Things To Do In Canggu Bali Other Than Surf

Canggu is a hipster area located on the West coast of Bali, North of Seminyak, which is typically known for it’s surf community. Pretty much everywhere you look you’ll see people with boards attached to their scooter heading towards the beach for a surf.

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Canggu Echo Beach

It’s a popular place to surf, especially if you don’t have the opportunity back home, but to be honest, we were disappointed with the state of the beaches in Canggu. There is so much rubbish on the shores that you find yourself swimming with beer cans and plastic forks. Unfortunately this is a heart breaking reality here in Bali and an environmental issue we’re quite passionate about so we sincerely support 4Ocean, an organisation that’s actively trying to clean up the shores. But ANYWAY, it’s for this reason we decided to hold off on hitting the waves in Canggu and instead decided to learn to surf in Australia

So what’s a non surfer to do in Canggu?

We spent a month living in Canggu and came up with this list…

Hire A Scooter

First of all you’re going to need a scooter to get around Canggu, it’s the way of life here and much easier to get from A to B than by car – and much cheaper too!

Canggu Scooter

You can hire a scooter for IDR50k (about $5AUD) per day or IDR700k ($70AUD) for a whole month, and fill up the tank for just IDR10k-20k ($1-$2AUD). I found the Scoopy model easier to drive whereas Will preferred the Vario as it was smoother on the road, but any model will do the job.

Find The Famous Short Cut

There are no roads along the beach in Canggu which makes it really annoying to drive from one beach to the next. It would take you 3 minutes to walk, but to get there by bike you have to drive 4km inland to get to the big main road where you can then find the road that leads to the next beach and drive the 4km back to the coast…unless you find The Shortcut that is!

Canggu Shortcut

The Shortcut is a ‘road’ that runs through a beautiful rice field in Canggu. Locals made it to make life easier but didn’t really consider the safety, or how wide it would need to be. It’s elevated with no fence so it’s easy to fall off (which we’ve seen happen a few times) and it’s only big enough to be a one-way road. But who would want to drive all the way around though?

Let’s just say it can get quite interesting when cars try to get through, especially if from both directions…

Canggu Fails
(Pictures saved from Google Images)


very important part of Canggu life is brunch.

Canggu Food
(The Brekkie Plate at Crate, Canggu)

There are so many cool brunch spots in the area, and smoothie bowls are a thing here too! Check out my Ultimate Guide To Restaurants & Cafes in Canggu for all my recommendations.

Canggu Smoothie Bowl
(Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl from Koi, Canggu)

Watch The Sunset at Batu Bolong Beach

Sunsets in Bali are gorgeous, it must have something to do with where the island is positioned on the globe, but seriously it’s like experiencing magic every night. The best place to watch the sunset is at the beach with a couple of Bintangs (Balinese beers).

Canggu beers

Batu Bolong beach is probably the most central beach in Canggu with groups of people gathering here each night to watch the sunset together.

Canggu Sunset

There’s a popular bar here called Old Man’s that attracts a young crowd, and also the Sand Bar that do Sunday Sunset Sessions on the sand each week.

Canggu Old Mans

If you’re looking for more luxe vibes head to The Lawn at Batu Bolong beach. It’s a nice bar with a huge lawn, where you can chill on bean bags while you farewell the sun.

Canggu the lawn

Or for an even better view head to Ji Restaurant for a Ji Sunset Session, known as ‘the best sunset spot in Canggu’. Ji Restaurant is part of the ultra luxurious Hotel Tugu Bali though you don’t even have to be a guest of the hotel to take advantage of this aesthetically pleasing space. We particularly love level 3 that’s part of Ji Terrace by the Sea as it has a more lively ambiance with the DJ playing groovy deep house beats as the sun goes down. And the cocktails are to die for, you’ve got to try the “Coco Sexo” and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Canggu things to do sunset spot Ji
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Tan At The Beach

There’s also Echo Beach, a couple hundred meters North of Batu Bolong. It’s just the same with a few restaurants.

Canggu Echo beach

Our favourite beach in Canggu is Berawa Beach, because it’s actually cleaned, thanks to the 5 Star Resorts on the beachfront.

Canggu Berawa

A thing to do at Berawa beach is to hang on the swings at ARboon Beach Bar.

There’s also a really cool gypsy-themed restaurant called La Laguna at Berawa that’s worth a visit.

Canggu Berawa Beach Canggu La Laguna

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Along with the surf community there is a yoga scene in Canggu and I recommend practising yoga at The Chillhouse.

Canggu Yoga

It’s IDR120k ($12AUD) for a class and there’s a pool there too, which you can use for IDR50k ($5AUD) if you’re not staying at the guest house.

Alternatively there’s a quiet eco-friendly guest house called Serenity that do surf camps and yoga retreats. Single yoga classes are IDR10k ($10AUD).

Weekend Markets

There’s Love Anchor Market at Batu Bolong, where you can buy nice jewellery, clothes, accessories, soaps, you name it.

Canggu Love Anchor Markets

And also the Samadi Sunday Market near Echo Beach, they sell fruit + veg and other foods aswell.

Canggu Samedi Yoga

Work Out

If you’re into fitness you might struggle finding a gym that’s not a complete rip off in price. It took a bit of driving around to find it but there’s a quality local gym located on the road towards Perenenan beach, just past the Bali Veterinary Clinic, with a large statue of a man out the front. Prices start from IDR20k ($2AUD) for day sessions or IDR80k ($8AUD) for a 1 week membership.

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Beach Clubs

A must do when in Canggu is to hang out at Finn’s Beach Club. It’s not as busy or overrated as Potato Head and Ku De Ta in Seminyak (or as expats call Semin-yuck), so there is actually a chance of getting a good sun bed.

