Mark these best things to do in Canggu for your trip to this popular resort area on Bali’s southwestern coast. We’ve also included Tanah Lot, undeniably Bali’s most iconic and must-see sea temple. Although it’s technically outside the Canggu area, we have included it as it lies a mere half hour’s drive away. Canggu’s main hub is Echo Beach. It’s the main spot to head to for great surfing right off the coast. This strip also offers a wonderful sunset dining scene, plus a fair offering of nightlife to sample.
Enjoy horse riding along Canggu’s exotic black sand coasts or spend the day at one of the many recreational facilities in the area. One of the more prominent venues here is Finns Recreation Club, formerly the Canggu Club. Besides featuring a full-fledged sporting facility, there’s a fun water park, a bowling alley, and an indoor trampoline centre offering something to keep the whole family entertained. Interested in local cuisine? Try one of the best Indonesian cooking classes around at the Hotel Tugu Bali.
Tanah Lot offers an opportunity to witness the sun set against the silhouettes of shrines at an iconic sea temple - a must-do on your first visit to Bali. You can reach the temple within a half-hour drive north of Canggu. Besides the view of the main temple landmark off the rugged limestone shoreline, you can also see several other highlights. These include the crevices at the temple’s rocky base and the cliffs at the beach that are home to banded sea snakes. Not far north from the main site, another temple lies at the end of a natural rocky causeway, Pura Batu Bolong. You can also book a sunset Kecak dance performance, with shows regularly at the amphitheatre onsite. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00 – 19:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Beraban Village, Kediri, Tabanan
Echo Beach is one of Canggu’s most popular surfing beaches. It’s known locally as Pantai Batu Mejan, after a significant Balinese Hindu sea temple onsite. Next to the temple, you’ll find an established complex of restaurants and bars that become busy at sunset. From the concrete ledges, you have a 180-degree seascape, overlooking the surfing action in the waters below. The famous reef-breaks right off this exotic beach are for more advanced wave riders. Stay on for the amazing sunsets and check out the restaurant offerings of seafood grills and mouth-watering buffets. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Pantai Batu Mejan, Canggu
Finns Recreation Club, formerly known as Canggu Club, is a world-class sporting and recreational hub that’s suitable for the whole family. It houses several different facilities, including a full-fledged gym, Bounce Bali Trampoline Centre, Splash Water Park, Strike Bowling Alley, a tennis centre, a kid’s club, a spa, and multiple food and beverage outlets. What started off as a high-quality leisure and one-stop sports centre for expatriates, is now open to the general public. Various day passes and memberships are available, starting at IDR 200,000 (USD 15) per adult. Its sports bar screens live sports feeds regularly, everything from AFL and NFL to cricket and soccer matches. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 06:00–22:00
- Location: Jalan Pantai Berawa, Banjar Tegal Gundul, Canggu
- Tel: +62 (0) 848 3939
Splash Waterpark is the largest water park in Canggu, Splash offers a fun day out for families with kids. The water park’s right next to the main sporting facilities at Finns Recreation Club. It features pools and slides over an approximate 2,400sqm. Although it may not be as big as Waterbom in Kuta, Splash does feature world-class slides and supporting facilities that promise a fun and safe day out for all ages. There’s a high 90m long slide where up to four participants can ‘race’ down. It has an integrated speedometer to settle any disputes on who finished first. There’s a smaller version of the slide available for the younger kids too. Other rides include a giant bowl, a tunnelling slide, a ‘crazy creek’ and a splash playground with a shallow lagoon. Lifeguards are on duty at all times. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Pantai Berawa, Banjar Tegal Gundul, Canggu
- Tel: +62 (0)361 848 3939
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/splashbali
Bounce Bali Trampoline Centre is a great place for active kids to learn some cool new moves and acrobatic tricks. The indoor trampoline centre is right across the road from the main Finns Recreation Club facility. It’s also the only large-scale indoor facility of its kind on the island. Both kids and adults can join in on the bouncy fun. It’s air conditioned throughout. The trampolines here are mostly of the spring-loaded frame variety enabling you to achieve higher rebounds. Some of the walls in the circuit here are covered in almost vertical arrays, allowing for more freedom to perform awesome acrobatic tricks. Hourly fees are available from IDR 135,000 (USD 10) per person. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00-22:00
- Location: Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu
- Tel: +62 (0)361 848 3939
Iboe Soelastri Cooking Class at Tugu Hotel Bali offers a great insight into Indonesian culinary heritage. The cooking class is named after and lead by chef Iboe Soelastri. She hails from Malang, East Java, and is a well-seasoned chef who has inherited her grandmother’s love for traditional Indonesian recipes. Through the special cooking class, she’ll teach you how to select ingredients and prepare a selection of traditional Javanese and Balinese dishes from an extensive list. It’s usually five recipes per session. All the preparations follow traditional methods, such as the slicing and chopping up of chillies and stone-grinding tomatoes and ginger with pestles. Even the cooking is faithfully traditional, using as it does terracotta steamers instead of modern rice cookers. Read More...
