Things to do in Canggu
Pronounced ‘chang-goo’, this small town has seen considerable growth over the last few years and is now one of the busiest places in Bali. Keep this in mind when deciding where to base yourself on the island.
Canggu is more about bustling bars, great surf, and fantastic shopping than peace and relaxation. You can still get out in nature and explore the nearby rice fields, but for a quieter option, choose destinations like Amed or Uluwatu.
1. La Brisa Farmers Market
La Brisa, a hipster hang-out spot by the beach, comes alive every Sunday with its bustling farmers market. Stalls sell organic products, handmade clothing, fresh fruit and veg, and much more in this beautifully decorated location with fantastic sea views.
Start your day with freshly baked bread and pastries, a Balinese coffee, and a wander around this eclectic market that supports local farmers and businesses. You can also use La Brisa’s pool and sunbeds once you’ve finished browsing the market!
Opening Times and Entrance Fee: The market is open from 8 AM – 4 PM, and entrance is free.
Canggu is home to some of the best surf spots in Bali, with consistent swells, great weather, and waves suitable for both beginner and advanced surfers. The black sand beaches are not the most beautiful on the island, but the surf makes up for it! Head out early like the pros to avoid the crowds and enjoy the sunrise from the water or enjoy one of the top things to do in Canggu: a surf lesson to kickstart your skills.
Good to know: Dry season from April to October is surf season. If you visit during the shoulder seasons of April/May and September/October, you can still enjoy excellent surf conditions with slightly fewer crowds. We always recommend wearing reef-safe sunscreen to protect the marine environment.
Best Surf spots
- Echo Beach (intermediate)
- Berawa Beach (slightly quieter)
- Batu Balong Beach (at Old Man’s – best for beginners)
- Pereranan Beach
3. Nusa Clay Club
For something a little different to kick off your stay in Canggu, have a go at throwing pots at Nusa Clay Club, an independent pottery school run by Susan (an Ubud local). She gives pottery classes to all levels and provides a hands-on learning experience where you will learn the basics of how to handle clay and use a potter’s wheel.
Spend a memorable afternoon in her calm and welcoming studio, creating your own beautiful ceramics to take home as unique homemade souvenirs or gifts for loved ones. This experience is one of the best things to do in Canggu!
Please note that the glazing process can take from two days to two weeks, so take a class at the beginning of your holiday to ensure you can pick up your crafts before you leave.
4. Bali Beach Clubs
Canggu has many great beach bars, both small and large. If you want a more low-key atmosphere, head for the beach shacks between Pererenan and Mejan (next to La Brisa). These bars are an excellent option for those on a tighter budget and are perfect for spending the day lounging on a sunbed in the sunshine. A sunbed and umbrella cost 50,000 IDR (3.30 USD) for the whole day.
Alternatively, party lovers can spend countless afternoons at one of the many bigger beach clubs in Canggu, where you can relax for hours by the pool, sip on cold drinks, and enjoy great music in a glamorous setting by the sea.
Here are some of our favorites:
La Brisa is the most beautiful beach club in Canggu, Bali. The building is made from bamboo and wood and is surrounded by palm trees, giving it a wonderful natural atmosphere. Two pools, a large variety of chill-out areas, and a stunning ocean view make this one of the nicest places to spend the day relaxing in the Balinese sunshine. See the location here.
The Lawn is a popular and relaxed beach club with great food, large lounge beds for sunbathing, and a massive infinity pool overlooking the beach. Come here Friday night for one of their infamous parties (free entry before 9 PM).
Location: Canggu Beach
One of the newer beach clubs in town, Sol, is located on a rooftop overlooking the ocean. You can’t access the beach from here, but there is an excellent view of the sunset, which you can enjoy with a cocktail in hand by the pool and delicious foods.
Location: Pererenan beach
FINNS is one of the most legendary spots in Canggu, known for its luxurious and stylish setting and big beach club vibes. With 11 bars, 5 restaurants, and 4 swimming pools, it’s a top thing to do in Canngu and a must-visit for those looking to party in Bali.
