Canggu feels like the untouched destination that hasn’t quite been overwhelmed by Bali’s tourism. For how long I am not sure, the Village has changed dramatically since I last visited 2 years ago. However, it’s still just as beautiful with some very exclusive villas.
It has a hipster vibe and an intimacy with tradition, which a lot of other villages don’t seem to possess.
Things to do
One thing that isn’t hard to find in Canggu is art, and more specifically street art.
Just wander around the village to find artists in action, creating some beautiful pieces on newly constructed buildings and blank canvas’.
Hire a scooter and explore for a day. But please be careful, the death rates on scooter have been rising, and more and more tourists have lost their lives.
Wander around the village
As well as street art there are so many beautiful things to see around the village.
From local temples, rice paddies and quirky houses.
Canggu also has some of the most unique shopping available and is fast becoming well known for its enticing food scene, check out my post on where to eat here.
Visit the beach
There are a lot of surf schools scattered around Canggu.
Whether you’re a surfer or just want to stroll down to the beach, Canggu is where you’ll find peace and quiet, without being asked to buy something every 5 seconds.
If you’re lucky you might get the beach to yourself.
Canggu has a very different style to the rest of Bali, with their boutiques and retail spaces.
Whether you are looking for clothing, home decor, gifts or surf wear, you’ll find what you need amongst the earthy, and unique vibe that Canggu has to offer.
Where to stay
Canggu has become much more accessible in last couple years. It is very easy to catch a taxi from your hotel or villa, and there are taxi stands dotted around the main areas.
If you’re travelling with family, it may be best to stay around Finns Beach or the Coastal Stretch. There are clusters of hotels, restaurants, bars, beaches and activities within walking distance. Making it much less stressful when you have kids in tow.
Hotels near Canggu Coastal Stretch
Hotel Tugu If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, Hotel Tugu is the place to stay. This is an extravagant hotel close to some of the best restaurants in Canggu. Price Range: $300 – $400 AUD per night. Compare prices here
Hotels away from the crowds
If you’re looking for some quiet time away from the crowds, I recommend moving away from the beaches.
Zoe Villa Canggu Bali – Just wanting to relax with loads of privacy. Zoe Villa has affordable rooms with private pools and luxurious amenities. Price Range: $110 – $220 AUD per night. Compare prices here
Gay friendly Hotel in Canggu
The Bali Dream Villa Resort Echo Beach Canggu – A great place to relax with loads of privacy. The staff are willing to go out of their way to meet your needs and make your stay as comfortable as possible. I have also read reviews on their villa in Seminyak, which is also very gay friendly. Price Range: $50 – $100 AUD per night. Compare prices here
Canggu Packing Essentials
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Thongs or for those outside of Australia, Flip Flops
- Mosquito repellent bracelet
- Light clothing for Bali’s humidity