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When you come to Bali, you would most probably be expecting a laid-back atmosphere, where you can laze around and enjoy the calm tropical breeze. Feeling the warm sand touching your skin while sipping your favorite margaritas could be the translation of heaven on earth. For some of you, who long for the sense of coastal village intimacy, the Canggu area could be much more enticing than the hype life of central Kuta. In this bohemian resort area, you can find some of the uncrowded beaches of Bali with rice paddy fields views along the streets. With only approximately 15 km away from the heart of Kuta, this area in the North Kuta district is a perfect getaway without being too isolated from the lively life of Bali.
Here, with this article, we are showing you a glimpse of Canggu life.
Canggu and its surrounding neighborhood villages can be said as the surfer heaven in Bali. The waves fit well with all kinds of surfing levels. Along the coastline, you will find beaches with different names, such as Canggu Beach, Echo Beach, Batu Bolong Beach, Berawa Beach, Seseh Beach, and Pererenan Beach. These beautiful black sand beaches can be considered as the least commercialized beaches, where you can still enjoy some of the authenticities of Bali village life. These beaches are not swimming beaches, but ideal spots for surfers. You can get there from the Kuta area by going northwest for around 50 minutes driving during busy hours.
Canggu beach was listed as one of the 100 best beaches in the world by CNN in 2013. This beach does not only offer a perfect spot for surfing, but also the perfect view. The long white curling waves that meet the sparkling black sand bring an impressive golden reflection of the sunset. Pause yourself a little, while marveling at the shifting of time, here in Bali.
This beach is originally called Batu Mejan Beach, after the name of a Hindu sea temple on site. But then, the popularity of a restaurant named Echo Beach Club has made the original name being overshadowed. Along your way to the beach, you will experience the accompaniment of lustrous rice fields that are well kept by the local villagers. This beach has brownish-grey sand with some big coral reefs on sight. This beach is suitable for advanced surfers.
Batu Bolong is translated as Rock with a Hole. This name literally came from the iconic natural landmark of a huge coral reef that shape like it forms a hole in the middle of it. Just like the other beaches around North Kuta, the black sand gives a picturesque reflection of the sunset. Definitely a photographic must-go for view hunters.
When people are mentioning Berawa Beach, most of them will refer to the one near Finns Beach Club, but actually, Berawa Beach is quite a long one. The black sand beach stretches from the Yeh Poh estuary up to Pura Perancak for about 2 Km. Not just for surfers, here you can absolutely just simply enjoy the breathtaking view. If you are lucky enough, you might also encounter the local fishermen coming from the sea. This is also the reason why some area of this beach is also known as Nelayan Beach (Fishermen Beach)
Seseh Beach is about 17 Km away from Kuta Beach. Although it is situated next to Echo Beach, this beach is actually a part of the district of Mengwi. This is a nice secluded beach where things are more tranquil. Feel free to immerse yourself in the sand, enjoying the abundant sun and warm breeze. Walk along with the serenity of rice fields and hear nature surround you.
Just next to Seseh Beach, you will find Pererenan Beach. This strong wave beach has an iconic statue of Gajah Mina, a Balinese Hindu mythological creature with the head of an elephant and the body of a fish. Here you can also venture along the beach with a guided horseback riding experience, or simply enjoy a romantic walk with your loved one at sunset.
The village of Tibubeneng, a neighboring village of Canggu has a special cultural show every full moon.
The village is presenting Barong Dance. With the beautiful Berawa Beach Sunset as the background, the local performers are telling the story of Barong with their fluent dance act that is accompanied by the vivacious Balinese ensembles. The Barong Dance is a traditional Balinese dance that is usually danced to prevent misfortune, or as a symbol of good deeds fighting against bad deeds.
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