Canggu, Bali is a hot spot on this must-visit Indonesian island that is known for its laid-back vibes. The area sits beachside and pulls in many surfers, expats, yoga lovers and digital nomads.
This up and coming hipster spot is quickly becoming the place to visit in Bali. It’s not yet as luxurious and expensive as spots such as Seminyak or Uluwatu but it has something for everyone. You can find high-end spas, backpacker hangouts and accommodation for all budgets.
A trip to Canggu needs to be in your Bali itinerary if you’re craving some relaxation time, love cafe culture and if you want to experience Balinese culture with your western comforts still close by. Between you’re favourite cafes and stunning villas there will be rice paddies, temples and street food to give you a taste of the local life here.
If you’re looking for somewhere that is going to be packed with things to do then Canggu is not the place to visit. Come here if you’re looking for chill and relaxed vibes and find out what to do in Canggu during your stay!
What's in this article
- 1 How to Get to Canggu
- 2 Getting Around Canggu
- 3 Bali Essentials
- 4 Things to do in Canggu
- 4.1 Hit up the beaches
- 4.2 Eat your way through the cafes
- 4.3 Visit the famous Tanah Lot
- 4.4 Get your surf on
- 4.5 Watch sunset (every day)
- 4.6 Hangout at a rooftop pool
- 4.7 Relax, breathe and do yoga
- 4.8 Hit up a market
- 4.9 Spend a day at a beach club
- 4.10 Spot the best murals
- 4.11 Spoil yourself with a floating brunch
- 4.12 Indulge at a spa
- 4.13 Party your heart out
- 5 Where to Stay in Canggu
- 6 Travelling around Bali? You’ll love these articles too
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How to Get to Canggu
Canggu is on Bali’s southern coast stretching along 10km of beach just north of Kuta. From the airport it is a 45 minute to 1-hour drive. If you don’t have a driver already arranged you can grab a Blue Bird taxi from the airport. Do not pay more than 250,000 and if you’re a good negotiator you may be able to get it for lower.
Getting Around Canggu
Canggu is not a friendly place to walk as most of the area do not have sidewalks. There are some in Batu Bolong but at night there are minimal street lights, the streets are narrow and it can be dangerous. I recommend getting a bike (and taking it easy if it’s your first time!). For a single day it should cost 50,000 and you can negotiate for lower depending on how long you’re staying. Expect to pay 700,000-800,000 if you’re staying for a month.
When driving in Canggu be aware of the famous Canggu shortcut that is literally a small brick road between rice fields that is notorious for falling apart. Pay attention to what’s happening in front of you and you should be good!
If you’re not comfortable with driving catching a Go-Jek (an Indonesia app that’s amazing), Uber or Grab is easy if you’re not in Batu Bolong. It’s a cheap option and is safer if you don’t want to drive. If you are trying to get any of these options to pick you up in Batu Bolong they might not as there are many no pick up zones in Canggu.
Things to do in Canggu
Hit up the beaches
Canggu is not most known for its beaches but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some time on the beach working on your tan and watching the surfers. There are three main beaches in Canggu and they are all black sand beaches: Berawa, Batu Bolong and Echo Beach. My personal favourite is Berawa Beach as I lived closest to it and the prices for the lounge chairs were half the price (25,000) compared to those on Batu Bolong (50,000).
Spend the afternoon soaking up the sun on one of the lounge chairs or grab one of the beach bags which are free so long as you buy something. Expect to pay 20,000 for a coconut, 25,000 for a beer and food ranges from 30,000-70,000.
Eat your way through the cafes
I hate putting eating as a thing to do anywhere but in Canggu eating is a really big deal! Cafe hopping is definitely amongst the best things to do in Canggu. Seriously, you’ll be spoiled with the amount of cafes around and may even be overwhelmed with the number of choices. Breakfast/brunch is the best (but also my favourite meal so I may be biased). Many cafes and restaurants have beautiful scenery overlooking rice fields, leaving you totally relaxed after your meal. You’ll find mostly western food that is absolutely delicious from smoothie bowls, to salads, plenty of avocado, to burgers, Mexican and more!
READ MORE: Where to Find the Best Canggu Restaurants
Visit the famous Tanah Lot
If there are Canggu attractions then Tanah Lot is really the only one. It is one of the most iconic sites in Bali and has cultural significance for the locals. It’s an ancient Hindu temple that sits perched on a rock that is eroding but its what makes this temple so beautiful to see and photograph. Its full name is Pura Tanah Lot and means land in the sea.
