The hipster paradise of digital nomads, surfers, and yoga enthusiasts, Canggu is a colourful destination filled with character. Take a look at the top ten things you should not miss when in Canggu.
1.) WATCH THE SUNSET AT ECHO BEACH
Known for its stunning black sand beaches, Canggu’s Echo Beach features an orange sunset that creates a beautiful contrast with the glistening dark sand. Sit back on one of the beanbags with a beer in hand and watch the surfers show their stuff amidst the sunset or explore the striking Pantai Batu Mejan Hindu Temple which overlooks the sea.
2.) GO SURFING
One of the best surfing locations in the world, Canggu has a number of surf schools and a variety of waves that suit all levels. From beginners learning how to do their first pop up to surfers looking for a new adventure, Canggu’s got the perfect surfing spot for you. If you are looking into staying a while, you can also try joining the many surfing camps available in the area.
3.) HAVE A BALINESE MASSAGE
A trip to Bali is not complete without a Balinese massage. This full-body, deep-tissue treatment which combines the acupressure, reflexology, and aromatherapy will leave you feeling balanced both inside and out.
4.) EAT LIKE A LOCAL
Stop by one of the traditional roadside Warungs for a delicious Nasi Goreng, the Indonesian fried rice, and a Nasi Campur, a nice combination of fish, chicken, and vegetables coated with peanut sauce. If you are worried about cleanliness and hygiene, then choose a place that is filled with locals. Our top recommendations are Café Varuna and Bu-Mi.
5.) CATCH THE SUNSET AT THE TANAH LOT TEMPLE COMPLEX
An iconic location that you may find in guide books and magazines, Tanah Lot Temple creates a hauntingly beautiful image from its rocky outcrop perch amidst the setting sun.
6.) GET INTO YOGA
The yoga studios in Canggu offer a wide range of yoga classes from acro yoga to Vinyasa yoga classes. The most popular places on our list are Serenity Yoga, The Practice, and Desa Seni. Desa Seni would probably be your best bet if you are a yoga enthusiast or teacher looking into deepening your practice as they have long term yoga retreats and teacher courses available.
7.) RENT A MOPED OR BICYCLE AND EXPLORE THE AREA
Depending on how confident you are on the crazy roads of Canggu, getting on a bicycle or a scooter can give you a bit of freedom to explore the area. Their cute, Scoopy scooters can be rented for just 50,000IDR per day and around 700,000IDR for a month. Also, this gives you access through the famous Canggu shortcut which lies in the middle of verdant rice paddies. You can go through it or perhaps find a spot on the side of the world and count the number of vehicles that fall into the rice paddies.
8.) TREAT YOURSELF TO A LONG BRUNCH, LUNCH, OR DINNER
In the food paradise of Canggu, one must always make time to taste the unique creations that the area has to offer. Whether it’s a fruit bowl at Koi, a fusion dish at The Slow, or The Brekkie Plate at Crate, take your time and allow your taste buds to explore Bali.
9.) GO VEGAN
Canggu would be one of the best places to give veganism a go. With the creative touches on each dish and the delicious blend of flavours, there’s a chance you might decide to become vegan for a while.
10.) GO SHOPPING
Head to the Old Men’s Market for some vintage knick knacks or visit the organic market for some fresh juices and organic chocolates. You can also visit Canggu Market on Raya Batu Bolong Street where you will get an authentic glimpse of Balinese village life.
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