Top 5 Things to Do in Canggu, Bali

While backpackers looking to party flock to Kuta to spend a hazy night gouging themselves at Sky Garden, and yogis looking to eat, pray, love may find themselves physically and spiritually in Ubud, I found myself instead in a next upcoming hotspot of Bali – Canggu.

Full of cute cafes, fun bars, trendy shops, and decent surfing waves, Canggu is attracting a beautiful crowd looking to escape the cluster of neighboring Seminyak and Kuta. The town is much more mellow, dotted with lush, green rice patties, along cobblestone roads filled with surfers on scooters. It has a small town feel with all the luxurious amenities.

Scooters through Canggu Shortcut, Bali, Indonesia

Scooters through the “famous shortcut” in Canngu, Bali

Here’s our top 5 things to do in Canggu during your visit in Bali:

Eating heathy and local around Canggu

Good coffee and beautiful, bright nalu bowls (Bali’s answer to acai bowls!) are reason enough to make your way to Canggu. Like other places in Bali, there are plenty of affordable healthy eats – it’s probably one of the easiest places to be vegan throughout all of Asia. Some of my favorite haunts include Crate for nalu bowls, quinoa salads and peanut butter shakes from Peloton, a matcha green tea latte and sweet potato toast from Avocado Cafe, and poke bowls with large chunks of freshly caught tuna at Poke Poke. If you’re looking for something more local, there are plenty of Warungs (local food stalls) including my personal favorite, Warung Heboh where it’s buffet style and you pay by item rather than weight which means you can pile heaps on for a cheap and filling meal!

Coffee, desserts, avocado toast at Crate, smoothies, juices, salad at Peloton in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

From left: Coffee and desserts and avocado toast at Crate; Smoothies, juices and salad at Peloton in Canggu, Bali.

Party, drink and live band in Canggu

While Canggu’s nightlife may be a bit more subdued than in other parts of Bali, you can still have a great out and get up early to surf, depending on how many Bintang beers you’ve had the night before. One of my favorite places to drink has to be Pretty Poison in Canggu. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, there’s an emptied out swimming pool in the back where skaters show off their tricks to an adoring and attractive crowd sipping on their beers and cocktails. Other must visits include Old Mans, which turns into a party after dark, live rock band included on Friday nights, and Deus, a restaurant/bar/motorcycle shop with a big backyard that gets filled to the brim on Sundays as visitors sway to the live reggae band. There’s also free tacos and tattoos on Tuesday. For a fun day party, Finn’s Beach Club is a trendy and affordable alternative to the more popular Potato Head Beach Club, while the Lawn by Old Man’s Beach is a cheap and great place to curl up on a bean bag. and buy a beer while chatting with the friendly staff who occasionally break out their guitars to serenade lucky guests.

Live Band on Friday nights at Old Man's in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Live Band on Friday nights at Old Man’s in Canggu, Bali

Chill with spa and massages at Canggu

If you’re still feeling stressed or just simply looking to pamper yourself, there are a few good places for massages, facials, and other spa treatments in Canggu. While prices may vary, Goldust is a popular spot that comes highly recommended. While it’s a bit pricier than other places in Canggu, the bit of extra cash you spend goes a long way in terms of luxury. Always #TreatYoSelf, especially when on holiday.

Goldust, best spa and massage in Canggu Bali, Indonesia

Goldust, best spa and massage in Canggu, Bali

Shopping at markets in Canggu

If you’re looking to take home something unique and fashionable from Bali, Canggu has a decent amount of boutiques and markets filled with trendy goodies. Old Man’s Market which occurs on the last Saturday of every month is a top hit with fashionistas. There’s also a Sunday market by People’s Café with clothes and jewelry made by local artists. And nothing is better than bringing home a bathing suit, the perfect souvenir to remember your wonderful time in Bali.

Jewelry shopping at Sunday's Market in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Jewelry shopping at Sunday’s Market in Canggu, Bali

Surf at the trendiest spot in Canggu

Of course, no trip to Canggu would be complete without surfing. While Canggu is a becoming a trendy spot amongst beautiful sun seekers, it’s first and foremost a town for surfers. You can take a cheap lesson or rent boards in various sizes right by the beach. The best surf spot for beginners would be Old Man’s beach, while Echo Beach and Berawa are also nice for more seasoned riders. While it’s not exactly empty, the water isn’t as crowded as other neighboring areas.

Surfing babes and new friends at Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Surfing and new friends at Canggu, Bali – what else do we need?

With its burgeoning popularity, new hot spots for eating, partying, drinking, shopping and massaging are likely to pop-up in this little slice of paradise. What’s your favorite places and things to do in Canggu? Do share with us!

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Top 10 Best Places to Stay in South & Central Bali

Finding the perfect place for your stay in Bali is not that hard of a task to achieve. It does take some time to explore the many places that are available and see whether the prices and accommodations are within your budget and criteria. Most tourist choose to stay in South or Central Bali mainly for the location for easy access to many of the attractions in Bali. Choosing a place to stay in the South or Central Bali would depend on whether you are travelling alone, with a partner or with your family. Here are the top ten places to stay in the south and central of Bali.

Kuta – for the party goers

Kuta is the central party spot in Bali. Since it’s considered the most developed area in Bali, places to stay are everywhere. The Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel is quite a popular place to stay in Kuta, despite its price, which is justified as it’s a 5-star hotel. There’s also the Bali Bungalo Hotel and Febris’s Hotel and Spa, which are highly recommended by frequent visitors of this area. Suji Bungalow and Gemini Star Hotel are affordable places to stay for low-budget tourists.

