Trendy coffee shops, wooden surf hire shacks and yoga studios line the main roads that lead to Canggu’s two beaches. The sea is filled with surfers of every ability and age; complete novices in their 60s share waves with joyful local children who dance across the water, doing acrobatics and aerials. Getting to Bali is a slog. Direct 15-hour flights from London were introduced last month, but they are only direct on the outbound leg. The sunsets in Canggu are as impressive as the surfing. If surfing isn’t for you, don’t worry. The water is enticingly warm and the island’s diverse coral reef means there are plentiful opportunities for snorkelling or a relaxing dip. The beautiful beach is much more low-key. Bamboo huts on stilts which function as cafes, known as warungs, are sandwiched between the white sand and green patch of land lined with gigantic palm trees. Published in Daily Times, February 11th 2019.