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Where to Stay near Sanur Beach

The town of Sanur is on the south-east side of Bali, almost 30 minutes by car from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Its beach curves around the coast, offering roughly three miles of sand for the sun-thirsty to lay out on. One main road, Jalan Danau Tamblingan, runs north to south within Sanur itself, while the beach has a paved beachfront path that hugs the length of it.

Sanur is thought of as Bali’s earliest beach resort and a lot of the island’s oldest accommodation can be found here. Offshore reefs reduce the surf to gentle tiny waves, and it tends to attract a more mature and family-oriented crowd, rather than partying surfers. Hotels and bungalow resorts are reasonably priced. They may cost a little more than Kuta but are usually cheaper than Seminyak. There are also a number of well-known five-star chains in addition to private villas if you want something a little more luxurious.

Watersports with a Difference at Sanur Beach

Without those famous Bali waves, you may wonder what is it that people do here? The water is still a major attraction at this former fishing village, just for different reasons. Most of Bali’s dive operators are located in Sanur, and offer a full range of courses, from beginner to advanced, with instructors teaching in a several different languages.

You can rent surfboards at Sanur Beach, but a better option is one of the many other watersports available. Look around and you’ll see places that can teach you kitesurfing, sea kayaking, parasailing, wakeboarding, waterskiing and windsurfing.

From Beach to Town

The town of Samur offers an impressive array of amenities and is also great for shopping. Outlets line the Jalan Danau Tamblingan road and sell all manner of local handicrafts and souvenirs. Of particular interest are the Balinese ceramics and woven traditional fabrics for sale.

If you’re feeling hungry, there are a good number of restaurants and cafés here, too, some of which serve familiar Western cuisine, such as Italian. The night market at the northern end of Jalan Danau Tamblingan is good for cheap Balinese food.