Taman Festival Bali is an old amusement park complex in Sanur that was developed on large site at the end of Pandang Galak right on the beach front. It had a 3D Theatre, wild life water area, restaurants, along with a volcano erupting nightly and a laser show. The park closed due to economic issues in 2000 and has been abandoned ever since. Unfortunately also abandoned when the park closed was a pit full of crocodiles and turtles, that were eventually rescued. You can still visit the amusement park, it is interesting to see the slow ruining of the buildings, statues, theatre, eating areas and that the jungle/plants are slowly taking over. The local name for the abandoned amusement park is “Ghost Town”. For the keen photographers there are some great photo shot opportunities and for those interested in the past the abandoned park is worth a visit. Hati Hati – Indonesian for be careful – due to the broken glass, open pits and the collapsing roofs etc. You need to be CAREFUL! Oh! Yes the ticket boxes are still there but there’s no entry fee! The park is in Sanur, a little North of the main tourist area situated at Pantai Padak Galak Sanur, on JL. Pandang Galak off JL. By Pass Ngurah. The old amusement park is certainly worth a visit.
This bike tour is for riders who like a bit of adventure in their day. We will begin at 06:15 am from our starting point. Riders will be picked up at 05:55am from their accommodation. From our start point we will begin by riding north along the Sanur beach path. We come off of this path and track down a small gang which brings us to a large shady car park, from here we continue up the beach for several km until we reach the area known as Padang Galak where we see the Ghost Town of Taman Festival in front of us. Your guide will lead you to the east side of the park where you will ride through a gate and begin on a path that leads us through and around this derelict amusement park.
Your guide, being from Sanur, will explain the history of this place and why it is now Sanur’s Ghost Town. You will ride around here and up the hill to which was the man made volcano. At any time you can stop to take photographs of just walk around the ruins of Taman Festival trying to get a feeling of how it once was and how it would be if operating now. There were plans to build a roller coaster and water park here as well which were never actualized due to the closure of the park.
We recommend that you wear sports shoes for this ride as there are areas where you must get off your bicycle and venture around to take some amazing photographs. You won’t be disappointed with this tour. After exploring this park we ride back down a quiet road and back on the beach path where we sit and enjoy breakfast whilst looking out toward Lembongan Island. After breakfast we take the short ride back along the beach to our starting point where you will be dropped back to your accommodation, where the rest of the day is yours to enjoy.