Photo: The surf is not always up.

Canggu beaches

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Those with energy (and sufficient sunscreen) can walk all the way from Kuta to Tanah Lot—it is more or less all the same stretch of sand, after all. This takes you through all the beaches of Canggu. Here’s a wrap on what you’ll find.





Save for a few rocky patches, this mostly north-south running stretch is a single beach. To be accurate this area is more northwest-southeast running, but we’re running with north-south to keep things simple. For our purposes we’re starting at Batu Belig, a little to the north of Seminyak’s W Hotel, and heading north all the way to Mengening Beach, from where, still further north, you can see the Pan Pacific Hotel, and beyond that, around the headland Tanah Lot. We stopped at Mengening as the river was a little high to cross, but it is apparently possible to walk all the way to Tanah Lot. It took us about three hours at a reasonable pace to walk from Batu Belig to Mengening. Wear a hat, use sunscreen and bring some water!

Umbrellas are good for the sun. Photo taken in or around Canggu beaches, Canggu, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Umbrellas are good for the sun. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Trash on the beach It is important to note that we did this walk in May 2017—dry season—and the beaches were, by Bali standards, extremely clean—as reflected in the photos. Over the entire walk we only saw one nappy. In wet season however, between October and March, it is sadly a very different story as a combination of torrential rain and onshore breezes make these beaches filthy. Absolutely filthy. We would not swim here at all in December and January because of the trash on the beach and in the water—there is nothing quite like getting slapped in the face with a wet nappy while body-surfing.

Also note that much of the beach is not patrolled. You are expected to be aware of your own abilities when it comes to swimming here. Mixing surf and booze generally isn‘t all ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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