OUR FIRST TIME IN BALI
Our first time in Bali was awesome!
After visiting beautiful, beachy Nusa Lembongan and endlessly, green Ubud… it was time to head for Canggu. We planned to stay here for only 3 days but ended up staying for a week and still didn’t want to leave.
This is why: Surfing; obviously!
We’re no pro’s, but whenever we get the chance on a trip, we go for it. It’s so much fun and great exercise (understatement of the year). So of course, we gave it a try in Canggu! Don’t get us started on the sore muscles, muscles we didn’t even know existed. We mostly tried surfing in Seminyak, because it offered the best waves for beginners. But Canggu offers plenty of spots for all surf levels and on a windy day, even for kite-surfers!
We stayed at Kima Surf Camp in Canggu, which is perfectly located close to the beach. To sum it up it was beautiful, spacious and clean suites, awesome guidance for surfing, delicious food and most importantly the laid-back vibes!
Please be aware that the beaches don’t look like the typical tropical beach. It is a different kind of beautiful with black sand, sometimes brownish water, but great waves.
Food; our favorite thing!
Our first day in Canggu we knew we needed more time to try out all the idyllic places to eat. One is even cuter or hipster than the other and are all very Instagram-worthy. Our favorites are Café Organic, which has the prettiest acai bowl you will ever eat; Crate, savory or sweet, everything is good; Betelnut, for the best healthy lunches and in the evening head to Deus (yes the Aussie ex-machina) for music, drinks and food.
BUT our absolute favorite is La Laguna, located between Canggu and Seminyak. It’s such a hotspot and easy to find with your rental motorbike. Spanish themed in every way possible, the owner paid attention to every detail, which creates an amazing atmosphere. Truly beautiful and the food is delicious.
When traveling we love to get more of a local experience, so of course, we tried some Warungs as well! Tasty and cheap meals can be found easily, for instance at Warung The Guyu, just around the corner of the Kima camp.
The interior of most shops here is also Instagram-worthy, loved it! Ron doesn’t like shopping very much but did come with me for a quick shopping sesh. However, caution is required while shopping with a holiday mood as I tend to like different clothes than normal – new assets might end up never worn in the closet. Canggu offers nice shops but for some serious shopping, you might want to consider going to Seminyak.
Highly recommended when in Canggu is the ‘Love Anchor’ market, located right next to Betelnut and open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Sunsets; never better.
Sunsets are beautiful everywhere in Bali, but when in Canggu watch the sunset at the magical Lawn or classic Old Man’s. We actually prefer to watch the sunset right on the beach with live music and a cold Bintang or fresh coconut.
Canggu is a must-do when in Bali! The relaxed vibe, great food options and amazing surf are all there. Make sure you have enough time to fully enjoy it!!!
Once you visit you’ve GOT TO LOVE THIS PLACE.