Canggu is 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 is full of verdant rice fields, which make for great scenery as you explore the area by bike. There
Things to do in Canggu
Beach and Surf
The beaches surrounding Canggu 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 Canggu is already on the cards.
For all the surfers out there, especially those of the beginner/ intermediate level, Canggu is a great place to catch a couple of waves.
Right on Echo Beach is a spa called Therapy, one of the nicest spas in Canggu. Enjoy a massage, body scrub, facial, manicure and pedicure. Prices at this spa are expensive for Bali but cheap for Australia. There are endless other spas to choose from in Canggu. In the cheaper spas, you can get a massage for 80-100rph ($8-10), reflexology for 100rph ($10) and so on.
Yoga and Pilates
Take some time to zen. There are many studios to choose from.
Explore rice fields
Canggu is surrounded by lush rice fields. Spending an afternoon cruising around on a bike admiring these rice fields is one of the best things to do in Canggu.
There are lots of markets and upper-class shops in Canggu.
Visit Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot is one the most pictured temples in Bali. Watching the sunset behind the temple is a magical experience. From Canggu, Tanah Lot is about a 40-minute drive.
Places to eat in Canggu
I haven’t tried all the cafes as there are too many to choose from. Some of my favourites include:
Crate Cafe – Fresh, healthy amazing breakfast and lunch food.
Betelnut Cafe – Try the cheesecake.
Echo Beach BBQ – Down at Echo beach, at the furthest restaurant, there is a BBQ where you can choose what you want to BBQ (meat, seafood or veggie kebabs) then help your self to an all you can eat salad bar. Happy hour is from 4-6. The food is healthy and delicious, and the setting is very romantic.
Old Mans- I have never eaten here, but I love the party vibes. It is a great place to go and watch the sunset while you enjoy a couple of cold ones.
The Lawn – Likewise to Old Mans.
Climate in Canggu
Bali has a tropical climate year round. June – September is the dry season so would be the best time to visit. This is also peak season so it will be the busiest time to visit. To escape the crowds, visit in April or May.
Getting to Canggu
From the airport, it will take 1-2 hours to get to Canggu. 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 Canggu 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 Canggu
There are endless options for resorts, hotels and villas in Canggu, ranging from budget to luxury. I recommend staying at Batu Bolong beach or Batu Mejan (Echo Beach). One hotel I can recommend is Aston Hotel, located right on Batu Bolong beach near Old Manns and The Lawn Canggu. This hotel has an amazing rooftop bar, pool, bar, gym, restaurant, wifi and free buffet breakfast.
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Travel Insurance for Canggu
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