, there were animals left inside, mainly a pit full of crocodiles, and the locals love to tell you what happened in this deserted complex, but a lot is left up to your own imagination.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Best to get here by cycling along the beachfront path.
    • Be careful of the black water and green water pools.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 2 Fun & Games in Sanur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Bali you haven't seen 15/10/2017
    • Graffiti, StreetArt & Urbex paradise 25/09/2017
    • Taman Festival Bali
    Address:
    Jl.Pandang Gakak
    Sanur, Denpasar
    Indonesia
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    Man Shed
    Restaurants (Bar, Indonesian, Asian, Pub)
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    LynnePP Says:

    Quirky bar, the Man Shed, would be the envy of most car enthusiasts. The collection of vintage cars, bikes, wheels, number plates, surfboards, and memorabilia is nothing short of amazing. A great place to spend an hour or so in the afternoon nosing around.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The beer served in a jam jar is icy cold.
    • Take the time to look in every nook and cranny.
    • Have a game of pool.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #101 of 381 restaurants in Sanur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Creative Decoration for short ...Hang out 25/09/2017
    • poor food 14/09/2017
    • Man Shed
    Address:
    Jl. Tirtanadi II no. 9
    Sanur, Denpasar
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 878-6252-2136
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 12:00
    Other:
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    Bali Orchid Garden
    Gardens
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    LynnePP Says:

    Though rather small in size, this lovely orchid garden is only a few minutes' ride from Sanur, and is a great place for gardeners, and a must for orchid-lovers. A meander through the walkways among the flowers and shrubs is a good way to spend an hour, and you can be sure there will be some orchids in bloom regardless of the time of year.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you'd like a guide, you can do a 20-minute tour.
    • Look out for the Black Orchid.
    • Try the famous Kopi Luwak at the cafe.
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 167 things to do in Denpasar
    • Orchid garden in Bali 09/10/2017
    • A little pricey, but an enjoyable morning spent. 08/10/2017
    • Bali Orchid Garden
    Address:
    Jl. Bpas Tohpati
    Kusamba 1
    Denpasar 80237
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 466010
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Linga Longa Bar
    Restaurants (Bar)
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    LynnePP Says:

    Come for a nightcap here and forget to leave! Linga Longa is the place to chill out, lay back in a bean bag, and relax with a cocktail. The nightly live music usually goes on until quite late — and on Sunday nights the suckling pig on a spit and salads are a big draw.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Hard to find a seat after 10pm.
    • Free snacks are served with drinks.
    • Great place to meet other tourists and have a chat.
    • Try a cocktail or three.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 924 restaurants in Denpasar
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to hang out, laid back and great live music 02/10/2017
    • great live music 20/09/2017
    • Linga Longa Bar
    Phone:
    +62 878-6187-2069
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 03:00
  • Day 3
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    Sanur Cycle Tours
    Bike Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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    LynnePP Says:

    What better introduction to the day than a leisurely bike ride in and around Sanur? Visit a traditional market and meet the traders selling their produce, explore the rice fields with the farmers going about their daily work, and ride the length of the beach promenade before dropping into the Beatles Museum.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The tour takes around three hours.
    • This ride is an easy pace with no hills.
    • Bring your camera.
    • Helmets, water, and a light breakfast are included.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 148 Tours in Sanur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tours for Everyone, Great Hospitality & Service 11/10/2017
    • Best place to get my mountain bike serviced 06/10/2017
    • Sanur Cycle Tours
    Phone:
    +62 822-3781-6822
    Other:
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    Mangrove Information Centre
    Visitor Centres
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    LynnePP Says:

    Just 10 minutes from Sanur, and set in 600 hectares of land, is a hidden oasis called the Mangrove Information Center. Here you have a choice of two trails to follow along wooden boardwalks, both of which give you a good view of the mangroves and the wildlife that inhabits the forest. This is not only an enjoyable stroll but extremely educational as well.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The short trail is about one hour long, the long trail is around two hours.
    • It can get very hot and humid so take water with you.
    • You can hire a guide to explain things or you can just go yourself.
    • The view at the end of the two-hour trail is nothing short of spectacular.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 79 things to do in Sanur
    • Its good view when high tide, but need a lot improvement 11/10/2017
    • relaxing 18/05/2017
    • Mangrove Information Centre
    Address:
    Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai
    Sanur, Denpasar 80361
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 812-3963-0458
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    Sanur Beach
    Beaches
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    LynnePP Says:

    The waters off Sanur Beach are sheltered by a reef making it a safe and calm area to swim, snorkel, and indulge in some water sports. The sand is coarse and the colorful outrigger fishing boats (jukungs) line the shores, while warungs (small, family-owned businesses) and beach lounges are set up under the shade of the large trees. This is a great place to people-watch, relax, read a book, have a massage, and swim.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Talk to the friendly locals and learn about their life.
    • Jump on a banana boat and have some fun.
    • Hire a kayak and paddle out to the reef.
    • High tide is the best time to swim.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 79 things to do in Sanur
    • Lots of restaurants and shops, shaded areas on the beach 20/10/2017
    • Sunrise 19/10/2017
    • Sanur Beach
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
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    The Fire Station
    Restaurants (Bar, European, Asian, Australian, Grill)
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    LynnePP Says:

    Looking for a spot before dinner to have a cocktail or two? The Fire Station is well known for consistently good food and a friendly atmosphere, but you'll also find mouth-watering cocktails here. If cocktails are not your thing, then they also have an extensive list of red and white wines, premium spirits, and icy cold beers. Yum!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The caprioska and margarita are a must!
    • This place is popular with ex-pats.
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 381 restaurants in Sanur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Best Restaurant In Sanur 18/10/2017
    • Great food ! 14/10/2017
    • The Fire Station
    Address:
    Jl.Danau Poso 108
    Sanur, Denpasar 7200
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 285675
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$50
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    Sindhu Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    LynnePP Says:

    During the day this market sells fresh produce and household goods but at night the food carts appear and the cooking begins. This is authentic Indonesian street food — quick, tasty, cheap, and no frills. The dishes can be spicy so always ask, and be prepared to eat 'like a local,' with utensils or with your hand.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The fork is held in your left hand and spoon in your right hand.
    • Only use your right hand for eating and passing food.
    • Wash your hands before and after the meal.
    • It gets crowded very fast so you may have to wait for a seat.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 79 things to do in Sanur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must to visit when in Sanur 20/10/2017
    • Must Do! 14/10/2017
    • Sindhu Market
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