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CANGGU GUIDE – Bali

Canggu is known for…

  • Sunset, Beach & Surf
  • Great Restaurants
  • Yoga, Fitness & Health
  • Co-Working & Creativity
  • Kids Friendly
  • Nightlife & Beach Clubs

How is Canggu in general?

Feels a bit like Ubud with a Beach!

Canggu is relatively “young”, 3-5 years back, there was not much but rice fields and some guesthouses for surfers. Lately, Canggu has evolved into a vibrant and fun place, where somehow you can get the best of everything. The vibe is a bit between Ubud and Seminyak, with less art & temples than Ubud, and less buzz of Seminyak. It’s still a great place for surfers & backbackers but also for families and even if you are looking for fun and party or great luxury. Canggu is your place. When you hear “Canggu”, people usually speak of one of these areas as part of Canggu: Berawa, Nelayan, Batu Bolong, Echo, Pererenan.

 

Canggu Guide & Insights

Canggu - Where to stay

Canggu features several beaches, from Berawa, Pantai Nelayan, Batu Bolong, Echo up to Pererenan Beach (Pantai). Each beach has a main road leading towards it (Jl or Jalan means street in Indonesian)

Each of these areas is slightly different.

In Canggu it is still possible to stay near the beach, or at least in walking distance. You can walk around in Canggu, but distances can still be quite far because the roads are usually running towards the coast. Roads parallel to the coast are rare. If it’s hot, a 10min walk can be quite exhausting if you are not yet used to the tropical climate. If you are not accustomed to drive a scooter in Bali and depend on public transportation (scooter taxis & taxis) then best is to stay near the coast line.

Berawa (and Jl Raya Pantai Berawa) is very well developed and has lots of restaurants, bars, shops, the famous FINNs Beach Club, and accommodation from hostels to upper class hotels and luxury villas. You have to cross the famous “Canggu Shortcut” to get from Berawa to the other “Canggu areas” further north.

Nelayan (Jl. Nelayan and Nelayan Beach) is much more quiet, and a nice area if you want it less hectic but still be close by to the more busy Canggu areas. You can find enough restaurants, shops and also hotels in Nelayan – and it’s in walking distance of what some consider the heart of Canggu: Batu Bolong.

Batu Bolong Beach and the mains street “Batu Bolong” is well developed, restaurants, bars, shops, Old Mans, the Lawn and many beach cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy the stunning Bali sunset. 

Further up north is Echo Beach, (Jl. Pantai Batu Mejan), featuring thr fmou La Brisa beach club and many restaurants, bars, guest houses and some hotels. Further up inland this road is busy with cafes, yoga venues, and restaurants. 

Another shortcut leads from Echo to Pererenan. Pererenan is not strictly part of Canggu geographically, but in the common mind it is.It’s much more quiet here, and many Bali families live here. It’s beautiful and enough developed with private villas, restaurants and cafes. If you want it quiet, serene and beautiful…. Pererenan is a great choice. 

Great Beaches and Surf

Sand is more on the dark volcanic side, while the surf is great for beginners  and the more skilled surfer. Depending on weather, winds, and tide the sea can get too rough to swim as it can be wild, with strong currents. Children should not be left alone near the water. Sunset Coast (don’t miss it!) with many local beach shacks, and some of the best beach clubs in Bali. Surf schools come here to teach beginners up to advanced.  Beach chairs and bean bags are available along the beach.  Beach has more of a wild beauty than other Bali beaches. Visitors can walk out onto a rock rising out of the ocean.

Culinary

Amazing variety of local and internationally owned restaurants and cafes. You can find a tasty Nasi Goreng in a local Warung for 1USD or have a fancy meal for 20. Famous for vegetarian restaurants, and stunning breakfast places. And Yes, probably the best Pizzas you can find in Bali. All is available. Local Beach shacks serving drinks, coconuts, and snacks can be found easily.

Nightlife

Canggu features famous Beach Clubs and dance clubs inviting international DJs. Canggu nightlife draws even the crowds from Kuta and Seminyak. The craziness of Kuta and Seminyak has not reached the Canggu shore yet, while the Balinese hope it remains that way. Canggu does not want to become the new Kuta and Seminyak and tries to avoid to appeal to the senseless drinking crowd, that can often be found in Kuta, particularly during Australian “Spring Break”. Because this scene comes with lots of challenges that Canggu is not prepared for. Too many accidents happened where drunk and drugged youngsters lost control over their bike because in Canggu, it’s a bit tougher to get a transportation home in the middle of the night, than in the well known party places.

Transportation

The distances can be quite longer, than what one expects. The app driven scooter taxis (GoJek & Grab) are great, but the local Canggu community does not allow them everywhere. You can then usually get a local driver which is ok, but often a headache to bargain the proper price. The best is, if you can rent and ride your own scooter while in Canggu. Cars and taxis are available but the streets are not really suitable for lots of traffic with cars, so, even a small distance can take time if you end up in a traffic jam. A car with driver or a taxi is fine, if you wish to visit other regions or go for day trips. It is ok to go by bicycle, but for many it’s often too hot. Electric bicycle could be the very best option, but they are still rare to find.

The Crowd

Totally mixed with surfers, backpackers, families and Indonesian tourists. Many digital nomads, youngsters. Very popular for traveling ladies staying several months, enjoying the yoga scene.

Activities

It has everything for everyone. It’s not overdeveloped, still cozy and rice fields and nature still has a say here. Quite a few expatriates and business owners moved here and Canggu has grown tremendously popular among digital nomads. You can find anything you need. A thriving beach scene, with plenty of families hanging out, surfers preparing to catch the next wave, kids running around, and dogs playing. Delicious food, high-quality coffee and cold drinks are served up all day, and at night. Barbecues come out for sunset and a broad patio overlooking the ocean gets busy with a cheerful and surfy crowd. Health and Fitness is big in Canggu, with several well equipped Yoga and Fitness Studios making sure, you leave healthier than when you arrived.

Accommodation

Canggu is famous for still offering affordable home-stays and budget accommodation for surfers, backpackers, digital nomads and spiritual seekers. However, some amazing mid- to upper class hotels and resorts have opened such as ZIN Resort which is just 50m from the beach, and the Como Uma. Many villas and vacation rentals are also on the market, while beach front properties are somewhat rare. Guest-houses, surf camps, dorms and mid-range hotels are usually located a bit further from the beach, while still being in walking distance to the main roads where you can find restaurants and shops. Therefore always check the location on the map for each property you are interested in.

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