To be honest, we prefer the Northern part of the island as we find it more authentic. However Sanur and the area is a good option if you want to rent a nice villa and relax. You can go to Bali if you only have a regular 2 day weekend and want to take a break. It’s better if you have one or two more days. You can also stay there for up to two weeks (or forever?).
Connections with this trip
If you have more time, go explore the rest of Bali. North Bali is a great place to visit (around Lovina).Ubud is also a great destination and you can explore from there.
There are many things to see and do in Bali so you can stay there for a while. However, if you have more time and want to travel somewhere else, you can take a flight and explore Mount Bromo or Yogjakarta and its temples or fly or take a boat to Lombok and climb Mount Rinjani.
Getting from Singapore to Denpasar (Bali)
There are many direct flights from Singapore to Denpasar (Bali)
Getting there: AirAsia – Singapore to Denpasar 9.05 PM – 11.35 PM (2h30 flight)
Coming back: Tiger – Denpasar to Singapore – 7.05 PM – 9.45 PM
Return ticket from SGD 250.
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Getting from Denpasar to Sanur
Most hotels and villas can arrange pickup at the airport.
Alternatively, you can get a taxi at the airport. There is a line to get a ticket. The price is set by destination. Keep your ticket and pay the driver directly. If the line is long, it can be worth it to check the price indicated on the board and to negotiate directly with a taxi driver to save you the waiting time.
Sanur is about 30 minutes away from Denpasar, depending on the traffic.
Where to stay in Sanur
Sanur is a touristic destination so it will not be difficult for you to find accommodation. Decide whether you prefer to stay in a large resort with big facilities (but also more clients) or in a more private villa (try Villa Gembira for instance). The prices go up during the peak season (July, August) when European, American and Australian tourists literally invade Bali. In Sanur there are accommodations all along the beach and the (one way) main street. If you are looking for a villa in Bali, you should try www.villa-bali.com. You will find all kinds of villas and all the information you need to compare, select and book your villa. The site is very comprehensive, easy to use and reliable!
If you prefer to stay in a hotel, you can use Agoda to compare and book. Bali is a popular desstination so book today to enjoy the best rates!
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To see & to do in South Bali
A selection of things to see and do from Sanur. In case you are looking for a driver for 1 day trips or more, here are the details of a driver we recommend: Ketut Pariasa: +62 (0) 85 237 632 230 / firstname.lastname@example.org Ketut is a driver & a guide – Speaks English, French, German & Japanese. Nice car with AC (4 passengers with luggage or up to 6 without luggage), 1 day trip around USD 40 – 45 depending on the season.
Ulu Watu temple
The temple itself is not very interesting – but the view on the cliff and the amazing waves are really nice and worth the visit. Be careful of the monkeys as they are real thief and they love sunglasses, bottles,… After that you can also go to the Ulu Watu beach and watch the surfers (or surf if you are a pro).
On the way back you can enjoy sunset at Jimbaran beach, with a beer or a cocktail followed with nice grilled fish. Many sea food warungs have table on the beach. From Sanur, when there is no traffic it is about 45 min away. You can combine your tour to the Ulu Watu and a diner at Jimbarana as it’s not far. You can negotiate driver’ fees. Most restaurants at Nimbarab offer a driver service in their prices. If you come with your own, bargain a discount on the bill before you order.
White sand beach – Virgin beach – Pasir Putih
6 km from Candidasa – a quiet paradise creek known by only few tourists. The entrance fees is 3000 IDR/ pax . The last 500 meters is a dirt road. You can leave your vehicle at the top or drive (very carefully) to the beach. The well named white sand beach offers its clear water, white sand and coconut trees. The water is perfectly clear once you swim behind the line where the waves break. The waves can be quite strong. On the left end side of the beach you will find a few warungs that sell cold drinks, fresh fish and the eternal Nasie ans Mie Goreng. They also have mattresses that you can use if you buy drinks or food from their restaurant. Some also offer a shower that comes very handy after a swim (although the water from the shower may still be a a bit salted). On the right side of the beach you will find dozens of boats with their bright colors. At the very end lay a few bungalows.
Pura Goa Lawah – Bat cave temple
This temple is in the way back from the White sand beach to Sanur. It’s a good break option if you need to stretch your legs and refill. It’s a small but nice complex. The bat cave itself is nothing extraordinary but some of the few buildings are nice. If you are lucky you may see a ceremony. . There are many local shops across the streets. The black sand behind the restaurants could be nice but it’s unfortunately covered with trash. So don’t plan to stay or swim there.
Finn’s beach club
Looking for a private beach club to have a drink or simply enjoy the beach or water sports? Head to the Finn’s Beach Club and get a day pass for IDR 250,000. It’s located in the middle of the South shore. It’s on the beach and you will need to take an ‘inclinator’ to get there from the top of the cliff. Nice atmosphere. Family friendly as well.
More info to prepare your trip
What to pack for Bali
Your main bag
That’s the one you leave at the hotel. Ideally you want to avoid checking in your luggage when flying. So check the weight and dimensions for hand carry luggage with your airlines (some airlines will allow only 7kg, some will allow up to 10kg). From head to toes.
- Short sleeves tops: your main outfit. Everybody will see them on all your pictures. You really want to take that old Mickey Mouse T-shirt? Be mindful that you will be in a different environment so it might be a good idea to adjust your wardrobe.
- Long sleeves tops: to protect yourself from the sun (if you’ve stayed for 5 hours on a motorbike with short sleeves you know what I mean) or to enter religious buildings or to protect yourself from mosquitoes in the evening.
