Day Trips From Sanur
Table of Contents
- 1 Day Trips From Sanur
- 1.1 Sanur Bali Day Tours
- 1.2 Snorkeling Bali
- 1.3 Nusa Penida Tour
- 1.4 Lembongan Island Tour
- 1.5 Sanur to Lembongan
- 1.6 Snorkeling Amed Bali
- 1.7 Best things To Do In Ubud Bali
- 1.8 Private Ubud Day Tour
- 1.8.1 Ubud Art Market
- 1.8.2 Ubud Monkey Forest
- 1.8.3 Tegallalang Rice Terraces
- 1.8.4 Sukawati Markets
- 1.8.5 Cycling Tour Ubud
- 1.8.6 Jatiluwih Rice Terraces 1-Hour Electric Bike Tour
- 1.8.7 Jatiluwih (UNESCO Site) 2-Hour E-Bike Cycling Tour
- 1.8.8 Ubud: Electric Bike Tour to Tegallalang Rice Terraces
- 1.8.9 From Ubud: Downhill Bike Tour with Rice Terraces and Meal
- 1.8.10 Bali Countryside Cycling Tour
- 1.9 Waterfalls in Bali
- 1.10 Ubud Trekking
- 1.11 More Day Trips For Your Sanur Bali Itinerary
You’ve booked your Sanur Bali trip. You’ve chosen your Sanur Accommodation. You’ve checked out the best places to eat in Sanur. and even what to do in Sanur. Now it’s time to explore the rest of Bali from Sanur.
While there are lots of things to do in Sanur, there is so much to see once you venture out into the countryside of Bali.
You don’t have to stay on land either as some of the best Bali boat trips leave from the shores of Sanur. You can easily do a day trip from Sanur to the outer islands of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and also the Gili Islands.
Sanur Bali Day Tours
If you haven’t been to Sanur or other places in Bali before, you can’t help but come across a private driver. They are renowned for their “transport, transport” as you walk past them in the street.
They will take you anywhere you want to go in Bali. So you can design your own Bali private tour specifically to what you would like to see and do throughout Bali.
We are here to help and show you some of the things to do in Bali once you’ve worked out what to do in Sanur.
Snorkeling Sanur is fairly non-existent as Sanur beach and the bay is protected by a reef. The sandy bottom of the bay leaves nothing to see but a whole lot of sand and seagrass.
You’ll have to venture up the coast to see the best snorkeling in Bali or out to one of the islands off Sanur.
Again you can hire a driver and do your own thing or you can take a Bali snorkeling tour on one of the boats heading out to the islands.
Snorkeling Nusa Penida
For this day trip from Sanur, you’ll need to catch a fast boat to Nusa Penida. The fast boat trip from Sanur to Nusa Penida will take approximately 45 minutes.
You can snorkel and swim with Manta Rays at Manta Bay (weather permitting). Other snorkeling spots on Penida are Cyrstal Bay and Mangrove Point. These are 3 of the best snorkeling spots on the island.
On this day trip, you can also go kayaking, try stand up paddleboarding and or hire a private gondola. The day trip also includes an Indonesian buffet for lunch and free pickup from your Sanur hotel. If you are not staying in Sanur they also pick up from Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Sanur and Canggu. Ubud pickups are an extra 330,000 rp return.
Snorkeling tours to Nusa Lembongan also leave from Sanur harbour.
On this tour you’ll also visit Gamut Bay although the exact locations are decided on the day. This is due to the swell, water conditions and weather. Trust me you won’t want to snorkeling in any swells or low visibility water. It’s best left up to the experts on the day.
Crossing time from Sanur to Lembongan is approximately 30 minutes. The tour company has the same deal for Lembongan as they do for Penida. Free pickups and drop back to your accommodation. Buffet lunch is also included.
Nusa Penida Tour
A Nusa Penida day trip is one of the most popular day trips from Bali. It’s an easy and fun day to get away from mainland Bali.
All you need to do is be ready in your hotel lobby by the specified time. A driver will pick you up and drop you at Sanur harbour where a short 45-minute fast boat ride will take you to Nusa Penida.