To visit grab yourself a scooter as it’s about a half-hour drive from Canggu on easy paved roads. Expect lots of tourists as it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bali. At the time of writing the entrance fee is 60,000 and parking is 3,000.
Get your surf on
Canggu is famous for surfing and being here you’ll definitely feel the relaxed surfer vibes. Great waves can be caught on all of the beaches in Canggu and the surf break is close to the beach so you never have to swim far out to catch a wave. It’s also a great place for beginners.
Boards can be rented at many places along the beach and costs around 50,000 per hour. If you’re bringing your own surfboard scooters can be rented that have racks to hold surfboards.
Watch sunset (every day)
Bali sunsets are notoriously amazing so you should make a point of seeing sunset every day. I have the worst luck with sunsets but in Canggu I have never seen so many vibrant colours in a sunset! The beach is the cheapest spot to watch sunset and is where many people go to grab a beer and chill out on the bean bags.
But if you want a little more luxury be sure to catch the sunset at La Brisa, La Laguna or The Lawn.
Hangout at a rooftop pool
If you’d rather relax on a rooftop without the sand but still have views of the water then head to Ashton Canggu Beach Resort. Not far from Batu Bolong Beach, this hot spot is not super known but is totally worth checking out. If you have a scooter park in the underground parking (it’s free), make your way up the stairs and then take the elevator to the 5th floor. There you’ll find a bar, lots of lounge chairs, swings and a cute ‘Love Canggu’ sign. I was never asked to buy anything!
Relax, breathe and do yoga
Canggu’s relaxed vibe is not just from the surfers but also all of the people who come here for yoga. There are a number of popular yoga spots that are worth checking out for classes which on average cost 100,000, with drop-ins being more expensive and larger passes making each class cheaper.
I recommend and loved practicing at Serenity Eco Guesthouse & Yoga. It is one of the more known yoga studios but is the cheapest. You can also book accommodation here and the whole place is so peaceful. Other well-known yoga studios are The Chillhouse, The Practice and Samadi Bali.
Hit up a market
There are two main markets in Canggu, Love Anchor Market and Samadi Sunday Market. Love Anchor Market is in the heart of Canggu in Batu Bolong right next to Monsieur Spoon where you can find a little bit of everything from jewellery and clothes to soap, food and music. Samadi Sunday Market is at the Samadi yoga studio and is a favourite amongst the many foreigners who live here. Stop by to find handmade jewellery and lots of organic food from vegan brownies to fresh produce and spices.
Spend a day at a beach club
Bali has some awesome beach clubs and one of the most famous and best beach clubs on the entire island is in Canggu. Finn’s Beach Club is located on Berawa Beach where you can lounge, swim in the pool, drink, eat, and have great entertainment all while looking over the beach. The Canggu Club is also apart of Finn’s and has waterslides, a lap pool, bowling, tennis, a fitness centre…I could go on!
Other beach clubs worth checking out are The Lawn and VUE Beach Club.
Spot the best murals
There are many murals around Canggu making this area totally hip. The best way to find them is just to drive around and keep your eyes open (and also on the road)! Some of the most popular are the murals at Old Man’s, a must-visit beach bar near Batu Bolong Beach.
Spoil yourself with a floating brunch
You’ve seen floating brunch before and you wanna know how you can do it too right? Well you don’t need to stay in a resort to experience this level of luxury. Head over to La Cabina so you can indulge in a delicious breakfast that is served to you in a pool. The food is good but the location is worth it alone as it’s just so Instagram worthy! Be warned it is pricey but not overly compared to western prices. Expect to pay around 200,000.
Indulge at a spa
Canggu is littered with spas just like everywhere else in Asia. So while you’re here why not indulge a little? Spa prices range quite a bit so do a bit of shopping around if you’re on a budget. Pedicures can be as cheap as 75,000 and massages are around 150,000 for 1 hour.
Party your heart out
Canggu is super chill during the day and for sunset but there are some serious parties around here! The most popular spot by far to go out is Old Man’s by Batu Bolong Beach. Here you’ll find everyone from backpackers to surfers, families and girls dressed up in stilettos. Everyone goes to Old Man’s and then to after parties at places such as Sand Bar. Pretty Poison is another popular spot. And if you’re a happy hour lover don’t miss happy hour at Old Man’s everyday 5-6PM!
Where to Stay in Canggu
Read my detailed Canggu accommodation guide to find the best places from budget to luxury, hostels to hotels and villas.
With this guide you now have plenty of places to go in Canggu and a number of Canggu activities that will keep you busy for a few days!
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