Welcome to Canggu, Bali. There's always a swell, Uber is banned, and the local cafes serve smoothie bowls straight off Instagram. It's a digital nomad village right now, and here's why.
The affordable cost of living in Bali (around $5 for a meal out in a Western place, less than $1 for dinner in a Warung and $7 for 10GB of mobile data), rapid development of Bali's south coast and easy transport links to other countries has earnt this island a strong reputation amongst the remote work community, and for a good reason. Here are some of the best places to work from in Canggu, tips for getting around, and where to stay.
Landing in Canggu
Where to stay in Canggu
In Canggu, there are 3 main streets - Jalan Berawa, Jalan Batu Bolong, and Jalan Echo Beach. Outsite Bali is located on Batu Bolong, walking distance from the 'town centre' (see: Betelnut / Deus junction). So long as you're around these areas, you're in a central location, but there are alternatives outside of Canggu too.
How to get around
Scooter is the main method of transport here. It will cost you 50,000IDR ($3.50) a day, or 300,000IDR ($21) a week for a small scooter. If you don't want to drive your own scooter, GoJek is available in some areas of Canggu. It's an Indonesian version of Uber (pro tip: they also do food delivery from any restaurant).
Is the Wifi good?
Yes, it is, but you have to know where to find it. It's certainly one of the perks of staying in a coworking/coliving space. In the fastest spaces, you can expect up to 60MBPS down, 50MBPS up.
Living in Canggu
How do I get a SIM card?
Getting a SIM Card is a very easy process in Bali. Telkomsel is the most widely recognized with some of the best coverage. How to meet the local community Events are usually listed in Facebook, joining Facebook groups in the area will also help you find your tribe. The Remotive Community and Nomad List meet-ups are a great place to meet more like-minded individuals too.
Where are the best gyms or yoga studios in Canggu?
As to be expected, there's plenty to choose from. Samadi and Serenity are the most widely recognised yoga practices. Nirvana Strength is a gym with a heavy orientation towards gymnastics, Avenue is your traditional multi-level gym (complete with jacuzzi + sauna), and Victory is down towards Echo Beach. For a perfect handstand, using the wall properly will help to fix your positioning 💪 A post shared by Nirvana Strength Bali (@nirvanastrength) on Mar 20, 2018 at 3:52am PDT What about groceries in Bali? Pepito
is the most 'Western' of supermarkets - it resembles the one you'll see back home the most. If you're after local fruit and vegetables, you'll find a great deal in the places on the side of the road. And pharmacies? Guardian Pharmacy
is the one you'll find most convenience goods in (pain killers, cosmetics, SPF). For more urgent situations, Canggu Medical is the local medical practice. You can connect with Rebecca via Instagram, or check out more of DVL's work here. Ready to start your own adventure? Learn more about becoming an Outsite Member, or book your first stay in Outsite Bali today.
Coworking + Cafes in Canggu
What are the best places to get some work done?
This is where you're pretty spoilt for choice. If you're looking for a coworking space with all the whistles and bells on, Dojo Coworking Space is on Echo Beach, and from June 2018, Outpost will have a location off of Batu Bolong too. Outsite have a coworking space in-house - take a look here. When you're looking for cafes, Workfrom is a great app for finding the closest ones to you. Make sure to check out Machinery, Peloton, Koloni, Nood, Satu-Satu... just take a look at these Instagrams and you'll be hopping on your GoJek in no time.