From beaches, temples, to night markets and clubs, find out more what are the top things to do in Canggu, Bali that some of the locals don't even know about.
Canggu, Bali, is all the rage now, or it at least will be once you've read this list.
Canggu Beach is a coastal village that’s roughly situated between Seminyak and Tanah Lot. The unique thing about this place is that the coastline is comprised of black-sand beaches with surf breaks that make it appealing to surfers. Recently, cafes, restaurants and shops have been sprouting in the area, making Canggu a must-visit. Here’s why we think so.
A Temple of its Kind
Tanah Lot is set in the sea, which makes it a sight to behold. The temple’s rugged limestone shoreline, the crevices at the rocky base and the nesting of sea snakes in that area speak of nature’s fine work. If you have had enough of run-of-the-mill looking temples, check this one out.
Address: Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Beraban Village, Kediri, Tabanan
Opening Hours: 7:00am to 7:00pm daily
Beach Please: Echo Beach & Berawa Beach
Surfers flock over to Echo Beach because the geography promises a great time with the waves. The famous reef-breaks excite advance riders. This is next to Tanah Lot and there are many restaurants and bars you can sit at to watch the surfing action, if you are not experiencing it yourself. Berawa Beach borders the coast of Seminyak. Also featuring dark sand, surfers gather here to escape crowds.
Splashin’ Good Times
If you are with a young family, you can choose from Splash Waterpark and the Taman Segara Madu Water Park to hydrate your bodies from the hot sun. At Splash Waterpark, the kids will love the slides and splashes that cover over an approximate area of 2,400sqm. One of the favourites would be the 90m long slide where up to four participants can race down with a speedometer that will determine the winner. Younger kids can also enjoy the ‘kiddy slides’ that include a giant tunneling bowl and a splash playground with a shallow lagoon. The Taman Segara Madu has programmes such as water yoga. When you’ve had enough of the water, just lay back at the gazebos which overlook the adjacent rice fields in Canggu.
Source: Splash Water Park
Splash Water Park
Address: Jalan Raya Pantai Berawa, Banjar Tegal Gundul, Canggu
Opening Hours: 9:00am to 6:00pm daily
Taman Segara Madu Water Park
Address: Jalan Raya Batu Bolong No. 39, Canggu
Opening Hours: 9:00am to 6:00pm daily
Bounce baby, bounce
For both kids and grown-ups, the indoor Bounce Bali Trampoline Centre is a great place to hop to. It’s the only large-scale indoor facility of its kind on the entire island. Air-conditioned, you can spend your afternoon here away from the blazing outdoors. There are enough areas and walls to perform different types of acrobatic tricks.
Bounce Bali Trampoline Centre
Address: Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu
Opening Hours: 9:00am to 10:00pm daily
Cost: IDR135,000 per person
Let’s Ride it Out
One of Bali’s leading horse stables, the Bali Equestrian Centre is a 2.5 hectare facility manned by certified international instructors. This place houses over 40 horses from Indonesia and other countries. This could be a fun day out for the kids as they can enjoy pony rides and day camps. Riding lessons are available at IDR950,000 for private ones. Otherwise, you can join a one-hour village tour at IDR700,000.
Bali Equestrian Centre
Address: Perumahan Canggu Asri, Jalan Karang Suwung, Berawa, Canggu
Opening Hours: 7:45am to 11:45am & 2:45pm to 6:45pm daily
So hipster it hurts
Canggu is known for its collection of hipster cafes. From sitting on beanbags to handcrafted cocktails, this is the new hipster haven. If you think that’s pretty ordinary, how about chilling at a skate bowl with live web screenings? Many of them are located on Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, so you might want to take a walk down that street to see which tickles your fancy.
How can a place be cool without nightlife? There’s a fair number of options to how you’d want to spend your late hours – from fun times at a beer garden in Old Man’s, dancing your socks off (because you won’t be wearing any) on the sand at Finns Beach Club or just having wine at The Lawn.
Weekends are for Markets
Weekend markets give everyone yet another reason to look forward to the end of the week. Samadi Market is your place if you are into organic produce. If hipster stuff is right up your alley, go to the Love Anchor Market. You find everything from clothing to souvenirs to handmade jewellery. Only open on the last Saturday of the month, the Old Mans Canggu Market offers an eclectic mix of goods that range from organic to quirky.
Old Mans Canggu
Address: Old Man’s Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu
Opening Hours: 8:00am to 3:00pm daily
Source: Samadi Market
Address: Samadi Bali, Jl. Padang Linjong No 39 Canggu
Opening Hours: 9:00am to 2:00pm daily
Source: Love Anchor
Love Anchor Market
Address: Love Anchor, Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No 56 Canggu
Opening Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm daily