Surfing in Canggu, Bali
The culture of surfing, which dates back to the sixties, has always gone hand in hand with traveling the world. By now surfing has spread all across the globe. In different parts of the world the surf culture has developed some areas where it is all about the surfing and the lifestyle around it. At the moment, Canggu in Bali is the place to be when it comes to surfing culture.
Why to go there?
The area is a perfect blend of the local Balinese culture, countryside views over the rice paddies and dedicated surfers from around the globe who make it a fun and vibrant place. It’s rich of little bars and restaurants near the beach with that relaxed surfy vibe and obviously, you can score some quality waves at Oldman’s, Batu Bolong or Echo beach – depending on your level of surfing.
Even if you don’t surf yourself, the area offers plenty of things to do and some amazing sights to see: varying from stunning sunsets at the beaches to some really authentic villages and temples in the rice fields. The experience of being at the beach with a stunning sunset, a cold Bintang beer or a fresh coconut in your hand and the sight of the surfers flying through the air on their surfboards is something that makes a really nice daily ritual (if you’re not having your own sunset surf of course!)
When to go there?
If you want to go surfing it’s commonly better during the dry season, however, it’s busier in the water. If you are there to enjoy the culture and countryside, any season would do. The wet season has it’s rainy days every now and then, but the green and lush rice paddies make up for it and the temperature is just as nice. In conclusion, any season will do!
How to get there?
You get to Canggu easily by taxi when you come in at the airport of Denpasar. The ride takes around 30-45 minutes, depending on the traffic.
Where to stay?
You could either stay for cheap with the local families in one of the dozen little home stays or book an expensive private villa – there’s a lot to choose from. If you, however, want something in between – a friendly and personal vibe plus a great location close to the beach then you should take a look at the Surfana Bali retreat. The view over a rice field and just off the main roads makes it a relaxed and quiet place. Surfboards, surf lessons, a scooter, massages, day trips and even yoga sessions are available, but most important – they show you the good life of Canggu and the beauty of the area.