Maybe it’s the amazing surf breaks and the strong café culture. Or maybe it’s the bohemian vibes and yoga classes. Whatever it is, Canggu (pronounced chan-goo) in Bali is luring Australians with its beautiful sunsets and thronging beaches. It's time to set your sights further afield to Bali's hidden gems with these top 5 must-dos.
- Get barreled
Canggu caters for all kinds of surfers; whether you are at grom level and just starting out, or on the more experienced end of the spectrum there is a beach for you. Batu Bolong beach is suitable for beginners, whereas Echo beach is best for those with more skill. Surf shops line these beaches, so renting a board shouldn’t be a worry.
- Visit the Tanah Lot Temple
The Tanah Lot temple is one of Bali’s most iconic temples; and is particularly stunning for a sunset viewpoint. Tanah Lot means “Land in the sea”, and the temple unsurprisingly is exactly that; sitting high on a rock formation just offshore. Check the tides when visiting, the temple is only accessible at low tides.
- Shop at the local markets
Canggu’s Sunday market is one of the most anticipated events of the week. Boasting fresh and organic fruits and vegetables, home-made jams and other treats, kombucha, vintage clothing and jewellery and natural makeup, it’s the place for any local or holiday-maker to hit up. The Sunday market opens at 9am, be sure to get in early since things tend to sell out very quickly!
- Take a yoga class
Nothing screams Bali more than a sunrise yoga session- and Canggu is one of the most beautiful locations to stretch your limbs. Yoga is designed to assist in the aid of injuries, illnesses and improves overall the wellbeing and health of a person. Canggu has multiple yoga and wellness centres with different focusses, so you are sure to find one that fits your needs.
- Enjoy a sunset cocktail
Echo beach club is the perfect place to wind down with friends or family and a cocktail or three. Try and snag yourself a table outside so you can catch Bali’s beautiful sunset. Any day is great at Echo beach, but if you head there for a Sunday Session, you’ll get live music from a local band to listen to!