Canggu Travel Guide

Not so sleepy anymore, Canggu is Bali’s diamond in the rough and more and more people come to see what all the fuzz is about. This trending hipster haven has rapidly evolved into one of Bali’s biggest tourist destinations. But don’t worry, Canggu stands strong in the buzzing hype going around it. It remains beautiful and the vibe is still laid-back and cool. More on the upside: thanks to the increasing popularity, more cafes and bars have popped out the ground. There are lots of things to do and plenty of like-minded people to meet. Canggu is a bit of a stretched out area, covering a couple of beaches and the town attracts surfers, backpackers, yogis and yoginis but also families, couples and groups of friends simply wanting to have a lovely time at the coolest beach town in Bali. Enjoy reading our Canggu Travel Guide!

Things to do in Canggu

There are so many things to see and do in Canggu apart from enjoying the laid-back ambience. We scrapped it down to a list of 15 activities:

1. Explore the beaches

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Canggu was first discovered by the surfers. Credit: misshachey on Instagram

Canggu is a wide coastal area that runs between Seminyak and Tanah Lot. The total area is stretched out across 8 kilometers, following the pristine black volcanic coastline or driving through a scenic landscape of endless verdant rice paddies. When it comes down to the beach, there are several options: Berawa Beach, Nelayan Beach, Batu Bolong Beach, Echo Beach, Pererenan Beach and Seseh Beach. High waves and reef breaks are what makes Canggu so popular among surfers. Echo Beach is #1 hot spot for surfing. Batu Bolong has both swimmers and surfers. Nelayan is a quieter beach which is quite good for swimming and Berawa is where you can have drinks at amazing beach clubs. All the Canggu beaches are beautiful and the sunsets are mesmerizing! Want to explore more beaches around the island? Check out our Bali Beach Guide.

2. Surfing the waves

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Surfing @ Echo Beach in Canggu. Photo credit: beu_c_945 on Instagram

Canggu was first discovered by the surfers. All beaches in Canggu are perfect for paddling out to sea and surfing the waves. Pros and beginners, all can get their share of fun and waves to meet their level of surfing skills. Check out our recommendations for the best surf schools in Canggu here.

3. Family fun @ Finns Recreation Club

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Cool slides @ Splash Water Park – Finn’s Recreation Club in Canggu. Photo credit: splashwaterparkbali

The ideal family day out is at Finns Recreation Club (the former Canggu Club). This large entertainment complex in Berawa features a waterpark, bowling alley, trampoline centre, tennis court, gym, spa, restaurants, kids’ club and a beach club. There is something for everyone, from toddlers to grandmas and grandpas! There are several day-passes available. Check out Finns Bali Super Fun Pass for the full-blown Finns experience.

Finns Recreation Club, Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu, Bali. Contact: (0361) 8483939. Open daily from 6 am – 10 pm

4. Horse riding

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Horse riding @ Bali Equestrian Centre. Photo credit: baliequestriancentre on Instagram

Horse riding on the beach or in between the Canggu’s beautiful natural surroundings, it is just wonderful! Bali Equestrian Centre sits on 2.5 hectares of land, surrounded by rice fields and rural Balinese villages. There are over 30 horses, both local and imported ones and the instructors are internationally accredited. Kids can go for a pony ride or even sign up for a pony camp. Experienced riders can go explore the surroundings, visiting villages and riding along the coastline. The Bali Equestrian Centre features a playground, a pool and a restaurant to relax and enjoy a good meal after the ride. Another great family activity, I would say!

Bali Equestrian Centre, Perumahan Canggu Asri, Jl. Karang Suwung, Brawa, Canggu. Contact:  (0361) 8446541. Open every day from 7.45 am – 11.45 am & 2.45 pm – 6.45 pm.

5. Visit the Tanah Lot Sea Temple

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Tanah Lot Temple at Sunset. Photo credit: nh.huy on Instagram

Tanah Lot is one of the most important sea temples in all of Bali and it certainly is an important icon linked to the island. This beautiful temple sits on a rock in the ocean and it is a massive tourist attraction. As the sun sets over the island and the temple lights up in a golden glow, you will experience the magic of Tanah Lot. The views are truly awe-inspiring and you can snap gorgeous photos. Tanah Lot is located close to Canggu, just a 15-minute drive and it cannot be missed!

Tanah Lot, Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali. Contact:  (0361) 880361. Open daily from 7 am – 7 pm. 

