Approximately twelve kilometers north of Seminyak, along the route to Tanah Lot Temple, is the small fishing-village-turned-surfer's-paradise of Canggu. The roughly eight kilometers or so of volcanic black sand coastline that makes up the little town boasts seven stunning beaches -- Batu Boolong, Nelayan, Echo Beach, Pererenan, Selasih, Seseh Beach, and Mengening Beach. The currents and massive barrel waves here make the waters unsuitable for casual swimming, but prime for surfing, especially during the monsoon season.
Much quieter than its neighbors to the south, Canggu has a carefree, casual atmosphere with surfing its main attraction. The sleepy little fishing and farming village has a year-round population of surfers who come to ride the famous waves and enjoy the easy life. Since many of them return year after year, sometimes staying for years or even permanently, there is a small but welcoming resident expat community of writers, artisans, designers, and creative artists, along with cafe owners and chefs and aspiring yogis who have put down roots in Canggu. Almost everyone here seems to be on a first-name basis and the locals here are much friendlier than in other parts of Bali. There are very few, if any, touts on the streets or beaches, and none of them are pushy or aggressive.
Mouthwatering meals can be found all over Canggu, at restaurants serving Indonesian food as well as Western places. Free Wi-Fi is fast and easily found at most places, including the smaller local businesses. Nightlife is laid back but lively. Crowds tend to gather for sunset cocktails at the beachside bars on Pererenan Beach, Echo Beach, or Batu Boolong Beach. After dark, beach parties are also popular.
Bali is a relatively small island and much of it can be easily traversed by car or scooter. Most Canggu hostels will offer scooter or bike rentals or can arrange them upon request. Canggu hostel staff can help guests organize a self-guided route to explore the sights of Bali at their own pace. There are also a few travel agencies in town that offer onward transport tickets to various parts of Bali and the Gili Islands, and some can also arrange guided tours to popular tourist sites.
In addition to surfing and beautiful black sand beaches, Canggu offers a range of activities, including cycling and horseback riding. Recently, the charming pastoral town has begun to rival Ubud as a destination for yoga holidays. Studios are popular and plentiful, offering daily classes as well as teacher certification training, workshops, and immersive retreats.
The summer months bring crowds of surfers to Canggu and accommodations fill up quickly. The more popular hostels in Canggu will book out months in advance, so make sure to book early and online for the best deals!
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