Entrance fee/minimum spend required.
Location: Berewa Beach
5. Pura Tanah Lot
You can’t miss a visit to Pura Tanah Lot while you’re here; it’s one of the best things to do in Canggu! The sacred site is located on top of a beautiful rock formation overlooking the water, and although it’s a popular spot with tourists, local people still come here to worship the Bali Sea gods.
The iconic and atmospheric sea temple is surrounded by crashing waves and provides stunning views of the Indian Ocean, so don’t forget your camera to get some beautiful shots of the scenery. Come here at sunset when the sea turns to gold, and the light falls perfectly onto the rocks.
Entrance Fee: 60,000 IDR (4 USD)
One of the best things to do in Canggu is enjoy a day trip to this beautiful spot. You can arrange it with our friend Yande at Bali Friend Tour.
6. Foodie Heaven
Canggu has a fantastic food scene (literally food heaven!). You could easily spend all your time cafe and restaurant hopping and still not experience them all. Mouth-watering cakes and pastries, beachy brunches, and delicious and filling Balinese cuisine await you on every street. If you’ve over-indulged, Canggu is also known for its health-focused cafes, many of which offer vegan and vegetarian options, so you can eat out guilt-free!
One of our favorite things to do in Canngu is to enjoy a delicious meal with friends at one of the many excellent restaurants in town. You can read about all our favorites below.
7. Relax on the Beaches of Canggu
Batu Bolong, Echo, Berawa, and Pererenan are all great beaches in Canggu. Here you can take in the ocean views, drink cocktails, and sunbathe to your heart’s content. You won’t find white sand and turquoise water like in Uluwatu, Amed, and the islands of Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan. However, the beaches offer a chilled vibe with huge surfing culture, lovely beach shacks, and lots of people enjoying the sunset. Good to know: When you’re not close to the beach, please wear a top in restaurants and cafes out of respect.
8. Explore Canggu Rice Paddies
Escape the buzz of Canggu and experience authentic Bali culture away from the tourists, where you can stop for a chat with locals and see the day-to-day of rural life. Rent a scooter in town and venture out to the beautiful rice fields, stop for lunch at a family-owned restaurant, and take in the peaceful, natural surroundings.
We recommend heading out early to explore the area from Jalan Pantai Pererenan to Jalan Raya Seseh for some lovely views of the rice paddies. However, if your focus is to experience the stunning nature of Bali, don’t miss out on Ubud, Sidemen, and the Tegalalang Rice Terraces.
Tip: Use Google Translate to chat with locals and learn more about them and their beautiful country!
9. Watch the Sunset on the Beach
Grab a fresh coconut or Bintang, and enjoy the sunset at one of the many beautiful beaches in Canggu. Just next to the beach clubs like Finns are a few smaller local beach bars with bean bags in front. This is an excellent spot to see the locals walking their dogs and the surfers enjoying the waves. Our favorite place to watch the sunset is Mejan Beach.
10. Relax and Recharge at Canggu’s Luxury Resorts
Holidays are a chance to fully relax, unwind and step back from reality, so treat yourself to a few days at a beautiful luxury resort in Canggu. Enjoy luxurious spa treatments, lounge by your private pool, and enjoy exciting culinary experiences for every meal. Canggu offers everything from intimate private villas to beautifully designed beach resorts, all with excellent levels of service and amenities, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Here are some of our favorites:
11. Party in Canggu
The party scene thrives in Canggu, particularly on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, when you can expect a good atmosphere and busy venues.
Some of the best places to party in Canggu are:
- Luigi’s – Monday
- The Shady Pig – Tuesday
- Old Man’s – Wed & Sat
- The Lawn – Friday
- La Brisa – most Saturdays
- DEUS – Sunday
- Sand Bar – every night
- MASON (backroom)
12. Shopping in Canggu
Canggu has an eclectic mix of shops offering everything from designer labels to local, handmade products and vintage treasures. It also has a great selection of concept stores where you can browse the shelves for stylish and trendy products, including clothing, homeware, accessories, and skincare. Treat yourself to something new (or second-hand!) and explore everything Canggu, Bali, has to offer.
