You can find Canggu in South Bali, at the south of Tanah Lot and north of Seminyak. You can seldom find taxis in the area so it is best that you travel by motorcycle or private car.
Canggu is a small beach village that is rapidly being developed. This coastal village features dark grey and black sand and waters that are particularly not advisable for swimming. You can find some areas though that are perfect for surfing sports.
Many expatriates choose to live in Canggu. Expect to see many villas owned by foreign nationals who chose Canggu as their home. In here, you can also find the typical gently rolling terrain that south central Bali is known for. If you’re looking for a place that lets you experience the private and rustic Balinese village life, then visit Canggu.
What to See in Canggu
Berawa, Pererenan and Echo Beach are the top three black sand beaches in the area. The waters in Berawa are more perfect for swimming compared to the two other beaches. Echo Beach is the most popular beach destination in Canggu so expect that it will also be the most crowded. This is the surfing beach that also offers lots of places to eat. The Pererenan beach has a deserted vibe.
Because Canggue is a beach location, expect to see a multitude of accommodation options. There are small hotels and bungalows that accommodate your stay. If you want to splurge, check out the various private villas in Canggu. These villas have multiple bedrooms and may be rented as venue for special occasions like weddings and private parties. Most villas come with private swimming pool and at least 4 bedrooms. Of course, expect to see the Balinese architecture in these homes.
Two main temples can be found in Canggu – the Pura Batu Bolong and the Pura Batu Mejan. These temples are a century old.
What to Do in Canggu
Do not leave Bali without learning how to surf. Surf trips and lessons are available in Canggu. You can rent surf and bodyboards at Echo beach.
You can visit the Canggu Club which is Bali’s first and only country club. This is the area’s premier entertainment and sporting hub where you can find a complete fitness centre with lap pool and sports ground. This 4-hectare estate also features multiple restaurants, a water park, bowling and kids playground. Day passes to Canggu Club are available.
There’s also the Greg Norman designed Nirwana Bali Golf Couse that is located near the beautiful Tanah Lot sea temple. Take your holiday to the next level and trot along Canggu beaches while riding a hose. The Umalas Stables’ horseriding packages are well-recommended.
You can also indulge in relaxing activities as spas in the area are a plenty. The Casa Day Spa is the more popular high-street style spa offering delightful massage treatments. Beginner, intermediate and advanced yoga classes are also available in Canggu.
Bali’s artistic culture may be experienced if you enrol in art or jewelry-making classes. If you want to go shopping, you can get locally made souvenir products from small surf shops.
Where and What to Eat in Canggu
Like the rest of Bali, you won’t starve in Canggu. Choose from a wide variety of restaurants or warungs offering both local and western cuisine.
Budget restaurants usually offer snacks and meals less than Rp 60k. There are cafes run by expats from Australia and the U.S. so in case you miss international cuisine, you can easily find some in Canggu. From healthy salads, to western breakfasts, to burritos and paninis, vegan meals, Indonesian food, burgers, to pasta, seafood, and barbecues, there’s something for every palate in Canggu.
There’s a Sunday market that you can visit at OM Beach Lounge Restaurant. Garden restaurants close to the surf spots are also great in number. Of course, Canggu can’t have enough beachside cafes offering not just excellent local and international food but also an unforgettable sunset experience.
The only thing you can’t find in Canggu is the real bar culture. You need to drive 20-25 minutes long to get to the nearby town of Seminyak if you need live music and a good drink.
Things You’ll Love in Canggu
This coastal village in Bali offers a relaxing atmosphere. So if you’re on a holiday and would really want to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city life, head straight to Canggu. There are beach activities that you can enjoy along with good Indonesian food and the glorious view of rice terraces.
The plethora of private villas in Canggu provides you with different options for a comfortable stay. You’re sure to feel relaxed and rejuvenated after your stay in one of the villas located in the midst of green rice fields. The impressive villas offer a five-star stay together with a peaceful, laidback, and tropical retreat.
Photography enthusiasts can find Camggu to be a wonderful place to take photos of nature. Think back roads, rice fields, coconut groves, big skies, beachside, black sand, big waves and sunset.
A week or two in Canggu is enough to explore the village. If you’re not a surfing enthusiast, a week would be enough to experience Canggu culture. Bali, Indonesia has many amazing towns to offer and almost every single one features amazing sunsets. So wherever you are in Bali, make it a point to catch the late afternoon sun and take a souvenir photo of Bali’s marvelous sunset.
Your blissful retreat in Bali is sure to be an experience to remember. Take the time off, recharge and refresh in this peaceful sanctuary in Indonesia.