Best Beaches in Canggu (2024 Travel Guide)

written by local expert Catrin Lynn

Catrin is a history enthusiast based in Wales. Her passions are her animals, exploring the Welsh mountains with her husband, wellness, and traveling to different European cities.

Looking for information on the best beaches in Canggu? In this article, I will share with you my top picks!

In case you’re wondering, Canggu is the ultimate seaside gem in Bali. Tucked away on the southwest shoreline, Canggu has become a haven for wave-riders, globe-trotting freelancers, and sun-seekers alike.

Over the last few years, Canggu and its beaches have increased in popularity, and frankly speaking, it’s easy to see why.

Imagine beaches adorned with striking black volcanic sands, chill vibes, and adrenaline-pumping waves calling your name. 

Believe me when I say this enchanting beachside spot has a little something to please everyone – from jaw-dropping surf breaks to trendy eateries, zen yoga retreats, and picture-perfect beach hangouts. 

The founders of this blog have been returning to Canggu, Bali since 2015 and will be giving some tips to help you have the best experience as you discover the best beaches in Canggu.

echo beach canggu bali
Canggu Beaches are not just for surfing!

Where is Canggu?

Tucked away on the stunning island of Bali, Canggu has rapidly become a favorite destination for in-the-know travelers who appreciate a carefree atmosphere with a dash of excitement. 

This easygoing beach town can be found on the southwest coast of Bali, offering a slightly more chill alternative to the lively scene of Seminyak and Kuta.

I say slightly as over the years, Canggu has picked up in popularity which isn’t such a bad thing as there are now tons of incredible restaurants, bars, and beach clubs.

Reaching Canggu is quite straightforward! It’s only around an hour’s drive (traffic permitting, naturally) from Ngurah Rai International Airport, the primary entry point to Bali. 

Hop on a scooter or take a taxi, and soon enough you’ll be navigating those palm-fringed streets with ease! Once you’ve arrived, prepare to be captivated by a lovely mix of verdant rice terraces, inviting cafes, and some truly fabulous beachside spots.

So, what sets Canggu apart from other areas in Bali? Well, let me fill you in – it’s the whole vibe of the place! 

You’ll encounter a delightful fusion of local Balinese traditions and contemporary beach culture, generating a one-of-a-kind chilled vibe. 

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Best Beaches in Canggu 

Ready to uncover some of Canggu’s best beaches?

Here are a few of my top recommendations on the best beaches in Canggu, as well as tips on where to stay, where to eat, and more!

Compared to the beaches in Uluwatu, Canggu has black sand due to the volcanic activity nearby. This doesn’t mean that the beaches in Canggu are less prettier than their counterparts up in the Bukit Peninsula.

1. Batu Bolong Beach

Let’s dive straight in with the ever-famous Batu Bolong Beach, one of Canggu’s top attractions! This chill spot is renowned for its epic surf breaks and laid-back beach vibes. 

The name “Batu Bolong” means “rock with a hole” in Balinese, inspired by the iconic rock structure situated at the edge of the beach. 

With its striking black volcanic sand and incredible sunsets, this place is the ideal spot to unwind, catch some waves, or simply revel in the easygoing atmosphere.

Reaching Batu Bolong Beach is easy, only half a mile from the center of Canggu or only 45 minutes (depending on traffic) from the hotspot Seminyak. Just jump on a scooter or hail a taxi, and you’ll find yourself there in no time. 

The beach is super accessible, and all this with zero entry fees, so you can enjoy this little piece of heaven without breaking the bank. 

There is a small parking fee of 2000 IDR/ 0.15 USD at Batu Bolong Beach. 