Want to visit more temples in Bali – the island of a thousand temples? Check out our Bali temple guide

6. Sooth your body, mind and soul: Yoga in Canggu

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Yoga @ Samadi Canggu. Photo credit: charlotte_de_quay on Instagram

Surfing may be activity #1 among travellers in Canggu but yoga follows close behind. There are lots of inspiring yoga studios around, there are yoga retreats held and you can probably join in for a sunrise or sunset yoga on the beach class every day. Sooth your mind, bend that back and stretch those limbs to feel reborn again. Samadi is a wonderful place to visit for a yoga class, followed by a good nutritious meal made with local organic ingredients.

In need of a comfy, stylish yoga leggin? Check out this article: Yoga Wear Shopping: where to buy yoga clothes in Seminyak, Canggu & Ubud?

7. Drinks, tapas & theme Parties at La Laguna

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A bohemian hang-out spot in Canggu. Credit: meg_hoarty on Instagram

La Laguna is just beautiful! Floor cushions, antique gypsy caravans, vintage artefacts, sparkling lights, beach views and theme parties. Everyone staying in Canggu must visit this place at least one time for drinks and tapas. The options of charming and cosy seating spots are abundant and you can snap some awesome, highly Instagrammable photos at this bohemian beachfront hang-out venue in Berawa. The theme parties go beyond imagination from Avatar Beach Party to Disco Africa. On top of that, they also have outdoor cinema evenings and since July 2018, they host a Sunday Market every first Sunday of the month. All of their vendors sell ecological, organic products, ranging from jewellery to clothes, cosmetics and coffee.

La Laguna Jalan Pantai Kayu Putih, Berawa, Canggu, Bali. Contact: 0819-9901-5777. Open every day from 9 am – 12 am.

8. Stroll around on Sunday Markets

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Get your shopping done @ Love Anchor Bazaar. Credit: loveanchorcanggu on Instagram

Sunday is the best time to get some shopping done. The charming Sunday markets make shopping something truly enjoyable. Rise and shine early in your private Canggu villa, take it at a nice and slow pace (read: dive into the pool, have breakfast, do some sun-tanning) and head out to stroll around on the colourful, lively Sunday Markets in Canggu. At Samadi, you can not only shop for cool, unique island gifts, but you can also find organic fruits, veggies, cakes and homebaked bread. The market at Love Anchor was such a big success that they are now open every day until late in the evening. Clothes, handmade dream catchers, jewellery, bags and much more are found at this market in Batu Bolong.

Related: Bali’s best Sunday markets and bazaars

9. Skateboarding

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Skateboarding @ Pretty Poison in Canggu. Photo credit: garybarnettetc on Instagram

Perhaps activity #3 among Canggu travellers or something new to try out while staying in Canggu? One thing is for sure, Canggu is home to some cool skateboard ramps. Pretty Poison is a pretty cool place to check out during your stay. Apart from skateboarding, it is a fun alternative bar and they also have live music and open mic nights.

Pretty Poison, Jalan Subak Canggu, Canggu, Bali. Contact: 0812-4622-9340. Open daily from 4 pm – 12 am.

10. See a cultural performance at Hotel Tugu

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Cultural performances at Hotel Tugu Canggu. Credit: andresnyc21 on Instagram

Every Thursday evening, something enchanting is going on at Hotel Tugu in Canggu… it is the night that traditional cultural performances start at 19.30 pm sharp. Ancient sagas are told with mystical gamelan music, traditional Balinese dances and beautiful costumes.  Hotel Tugu features an amazing museum-like setting and the cultural evening can be combined with an exquisite dinner. Don’t miss out on this!

Hotel Tugu Canggu, Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Pantai Canggu, Canggu, Bali. Contact:  (0361) 4731701

11. Spot amazing street art

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Street art in Canggu. Photo credit: travelistta on Instagram

When walking, cycling or driving around Canggu, you can’t miss the impressive street art on walls and entire buildings. These urban murals can be spotted in many places around Canggu and they are utterly cool! If you feel like going on a street art tour, start at All Caps, a graffiti store and outdoor gallery, located just outside of the tourist centre. Then, when moving towards Batu Bolong and Echo Beach, there are many more amazing murals to be spotted and there are new ones popping up all the time.

12. Chill & party at Old Man’s

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Old Man’s is one of Canggu’s most iconic hang-outs, attracting locals, tourists and expats. The vibe is certainly chill at this beachfront beer garden at Batu Bolong, from morning till late at night. A great place to drop by for a coffee before or after hitting the waves in the morning. Come back later for cocktails under the sun and stick around for sunset with beers and burgers. There are comfy bean bags to lounge on, ceremonial parasols providing shade and there is a big thatch-roofed pavilion where the party is on when the stars pop out in the night sky. Old Man’s features cool live bands, DJs and every Wednesday its Dirty Ol’ Wednesday with beer pong, margaritas and dirty disco. Great fun! Every last Saturday of the month, Old Man’s turns into a lively weekend market. Yet, another market to check out!

