13 x Things To Do in Canggu, Bali – The Full Guide

13 x Things To Do in Canggu, Bali – The Full Guide

13 x Things To Do in Canggu, Bali – The Full Guide

Canggu, a fantastic little town in Bali that is popular among young travelers, surfers, and digital nomads. Hidden behind the bigger and busier cities Kuta and Seminyak, Canggu is holding on to a backpack laid-back town vibe where lush green rice fields are surrounding the countless hipster cafes, fantastic restaurants, yoga studios and loads of creative inspiration.

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13 Things To Do in Canggu

Canggu is split into three major areas; Batu Bolong, Berawa, and Pererenan. Spend a few nights of your 3-week Bali Route at a boutique hotel, fill your belly with delicious Western and Indonesian food, have a surf and feel the Canggu vibe in these areas. Find out about all the things to do in Canggu.

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1. La Laguna Gypsy Market

Once or twice the Gypsy Market at La Laguna is held. Over 150 stalls selling organical and ecological products, live music played by bands and all at one fantastic decorated location.

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The products being sold vary from; Clothing, Accessories, Food, Herbs & Spices, Coffee and soo much more. This is, without a doubt, the best market in Canggu.

The market is held from 4 PM – 10 PM. Just after sunset, the beautiful lights, live music, and decoration create a fairytale-like scene.

The entrance is free and La Laguna is easy to reach by motorbike or car. The event dates can be found on their website here.

2. Surfing in Canggu

With many, Bali is surfing. Canggu has waves suitable for surfers of every level. Motorbikes with surfboards attached driving towards one of the beaches ready to hit the waves, you will see these throughout the entire day. Expect surfers to be on their boards at 6 AM and can definitely get crowded quickly.

There are three well-known surf spots in Canggu:

  • Echo Beach (intermediate)
  • Berawa Beach
  • Batu Balong Beach (at Old Man’s)

Bali surf season runs from May to September although surfing is possible year-round. Rent a board or take some lessons and hit the waves!

 ➳ Find hotels in Canggu

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3. Pura Tanah Lot Temple

Pura Tanah Lot is one of those things you must do in Canggu. The Pura Tanah Lot Temple complex is a famous religious site located on top of a rock formation. Although Tanah Lot is extremely popular with foreign visitors throughout the whole day, Balinese people still come here to worship the Bali Sea gods.
➳ Also explore: Ubud and the traditional market

Sunset at Tanah Lot is what made it such an iconic place for Bali. The sea turns to gold and the light shining on Tanah Lot is incredibly picturesque.

It is a 30-minute motorbike drive from Canggu. The road is straightforward and safe if you drive normal. :) The entrance fee is 30.000 IDR for children and 60.00 IDR for adults.

➳ Must read: 3-week Indonesia Route

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4. Foodie Heaven

Canggu is literally a food heaven. During your holiday it is possible to have mouth-watering meals every single time you go out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Canggu hosts 311 restaurants and counting. We lived in Canggu for over 5 months and every day we hear about new amazing restaurants.

➳ Read: Best Cafes & Restaurants in Canggu

Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Vegan, and of course Indonesian, all top class food experiences and you don’t get disappointed if you visit one of these restaurants in Canggu.

Favorite restaurants in Canggu

  • ☕- Hungry Bird (fantastic coffee)
  • ?- Quince Cafe (super tasty)
  • ?- Warung Bu Mi (delicious local food)
  • ♥️- Cinta Cafe (best vibes)
  • ?- The Shady Shack (best vegan food)
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5. The Beaches of Canggu

Batu Bolong, Echo, Berawa, and Pererenan are all great beaches in Canggu. It does not have the white sand and turquoise water beaches like Uluwatu and Nusa Penida. However, the beaches offer a chilled vibe with a huge surfing culture.

Good to know: Out of respect, wear a top when you are in a restaurant or cafe which is not near the beach.

➳ Read: 19 Things To Do in Uluwatu Guide 

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6. Explore Canggu rice paddies

Escape the buzz of Canggu and experience the real Bali culture. Explore the area from Jalan Pantai Pererenan to Jalan Raya Seseh for the best ricefield views. Enter these street names on Google Maps.

Either rent a bike or motorbike to get around since the areas are quite spread out. Don’t expect ricefield valleys like the Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Ubud but during the early morning and afternoon, go out there and understand why this is one of the best things to do in Canggu.

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7. The Organic Sunday Market

The weekly organic market near Echo Beach is on every Sunday for everyone who likes fresh, healthy and creative. The small market offers local fruits and vegetables, music, baked treats, fresh juices, and organic coffees and chocolates.

➳ Also explore: Gili Air Island

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8. Berawa Beach sunset

Grab a fresh coconut or Bintang, and enjoy the sunset at Berawa Beach. Just next to the bigger beach clubs like Fins are a few smaller local beach bars with bean bags in front. This is an excellent spot to spot loads of locals walking their playing dogs, all the surfers in the water and see the sun go down in the sea.

