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With over 60 surf spots and even more beaches scattered around the island, holidaymakers and surfers are spoilt for choice. Considered as one of the best breaks on Bali is Echo Beach, just a short scooter ride north of Batu Bolong. The local name of this black stretch of sand is Pantai Batu Mejan, named after the Hindu temple on site.
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With waves under six feet, the consistent break caters to all types of surfers, from learners to pros. The paddle out can sometimes be a bit tricky for beginners, so observe the locals to see how it’s done. Be aware that the black sand gets very hot, even on cloudy days.
Driving through Canggu is quite an experience, and the Echo Beach area is no different. Shiny new buildings and fancy boutiques side by side with lush green rice paddies and local warungs. Not to repeat myself but when I first came to Canggu in early 2010 Jl. Batu Mejan were mostly dirt and potholes with cows grazing on both sides. There was a small roadside stall where I on my way to the beach enjoyed some juice and snacks together with the local workers. Down at the beach construction of retail spaces were in full swing, with the Hurley store and one other boutique being the only ones operating at the time.
Nowadays you can go shopping, get a massage or a facial at the spa and have breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks all along the same road. Treat yourself to some delicious and healthy breakfast at Nalu Bowls, have lunch at one of the local warungs by the water like Barack Durga Café, lounge in bean bags on the beach and enjoy a sunset dinner at the beautifully decorated La Brisa. Also worth checking out for breakfast or lunch is Canteen (below), a super cool surf café a little further up the road.
Speaking of Nalu Bowls, Dojo Bali Coworking and Café right next door is the perfect place to get some work done if you’re a digital nomad. They regularly host events like knowledge sharing, master-minds, workshops, community BBQs, skill sharing sessions and networking events.
Where to stay
Just a short 5-minute walk from Echo Beach you’ll find this super cute authentic Joglo house surrounded by Hibiscus flowers and palm trees. The house is equipped with kitchenette, TV, a big king-sized bed and a huge open-air bathroom. What more could you need, right?
If you’re traveling with a group of friends or you have a large family, this AMAZING boho beach villa might be the perfect fit for you! Beautifully decorated by a French designer, the house includes five comfortable bedrooms, a spacious living room/diner, a large kitchen and a rooftop with sea view. The best part is that you can jump from the couch into the pool. When I can round up 9 friends to split the cost with, I’m there!
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Have you ever been to Canggu?