Are you heading to Bali and looking for things to do? Here is the perfect 3 day Canggu Bali itinerary? Nothing sounds better than heading to Bali and relaxing on a beautiful beach, enjoying some yoga and walking through the rice terraces.
Bali is by far the most popular island in Indonesia. With its towering waterfalls, rich culture, ornate temples and trendy eateries, Bali holds its place on many bucket lists.
While Kuta and Seminyak have been popular places to stay in Bali for years now, Canggu is quickly earning its place as a great spot for younger travelers, backpackers, and a place to set up camp for digital nomads.
Make Canggu your base, or one of the main places you stay during your trip to Bali. There’s a variety of activities in Canggu Bali to appeal to every type of traveler. Continue reading this three-day Canggu Bali itinerary to help you plan your trip. Three days is a great amount of time to explore Canggu Bali. Depending on the nature of your trip, you could easily tweak the itinerary to suit you.
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Day 1 in Canggu Bali Itinerary- Canggu Beaches
Surf Lesson at Batu Bolong Beach
There’s no better place to start off your Canggu Bali holiday than at a Canggu beach. There are a few beaches in Canggu; Echo Beach, Batu Bolong Beach, Nelayan Beach, and Berewa Beach.
Batu Bolong Beach is the most popular. Many beachfront bars are easily accessible, but the real reason Batu Bolong Beach is so popular is that it’s a great place to learn how to surf. There’s no shortage of places to learn how to surf – just walk along the beach and ask for their price. A beginner’s lesson is usually two hours in duration and will cost 350k IDR.
You don’t have to take a lesson. Instead, you can hire a surfboard for much cheaper, but if you’ve never surfed before, a beginner’s lesson is highly recommended.
Visit Tanah Lot for Sunset
Tanah Lot is the main attraction in Canggu. This Hindu Temple is located 30 minutes from Canggu town. What makes this temple so impressive is that it is situated on top of a rock formation, looking out into the sea.
The sunset at Tanah Lot is impressive, which is why it is the best time to visit. Bear in mind that this also means it’s the busiest time to visit. If you prefer visiting with fewer people, come at 7 am when the temple opens.
The temple is only accessible during low tides, so plan your visit accordingly. Even if you plan to go at sunset, but aren’t able to visit the temple itself, the drive out is still worth it. Tickets are 60k IDR each.
Just remember to be respectful of how you dress. Females should cover their knees and shoulders. If you arrive with nothing suitable, you should be able to borrow a sarong at the temple’s entrance.
Black Cat Mini Mart
Don’t let the name or the outside of the store fool you. Yes, Black Cat Mini Mart is a convenience store, but once you step through the “broken” fridge door you’ll quite literally be transported into another world. This speakeasy bar has great music and cheap drinks, making it a great place to start out your first night in Canggu.
Day 2 Shopping, Rice Terraces, and Happy Hour Hopping
Love Anchor Market is the best place to shop in Canggu. There’s a mixture of items for purchase, including clothes, souvenirs, handicrafts, and jewelry. They’re open from 9 am daily, and if your holiday happens to coincide with the weekend, come for their special weekend bazaar.
Bring your best haggling game. Like many other Southeast Asian countries, you can barter for the price. Love Anchor is a tourist market, so the prices will be inflated, sometimes even by 400 – 500%. Start low and work your way up to a price you both agree on. Start at around 20% of the original offer, then aim to settle on a price 50% or less.
Haggling is more difficult in the indoor shops around the outside. The general rule of thumb is more upmarket, indoor shops will have fixed prices, whereas the stalls will be happy to haggle with you.
Brunch at the Many Cafes
Canggu’s food scene is on point. It’s a place where many ex-pats have settled as well as showing increased tourism year after year. So, the town has adapted to cater to foreigners.
My top recommendations for cafes in Canggu are The Mocca and Crate. The Mocca is a two-story café filled with colorful wicker chairs and tropical plants. It’s a great place to work and the Bootstrap Cold Brew coffee is amazing!
The Crate is a very popular café in Canggu. Unless you go at 6 am or 7 am, there will be a long queue, but don’t let that put you off. Lines move quickly and you can always find a seat at their large, shared tables. Food is reasonably priced here despite its popularity.
Canggu Rice Terraces
Take a scooter ride out to the lesser-known side of Canggu. The road called Jalan Sempol has the best rice paddies in the town. It is technically walking distance from the heart of Canggu – a round trip would be around 5 km. However, this isn’t recommended in the hot weather. Taking a scooter around the rice paddies would make for a much more pleasant experience.
Happy Hour at Old Man’s
Canggu is full of bars. Whether it be on the beach, main streets, or even further out, closer to the rice paddies. Many of these bars will have happy hour deals. Just keep an eye out for signs outside the bars.
Old Man’s is likely the most well-known bar in Canggu. Their happy hour is from 5 pm – 6 pm with great deals on cocktails and beers.
Day 3 Yoga, Massage, and Beach Club | Canggu Bali Itinerary
Take a Yoga Class
When in Bali, take a yoga class. You’ll find every class under the sun, from beginner’s yoga to vinyasa flow, and even power yoga. Classes can start as early as 6 am and end as late as 8 pm, so no matter your schedule, you should be able to fit in a class or two.
Classes will cost around 140k IDR at the more well-known studios. The smaller yoga studios may charge a lower price.
Relax with a Balinese Massage
Although relaxing, yoga is still hard work. Reward your muscles for working hard with a Balinese massage.
Back-alley massage parlors will cost you as little as 120k IDR for a one-hour full-body massage. More luxurious parlors will cost you more than double the price. Lotus Massage Therapy is a great place to get a massage in Canggu. Their one-hour massage will cost 180k IDR.
Eat Local Food
Indonesian cuisine is delicious! You’ll see many warungs around Canggu which are local restaurants. Nasi campur is the most common meal to eat at a warung. The buffet-style dish will be served with rice. Just point to the dishes that tickle your fancy. You’ll be charged depending on the number of dishes you choose.
Warung Jaba is one of the must-try places to eat in Canggu. Their food is amazing and the cheapest I’ve seen. A huge plate of food shouldn’t cost you more than 30,000 IDR. Varuna is another popular warung.
Have a Drink at Finn’s Beach Club
Finn’s Beach Club is one of the most popular places in Canggu. Their infinity pool and swim-up pool bars make for a relaxing afternoon. Enjoy both food and drinks here.
Does Finn’s live up to the hype? Yes and no. The high-end bar is a great place to spend the afternoon and evening, but it is very difficult to get a seat and the minimum spend is quite high for a couple of backpackers. Come early in a large group and you’ll have no trouble making the minimum spend.
An alternative place to Finn’s (and my favorite bar in Canggu) is La Brisa on Echo Beach. This place is the treehouse of your dreams and the best place to come for an epic sunset. Come by and enjoy the pool in the afternoon, then grab a good spot to enjoy the sunset later on in the evening.
3 Day Canggu Bali Itinerary Conclusion
Have you been to Canggu Bali? Not only is it a beautiful place to visit but extremely affordable. I would love to hear what should be added to this Canggu itinerary. Is there a favorite thing that you did or a favorite place you ate. Let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below. What is your favorite Canggu experience?
Delilah Hart is a travel blogger for Our Travel Mix. As she travels the world full-time, she loves to take photos, discover off the beaten track locations, and go on long walks. Follow Delilah on Instagram and Pinterest