10 things to do in Canggu
13 May 2019
No stay in Bali would be complete without spending a little time in one of its most vibrant and creative districts. Canggu is famous the world over for its surf beaches, café culture and Bohemian lifestyle.
So if you’re tired of topping up your tan on the beaches, why not head over to Canggu and add a little fun and excitement to your holiday. There are so many things to do in Canggu that it would take a month to cover everything. So to help you out we’ve narrowed it down to 10 must-see activities which can all be covered in a couple of days.
1. Learn how to surf
You can’t come to Bali and not learn how to surf, and there is no better place to learn than Batu Bolong beach Canggu. The surf is quite calm here and the beach is soft so it’s the ideal place to learn without hurting yourself.
It costs about Rp 50,000 ($5.00 AUD) to rent a surfboard for two hours and about Rp 400,000 ($40.00 AUD) to hire an instructor.
2. Visit the Tanah Lot Temple
The Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali’s most famous landmarks and is located approximately 30 mins from Canggu. The best time to visit the temple is at sunset when you’ll experience one of the most beautiful and tranquil sunsets on Earth.
3. Enjoy lunch at Batu Bolong Street
Canggu is famous for its café culture so why not enjoy lunch on Batu Bolong Street which is home to some of the islands most famous cafés and restaurants. One of the most popular is Warung Dandelion where guests get to feel like Alice in Wonderland amongst all the rabbits in the garden.
4. Visit the Sunday market
Canggu is a great place to find a bargain. The Sunday market is full of stall holders selling funky t-shirts and jewellery. And when you’re bored of shopping there is live music along with some really tasty street food to enjoy.
5. Enjoy a yoga retreat
Canggu has some quiet Yoga retreats which are perfect for learning this ancient spiritual discipline. Packages are available which include bed and breakfast but you can also join an experience session to see if Yoga is right for you.
6. Visit Finns Recreation Club
Finns is a traditional recreation club which is popular with both expats and locals. The resort is great for families and provides access to a large pool, fitness centre, tennis courts and of course a well-stocked bar.
7. Experience the local street art
As you explore Canggu you will notice many of the walls are covered with murals. These are done by local artists and depict the life, culture and wildlife of the island. One of the most impressive is at the Old Man’s Bar on Batu Beach.
8. Explore the Canggu rice fields
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the town, why not experience the real Bali by exploring the rice paddies in Jalan Pantai and Jalan Raya. It’s best to hire a bicycle to explore these but it’s well worth the effort. The views are simply stunning and you’ll get to experience real Balinese culture at first hand because these are all working paddy fields.
9. Watch the sunset over Batu Bolong beach
When coming to Bali you have to experience one of its famous sunsets. One of the best places to do this is Batu Bolong Beach in Canggu. Here you’ll get a great view of the surf as the sun sinks beneath the waves and there are always plenty of street food vendors on the beach offering their delicious wares.
10. Buy a day pass at Splash Water park
Splash Water Park features world-class water rides with interactive ride technology. These provide hours of fun for all the family with rides suitable for young children and adults alike.
Canggu is a vibrant and exciting place to spend a little time. There is plenty to do here for all the family, from surfing to leisure parks, art and shopping. So if you’re coming to Bali, make sure you give Canggu a visit, you won’t regret it.