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Explore Canggu, Bali: Must-See Beaches, Temples, and Nightlife

Updated: May 3

Canggu is a beach town known for its relaxed vibes, boutiques, trendy cafes, and hipster culture, making it a top destination for travelers visiting Bali! The beach clubs in Canggu are famous for their stunning views, vibrant atmosphere and provide the perfect backdrop for unwinding throughout the day. As evening approaches, the nightlife in Canggu comes alive, offering a plethora of options for those looking to enjoy memorable nights out. For cultural enthusiasts, visit the iconic Tanah Lot Temple. Let's explore Canggu's must-see beaches, temples, nightlife, and food scene!


Best Beaches in Canggu, Bali
@ Echo Beach

HOW TO GET AROUND CANGGU

Uber and Lyft are not available in Bali, the island has its own form of ride share called Grab. We used this form of transportation a lot, it's direct, reliable, and cheap! Please be aware that some areas do not allow you to be picked up from certain locations. Also be aware if you are dropped off in a more remote area you may not be able to get a Grab back!


The most cost effective way to travel around Bali is by scooter! Read more on how to rent a scooter in Bali, scooter rental cost, where to rent a scooter in Bali, and legal driving requirements.


DISCOVER CANGGU'S FOOD SCENE


Boutique, picturesque eateries will entice any palate catering to vegans and meat lovers alike! You'll find more western styled food compared to local Balinese cuisine, yet the essence of local Balinese cuisine is never too far away. Canggu offers almost unlimited options when it comes to picking where to eat but here are a few of my favorite restaurants!


Kicking off with breakfast, Copenhagen is a must-visit cafe that delights with its endless coffee selections, freshly baked bread, and a charming atmosphere, setting the perfect tone to start the day!


Where to eat in Canggu Bali
@ Copenhagen

Spend the day at one of the best beach clubs in Canggu, La Brisa at Echo Beach! An amazing beach club that offers locally sourced food and radiates Balinese character within its design. Spend the afternoon here for a perfect day at the beach.


Best Beach Club
@ La Brisa

Shady Shack is an incredible spot for vegan and gluten free options. It's a great place to get a smoothie bowl, veggie wraps, or a tasty meatless burger. Even though most all the dishes on the menu are vegan, the menu is fun and super yummy!


Eat at Penny Lane! A posh venue for exciting cocktails and good eats. This restaurant has an outstanding atmosphere that screams take a picture!


where to eat in Canggu, Bali
@ Penny Lane
 

MUST-SEE BEACHES, NIGHTLIFE AND TEMPLES IN CANGGU


Only a 20 minute drive north from Canggu is Tanah Lot Temple! The entrance fee is 60,000 IDR ($4 USD) per person and you are not required to wear a sarong. Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali's best known and most photographed temples so it's safe to assume there will be a crowd, especially at sunset. Be prepared to walk around and explore!


We came across a path going upwards and found ourselves away from the crowds on a beautiful lanai with sea views! We were greeted by a friendly waitress who offered us Bin Tang beer. If you continue along the path it brings you to a gorgeous viewpoint overlooking a black sand beach.


Tanah Lot Temple Entrance Fee
@ Tanah Lot Temple

Don't miss out on Batu Bolong Temple just a short walk away from Tanah Lot. This small Hindu temple sits on top of a rock peninsula that juts out to sea and is connected to land by a natural bridge!


Travelers Tip: Grab vehicles are not allowed to pick up from Tanah Lot. Cabs are readily available to take you to your next destination.


Batu Bolong Temple in Bali. What temples to visit in Bali
@ Batu Bolong Temple

THE BEST BEACHES AND NIGHTLIFE IN CANGGU, BALI


Canggu is known for laid-back beaches, surfing, and electrifying nightlife, making it a top destination in Bali. From the famous surf breaks at Echo Beach to the lively beach clubs on Batu Bolong Beach, Canggu offers a perfect mix of relaxation and party!


BATU BOLONG BEACH


Batu Bolong Beach in Canggu, Bali, is renowned not only for its inviting surf breaks and golden sands but also for its pulsating nightlife, which becomes the center of activity as evening falls. During the day, surfers flock to ride the consistent waves, while sun-seekers lounge on the shore. As dusk gives way to night, the beachfront transforms into a lively social scene.


Popular spots like Old Man’s and The Lawn become the heart of the action along Batu Bolong Street. Old Man’s, a laid-back beer garden, is perfect for those who enjoy a cold drink by the sea with a backdrop of live music and DJ sets. A short walk away, The Lawn offers a more upscale atmosphere, where guests can lounge on stylish daybeds, enjoy gourmet bites, and dance under the stars at their wild nighttime parties. Batu Bolong Beach is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience Canggu’s nightlife.


ECHO BEACH


This popular beach is for surfers, loungers, and sunset lovers! A huge benefit to visiting Echo Beach is a less crowded experience than if you were to go to Canggu's main beach Batu Bolong. La Brisa Beach Club is another great reason to visit offering great vibes, cocktails, and food until 10PM.


Best place in Canggu, Bali to watch the sunset
@ Echo Beach

As you embark on this journey through Bali, Canggu is just the beginning! To fully immerse yourself in the island's splendor, don't miss our Ultimate 7-day Bali Itinerary, tailor-made to ensure you experience the best of what Bali has to offer.


Continue with Day 2 of our Bali adventure, promising an unforgettable adventure to Nusa Penida Island. On this day trip, you'll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snorkel alongside Giant Manta Rays and explore Nusa Penida's iconic landmarks such as Angel's Billabong and Kelingking Beach!

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