Batu Bolong canggu

Where to Eat in Batu Bolong

Now let’s chat about what’s on offer around the beach. Batu Bolong is packed with an assortment of cool cafes, bars, and eateries to suit all palates:

  • Old Man’s Bali – sit back at this beach bar and enjoy some delicious food and drinks. Stick around until the evening to watch the beautiful sunset and the bar turns into a club! They recently renovated this place and its apparently a popular spot for a younger crowd.
  • Ji Restaurant Bali – Enjoy some Japanese cuisine in this unique venue of a 311-year-old temple while enjoying its 180-degree ocean views. Our team has eaten here and the food is delicious but the views are even better!
  • SandBar – another beachfront bar where you can enjoy a cheap beer and on weekends some live music while you admire the views and sunsets! SandBar is a popular spot late in the evening if you’re up for some good old dancing!
  • The Lawn Canggu – enjoy a more intimate and relaxed atmosphere in this relaxed bar, offering daybeds for lounging, plus a pool that overlooks the sea. 

When it comes to activities, Batu Bolong Beach caters to all tastes. Surfing takes center stage here, with waves perfect for newbies and experienced surfers alike.

With surf schools and rental shops scattered along the beachfront, it’s a breeze to gear up and hit the waves. 

Batu Bolong is home to one of the best surf spots in Bali and is home to multiple surf camps in Bali all year round.

Enjoying a cocktail at Ji Restaurant

Surfing in Batu Bolong

$31 for a 2-hour lesson which includes board rental and a teacher

For board rental, expect to pay anything from 250,000 IDR – 350,000 depending on the type of board. Foam boards for beginners are significantly cheaper.

You can find a surfboard rental next to Old Man’s beach bar. Perfect for a refreshing beer after your surf! 

If you’d rather chill on the shore, rent a sunbed (Around 50,000 IDR/ $3.40 USD), sip on a fresh coconut, and watch the surfers do their thing.

And as the sun starts to dip, it’s the perfect time to unwind with a refreshing drink and soak in the stunning view.

Batu Bolong Beach is an absolute must when exploring Canggu. With its laid-back ambiance, amazing surf, and a wealth of food and drink options, it’s no surprise this beach has captured the hearts of many.

surf boards on canggu bali beach

Where to Stay Near Batu Bolong

When looking for somewhere to stay, there are plenty of options to be near Batu Bolong. Here are a few of our suggestions to cater to all budgets and preferences:

The Bohemian Bali, Canggu – Enjoy a luxury stay at The Bohemian with a private balcony and pool views. It’s only 1.3 miles away from Batu Bolong Beach. 

Hotel Tugu Bali – private gardens, themed restaurants, and an award-winning Indonesian spa are just some of the amazing features of this luxury hotel which is just off Batu Bolong Beach.

D’djabu Villas Canggu – enjoy sea views, relax in gazebos, or take a dip in the pool at D’djabu Villas which is only 350 yards away from Batu Bolong Beach! 

Kano Canggu Loft – only a mile away from Batu Bolong, you can enjoy the sun terrace and outdoor swimming pool at this comfortable and modern loft. 

Serenity Eco Guesthouse – Located only 150 yards from Batu Bolong, enjoy a relaxing stay at this holistic retreat that has a pool and 10 yoga sessions held daily!

D’Canggu Homestay– Stay in this gorgeous homestay where you have a pool and only a short stroll of 550 yards to Batu Bolong Beach. 

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2. Echo Beach

The fabulous Echo Beach is another star in Canggu’s line-up of sandy paradises. 

Famous for its impressive surf breaks and lively atmosphere, Echo Beach has won the hearts of locals and tourists alike. It’s locally known as ‘Pantai Batu Mejan’ after the Balinese Hindu temple that’s on the beach. 

Combining its distinct blend of black and golden sands, rustling palm trees, and mesmerizing sunsets, it’s the perfect place to revel in a day filled with sun, surf, and relaxation. 

You can easily walk to Echo Beach if you’re staying in Canggu. The easiest way to travel around Canggu is with a scooter so you can bypass traffic.  Echo Beach is located only 35km northwest of Kuta and Seminyak, around a 30-minute journey depending on traffic. 

There’s no entry fee, so you can fully embrace this gorgeous spot.

Echo Beach canggu

Where to Eat in Echo Beach

You’ll have a few options from warungs to choose from along with a beach club for you to enjoy some refreshments:

  • La Brisa – a gorgeous beach club with a laid-back vibe and delicious food, is one of the top spots to check out. The vibes here are top notch!
  • La Baruna– This newly renovated spot in Echo Beach is great if you’re looking for a place with good food and great views.
  • Mile-End Kitchen + Bar– This is a great place for a boozy brunch!
  • For a more authentic taste of the area, be sure to try the many seafood BBQ joints dotting the beach – the tantalizing scent alone is irresistible!

