If you’re running low on funds and wondering what things to do in Sanur are within your budget, I’ve got you covered. Sanur may be the expat central of Bali, but there’s still plenty to do without breaking the bank.
Bargain Accommodation in Sanur
Sanur is a tourist destination, but doesn’t get as flooded with people as places like Seminyak and Kuta do. You’ll find the town itself isn’t too pricey, and there are heaps of cheap options if you do some research. I’d suggest checking out Tjana Homestay and Griya Ayu Inn if you’re after quality without having to splash out – shouldn’t cost much more than ten bucks a night!
Bear in mind that prices do tend to shoot up around local holidays though, so book in advance to ensure the best bargain. Sanur may be full of wealthy expats, but there are still more than enough lovely places to stay that will suit any budget.
Cheap eats in Sanur
Sanur boasts some pretty fancy Western-inspired restaurants, but is also packed full of cheap warungs and cafes. This little place offers amazing Mexican-inspired meals for those on a budget, while anyone after local food should head to Warung Coconut Tree to sample Sanur’s best satay.
As far as coffee goes, Kopi Kiosk is a firm favourite for those passing through Sanur. If you’re in need of a caffeine (and cake!) fix, make this place a priority.
Sun, sea and saving money
Sanur’s beaches are lovely, and totally free. Head to the main Sanur Beach and wander along the water’s edge. Here, you’ll find an array of restaurants and cafes boasting bright beanbags and sun-beds. The sand is nice and clean, so you can save yourself some cash by laying out a sarong or beach towel.
Going to the beach was one of my favourite things to do in Sanur as it’s a good way of passing time, relaxing and not spending any money! I headed here towards the end of my time in Bali, so was running pretty low on funds by this point.
Sindhu beach is also a very pretty place to spend the afternoon. There’s plenty of shade here, so it’s a perfect spot for families with young children. Enjoy the white sand and go for a dip.
Splash out on some culture
If you’re going to spend money on any specific destination within Sanur, make it Pura Tirta Empul Segara Merta Sari. It’s a bit of a mouthful, but it’s well worth the visit and is one of the most popular things to do in Sanur.
This is a stunning water temple, featuring the Holy Springs that you may have seen people cleansing themselves in. By all means, join in. Wear something modest – this is not the time to flaunt your new teeny bikini. Bring a sarong to wear, along with a towel and spare change of clothes.
They have an area to store your personal belongings, and you can borrow a sarong either to bathe in or to wear as you wander around. If you don’t fancy taking a dip, simply admire the stunning surroundings and immerse yourself in Balinese culture. The entrance fee is just over $10 and well worth it.
Take in Local Art in Sanur
Le Mayeur Museum isn’t exactly the Guggenheim, but it’s one of the more quirky things to do in Sanur if you’re trying to save money. The entry fee is very low (less than $5) and the museum is located in quite a small house, but it’s still an interesting way to spend an hour or so in Sanur. If you’re into art, Le Mayeur’s work is inspired by his time in both France and Bali, so take the time to admire it.
While the area around the pillar itself may not be all that tourist-friendly, a visit to Blanjong pillar is definitely recommended. This pillar is relatively small, but is covered in beautiful Sanskrit. This monument is an important part of Balinese history that is very precious to locals, so be respectful and soak it all in.
Barter with the Sanur Locals
If you fancy snagging a couple of souvenirs for your friends and family back home (or yourself), head to Sindhu Beach Market. Be prepared to be slightly harassed – this market is full of locals selling their wares, and they’re all very keen to do so! We got followed from one end of the beach to the other by some eager women before we somewhat-reluctantly agreed to visit their stalls. In all fairness, I’m really glad we made the effort to go!
Each stall sells almost-identical things, but take the time to wander around each stall if you have the patience. You can find locally-made clothes, sarongs and more. Be warned that the ‘changing rooms’ are often a corner of the shop with just an ill-fitting towel strung from the ceiling to protect your modesty! Most of the stalls seemed to have fans, which makes a huge difference when you’re desperately trying to work out how Balinese sizing works – one size does not fit all, unless you are a child.
Cheap Eats Round Two!
When you’re travelling on a budget, it can be hard not to splash out when it comes to dinner. You’ve spent all day being virtuous and politely turning down every offer of a beach massage, and now you’re starving and your limited funds are burning a hole in your pocket. This is the point where you should head to Sindhu Food Market. Eating was one the things to do in Sanur that I was quite surprised by! The food market here is crammed with local goodies, and it is all very well priced. If you’re a fan of street food and want to save yourself some cash, make your way here.
Spend Time not Money
I fully admit to being someone who totally loses their self-control when it comes to budgeting while travelling. I often feel as though I have to spend lots of money in order to see and do everything, which is definitely not the case! Sanur is a great spot to head to if you’re low on funds but still want to experience some of the beautiful Balinese culture.