Best Things to do in Sanur

Best Things to do in Sanur

Enjoy the quiet life in Sanur and get ready for some wonderful things to do in Sanur such as strolling through the streets, hunting for souvenirs, visiting the local night food market, getting active with water sports and relaxing at the beautiful beach.

Things to do in Sanur

There are wonderful things to do in Sanur,  a quiet fisherman village on the east coast of Bali. Enjoy the quiet life in Sanur, stroll through the streets, hunt for souvenirs, visit the local night food market, get active with water sports and relax at the beautiful beach. By the way, did you know that Sanur is a gateway to visit the closeby offshore islands Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida?

Watch a Sunrise in Sanur

Good morning sunshine! Sanur is known for its spectacular sunrises and it surely is one of the most spectacular things to do in Sanur! Get up early to see the sun rising at the beach in the early morning hours!

Things to do in Sanur: Watch the Sunrise

You are not an early bird? No problem, Bali not only has some of the most spectacular sunrises but sunsets as well! Visit South Bali for amazing sunset views!

Relaxing moments at Sanur Beach

The beach in Sanur stretches all the way from the beginning until the end of the village. The waters are crystal clear and shallow because the waves break outside the bay. There are various places at the beach that offer sun launchers along with an ice cold coconut but you might as well just leave your towel directly in the sand and jump into the ocean. Beaching is always a fun thing to do, isn’t it?

Things to do in Sanur: Beach Day

Sanur Beach is great for Families, especially with small kids. It is safe to take a dip and splash because the waters are shallow and there are no strong currents or waves.

Water sports in Sanur: Let’s get active!

Are you an adrenaline junkie? Well, Sanur will please your cravings. Between all the relaxed village vibe, getting active with water sports is a fun thing to do in Sanur. Sanur covers the whole list of water sports activities from Snorkelling, Fishing, Jetski, underwater walking, Banana boat rides & Parasailing above the ocean to Stand up paddling & Surfing, Wind & Kite Surfing. The choice is yours!

Things to do in Sanur: Water Sports

Best places to eat in Sanur

Between all the beach time, you should not forget to pamper yourself at the colourful and fabulous cafes and restaurants in Sanur. Whether you are in need of a simple local Bali coffee or for a barrister masterpiece! After all, having delicious food is one of the best things to do in life, isn’t it? Here a few recommended places:

  • Warung Kecil – Amazing buffet style Indonesian food. Best time to visit is for lunch!
  • Soul in a Bowl – Fresh western food & snacks
  • Genius Cafe – A cosy spot right at the beach. This place does not only offer organic food but is also a creative hub that hosts various interesting events
  • Gecko Coffee Shop – A very small and cosy cafe with fresh muffins & lovely breakfast
  • Cafe Batu Jimbar – wonderful food choices for every taste! On Sundays, they organize a market with locally harvested organic foods. Don’t miss to check it out!

Things to do in Sanur: Cafes & Restaurants

Take a ride with a bicycle in Sanur

Another wonderful thing to do in Sanur is to rent a bicycle to explore every part and corner of the old fishermen village. Sanur is most likely one of the few touristic destinations on Bali that are still safe to ride a bicycle. The streets are wide, decent and there are even paths for cyclers. Enjoy the ride!


Tip: The Sunhouse Guest House in Sanur offers free bicycles for use for their guests. Request your stay now!

Tip: Not only riding a bike is one of the fun things to do in Sanur, also taking a long walk is very pleasant. Sanur is the only town in Bali that has a paved promenade right at the beach. Enjoy the ocean breeze and some long walks by the beach!

Pamper yourself at the Spa in Sanur

Who loves to go to the Spa? There are Spa’s for every budget in Sanur. Out of the many things to do in Sanur, this one will soothe your body mind and soul. Although you can get a message for as cheap as Rp. 80,000/ hour, it is also nice to choose the more expensive luxury version, to feel like a princess or price. Luxury treatments are available from around Rp. 200,000/ hour. For a wonderful Spa experience, we recommend the Leha-Leha Spa in Sanur.

Things to do in Sanur: Visit a Spa - Leha Leha

Visit the local food market in Sanur

Watch out foodies! At night the locals of Sanur build up their small food stalls at Pasar Sindu Night Market to sell fresh vegetables, dried fish, typical desserts and many tempting Indonesian meals. Visiting this market is definitely a highlight and one of the most exciting things to do in Sanur.

Things to do in Sanur: Food & Drinks, Sindu Food Market

Are you crazy for Indonesian spicey food? Check amazing street food places in Bali and eat like a local!

Souvenir shopping in Sanur

Did you know that souvenir means ‘oleh-oleh’ in Indonesian? Souvenir shopping is definitely one of the must things to do in Sanur. There are various little souvenir shops and some small boutiques. Don’t forget to bring your family and friends some oleh-oleh’s home from your Bali holiday!

Things to do in Sanur: Souvenir Shopping

Stroll over Sanur’s Sunday Market at Mertasari Beach

It is a lazy Sunday and you don’t know what to do with yourself? How about visiting the Sunday Market in Sanur at Mertasari Beach close to the Genius Cafe? It is a wonderful community event with plenty of things to do! It takes places every Last Sunday of every month – offering food & drinks, organic produce, crafts, fashion, accessories, recycled products and much more. Visitors can enjoy the food area offerings numerous options of Indonesian and western cuisine, as well as organic and fresh juices, great coffee, cakes, gelato. Things to do in Sanur: Sunday Market at Mertasari Beach 

Tip for Families: Especially for kids, there is a bouncy castle, face painting and craft activities. Furthermore, Families can use the Sahadewa Pool at the Mercure Resort including kids club facilities for Rp50,000 per family.

Island hopping in Sanur: Plan a getaway to Bali’s Southern Islands

Getting from Sanur to Bali’s southern islands – Nusa Penida & Nusa Lembongan –  is a piece of cake and is definitely one of the best things to do after your stay in Sanur! Boats leave hourly from 7 AM, take about 45 min. and vary in price between IDR 150’000 to 200’000 per way. You can easily organise this trip by yourself and don’t have to book a boat in advance. Simply purchase the ticket on the spot at Sanur Harbour and be prepared for an amazing island getaway!

Things to do in Sanur: Island hopping to Nusa Penida & Nusa Lembongan

Meet the locals in Sanur!

Sanur has a well preserved beautiful Balinese local community. You will be surrounded by culture and chances will be high that you might see a ceremony during your time in Sanur. Get to know the real treasures of Bali: Stay with localsMeet the locals!

Things to do in Sanur: Meet the locals

Travel with love – Travel sustainably with HSH Stay. With our concept from Home Sweet Home, we want to support the locals. For that reason, we don’t charge any commission and help to bring the beautiful treasures online. With every booking of Home Sweet Home you support the locals. Learn more about the sustainable concept of Home Sweet Home! 

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