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What do surfers, yogis and families have in common?
Not much actually, except that Canggu – a town that is quickly growing into one of the trendiest spots in Bali – is the perfect holiday destination for these three very distinct groups of people.
Home to one of the best surf breaks in Bali, surfers can look forward to awesome surf sessions.
And with more amenities being developed in this stretch of land, families with young children can enjoy the country clubs – while the healthy-living yogis can have their pick of yoga schools and acai bowls here at Canggu.
A generally unexplored region as compared to Kuta and Seminyak, it may be a little tedious to plan for a trip here.
That’s why we’ve spared you the trouble of trawling through the Internet for suggestions, and compiled this comprehensive guide for you.
All you have to do from here on is book a flight and enjoy yourself. (You can thank us later!)
Why would you even consider sending your child to school while on holiday? Well, if learning’s always as fun as it is at The Garden Bali, we wouldn’t mind going to school either.
The Garden Early Learning Centre is a casual drop-in and long-term school for local and visiting children alike.
Kids from as young as 18 months old up to six years old will have a smashing time with educational play at the Kids’ Club, where they’ll get to try their hand at activities like arts and crafts and lego building. They might even emerge as the next Kiddie Masterchef at the kids’ cooking classes!
Short 5-day holiday programs are also available, if you’re wracking your brains over how to entertain your children. Simply drop them off at the learning centre and watch them run into the magical worlds of witches, dinosaurs and even outer space.
If you’re envious of all the fun your kid is having, you can even join them in their learning journey at the Parent and Child Early Learning classes. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, parents can turn up for school with their little ones (up to two years of age) and bond with them while learning through fun activities.
Everything here is educational and fun. Little drama kings and queens will love the after school drama clubs, and you can even choose to throw a birthday party for your child.
Better yet, all these programs are conducted under the watchful eye of trained facilitators and chock full of amazing activities. Who says school has to be a pain?
One of Bali’s premier entertainment and sporting venues, and previously known as Canggu Club, Finns Recreation Club’s facilities used to be exclusively for members only.
But lucky you, it has since opened its doors to the public due to popular demand! Now let’s take a look at the 4 great reasons why you should check out Finns Recreation Club…
Want to make this holiday a lasting memory for your children? One guaranteed way to see them squeal and shriek with happiness is a visit to the Finns Recreation Club’s Splash Water Park.
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Spanning 2,400 square metres, it features world-class slides and pools with plenty of lifeguards to guarantee a safe and exciting day for children (and adults!) of all ages.
One particular slide you just HAVE TO try is the Giant Racer. Spanning 90 metres, it accommodates up to 4 participants – perfect for the entire family to compete against each other!
It’s a fun family race off! And… We know how competitive some of you can get… and we’re not just talking about the children here! 😉
It’s such a great concept that there’s even a smaller version – specially designed for the younger and smaller thrill seekers so that they won’t miss out on the fun!
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Parents, if your knees are weak from all the adrenaline-charged slides, fret not! You can always head down to the Crazy Creek with your kids (which is actually not so crazy), and meander gently down on floats.
A long day of water activities will definitely get your stomach growling, but there’s absolutely no reason to worry about looking for food here.
There are plenty of dining options available where you can grab bite-sized treats to satisfy the mild cravings, as well as the Splash Poolside Bar & Dining where you can fill your empty tummy with pizza, pasta, and a whole range of other healthy options. Shoutout to all parents – they also serve nice cold cocktails!
1-b-ii. Try a gravity-defying experience – Bounce Bali Trampoline Centre
Ever dreamt of bouncing as high as Tigger from the Hundred Acre Wood? Now you can! Bali’s first trampoline fun center, Bounce Bali is the perfect place to try flips and running up walls in a safe environment.
Fun fact for parents who might feel just a tad guilty after all the tasty Balinese food – just 30 minutes of jumping burns off approximately 200 calories! And it’s such a fun, adrenaline-charged way to exercise!
