The western side of Bali is where you’ll find the most popular holiday spots. Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu are the big three, and after not being overly impressed with the beaches in the first two, I headed to Canggu to try my luck. Where are the best beaches in Canggu? You’re about to find out!
Batu Bolong Beach
The main beaches in Canggu are located along a small stretch of coastline. It’s essentially the same beach but is broken up into three sections for whatever reason. Batu Bolong Beach is the most popular. It’s close to the busiest tourist streets of Canggu, so if you’re staying in the area then this is likely the beach you’ll hang out at the most.
Batu Bolong Beach is a popular place to learn to surf. If you’re not into surfing you can rent a sunbed and chill on the beach — there are plenty of beach bars and restaurants to choose from.
Nelayan Beach is just south of Batu Bolong Beach. I didn’t even know it had its own name when I visited, but it’s essentially the same place.
If walking from Batu Bolong Beach / Nelayan Beach to Berawa Beach you’ll have a small stream to cross. A little while later you’ll see the main difference with this beach — sunbeds and beach shacks are replaced with fancy looking clubs.
Beach clubs in this area include Finns and Vue. I didn’t visit any, but I’ve been to a couple in Kuta and Seminyak and they’re pretty fun places to hang out for the day. Eat, drink and swim in luxury while looking out at the ocean — it’s a popular thing to do in Bali!
Echo Beach is also home to a cool looking beach club (Favela). It’s a bit quieter than the beaches in Canggu I mentioned earlier and the beach itself is as good as any you’ll find in the area.
Perenenan Beach is located across a decent sized creek / river and was by far the quietest beach I visited in Canggu. There aren’t many places to eat and drink, so if you’re after that kind of beach day you should stick to Batu Bolong / Berawa. It’s a good spot for a quiet beach stroll though — you won’t have to contend with many other people.
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There are places to eat, drink and sleep slightly inland from the beach, so if you’re looking for a quietish place to spend a few nights this could be an option. You can see some rice terraces on the road to Perenanan Beach, and there are a few restaurants that look like they take full advantage of the views.
I visited Nates Place, a restaurant/ bar with good views over Perenenan Beach. There’s also a beach there (Babadan Beach) and a few north of there. It’s not Canggu anymore though, and from the research I did they just look like more of the same.
Further north still is Tanah Lot Temple, a popular sunset spot. There are some nice beaches around there too – it’s a cool place for a wander but don’t expect to be too impressed with the actual temple!
Beaches in Canggu: Final Thoughts
Don’t visit beaches in Canggu expecting to see clear blue water and fine white sand. You won’t find beaches like that anywhere on the main strip (Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Canggu). Instead you’ll find slightly murky water, some trash and lots of development. See them for what they are — fun places to rent a sunbed (or visit a beach club), relax and have a few drinks.
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