Canggu is a chill beach town located about an hour away from Denpasar. It is a rapidly growing town full of surfers, digital nomads, and young travelers. If Canggu is your first destination in Bali, you can easily get there from the airport by hiring a taxi or Grab. Once you’re in Canggu, you can rent a motorbike or hire a Gojek bike to get around town. In this guide to Canggu, you’ll find some insight into our lodging, best places to eat, things to do and where to volunteer!
PRO TIP: Definitely be mindful of using Grab/GoCar once in Canggu, as the locals believe it to be disrespectful for tourists to use them instead of local drivers, even though the local driver price is 2-3x more expensive.
During our two weeks in Canggu, we stayed at two different guesthouses – Umah Tikari and Sleepy Gecko. Both guesthouses were amazing spots where we had everything we needed including a pool, motorbike rental and laundry service. We did have breakfast included at Umah Tikari, which always helps cut costs when you’re on a backpacker’s budget. We highly recommend both places!
There are so many things to do in Canggu – here are some of our favs!
Purah Tanah Lot Temple – This is a famous religious site located on top of a coastal rock formation. For Balinese people, this is a place to worship the Bali sea gods and it’s one of the most important and sacred temples in Bali. Access to the temple is at the liberty of the tides and sunset at Tanah Lot is truly special. The sea turns to gold and the light shining on the temple is simply incredible. Even though it gets pretty crowded during sunset, we definitely recommend checking this out. Entrance is 60K IDR/$4USD for foreigners and 3K IDR/$0.21USD for motorbike parking.
Spend your day at a pool club – If you want to be “fancy” and spend the day on a daybed by a pool with a nice view of the surfers, you have to check out Finn’s Beach Club or Potato Head Beach Club (located in Seminyak). At Finn’s, the minimum spend for us was 3.4M IDR/$214 USD for a daybed in the VIP section and it fits up to 6 people (4 comfortably in our opinion). You can also keep an eye out on the Finn’s website for lower minimum spend deals.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you can always hang out at one of the beach bars on Berewa Beach. Grab a beanbag, order a Bintang or fresh coconut and enjoy your day at the beach!
Sunset at The Lawn – The Lawn is the place to be for sunset. Head upstairs and grab a drink and enjoy the amazing Bali sunsets. There is no minimum spend if you’re not interested in a day bed or cabana. If you want to spend the day at The Lawn, the minimums spend ranges from 500K IDR /$46 USD to 1.5M IDR/$107USD depending on day of the week and time of the day.
Yoga at The Practice – If you’re into yoga, take a class at The Practice. This spot is the place to meditate and relax. It’s a stunning yoga center with amazing teachers so make sure you book a class during your time in Canggu.
Beer Pong at Old Man’s – Every Wednesday night, Old Man’s hosts ‘Dirty ‘Ol Wednesday’s’ where you can relive the college days and participate in the famous beer pong competition or just enjoy the vibes by the beach.
Catch a wave at Batu Balong – If you want to go surfing, grab a board and head to Batu Balong. This is a good spot for beginners. Surfers are on their boards starting at 6AM and will be there all day long.
Get a tattoo at Dream Ink Bali – Looking to get inked? Check out this spot on Batu Balong road.
Pretty Poison Skate Jam – Inspired by the Cali skate community, this spot is where you can catch skaters take on the outdoor skate bowl. Make sure to go on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday for an awesome night watching locals shred in and out of the bowl!
Shopping at Love Anchor – If you’re looking for some fun jewelry, clothing, or souvenirs check out the shops here and make sure to haggle!
Black Cat Mini Mart – One of the few speakeasies in Canggu. This spot is hidden in plain sight – you’ll have to enter a mini mart, open the ‘Broken’ Fridge door and you’ll find your way into a bar.
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La Brisa – Located on Echo Beach, this spot is beautifully decorated and another great spot to catch sunset views. Walking through here seems like a scene right out of the Lost Boys home in Peter Pan given all of the nooks and crannies to hang out in. There is a minimum spend
Shady Shack – If you’re looking for good smoothie bowls, this is the place to get them. This local spot is a hip and healthy option and if you’re here for dinner, make sure to order the ‘pillow talk’ dish!