If you’re looking to switch things up a little, you can even play a game of basketball and dodgeball on the trampolines. It’s a great way for fun-sized folks to finally know how exhilarating scoring a slam dunk feels.
Psssst! There are some exciting upgrades happening over at Bounce Bali, stay tuned for more info soon!
If you’re ready to get your bounce on and your heart racing, simply head down to the website and book an hourly session – a heart-racing time awaits!
1-b-iii. Leave your children in safe and super fun hands – Cubby House Kids Club
If you ever need a little me-time to relax without having to stress about your children, Cubby House Kids Club is the solution for you!
A dedicated space for children of all ages – from toddlers to youngsters, the Cubby House Kids Club is equipped with diverse activities and facilities to make sure your child never runs out of entertaining things to do.
Books, computers, dress-up corners and painting stations…you name it, the Cubby House Kids Club will (most probably) have it!
Your children can even enjoy a nice movie at the mini theatre. IT HAS BEAN BAGS. Everyone loves bean bags!
They even have some open spaces where your child can run around and play with other kids! Of course, be rest assured there’ll be staff to make sure that they are safe at all times, so you can leave for your little escapade, stress-free.
A little down time is always good for the soul, and some romantic couple time is good to spice things up – so if you need to, now you know the perfect home away from home where you can leave your children in good hands.
They’ll be having so much fun at the Cubby House Kids Club, they might not even notice you’re gone!
1-b-iv. Turn the heat up with a little friendly competition – Strike Bowling Alley
If it’s an overcast or rainy day, having a mini tournament with your family at the Strike Bowling Alley is a great way for some bonding.
Fully equipped to meet your family’s every need, they have shoes for all sizes, lightweight balls as well as ramps and bumpers for the children (and adults) who might need a little boost!
If you need any helping selecting a ball, there are also plenty of staff who will be more than happy to help.
If that sounds like a perfect time to you, then remember to mark down Strike Bowling Alley as one of your to-go destinations in Canggu!
PS: Apart from these 4 great reasons to visit Finns Recreation Club, there are more great things available.
From the Body Temple Spa with its relaxing treatments and Body Temple Salon, a hair salon providing cutting, colouring and more hair treatments – to Bistro C Dining & Sports Bar where fellas will enjoy grabbing a beer and pulling up a chair – don’t miss out!
1-c. Catch a minature waterfall – Melasti Beach (near Tanah Lot)
Want more than just a regular sunset picture at the beach? Along the sandy Melasti beach lie a hidden treasure – a waterfall.
Photo via ManButur Photography
Capture a shot from the shoreline of the sun setting as the water streams back into the ocean.
Now, your “once in a lifetime” picture is worthy to be used as your Facebook cover!
A 15-minute walk away from Tanah Lot, head over to the beach after visiting the Tanah Lot temple. You’ll be safe from the crowd as Melasti Beach is one of Bali’s best kept secrets (until now).
1-d) Muster the courage to master the waves – Silver Surf Bali
Canggu is known for some of the best surf breaks in Bali, so if you’re here for a few days, why not sign up for some surfing lessons?
After all, the memories you make from learning this adrenaline-pumping new sports will last waaay longer than any possession you buy. (Plus, you get to brag about learning how to surf!)
Parents, if you have an active child who has a penchant for adventure, this is something your child would definitely love. And if you’re feeling up to it, learning a new sport together makes for the perfect bonding moment.
With over 10 years of surfing experience under his belt (or should I say board), Ketut is a fully qualified surf instructor that many of his students given raving reviews of.
With personalised one-to-one lessons, you can be certain that you will be given all the attention you require to learn to surf. During the lesson, there will be 30 minutes of theory on the beach, before you proceed to the water for some practical.
It’s not an easy sport to pick up, so be prepared to take a few gulps of sea water before you’re able to successfully ride the waves!
