Canggu is a small area on the southwest coast of Bali nestled between bustling Seminyak to its south and Tanah Lot to the north. Known among expats as “The Gu,” the area was once a sleepy surfing village, completely unknown to the tourism industry. Canggu is now, arguably, the place to be seen on the island, whether at one of the contemporary cafes or mellow, beachfront bars. This place oozes chicness and can be reached in just under an hour from Denpasar airport.
Chic Canggu boasts impressive luxury villas, some with space for more than ten guests. They can come equipped with a private chef, multiple outdoor showers, sprawling gardens and lush pool areas. As with the majority of Bali, there are also accommodation options suitable for all price ranges.
Not much moves at a fast pace in Bali but, the pace of development in Canggu may be an exception. Cafes and fine dining restaurants are popping up here at a faster rate than many other areas on the island, and they offer exceptional menu choices which go well beyond traditional Balinese fare.
The hip and trendy vibe of Canggu, as well as more affordable accomodation options, attracts a large crowd of surfers, backpackers, young travelers, and digital nomads. The bustling town has a contagious buzz, and you won't have to look hard to meet new friends and join lively parties.
Don't worry, you're not missing out on the essential Bali experience. Outside of town you can also find lush green rice paddies, temples, and other cultural sights to immerse in. Here are few spots you can check out during your visit:
Pura Tanah Lot is one of the most iconic sites on Bali. This Hindu temple sits on a large rock formation at the edge of the water that worships the seagod. Although the rock is eroding by the day, the temple itself exudes a sense of calm and stability.
Canggu rice paddies, it's something each traveler should experience. You can rent a bike or a motorcycle to speed along the lush green rice fields that shimmer in contrast to the dramatic twilight or sunsets.
Organic Sunday markets happen near Echo Beach, where you'll find the locals and travelers mingle and share their wares. This is the best place to experience a bite of authentic Balinese street food and buy local produce.
If you’re either not a surfer or have had your fill of the sea, Canggu has a number of other attractions to fill time between lunch and the stunning sunset. Activities in the area include horseback riding on the beach, spa treatments, and shopping for local art. Canggu also boasts several yoga studios.