We heard about Canggu thanks to two lebanese girls we met at our hostel in Seminyak. They recommended that city to us and we were pleasantly surprised to discover that surfers spot with a very chill atmosphere.
We were supposed to stay in Canggu for two nights at first. So far, we had no news from the Consulate about the new passport I should get after I had been snatched. Consequently, we had to stay in Bali island and cancelled our plan to visit Gili Trawangan. After two first amazing days in Canggu, we decided to extend our stay and spent 10 days in the city. Canggu has been our favorite city on Bali island. What made it so great ? First of all, our guesthouse !
Staying at Damar Emas Guesthouse
We found this great guesthouse on Hostelworld.com. The guesthouse is located in a small alley closed to a main road. When you are in front of the entrance, you cannot expect the beauty you will find inside. It really feels like you found a Safe Haven.The rooms surround a beautiful garden and a swimming pool which are maintained daily. The most expensive rooms cost 350 000 Rp per night (25 €). They are worth it as they are big, with a large double bed and a large bathroom with hot water. The whole guesthouse is made of pleasant wood materials and is really decorated with taste. You can also enjoy a sports room with some (old) machines. You can rent a motorbike at the hostel for 50 000 Rp (3,30€) per day. The staff is soooo nice. Nanik, the manager, is such a kind woman, always helpful and smiling. The other members of the staff are always kind with everyone and trying to help you if needed, even though they don’t really speak english.
The atmosphere of Damar Emas Guesthouse is really chill, relax and quiet. We met several expats who were renting a room for long periods in the guesthouse as it is very pleasant to live there. Thanks to the outdoor kitchen in the garden, it is possible to cook your own food everyday if you want. A free breakfast is also available every morning (toasts, jam and watermelon). Coffee and tea are for free all day long. We would say that after ten days spent there, we really felt like home.
Tip : Wether you booked or not before coming, try to get there before 11 am. You would be sure to find Nanik at breakfast time. After that time, her presence is more hazardous. The first day we arrived, we had to wait for three hours before she got back.
What to do in Canggu
Surf, surf and surf again !
The coastline of Canggu has three main surfing spots, Berawa Beach, Echo Beach and Batu Bolong Beach. We’ve been once to Echo Beach, but our favorite one was Berawa Beach. All along the beach you can rent two seats for 50 000 Rp (low season) or 100 000 Rp (high season). As you can bargain everything in Indonesia, you can still try to loweer the prices, but generally all vendors would tell you the same price and won’t be so keen to lower it. You can also rent your board on the beach (we were paying 50 000 Rp for 2 hours). Berawa Beach is also famous thanks to its beach bar “Finns Beach Club”. This big bar/restaurant is a really fancy place to stay at but quite expensive. Here, you can drink a smoothie or a cocktail in the swimming pool while watching the sunset on the beach. The perfect life has a price, hasn’t it ?
Spend the day in Uluwatu
Wake up early in the morning, take your motorbike and drive for about one hour from Canggu to Uluwatu. This is a nice place to stay at, especially if you are an advanced surfer, as you can enjoy the waves of Blue Point beach. If you are not a surfer, we recommend you to have lunch or some drinks at Single Fin bar, take one of the seats with view and enjoy your time watching amazing surfers play with the waves.
You can also go to Padang Padang Beach . This is popular, because to reach the beach, you have to walk through two high cliffs as if you were in a cave. The problem is that it is so popular, that you have to squeeze through other tourists before reaching the beach. We did not enjoy this overcrowded-with-tourists small beach. Despite the beautiful water, it was unpleasant and noisy. If you don’t mind crowded beaches, then you should enjoy the place. You have to pay 20 000 Rp per person (1,30€) as an entrance fee.
Go to Tanah Lot Temple
With a motorbike, it takes only 40 min from Ubud to Tanah Lot Temple. You can go to temple right after or right before Padang Padang beach, as they are not far from one another. “Tanah Lot” means “Land Sea” in the Balinese language. This temple is popular among tourists as it is sitting on a large rock. When the sea is high tide, you cannot reach the temple as it is stuck in the middle of water. To visit Tanah Lot, you pay 30 000 Rp per person (2 €).
Drive to Ubud
From Canggu, you can make a journey trip to Ubud. It took us an hour and fifteen minutes to get there with the motorbike. We decided to spend two nights in Ubud. There you can discover Tegalalang rice terrace, visit Saraswasi temple, trek the Mount Batur…
Where to eat in Canggu
We discovered this restaurant thanks to the owners who were staying at Damar Emas Hostel like us. They are a French-Chinese mixed couple who created a French-Chinese restaurant. We were a bit skeptical about the concept at first, but were pleasantly surprised when we ate there. We consider their food as the best we had in Canggu.
We had a lunch at Peloton Supershop. It is a place that you should definitely enjoy if you are a veggie. We recommend you to try the vegetarian lasagna which is very tasty !
This French boulangerie-pâtisserie is worthing it only for the baguette ! This is not an exceptional one, but as French guys, we love to have a baguette for breakfast, and theirs was very satisfying. For the rest, we tried some other bakerys which were a waste of money.