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Canggu

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Canggu is a beach area in South Bali, north of Seminyak and south of Tanah Lot.

Understand[edit]

Canggu has a very long black sand beach

Canggu proper is a small village on the beach about 20 minutes north of Seminyak, half way to Tanah Lot. Canggu is widely used though to refer to a large coastal stretch of about 8 km, running north from the village of Berawa (just north of Seminyak) to the village of Cemagi (just south of Tanah Lot) taking in Echo Beach, Seseh and Pererenan along the way. It is still a largely rural area away from the beaches, but is being developed fast.

The beaches have dark grey or black sand and are not particularly good for swimming, but do offer some renowned and challenging surfing spots.

Nelayan Beach (Fisherman Beach) is where you can still get fresh fish, lobsters, prawns etc every early morning. Five minutes walk between Berawa Beach and Batu Bolong Beach.

The area is popular with many expatriates who choose to live here, and a large number of the villas owned by overseas nationals are located here. Much of the area features quietly undulating terrain with the rice paddies that typify much of south central Bali.

Get in[edit]

Taxis can be hard to find in this area and most travel tends to be by private car or motorcycle. Consider booking accommodation with a complimentary airport pickup as this is the easiest way to get to Canggu.

Get around[edit]

Map of Canggu

See[edit]

Sunset over Canggu Beach
  • Very pastoral, Canggu offers a chance to observe the daily rhythms of Balinese village life.
  • Check out the sunset from your perch on a surfboard.
  • Black sand beaches. Amongst the better beaches in this area are Berawa, Echo Beach and Pererenan.

Do[edit]

  • The nearby Nirwana Bali Golf Course Tanah Lot. Designed by Greg Norman and is constantly voted one of the best golf courses in Asia; it is situated beside the dramatic, waved-lashed sea temple of Tanah Lot just to the north.
  • Various activities are offered at the Canggu Club. Bali's first (and only) country club.
  • Casa Day Spa & delivery, Jl Raya Canggu 58A (in between Berawa and Batu Bolong Intersection), +62 612 149911. 12noon-8PM. Spa treatment Rp 40,000-225,000.
  • 1 Yoga Classes (Serenity Yoga Canggu Bali), Jl Nelayan, Br (On the way to Batu Bolong Beach), +62 361 8469251, e-mail: . 7am-10pm. Beginner, intermediate and advanced yoga classes. No reservation required, bring towel. Rp100,000.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • OM Beach Lounge Restaurant (opposite Hotel Tugu), +62 361 9604121. 8AM-11PM. International style food in a large bamboo construction, nice sunset views. Organic market on Sundays, child friendly environment.

Budget[edit]

  • Dukuh, Jl Canggu Club 31, Berawa (directly between the Canggu Club and Berawa Beach). Good value restaurant in a convenient location with nice rice field views. Mains around Rp 30,000.
  • 1 Alkaline Restaurant, Jl Nelayan, Br Canggu (On the way to Batu Bolong Beach), +62 361 8469257, e-mail: . 10am-10pm. Vegan Raw Western Indonesian Cafe and Juice bar. Offers healthy snacks and meals 10k-60k.

Mid-range[edit]

  • People's, Jl Batu Bolong No 56C (right in front of Deus), +62 812 2862 9408. noon-1am. Recently opened. Probably the best sushis and tapas in Canggu. Nice selection of cocktails and gorgoous view over the rice paddy. Live jazz band every Saturday. Most mains Rp 25,000-60,000.
  • The Beach House, Jl Pura Batu Mejan (at Echo Beach), +62 361 7474604. 7:30AM-midnight. Popular with local expats and visitors. Sunset views and a variety of eating areas. Tables spill out onto a beach side area, live music, seafood barbecues. Most mains Rp 25,000-50,000.
  • Sukerti's Garden Restaurant, Jl Pantai Berawa (next to Legong Keraton Hotel), +62 361 8550056. 7AM-11PM. A garden restaurant in the Pantai Berawa Area close to the surf spot. Western and Asian food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Free WiFi, surfer shower and a garden. From Rp 20,000.

Drink[edit]

There is no real bar culture in Canggu, but the trendy designer bars of Seminyak are only a 20-25 minute drive away.

Sleep[edit]

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under US $50
Mid-range US $50-130
Splurge Over US $130


There are a variety of small hotels and bungalow collections in this area. The most prevalent form of travel accommodation though is a seemingly never ending supply of private villas.

Room occupancy rate of classified hotel in Bali is decreasing since 2013 and in 2016 the room occupancy rate is less than 54 percent, a significant drop by about 4.5 percent from 2015. Experts predict that in 2017 and next, hotels oversupply will be more severe due to mass development of big hotels with more than a hundred rooms each. Many hotels give big discount, including 5, 4 and 3 stars hotels, make 2 stars hotels and below maybe collapse. It is difficult to differentiate between Budget and Mid-range hotel as usual based on stars, so a usual 4 or 3 stars mid-range hotel may be nowadays will be a budget hotel. Canggu is far from Kuta Beach, has many hotels with spacious room and large garden an usually have lower rate than in Kuta, Legian and Seminyak.

