There is no doubt that Bali is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world, with her beautiful and diverse nature, from white and black sand beaches to temperamental volcanoes. Bali’s spiritual atmosphere calls out to many, especially after Eat, Pray, Love. Her Hindu temples and warm, smiling people make this Indonesian island so special.
Canggu is one of the most popular beaches to visit since it combines beach and surf culture with some of the yoga and spiritual vibe of Ubud. As this beach town develops, many activities arise for expats and tourists to try!
Canggu has a lot of great spots to surf. The most popular break is located in front of Old Man’s where you can witness (or join) a bunch of beginners as well as more experienced surfers catching the waves.
Don’t worry if you don’t know how to surf or don’t have a surfboard as there are many shops on the beach where you can get a good local instructor or just rent the board for a good price.
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One of the reasons why so many people migrate from Ubud to Canggu is due to the wide offer of yoga studios, with popular options including The Practice, Samadi, Udara, and Serenity.
All of them are very different from each other, so why not check them all out and choose your favorite based on your mood or preferred type of yoga?
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This dancing meet-up can sound a little bit crazy for lots of people but it’s not only a great and fun way to work out but also an amazing activity that will push you out of your comfort zone.
There’s usually a DJ setting the mood, and your only duty is to let loose. Be aware that this is not a dance class as there are no teachers. Nobody will tell you what to do. This is just a great opportunity to move your body and feel free!
You can find these classes in Udara and Samadi.
EAT INDONESIAN FOOD
Vegan Gado Gado at Living Food Lab
It’s obvious that you can eat Indonesian food anywhere in Bali, but Canggu definitely has a great offer of tasty warungs.
The main dishes are Nasi Campur, Mie Goreng, Siomay, and Gado Gado.
You can find super cheap warungs as well as some fancier ones. It all depends on which type of restaurant you want to go to.
If you are vegetarian or vegan, don’t worry. Most of the local warungs have many dishes with tempeh, tofu and local vegetables. Just be careful, because many dishes have shrimp paste or fish sauce that the cooks may not realise is not suitable for vegans, seeing as sometimes even eggs end up on a vegan plate.
TRY SOME ICE CREAM!
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Yes, you could be healthier and just go for a coconut at the beach but if you have a sweet-tooth and are craving for something sweet and cold in this hot weather, get an ice cream!
There are many venues such as Gaya Gelato in Echo Beach, Secret Spot in Berawa, and Gelato Secrets in multiple places.
A vegan option for Gelato is Mad Pops in Batu Balong!
ENJOY HEALTHY AND VEGAN FOOD
Mushroom Toast at Living Food Lab
This is where we step in! The food at Living Food Lab is not only organic, healthy and vegan but also extremely delicious.
Our breakfast menu includes tofu scramble, hot oats or sweet black rice porridge, the famous Not-Tuna sandwich and the option to Mix-and-Match your own plate. We also have an all-day breakfast and salad bar, where you can customize your own smoothie, granola and salad bowls with a selection of fresh ingredients.
Also, our popular coffee comes from a local farm in the Kintamani region and is spectacular.
We also sell desserts such as energy balls, cheesecakes, peanut butter cookies and chocolate mousse.
Basically, we have everything you need during the day!
EXPLORE THE RICE FIELDS
The beautiful and green rice fields are a part of Bali’s special landscape.
Renting a motorcycle or bicycle and just exploring the rice fields sprinkled around Canggu is a must.
You can stop in front of them and just contemplate the smiling locals working there.
This is part of the must-do Canggu adventures!
Image via Bali Climbing Bouldering Gym
If you don’t want to practice the typical sports in Bali such as surfing and yoga, you definitely have another original option in Canggu as a new climbing gym opened in Batu Balong. The name is Bali Climbing Bouldering Gym Canggu. Also, this gym is really close to the beach so you can exercise and catch the sunset afterward.
CHECK OUT A CO-WORKING SPACE
Co-Working Space at Living Food Lab
There are many co-working spaces in Canggu popping out at the moment. We could say that the most popular one is Dojo in Echo Beach. Dojo also hosts interesting events addressed to digital nomads regarding marketing, social media and cryptocurrency.
There are other co-working spaces in Berawa, such as District, which is next to a rice field, as well as a brand new one named Outpost.
At Living Food Lab we also have an amazing co-working space on our second floor, where you can enjoy fast Wi-Fi, surrounded by beautiful art since our second floor is also an art gallery.
GET A MASSAGE
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This is definitely a must in Bali. Almost in every touristic street, you can find a spa where you can get amazing and cheap massages. Most of them use coconut oil and offer a one-hour Balinese massage for really good prices.
If you don’t feel like going out of your villa or hotel, you can also Go-Jek a massage.
Yes. It is what you think. You order a massage online and then they come to your home and give you a spectacular massage for only 75 IDR.