Considering spending some time in Canggu? This digital nomad hotspot is hugely popular, with plenty of cafes, great beaches and fast WiFi keeping remote workers happy.
Where to stay in Canggu, Bali
Canggu is one of the settlements located on the southern side of Bali, close to Seminyak and Berawa. In Canggu, there are 3 main streets - Jalan Berawa, Jalan Batu Bolong, and Jalan Echo Beach.
Batu Bolong has some of the most popular bars, cafes and restaurants, including Old Mans, Deus and The Lawn.
Berawa and Echo Beach
Berawa and Echo Beach are marginally quieter in terms of crowds, but you can still find plenty of cafes and restaurants.
This quiet surf village to the north of Canggu has retained it's Balinese charm - family temples line the main street, and many of the surrounding rice padis are in protected green belt zones. However, this is still Bali. You can find a good flat white and avocado on toast in one of the nearby cafes, and it's only 5 minutes on a scooter to Batu Bolong.
Digital Nomad Communities in Canggu, Bali
Canggu has one of the longest running coworking spaces on Bali (Dojo), and there are plenty of places to work from in Canggu. Combined with the surf spots, easy going vibe and expat community, it makes for a lively digital nomad community. Check out the Bali Digital Nomad Facebook Groups to connect with locals, or use the Outsite WhatsApp group to meet more remote workers during your stay.
Coworking Spaces in Canggu
What's the WiFi like in Canggu, Bali?
You can get very fast WiFi in Bali, but it is not available everywhere. Occasionally there are power outages in extremely bad weather, but these rarely last more than a few hours.
Best cafes with WiFi in Canggu, Bali
- Machinery Cafe
Machinery, located on Batu Bolong, is one of the few enclosed cafes with air conditioning. They also serve tea, coffee and breakfast dishes.
District is an open air cafe with a great breakfast menu, and views of the rice fields. They also have a workspace upstairs with even faster WiFi.
- Nude Cafe
Nude Cafe is located on Jalan Berawa. This is an open air space with coffee, breakfast and dessert options.
- Koloni Cafe
Koloni describe their menu as 'California cuisine, marinated in Bali' - and their interiors reflect their Insta-worthy dishes too.
- Ruko Cafe
Ruko is a friendly, small coffee shop with air conditioning and all day breakfasts.
Day Trips from Canggu
It takes about an hour to reach Bali's spiritual center, best known for beautiful temples, yoga shalas, and exceptional vegan restaurants.
- Rice Terraces
You can find plenty of rice terraces around Canggu, but the most well known, well photographed fields are in Tegallalang.
- Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Headed past Ubud? This is one of the most Insta-worthy waterfalls on Bali.
Uluwatu has some of the best surf breaks on Bali, as well as beach clubs like Omnia and Finns. This is a 2 hour+ journey from Canggu, so make sure to have a driver scheduled for the day.
Gyms and Yoga Studios in Canggu, Bali
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 a traditional multi-level gym (complete with jacuzzi + sauna), and Victory gym is down towards Echo Beach. Wanderlust Bali is a CrossFit box, north of Canggu.
Shopping and groceries in Canggu, 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 small stalls 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.
How to get around Canggu, Bali
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).
Visas for Bali
COVID-19 has slowed the visa process for many long term residents in Bali. Prior to COVID, the 'normal' way to enter Bali was on a visa on arrival. These last for 90 days, and in order to renew it, you'll have to leave the country for 24 hours or so (otherwise known as a visa run).
Bali Digital Nomad Visa
There is not a specific digital nomad visa, but travelers are currently entering Bali using a social visa (B-211), or multiple entry visa. These visas allow you to stay for up to 60 days, and you can extend them by using a visa agent.
COVID-19 Travel Restrictions for Bali
Bali is closed to visa-free travelers (Dec 2020). They have not announced a date when they will start issuing visas-on-arrival, and the airport is closed to international flights. You can still enter Bali on a domestic flight from within Indonesia, and carrying a valid visa.
Safety in Bali
Bali is generally a safe place for travelers. There have been a number of incidents reported where phones or purses have been stolen from people driving scooters. You can try to avoid this by making sure no valuables are on show when you're in public.
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