Surf, party, chill, repeat
Surf, party, chill, repeat. Layday Surf Hostel kicks in with all that, plus a comfy spot to lay your head (or pass out).
If you’re after a quiet hostel, look elsewhere, this is a sociable party place ideal for solo travellers who are looking to make some awesome new friends. Ten six-bed dorms (8 mixed, two female-only) line the length of the longhouse block facing a small yard with not one, but two smallish swimming pools (although we only saw one), split by an all-day bar (yep, 24/7). Bintang for breakfast anyone? Bean bags and lounges offer chill and sun-worshiping alternatives.
Tiled icy-cool air-con dorms are decked out with sturdy whitewashed wooden bunks. Lockable draws under the bed will keep your stuff safe (BYO padlock), and there’s power plugs for charging your gadgets, not that you’ll be staring at your phone, you’ll be talking to your new friends, right? Clean linen is regally checked for bedbugs, and there are rules about putting bags on your bed to avoid the spread of the nasty critters.
Ensuite hot-water bathrooms aren’t too grotty, but to be fair, it was early Sunday morning when stopped by. Towels require a 50,000 rupiah deposit. The bar area houses a communal kitchen, and you can refill your water bottle or make a coffee for free anytime. If you love the hostel so much that you want to give them some free advertising, you can buy the souvenir T-shirt here too.
Layday Surf Hostel can help you with surf lessons (350,000 rupiah for two hours) or if you know how, point you in the direction of the best waves in the area, organise a motorbike or an excursion, and after your day at the beach, as the golden globe sinks in the sky, cool tunes flow and the pool party carries on into the night. If you find it hard to make friends, the resident cat looks like Adolf Hitler, and will be happy for a pat.
Layday Surf Hostel is tucked away in a quiet backstreet, about two kilometres from Echo Beach, so you’ll probably need some transport. Get a bicycle if you can’t ride a motorbike and don’t be a dick and drive drunk or without a helmet. We know it’s boring, but check the small print on your travel insurance to make sure you’re covered too.
Look for the Jayamart minimarket on Jalan Padang Linjong, the nearby laneway to the hostel is marked with a sign. Layday Surf Hostel opened in September 2015, but already has a bit of a rep with the backpacker crowd, so you’ll defiantly need to book in advance. Alternatively The Temple Hostel is more in the thick of Canggu’s action on Jalan Pantai Berawa and is another friendly hostel with a party vibe and a fab pool (it’s a little easier on the pocket too). If you’d like a little more chill and less of a crowd, the smart modern rooms at Surf Lodge Canggu on Jalan Nelayan may be more your style.
Address: 14B Jalan Padang Linjong
T: (0812) 3874 3411; (0812) 3874 2 998;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º8'22.78" E, 8º38'32.71" S
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm air-con||150,000 rupiah||150,000 rupiah|
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