- Pullover. Yes I know, you’re going to a country where the temperature never goes down below 25 degrees and you need to pack a pullover? You will thank us when you’re back. Remember that flight during which you were freezing? Or this museum where the aircon is set to the “polar bear” temperature?
- Short/skirt (you should be able to chose the appropriate one by yourself).
- Trousers for the same reasons you need to take long sleeves tops. Jeans are usually not a good option. They are heavy and keep you too warm.
- Underwear: well, you know. If you plan to walk or ride motorbikes for long hours, take something comfortable as the combination heat + friction can make you regret this sophisticated silk underwear. Cotton is good.
- Shoes: one pair of flip flap and one pair of confortable shoes. Remember that you are going to spend most of the time on your feet. Forget about high heels and leave your Westons at home.
- Swimsuit: even if you don’t plan to go to the beach, you never know. A nice river, a swimming pool, a heavy rain? Always have one with you.
- Raincoat and protection for your bag. Even if you are visiting the country during the “best season”, you never know what the sky will be like.
- Torch: take a pocket torch with you if you visit countries where the power is not reliable… Can come very handy when stuck in the dark in your room.
- Toilet bag: Shampoo, soap, toothbrush & toothpath, deodorant, sun screen, tiger balm. Ideally, all these in miniature formats.
- Sleeping bag liner (if you plan to stay in very cheap or dirty places, not required if you are staying in a 5-star hotel…)
- Your IT stuff: iPad, eBook, laptop, chargers, memory card, batteries, etc.
- Dryer sheets: they will help keep a fresh smell in your bag.
Your small bag
That’s the one you keep with you, all the time. Hence, a backpack is the best option.
- Your passport, cash, credit cards and other life saving items like your insurance card with emergency contact details. Not a bad idea to put them in a zip-lock bag in case it rains. It will keep your documents dry.
- Your driver’s licence if you plan to rent a car or a motorbike (some countries are quite particular about this so take it with you in case you are not sure, even for a motorbike rental).
- Your emergency medical kit: painkillers, mosquitoes repellent, dressing/plaster, disinfectant, anti diarrhea, eyewash
- Tissues and toilet paper (you will thank me later). Remember that in a lot of countries, you will not be provided napkins when having a meal.
- Water – plastic bottles are a good option as they are lighter than a gourd/flask.
- Biscuits (always buy some before you go when you are not sure what you will find. Always have “emergency” biscuit and water in case you cannot find food around and need to recharge batteries)
- Sunglasses: you’ll need them. Take them even if it’s raining. Weather can change very fast in the region.
- Scarf (krama, or any kind of fabric that you can use to put around your neck, put on your head to protect it from the sun, cover your shoulders in temples, dry your sweat, etc). Can come very handy in some situation. It will not stay clean for long so it’s wise to pick a dark color…
- Camera and its protection.
Remember that this one comes on top of the Regular pack (above)
- Beach towel or equivalent (pareos / sarongs are lighter)
- Snorkeling equipment: mask, scuba, (fins?)
- Shoes you can wear on the beach or in the water (to protect your feet from being cut by corals)
- Dry bag if you plan to go on a boat and want to keep your stuff dry.
Well, you will probably adjust your bag after a few trips. Remove the stuff that you have not used and add the one that you missed. Post a comment to share your tips!
Happy packing (it’s the worse part of the trip but it’s worth it…) and travelling!
- Language: Bahasa Indonesian
- Time zone: Jakarta, Sulawesi: GMT + 7, 1h ahead of Singapore;
Bali has no time difference with Singapore
- Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
- Phone: + 62
- Electricity: 220V 50 Hz
Immigration and airport taxes on arrival
- If you are eligible you will need to pay for a visa on arrival. The price is USD 25 or the equivalent in other currencies. It is valid for 30 days. Check as it may vary (some airports charge 22 EUR, some others 25 EUR).
- If you travel to Bintan, Batam, or Karimun, you can get a 7 day Visa on Arrival for USD 10.
- On busy weekends, expect to wait for quite a while at the immigration counter.
- Make sure your notes are perfectly clean and without any note or stain. USD bills must be from 2003 or more recent. Coins are not accepted. Change (if any) is given in Ruppiah.
- On departure, you will need to pay the airport fees. These fees are not included in your tickets when you book your trip (hence the price difference between the inbound and outbound flights to Indonesia). They vary from one airport to the other. They are usually around IDR 150,000 per person. You need to pay these in Rupiah
National Public Holidays in Indonesia
|Thursday||January 01||New Years Day|
|Saturday||January 03||Maulidur Rasul|
|Thursday||February 19||Chinese New Year|
|Saturday||March 21||Hari Raya Nyepi|
|Friday||April 03||Good Friday|
|Friday||May 01||Labour Day|
|Thursday||May 14||Ascension Day|
|Saturday||May 16||Isra Miraj|
|Tuesday||June 02||Waisak Day|
|Thursday||July 16||Cuti Bersama|
|Friday||July 17||Hari Raya Puasa|
|Saturday||July 18||Hari Raya Puasa|
|Monday||July 20||Cuti Bersama|
|Tuesday||July 21||Cuti Bersama|
|Monday||August 17||Independence Day|
|Thursday||September 24||Idul Adha|
|Thursday||December 24||Cuti Bersama|
|Friday||December 25||Christmas Day|
* check the exact date as it varies from one year to another, check this website for other years.When Public Holidays falls on a Sunday, the following day will be Public Holiday.