Lives in Ballina, Australia
Since Jun 2007
50-64 year old female
From 1985 - 1992 I lived and worked in Jakarta, Singapore and Bali. From 1992 - 2000 I lived in Jakarta and then Probolinggo in Java. I have been back living in Australia since 2000 and have holidays to Bali and meet up with family twice a year.
Lessons & Workshops, Yoga & Pilates
Gift & Specialty Shops
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
Other Fun & Games
Sightseeing Tours, Bike Tours
Flea & Street Markets
The Power of Now Oasis is a holistic center constructed completely from bamboo, surrounded by tropical gardens, and positioned right on Mertasari Beach. A wonderful start to the day is taking a yoga lesson by the sea in this serene atmosphere. There is a lovely tea house with a juice bar, hammocks, and a music studio for those not into yoga or meditation. This is a great place to come to rejuvenate or just relax and meet new friends.
For those who don't have time to visit a textile weaving village, the next best thing is a visit to Nogo Bali Ikat Center opposite the Griya Santrian. The center is an amazing store full of vibrant colors and rich textiles — and the merchandise is hand-woven so your purchase will be unique. The range is extensive and includes cloth, soft furnishings, home decorations, gifts, and garments. There is also a custom-made tailoring service available.
Good, fresh, tasty, local food at cheap prices, Warung Little Bird might be small in size but it is big in atmosphere. The staff are a very welcoming, happy lot and ready to break out in song at the slightest encouragement!
Five minutes by boat off the coast of Sanur is a floating sea enclosure where you will be able to get up-close-and-personal with a dolphin. Interacting with these beautiful marine mammals is a powerful experience that will stay with you forever.
Location, location, location! La Playa is a real gem of a place with an unbeatable sea view and Nusa Lembongan in the background. The smell of salt air, the breeze off the ocean, feet in the sand, candles on the tables, and a nice icy-cold cocktail in hand — what could be better? This is the ideal spot to people-watch and catch up with friends.
Stand up paddleboarding has come back into fashion in recent years and the calm waters at Sanur make it an ideal place to learn this sport. At Bali Stand Up Paddle School you will be taught the basic correct techniques that will have you out riding a wave in no time. This experience is a blast!
The Porch Cafe, situated in front of Flashbacks, is well known for its great coffee and mouth-watering breakfasts. Only the best quality ingredients are used, and breads and cakes are freshly baked in-house. You have the choice of sitting outside on the veranda, or inside where it is air-conditioned.
Just to the north of Sanur is an old abandoned entertainment park called Taman Festival — known by the locals as 'ghost town.' It was only open for five minutes before it was closed and never reopened again. When the gates shut, there were animals left inside, mainly a pit full of crocodiles, and the locals love to tell you what happened in this deserted complex, but a lot is left up to your own imagination.
Quirky bar, the Man Shed, would be the envy of most car enthusiasts. The collection of vintage cars, bikes, wheels, number plates, surfboards, and memorabilia is nothing short of amazing. A great place to spend an hour or so in the afternoon nosing around.
Though rather small in size, this lovely orchid garden is only a few minutes' ride from Sanur, and is a great place for gardeners, and a must for orchid-lovers. A meander through the walkways among the flowers and shrubs is a good way to spend an hour, and you can be sure there will be some orchids in bloom regardless of the time of year.
Come for a nightcap here and forget to leave! Linga Longa is the place to chill out, lay back in a bean bag, and relax with a cocktail. The nightly live music usually goes on until quite late — and on Sunday nights the suckling pig on a spit and salads are a big draw.
What better introduction to the day than a leisurely bike ride in and around Sanur? Visit a traditional market and meet the traders selling their produce, explore the rice fields with the farmers going about their daily work, and ride the length of the beach promenade before dropping into the Beatles Museum.
Just 10 minutes from Sanur, and set in 600 hectares of land, is a hidden oasis called the Mangrove Information Center. Here you have a choice of two trails to follow along wooden boardwalks, both of which give you a good view of the mangroves and the wildlife that inhabits the forest. This is not only an enjoyable stroll but extremely educational as well.
The waters off Sanur Beach are sheltered by a reef making it a safe and calm area to swim, snorkel, and indulge in some water sports. The sand is coarse and the colorful outrigger fishing boats (jukungs) line the shores, while warungs (small, family-owned businesses) and beach lounges are set up under the shade of the large trees. This is a great place to people-watch, relax, read a book, have a massage, and swim.
Looking for a spot before dinner to have a cocktail or two? The Fire Station is well known for consistently good food and a friendly atmosphere, but you'll also find mouth-watering cocktails here. If cocktails are not your thing, then they also have an extensive list of red and white wines, premium spirits, and icy cold beers. Yum!
During the day this market sells fresh produce and household goods but at night the food carts appear and the cooking begins. This is authentic Indonesian street food — quick, tasty, cheap, and no frills. The dishes can be spicy so always ask, and be prepared to eat 'like a local,' with utensils or with your hand.