Canguu has to be one of my favourite destinations in Bali. Canggu is a coastal village located between Seminyak and Tanah Lot. The coastline of Canggu comprises different black-sand beaches, almost all with surf breaks. The countryside of Canggu Beach is full of verdant rice fields, which I absolutely love cruising around on a moped. Canguu has no shortage of surf camps, bars, restaurants and shops. The cafes in Canguu are a definite highlight for me.
Things to do in Canguu
Beach and Surf – The beaches surrounding Canguu include Berawa that borders just north of Seminyak’s Batubelig beach, Batu Bolong, Batu Mejan aka ‘Echo Beach’, Pererenan, Seseh and Mengening just south of Tanah Lot. I’m sure a beach day in Canguu is already on the cards.
For all the surfers out there, especially those of the beginner/ intermediate level, Canguu is a great place to catch a couple of waves.
Spa Days – Right on Echo Beach is a spa called Therapy, one of the nicest spas in Canguu. Enjoy a massage, body scrub, facial, mani and pedi. Prices at this spa are expensive for Bali, but cheap for Australia. There are endless other spas to choose from in Canguu. In the cheaper spas, you can get a massage for 80-100rph ($8-10), reflexology for 100rph ($10) and so on. AMAZING compared to the cost in Australia.
Yoga and Pilates – Take some time to zen. There are many studios to choose from. My hotel (Sedasa) offers yoga on the rooftop each morning, perfect way to start the day.
Rice Fields – These are the best rice fields in Bali.
Shopping – There are lots of markets and upper-class shops in Canguu.
Tanah Lot – Not exactly in Canguu, but Canguu is a great base to get to Tanah Lot, which is one of the most pictured temples in Bali. It is amazing to see at sunset, but gets really busy.
These are the main things I fill my days with in Canguu.
Places to eat in Canguu
I haven’t tried all the cafes as there are soooo many to choose from. Some of my favourites include:
Crate Cafe – Fresh, healthy amazing breakfast and lunch food. One of my favs.
Betelnut Cafe – I love the cheesecake from here.
Echo Beach BBQ – LOVE LOVE LOVE! ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE! Down at Echo beach, at the furthest restaurant, there is a BBQ where you can choose your meat then help you self to an all you can eat salad bar. Happy hour is from 4-6. I love eating here as the food is healthy and you are sitting right on the beach front watching the waves break, perfection! Echo beach is usually much quieter than the places below.
Old Mans- I have never eaten here, but love the party vibes, great place to go and watch the sunset while you enjoy a couple of cold ones.
The Lawn – Likewise to Old Mans.
Deus – Party vibes, great place to have some drinks and meet some cool people, I also haven’t eaten here.
Climate in Canguu
Bali has a tropical climate year round. June – September is the dry season so would be the better time to travel.
Getting to Canguu
From the airport, it will take 1-2 hours to get to Canguu. From the airport, you can get a taxi or scooter. Getting around Bali in a car takes SOOOO much longer than on a scooter, so I recommend getting a bike but can totally understand that this is out of some peoples comfort zone. You could always get a taxi to Canguu then get a bike to cruise around as the traffic isn’t nearly as bad as in Kuta, Seminyak and along Sunshine Road.
Where to stay in Canguu
There are endless options of resorts, hotels and villas to choose, from budget to luxury. My partner and I don’t actually book when we come to Bali, instead, we cruise around and check out rooms. As my partner speaks Indonesian we can always negotiate great rates. In general, I recommend staying at Batu Bolong beach or Batu Mejan (Echo Beach).
At current we are staying at Sedasa Lodge, which is a Unique hotel with just 10 rooms. The staff are lovely, rooms are nice and clean with air conditioning and hot water, we have a pool and breakfast is included. I wouldn’t call it luxury, but it is for me. We are paying $55 per night and are super close to Berawa Beach and Finns Night Club.
We also spent one night in Aston hotel which is located right on Batu Bolong beach near Old Manns and The Lawn Canguu. I can definitely recommend Aston hotel, it has a rooftop bar, pool, bar, gym, restaurant, wifi and free buffet breakfast.
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