If you are prone to motion sickness or travel sickness keep an eye on the weather. Take appropriate precautions that suits you. I’ve written about travel and motion sickness here and what measures you can take.
I’ve mentioned this as although the bay between Sanur and Penida is flat and protected by ocean swells it can be rough. Personally, I’ve never experienced large swells travelling between islands. However, it does become rough on occasions.
As previously mentioned, you can take a snorkeling tour Nusa Penida or there is also a private full-day tour to Nusa Penida too.
On the private tour, you’ll land at Toyapakeh, visit Kelingking Beach, Pasih Uug (Broken Beach) and the natural pool of Angel’s Billabong.
There is also an option for a drone pilot to accompany you to shoot footage of your private tour. Perfect for those Instagram shots.
We hope you enjoy your day trip to Nusa Penida.
Lembongan Island Tour
We’ve covered how to get to Nusa Lembongan in the snorkeling Lembongan section above. Like most of the islands off the coast of Bali, it’s by fast boat.
You can take a Lembongan day trip by yourself or you can take a Reef and Lembongan Island day trip.
Climb aboard a luxury catamaran and enjoy a whole day of fun-filled activities. Including cultural walks, coral viewing, snorkeling and more.
This Nusa Lembongan day trip leaves from Benoa harbour and moors at a pontoon in the beautiful turquoise waters of Lembongan island Bali.
Hotel transfers, return transfers to Lembongan Bay are included. As is morning and afternoon tea and drinks. Lunch is an international buffet.
Also included is a Lembongan village excursion, unlimited banana boat rides a water slide, semi-submersible coral viewer, insurance and much more.
Sanur to Lembongan
I’m going to cover off on a few key points you need to know about how to get to Lembongan Island from Bali.
Up until recently, you had to be prepared to get a little wet as there are no jetties at Sanur or Lembongan. However, now there are jetties which make for easier embarking and disembarking.
Don’t worry there are plenty of porters to help you on and off the boat at both ends. They will help you with your luggage too if you are ditching the day trip idea and opting for a longer stay.
Porters are generally very good with your luggage, although you may find yours on the bottom of the pile. There are no guarantee’s everything in your luggage will make it in one piece. That’s travel though, isn’t it? Same could happen from the baggage handlers at the airport.
Other than a Nusa Lembongan tour you can book your return ticket on a fast boat or the Nusa Lembongan ferry and wing it once you are there. I don’t recommend this though for your first visit to Nusa Lembongan Island as most of the island has dirt roads.
There is a slow boat or public ferry to Nusa Lembongan. The ferry departs every day from Sanur beach at 10:30 am right in front of the Ananda Hotel. Or depending on the ride near the Grand Inna Bali Beach Hotel.
The ticket counter is at the end of Hang Tuah street, Sanur. however, note – there is no same-day return trip.
The boat departs from Nusa Lembongan at 8 am. The ride from Sanur to Lembongan is approximately 90 min and costs Rp100,000/person.
Snorkeling Amed Bali
It’s a couple of hours drive to Amed but well worth the drive. You’ll step back in time and discover the Bali of old.
The main road is a potholed dusty one-lane road.
The coastline has spectacular scenery easily viewed from the hilly roads that meander along the west coast.
Either hire your own private driver or go with a small group tour for this East Bali snorkeling day trip to Amed.
In 1942 a Japanese submarine torpedoed a US Army transport ship The Liberty. The Liberty now sits around 30m offshore, clearly seen from the top of the water.
You’ll find this shipwreck about 20mins drive north of Amed at Tulamben.
It’s well worth a day trip from Sanur as it’s easy to access from the coastline and you’ll see lots of soft coral and fish as the Liberty sits just 3 meters below.
Included in this tour are lunch and a guide. Be sure and take your own towel as one isn’t provided.
If you’ve always wanted to learn to dive this could be a perfect time.
Perfect for a number of reasons.
- The dive site is close to shore
- The wreck is just under the surface of the water
- It’s in a safe environment
- No large sharks to worry about 😊
I say that light-heartedly as the fear of sharks kept me out of the water and stopped me diving for many years. It really is an amazing experience to see beautiful corals, fish and other sea creatures in their natural habitat. Go on, give it go!