Holiday Inn at Kuta, Bali

Holiday Inn at Kuta, Bali

Legian – for family holidays

Legian is very popular among families that visit Bali. The place is quiet and filled with shops and places to eat. Legian is near Seminyak and Kuta as well, merely a walking-distance to these places. Since it is the perfect place for families, you can expect a lot of hotels that accommodate families of all sizes. Padma Resort Bali, Legian Beach Hotel and Villa de Daun are the finest family hotels in Legian with facilities, such as adults and children pools, game rooms, shops and restaurants. As for the best budget hotel in Legian, it would definitely be the Pujihouse One.

Tuban – for group stay

Tourists distinguish Tuban from the other places in Bali for its Waterbom Park (one of the largest water theme parks in Asia) and Discovery Shopping Mall. It is also known as a place that has lesser expensive mid-range hotels. If you are travelling in a big group then the perfect choices of residence would be the Novotel Bali Ngurah Rai and Patra Bali Resort & Villas, which are located near the airport and the beach in Tuban.

W Hotel at Seminyak, Bali

W Hotel at Seminyak, Bali

Seminyak – luxury resorts and villas

Seminyak is perfect for those, who are prepared to spend whatever it takes just to enjoy themselves and make their visit to Seminyak memorable. In other words, you get what you paid for in Seminyak. There are great hotels and villas, which provide discounts or special deals during off-season when there are not that many tourists. The famous places to stay in Seminyak are W Retreat & Spa Bali, The Oberoi Hotel Bali and Amadea Resort & Villas Seminyak Bali. Sometimes renting for long term is cheaper than paying by the. The North Seminyak Home is one of the popular places for long term rental in Seminyak. As for the mid-range budget stay in Seminyak, you will find the popular Dash Hotel Seminyak.



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Sanur – for midrange budgets

Sanur is well-known for its beaches. Due to the heavy flow of tourists in Sanur, there are plenty of places to stay during your visit. Some of luxurious hotels with kids club, pools, suites and interconnecting rooms are Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites and Peneeda View Beach Hotel. If you are looking something a little more moderate, there are the Besakih Beach Hotel and Griya Santrian Resort. While Kirana Homestay and Tari Bed and Breakfast are some of the finest budget hotels in Sanur.

Sanur Paradise Plaza, Bali

Sanur Paradise Plaza, Bali

Nusa Dua – perfect stay for Honeymoon

Many of Bali’s big resorts are located in Nusa Dua, which is a place in the South of Bali. Like the beaches in Nusa Dua, hotels are aplenty in this area especially all-inclusive places to stay. Among the popular hotels with rooms of all sizes, swimming pools and restaurants in Nusa Dua are the Amarterra Villas Bali and Samabe Bali and Suites. If you are looking for something more moderate than these hotels, then there is the Rumah Bali Bed and Breakfast and Inaya Putri Bali in Nusa Dua. For budget options around Nusa Dua, we would recommend Puri Clinton Bali or Frangipani Homestay.

Jimbaran – good location and seafood

Jimbaran is an area surrounded by the beach and seaside resorts. It also has the nicest seafood restaurants by the beach side. One of the popular hotels in Jimbaran is Rimba Jimbaran Bali, a beautiful hotel near the beach. Another nice place to stay that won’t break the bank is The Sintesa Jimbaran Bali, which has the most amazing views you will ever see in Jimbaran. Flower Bud Bungalows are also popular in Jimbaran with its unique design.

Ayodya Resort at Nusa Dua, Bali

Ayodya Resort at Nusa Dua, Bali

Canggu – for private holidays and surfers

Canggu is an area in Bali with black sandy beaches. It is popularly known for its surfing activities. The Bali Luxury Private Villa is quite popular in Canggu. It is a stylish villa that offers all sorts of facilities for couples and families. Most of the places to stay in Canggu are private luxury villas like Hotel Tugu Bali, which can be expensive for some visitors. For more affordable places to stay, there are D’Tegale Homestay and Abalihouse. There are also specific places to stay for surfers, which are The Chillhouse and the Andy Surf Villa.

Denpasar – center of everything

Denpasar is recognised as the real Bali among the tourists there, as it is the capital of Bali. It is filled with nice places to stay, including the Taman Suci Hotel, which is an affordable 45-room hotel. Popular places to stay in Denpasar are the B Hotel Bali and Spa and the Sugiras Living, which are first class hotels in their own rights. There are also The The Paica and the Samblung Mas House, which are considered affordable places to stay by international standards.

UMA by COMO at Ubud, Bali

UMA by COMO at Ubud, Bali

Ubud – for art and culture lovers

Ubud has plenty of places that tourists will enjoy staying at. There’s the Como Shambhala Estate, which is a health retreat deep in the rainforest. There’s the Hanging Gardens Ubud, which has a spectacular view and private pool villas. The Purist Villas & Spa is another popular place to stay in Ubud, as it’s a stylish boutique villa complete with meal and spa facilities. A popular boutique hotel is Uma by COMO, which is located on the hillside in Ubud.

Bali is an island, which is not that big. Still, to make choices as tourists in Bali can be quite overwhelming. That is why it is easier to research and review before making a decision on what to do, when to go and where to stay in Bali. Mostly you can book your choice of place to stay in Bali online through the many agents online or even directly through the hotels, resorts or accommodations’ websites. Choosing an area to stay in Bali is a highly personal one, therefore, go for one that would suit you best and you will be sure to have an enjoyable stay in Bali.

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