Sanur Beach

Beaches of Sanur in Bali

Sanur Beach stretches 8 km along Bali’s south-eastern coastline. From end to end, you’ll be able to enjoy several notable beaches, despite the whole being referred to as ‘Sanur Beach’. It starts from the beach of Padanggalak, which is the main beachfront venue for the annual Bali Kites Festival. For unique urban exploration, you can try the wondrous ruins of Taman Festival Bali, not far from here. The abandoned amusement park features some intact structures and theatre ruins. It’s one of Bali’s mysterious ‘ghost towns’.

Around 2 km further south is the beach of Pantai Matahari Terbit. Its name translates to ‘Sunrise Beach’. Like Padanggalak, this half-kilometre stretch is more frequented by locals and weekenders. A small cluster of warung or traditional food stalls sell local meals, snacks and cold drinks here. The beach track extends to the main beaches of Sanur to the south. From here onwards, you’ll find the main popular sections of Sanur beach, which attracts most of the crowds.

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The Main Beaches of Sanur

The central strip of Sanur Beach is Pantai Segara Ayu. This is where you’ll find Bali’s legendary and only high-rise hotel, The Inna Grand Bali Beach. Segara Ayu Beach is well protected by a reef and offers good swimming. At the beach’s northern end, you can expect a regular morning crowd of locals on weekends. Some commercial motorised wooden boats regularly take passengers to Lembongan Island from here. Usual recreational activities on the shore range from cycling, sea kayaking and kite flying. Most gear are available for rent from locals.

Further south is Pantai Sindhu. Southwards from here, you’ll find a more refined resort feel. Cleaner beaches are well maintained by their respective beachfront hotels. The waves are swimmable. Some sections of the beach feature hotel-run daybeds, while the Balinese style gazebos overlooking manmade wave breakers along the coastline are open for public. There are also plenty of dining and shopping options available along the beach path. The sunrise scenes here can be spectacular. On a clear morning, you can see the outlines of Mount Agung and Nusa Penida Island in the far horizon.

Continuing south is Pantai Karang, or ‘Reef Beach’ in the local tongue. The beach scene gets calmer and quieter again from here. The white sand beach here is narrower, and you can only enjoy good swimming here when the tide’s up. There’s a good local dining and beach activity scene here, though. Surfers enjoy paddling out to the collection of great reef breaks that extend all the way down of the remaining 4-kilometre stretch of Sanur Beach from Pantai Karang. Next is Semawang Beach, which is the beachfront of the Fairmont Sanur Beach. Then there’s Cemara Beach in front of the Puri Santrian and the Prama Sanur Beach.

Last but least, Mertasari Beach is the final length of Sanur Beach. The Mercure Resort Sanur borders Mertasari to its east, while a vast reclaimed area with coarse sand features a jetty is to its west. Although rugged and leaning towards local activities such as fishing and boating, some tourist activities use Mertasari as a starting point for windsurfing, kitesurfing, and even as a take-off and landing field for paramotoring and paragliding. One unique feature here is that you can catch the beautiful sun setting over the mangrove forests afar. Indeed, you can enjoy a sunset in Sanur Beach.

Sanur Beach

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