If you’re looking for some action-packed fun, look no further. Book your surf lessons with Silver Surf Bali for what most definitely will be the highlight of your trip!
1-e. Brush your face with gold – Goldust Beauty Lounge
Who says only diamonds are a girl’s best friend? Next in line would be all that glitters – real gold.
Imagine caking your face in a gold mask – how lavish can it get? (And that can start getting you to think: how many carats?)
At the Goldust Beauty Lounge, you must not miss its signature treatment – the 24-Carat Gold Facial, during which you will have sheets of gold applied on your face, which apparently lowers collagen depletion, stimulates circulation and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
And surprise – this idea was actually originally mooted 5,000 years ago by the ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra, who was said to have drifted into sleep in a gold mask almost every night.
So after your very indulgent facial, you can go on to enjoy massages, body treatments, manicures and pedicures after.
And if you bring along the kids, fret not – Goldust also offers mani-and-pedi and massages for the little ones!
1-f. Take a scenic trek and witness a spectacular sunset – Tanah Lot
Fancy visiting a 16th century temple located in the middle of the sea? If your answer is yes, then you should make a trip down to Tanah Lot. Balinese for ‘Land in the Sea’.
Tanah Lot sits on a large offshore rock in the ocean, and its odd looking structure can be attributed to several hundred years of nature at work.
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One of the seven sea temples located along the Bali coastline, Tanah Lot is also one of the most picturesque locations in Canggu!
During the low tide, you can cross over to the base of the temple, although visitors are not allowed in the actual temple itself. While you’re there, keep an eye out for the small caves caused by wave erosion.
It is rumoured to be inhabited by venomous sea snakes, believed to be guardians of the temple. Unless you’re Harry Potter/Voldemort and can communicate with snakes, then have no fear…….ha ha ha
If you’re visiting during the evening, get ready to snap some beautiful Instagram photos because Tanah Lot is known for one of the most gorgeous spots to witness the daily miracle – a sunset.
If you don’t want to jostle with the crowd for a space, be sure to come a little earlier, because…just look at that! Who doesn’t want a full panoramic view of that? It’s no wonder why Tanah Lot is one of the must-see attractions in Bali.
1-g. Learn how to play an interesting instrument – Yudelele
If you are into good acoustics or chilling with good music, then you should definitely check out Yudelele while you’re at Canggu.
Yep we said it right the first time, the Yudelele is definitely a thing!
Developed after many years of trial and error by its Balinese creator Yude Andiko, the Yudelele is a labour of love.
It shares a similar size and shape to the Ukelele, but has six strings just like a regular guitar – making it the ultimate travel guitar for surfers to play happy relaxing tunes while lounging around.
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Its light weight also means that it’s an instrument that young children can easily pick up! (Get it, get it……?)
The Yudelele workshop is nestled amongst the panoramic rice fields of Canggu on Bali’s west coast, so you can also request for a factory visit to see how the talented guitar makers painstakingly create each yudelele while enjoying the scenic view.
Photo by Yudelele
Killing two birds with one stone!
1-h. Celebrate your love and craft your own silver jewelry – House of Alaia
Whether you’re a pair of lovebirds looking to immortalise your love in a pair of rings, or a parent and child combination looking to spend some meaningful time together, House of Alaia is the place for you!
House of Alaia offers jewelry-making classes, where you will learn how to create your very own homemade treasures to bring home.
Even if you’re an amateur, fret not, because there are a group of master silversmiths at House of Alaia who will teach you how to make your own silver jewelry using traditional techniques.
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Some of the techniques that will be taught duringthe class include sawing, stamping and hammering, soldering as well as sanding and polishing. By the end of three hours, you’ll be a master silversmith! (Well… almost!)
Pendants, bracelets, necklaces, or rings? It’s entirely up to you! You will be given 5g of silver to work with, and any additional silver you’d like to use is extra cost incurred (but at reasonable, affordable prices of course!)
