So, you have a Bali trip planned. Congratulations, you’re making good life choices! But now, you may be wondering where to stay in Bali. For us, the answer is always Canggu.

I had reservations about writing this post because I want to stop this town’s exponential growth. But, due to its awesomeness, that’s never going to happen so here is an easy guide to this wonderful little slice of Earth!

 

Canggu, Bali
Cost of Living Relative to the US (Rent)87% Less Expensive Than US
Cost of Living Relative to the US (Restaurants)71% Less Expensive Than US
Free Workspace With Fastest Wi-FiThe Avocado Factory, Canggu, North Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80351, Indonesia – 56 MBPS
Cost of AirBnB / Night (Cheapest Private Room)$9 / Night
Cost of AirBnB (Average for Entire Place)$25 / Night
Cost of AirBnB / Month$300 / Month
Cost of Hotel / Night$12 / Month
Cost of Hotel / Month$360 / Month
Co-Working Space / Month$70 / Month
Domestic Beer (Restaurant)$1.48
Domestic Beer (Market)$1.38
Bottle of Wine$14.35
Cup of Coffee$1.95
Meal for One Person (Restaurant)$1.75
Pack of Cigarettes$1.45

 

Where To Eat

 

Taco Casa

What to get: Taco Salad, Veggie Taco

So fresh. So unlikely to give you food poisoning. Hooray!

 

Prices: Average prices are 50,000 IDR (About $3.50 USD)

Why I like it:  In the states Mexican food abounds in delicious and endless quantities. I miss it when we’re in parts of the world where it isn’t popular. I can and often do eat it every day.

Taco Casa is fresh, delicious, healthy and they even wash their vegetables with mineral water so it’s safe for our little foreign tummies.

 

 

Shady Shack

Even through the blurriness of this photo you can tell it’s stupidly healthy.

 

Prices: $5-8

Why I like it:  Vegans and vegetarians come on down. This place has got you covered. Lots of Asian countries are pretty heavy on the meat and pasta. This little oasis has everything your plant-based heart desires.

 

 

Bottega Italiana

What to get: Cheese board! Also, any of their pastas.

Cheese board, babiesss!

 

Prices: $4-7

Why I like it:    Because pasta. This is a great date spot, especially if you snag a table outside!

 

 

Monsieur Spoon

What to get: Any baked good: bread, bagels, croissants, tartlets

If I eat anything with Acai or Goji berries it basically means I’m an athlete.

 

Prices: $1- $5.

 

Why I like it:  I love little treats! Their baked goods are all fresh and delicious and reasonably priced. Definitely get the strawberry tartlet. Oh, and the chocolate/caramel one too!  Just get any and all tartlets you see.

 

 

What To Do In Canggu

 

Surf

This is a picture of Jon with an enormous smile on his face. You can’t see it, but you can trust me that it’s there.

 

 You can take a lesson or just rent a board and paddle out. This town has great waves and there are several surf spots great for beginners and shredders alike! For more detailed info including prices head over to my article about Canggu surf!  

Board prices are very reasonable and the waves are usually manageable for beginners, although they can also get huge and fun for experienced surfers.      

 

 

Fly a kite!

Jon trying and evidently failing to help a small child fly his kite.

 

But, he makes up for it with a nice flight during one of Canggu’s amazing sunsets.

 

 The Balinese people take their kite flying very seriously. Every year the trade winds kick up and you’ll see kites everywhere. They even have a huge kite flying competition. They are experts and every evening you will see kites higher than you thought possible.

It’s not just for the kids, either! There was something nice about seeing grown men happily flying their kites. They fly some that are up to 30ft long which wave slowly through the air like mystical dragons!  You should start small, though. Pick up a little one at one of the shops on Batu Bolong and take it down to the beach.

The Balinese people will like seeing you with one even if they laugh at you a little bit.

 

 

Pretty Poison Skate Jam 

I saw a guy here with jean shorts, a Metallica shirt with the sleeves cut off and your dad’s mustache from the 70s. So, it’s worth it for the people watching even if you aren’t into skating. Also, sometimes they use lighter fluid and set the bowl on fire, which is kinda fun.

 

On Thursday and Saturday nights Pretty Poison packs out with everyone in town. They have a skate bowl and local skaters come and show off. The venue serves up beers, good pizza and tasty tunes. Sometimes they even have a graffiti station set up on the back wall! Local artists or anyone who feels like it can grab some paint and create something.

There is a dance floor a few steps away from the skate bowl and they also have a tattoo area if you’re feeling brave or possibly a little stupid.

Even if all this isn’t really your thing (skating is not my thing) it’s still fun to go check out for a little bit while you have a Bintang. It’s a fun, friendly atmosphere and the people watching is excellent. 

 

 

Cruise 

Bliss.

 

One of my absolute favorite things to do in Canggu is hop on my scooter and weave my way through the streets out toward the rice fields. Sometimes I pop my headphones on, other times I drive in silence. It is always a beautiful experience.

Best to do this in the morning or at sunset. Not only is the temperature cooler, the light is more stunning. Of course, always exercise caution on the bike. A lot of people crash their scooters. Other people. Not me. I definitely did not accidentally run my scooter into a ditch.  

 

 

Take a class

Just be prepared for white girls saying, “Namaste”.

 

Canggu has maybe 1 million yoga classes on any given day. The studios are all over the place and the drop-in prices are usually very reasonable. There is also aerial yoga where you get to flip around in that cool hammock suspended from the ceiling! Classes are only about $10.

 

 

Get a massage/spa treatment

You know it’s relaxing because there’s candles.

 

You can really take this to any level here. You can find a massage for $10 or easily spend over $100 on a spa. Whatever suits your budget, you’ll find it in Canggu.

 

 

Watch a ceremony

These Hindu ceremonies are beautiful.

 

You almost can’t miss this because Bali has a religious ceremony almost every day. It’s  a really cool thing to witness. They parade through the streets in their beautiful ceremonial garb playing drums and singing. It’s  pretty awesome.

If you know one is going on or you hear it coming down the street, definitely go watch!

 

 

Go to Old Man’s for a party

This place gets messy.

 

You kind of have to go at least once. If you want a more relaxed vibe, then just go a little earlier. It’s  the perfect place to stop for a beer after the beach. Their happy hour is from 5-6 daily and the deal is 2-for-1 drinks. If you’re getting Bintang, its definitely a good deal. (Especially if you get the large ones.)

If you’re  looking for a night out and want to see almost every single eligible young person in Canggu, then head there later in the evening or for one of their parties.

 

 

Chill

Find balcony. Sit.

 

Somehow this gets overlooked when traveling! It’s not all about rushing to the next place or the next activity. Canggu is an excellent place to relax by the pool and to walk around stopping along the way for little treats.

The beach is great and the water is perfect for swimming, though unfortunately you’ll probably encounter some plastic trash. Indonesia has a huge trash problem. (Just one more reason to get some of these amazing eco-friendly travel items!)  Spend the day reading in a cafe. Just slow your pace a little. 

 

You’re going to have an amazing Bali trip and now you know where to stay in Bali! I know you’ll love Canggu and have your own unique experiences . We planned to go for a week and ended up staying for four months. So, hopefully we’ll  see you there next time we go!

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