First Time in Canggu - What to Do

Canggu Beach Survival Guide

Make your first time in Canggu an enjoyable one with some insider tips. Listed here are our most favourite things to see and do, and where to stay. You’ve most likely chosen Canggu for its exciting surf or its cool combination of lush rice fields and quiet coastal village atmosphere. Let us help you pinpoint the other top spots of this up-and-coming beach resort area on the island’s southwestern coastline.

Roughly, Canggu is positioned between Bali’s upscale resort of Seminyak and the world-famous Tanah Lot temple. The beaches along this coastline are remote and exotic. Most feature black sand, with surf breaks that are also among the island’s favourite haunts. Great seaside venues feature along the coast, ranging from friendly beach bars to cool beach clubs. Canggu’s also home to wonderful hotels. Hotel Tugu Bali, for instance, is very arty and offers some of the island’s most unique dining experiences through its several venues.

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Canggu Beach at a Glance

Canggu’s scenic and out of-the-way nature is perfect for a quiet getaway. Modern villas and resorts here come with five-star services and facilities. It’s also a great beach area if you’re deciding to come to Bali just for the surf. Canggu has several different breaks. The most popular hub is Pantai Batu Mejan, also nicknamed Echo Beach. You’ll find great dining and nightlife spots around this area, as well as in the neighbouring strips such as Batu Belig, Berawa and Batu Bolong.

  • Remote, quiet and laidback
  • Most hotels are on or nearby the beach and surf
  • Variety of surf breaks
  • World-class establishments with an expatriate clientele
  • Rural streets can be a bit hard to navigate
  • Sparsely located venues

Things You Can Do in Canggu Beach

Canggu’s Echo Beach is the main spot to head to for great surfing, dining and a bit of nightlife, all in a single strip. Being Bali’s area with the largest expat community, you’ll find a good number of lifestyle and recreational spots in Canggu which also welcome holidaymakers and their kids as well. A prominent one is Finns Recreation Club, formerly known as the Canggu Club. It houses a full-fledged gym, a water park, an indoor trampoline arena and several dining options.

  • Echo Beach

    Echo Beach

    Echo Beach serves as one of the island’s best surf spots, and a great place to chill with a laid-back vibe, great sunset Read More»

  • Finns Recreation Club

    Finns Recreation Club (formerly Canggu Club) is a world-class sports and leisure complex, located within the island’s Read More»

  • Iboe Soelastri’s Cooking Class

    Learn to cook Indonesian heritage cuisine with Iboe Soelastri, Hotel Tugu Bali’s resident master chef, while immersed in Read More»

Best Places to Shop in Canggu

Canggu’s shopping scene ranges from brand surf stores and board shapers to silver workshops and homeware galleries. You’ll find a good variety along Canggu’s main beach roads of Batu Bolong, Echo Beach and Berawa. However, you won’t find a main shopping centre here. Most shops are sparsely located. Nevertheless, you can always enjoy an escapade for a one-off item. Here are some ideas.

  • Bungalow Living in Bali

    Bungalow Living is a triple treat – equal parts home wear store, gallery and coffee shop. The spot is located in the Read More»

  • House of Alaia

    Combine your surfing trips to Canggu with this fun and insightful stopover on Jalan Batu Bolong, where you can learn Read More»

  • Deus Ex Machina

    Deus Ex Machina

    Deus Ex Machina ‘Temple of Enthusiasm’ comprises a showroom, bike workshop, board factory, an art gallery and cosy café, Read More»

Best Places to Go at Night in Canggu

The nightlife scene in Canggu is lower key compared to neighbouring Legian and Seminyak. However, there are great spots in and around Canggu that make good use of its increasing popularity as one of Bali’s favourite surfing destinations and with the largest expatriate community on the island. Here are some suggestions. Some have open-air sunset venues offering cold beers and local DJs playing to crowds relaxing on the black sand.

  • Finn’s Beach Club Canggu in Bali

    Head down to Berawa Beach to rediscover and relive the glory of the legendary beach club in its new location, having Read More»

  • Old Man’s Bar

    Gather at this beachfront beer garden on Canggu’s Batu Bolong Beach for beers and surfer’s bites during the day, or fun Read More»

  • The Lawn Beach Lounge in Bali

    Sink into beanbags laid out on the green lawn at this seaside venue in Canggu, all while sipping cocktails with the Read More»

Great Restaurants We Like in Canggu

The dining scene in Canggu is well-varied, catering to budgets low and high. Everything from surfer shack style spots to ultra-luxe and fine dining. Dining in Canggu lets you choose from venues with sea views or green rice fields. There’s one that’s great for families with activities for

  • Ji at Bale Sutra 1706 Restaurant

    Ji at Bale Sutra is the latest iteration of Hotel Tugu Bali’s unique signature restaurant, Bale Sutra. Read More»

  • Dandelion Restaurant in Canggu

    Dandelion Restaurant in Canggu is located on Batu Bolong street and serves authentic Read More»

  • The Joglo Bali

    The Joglo is a one-stop shop for families in Canggu. The healthy café serves Mediterranean and Read More»

Hotel Tugu Bali

A magical aura runs through the property, with rare items – from real barong costumes to life-size sculptures and giant Chinese Read More...

Jabunami Villa

Located in Canggu (Batu Bolong), Jabunami Villa is within a 10-minute drive of Eat Street and Puputan Badung Square.Featured Read More...

Echoland Bed & Breakfast

With a stay at Echoland Bed & Breakfast in Canggu (Batu Bolong), you'll be within a 15-minute drive of Tanah Lot and Echo Read More...


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