If you’re looking for a special memento to remember Bali by, what could be better than a lovely morning spent together with your loved ones? Make your appointment today. But be sure to bring over some inspiration for your design!
2-a. Relax in traditional settings for a cosy authentic Balinese dinner – Warung Dandelion
Don’t be surprised if you feel right at home in Warung Dandelion. This is exactly what the owner Gani intended.
Photo by Greg Casey
When he first sought to open his own restaurant, he wanted to create a place where guests could gather and experience themselves as the beautiful, unique individuals that they are.
Photo via shlasasha, rlinachang
Bearing that in mind, he sought to make his open-concept restaurant “a place with heart”. And it shows through his selection of the antique wooden furniture, the menus he carefully made using his typewriter, and even extends to the way he chooses his staff.
Photo via vandanathapar, lianna_sem
When you’re here, don’t forget their specialties – the vegetable kebabs and gado-gado! You should also try out the Djamu – a traditional Indonesian health drink made out of natural ingredients such as roots, leaves and fruit. (There are rabbits you can cuddle with too!)
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But don’t let us tell you what you should or should not try, head on down to find out what’s good for yourself!
2-b. Be transported to the deserts of Mexico – La Mexicana
Viva México! Try to suppress the urge to exclaim excitedly when you first step into La Mexicana.
Photo by La Mexicana
The sizeable cactus garden serves as the perfect backdrop for your exotic Mexican meal, and you’ll forget you’re in Bali in an instant.
Lauded as the one of the best Mexican restaurants in Bali, La Mexicana boasts of authentic Mexican cuisine. Be sure to try out their quesadillas and chimichanga (a deep fried burrito) as well as their margaritas!
Lauded as the one of the best Mexican restaurants in Bali, La Mexicana boasts of authentic Mexican cuisine. Be sure to try out their quesadillas and chimichanga (a deep fried burrito) as well as their margaritas!
Their portions are known to be quite generous, so you might want to consider sharing.
Not only does La Mexicana try to stay authentic in the taste of its food, but the interior design is also deeply rooted in Mexican culture.
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Apart from the cactus garden, the walls of the restaurant are painted with calacas – a skeletal figure dressed in festive clothing and marigold foliage – most usually associated with the Mexican Holiday, The Day of the Dead.
Self-portraits of Frida Kahlo, a famous Mexican painter, are also used to decorate the restaurant throughout.
Sounds like an excellent plan? You’ll be glad to know that the restaurant is conveniently located near Tanah Lot and Echo Beach – it’s the perfect stop if you feel like having a taste of Mexican after some sightseeing or surfing! Hurrah!
2-c. Get your brunch and coffee fix – Little Flinders Cafe
Have you visited Canggu’s hippest brunch location yet? Tucked in the heart of Canggu is the impeccably decorated Little Flanders, reminiscent of the cafes in Melbourne.
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Decorated in a quaint industrial-style fashion, the intimate setting will instantly make you feel at home.
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Served up in beautiful wooden plates and platters, your meal is bound to be worthy of that Instagram flatlay!
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When you’re here (I’m just going to assume you’ve already been won over by the beautiful and have decided to pay Little Flinders a visit), you have to try their lobster pasta as well as one of their refreshing cocktails!
2-d. Enjoy some quiet time and unwind with vegetarian Thai food – Green Ginger Noodle House
If you’re a vegetarian, you definitely have to eat at Green Ginger Noodle House when you’re at Canggu. As you’re along Jalan Raya Pantai Berawa looking for this well-loved vegetarian sanctuary, look out for this little blue sign!
A homely restaurant serving vegetarian Thai food, Green Ginger Noodle House has been well-received by many vegetarians, vegans and even meat lovers have sworn by the tastiness of their food!
Photo via Holistic Bali
While you do yourself a favour and eat at this uniquely decorated space, you definitely need to try their all-time famous Larb. Toasted ground rice with tofu, lime, chili, shallots and lemongrass served in lettuce cups, it would be criminal not to try this mouthwatering salad dish.
