Denpasar Regency is located in southern Bali, in the east of the well-known towns of Kuta, Canggu and Seminyak and very close to the Bali airport. In this regency you will find the capital of Bali, also called Denpasar, which is the main commercial city of the Island of the Gods. In addition, the regency of Denpasar counts with a coastal area ideal for snorkelling and diving in the small town of Sanur.
MAIN LOCATIONS IN DENPASAR
Denpasar is the capital of Bali and the largest city on the island. This is the central commercial city of Bali, and here you can find the all the public and administrative buildings of the island as well as most of the universities. Besides, Denpasar is the city of Bali with most markets, department stores, and shops of all kinds.
Sanur is a small coastal village located in the east of Denpasar. This village is a small area of narrow streets situated between the sea and the main road of the south of the island. Sanur is an ideal place to enjoy a peaceful holiday on the beach and to discover the sea bed by snorkelling.
MAIN POINTS OF INTEREST IN DENPASAR
Bajra Sandhi Monument
Bajra Sandhi is a monument that commemorates the struggles of the Balinese people throughout history. This monument is located in the heart of Denpasar, in front of the Bali’s governor office. In the surroundings of the monument, there is a park called Lapangan Puputan Renon.
Bali Provincial Museum
The provincial museum of Bali is located very close to the Bajra Sandhi monument in the center of the city. In this museum, you can find ethnographic collections, religious material, and Balinese art from prehistoric times to modern times. To enter the museum, you will have to pay an entrance fee of 50,000 IDR (about €3).
The Badung Market
At the Badung market, you can find everything from fruit and vegetables to fabrics, kites, incense, and decorative handcrafted objects. Many local producers around Denpasar bring their fresh fruit and vegetables to this market, and prices are much lower than in the nearby towns of Kuta or Seminyak. The Badung Market is not only the biggest one in Denpasar, but also the biggest in Bali.
The mangrove forest is located in the south of the city. These mangroves cover an area of 1,373 hectares and can be walked on a 3-kilometer wooden walkway. This forest is home to more than 60 species of birds, 10 species of reptiles, and many more animals. To enter the mangroves of Denpasar, you will have to pay an entrance fee of 10.000 IDR (approximately €0.60).
Turtle Conservation And Education Center
The turtle conservation center also called turtle sanctuary, is located on Serangan Island, south of Denpasar. This sanctuary is part of a strategy to eradicate the turtle trade in Bali. Traditionally, turtle meat was eaten on the island, especially during the holidays. Today several environmental organizations are in charge of educating the Balinese and helping to conserve the sea turtle population in Bali. To enter this center, you do not have to pay an entrance fee, but it is recommended to make a donation.
Another thing you can visit in Denpasar is the famous Jagatnatha Temple, located near the Bali Provincial Museum and the city square. After undergoing several renovations, this temple is one of Denpasar’s main attractions and the largest in the city. To access this temple, you must make a donation and bring a sarong to cover your legs.
Sanur beach was one of the first beaches in Bali, where hotels and resorts began to be built when tourists began to arrive on the island. Sanur is one of the best-known beaches among the snorkelling and diving lovers. It is one of the best places to discover the seabed of Bali. Besides, this beach is quiet and is ideal for family vacations and trips with children.
Sanur Beach Walk
Sanur has a pleasant beach walk of more than 5 kilometers. This pedestrian walk runs from the port of Mertasari in the west of Sanur to Matahari beach. This walk covers the entire coast of Sanur. The Sanur Beach Walk has sea views and here you can walk or go by bike.
The Sindu Market, also known as the Sindu Night Market, is Sanur’s largest fresh products market. Before dawn, this market gets very crowded. There are about 150 stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, and palm leaves for the daily offerings. After sunset, you can find many street food stalls where you can have dinner at low prices.