Explore the boutiques and concept stores with flowy dresses, linen trousers, and crochet tops. Or head to the mall to find your next favorite item.
Health Food Stores
Stock up on healthy snacks and products at Canggu’s health food stores, many of which offer organic, vegan, and gluten-free options. Bokashi and Samadi Supermarket are one of our favorites.
If you’re looking for surf gear, check out one of Canggu’s many surf shops. They carry a range of boards, wetsuits, and accessories for all levels of surfers.
Explore the local art scene in Canggu, which showcases a variety of styles, from traditional Balinese paintings to contemporary street art like The Medium.
13. Gyms in Canggu
Bali is known as a place of spiritual healing, but Canggu also has a huge variety of health and fitness facilities! Whether you like to hit the gym, practice sports, or are a yogi fanatic, there is something for everyone in this fantastic corner of Bali.
Yoga and Pilates
Canggu offers many yoga & pilates studios where you can practice yoga, meditation, and other forms of holistic therapy. Check out:
- Samadi Bali
- the Canggu Studio
- The Practice
- Revive + Pilates
There are loads of great gyms and fitness studios in the area. However, expect very high prices at most of these places. Some of them include:
- Avenue Fitness
- ZYCLE Canggu
- Nirvana Strength
- Bull Gym Bali Fitness
- Body Factory
A fun way to meet other people is to attend a tennis or padel class. For example, Jungle Padel organizes Ladies’ night every Sunday.
- Liga Tennis
- Jungle Padel
14. Day Trips from Canggu
Consider taking a day trip from Canggu to somewhere a little different. From the epic volcanos and lakes of Batur to the green rice paddies of Jatiluwih, there are plenty of beautiful and exciting places to visit in a day. We recommend exploring the island using our friend Yande on a fantastic guided tour. Here are some amazing day trips available on the island:
15. Multi-Day Trips from Canggu
Escape the hustle and bustle of Canggu and spend a few days or more exploring authentic Bali, where you can breathe in the fresh mountain air, take in stunning vistas of jungles and waterfalls, or experience paradise island vibes. Book tours with our friend Yande.
16. Join a Beach Cleanup
Unfortunately, like many other places around the world, plastic pollution is a problem in Bali. The beaches in Canggu can often be seen covered with trash that has washed up with the tide (more so during the rainy season).
Help out the locals, and join a beach clean-up session, a quick and easy way to make a difference. The fantastic company TrashHero organizes these weekly – you may even meet your next travel friends while you’re there!
Best Cafes and Restaurants in Canggu
Canggu has an incredible food scene, with an array of international cuisines as well as great Indonesian food made with fresh local ingredients. Eating out is very easy in Canggu; there are loads of vegan and vegetarian options, as well as cute hipster brunch spots and beach-side cafes serving delicious coffee and pastries. Some of our favorites are:
- L’osteria (Berawa)
- Woods (Pererenan)
- Shady Shack (Batu Bolong)
- Arte (Pererenan)
- Give Cafe (Lingjong)
- Copenhagen (Lingjong)
- Warung Bu Mi (Batu Bolong)
- Bokashi (Berawa)
- Ruko (Berawa)
- Times Beach Warung (Batu Bolong)
Where to Stay in Canggu
The areas to stay in Canggu, Bali are Batu Bolong, Berawa, Paddang Lingjong, and Pererenan, which are all central and have plenty of hostel options as well as more up-market hotels and villas. Remember that Canggu is one of the pricier areas in Bali, so expect to pay more than in other places.