Warung Dandelion – The perfect spot to have a nice date night. Decorated in traditional Balinese accents, you can order some Balinese dishes. You may also spot some of the bunnies (yes, real bunnies) that live there and roam around freely!
Crate – This has to be hands down our favorite spot to grab breakfast in Canggu. The portions are massive and the vibes and prices (55K IDR/$4 USD for all entrees) are just right. If you’re there on a weekend, you’ll enjoy some awesome music by the DJ. Make sure to order first and then grab a spot at the communal tables and enjoy!
Betelnut – Located on Batu Balong, this is another great spot to grab breakfast. Delicious smoothie bowls, good breakfast options, and the chicken wrap was also excellent!
Cinta – If you’re in Berewa, check out this restaurant overlooking some beautiful rice paddies. A little bit pricey in our opinion, but the staff and service is great and the food was delicious!
Santorini – Looking for some Greek dishes? With two locations in Canggu, both places serve some awesome Greek food. You’ll also feel like you’re in Greece with all the blue and white décor!
Machinery Café – Need an indoor café with AC and good WIFI? Make sure to check out this spot. This is a good spot to do some work on your laptop over a cup of coffee. Their food is also very delicious!
SizzleWraps Cantina – Good Mexican can be hard to find especially in Southeast Asia but the guys at this spot do an incredible job. The free homemade chips are a great way to try the three homemade salsas and Dan definitely recommends the Quesarito!
Island Wok – Some days all we wanted was to stay in and order a takeout dinner. Our go to spot was always Island Wok. Our favorites were the orange chicken and beef chow mien. They also own Island Bagel, which offers some yummy breakfast bagel options!
Milk and Madu – This has to be our favorite spot in all of Canggu. M&M offers 2-for-1 pizza days (Sunday and Tuesday) after 5pm. This means we were here every Sunday and Tuesday! The atmosphere is just right, the live music was always amazing, and the staff and service were the best. We really can’t say anything bad about this place. They also have a location in Ubud, which we were also regulars at. We can’t recommend this place enough as well as any restaurants from the Good Food Brotherhood (The Common, Bangkok Hustle, Shmurger Burger, Watercress).
During our time in Canggu, we were able to find an awesome animal shelter called Lucky Dog Rescue in Berewa. The shelter rescues local street dogs that have been neglected, abused or abandoned. After some love and care, Lucky Dog does its best to find these doggos permanent homes.
From a recommendation from friends of ours, we stopped by to meet with the owner. We ended up playing with three new puppies that were looking for their forever homes and then took one of the older dogs to the beach with us for the day. Volunteering at Lucky Dog Rescue is free and there were no requirements. We reached out via Instagram beforehand to coordinate a time to come to the shelter.
If you want to volunteer with Lucky Dog Rescue, it would be best to contact them directly to see what type of help they need. The owner is always looking for volunteers, donations and people to adopt their animals so if you can help in any way, please get in contact.
If you’re looking for a beach clean up in Canggu, you can show up at Old Man’s every Saturday at 3pm. You don’t have to sign up beforehand, just show up! Along with other volunteers, you’ll clean up the beach area with gloves and garbage bags. Once you’re done with the cleanup, they give out drink cards where you can receive a free beer or juice as a thank you!
Trash Hero Canggu is also an active chapter that holds beach cleanups every Sunday at 4pm at Munggu Beach. You can check out their Facebook page to find the next scheduled cleanup. Similar to the Old Man’s cleanup, you’ll receive gloves and bags for the garbage. After the cleanup, they’ll provide fresh fruit to all volunteers! Trash Hero is one of our favorite organizations so check out their website to see if there is an active Trash Hero chapter in an area near you!
If you know of any other volunteer organizations located in Canggu, we’d love to include it to our website. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us on Instagram @jetsetforgood.