You’ve seen the frothing waterfalls, bamboo bungalows and white sand beaches on social media, but let me assure you, the beauty of Bali far exceeds any Instagram photo. This spring, Indonesia’s most intriguing island beckoned to me, and by April 1st, I found myself on a flight to Denpasar, ready to join Canggu’s global community of creators at Outsite Bali.
Once a sleepy seaside village, Canggu has transformed into a beachfront base for globe-traipsing digital nomads, wandering yogis, and surfers seeking an endless summer. Whether you’re a seasoned remote worker or new to the digital scene, Canggu is an ideal location for Bali-based nomads––and Outsite coliving makes it all possible. Below, you’ll find practical tips for visiting Indonesia, along with some of my favorite places to relax and rejuvenate in Canggu...even when you’re technically #NotOnVacation.
Canggu Travel Guide for Digital Nomads
The Basics: What to expect as a remote worker in Bali.
Where: Canggu can be found on the southern coast of Bali, Indonesia’s most well-known island. The small village is framed by world-class surf spots, Hindu temples, high-end shopping, dining and resorts.
When: Due to its proximity to the equator, visitors can expect a tropical (read: hot & humid) climate all year. Bali has two seasons: ‘dry’ between May and September, and ‘wet’ between October and April. However, even the rainy months are relatively warm and sunny.
How: Dozens of international flights land at Bali’s main airport, Denpasar (DPS), each day. For a seamless arrival, pre-book a private airport transfer with the Outsite staff. For daily excursions, most guests rent a scooter or hire local transport using the convenient Gojek app.
Who: The Outsite villa is staffed by the most cheerful, helpful group of locals. Over the course of your stay, turn to Putu and his team for all your travel needs, from freshly brewed coffee to laundry service to waterfall excursions––they will arrange everything.
Bali’s Best: Canggu’s Must-Hit List for Digital Nomads
Bali is perfect for a remote lifestyle, especially when you #StayWorkPlay with Outsite. Bookmark these nomad-friendly hangouts in Canggu.
CoWorking & Cafes
While the Outsite villa has dedicated office space, Canggu boasts a range of flexible workspaces that you might want to explore. For a change of scenery, purchase a daily pass at Outpost or Dojo, coworking offices known for their expat communities and nightly networking events. Most Canggu cafes also welcome laptop workers; I found great coffee and strong WiFi at Machinery Cafe, Hungry Bird Coffee Roaster, and Motion Cafe.
Fitness & Wellness
Keep your #BaliBody tight and toned with fitness classes at The Chillhouse, the nearest Canggu yoga studio with daily courses ranging from fiery vinyasa to restorative yin. More hardcore athletes might enjoy Crossfit Wanderlust, just one local business offering special pricing for Outsite members. (Pro Tip: Your Outsite key unlocks special offers across town.) Down the street, Avenue Fitness is a full-service gym and smoothie bar.
Beauty & Spas
Balinese massages and beauty treatments are legendary for their high quality and low cost, but with spas on every corner, it’s hard to know where to begin. I loved Maria Curau, an all-natural mani/pedi spa specializing in Insta-worthy nailart. If time is of the essence, squeeze in a mid-day massage at Vishaka Spa, an under-the-radar retreat just 3-minutes from Outsite.
Canggu is flush with excellent dining options, with everything from coffee shops and roadside eats to Michelin-starred dining within ‘scooting’ distance. As a self-proclaimed flexitarian, I reveled in the abundance of plant-based options. The standout: Oma Jamu, an outstanding (and exceedingly affordable) vegan cafe about 20-meters from Outsite’s front door. Dandelion, Cassava, and The Savage Kitchen were also frequent stops on my meal rotation.
The digital nomad community in Canggu is warm and welcoming. Nearly every day, Natalie, Outsite’s lovely Bali-based community manager, will share upcoming meetups, launch parties, charity fundraisers, live music events and volunteer opportunities. There’s no pressure to participate...but this community-centric approach to coliving is what sets Outsite apart.
Day Trips & Excursions
I love a good roadtrip, especially through the lush Indonesian landscape. Bali has natural gems––like little-known Tukad Cepung Waterfall––tucked discreetly into its landscape. Don’t miss Ubud (Bali’s spiritual center), Seminyak (Bali’s shopping center), and the breathtaking beaches of Uluwatu. Also, check Airbnb Experiences for unique excursions hosted by locals. From whitewater rafting to Balinese spiritual cleansing, there’s an activity for every traveler.
Rebecca is a digital nomad and freelance writer covering luxury interiors, furniture design and travel. Follow her global adventures on Instagram @rebecca_dangler. Find out more about Outsite Bali.