There are loads of things to do in Canggu, making it one of the buzziest places in Bali! If you are looking for peace and quiet, however, it may not be the best option. The bars, restaurants, cafes, and beach clubs attract big crowds, particularly during the high season from June to August.
Slap bang in the center of Canggu; this is the best place to be in the thick of the action! You are within walking distance of most of the restaurants and beach clubs, and there is fantastic shopping in this area.
Another popular area, Berawa, has a great food and shopping scene and you won’t have trouble finding accommodation here. It is close to the Canggu center, and has lots of restaurants, but currently the busiest area with traffic.
Linjong offers the best of both worlds, close to the areas of Batu Bolong and Pererenan. Popular with tourists but not nearly as crowded, Linjong is still central enough to reach everything easily, including the popular beach club La Brisa on the main street.
If you want something a little more relaxed and out of the way, Pererenan is a great option. This area’s rice paddies and beach create a slightly more peaceful environment to settle in for a few days. However, it is about a 10-minute drive by motorbike from the center of Canggu, so it’s better to stay closer to town if you want to be within walking distance of the central hub of bars and cafes.
Is it Better to Stay in Seminyak or Canggu?
Seminyak is also a very popular place to stay while visiting Bali, known for its lively party scene, upscale restaurants, and glamorous resorts. If you’re looking for surfing culture and a more bohemian vibe, then Canggu is definitely the place to stay. However, for a little more luxury, Seminyak is an excellent place to base yourself. It really depends on what you’re looking for!
How Many Days in Canggu?
Two or three days is the ideal amount of time to tick off the things to do in Canggu. This gives you more than enough time to experience all the great foodie spots, relax at the beach and explore the main areas. Base yourself here for a few more days if you want to take a few more day/multi-day trips from here.
How to Visit Canggu
Canggu is well located on the island, and only a 45-90 minute drive from the international airport, depending on traffic.
You can rent a motorcycle from the airport for around 50,000 IDR (3.30 USD). Be aware that the traffic around Canggu can be heavy, especially in the high season, so this may not be your best option if you are not confident on a motorbike.
You can easily hail a taxi from the airport, costing you around 260,000 IDR (16 USD). Grab Taxi is also available from the airport, but we recommend pre-booking to make your journey hassle-free. Check if airport transfers are included if you have booked a package tour.
By Private Car
Booking a private driver for your time in Bali is a cost-effective and hassle-free option, particularly if you’re traveling in a group. Your driver will collect you from the airport and then from your hotel daily to take you to all the top spots around the island.
The main roads in Canggu all lead down towards the beach and can get congested with a lot of traffic. This can make it hard to drive if you’re a beginner at riding a scooter or motorcycle. Luckily, most shops, restaurants, cafes, and beaches are very close to each other in the main areas, so you can walk, but be aware that there aren’t many pavements and because of the heavy traffic it can be stressful.
If you are comfortable riding a motorcycle, daily rental costs between 50,000 – 70,000 IDR per day. If you stay here long-term, monthly rental costs around 600,000 – 900,000 IDR.
Tip: Use the motorbike route rather than the car route on Google Maps, and it will usually show you the better roads.
How Much Does Canggu Cost?
Canggu is one of the more expensive areas in Bali, as it attracts so many tourists. If you are on a tighter budget, stick to the delicious local Indonesian restaurants and choose accommodation a little further out from the center.
Many people can get a 30-day VOA (Visa on Arrival) issued at the airport when they arrive in Bali. You have to pay 500,000 IDR (35 USD), and you will need at least 6 months left on your passport, plus proof of a return/onward ticket. You can extend this 30-day visa for another 30 days, giving you 60 days in total.
Best Time to Visit Canggu
The best time to visit Bali is the dry season from April to October when there is little rain, the weather is hot, and you have great visibility for watersports and sightseeing. However, we recommend visiting Canggu in the shoulder seasons of April-May and September-October when it is still perfect weather (and the surfing conditions are awesome), but you avoid the majority of the crowds who flock here from June-August. Plus, everything is a little cheaper!