Best things To Do In Ubud Bali
One of the best day trips from Sanur is to Ubud in central Bali. It’s close, Sanur to Ubud is only around 50 minutes drive, depending on the time of day and the traffic of course.
In this section, we’ll cover off on a 1-day itinerary to Ubud. Plus, we’ll show you a one day Bali tour or two on organised tours if you don’t want to organise your own.
An Ubud tour might just be the tour you are looking so you can explore what to do in Ubud. Or you may prefer to look into things to see in Ubud and take part in some of the fun activities in the surrounding area.
Private Ubud Day Tour
If you don’t want to go on an organised day tour the next best thing is to organise your own.
This way you can do this is to hire a driver for the day and have your own customised tour of Bali.
Trust me it won’t be difficult to find a private Bali driver. Most likely they will find ou first. They do this by calling out to you in the street as you walk by. “Transport, transport.” Is the usual.
You’ll have to negotiate a price as 1) it’s expected and 2) It’s almost a National sport in Bali.
If you don’t want to negotiate or prefer a trusted driver we have you covered. We’ve partnered with a trusted company where you can read reviews and get up-to-date information.
Ubud Art Market
If shopping is your thing or even if you are slightly curious about the Balinese culture the Ubud Art Market is definitely worth a visit.
Your driver will drop you off, just arrange a pickup time and place and he’ll be there. In fact, there have been many times we’ve been on the lookout for our drivers and they seem to magically appear from nowhere. So don’t worry about losing him.
There are two parts to the Art Market in Ubud with the second part downstairs, the wet markets.
You’ll see all types of crafts including pashmina’s, sarongs, rattan baskets, kites, hats, handicrafts, gorgeous silk scarves and jewellery. This is a short version of what you will find there.
One word of advice if you see something you love, buy it. Sometimes you can never find the same item again, no matter where you look.
Remember to bargain, it’s all part of the fun. You’ll generally pay around 50% of the first price mentioned. Unless you are the first customer of the day and then you may get a special “morning price”. This is a sign for the stallholder for good luck for the rest of the day. Win-win for you both.
Ubud Monkey Forest
Mandala Suci Wenara Wana as it’s known to the Balinese, or Monkey Forest Ubud, is a natural sanctuary for monkeys.
Personally, I haven’t been there as I don’t like monkey’s much as I was bitten at a young age. I have walked past though and it’s a beautiful cool environment.
The Monkey Forest is just over 25 acres. It has over 100 species of trees, 3 Temples and a number of trails you can walk through to explore the forest.
You can view the stream running through part of the forest area, visit the public hall, the canteen and conservation area.
There is also a first aid centre. Unfortunately, this is used on a daily basis by visitors that have encountered an aggressive monkey. To minimise any contact with monkeys, do not carry or offer them any food.
Put your sunglasses and hat in a zippered bag. Hold on tightly to your phone and cameras as they have been known to grab them from unsuspecting tourists.
There are over 700 monkeys in the habitat. They are territorial with each of the 6 main groups of monkeys reining over certain areas of the forest. Follow the simple observations outlined above and you’ll be fine.
We haven’t provided the information to alarm you, more to prepare you.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Not a monkey insight here, well there wasn’t the day we visited.
The most popular rice fields in Bali are 10km’s north of Ubud, so around a 15 minutes drive. Depending on the traffic.
It’s definitely worth a visit, (do so early before the tourist buses turn up). The scenery is picture-postcard worthy and breathtakingly beautiful.
You can wander in these rice terraces to grab that Insta shot if you have an account. Or you can take it up a notch and a have a shot on the most popular Bali Swing that is close by.
On your way to or from Ubud ask your driver to swing by Sukawati Markets.
Generally, the art market areas don’t open until later in the morning, around 10am. So it might be best visiting in the afternoon on your return to Sanur.
Why visit Sukawati if you are visiting the Art Market Ubud? The diversity and price. It’s cheaper at Sukawati than most markets in Bali either on the coast from Kuta to Canggu or Ubud.
