sunset time at Canggu beach

Canggu, Digital Nomad List’s No. 1, Bali

Walk the beach up north from Seminyak. after Petitenget and Batu Belig beaches you’ll find Canggu Beach. It is famous mainly for its vibes, surfing and sunsets, along with close neighbors Batu Bolong, Berawa & Echo Beach. If the latter has world-class waves, Batu Bolong, also known as Old Man, is ideal for beginners, longboards and funboarding. This is as well the place to go for live music and late-night parties. These salt & pepper sand beaches are not only frequented by surfers, tourists or clubbers, they are as well extremely popular with local families, expats and dog walkers. Batu Bolong has become a digital nomads hot spot with the corresponding co-working spaces, cafes, bars, restaurants & guest houses that cater for them. In another words, the hipster capital of Bali has much to offer, and while some hate the place, for most visitors its love at first sight.

Canggu as a Digital Nomad.

Canggu tops the lists of the digital nomads’s most sought-after locations, debunking Chiang Mai, Lisbon or Playa del Carmen. It has top-rate internet speed, good year-round weather, unimitable vibes, exuberant food scene, good surf and joyous nightlife. You can splurge when things are going good and live cheap when more challenging times come around. It feels like a tribe: Canggu is the only touristic spot in Bali that is still lively in this covid era. And then there’s the beach, the surfing, the overall safety, the funky homestays and delirious private villas, the beach clubs, the gyms, the yoga classes, the massages, the temples – some right on the beach like at Batu Bolong – and the rest of Bali a bike ride away…

coworking canggu
Coworking Place In Canggu, Bali.

Coworking spaces in Canggu

Fiber optic has been installed for many years in Bali and Canggu is no exception. There are many coworking spaces around with fast wifi, skype booths, printers & scanners, meeting rooms and catering. Most offer coliving, spas, swimming pools and community driven events as well. Here are a few long-standing DN favorites:

Outpost
Dojo Bali
Genesis Creative Center
Connco Work Hub
Tropical Nomad

And if you don’t need uber-fast internet connection 24/7, here are some chill cafes that have good wifi and cozy areas where to hammer away at your laptop keyboard:

Zin Cafe
The Greenhouse
Cinta Cafe

Sunset at Canggu Beach, Bali.

What is canggu known for?

We’ve seen that Canggu is famous for its surf breaks, sunsets, laid-back vibes, hipsters, brunch spots and cafes but let’s not forget the landmark that copped instagram and facebook posts over the last 3 years: The Shortcut. This is a narrow brick lane that cross the paddy fields between Berawa and Batu Bolong beaches, the two main Canggu hubs. Totally empty in the mornings, it’s a huge mess of a traffic jam in the afternoons until well after sunset and the scene of many involuntary and much documented motorbike falls into the rice fields, provoking lots of social media sneering.

The famous Canggu, Bali shortcut, which goes through fields of arros, with its usual traffic jam.
Canggu Shortcut

Is Canggu Bali safe?

Yes, Canggu is safe but as tourism grew, so did petty crimes. Bags and phones snatching have risen the last 2 years, maybe because the area feels so safe that many are led to think that nothing bad will ever happen. Well, that’s not the case, but taking a few precautions, like keeping your belongings out of reach or even better hidden in your bike seat, will be enough to avoid those fun-spoiling mishaps.

photo of La Plancha beach bar, Bali
La Plancha, Seminyak, Bali.

Is Canggu or Seminyak better?

It will basically depend on your sensibility, but they are worlds apart. Canggu looks and feels like a village while Seminyak is more urban, has older crowds and is more up-market. Canggu is more laid-back, hip and fun.

Can you walk from Canggu to Seminyak?

Yes you can, along the beach it takes around 40 minutes, depending how fast of a walker you are.

Can you swim at Canggu Beach?

Yes, unless there is a specially high tide and big swells. As is true all along Bali’s southwest coast, swim only between the yellow-red flags to avoid the rip currents common to the area.

Where To Stay In Canggu?

The closer to the beach, the higher the prices and the noise. It’s a matter of choice and if you can ride a scooter to go around the area. Don’t plan your accommodation too much ahead, there’s plenty, browse the Canggu facebook groups for heaps of offers on rentals.

Canggu Night.

Where is the party in Canggu?

Popular venues are Old Man, Sand Bar, The Lawn, Gimme Shelter and Deus Ex Machina in Batu Bolong, La Brisa in Echo Beach, Vue & Finn’s in Berawa, to name just a few.

How do I get from Ubud to Canggu?

The cheapest way if you don’t ride bikes is with the local ubers, Gojek & Grab. Download their app from your favorite app store. Fares are around 15 usd.

Canggu Beach, Surf Spot. Bali.

Where can I surf in Canggu?

Berawa Surf Spot.
Batu Bolong Surf Spot.
Old Man’s Surf Spot.
Echo Beach Surf Spots.
Echo beach has several distinct intermediate to expert level surf spots. …
Sand Bar Surf Spot is next, also breaking suddenly, sometimes heavier than Echo reef, but it is a sand bottom so it is a little safer. …

aerial view of a villa in Canggu, Bali
Canggu, Villa with pool. Bali.

How far is Canggu from the airport?

The distance from Canggu to Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport (DPS) is 21 km/17 mi, around 40 mn depending on traffic.

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