Sanur is one of the easiest to get to dive sites in Bali. This popular city is located on the east coast, less than 30 minutes away from Kuta, Seminyak, and the airport. It’s a popular vacation area for travellers of all kinds and caters to a variety of budgets.
Dive Sites in Sanur
When it comes to diving, Sanur doesn’t really have the best sites, and the sites that it does have in the area are limited in number. That being said, Sanur can be a good base to get to some of the island’s best sites including Liberty Wreck and even across to Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan.
Dive sites in Sanur include:
- Jeladi Willis: A sloping hill that goes from 3m to 20m, this dive site has lots to see in terms of corals, sponges, fans, and marine life. Watch for stingrays, nudibranch, octopus, and more.
- Channel Point: A sandy bottom with some coral outcrops makes this dive site popular for training. It’s not the most exciting site, but it’s a good spot for a refresher dive or just looking for a relaxing fun dive.
- Pejnor Reef: Just a few minutes’ boat ride from Sanur, Prejnor Reef is a mature reef with large coral formations and plenty of marine life. The macro life here is the main attraction.
As mentioned above, some dive operators in Sanur will also go to the dive sites around Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, both of which are best known for manta rays and mola mola (when in season). It’s also possible to do a day trip up to Tulamben to dive Liberty Wreck from Sanur. Please check ahead of time with your chosen dive operator to see if this is an option.
How to Get to Sanur
Getting to Sanur is pretty easy. It’s a quick 15-minute drive from Bali’s Denpasar Airport or about 20 minutes from Kuta or 30 minutes from Seminyak. If you don’t have a motorbike or want to take a taxi, you can use the Perama shuttle busses or try to grab one of the local bemos. However, since it’s so close, it’s easiest to grab a taxi (bluebird taxis are the recommended company) since it’s such a short distance it will be a fairly cheap ride. Just make sure they use the meter!
Sanur itself is quite walkable though taxis and motorbike rentals are readily available if you plan on going further out or doing some exploring.
Things to do in Sanur
- Catch the Sunrise: Since Sanur is on the east coast of Bali, it’s perfect for sunrise. You may not be too excited about getting up early but trust us when we tell you it is worth it!
- Sanur Beach: Sanur Beach is actually several beaches. Some are swimmable and some are not so be sure to check ahead of time. The beach is a great way to spend a hot day.
- Sanur Night Market: The Sanur Night Market, which is officially called the Sindhu Market, is a must when staying in Sanur. It’s small but local and allows you the chance to find cheap eats and fresh juices along with the locals.
- Visit the Nusa Islands: The Nusa Islands, especially Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, are definitely worth a couple of days each on their own. However, if you are strapped for time you can go out to either of them for a day trip.
- Taman Festival: This ‘ghost town’ was once a theme park. Now abandoned, it makes an interesting place for urban exploring. Local’s believe that abandoned places become inhabited by spirits, adding an extra eerie vibe to this apocalyptic-looking place.
- Bali Orchid Garden: If you love flowers than this is a must. It’s not the only flower market, but it is the only one to provide tours.
Since Sanur is so central, you can also use it as a base to explore other areas in southern Bali such as Seminyak, Canggu, and more! Consider renting a motorbike to explore on your own, or hire a private driver to take you around.
Where to Stay in Sanur
Sanur is one of the go-to places in Southern Bali. It’s especially popular with families and Europeans. Prices here in general are cheaper than Seminyak but more expensive than Kuta. Sanur has a bit of everything from luxury resorts to backpacker hostels. That being said, most of the accommodation market here targets mid-range to luxury travellers with a focus on families.
Sanur is a fun place to visit. It’s easy to get to with many of the tourist highlights including plenty of restaurants and bars, a range of accommodation choices, and plenty to see and do. If you are looking for an easy dive destination in Bali that doesn’t require a lot of work to get to but still offers some amazing finds, then Sanur is the perfect choice.
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