Photo: Sanur beach scenes.

Things to see and do

Taman Festival: Bali’s ghost town

Taman Festival is a vast yet never completed entertainment complex a 20-minute bicycle ride north from Sanur beach. While the park had a soft opening in 1997, it closed its doors in 2000 and has been abandoned ever ... Read more about Taman Festival: Bali’s ghost town .

Sanur Beach

Many first-time visitors to Bali find themselves a little underwhelmed by the beaches. It’s a response easy to imagine considering all the beautiful beaches featured on Bali brochures and the reality of crowded Kuta. Luckily, Bali is a big island with pretty beaches enough for everyone, and over the next seven days we’ll show you one a day to help you fill out a week’s beach holiday in ... Read more about Sanur Beach .

Jl Bypass Ngurah Rai #17 Sanur, Bali
T: (0361) 282 638

Call me mother of the year but when I go to an indoor play area in Bali, I’m hoping for three things: good coffee, decent air-con, and five minutes’ peace. At still relatively new Peekaboo in Sanur, aimed at kids under nine, I mostly get all three — Mr 3 still wants me to play on the train set with ... Read more about Peekaboo .

Bali Zoo
Jalan Raya Singapadu, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali
T: (0361) 294 357

As someone who usually avoids zoos in Southeast Asia, my expectations of Bali Zoo were not high. But the verdict: it makes for a good half-day out with 3- and 4-year-old kids in tow. For the most part, conditions for the animals seemed decent by (non-Singaporean) regional standards, and the experience was quite hands ... Read more about Bali Zoo .

Museum Le Mayeur
Beachside, just south of Jl Hang Tuah

He had come to Bali ostensibly to prepare for an exhibition in Singapore but he became so enamoured with Bali, its culture, rituals and people that he made it his home, becoming one of Sanur's earliest expat residents. Born in 1880, Le Mayeur was in his early fifties when he arrived in Bali and soon after arriving, began using the then 15-year-old Ni Pollock as his primary model for his ... Read more about Museum Le Mayeur .

Jukung cruise
Along Sanur Beach

Primarily used for fishing, the traditional jukungs use a lanteen sail (a triangle-shaped sail), though today most also have a small engine to keep them going through the doldrums. In Sanur, while some are still used for fishing, many are now used for pleasure sailing and can be hired for an hour of sailing up and down the beach during high tide. It might sound a bit twee, but it is actually a ... Read more about Jukung cruise .

Yoga in Bali: Sanur
Mertasari Beach
T: (087) 861 869 221

Despite at least what I perhaps expected, yoga isn’t everywhere in Bali. I thought I wouldn’t be able to chuck an incense stick without hitting a studio, but they’re actually quite few and far between across the island. Today I’ll cover two spots in Sanur: the delightfully herby crunchy Manik Organik, and newer, New York-ier Hot Yoga Studio ... Read more about Yoga in Bali: Sanur .

Massage in Sanur
Jalan Danau Tamblingan 126
T: (0813) 5330 9329

Hardy’s supermarket in Sanur is one of the few places in Bali I despise. I am driven crazy by how often the prices on their shelves are not actually for the products in front of them, their unapologetic staff, their habit of giving lollies instead of proper change ... Read more about Massage in Sanur .

Bali Safari and Marine Park
Jalan Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra, Km 19.8, Gianyar
T: (0361) 950 000

The park is efficiently organised and run, with plenty of animals — elephants, tigers, Komodo dragons, orangutans — and opportunities to get up close to some of them. Various packages are available so browse their website carefully to choose what will suit you best. We've only done the cheapest Jungle Hopper (US$35 for tourists), which includes a safari bus ride, which was well done, though ... Read more about Bali Safari and Marine Park .

Turtle Conservation and Education Centre
Serangan Island, a 20 minute drive from Sanur

What to do on a sunny Bali Sunday with kids? Visit the turtle centre on Serangan Island of course! This under-visited attraction makes for a perfect half-day outing from anywhere in south Bali — especially if combined with a meal out on the nearby ... Read more about Turtle Conservation and Education Centre .

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Sanur? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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