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Sanur Beach
by: Galuh Wulandarie

Sanur is renowned as Bali's first beach resort; Sanur is also the largest traditional village in Bali . You might imagine that Sanur is just one amongst the many villages in Bali which has extraordinary beaches. I couldn't blame you, but if you hear about its history and witness its beauty you will then see Sanur in a different perception.

Sanur is one particular village famous throughout Bali for its sorcery (black and white magic). Back in the 70's, there were magic wars going on between magic masters of Sanur and those from Kamasan Village in the Klungkung regency. Many people said that they saw flying red light above houses, flickering fires among coconut trees and many strange things. Even the BBC has a film about Sanur's trance medium; a person “Possessed” by the spirit of an English captain, possibly from one of the merchant vessels founded on Sanur's coral reefs . Besides this reputation, Sanur is also known for its being the place where you can find Bali's only all female keris dance, Bali's oldest stone inscription(emblazoned pillar, dated AD 913 called the Prasarti Blanjong; now kept in a temple in Blanjong Village, south side of Sanur) and its five-star hotels. Sanur is indeed a muse for famous artists, including Belgian painter Le Mayeur (his studio home is now known as Le Mayeur Museum and opens for public), writer Vicki Baum, writer/musician Walter Spies, and many others.

Knowing a little of Sanur's beginnings now, you might wonder about its beauty. If you've never been to Sanur Beach , let me describe it for you… close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting on a beach, let's say at around 5 am. It might have been just another ordinary day, but today you start it in an amazing way. By witnessing the sunrise - the orange-color glow of the sun breaking the dawn, leaving the sky with a magnificent blend of colors. The rays of the morning sun warms up your body giving you a slight blush on both cheeks. You can now say you've been elaborately kissed by the sunrise at Sanur Beach !

During the low tide, Sanur Beach looks very wide because of its natural formation. It also consists of bigger granulations of white sandy beach with wider shallow seabed. It's about 9 km on the east shore, stretches from the north up to the south side. Several beaches which are still in the Sanur area are Mertasari Beach , Grand Bali Beach , Padang Galak Beach , Semawang Beach , and many others.

Sanur Beach has a foot path, usually used for jogging, cycling or for afternoon walks. From a distance, you can see several traditional fishermen's boats called Jukung in which to rest their anchors. During certain months, usually December to February, the wave often brings seaweed waste from the ocean to the shore which then makes the beach looks dirty. Sanur beach's calm water makes it good for swimming and experiencing leisure water activities, including sea-kayaking, speed boats, water skiing, and many others. Since it is close to Denpasar city (about 10 minutes), the Balinese prefer going to Sanur Beach instead of going to those on the south side, such as Kuta, Seminyak, and others. Therefore, on Sunday afternoon it's packed with local families and tourists. Similar to Kuta, several street vendors try to sell their goodies but this time in a less hassled way.

Watch the sunrise, embrace the morning mist and be touched by the aurora. Then…your day will be significantly different.

Sanur Beach
Sanur Kaja Village , South Denpasar, Denpasar City 80227


Address : Sanur Beach,
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About The Author

Galuh Wulandarie, Writer, Indonesia, Bali
Achieved her bachelor degree in Communication science, Padjadjaran University, Bandung, Galuh Wulandarie is a seeker in adventure. Having worked in Bandung and Bali to start her journey, now she finds her true passion writing articles for Streetdirectory Indonesia  and so her journey continues.

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