Once upon a time, Canggu and neighbouring Berawa were tranquil places often overlooked in favour of the bright lights and luxury of nearby Kuta and Seminyak. But Canggu's popularity steadily grew until suddenly, this once sleepy fishing village emerged as the new cool place to be in Bali. This popularity began at the stunning coastline, home to endless beaches and the world-class surf breaks at Echo Beach, Batu Bolong and Berawa Beach.
But another reason was that it was the first place on the island to embrace the remote worker revolution. Canggu opened a range of hip co-working hubs that made it easy and fun for people to work in paradise. Thanks to this Canggu attracted a vibrant and bohemian community of surfers, digital nomads, artists, hipsters and entrepreneurs who helped build this area's trendy and creative vibe.
Wandering the streets of Canggu and Berawa is a wonderful experience. They're filled with impressive street art, cool shops and boutiques, and the best coffee shop scene on the island. For the health-conscious, the area boasts abundant gyms, yoga studios, wellness retreats and spas, while foodies can enjoy an eclectic dining scene that rivals Ubud's as the best in Bali.
Visitors can head inland to explore acres of verdant rice fields, or while away the days on the stunning beaches, watching the surfers in action, taking to the waves, and sunbathing. Or they can grab a seat at one of the beachside bars - this area has one for every taste from rickety warungs to high-end beach clubs - to enjoy some of the most spectacular sunsets in Bali. Then head into town as night falls to try out the abundant funky bars, trendy cocktail lounges and late-night clubs.
Canggu and Berawa now offer plenty of high-end accommodation, and much of it is in secluded private villas tucked into oasis-like compounds, so you can feel miles away from everything while being in the heart of the action. This region offers a delightful blend of natural beauty, Balinese charm, and cool, contemporary vibes, making it a truly memorable place to visit.