Sanur Travel Guide

Sanur is a beautiful beachside town on Bali’s east coast. Popular for it’s beaches, water sports, culture and it’s laid back atmosphere. A great destination, in particular, for a Bali family holiday.


Located on the East Coast, in the south of Bali. East of Ngurah Rai International Airport.


Sanur is a beach side town about 30 minutes from the Kuta area (up to an hr in traffic). A great holiday destination if you want to stay where there are nice beaches, but less of a party atmosphere. Mostly what draws people here is the laidback vibe and village feel, whilst still being able to go to other areas of Bali pretty easily. The area has  many dining, shopping and water sport options. Sometimes used as a base for diving, and renowned for it’s yearly kite festival. Sanur is a great option for Bali family holidays.

The Ugly Truth

  • Can be a little sleepy if you are after a faster pace

The Silver Lining

What’s Nearby?

  • Kuta, Legian and Seminyak are all within 30 mins – 1hr depending on traffic
  • Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa are approx. 30 mins south.
  • Nusa Lebongan is only 30 mins by boat from Benoa Harbour
  • Ubud is about 1 hr (depending on traffic) away
  • Candidasa is about 1 hr (depending on traffic) north
  • Amed is about 2 hrs north
Sanur Bali Map

Things To Do

Although Sanur is a more laid back option then Kuta, there is still plenty to do here. Predominantly going to the beach and beach related activities. But there are also many places to eat and shop. And Cultural activities like visiting traditional Balinese temples. And outdoor activities like hiring a bicycle or diving.

Best For…

  • Local village feel and community
  • Water sports
  • Beaches
  • Swimming
  • Bali Family Holidays
  • Laid back atmosphere


  • Hi Mandy&Chris ,

    My name is Jasmin I Love your website and the photography i’m going to Bali and i was wondering what is the most important thing to bring ,and what to bring and what not to bring for my blog.I hope you reply Jasmin Howarth.

  • Hi Jasmin, thanks so much 🙂 Had a look at your blog and your photos are great! It’s hard to narrow it down to one thing, so here’s a few:
    The most important things to bring to Bali are swimmers, light clothing (but some clothes to cover up for temples too), flat shoes (as the footpaths aren’t exactly smooth) and a happy attitude to explore all the different sides to Bali. As for what not to bring, there is a lot we don’t take as we pack carry-on only, so I think it’s important to remember you can buy almost anything in Bali. One thing we don’t pack as much of are toiletries, as it can be easier to get some there. Heels are another item I no longer pack, as Bali is pretty laid back and the footpaths don’t really allow for it.
    Have an amazing time in Bali Jasmin and thanks for getting in touch 🙂

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