Echo Beach is very popular with surfers, especially the more experienced surfers with its challenging waves. 

There are still some areas that are still suited for those just starting. Surf schools and board rentals are on hand to ensure you get the most from your time in the waves. 

There are sun loungers along the beach if you’d prefer to relax and soak up the sun and watch the surfers from a distance. And as the day winds down, the beach becomes a sunset enthusiast’s paradise, perfect for sipping a drink while admiring the ever-changing hues.

Echo Beach is an essential stop when visiting Canggu. With its thrilling surf, relaxed ambiance, and diverse dining options, it’s easy to see why this beach has become a crowd favorite.

Where to Stay Near Echo Beach

If you’re looking to stay near Echo Beach, here are a few suggestions:

COMO Uma Canggu – only a few steps away from Echo Beach, enjoy a luxurious stay with panoramic beach views, a swimming pool, and a wellness center to help you completely unwind. 

Echo Suji Villa – a private villa set on the beach provides you with your pool, garden, and free parking. 

Regali Villa Canggu –  A tropical retreat only 750 yards from Echo Beach with your private swimming pool and a spa center for relaxing.

La Numa Villas Canggu – situated only 200 yards from Echo Beach is the fantastic La Numa Villas where guests can enjoy their private pool. 

Bima Sakti Homestay Echo Beach – a highly rated hostel situated on Echo Beach. Bima Sakti offers an on-site restaurant, shops, car, and bike hire. 

Repag Wayan Canggu Hostel – located only 100 yards from Echo Beach, this hostel provides free private parking, a shared lounge, and a terrace along with a garden to relax in.

3. Pererenan Beach

Next up on our list of best beaches in Canggu is the quiet and charming Pererenan Beach, an often-overlooked treasure in Canggu’s repertoire of sandy escapes! 

Pererenan Beach is famous for its calming vibe, black volcanic sand, and less crowded surf breaks. 

If you’re seeking a more leisurely beach experience away from the hustle and bustle, this serene shoreline retreat is just the ticket.

Located just west of Echo Beach, Pererenan Beach is quite straightforward to get to. If you’re staying in Canggu, you can walk or scooter to Pererenan Beach with ease. 

The beach is accessible, and just like Echo Beach Batu Bolong, there is no entry fee, so you can indulge in this peaceful paradise without spending a penny.

If you arrive by car or scooter, you will have to pay a small parking fee of 2000 IDR/ for a scooter and 10,000 IDR/ for a car. 

Just be aware that parking can be more limited here so it may be difficult to park with a car. 

Pererenan Beach canggu

Where to Eat in Pererenan Beach

You won’t find beach clubs or high-end restaurants at Pererenan Beach which is part of its charm. 

You can enjoy warungs on the beach with the locals and grab some local snacks and enjoy the beautiful sunset or the surfers riding the waves. 

If you’re looking for a bite to eat, there are tons of cute cafes on the road heading to Pantai Pererenan. Here are a few of my recommendations

  • The Brunch Club Pererenan- This place has THE fluffiest pancakes ever. Must-try when in the area.
  • Arte Canggu– This Italian restaurant hits the spot and is very low-key! Their pizza is worth driving to Pererenan for. 
  • Monsieur Spoon Pererenan– This popular eatery in Canggu has various locations and their Pererenan one is a great spot for brunch! Their croissants are to die for!

Surfing in Pererenan is for the more advanced as the strong waves aren’t suitable for beginners. With its strong waves, it’s not ideal for swimming either. 

It’s a perfect place for relaxing though! You can rent a lounger for around 100,000 IDR/$7 USD for the day if you’re looking to unwind and enjoy the relaxed and spacious ambiance. 

Pererenan Beach is a must-see for those eager to uncover a quieter aspect of Canggu. With its soothing atmosphere and superb surf breaks it won’t take long for you to fall in love with this hidden gem.

