Photo: Late light walking by the sea.


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Think surfer vibes and hipster cafes, and Bali’s Canggu—pronounced “chang-goo”—is where it’s at.

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At the right time of year, the waves roll in, the sunset cocktails are perfectly positioned and the mood is chilled. But be warned: As with many of Bali’s southern beaches, during the monsoon (October to February), the onshore rubbish is frankly intolerable; and the villa development these days is so fast-paced it’s causing old-school punters to run further north to escape the scene.

The main things to do in Canggu are simply surfing and eating. Yoga studios are blooming everywhere you look—The Practice, SamadiToo (for hot) and long-running Desa Seni boast stunning spaces—while the eclectic shopping is slowly going higher end, shifting away from the Bintang T-shirts and sarongs of yesteryear towards funky emporiums—there’s even a vinyl record shop among the offerings.

Grab some babi guling up on Raya Canggu. Photo taken in or around Canggu, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Grab some babi guling up on Raya Canggu. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Canggu in fact refers to two villages west of Kerobokan in the south of Bali. The first village to the west of Kerobokan is Tibubeneng, which is home to Berawa Beach and the Canggu Club. The next village to the northwest is officially Canggu proper, and this is home to Batu Bolong Beach and Batu Mejan Beach, better known as Echo Beach. The beach immediately to the northwest of Echo is Pererenan.

Canggu as a whole offers a growing range of eating and sleeping options, many of which are excellent—the issue for those seeking peace and serenity is not the quality of each individual spot, but rather how many of them there are overall. As development marches on, villas with views of emerald rice fields are being replaced with villas with views of villas, with views of villas. Now, the charm of this area is shifting towards the hedonistic vibe of Seminyak, and at times it has the ... Travelfish members only (Around 600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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