The prices are stated below are normal price, except if it stated as discount price.

Budget[edit]

  • e-homestay Canggu, Jl Pantai Pererenan (300 m from Pererenan Beach), +62 878 62570040. A home stay with sea and rice field view. 1 minute walk to the surf beach at Pererenan. Rp250,000.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Rumah Wayan (Wayan's House), Jl Pantai Batu Bolong 48X/45 (surf area of Canggu), +62361 4731820, e-mail: . Check-in: 12PM, check-out: 11AM. Tropical house, arranged in a traditional Balinese style of architecture. US $60.

Splurge[edit]

  • Desa Seni, Jl Kayu Putih 13, Pantai Berawa, +62 361 8446392. Each room in this self-styled "village" is situated in an antique house, with a newly refurbished interior. Saltwater pool, spa, a restaurant with many organic and vegetarian options, and yoga classes twice daily. From US $150.
  • Hotel Tugu Bali, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu, +62 361 731701. Beach-side hotel with good service and numerous dining and spa options. Contains many Indonesian antiques and beautiful relics. Worth a visit just for the antiques and restaurant. From about US $300.

Private villas[edit]

  • Villa Asmara, Cemagi. Balinese architecture with modern facilities. Large swimming pool, games room, shared tennis court, 4 bedrooms. Fully staffed villa ideal for families. From US $450.
  • Anyar Estate, Jl Bumbak Dauh, Umalas (off Jl Bumbak), +62 361 736559, e-mail: . 5 private villas, 2, 3 or 4 bedroom villas each with its own pool, 24 hr security, concierge, and room service. From US $250.
  • Villa Maridadi. 5 bedroom beachfront home between rice fields and the ocean in the traditional village of Cemagi, Fully staffed, 20 m swimming pool, tennis court and games room. From USD 895.
  • [dead link]Komea Villa, Jl. Subak Sari No. 7, Br. Tegal Gundul, Ds. Tibu Beneng, +62 361 4738509, +62 819 9952 8080, e-mail: . 1-2 bedroom villa, all fitted with private swimming pool, elegant living space and lush tropical landscape. From US $170.
  • Nilofaur Villa. Large private villa built in 2007. Good location. 17 m swimming pool and fully equipped gym. The Buwit River borders the gardens. 5 bedrooms, private pool and garden. Fully staffed including private cook and maids. US $700-1,000.
  • Simona Oasis and Spa. 5 bedroom villa with 1,000² m private spa on a spur of land at the confluence of two rivers. Walking distance from the beach. Fully staffed, car and driver included. From US $925.
  • Uma Di Beji. Accessed via its own 150 m driveway and bridge. 5 bedroom villa in a secluded rice field location. Various buildings, all with traditional Balinese alang-alang (thatched) roofs, frame the gardens and the large suites of the house. The mature garden and numerous water features lead down to a large lava rock swimming pool. US $850-1,250.
  • Villa Mako. 3 bedroom retreat with swimming pool and large garden. Single-storey villa is neo-colonial in style, similar to the Dutch guesthouses in Java, characterised by louvred shutters, old teak doors and high wooden ceilings built of old timbers. The villa is fully staffed and has a private swimming pool. US $370-490.
  • Villa Menari, Jl Brick lane (just off Jl Bumbak), +62 361 7447643, e-mail: . Private villa in the rice paddies. The villa comes with car, driver and personal chef. From US $400..
  • Villa Pangi Gita (turn down Jl Pantai Pererenan, off Jl Raya Canggu). 3 bedroom villa with traditional-style living and sleeping pavilions, tropical gardens and fish ponds. From US $450.
  • Villa Puri Bawana, Jl Raya Semer no 883, Semer, +62 361 731 074. 5 bedroom villa, with 30 m swimming pool, 7,000² m of gardens surrounded by rice fields and within walking distance of the beach. Guests have access to the sporting and social facilities at the nearby Canggu Club. from US $1,025.
  • Villa Sungai Tinggi (beachfront, Jl Pererenan). 4 bedroom villa (with two studies convertible into extra bedrooms), 100 m of private beach frontage, lush tropical landscape and bordering rice fields. Fully staffed, 18 m swimming pool. The villa combines traditional materials with local artifacts. From US $875.

Go next[edit]

  • The bright lights, shopping centres and nightlife of Seminyak are just 25 minutes away.
  • The temple of Tanah Lot, famed for its sunsets, and the Nirwana golf course is 20 minutes away by car.
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