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Another customer favourite would be the vegetarian Laksa. Beautifully balanced between sweet, sour and salty, this aromatic curry soup is an explosion of flavours that will not disappoint.
Last but not least, be sure to visit the enchanted meditative garden at Green Ginger. With tinkling chimes, hanging plants, it’s definitely a picturesque to relax on a nice sunny day.
2-e. Horsing around– Aravina Restaurant @ Bali Equestrian Centre
Looking for a kid-friendly restaurant? Whether your kid is prepping to be a Horse Whisperer or just wants to have some fun in the sun, they’ll surely enjoy the Aravina Restaurant, located within the Bali Equestrian Centre at Canggu.
Your little animal lovers will be delighted at the pony rides available, and if that’s not their thing, the premises are also equipped with a wide variety of toys and play areas – a sandpit, cubby house, swings – you name it.
There’s also a TV room where you can keep the kids quiet and content with a movie, and a swimming pool right beside the restaurant, so your child will always be in your line of sight.
Imagine sipping at a glass of wine leisurely and digging into one of the restaurant’s popular sunset platters as you watch your children have the time of their lives – doesn’t that sound like a great outing already?
2-f. Enjoy a good night of music at the unofficial town square – Old Man’s Bar
The perfect spot to chill at after a long day of salty surfing, Old Man’s Bar is one of the most popular beer gardens amongst surfers and locals. Family-friendly and with an inviting atmosphere, it’s almost always crowded.
Photo via novicarurik,-reggyalexander
It’s not hard to see why. Located right on Batu Bolong Beach, Old Man’s Bar is not just a great place for cheap drinks and good western food, it’s also one of the best spots to watch the surfers ride the waves.
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Needless to say, that also makes it perfect for watching the sun cast its last glow on the sandy shores.
The atmosphere only gets better as the day passes. And if you’re into live music performances, keep your ears peeled – because Balinese bands put up performances every day after 6:30pm.
On weekends, there’ll be a DJ warming up the crowds. Either way, no matter when you go to Old Man’s Bar, your ears will always be in for a treat.
Also, if you’re looking for a great night of partying, you’ll be happy to know that every Wednesday is Dirty Ol’ Wednesday – where the Happy Hour lasts from 5 to 6pm and margaritas cost just $3 all night!
You have to visit Old Man’s Bar, the heart of Canggu’s hustle and bustle, or you won’t be able to say you’ve visited Canggu at all! 😉
2-g. Take a ride on the quaint old-school carriage – Betelnut Cafe
Located in Canggu, Betelnut Café is well known for their really tasty menus that are not only delicious, but are healthy and good for the body as well.
While Betelnut Café isn’t as polished as the usually sophisticated cafes around, the lush rice paddy and homey double-story thatch bungalow make a great backdrop for that perfect addition to your Insta-gallery.
Photo via 69dad,Bossladybali
Apart from the famously tasty food, make sure to take photos at the super quaint area just before you head up the stairs to the breezy mezzanine. Sit on the old school carriage and snap a shot, before heading up to get a good view of the grounds below.
Photo via Wunderklee,Rinaprabandari
Next, the famous Naga Bowl breakfast is an absolute hit with everyone who’s in the know – and if you’re into healthy eating, you definitely won’t want to miss this. It’s filled with nothing but the best! Banana, dragonfruit, yoghurt puree, and sprinkled with cashews, shredded coconut, granola and other fruits.
If not, you might just want to go for the Big Betelnut salad. Why big? It consists of 4 of Betelnut Café’s signature salads all in 1! There are also wraps, tex-mex tacos and burritos to choose from if you’re looking for something heavier. Finally, wash it all down with a healthy juice – or a cider if you’re feeling it!