Tribal Bali in Pererenan is a great spot to co-work, eat, and hang out!

Where to stay near Pererenan Beach

If you’re looking to stay near the fabulous Pererenan Beach, check out some of our suggestions on where to stay:

High End:

Pantai Indah Villa – This fantastic and luxurious villa provides everything you need for a completely relaxing stay. Located only 50 yards from Perenan Beach, you can enjoy this homely stay with your pool, butler service, and private cook!

Villa Baba, Canggu – Take a splash in the private pool of this impressive villa. Only 550 yards from Peranan Beach, you can make the most of the days on the chilled beach. 

Amar Boutique Hotel – situated just over a mile from Peranan Beach, Amar Boutique Hotel offers comfortable accommodation with a private pool, free parking, a terrace, and a garden for its guests.

Homey by Pigiyu – this beachfront property is a fantastic stay for those who want to sit back and enjoy the spectacular sunsets over Pernan Beach. 

Tribal Bali– Located near Pererenan Beach, this hostel / co-working space is a fantastic place to stay while in Uluwatu.

4. Berawa Beach

The amazing Berawa Beach is another top pick in Canggu’s array of sandy escapes! 

Berawa Beach is known for its chilled atmosphere, jaw-dropping sunsets, and thrilling surf breaks. With a distinctive combination of black and golden sands, this coastal gem is an ideal spot to spend your day immersed in sun, surf, and good times.

Again, Berawa Beach is easily reachable, especially from Canggu. It would take around 10 minutes to walk here from Echo Beach or Batu Bolong. 

A few beaches are reachable in Canggu, you can either walk or plan a private tour which takes you to all the best spots.  

If you are driving a car or scooter, you can park near Finns Beach Club. 

Just be aware that the space doesn’t cater well for cars so it might be better to ride a scooter, walk or get a taxi to Berawa Beach. Entry and parking are free at Berawa Beach. 

Where to Eat in Berawa Beach

If you’re on the hunt for local flavors, you’ll find plenty of traditional Indonesian food vendors along Berawa Beach where you can enjoy some delicious local foods or refresh with a drink. 

You can also find a few beach bars if you’re looking to sit back with a drink and a view:

  • Finns Beach Club – Enjoy a lively, club atmosphere while admiring the sunset in this favorite spot set on Berawa Beach.
  • Atlas Beach Fest – only a short walk away from Berawa Beach, you can relax at Atlas Beach Fest with its infinity pools and day beds or enjoy the more lively scene by night. Serving food and drinks all day, it’s a great place to completely chill!
  • Sushi Bar Bali – right next to Finns Beach Club you will find this fantastic bar that serves delicious sushi! 

Surfing is a big deal at Berawa Beach, with great breaks and high waves that cater to riders of all skill levels. 

There are two main surfing schools here, Canggu Bali Surf Lesson and Lolak Surf School where you can arrange lessons or hire surfboards. 

If you’d rather stay on dry land, you can always relax on the beach, catch some rays, and enjoy the view. Sunbeds cost around 25,000 IDR/ 1.70 USD for the day here. 

And as the day winds down, snag yourself a comfy spot to witness the awe-inspiring sunset – it’s an experience you’ll never forget.

So there you have it! Berawa Beach is a must-visit destination when exploring Canggu if you enjoy surfing or gorgeous sunsets. 

berawa beach canggu sunset

Where to Stay near Berawa Beach

Looking for somewhere close to stay after surfing at Berawa Beach all day? Here are some suggestions for you:

Villa Daya, Canggu – Offering free airport transfers, a private swimming pool, and only a 5-minute drive from Berawa Beach. Villa Daya is worth checking out for your stay! 

Wayang Retreat – Only 0.7 miles away from Berawa Beach, Wayang Retreat offers everything you need for a comfortable stay with a year-round outdoor pool and views of the pool or its lovely gardens. 

SR Caviar Guest House Canggu – This highly rated guest house is only 1.1 miles away from Berawa Beach and offers a shared kitchen, air conditioning and has a coffee shop and minimarket on site!

