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Sanur Travel Guide

Sanur Travel

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.

Sanur is about 30 minutes from the Kuta area (up to an hour 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 laid-back vibe and community feel, whilst still being able to go to other areas of Bali pretty easily. Sometimes used as a base for diving, and renowned for it’s yearly kite festival. 

Although Sanur is a more laid back option then Kuta, there is still plenty of things to do here. Some things include going to the beach and water sports. But there are also many places to eat and shop. You can also visit markets, including the food night market.  It’s also easy to hire a bicycle and explore Sanur. 

What’s Nearby? 

Depending on traffic… Kuta, Legian and Seminyak are all within 30 mins – 1hr. Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa are approx. 30 mins south. Nusa Lembongan is only 30 mins by boat. Ubud is about 1 hr away. Candidasa is about 1 hr north. Amed is about 2.5 hrs north.  

Nusa Lembongan could be done as a day trip from here, but I would really recommend staying a night or two to get a better feel for it. But this makes it the perfect next stop on your itinerary from Sanur. From Sanur you could also do a day trip to Ubud, but again, I would recommend staying in Ubud to get a real feel for it. You can also spend the day in Seminyak, for boutique shopping, excellent food options and beach clubs. 

FEEL // Local. Chill. Beach.

BEST FOR // Local feel, Water sports, Beach, Swimming, Relaxing, Sunrise.

LOCATION // On the East Coast, Sanur is north of Nusa Dua.

GET THERE // Sanur is about 30 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic. You can get a taxi from the official airport stand at the airport when you arrive, or arrange a transfer with your hotel. If you’re coming from another area in Bali, you can take a taxi or a private driver if you want to stop off along the way.

GET AROUND // The best way to get around Sanur is walking or riding a bicycle. Otherwise, Bluebird taxi’s are the way to go to get a little further.

THE UGLY TRUTH // It can be a little sleepy if you are after a faster pace.

THE SILVER LINING // Laid-back feel, great destination for Bali Family Holidays.

ACCOMMODATION // Predominantly mid-range hotels and villas, with some luxury hotel and budget options. Read More.

TYPE OF HOLIDAY // Family, Couples.

READ MORE // Find all of our Sanur Blog Posts here.


  1. 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 :)

  2. 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.

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