2-h. Savour a seafood barbecue with the sunset – Bu-Ba-Q’s Barbeque Bar & Grill
A fabulous seafood barbecue coupled with a beautiful sunset is a definite combination for happiness and a great night out!
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Located right by Echo Beach, Bu-Ba-Q’s is a prime spot to catch the sunset while enjoying a tasty dinner. Quite a number of people have also chosen to celebrate their birthdays or anniversaries here, despite its humble decor. That can only mean one thing……
Photo via cathychrisando
The food must be uh-ma-zing! Enjoy the sea breeze as you sip on an ice cold beverage and tuck into nice sizzling hot barbecued food, and be sure to try their widely acclaimed barbecued pork ribs and fresh lobster!
With the recent tourism development in Canggu, you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding where to stay. From budget villas to antique hotels, you’ll have to make the difficult call of deciding which stunning place you would like to live in.
And even better, we’ve taken the liberty of sharing the best stays for families, couples, surfers, and yogis. Enjoy!
Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.
3-a) For the couples…
3-a-i. Paddy Field views, and the ocean in the distance – Kirana Bali (Mid-range)
With an obvious laidback feel in Canggu, The Kirana is no different. Combining chill vibes and hospitality, you’ll feel right at home in this modern architecture. Bring your partner along, and you’ll both enjoy all it has to offer.
One of the best parts about staying in Kirana is the gorgeous poolside. If you’re living on the first floor, the pool is right at your doorstep – imagine waking up to the inviting pool every morning. Slip in for a morning soak, or a romantic night swim, you’ll have some pretty lovely moments here.
There’s also a pool that overlooks the paddy fields, guaranteeing a picturesque view while you swim or lounge at the side.
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Immerse in the chill vibes of Canggu, and know that you made the right choice at The Kirana – whilst admiring the glorious view together.
3-a-ii. Love in luxury – Tugu Hotel Bali
Feel like a king and queen in this gorgeous villa. It started off as a love story between a young student and his love for antiques, and has now become one of the most popular luxury villas in Bali for antique lovers.
Whimsical and romantic, each suite is intricately decorated by artisans, taking you back to the times of old Balinese kingdoms.
Indonesia’s most romantic tales, legends, and folklore are the inspiration for each villa’s distinctive décor.
Photo via theluxurybali
In the evening, you can even head out to the beach to enjoy a romantic night in your private lounge in the sand. With surfers deftly tackling the waves, and the sun slowly descending into the sea, you’ll be completely mesmerised by the panoramic sunset views.
3-b) For the families…
3-b-i. Have private pool time with the family – Bali Dream Villa and Resort (Budget)
For a small fee, your family gets to enjoy some private time at Bali Dream Villa. With the pool just inches away, you could literally slip into the pool from your bedroom.
For those with younger kids, do remember to keep a watchful eye on them to make sure they don’t go swimming without you. Alternatively, check with the staff to see if pool fences are available to safeguard your young’uns.
Photo by Bali Dream Villa
With lush leafy greenery decorating every other corner of the villa, the atmosphere here is calm and soothing, almost to the point of meditative.
If you’re looking for a nice relaxing holiday for you and your family, that’s what you’ll get when you stay in the Bali Dream Villa and Resort, which is just a short distance from Pererenan beach.
3-c. For the surfers and yogis…
3-c-i. Surfers and yogis on a budget will love this – Frii Bali Echo Beach
If you’re planning to surf in Canggu, there’s no better place to stay than Frii Bali Echo Beach. And if you’re a yogi, then you’re in luck too!
Frii Bali Echo Beach has a sundeck that overlooks the beautiful coastline of North Seminyak and the breathtaking Indian Ocean. Practising yoga here might just be the most tranquil and soothing experience ever.
Despite being a budget hotel, it has so many awesome facilities that make sure you get more bang for your buck. Just take a look at this view – you have a pool right outside your room! Doesn’t it remind you of those gorgeous water villas?