Canggu Finns

Good vibes, good tunes and good location, coupled with an infinity pool bar…what else do you need?

Canggu Finns beach club

When we first arrived in Canggu it was free to enter, you’d just need to buy something at the bar, but as it’s getting more popular the minimum spend to get in is now IDR250k ($25AUD).

Canggu Beach Club

Tip: There are security checks at the entrance to Finns and you can’t take any of your own liquids including water.

There’s also the Canggu Club which has pools, waterslides, tennis courts, a fitness centre, bowling alley, cinema, and bars + restaurants. We were lucky enough to be invited to go bowling there by members of the club so didn’t have to pay, but day passes are IDR300k ($30AUD). Their tennis courts also have the tennis balls for the best possible tennis experience which can be found on

Canggu Club
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If you just want a quiet dip in a pool to cool down in Canggu (we didn’t have a pool where we were staying) then there’s an infinity pool at Perenenan Beach called Pondok Wisata. It’s meant for guests of the hotel but you can just buy something at the restaurant there and use the pool for free.

Note: If you’re blonde, avoid getting your hair wet as my hair turned green in this pool. If that does happen then tomato paste does the trick to get the green out!

Canggu pool

Or drive up to the 5 Star Pan Pacific Hotel near Tanah Lot if you want an epic pool. This would require stealth mode to sneak in but it’s worth it 😉

Tanah Lot Temple

For a bit of culture, a popular tourist attraction in the Canggu area is the Tanah Lot Temple. It’s a 45 minute drive from Batu Bolong and worth a visit for beautiful ocean views on top of the hill. It looks like it would have been an amazing place to visit in the past, but in my opinion the beauty has been ruined by the mass tourism. It was much nicer to admire from afar.

Tip: Like at any temple, you need to cover your legs before entering, but don’t worry as sarong hire is included with the entry fee.

Canggu Tanah Lot

Live Balinese Dances at Hotel Tugu Bali

Speaking of culture, you can’t come to Bali and not experience a Traditional Balinese Dance Show. We did this in Ubud, a town known as the cultural heart of Bali, but when in Canggu there’s no better place to experience authentic Bali than at Hotel Tugu. Whether you’re a guest of the hotel or not, every Thursday night you are welcome to experience live Balinese dance and music performances on the stage in the lobby area. Hotel Tugu Bali was not only the very first hotel in Canggu, it’s also a museum that along with it’s sister hotels, holds the biggest collection of fine Indonesian art and cultural antiques in the country. It’s worth a visit because literally anywhere you look you’ll see the most authentic pieces displayed throughout the beautiful estate.

Hotel Tugu bali dance show

Horse Riding

There’s an Equestrian Centre in Canggu that offer horse riding tours along the beach and through villages. We didn’t get around to doing this one but met some travellers who recommended it.

Even though Canggu is still ‘quieter’ than the chaos of Kuta and Seminyak, there is still a lot to do other than surf. After living in Canggu for a month we’ve already noticed a lot of change in terms of development so there are clearly plans for mass tourism here in the near future. We definitely recommend visiting Canggu before that happens and be sure to pre-book all the best tours and activities in and around the islands of Bali, conveniently at

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35 thoughts on “Things To Do In Canggu Bali Other Than Surf

  1. As a new arrival, thank you for this!

    Do you remember the name of the gym near the vet clinic? I wonder if they have a website of some sorts so I can look them up before going there.

    Also, which scooter rental shop do you use? I’ve visited three so far, and quotes I were given where between 800k and 1M per month.

    1. Hey Lukasz thanks for the feedback.

      Unfortunately I don’t remember the name of the gym, however there is only one road to perenenan beach and you literally can’t miss it as it on the left side about 30 metres past the vets. I did about 15 sessions there and can absolutely vouch for the gym. Also regards the scooter, we rented ours with our guesthouse host at Taman Ratih for 700K for the month. So 800K at a shop is a good price To be honest.

      Enjoy your stay in Canggu ?

  2. Fantastic love ❤️ it very interesting we have a villa in Berawa and spend a bit of time there though out the year and love hearing about new places around the area

  3. Looks amazing. That short cut looks crazy though. Can’t believe all those crashes. But looks like you guys had an amazing time and it looks so beautiful. Too bad the water has beer cans in it. 🙁

    1. Haha yeah the shortcut was definitely an attraction 😉 It’s unfortunate that many parts of Bali don’t have a system in place for rubbish, especially when there is so much of it! But I’m sure there are people working on solving the problem

  4. I’m heading to Canggu in a few weeks time so these tips couldn’t come at a better moment. I will be saving this article to refer back to, thanks heaps! Do you have any recommendations of places to eat?

    1. How great! I guess you were meant to stumble across my blog for a reason 😉 I’m glad this post has been helpful. And yes I’m literally putting a post together about places to eat in Canggu as we speak, it should be published tomorrow xx

  5. Such a good guide, Sandy!! I’m glad you mentioned all the trash on the beaches, that made me so sad! And then I discovered where all the trash came from when I participated in the after hours beach party at Sand Bar 😛 Really fun, but made me angry to see drunk people just letting their beer bottles, shoes, etc. float away into the ocean. This makes me want to take a day trip down to Canggu! (If only for some brunch 😛 Have you found good brunch in Ubud?)

    1. I know the feeling!! Yeah you should take a trip to Canggu while you’re in Bali. Well the best brunch I’ve had in Ubud was the ‘Avocado Sourdough’ from Senimans that you recommended 😉 We get breakfast made for us each day at the AirBnB we’re staying at but I’ll be putting together a lunch/dinner restaurant guide to Ubud in the next couple of weeks <3

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