What to Do in Candidasa
Candidasa is often regarded as the island's 'retreat in the east', and is meant for those who opt for a more serene scene of Bali and which can also serve as the perfect hub from where to discover from verdant hillsides and rice terraces upland, to world-class diving spots surrounding the coastline; cultural highlights also dot the area where ancient Balinese traditions are alive at two original Balinese villages accessible from the area.
Trips can be easily arranged to suit your kind of activity and taste for adventure. Also, the area and its environs boast a variety of different sights to see.
- Highlights Of Bali Full-Day Tour
- Royal Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Excursion
- Private Sunset at Tanah Lot Temple with Dinner
- Kintamani Volcano, Ubud & Barong Dance Performance
- Whitewater Rafting on the Ayung River
- Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Private East Coast Tour
- Bali Hai Dolphin Cruise
- Lembongan Island Leisure Day Trip
- Quad or Buggy Driving Adventure & Tubing Excursion
Other Activities in Candidasa
Apnea Free Diving
The shores of Amed in East Bali now host free-diving lessons, with Apneista being one of the first schools in Bali specialising in free-diving and yoga education.
Yoga and free-diving are both life-enriching and accessible to all. Courses are provided through a curriculum similar to that offered at Apnea Total in Thailand.
The free-diving school is based in the small village of Jemeluk in Amed, East Bali. It is an approximate 12 kilometers up north from the favorite dive site of Tulamben.
- Location: Jemeluk village, Amed, East Bali
- Tel: +62 (0)81 338 301 158
Many hotels along the coastline of Candidasa provide their guests with culinary experiences, not only through exotic tastes that the island's range of cuisine, but also through various exciting and insightful cooking activities.
These cooking classes enable visitors to experience and create the lively tastes of East Bali as well as the entire island, on their own, through casual guidance of an experienced chef, as well as through guided tours through fishing villages, organic gardens and morning markets from where the basic ingredients, herbs and spices are sourced from.
Among the hotels that offer such engaging activities include Alila Manggis featuring an eastern Balinese specialty programme with its Alila Manggis Cooking School, the Alam Asmara Dive Resort, and Rama Candidasa.
Diving in Candidasa, Padangbai, Tulamben and Amed
The eastern area of Bali is a haven for divers, as there are many popular dive sites around, from the small fishing village of Tulamben, about 20 minutes drive from the other favourite site of Amed.
While Tulamben is renowned for its underwater playground and main attraction, the shipwreck of the US cargo ship Liberty which was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942, the area of Amed has various smaller sites within its seven villages with numerous wooden shipwrecks and natural underwater features.
Padangbai, on the other hand, is best known as the small harbor in East Bali serving the ferry crossings to neighbouring Lombok. It is also among the favourite sites for diving in Bali.
Among the best choices to exploring the east's back roads is by bicycle. Many of the hotel's guest activity services provide mountain bicycles, and there are also various outlets that provide bicycle rental services at reasonablerates.
Destinations to discover include the Taman Ujung water palace, and the Tirta Gangga water palace which provide a challenging uphill, but rewarding downhill experience. Alila Manggis provides exciting cycling itineraries that include the major landmarks in the vicinity, as well as packages that include lunch breaks at a scenic vantage point looking over the Taman Ujung water palace and coastline. For any cycling trip, make sure you have an experienced guide accompanying on your tour.
While Candidasa's own coastal coral reefs have diminished significantly due to over-harvesting of the coral for building materials, there are many other sites near the area that serve the purpose well, for casual snorkelers and underwater enthusiasts.
Snorkeling would mean to discover the coastal underwater beauty, and various places in this eastern part of the island provide such rewards. The Blue Lagoon, located nearby the Padangbai harbour, is among the favourite places for snorkeling, featuring rich biodiversity amidst a coral reef playground. The coastline of the Blue Lagoon boasts such a coral garden where colourful and vibrant tropical fish accompany your adventure.
Also serving a great snorkeling site is Gili Tepekong, a small island of a group of three that form the main scenery of the Candidasa horizon, featuring abundant fish in a coral ecosystem, and which can easily be reached around half an hour by traditional jukung fishing outriggers.
For those willing to enjoy the underwater beauty of the tropical marine life, but do not have the expertise or diving experience, or simply don't want to bother at getting wet, need not worry as this option caters to all.
This touring submarine, the Odyssey, operated by Submarine Safaris Asia, Ltd. takes passengers to see and admire the underwater realm of Amuk Bay in the island's east. The tours are available for all ages.
The silent and smooth operating battery-powered submarine carries up to 36 passangers in its single air-conditioned compartment where side portholes enable them to view the marine life at depths of 150 feet and more. Read More...
Trekking & Sightseeing
The main and surrounding areas of Candidasa are strategic places from where to start on adventurous treks. Among the popular treks include the hillside and coastal temples such as the ones near Padangbai. These sites are of historical and cultural significance, and not to mention the splendid coastal views and serene nuances they offer!
Among the largest is an 11th century temple, the Pura Silayukti. Nearby is the Pura Telaga Mas and Pura Tunjung Sari. Another hill with a namesake temple, the Pura Gumang offers a rewarding outlook over to Candidasa's coast.
Those looking for a more challenging trek may opt for the popular climb up the majestic Mount Agung. The early morning race up with an experienced guide to this island's highest peak is to catch the glimpse of the first rays of sun.
Other treks are offered by the guest's activity division at the various hotels dotting the coastline, and may include such routes as to the Tirtagangga water palace and to the original Bali Aga Balinese villages of Tenganan Pegringisingan and vice versa. These treks traverse the hilly terrain and villages around the water palace and through green rice fields and forests, each with insightful highlights to reveal.
The Telaga Waja river runs through the scenic upland in Karangasem, and provides a thrilling adventure through whitewater rafting. Adventure tour operator, Sobek, takes adrenaline rush-seekers on an adventure of a lifetime. The island has two prominent rafting sites, the other one being the more relaxed Ubud counterpart of Ayung River.
The grade 3 to 4 Telaga Waja course on the other hand, starts off in the foothills of the majestic Mount Agung, then navigates through tropical forests, hillsides and sharp curves and a deep ravine with waterfalls along the 12km journey. Pure rushing episodes intertwine with occassional placid drifts and pools with cascading falls and showers, that enable rafters to pause and take Read More...