Canggu is renowned for being the surfing hotspot of Bali, but it has more to offer than just amazing waves, and Canggu hostels are some of the best in the country. Whether you’re heading there for a spiritual retreat, the delicious food or a yoga camp, we’ve found the best places to stay. We’ve narrowed down the top six Canggu hostels and guesthouses so that you’re right where you need to be…
If you want to be close to the water and be the first to hit the waves in the morning, this is the best hostel for you. Canggu is full of ‘surf camp hostels’, but few of them are as close to the ocean as this. Bima Sakti Guest House is just minute from the beach, making it perfectly-located for the surfers out there. It also has a huge pool on the property, so there are plenty of places to cool off nearby.
This guest house offers low-priced private rooms, so is perfect for solo travellers who enjoy their privacy, or couples on a budget. You’ll meet plenty of other surfers here, don’t worry – the location means that it gets booked up by fellow water-lovers. The guest house is sociable, due to its large pool and hang-out areas. Take a short walk to find cafes and restaurants, or just enjoy the calm of the nearby rice paddies.
Those who are looking to get bendy in Bali will be delighted with Canggu’s offerings. This area is full of yoga retreats and classes, with plenty of green-juice-selling cafes at every corner. The Hideout Hostel is really well priced and is perfect for any yoga fans. The property offers cheap dorms, a big pool and daily yoga sessions. There’s also a free gym available to guests!
You’ll be well-located, too. The hostel itself feels miles from anything, thanks to its serene atmosphere and the beautiful nature you’re surrounded by. Just a short walk will have you at local food places and shops, however. If you fancy heading to a yoga class, you’re just a few minutes walk from the much-loved Inner Temple Retreat.
Our ‘Spiritual Seekers’ pick is also perfect for anyone after a yoga retreat.
New, delicious food is one of the main reasons for travelling, let’s be honest. Any foodies heading to Canggu will be in utter heaven, thanks to the huge array of cuisine available. Get stuck in the thick of it all at Base Guest House and Hostel. This little gem is tucked in-between several amazing food spots and is pretty close to the beach, too. The dorm rooms are low-priced but roomy, and there’s a large pool area for snoozing off that food-coma…
Head to the famous Crate Café, Shady Shack and Motion Café, all of which are just a short walk from the hostel. The main street is just outside your front door and is lined with some of the best restaurants in Bali. If you fancy something a bit more local, there are still lots of options for you, such as Warung Heboh. Nearby nightlife is available in the form of Pretty Poison and Deus Ex Machina, making this the best of the Canggu hostels for foodies.
If you’re travelling through Bali on a budget, don’t panic! There are some really lovely hostels around that won’t break the bank. You don’t need to compromise your standards or your love of swimming pools in order to find a cheap bed for the night. Matra Bali Surf Camp was my home for a month and remains one of the best Canggu hostels I’ve discovered. The dorm options are all really low-priced, and the private rooms are pretty reasonable, too.
It’s a short ride to the beach and there are low-priced motorbike rentals. If you don’t fancy making the trip, relax by the huge pool and enjoy the views across the rice paddies. There’s a little store about five minutes away and lots of cheap and tasty warungs (local eateries) nearby. You’re in a good place to head to visit any of the famous Canggu beaches and the hostel can organise affordable surf lessons for you.
Travelling alone can be amazing – you get to spend your days doing whatever you like without having to worry about anyone else. That said, it can also make things a bit tricky when you fancy going out with a group for dinner or a nigth out. Luckily, Canggu hostels are often full of solo travellers and you’ll find lots of other people who want a dinner-partner.
Mojosurf Camp is a great place to meet other travellers, thanks to the large and comfy pool area. Some hostels put all their focus on the bedrooms and tend to neglect setting up a social area. Luckily, this hostel offers the perfect place to hang out and meet new people. The pool itself is lovely and the rooms are kept very clean. There’s a huge range of dorm options, so you can choose mixed or single-sex rooms for 4, 6 or 8 people. The amount of guests they can have at any one point is high, so there’s a pretty strong chance that you’ll get on with at least one person!
Bali was made even more famous by the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and is now a major destination for those seeking enlightenment. Serenity Eco Guesthouse has to be the number one place to stay for those after an authentic, spiritual experience. You can stay in a dorm with similar-minded people or indulge in a bit more privacy in the form of a private room. Either way, you’ll have access to the various charms that this guesthouse has to offer, including their luxurious 14m pool.
The guesthouse offers 12 daily yoga sessions, so there are plenty of opportunities to tune in, meditate and ground yourself amid the stunning surroundings. Enjoy the on-site restaurant’s vegan- and vegetarian-friendly food. Make the most of your time here by embracing the nature around you, meeting like-minded individuals and immersing yourself in the peace and tranquility here.