Old Man’s Bali,  Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.117X, Canggu, Bali. Contact: (0361) 8469158. Open every day 7 am – 1 am

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13. Sunset drinks @ The Lawn

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Sunset gazing & cocktails @ The Lawn. Photo credit: thelawncanggu on Instagram

Another absolute sunset hot spot located right by the beach in Batu Bolong is The Lawn. Live music, picnic-style seating areas on the lawn, great cocktails, an infinity pool, day beds and bar chairs with ocean view, this is the place to gaze at Bali’s mesmerizing sunset!

The Lawn Canggu, Jalan Pura Dalem, Pantai Batubolong, Canggu, Bali. Contact: +62 (0)361 335 1055. Open daily from 11 am – 11 pm.

14. Live music Gimme Shelter

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Punk, Rock n’ Roll & alcohol @ Gimme Shelter. Photo credit: danielfleming27 on Instagram

Canggu wouldn’t be Canggu without its grunge underground music scene. Rock and Roll, punk, metal – heat, smoke and sweat – you gotta love it! The founder of Gimme Shelter is the famous Balinese Blues musician Made Putrawan (Made J). Live bands are rocking this place down on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Mondays are reserved for open mic nights.

Gimme Shelter Jl. Lkr. Nelayan No.444, Canggu, Bali. Contact:  0812-3804-8867.  Open every day from 7 pm – 3 am.

15. Custom bikes, surf board skate board and live bands @ Deus

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Yeah, baby, yeah! Deus Ex Machina Canggu Photo credit: dorigrungerock on Instagram

Talking about cool places for live music – Deus is another one you don’t want to miss out on! Kick-ass live bands, custom motorbikes, tattoos, great coffee, beer on the tap, hand-carved skateboards, surfboards and excellent food, whatever Deus does, they do it well!

Deus, Jl. Batu Mejan No.4, Canggu, Bali. Contact: +62 811 388 315. Open daily 7 am – 12 am

Where to eat in Canggu

The options for exquisite places to eat are endless in Canggu. Vegans, vegetarians, those on a raw food diet and lovers of meat and fresh seafood, Canggu will not leave your bellies hungry – there is something for everyone. You can just keep on eating, from the delicious healthy smoothie bowls to excellent coffee with homebaked sweets to a quick local nasi campur and a fine dinner to the view of the sunset or the starlit sky. Here are some places you’ll definitely want to check out:

1. Warung Bu Mi

Traditional ‘nasi campur’ at Warung Bu Mi. Photo credit: jennyalvares on Instagram

Let’s start with something sweet and simple. Warung Bu Mi is always packed with locals and tourists. Why? Authentic Indonesian food, super delicious and cheap, too. Choose your rice and point at the dishes you want to have on your plate: a plate of your liking is created. Enjoy!

Warung Bu Mi Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong no 52, Canggu, Bali. Contact: 0813-3794-9676. Open every day from 8 am – 10 pm.

2. Ji Restaurant (Bali Sutra – Hotel Tugu)

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The most exotic dining spot in Canggu. Photo Credit: jirestaurantbali

Located inside Hotel Tugu, Ji Restaurant is an amazing place to go for dinner! This place has the feel of a museum, decorated with antiques and ancient artwork. On the menu: Japanese fusion, wine and sake. The restaurant splits up into an indoor area which is actually a temple that dates back to the year 1706 and there is an outdoor dining area with awe-inspiring ocean views.

Ji Restaurant Bale Sutra, Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu Beach, Canggu. Contact: (0361) 4731701. Open every day from 5 pm – 11 pm.

3. Betelnut Cafe

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Healthy food @ Betelnut Cafe. Photo Credit: betelnutcafe on Instagram

Smoothie bowls, salads, burger and burritos, this charming restaurant in Batu Bolong, served just about anything your hungry tummy desires. Fruits for breakfast, a salad bowl for lunch, coffee and cake in between and Mexican cuisine for dinner, You can just keep coming back for more at Betelnut Cafe. Their prices are surprisingly affordable, too!

