Sanur, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, are some of Bali’s premier sailing points. Many cruises depart from Sanur, stopping on a pontoon at Lembongan Bay for water activities and a village outing, and ends at Benoa Harbour by dusk. The floating dock has waterslides, a swimming pool, an underwater viewing chamber, glass-bottomed boats, banana boats, canoes and snorkelling equipment. Meals usually consist of an international buffet spread, with a live band playing at the background.
Diving in Sanur
The waters surrounding Sanur are considerably colder than Kuta, housing hundreds of species of fish, sea urchins, crustaceans, and coral reefs. The beach can be your starting point to discover Bali’s underwater landscape through scuba-diving. The Bali International Diving Professionals offers twice-daily diving trips to the Nusa Islands, led by PADI-certified instructors. Other notable centres along Sanur Beach include Bali Marine Diving (BMD), Joe's Gone Diving Bali, and Crystal Divers.
Kite surfing is one of the most popular water sports in Sanur, with dozens of rental shops lining the coast. The sport is a combination of parasailing, wakeboarding, and water-skiing, uses a large kite to tow the wakeboard instead of a boat. Most of the time, you’ll see kite surfers at Kite Beach as this is where some of Sanur’s best surf schools – like Rip Curl School of Surf – are located.
Snorkelling and swimming in Sanur Beach
Snorkelling in Sanur is a popular activity, as you’ll find several shallow sites with colourful reefs and schools of tropical fish like parrotfish, pufferfish, and batfish. To find the best spots, you can rent a dinghy or sign up for a snorkelling tour at your hotel or with a dive centre. If you’d like to go further, there are day trips to neighbouring islands like Nusa Penida, Padang Bai or Tulamben – these areas are known for housing manta rays and turtles.
Swimming in Sanur is safe for kids as this beach area has a lower tide as well as cooler waters than most beaches in Bali. The main beach can be rather crowded, so head over to Sindhu beach on the coastline’s southern end – it’s also the site of an excellent saltwater lagoon.
Surfing and windsurfing in Sanur Beach
Keramas Beach in Sanur attracts surfers with its opposing twin swells that reach an uneven lava reef. The black-sand beach lies on Bali’s eastern coast in Gianyar, facing Nusa Lembongan. The waves are mostly fast right-handers and average up to 1.5 metres. To surf in Sanur, you’ll require a boat or face a long paddle to cover the 500-metre distance between the shore and the curly barrels.
Windsurfing happens to be more popular than surfing in Sanur. The beach enjoys steady winds and constant currents year-round, though the best time to enjoy this sport is during the dry season. For professionals, the wind at Serangan Island is always a few knots stronger than other spots on the island, while the reef breaks serving as ramp waves make for impressive stunts.