Tip: From Canggu, you can also do a 3-day Nusa Penida Trip.

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9. Relax at a beach bar or pool bar

Spend your afternoon at one of the hip pool – or beach bars in Canggu. All beautifully decorated bars Canggu’s best bars are a great place to hang with friends, enjoy music, drinks and a chilled afternoon with friends.

  1. The Lawn
  2. Panama
  3. Fins
  4. Cabina Bali
  5. La Brisa

Tip: If you don’t feel comfortable spending money here. Go to Berewa Beach at one many smaller beach bars in Canggu.

➳ Also read: Diamond Beach, Nusa Penida

10. Shopping in Canggu

In Canggu, new clothing shops are opening their doors every month. A mix of foreign and local brands selling products like clothing and interior. Some shops are more hidden than the other, follow our Canggu shopping guide to find our favorites.

Tip: For the best widest shopping selection you have to go to Seminyak and Kuta.  

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11. Old Men’s Market

Old Men’s is one of Canggu’s well-known bars to have a drink or good party until the early hours. Every last Sunday of the month Old Men’s bar transforms into a great market filled with clothes, handmade items, organic veggies, and so much more!

➳ Also explore: Ubud and the traditional market

12. Stay fit in Canggu

Crossfit in Bali is, like Yoga classes, extremely popular. World-class Crossfit lessons are given in Canggu at three locations: Crossfit Wanderlust, S2S, and The Nest.

The classes can be joined as either a beginner, intermediate or advanced Crossfit person. Now, the prices for these lessons are definitely not cheap, expect to pay the same price as you would back home.

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13. Join a Beach Cleanup

You want to spend time in paradise? Take care of it. Unfortunately, clean ups are needed all over the world and luckily companies like TrashHero organise these weekly! It is easy, you meet new people, help Bali and inspire others to do the same. Find all clean-ups here.  

How to get to Canggu

Canggu is a 1-hour drive from Bali International Airport. A fair price from the airport to Canggu by taxi is 150000 IDR (~10 USD).

Alternatively, Grab Taxi is available but not accepted/supported by the locals with causes some trouble. If you want a Grab Taxi, you would have to walk a little outside the arrival terminal towards the main road.

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Getting around Canggu

There are three main streets in Canggu that all lead down to the beach. The famous Shortcut, a road through the ricefield, is one of the narrow roads that connect these main streets. Bicycles are a fun way to get around Canggu.

Need a driver?

Contact our Balinese friend Yande and his team on Messenger.

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Hire a scooter in Canggu

Due to Canggu’s popularity, we would say we only recommend you to drive motorbike when you are 100% comfortable on it. Daily rental would cost you anywhere between 50.000 – 70.000 IDR per day. Monthly rental should be around 600.000 – 900.000 per month.

Gojek or Grab

The shortcut and main roads in Canggu are definitely challenging on a motorbike. Gojek or Grab motorbike taxis are the perfect solution to get around. Locals and expats use this service every day and it’s very affordable, safe and quick.

Note: Use Google Maps on ‘Walking’ route rather than ‘Driving’ and usually gives you the better roads. Only watch out for the ‘one-way’ roads. ;-)

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Where to stay in Canggu

Canggu has three major areas that all offer a different Canggu experience.

  1. Batu Bolong is the main area where all the major shops, bars, and restaurants are located. For good walking distances, this area is your best pick. ➳ Find hotels in Batu Bolong.
  2. Berawa is super upcoming, loads of fantastic restaurants and shops have just opened their doors. It a little less crowded and still a bit mixed with local life. ➳ Find hotels in Berawa.
  3. Pererenan has the best beach, close to the rice fields and is very peaceful. The only downside is that you have to drive 5 – 10 minutes to Batu Bolong for all the hip restaurants.  ➳ Find hotels in Pererenan.

Hostels in Canggu

B&B’s Canggu

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28/02/2019 https://www.saltinourhair.com/bali/canggu/
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  • Your blog is amazing, thank you so much! It make planning my trips to Indonesia so super easy and I don’t have the feeling I miss something! Also the holistic coverage of topics is remarkable! Food, Bars, Cafes, Shopping, Beaches, Accommodations, extra tips,… everything I can find within! Great! Thank you!

