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Sanur Beach

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Sanur’s laidback family-friendly beaches entice locals and tourists alike and offer a plethora of distractions and diversions or just a bit of time-out.





The sweep of coast stretching from Padang Galak Beach in the north to Mertasari Beach some eight kilometres south all fall under the general moniker of “Sanur Beach”. Fringed by a paved beachwalk, the golden sands (black towards the north) are lapped by gentle reef-protected waves, safe paddling for kids and non-swimmers, and acting as a sheltered zone for an assortment of water sports.

Dark skies bright tubes. Photo taken in or around Sanur Beach, Sanur, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Dark skies bright tubes. Photo: Sally Arnold

The beaches are punctuated with groynes built in an attempt to prevent erosion, but also popular as fishing spots or just for sitting on, watching the world go by. Low tide can be very low—in places you can walk almost all the way out to the exposed reef. The shallows are good for a bit of a poke and play, but the best time to even contemplate swimming is a few hours on each side of high tide.

Along the sands, hawkers ply their trade selling everything from barbecued corn on the cob to coconuts. While not quite as pushy as some you’ll find on Bali’s other beaches, the clothes stall sellers can be particularly persistent, but a polite no, a few times, should be enough to be left alone. You can hire inflatables for the tiny tots or bigger folk can try windsurfing or parasailing, or just rent a sun lounge for the day. Kids and adults can also learn to sail at East Bali Surf & Sail. The Travelfish kids did a Sail Kids course costing 2 million rupiah for four half-days and enjoyed solid tutoring ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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