Candidasa Activities

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.

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Odyssey Submarine

Odyssey Submarine

Odyssey is a touring submarine, operated by Submarine Safaris Asia, Ltd. which takes passengers to see and admire the Read More...

Telaga Waja Rafting

Telaga Waja Rafting

Telaga Waja River in Karangasem, East Bali provides those with a penchant for nature thrills an exciting ride down Read More...

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Apneista Bali Freediving

Apneista Bali Freediving and Yoga School hosts their freediving lessons in the calm waters off the coast of Amed in East Bali. Apneista was one of the first schools in Bali to specialize in freediving and introduce the sport to the island’s diving community. It also combines elements of yoga and associated breathing exercises into its freediving.

Courses are provided through an international standard curriculum. The freediving school is based in the small village of Jemeluk, which is an approximate 12 km up north from the popular neighbouring dive site of Tulamben.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm
  • Location: Jalan I Ketut Natih, Purwakerti, Jemeluk, Amed, Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
  • Tel: +62 812 3826 7356

Cycling around Candidasa

Cycling around Candidasa is among the best ways to explore the back roads of the island’s east coast. Many hotels in and around Candidasa provide mountain bicycles as part of their guest activity services, and you can also find various shops along the Jalan Raya Candidasa main road that offer bikes for rent at reasonable rates.

Destinations to discover on your cycling adventure from Candidasa include the Taman Ujung water palace and the Tirta Gangga royal water gardens. Most routes provide a combination of challenging uphills and rewarding downhills. Various cycling tours to the region are great for families, with bikes mounted onto vehicles for the most challenging parts of the journey and with lunch served at scenic spots.

Snorkelling around Candidasa

Snorkelling off the shores in East Bali offers great rewards with rich biodiversity among coral reef playgrounds. Even so, Candidasa’s own coral reefs have diminished significantly due to over-harvesting of coral for building materials in the distant past. For better scenes, head further east of Candidasa to Blue Lagoon, nearby Padangbai harbour.

Also, a great site for snorkelling is Gili Tepekong, a small island of a group of 3 that form the main scenery of the Candidasa horizon. It has a coral ecosystem teeming with marine life. You can easily reach it on a half-hour traditional jukung fishing boat ride.

Odyssey submarine safaris

Odyssey is a touring submarine that can take you underwater to admire the marine life of Amuk Bay, near Candidasa. The battery-powered submarine carries up to 36 passengers in its single air-conditioned compartment. All ages can experience the ride, especially those looking to enjoy the beauty of the underwater world but do not have the expertise Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 10pm
  • Location: Antiga, Manggis, Karangasem, Bali 80871, Indonesia
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 759777

Trekking and sightseeing around Candidasa

Candidasa is a strategic place from where to start on adventurous treks through Bali’s eastern region. Among the popular treks around the resort area are the hillside and coastal temples such as the ones near Padangbai. These sites are of historical and cultural significance, and not to mention the serene coastal views they offer.

Among the largest sites is the 11th-century Pura Silayukti temple. Nearby is the Pura Telaga Mas and Pura Tunjung Sari. Another hill with a namesake temple, Pura Gumang, offers a rewarding outlook over Candidasa's coast. Other trekking options may include routes to the Tirtagangga royal water gardens or to the original Bali Aga Balinese villages of Tenganan Pegringisingan just uphill from Candidasa proper.

Telaga Waja River

The Telaga Waja river runs through the scenic hilly region in Karangasem, East Bali, and provides a thrilling scene for whitewater rafting adventures. Adventure tour operators in Bali take thrill-seekers on an adventure of a lifetime down the river. It offers a more challenging and exhilarating ride compared to Bali’s popular Ayung River in Ubud, central Read More...

  • Location: Desa Batusesa, Rendang, Menanga, Karangasem, Bali 80863, Indonesia
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