What To Do In Sanur
Once you have sorted out your Sanur accommodation the next steps to planning your stay is finding the things to do in Sanur.
Sanur might be one of Bali’s quieter towns but there is still lots to see and things to do.
Sanur is one of the older established towns of Bali and one that’s steeped in culture and history dating back as the 9th century.
Restaurants in Sanur are some of the best in Bali and one of the favourite pastimes for visitors to Sanur is to eat great authentic Balinese food.
From high-end Sanur restaurants with prices to match your dining bills at home to small, cheap warungs serving the best Balinese food the Sanur food scene has it all.
Think fresh seafood grills beachfront to grab and go Warungs.
Apart from the best restaurants in Sanur, through to upmarket cafe’s and warungs, you can also eat some traditional Balinese food at the markets.
If you love markets you’ll love visiting the Sanur Morning Market and the Sanur Night Market.
Sanur Morning Market
Part of the activities in a cooking school in Sanur we attended included a trip to the morning markets. We arrived early at around 6.30 am and walked around the market with the chef.
He explained to us the standard of hygiene is excellent due to the village council initiative to raise awareness and promote the markets as a tourist destination.
The morning markets are set up inside a huge shed and consists of both dry and wet markets. You’ll see everything from fresh chickens, fish, vegetables, fruit, flowers, the usual market clothing stores and everything in between.
Sanur Night Markets
Sindhu Night Markets as they are officially known, start around 6 pm and finish around 9 pm. They are in the same location as the morning markets, however, they are held outside in the car park area.
We ate some of the best chicken satays and nasi goreng here and watched the stall holder cooking the dishes in front of us.
The market area is easily found at the northern end at Jl. Pungutan No.2, Sanur.
Cooking Classes in Sanur
If you want to learn how to cook authentic Balinese food there are a couple of cooking classes in Sanur.
Bamboo Shoots Cooking School
Bamboo Shoots Cooking School is held at the Sanur Beach Villas, just near the Mercure Hotel in the southern end of Sanur.
There are morning and afternoon classes with the morning class including a trip to the Sanur market in the morning. Prices start at Rp. 450,000 or AUD$45.00. If you are staying in the Sanur area there is a free pickup available from your accommodation.
Chef Mudana Cooking Class Sanur
Cooking classes are run by a local chef – Chef Mudana.
There are a variety of Packages available including a tour of Jimbaran Bay’s famous fish market.
You can choose from interactive classes to hands-on classes with a choice of morning or evening classes. Chef also has a free pickup service.
You can check out more information here.
Caraway Cooking Class Sanur
Dewi Kartika Sari shares her family’s authentic Balinese dishes with you in this cooking class.
Set in a traditional Balinese home you’ll learn the secrets of Indonesian and Balinese food from the popular nasi goreng to the lesser known jack-fruit porridge.
There’s a selection of classes and you can choose from morning or afternoon.
Sanur Water Sports
Because Sanur Beach is protected by islands and reefs the serene bay area is perfect for stand-up paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking, tube riding, parasailing and jet skiing.
You can hire a local fisherman on Sanur beach to take you fishing and if you are into scuba diving then Sanur diving maybe for you as there are many nearby reefs. You may even see the elusive Mola Mola or Sunfish if you dive all year round, however, the main season to see them is from July to October
Day trips are aplenty via fast boat from Sanur Harbour to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida.
If you are not a diver but love to do some snorkelling in Sanur, a day trip to the islands would be perfect for you too.
Visit Belanjong Pillar
As mentioned at the beginning of this article there is a relic dating back to the 9th century. Belanjong Pillar a stone column can be found just off Jalan Danau Poso Street alongside a small Hindu temple, Pura Blanjong.
Not viewable from the street you have to walk down a short alley to see this stone column that’s just over 1.5m tall.
The Sanskrit inscriptions are etched in an old form of Balinese.
You’ll also see other stones and items on show from around the same point in history.
Le Mayeur Museum
On the same day, I visited Belanjong Pillar I also visited the Museum Le Mayeur the former house and home of the painter Jean Le Mayeur de Merpes and his wife.
Le Mayeur moved to Sanur in 1932 from Belgium and lived until 1958. His most prominent work is displayed at the Museum.
Both Le Mayeur and his wife’s remains are entombed in the gardens of the Museum
Walk or Ride Down the Sanur Promenade
One of the best reasons to visit Sanur Bali is to use the path or walkway that runs from the southern end of Sanur to the northern end of Sanur.