You’ll find beautiful oil paintings and wooden carvings at Sukawati. Anything from Buddha’s to a 5ft high sea scene featuring dolphins, turtles and fish. Most of the work is brilliant.
You can also find general market stores for clothing, flower markets and wet markets at Sukawati.
Cycling Tour Ubud
There are several cycling tours in Ubud. Some needing peddle power and some using e-bikes or electric bikes.
The durations vary too from 1 hour to several hours so depending on what you wanted to see and do in Ubud would depend on the tour you select.
Whichever tour you select you’ll be guaranteed of getting off the usual tourist path and exploring the culture and beauty of Bali.
Make sure you wear a helmet and follow all the safety guidelines you’ll be given before you head off on your tour. Take plenty of water and sunscreen too. Although Ubud has cooler temperatures than the coastal areas of Bali, the sun is still harsh.
We’ve listed all the tours following, so you can choose the one best suited to you.
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces 1-Hour Electric Bike Tour
This is a perfect tour if you are time-poor but will still like to see the surrounds of Ubud.
They generally pick up from a hotel in Ubud so you would contact them for a central pickup spot if you’ve taken the private Bali Driver option for the day.
Jatiluwih (UNESCO Site) 2-Hour E-Bike Cycling Tour
Another great cycling tour of the surrounds of Ubud, this tour is for 2 hours.
If you are time-poor and still want to see more of Ubud and a world UNESCO site, this could be the tour for you.
Ubud: Electric Bike Tour to Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Great if you’ve done your homework and have decided you’d love to explore the rice terraces further.
This tour has a 3-hour duration and again, contact the company to establish a mutual pickup spot.
From Ubud: Downhill Bike Tour with Rice Terraces and Meal
If your serious about spending the day cycling this tour is for you.
The beauty of the tour? It’s all downhill. Our kind of cycling!
You’ll cycle from the slopes of Kintamani volcano stopping at rice terraces and markets along the way.
Lunch is included with this Ubud volcano tour. The tour company can also arrange a pickup and drop off from your Sanur hotel.
Bali Countryside Cycling Tour
Discover the true Bali on this whole day Ubud bicycle tour.
With an 8 hour duration, you’ll venture deep within Bali far from the tourist trails.
Confirm pick up upon booking.
Waterfalls in Bali
Love visiting waterfalls? Then you won’t be disappointed with the list of waterfalls to see in Bali.
Have the option of a DIY waterfall tour with your own private driver, or go with a tour.
Waterfalls covered in the tour are
- Tukad Cepung
If you love to jump out of bed when everyone else is catching up on a few zzz’s to see the sunrise, these tours are for you.
You’ll be collected somewhere between 1.30-2am (we weren’t kidding!) and transported to the northern highlands of Bali.
You’ll trek through the jungle to reach the top Mt Batur to see the sunrise.
The view will be worth it and breakfast is also served here.
Many of inclusions for these tours.
More Day Trips For Your Sanur Bali Itinerary
The following suggestions include group tours from Sanur.
Independent itineraries are catered for too with just tickets available if you wish to grab a Go-Jek (rideshare) bluebird taxi or Bemo as described here.
Bali Wake Park or Aqua Land
Either wakeboard on the state-of-the-art cable or the kids will love the inflatables at Aqua Land.
Stay for half a day or a full day.
White Water Rafting Bali
We’ve been white water rafting in Bali a few times and loved it each time.
Don’t be concerned about tackling difficult rapids, falling our of your raft or getting hurt. The water isn’t that fierce down the Ayung River.
Or it hasn’t been the times we’ve gone rafting.
A certain fitness level is required though, to either walk down to the river or climb up from the river.
If you don’t have a level of fitness your quads and calf muscles will be sore. That said, people who were fit still had muscle soreness for a couple of days too. However, it’s totally worth it, so go and have some fun!
These day trips from Sanur are just some of the activities you can do in Bali. Which one appeals to you most?
Let us know in the comments below or go to our Sanur Bali Guide Facebook Group and let us know there. Especially if you’ve already taken one of the day trips.