Canggu is so damn hot right now. If you can find a place to park, a seat at a café, or a spot in the lineup then make sure you grab it with both hands because they don’t come along too often.
There are five waves along Canggu’s Pererenan Beach stretch. Out the back of the southern end is the mythical bombie. It never breaks and nobody ever surfs it, but know it’s there so you sound legit if it comes up in conversation. Inside the bombie is a left that sometimes gets called “Tahiti” and can gets fun, but generally looks better than it is.
In the middle of the beach is the “Sandbar”, a hoax right and long left that grows across a bulletproof sandbank. It gets crowded with rippers but if you keep your wits about you and use the rip wisely you might luck into a draining tube on a low or mid-tide.
On the north side of the river mouth is “Canggu Right” which works best above medium tide and around head high of swell. It’s often home to teams of visiting pros and their multimedia mates, turning the break into a photo studio. It can get crazily crowded but play by the rules and you’ll get your share of super shredable walls. Paddle wide on the way back out – there are plenty of empty waves out there, and the sets will evilly suck unsuspecting victims into the impact zone where things can turn into human Jenga pretty quickly. Fun and games!
The last break is the often overlooked “Carparks” peak to the north. The left allows for a few turns before it ends on flat rocky-reef, so pull off before you get yourself into trouble.
On the Beach
Along the beach (but for how much longer?) OThree and Surfer’s Bar are the spots to escape the heat for a fresh coconut or cold Bintang. On the Echo Beach side Mandira is the OG warung of choice and next to them the Echo Beach Club does a pretty deadly fish BBQ on sunset. Newly opened La Brisa has raised the “bar”, serving up refreshing cocktails and quality cuisine. Across the rivermouth is Pondok Nyoman, a locally owned restaurant that has a swimming pool overlooking the beach. The warung behind the carpark has been feeding nasi goreng’s to hungry surfers for decades.
Chasing surf gear or repairing a ding? Gone are the days when surfers had to head into Kuta feel up a new board. Here’s your best options in the Echo & Batu Bolong area:
The Deus Temple’s modest shaping bay has been blessed with a constant stream of talent over the years with the likes of Rich Pavel, Bob McTavish, Thomas Bexon, Neal Purchase Jr., Ryan Lovelace and others all serving within its foam covered blue walls. Step into their incredible showroom/cafe/gallery to admire their latest creations.
It’s impossible to miss the Boardriders store when you access the beach from the Echo side. In addition to Quiksilver and Roxy tees, boardies, bikinis, and the rest, they have a rack of boards by JS, Hayden Shapes, Slater Designs, and …Lost that will stop you in your tracks. Also – it sounds kinda odd – but they also do haircuts. Ask for the “Mikey Wright” 😉
OnBoard is located next to Old Mans bar, just a few steps from the water at Batu Bolong beach. They have funboards, retroboards, longboards, soft tops, and hi-fi shredder shapes if that’s your thing. Best shapers, best materials – Channel Islands, Christenson, Simon Anderson & more are in da house!
Eat & Drink
There’s so many new spots popping up in the Gu it can be hard to keep track. Here’s some of our fav’s in the Echo Beach / Batu Bolong zone – add yours in the comments below.
Refuel after your morning session at Betelnut, the original and best café in the area, serving every kind of healthy food. French bakery Monsieur Spoon delivers good coffee and great croissants with a breezy garden to sit in. Nalu Bowls takes smoothie bowls to the next level, pick the acai one. A short bike ride inland is Crate – the most-Instagrammed, popular café on Batu Bolong for a reason. Or, if the waves are still pumping smash a simple nasi goreng Mandira and get back out there, dude.
The Shady Shack offers great grinds, rad vibes and beautiful people for days. Warung Bu Mi has your back for Indonesian food – dozens of dishes ready to serve… Just add sambal! Canteen is worth a visit just to check out the insane vintage surfboard collection in the rafters, but the food is more than worthy too! Eat clean and nutiecious at Motion Cafe – a favorite amongst the fitness freaks. Walk Batu Bolong and you will find an endless array of options.
La Barraca is an awesome Italian restaurant that delivers fine friendly food in a very fun atmosphere. Mai Tai serves up the most delicious Tahitian eats – think fresh fish – just too damn good to miss. Ji at Tugu Hotel serves some of the best Japanese on the island, with a view of the Indian Ocean to match, while The Slow is a hip new bar & restaurant that offers incredible tapas and cocktails, and puts on all manner of groovy shows and art exhibitions. For the pizza lovers hit up Luigi’s (next to Deus) and Fabricca.
The Deus Temple of Enthusiasm caters to everyone, and all of the categories above. Well worth your time whether you’re chasing art, bikes, food, drinks, a halfpipe, a haircut, or attractive potential partners. On the beach at Batu Bolong The Lawn is incredible for sunsets, people watching and its legendary 50 Fridays parties (50% off beer & pizza), while Old Man’s has a Wednesday session that has to be seen to be believed, and is a damn fine spot for beers with pals the rest of the time. New on the scene is La Brisa at Echo Beach; it’s a breezy sunset hangout with classy cocktails and amazing decor.