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Sanur is a peaceful and friendly fishing town on Bali's east coast, about 30 minutes drive north from Nusa Dua and 20 minutes north east of Kuta. It was in Sanur that modern tourism was first developed, and you can find, therefore, the most established and oldest hotels in Bali. In recent years the focus of tourism has shifted towards Seminyak and Nusa Dua, and Sanur has lost out on the one hand, but on the other hand is has profited by remaining quietly busy with a more elderly crowd of regular tourists and family holiday makers, and actually it has al lot to offer.
There are some delightful restaurants aligning the main street of Danau Tamblingan, with some choice hangouts and bars too. There is a stream of designer boutiques and some fairly good health and well-being spas too. Local culture is still prevalent here and there are many local Balinese eateries (warungs) where local food at local prices can be enjoyed. The further you head towards the south of Sanur and the local residences and hotels give way to darker backstreets along Danau Poso. Apart from some Bali luxury villas and small private businesses, this is where youl will find Sanur's not so obvious red light district which comes moderately alive from nightfall.
Heading back to the beach and youll find that the offshore reef has created a natural lagoon system unique along Bali's coast. The lagoons are vast and at high tide the water is deep enough for swimming, kayaking, glass bottomed boating, jet skiing, wind surfing, parasailing, and any other water sport that requires still and calm water. Offshore from the fringing coral reef and scuba diving, deep sea angling, sailing, and surfing predominate. So as you can see there is quite a diversity here when it comes to beach a sea-side activities. There is even a well established kite-surfing school that can be found towards Pantai Mertesari in the south of Sanur.
There are various art galleries in Sanur such as Gallery Santrian in Jalan Danau Tamblingan, where youl will discover classic paintings and sculptures. Theres the Seiki Torige Gallery, with beautiful and unique expos of his incredible glass work. And theres also the Le Mayeur Museum, with works of art from this extraordinary and eccentric Belgian painter. So as you can see, Sanur has many places of cultural interest to experience. There are also Sanur's neighborhoods to be considered and explored, one of which is known as Blanjong area. It is here where the unusual temple Pura Blanjong can be found. This temple was erected as a cenotaph to Sri Kesari Warmadewa, a Buddhist apostle who is also considered to be the founder of the worlds largest Buddhist temple found in central Java and known as Borobudur Temple. There are also many traditional Balinese communities living in and around Sanur, and their culture can be felt and enjoyed on a daily basis due to the vast number of ceremonies that proceed through the streets here.
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