What to See in Candidasa
Candidasa is a small coastal village in the island's east that faces the Lombok Strait and features a scenic backdrop of the island's mountainous highland. It used to be the most popular destination among day-trippers in East Bali for its amazing white sandy beaches.
Northwest from Candidasa is Amed that is frequently opted for its tropical coastal scenes, and Tulamben for its dive sites. Generally, most of the eastern coast is an underwater playground, but overland, visitors may discover a multitude of colourful culture and traditions as well, with various significant landmarks and century-old temples.
- 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 Attractions in Candidasa
The fishing village of Amed also is the domain of traditional salt farmers. The processing of seawater into salt is all done by hand with the help of the forces of nature. Water shoulder-carried on wooden beams are then sieved and laid out along the coast, then the remaining salt is scraped, sorted, cleaned and collected over time. One of the most prominent salt farming communities is located in the Purwakerti coastal village, which is easily found along the way to Karangasem.
As the seawater dries, the remaining salt is harvested from halves of dugout coconut tree trunks. The crystallised white salt is then scraped out using a pair of Read More...
Candidasa Lotus Lagoon
One of the focal landmarks of Candidasa is the lotus lagoon, which provides a spectacular sight with its expansive body of water filled with pink and fuchsia lotuses, and a small garden island with statues at its centre. The lagoon is free to the public, and is accessible from the roadside. Across the road on a higher elevation is the temple that the area is named after, featuring twin shrines under a densely forested hillside. From here, you get a better perspective of the whole lagoon, including a glimpse of the sea and the small offshore rock formations iconic to the Candidasa seascape.
- Location: Samuh Community, Bugbug Village, Candidasa
Goa Lawah is a unique bat cave and the home of the namesake Balinese Hindu temple. It is located in the Dawan district of the Klungkung regency and is easily encountered along the road to Padangbai and Candidasa.
The cave that serves as the backdrop to the main inner temple complex is home to thousands of chirping bats. Little is known about the temple's conception and when it was precisely built. However, it is estimated that the high Hindu priest Mpu Kuturan had some connections to its existence.
The temple sees many pilgrims from all over the island attending to the temple for prayers during holy days, especially during the Read More...
The coast of Jemeluk shares the similar traditional fishing village features of Amed and Tulamben. But a unique vantage point upon a hill here serves as a scenic stopover from which memorable snapshots of the bay and the colorful traditional jukungs parked along the stretch of black sand can be taken.
There are also small shaded areas and gazebos at the Bukit Jemeluk's hill stopover, which also serve as a resting and picnic place for visitors. The mountain range to the northwest and Mount Agung's peak serve as vast backdrops.
Kerta Gosa or ‘Taman Gili Kerta Gosa’ as it’s officially called is an historical landmark in the town of Klungkung. Kerta Gosa forms part of the Puri Semarapura royal palace and features two main structures – a grand hall or the namesake Bale Kerta Gosa with ceilings filled with Kamasan or wayang-style paintings, and the Bale Kambang ‘floating hall’. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Puputan Klungkung, Semarapura, Klungkung
Lempuyang Temple, or known by its complete local designation, Pura Lempuyang Luhur, is located on the undulating slopes of Gamongan hill in the village of Purahayu in the Abang district of Karangasem regency. The temple makes up one among the island's nine main directional temple sites, referred to collectively as 'Pura Sad Kahyangan'.
With the typical eastern Bali panoramic backdrop of Mount Agung, this temple has a unique setting in that it is located up high in the far-flung green highland forests. Another prominent and unique feature is that the only means of getting up to the hilltop perched temple is by foot - a steep and constant climb up a flight of hundreds of stairs.
Motorcycles, cars and buses carrying pilgrims or visitors willing to reach the temple must disembark from their vehicles at a dedicated parking place at the base of the hill in the village of Ngis, from where the journey continues on foot. The first sight on the trip would be the Pasar Agung Temple in all its grandeur. Timid long-tailed grey macaques inhabit the forests of the hills.
Bali is blessed with a variety of coastlines and many of its ‘hidden’ beaches have only in recent years been revealed. One such beach that had gained recent popularity is Perasi Beach, often referred to by various nicknames, such as Pasir Putih or ‘White Sand Beach’, ‘Virgin Beach’ and simply, ‘Hidden Beach’.
This secluded coast stretches between two hills and lies between the villages of Bugbug and namesake Perasi, both in the Karangasem regency - approximately 4.5km east of Candidasa. Read More...
Taman Ujung ‘water palace’, with its complete and official designation of Taman Sukasada Ujung, is located in the village of Seraya in Karangasem regency. It is the sister site of Tirta Gangga, also built by the late raja of Karangasem. The complex consists of various large pools and historic structures set against a backdrop of Mount Agung and the eastern shoreline. Read More...
- Location: Tumbu Village, Karangasem
Among the Bali Aga or 'original Balinese' communities, the village of Tenganan Pegringsingan is located around 4 kilometers from Candidasa, and is the most notable of all Bali Aga villages who live a well-preserved ancient pre-Majapahit Balinese culture.
It is also famous for its cultural higlights, including the Perang Pandan which is also known as Mekare-karean, the 'battle of thorny pandanu leaves' and woven rattan shields among Tenganan village men coming of age. The village is also famous for its ancient textile traditions, namely the unique double-weave ikat called Geringsing that possesses ancient mystical features.
The Tengananese are also skilled weavers of basketworks, from whom visitors can buy woven hats to woven souvenir items. The village is located further uphill from the main Candidasa road, and a sign shows the entrance that leads north to the village.
The Tirta Gangga royal water garden is a favourite retreat in the regency of Karangasem, east Bali. It was built in 1946 during the reign of the late raja of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem (1887 - 1966). Tirta Gangga saw a series of restorations following the destructive hot showers of volcanic ash from the 1963 Mount Agung eruption.
The lavish water gardens owned by the royal Karangasem family feature 1.2ha of pools, ponds and fountains surrounded by neatly cut lawns adorned with stepping stones, ornate statues and tropical gardens. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 23:00
- Location: Jalan Abang, Karangasem
- Tel: +62 (0)363 225 03
To the average visitor, Tulamben is a small fishing village, 30km north of Amed (which also happens to be a prominent fishing village best known for its traditional salt farms). However for divers, Tulamben is an underwater playground, with the USS Liberty shipwreck is its well-known underwater landmark.
The cargo ship which sank following a torpedo hit from a Japanese submarine in 1942, now lies at around 30 meters from the coastline. The wreck has become an accidental structure blooming with soft corals and residence to schools of tropical reef fish.