Things to do in Canggu
There are a few reasons why Canggu has become so popular. Firstly you can definitely find few Yoga studios easily in Canggu. Secondly there are plenty of options for vegetarian/vegan food in the area and thirdly there are so many digital nomads here.
Canggu is one of the most popular places in Bali for surfers and it’s a good place to learn how to surf. The best place to learn to surf is Canggu Beach. There are two breaks in front of the beach and the bottom is sandy, so you won’t hurt yourself when you fall off the board.
One of the things that I really like about Canggu is the bohemian culture. As you explore Canggu you can find plenty of murals on the walls and in the cafes and restaurants. The mural at the Old’s man bar is one of my favorites.
There’s no better way to end a holiday, or treat yourself, that with a stay at a holiday villa. And Canggu is a great place to do this! As soon as you get off the main roads of Canggu you enter a maze of small roads with beautiful villas hidden behind high walls.
In the rush to development Canggu has lost a lot of its rice fields, but you can still find a few. One of the best places to see what Canggu used to look like is the shortcut. Everybody who lives in Canggu (and drives a motorbike) usually loves the shortcut. The road connects Batu Bolong with Berawa and offers beautiful, and unexpected, views of rice fields.
There are a few Sunday Markets in Canggu where you can get clothes, food, and jewelry.
There are five main beaches around Canggu; Canggu (Batu Bolong) Beach, Echo (Batu Mejan) Beach, Berawa Beach, Perenenan or even Nelayan beach. All of the beaches can make a good spot for sunset. Two of my favorites are Canggu and Echo beach.
If you visit Canggu Beach you’ll have a great view of the sunset with surfers on the waves. There’s the busy Old’s Man Bar by the car park where you can get drinks and food after sunset and lots of small stalls in the car park where you can get BBQ sweet corn with spicy sauce.
There are so many options!
Canggu has a lot of different cafes and restaurants with options for every budget and taste.
Doing Yoga in Canggu is a nice compliment or alternative to Yoga in Ubud. There are lots of new and established Yoga studios around Canggu. Some of these studios offer a package / Yoga retreat program where you can stay and do Yoga with them. Some of the Yoga studios and healthy café/restaurants also offer a free Yoga session once a week, which is a great chance to see if you want to join their class or not.
If you plan to stay for a while in Canggu then I’d recommend visiting one of the co-working spaces in Canggu. There are two co-working places to choose from; Salty Volt and Dojo Bali.
There are two popular places for the surf and skating crowd in Canggu, Pretty Poison and Deus ex Machina. Pretty Poison is a bar (or a skate bar) that opens every day at 4 pm. Sometimes they have a live band and it’s a great place to hang out with locals (sorry, locals here means foreigners that stay long term in Canggu, but you can find some real locals here too).
The Canggu Club is located in the center of Canggu. It is a traditional leisure club. It’s popular with a lot of expatriates and locals living in and around Canggu.
The last place to visit on the list is Canggu traditional market or Pasar Canggu. The market is located in Raya Batu Bolong Street, before the police station if you are going toward the beach. A visit to the market is a chance to see local life. The market is most active in the early morning. You can find fresh fruits from local farmers and other produce at the market.
I bet you heard about Tanah Lot, right? Guess what? Tanah Lot, one of the busiest tourist attractions in Bali is located 30 minutes from Canggu. A lot of people said that the best time to enjoy Tanah Lot is close to sunset time.