Sakura Guest House – Just under a mile away from Berawa Beach, this guest house offers comfortable accommodation with air-conditioned rooms and a terrace. 

5. Nelayan Beach

Nelayan Beach is a hidden gem among Canggu’s wonderful sandy sanctuaries! Nelayan Beach is admired for its serene vibe, local fishermen, and unspoiled natural charm. 

This quiet oasis is the ideal destination for those who want to escape the typical beach scene and enjoy a more peaceful day beside the sea, experiencing the authentic Balinese coastal lifestyle.

Nestled between Berawa Beach and Batu Bolong, Nelayan Beach is easily reachable and only about 15 minutes from the center of Canggu. 

The beach is easily accessible, and is very low key!

Now let’s chat about food and drink spots around Nelayan Beach. Though it’s a more laid-back setting compared to other well-known beaches, you can still discover some delightful places to grab a bite or enjoy a cool drink. 

You can find some shacks along the beach that will sell snacks and drinks.

As for activities, Nelayan Beach is perfect for those seeking relaxation and a glimpse of the local lifestyle. You’ll often spot fishermen bringing in their daily catch or preparing their boats, offering you an authentic taste of life on the Balinese coast. 

Due to the gentle waves here at Nelayan Beach, it’s the perfect spot for swimming! If it’s windy enough, you can try windsurfing here too. Make sure to check 

Sun loungers are a bit harder to come by here so make sure to bring your towel for you to lie on and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. 

If you’re up for some adventure, try your hand at traditional fishing techniques or join a guided fishing excursion. And when the day begins to fade, secure a cozy spot to marvel at the stunning sunset and soak in the peaceful atmosphere.

So there you have it! Nelayan Beach is a must-see for those eager to uncover a quieter, more genuine aspect of Canggu.

With its calming ambiance and a selection of lovely eateries, it’s no wonder this beach has become a favorite among discerning visitors.

Canggu shortcut
Canggu’s infamous shortcut road which you can use to get to the different beaches

Where to stay near Nelayan Beach

Undecided about where to stay near Nelayan Beach, take a look at our suggestions below:

Blossom Eco Luxe Villas by Ekosistem – Enjoy a luxurious stay that’s only 0.5 miles away from Nelayan Beach. You’ll have your balcony and terrace while overlooking your pool.

ZIN Canggu Resort & Villas, Canggu – offering a swimming pool, fitness center, and garden, the 4-star accommodation is only 200 yards from Nelayan Beach. 

Surf Lodge Canggu – Surf Lodge provides budget-friendly accommodation that has its oil and is only 900 yards from Nelayan Beach! 

ASTON Canggu Beach Resort – Only 0.2 miles from Nelayan Beach, this hotel boasts modern and stylish accommodations with a sundeck where you can enjoy panoramic sea views. 

6. Seseh Beach

Let’s uncover our last beach in Canggu, the serene Seseh Beach, a tranquil hideaway among Canggu’s fantastic sandy shores! 

Seseh Beach is celebrated for its relaxed vibe, verdant backdrop, and off-the-beaten-path location. 

This scenic coastal escape is perfect for anyone seeking a more peaceful and intimate beach encounter, far from the well-trodden tourist paths. You can enjoy the spectacular sunsets on this soft, black sand beach. 

Getting to Seseh Beach is no hassle at all, particularly if you’re based in Canggu or neighboring spots like Seminyak. 

Simply jump on a scooter or hop in a taxi, and you’ll arrive at this quiet sanctuary before you know it. 

Now let’s chat about the food and drink options at Seseh Beach. Even though it’s more remote than some nearby beaches, you’ll still find a few delightful places to grab a bite or sip on a cool drink. 

For those eager to delve into the local dining scene, several traditional warungs offering Indonesian cuisine are available nearby, giving you a chance to savor the tastes of Bali.

You can find restaurants local to Seseh Beach:

  • Organic Ocean Restaurant – Enjoy seafood caught by the fishermen at Seseh Beach at this highly-rated restaurant that’s only a few minutes walk away from the beach.
  • Warung Alus – enjoy local food and beer while watching a spectacular sunset at Seseh Beach. 