Betelnut Cafe, Jl. Batu Bolong 60, Canggu, Bali. Contact: 0821-4680-7233. Open every day from 7 am – 10 pm

Related: Must-try vegan eats in Canggu

Where to stay in Canggu

Whether you want to stay near to surfers haven Echo Beach, in trending Berawa of somewhere quieter like Nelayan Beach or Pererenan, we have no doubt that the perfect Canggu holiday home is waiting for you. In between those rice fields and coconut groves, there are lots of beautiful private villas found, traditional and contemporary ranging from basic to high-end. Below. Read more about 3 of our favourite villas below or check out our entire selection of villas in Canggu on our website.

1. Villa Kami

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Villa Kami Canggu Away from motorbikes and crowds, surrounded by rice paddies and quiet rural life, sits Villa Kami. A beautiful, spacious 4-bedroom luxury villa strategically positioned towards Canggu’s lively beaches and the fashionable centre of Seminyak. Featuring a huge, sunny garden planted with all kinds of tropical greenery, Villa Kami has all the aspects of a hidden paradise and it makes an idyllic family home away from home. Tropical ‘alang alang’ thatch-roofed buildings, manicured green grass lawns where the kids can run around on, a large private swimming pool, bean bags, sun loungers and a large open-plan living space, you can just hang around here all day spending true undisturbed quality time with the family or with friends. Villa Kami even boasts a private open-air spa area with 2 massage beds, there are 4 perfectly comfy villa suites to retreat to at night and the villa is quite affordable, too!

Around Villa Kami
The location of Villa Kami is sublime for those travelling groups wanting to stay somewhere quiet and peaceful, close to where the action is in Canggu and Seminyak.

Prices start at USD $ 290 (low season), USD $ 320 (mid-high season), USD $ 390 (high season) and USD $ 550 (peak season).

2. Villa Bunga Desa

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Canggu travel Guide This massive beachfront 7-bedroom holiday estate sits on 1700 m2 of prime tropical land in Berawa, Canggu, and it features exotic traditional houses from different islands across the archipelago. The Toraja-inspired pavilion features a traditional high soaring Sulawesi-style rooftop and it is this pavilion that makes up the main living space, overlooking the lush green garden and the glistening private swimming pool encompassed by green grass lawns. Villa Bunga Desa also boasts spectacular ocean and sunset vistas. Such as treat for the eyes! The villa is decorated with antiques and primitive artwork – it exudes soulfulness inside out. Any lover of indigenous cultures and tropical lands will absolutely love this place! Villa Bunga Desa also features a large flat-screen TV and an extensive library of DVDs for cozy in-villa evenings and all 7 bedrooms are fully air-conditioned. An amazing stay for an unforgettable holiday in Canggu, Bali.

Around Villa Bunga Desa
Villa Bunga Desa is located just 50 meters from the beach in the Berawa area of Canggu. Nearby, you will find Finns Beach Club and Finns Recreation Club as well as plenty of trendy cafes and restaurants.

Prices start at USD $ 1,598 (low season), USD $ 1,828 (high season) and USD $ 2,058 (peak season).

3. Villa Putih Satu

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Where to stay in Canggu Blending contemporary elements with tropical charm, Villa Putih Satu is a unique holiday retreat set amidst the verdant rice paddies of Canggu. The centrepiece of this 3-bedroom villa is the super long 26-meter swimming pool that runs from the living room to the other end of the garden, complete with a shallow area for the little ones to splash around. The living room is spacious and there are plenty of comfy lounge spots. Sit on the red plush sofa, watching the kids play in the pool or gather at the leather sofa lounge in the corner to watch a movie altogether. In the mood for cocktails? go to the rooftop terrace and watch the day turn into night. Wonderful!

Around Villa Putih Satu
This villa is hidden away in a really tranquil area between Pererenan and Batu Bolong. You can walk to the beach in approximately 15 minutes, and it takes 5-minutes to drive to Echo Beach on a motorbike.

Prices start at USD $ 330 (low season), USD $ 355 (mid-high season), USD $ 380 (high season) and USD $ 490 (peak season).

Want to see more villas? Check out The Best Villas in Canggu!

Getting to Canggu

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Canggu is quite a spread out area, so it is good to know whereabouts in Canggu you want to be before heading out. You don’t want to get dropped in Berawa if you need to be in Pererenan. Once you are there, the best thing to do is to rent a motorbike so you can get around independently. However, do make sure to always wear a helmet and never to speed to avoid accidents. You can also arrange a private car and driver to get you around safely and hassle-free. The staff at your villa can assist in renting a motorbike or hiring a car and driver. From the international airport of Bali, it takes approximately 45 minutes to get to Canggu (times may vary depending on the area and traffic on the day). Seminyak is very nearby and it takes around 1 hour to drive to cultural Ubud.

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