- Location: Tugu Hotel Bali, Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu
- Tel: +62 (0)361 4731 702
Bali Equestrian Centre is one of the best known of the several of Bali’s leading horse stables that call Canngu home. This 2.5-hectare facility is manned by certified international instructors. It features over 40 school horses in its collection, including local and imported breeds. The centre welcomes families for a fun day out, with pony rides and day camps for kids. They also offer riding lessons and outbound beach and village tours. Riding packages include meals at its onsite restaurant, with a pool and playground overlooking the riding arena. A 45-minute private riding lesson starts from USD 68 (IDR 950,000), and a one-hour village tour from USD 50 (IDR 700,000). Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 07:45-11:45; 14:45-18:45
- Location: Perumahan Canggu Asri, Jalan Karang Suwung, Berawa, Canggu
- Tel: +62 (0)361 844 6533
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/BaliEquestrianCentre
Berawa Beach directly borders the neighbouring coast of Seminyak. It features a mix of dark grey and black sand. The beach is also home to the largest lagoon along Canggu’s coastline. It’s a preferred stop for Canggu surfers who wish to escape the crowds. You can expect some rocky reefs that help shape up some nice rights and a few lefts at high tide. Recreational swimming is not advisable here due to the strong undercurrents, though. The serene scenes around sunset here are a main draw. Unique bars and chill out spots in the area make for some great spots to enjoy the setting. One to head to is La Laguna with its Boho-chic props and vibes. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu
Taman Segara Madu Water Park offers an affordable water park experience in Canggu. This water park features an Olympic-size main swimming pool with eight lanes and regularly plays host to competitions. Several leisure slides are available here that are suitable for both kids and adults. Taman Segara Madu also has programmes that you can participate in, such as water yoga. Supporting facilities include gazebos overlooking the adjacent rice fields of Canggu, locker rooms and showers, as well as an onsite restaurant serving Chinese, Western and local cuisine. Passes are IDR 30,000 for kids and IDR 40,000 for adults. Lifeguards are on standby throughout the operational hours. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Batu Bolong No. 39, Canggu
- Tel: +62 (0)361 844 5553
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/TamanSegaraMadu.BALI/
House of Alaia offers a unique craft experience for your holiday in Canggu. Try out jewellery making and art classes. These courses are fun for both kids and adults. The small studio on the main Jalan Batu Bolong route also showcases its own collection of exquisite jewellery pieces by its two designer founders, Nea and Christy. Through their workshops, you can bring your own design and make your own precious keepsake or special gift. Classes cater to individuals, couples, kids and groups, and you can also go for multiple sessions to learn techniques in-depth. A beginner’s class starts at USD 150 per person. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
- Location: Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong No. 27B, Canggu
- Tel: +62 821-4734-8746