As for activities, Seseh Beach is the perfect spot for those who want to unwind and immerse themselves in natural beauty. With its dark volcanic sand and calming atmosphere, it’s an ideal location to kick back and catch some rays. 

It’s also the perfect beach for swimming with its calm waves if you want a cooling dip!

Seseh Beach is an essential stop for anyone seeking a quieter and more secluded beach adventure in Canggu. With its soothing vibes, lush surroundings, and a variety of lovely eateries, it’s no wonder Seseh Beach has become a favorite among discerning travelers.

Seseh Beach
Seseh beach is still pretty remote and underdeveloped!

Where to Stay near Seseh Beach

Looking for that perfect place to stay after a day at Seseh Beach, take a look at these: 

Seseh Beach Villas – Enjoy tranquility at this villa while enjoying spectacular sea views. Located just off Seseh Beach. 

Villa Laut– This wonderful villa is only 100 yards from Seseh Beach. Accommodating 10 people, it boasts its pool and terrace, private parking, and a fully equipped kitchen. 

Villa Seseh Breeze – located next to Seseh Beach, this villa is cozy and romantic with its own sun terrace and private pool.

So there we have it, 6 magnificent beaches for you to visit when you’re in Canggu! Hopefully, this article has given you a few different ideas to help you plan the ultimate beach getaway.

Best Time to Visit Canggu Beaches

If you’re curious about the optimal time to visit Canggu’s incredible beaches, you’re in the right place. 

Choosing the perfect time to experience the sun, sand, and waves in this tropical haven largely depends on your tastes and what kind of beach adventure you’re after.

The best time to visit Canggu can generally be divided into two primary seasons: the dry season and the wet season.

The dry season, which spans from April to September, is typically the most favored time for beach enthusiasts.

During these months, you can anticipate plenty of sunshine, reduced humidity, and minimal rainfall, making it perfect for basking on the beach, surfing, and engaging in various outdoor activities. 

The weather is more consistent, and the ocean is often more tranquil. Keep in mind, though, that this is also peak tourist season, so you may encounter larger crowds and increased accommodation prices.

On the other hand, the wet season extends from October to March. Although there’s an increase in rainfall during these months, you’ll still experience numerous sunny days with slightly cooler temperatures. 

The upside of visiting during the wet season is that the beaches are less populated, and accommodation prices are generally lower. 

For avid surfers, the dry season, particularly between May and September, offers prime conditions for riding the waves. 

Consistent swells and offshore winds generate perfect waves for seasoned surfers. That being said, beginners can still find suitable breaks during this period or opt for the shoulder months when the waves are less challenging.

Hopefully, this guide on the best beaches in Canggu has given you a great overview on what to expect, as well as a ton of tips on things to do, where to eat and more! Enjoy.

Bintangs by Batu Bolong Beach canggu
Enjoying a bintang while waiting for the surf in Canggu

FAQ about Beaches in Canggu

Can you swim in Canggu?

Yes, you can swim in Canggu, as its beaches offer clear waters and generally calm conditions, especially during the dry season. However, be aware of strong currents and waves in some areas, which are better suited for experienced surfers.

What is Canggu known for?

Canggu is known for its picturesque beaches, popular among surfers for their excellent waves, and a laid-back atmosphere with numerous trendy cafes, bars, and restaurants. Additionally, the area’s surrounding lush rice fields and traditional Balinese culture add to its unique charm.

Where is Batu Bolong in Canggu?

Batu Bolong Beach is located on the southwest coast of Bali in Canggu, Indonesia. It is situated near the famous Echo Beach and can be easily accessed along Jalan Batu Bolong, the main street running through the area.

What’s the best beach in Canggu?

Canggu has 4 main beaches, Batu Bolong, Echo Beach, Pererenan, and Berawa Beach. There are other beaches in the area, but these are the most popular ones.

Does Canggu have nice beaches?

Yes, Canggu has nice beaches but most of them are black due to the volcanic sand. If you’re looking for prettier beaches, I recommend checking out some of the beaches in Uluwatu.

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