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20 Tantalizing Photos That Will Inspire You to Explore Canggu

Sunset, Beach, Photographer, Explore Canggu, Bali

Sitting just 6 miles (10 km) north of Kuta–Bali’s biggest beachside tourism town, the hippy, happy village of Canggu and its gorgeous coastal environs are still largely undiscovered by Bali visitors.

We’ll be talking more about Canggu in other posts about our time in Bali, but for now, we thought we’d let the photos do the talking about why you should explore Canggu, Bali now (before the secret gets out!)

Shops, Explore Canggu, Bali

With its proliferation of cafes and boutique clothing shops, it’s easy to see why Canggu has been called the Brooklyn of Bali. But in truth, the vibe that predominates is much more classic California beach town than NYC urban Millennial heaven.

Noodle House, Cafe, Explore Canggu, Bali

While signs of the island’s Hindu faith may be seen everywhere, Balinese temple festivals–and the colorful, music-making parade of festival participants on their way to perform a ceremony–are really something unique.

Balinese Ceremony, Hindu, Explore Canggu, Bali

Justin and I were fortunate enough to be able to see a part of Berawa Village’s Temple Anniversary celebration, which concluded with prayers and offerings at sunset down on Berawa Beach.

Temple Anniversary Celebration, Hindu, Sunset, Beach, Explore Canggu, Bali

Hindu Offering, Beach, Sunset, Explore Canggu, Bali

The main streets of the town may feel well-developed, but in truth, this area is still largely rural, and taking a quiet walk through the greenery is a wonderful way to really get a sense of daily life as you explore Canggu, Bali.

Rice Field, Explore Canggu, Bali

Rice Farmer, Explore Canggu, Bali

Afternoons, of course are all about the beach. Berawa Beach is a wide swath of yellow-black sand perfect for sunbathing or strolling.

Berawa Beach, Sunset, Silhouettes, Explore Canggu, Bali

In Canggu, you’re absolutely spoiled for places to grab a delicious meal, but one of our favorites is a place called The Door–both for its perfect rendition of Balinese suckling pig, and its amazing decor comprised of local crafts and found objects upcycled by a local artist, Made.

Suckling Pig, The Door, restaurant, Explore Canggu, Bali

The Door, Restaurant, Decorations, Explore Canggu, Bali

Another spot worth visiting is Canggu’s other main beach, Echo Beach, is a favorite amongst surfers. Here, the sands are blacker, the waves, wilder, and beautiful rock formations break up the view.

Surfing, Echo Beach, Ocean, Explore Canggu, Bali

Echo Beach, Rock Formations, Ocean, Explore Canggu, Bali

Echo Beach, Rock Formations, Explore Canggu, Bali

But the real magic of Echo Beach happens as the sun begins to go down: the tide pulls back to reveal hidden tide-pools, and local crab-hunters go to work with their nets.

Echo Beach, Low Tide, Rock Formations, Ocean, Explore Canggu, Bali

Crab Hunter, Echo Beach, Sunset, Silhouette, Explore Canggu, Bali

Crab Hunter, Tidepools, Echo Beach, Explore Canggu, Bali

The water here is like crystal.

Echo Beach, Tidepools, Explore Canggu, Bali

And the sunset is unforgettable.

Surfing, Echo Beach, Sunset, Explore Canggu, Bali

Are you packing yet?

Echo Beach, Surfing, Sunset, Explore Canggu, Bali

These photos were shot on Justin’s everyday camera–the Sony A6000. This small, mirrorless camera is perfect for travelers who want to shoot pro-level photography without the bulk and weight of a traditional DSLR. 

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20 Tantalizing Photos That Will Inspire You to Explore Canggu

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