The annual international kite festival takes place here every July. Traditional Bali-nese giant kites up to 10 meters in length are made and flown competitively by teams from different villages around Bali. The origins of this event are as a festival intended to send a message to the Hindu Gods to create abundant crops and harvests. Aside from the actual organized festival, from June through to August each year, visitors will see many giant kites being flown in this area.
Jl Hangtuah (go the end of Jalan Hangtuah and turn right at the beach. Proceed along the paved footpath through the souvenir stalls and look for the entrance to the museum on your right. This is the former home of noted Belgian impressionist Adrian Jean Le Mayeur, which is now a museum dedicated to his works. Le Mayeur arrived in Bali in 1932 and soon immersed himself in the culture of the island, and married a noted Balinese Legong dancer. Much of the house stands just as it did when he died in 1958, and apart from viewing his works, visitors will gain an insight into what it must have been like to be one of Bali’s very first expats. The whole place is in need of some maintenance, but this remains one of Bali’s true hidden treasures
Visit the well appointed Mangrove Information Centre set in the huge 600 hec-tare mangrove forest which fringes the east coast south of Sanur. There are two different boardwalks through the mangrove forest. This centre is doing great work in educating local schoolchildren as well as visitors, about the importance of mangrove forests. A good place to spend half a day for adults and children.
Jl Danau Poso, Blanjong (just south of Sanur). The most notable temple in Sanur which contains a major inscription on a stone pillar called the Prasati Blanjong. The inscription tells of a Javanese king who visited Bali in the 10th century and installed what was probably Bali’s first formal government. This is Bali’s oldest known artifact.
About 3 km South of Sanur, reached by turning east off the main Jl Ngurah Rai bypass. Visit the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre and learn about current conservation initiatives. This island used to be the centre of the Balinese trade in turtle meat until the practice was banned.
Jl Danau Tamblingan 193, This is Sanur’s main supermarket, and a good place for stocking up on regular items.