Photo: Late light walking by the sea.

Things to see and do


Canggu is home to several yoga studios offering classes in relaxed, stylish surrounds, so there’s no need to interrupt your practice while travelling — or indeed, why not start a practice while on ... Read more about Yoga .

Canggu beaches, Bali

Canggu is a beach and ricefield area out to the northwest of Seminyak. It’s famous for three things: the surf, the ricefield views and the private villa rentals. Given private villas in Canggu generally fall outside the reaches of the meagre budget, we just spent a weekend traipsing around looking at everything from cheap homestays and surf camps through to luxury hotels and ... Read more about Canggu beaches, Bali .

Cooking class at Hotel Tugu
Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong
T: (0361) 731 701

When I did my cooking class at Bali Asli recently, chef Penelope Williams told me it was worth checking out the cooking classes offered at Hotel Tugu due to their lovely surrounds. So I booked in for a half-day class, comprising a pick up, market visit, then cooking in the “warung”, a kitchen set up in the hotel’s lush grounds, but just like a typical Indonesian streetside ... Read more about Cooking class at Hotel Tugu .

Berawa Beach

Just to the south of the road lies the Legong Keraton Hotel, but you'll find most of the surfers are staying either at one of the cheap Canggu homestays back off the beach or further still afield. It's good surfing, but the waters here are also straightforward enough for a simple swim and there is plenty of sand for relaxing or running around on. If you walk south, you'll pass a massive ... Read more about Berawa Beach .

Nelayan Beach

You'll see the jukungs pulled up onto the top of the sand dune with little storage shacks straight behind them. There's not much happening here through the day, but early morning it can get pretty busy. When the sea is too rough for them to get the boats out, you may see them line fishing off the beach. Nelayan is less of a surfing beach and there's plenty of sand if you just want to lay ... Read more about Nelayan Beach .

Batu Bolong Beach

Save the luxurious Hotel Tugu, Old Man's restaurant and a few warungs, there's little in the way of development immediately around Batu Bolong. Grab a patch of sand and stake out some territory. As far as Canggu eateries go, the very impressive and very bamboo Old Man's restaurant gets some very big thumbs up from us. If you're not surfing, this is a great spot to take in the scenery and enjoy ... Read more about Batu Bolong Beach .

Batu Mejan Beach (Echo Beach)

The central part of the beach is long gone, replaced by a substantial retaining wall which both protects and provides a large recreation area to some of Canggu's restaurants, best known of which (and famous for its barbecues) is Echo Beach House. With benches, tables and umbrellas scattered in front of the sea, and the surfing happening within easy eye shot, it's a great place to nurse a few ... Read more about Batu Mejan Beach (Echo Beach) .

Pererenan Beach

It's very low-key on the run down from Raya Canggu — lots of luminescent green rice fields, and while there are a smattering of villas, it's not nearly as built up as further to the south. That said, when you do reach the beach head, an amazingly corpulent private residence lies to the immediate west, but like the rest of the area, it's low key. To the east is the cheap Nyoman Homestay and a ... Read more about Pererenan Beach .

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