Sanur is the place in Bali where the old and retired people come to enjoy the sun and relax at the calmer waters with a nice walk along the beachfront. Plenty of shops and eateries make this a pleasant alternative to the touristy Kuta. And we youngsters liked it as well.
From Nusa Lembongan to Sanur we took the local fastboat at 3 pm for 150.000 Rupiah p.p. Don’t sit at the back because you will get wet! From there we took a taxi for 35.000 for the remaining 2,5 km to our apartment in Sanur. An other option is the slowboat which leaves at 7.30 am, but be aware this boat does not go everyday (cost 100.000 Rupiah p.p.)
We only went out for diner once, but we loved the place we went to. It’s name is Warung Lily and the restaurant looks cosy. The food is great and the prices are reasonable. We don’t think a lot of Indonesians come here though, because the place was packed with tourists and expats.
You can find Warung Lily close to the Bumas Hotel.
We wanted a nice place to stay for a couple of days with a kitchen. Even though we love the Indonesian food, it is nice to be able cook your own Dutch food. Especially meatballs! We found a villa on Airbnb where a room costs 250.000 Rupiah including a pool, kitchen, great wifi and aircon. The name of the place is Villa Agus Sanur. Located 700 meters from the beach and 500 meters from a big supermarket.
Sanur is famous for its sunrises, at 6 am you will find a dozen enthusiastic photographers walking around with their tripod, and amongst them was of course Michiel, happy like a child with new shoes. While Michiel was taken his photos, Marije went for an early morning run together with dozens other people trying to avoid bumping into each other.
Besides this, we also did some sightseeing. We rented a motorbike for 2 days and drove around the South part of Bali. Nice places to visit are the temples Uluwatu and Tanah Lot. Both cost 30.000 Rupiah p.p. entrance fee. Both are supposed to be nice around sunset. We choose to go to Uluwatu but didn’t think the sunset was that special. So maybe you should try Tanah Lot... While visiting this temple, don’t forget to go to both sites. We forgot the one with the hole in the rock.. And while visiting Uluwatu, be prepared for the monkeys trying to steal food, water and even (sun)glasses.
Another place of interest is Nusa Dua. When you enter this part of Bali, it feels like entering a resort. There is a security check and all the sides of the roads are green and filled with flowers. The beaches aren’t spectacular but nice and there are a lot of beach bars and restaurants. It doesn’t fit a backpackers budget but is nice to go there for a walk and maybe even a drink.