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Bali To Solve Traffic Issues In Island’s Most Family-Friendly Resort

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Bali’s Governor Koster has committed to solving the issue of traffic in Sanur. The beachside resort is one of the island’s most popular family-friendly vacation spots.

Sanur is also undergoing a huge redevelopment to become a world-class medical tourism destination. 

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Speaking to the media this week. Governor Koster has annoyed that in 2024 a new access road will be constructed in Sanur to help ease the increasing traffic congestion in the area.

He explained the area never used to have issues with traffic, but since the port area has undergone a huge redevelopment, that tourism in the area is increasing. 

Sanur is not only a popular resort destination but is home to Sanur Port, which is the gateway to the outlying islands of the province; Nusa Penia, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan.

Tourists can also jump aboard fast boats and ferries to the Gili Islands and Lombok from Sanur Habour. 

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Sanur Harbor and Sanur Beach are busier than ever. On average, there are over 3,000 tourists passing through the harbor every day.

The Head of the Sanur Working Area, Ketut Suranata, had said that before the pandemic on average, only 2,000-2,500 passengers were using the port facilities. The most popular destination from Sanur is Nusa Penida. 

Governor Koster said that the new road in Sanur will be funded and the construction managed by the provincial government so that the project can get underway quickly.

He said, “as for those building the road, it is we ourselves in Bali. We will immediately deal with this problem so that the traffic jams in the Sanur area will no longer be too long.”

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He explained that land surveys and land acquisition processes are already underway. The access road will run directly into Sanur Port, bypassing traffic directly to the harbor, away from the resort and community roads. 

Sanur is undergoing a huge development boom right now. The area is receiving a massive amount of investment to establish more medical tourism infrastructure.

The plan is to make Sanur a world-class medical tourism destination, and work is underway to build the Sanur International Hospital, which is set to be ready to open by the end of the year. 

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The government has identified Sanur as a Special Economic Zone. Speaking earlier in the year, the Chair of the Sanur Special Economic Zone council and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Airlannga Hartarto, shared the vision for the future of Sanur. 

He explained, “this is the development of the first health SEZ in Indonesia… there is a hotel renovation and the hospital which will be [opened] next year. Of course, this will change the health industry in Indonesia, where now there are not so many super specialist health industries available”.


So does all construction and development mean that tourists should give Sanur a miss for a while? Absolutely not!

Sanur is a laid-back and quiet area of the island. Despite the amount of construction, noise is not disturbing tourists who are kicking back on Sanur Beach.

The gentle tides and long stretches of pristine white sand in Sanur make for a perfect family vacation, especially with young children, or for a multi-generational holiday. 


Sanur is often overlooked by tourists who are keen to visit some of Bali’s most busy and bustling designations.

Canggu, for example, is the hottest destination in Bali right now. But charming Sanur is safe, easy, and super fun. 


Located just 15km from Bali Airport, travelers can be flopped on a bean bag, cocktail in hand in less than an hour from being stamped into Indonesia. There is a fantastic selection of international brand hotels that line the beachfront, perfect for a classic coastal retreat.

Sanur Port is the gateway to Bali’s outlying islands, which are perfect day trip adventure. And Ubud is just one hour to the north for those who want to take a deep dive into the arts and culture of the Island of the Gods. 

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Tuesday 27th of June 2023

Will the new access way like the Mandara toll rollercoaster? And let's get more traffic to places that don't have car parks and with the building of all these beachclubs and closing carparks make so much sense.


Monday 26th of June 2023

The quicker Bali gets a new Governor, the better. This guy is all talk.


Tuesday 27th of June 2023

@Bob, same as the one before that and the one yeah I think you know where im going with that.

Wayan Bo

Monday 26th of June 2023

@Bob, true story, the person with following slogan was re-elected : “People vote for me again, because I have stolen enough, if you vote for anybody else, he will start stealing from the beginning”.


Monday 26th of June 2023

@Bob, So true


Monday 26th of June 2023

Why Sanur? It's a relatively easy target. Traffic to the new Sanur International Hospital will have little effect. Like wise calling it a Special Economic Zone means bugger all. Sanur port? With all the millions being spent on Benoa why not make that the hub. Meanwhile Kerobokan to Pererenan via Tibubening.....


Wednesday 28th of June 2023

@Wayan Bo, How does that affect traffic a Sanur?

Wayan Bo

Monday 26th of June 2023

@Shorty, expected minimum doctors salary could easily reach £ 130k p.a., those are salary’s in UAE for example.


Monday 26th of June 2023

In other news, a couple of 'Bules' in Nusa Penida attacked a local man. They were advised not to park their motorcycles at the 'no parking' zone in front of his warung. They parked at the spot anyway and left for the beach. When they returned, seeing their motorcycles were relocated, they were angry and hit the man while cursing at him in English (not Russian or Chinese). The point of the story is thugs come in different shape, form and nationalities. Stop being a bigot. There seems to be too many of them here in Bali Sun.


Tuesday 27th of June 2023

@Equality, The perpetrator was apparently Russian who spoke English. He has been arrested. But yes, there are many 'thugs' and insane people from all walks of life. We should never discriminate others based on nationalities, religions, etc. The world is already divisive as it is.


Monday 26th of June 2023

@Equality, Everybody speaks English in Bali. If your from anywhere in the world and you do not speak English your lost

J schneider

Monday 26th of June 2023

Wow. Great