  • hello. first timers to bali later this year. booking a few nights in ubud with 3 in the middle elsewhere and then back to ubud. was going to go to seminyak but saw how amazing canggu is so have cancelled seminyak thanks booking dot com!! have seen the gypsy markets but only last year events. when do they run? shame old mans market only on a sunday, we will be in ubud. is there enough to see and do markets, local shops wise. we dont surf. will visit the black sand beach, we have piha back home so its no hardship and the less people the better. surfers are always fun to watch too! we dont want to do the grab thing so can we just wave down a taxi on the side of the road? does your friend do journeys from ubud to canggu? can we have his name again so i can add him to my messenger list please? will see if he will do airport to ubud run as well. thank you for the info, its open and refreshing. is there enough information on places to go and see? oh. we have seen its a good idea to get a sim card. any recommended network or card? whats the signal like in canggu and ubud? dont think we will spend too long in accommodation to use free wifi. also. any great places with private bathroom and private pool in canggu not too expensive? have seen outpost villas but think they are for traditional outpost workers, which we arent. hope ive not asked too much, you are just so knowledgable!! look forward to your answers to our questions.

    • Hi!
      I’ll just list all of my answers so it’s easier to read haha
      -The Gypsy market, unfortunately, isn’t on fixed dates. It’s organized every 3 weeks.
      -There is definitely enough to do, see and shop in Canggu even without these 2 markets.
      These are our favorites: https://www.saltinourhair.com/bali/shopping-canggu/
      And these are our favorite Cafes in Canggu: https://www.saltinourhair.com/bali/cafes-restaurants-canggu/
      – There are enough taxis around. You can easily use Gojek which is like the Asian Uber.
      – This is Yande’s company if you need a taxi to wherever you want to go (also airport pickups and dropoffs) https://www.facebook.com/balifriendtours/ Make sure to send him a massive in advance though because he is very busy.
      – We use Telkomsel for Sim cards. The signal is perfect all around Bali and the islands around.
      – We’ve listed 6 of our favorite accommodations at the bottom of this article :)

      Hope I answered all of your questions!
      Have a great trip?

  • Luciana Castoldi

    Hi there ! Such a good blog with the best info! I just wanted to comment as I’m here and I’m a little bit sad that I feel I’ve been robbed by the drivers, even though it was recommended through a friend or through the hotel I was staying in uluwatu, but we got charged 350000 from the airport to uluwatu, 150000 for 4km within uluwatu, and 600000 from uluwatu to canggu (stopping for one hour at the geruda park) , and now I read you said fair price is 150000 from the airport to canggu which is one hour drive! ? is it really like that? I couldn’t believe how expensive it was but I asked a couple different ones and they all said the same…

    • Hi Luciana,
      Ah, that is so enjoying! It is always a hassle to get a fair price. But yes, 150.000 is a fair price from the Airport to Canggu. We always try to use Gojek (the Asian Uber) which is super cheap and very convenient. The local taxi drivers hate them though so sometimes you have to walk to another street to avoid problems.
      You could also send a message to our friend and driver Yande https://www.facebook.com/balifriendtours/. He offers fair prices as well :)

  • I will be traveling to Bali (canggu) this coming 10 of May, I’m planning to rent a scooter but I don’t have an international drivers license is that okay or do I need to apply a license in Bali? Anyway I like your blog I can add it to my itinerary.

  • yo much appriciate tis one. i dont usually invest time in commenting but you impressed me sir/ma’am. keep up the good work. learnt a lot from this one. thanks and love to you.

  • Helloo, love the blog! We are in Kuta Utara now and we would like to visit Tanah Lot by motorbike but we were wondering if it is a safe road? Is it realistic to also visit some rice paddies the same day?

    Lot’s of Bali love

  • Looks absolutely perfect for four friends meeting from all over the world in Bali for ten days in June 18.
    Perhaps stay 2-3 nights beginning & end (as it’s close to airport) what do you think?
    Would love accommodation suggestions!
    For an island trip from there, where would you recommend?
    And would you recommend Ubud? How far is it?
    Cheers
    Nicqui
    X

  • Great info as usual! I was in Canggu in my trip yo Bali, And i was there online my last day. You are right IS close from the airport And IS good option. I stayed un seminyank because before to arrived to seminyank i didn’t ear abaout this place!! For my Next trip yo Bali sure i Will stay more data!

  • Great! I will arrive late on the 16th Sept and I was thinking to go directly to Gili Island the next day. So this could be a perfect location for me.
    But i think I will come back also before to leave Bali because from your words it looks a great place!

    • Hi Elisa, I’m sure you’re gonna have a great holiday!
      Yes, Canggu is a great place to stay for a couple of days. Very relaxed and not so far from the harbour to Gili ?

  • “Expect a lot of eco, veggie and organic cafes and restaurants.” – sounds like a perfect place for me. :) The pictures of the food included in your article are so yummy and Canggu seems to be a very interesting town. I haven’t been there yet and I have other travel plans till the end of this year. But I saved the article on Pinterest so maybe in 2018 I will consider visiting Bali. :P

  • I loved Bali! But I have not been to Canggu yet…looks lovely though.
    x

    • Thanks for your comment Stephanie! Maybe if you visit Bali for the second time? :) It really is a great place to stay in your first and/or your last days of your trip because it is very close to the airport!

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