Surfer’s Guide to Canggu Bali

Surfer’s Guide to Canggu

If you’re looking for killer waves away from the congested streets of Kuta, Canggu is the place for you. This neighborhood has something for everyone which is why you’ll find a happy mixture of expats, newbies, hardcore surfers and locals. Get ready for good times, good vibes, and lots and lots of really tasty food.

Getting there

Canggu lies to the north of Kuta and Seminyak, about an hour’s drive from the airport. It’s a charm-ingly relaxed neighborhood complete with bright green rice paddies, temples and locals doing their thing. The area is getting increasingly popular, though, which means that there’s a lot of construc-tion going on and the area is getting more and more traffic. It’s also worth noting that you really do need your own ride for getting around here. Luckily, there’s motorbike rental shops practically at every corner.

Surf in Canggu Bali

The amazing beaches are probably Canggu’s biggest draw and it’s no wonder that the local beaches regularly host surf championships. The famous Echo Beach is all black sand and killer waves, com-plete with majestic Hindu temples looming in the background. Other options are Pererenan, Seseh and Batu Bolong Beach. All of the beaches are within a few minutes drive from each other and partly overlap, which makes Canggu a cozy, manageable area to navigate.

Eat in Canggu Bali

When it comes to food, there’s a ton of variety. Canggu offers a nice mix of tried and tested estab-lishments and trendy newcomers. Betelnut Cafe is a Canggu staple serving up healthy, no-nonsense cuisine (Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No. 60). For a great cup of coffee, try Crate (Jalan Pantai Batu Bo-long No. 60) right next door from Betelnut. For those into healthy eating, Nalu Bowls serves up smoothie bowls (Jl. Batu Mejan No. 88) right on Echo Beach. But even with all this trendy stuff, don’t forget to sample some of the the local cuisine, either. You’ll find small, unassuming warungs serving up local fare at dirt cheap prices at pretty much every corner.

Sleep in Canggu Bali

Similar to the sprawling dining options, when it comes to choosing your accommodation, there is plenty to choose from. You can take your pick from luxury bungalows or opt for one of the dirt cheap guesthouses. If you wanna go high-end, look no further than Tugu Hotel Bali (Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong). For more laid-back digs, try Sedasa Lodge (Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa GG. Toya Kav. 5.) Places like The Chillhouse (Jl. Kubu Manyar No. 22) and Pineapple House (Jl. Subak Sari) offer surf and yoga classes alongside accommodation. It’s also worth noting Canggu is dotted with rental villas. This option might be worth looking into especially if you’re planning to stay longer.

Party in Canggu Bali

The party scene in Canggu is all about laid-back cool. There’s no dress code (unlike in some of the fancier joints over in Seminyak) and you’re more than welcome to party in your flip-flops. Start your evening with a burger and beer at Old Man’s (Jl. Batu Bolong Beach) right on the beach. If it’s a Sunday, head on over to Deus (Jl. Batu Mejan No. 8) for their legendary Sunday Sunset Sessions. Pretty Poison (Jl. Subak Canggu) is also worth checking out if only for their old-school skate bowl. The best part of partying in Canggu is that all of the best venues are just a stone’s throw away from each other so there’s no need to settle for just one great party.

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