The promenade is used day and night as a walking track and a bike track. It’s an easy pathway to navigate and most people are polite enough to move out of your way if you ring your bell if you are riding a bike.
We used the path every day to ride to our chosen breakfast or dinner spot of the day.
Shopping in Sanur
If you don’t like partaking in the national sport of bartering but love to shop, Sanur is the perfect place for you!
At the northern end of Sanur at Baruna Beach Markets, you’ll find Tootsies, Siki’s and Monica’s fixed priced shops, they are all Sister’s by-the-way. You’ll know shops are fixed price as they have a sign in the window.
Shopping is great in the stores as they are airconditioned and stock a wide variety of goods. They all sell handbags, men’s board shorts and swim shorts, singlets, ladies dresses, tops, swimsuit cover-ups, wallets, souvenirs, sunglasses, macrame, dream catchers and some sell overnight bags and shoes.
Relaxed shopping, no hassles and no bargaining.
Indah’s is also very good shop and in the same area.
You can shop for anything is Sanur, including silver jewellery, homewares, shoes, clothing for children, ladies and men. Or even have leather jackets, suits, dresses, shirts, etc tailor-made.
Food shopping for those bits and pieces and holiday essentials is generally done at Hardy’s supermarket, Popular Supermarkets, Circle K’s, Coco Mart and Lotte Mart.
Be Pampered At A Day Spa in Sanur
What would a trip to Sanur Bali be without a trip to a day spa? There is plenty of spa’s in Sanur from cheap and cheerful to upmarket and luxurious.
Treatments include massages, including the famous Balinese massage, manicures, pedicures, facials, nail treatments, microdermabrasion, body wraps, body scrubs, waxing, the ever-popular lash extensions, brow and lash tinting and hair treatments.
More than just “me time” or a “treat” every now and again, in Sanur you can visit a day spa every day as the treatments are so affordable.
Catch A Fast Boat To Lembongan Island
If you are sitting on Sanur beach looking out to the ocean the large island you can see is Nusa Lembongan Island.
This island destination just off the coast of mainland Bali is becoming increasingly popular. It’s a sleepy little island with rustic beach shacks and mainly dirt roads, however, it’s popular for scuba divers, snorkelers and water sports lovers.
And the beauty of this island is it’s just a short fast boat ride from Sanur to Lembongan taking just 30 minutes. With the added bonus you’d very rarely travel in rough seas as the bay is protected by the islands and reefs just of the Sanur coast.
You could even break up your trip to Sanur and stay a couple of nights. This would be our pick Bali Huts right on the beach, click here to check it out.
Visit The Big Garden Corner Sanur
Big Garden Sanur, (as it’s also known) is described as quirky, different, unusual and fun. There is definitely one thing that is agreed upon, kids love it!
Adults enjoy the attraction too, the food is great and there are plenty of spots to take your pics for your Instagram and Facebook feeds.
Beautiful gardens to wander through, art sculptures to admire, elephants made from aluminium cans there’s something to discover around every corner. Even Buddha, Stonehenge and a Dinosaur are featured.
There’s also a splash park and a playground for kids and with a cheap $7 (1/2 price for kids) entry fee and free drink, it’s a great spot to enjoy for a couple of hours.
Located at the northern end of Sanur, it’s a short 10-minute drive from Sanur centre.
If you are looking for things to do in Sanur at night, there are things to do, however, Sanur isn’t as lively as the other side of the island. Nowhere near as “cool” and not a hipster in sight! Sanur is laidback, relaxed, with a chilled vibe. Perhaps a younger crowd could find it boring, but we love it! There are also local rules in place that don’t permit trading after midnight.
Most people head out for sunset drinks along the Sanur promenade. You won’t see the sun actually set over the water in Sanur, you’ll have to venture over to the west coast to see an overwater sunset. You won’t be disappointed with the sunset at Sanur though, the colours of the sky can be quite spectacular.
After sunset drinks then it’s a wander down the promenade to find one of the best places to eat in Sanur, or you could stay where you’ve enjoyed your sunset drinks. There are plenty of Sanur restaurants on the beach.
Once dinner is finished you could visit a bar and listen to live music, Casablanca is a popular favourite and has live music 7 nights per week.
Other nighttime popular venues include the Linga Longa Bar, Arena Pub and Restaurant, Beatles Cavern Bar – a unique bar to mimic the cavern bar in the famous 4’s Liverpool haunt complete with memorabilia, Adora Super Club, the Ducks Nutz and many more.
You’ll find most restaurants and even some warungs will have live music. In fact, we’ve been riding home from dinner and have swung in for a nightcap at various venues in Sanur.
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