First Time in Candidasa – What to Do

Candidasa Beach Survival Guide

Plan your first time in Candidasa with this quick guide. Candidasa’s one of the remoter resort areas in Bali. It’s less known and visited compared to the popular southern resorts. Here, we provide you with a few of the best bits for each part of this popular resort in East Bali, including where to stay, what to see and do and where to shop. Like most of Bali’s East, you can find a mostly quiet coastal escape here, away from the crowds.

Candidasa’s main road runs parallel the coastline, and it’s where you’ll find most of the great hotels in the area. The length of the road is also lined with great spots to eat and drink. A few bars feature live bands nightly. If you travel further up the hills, you’re bound to discover wonderful sightseeing and cultural attractions. This area’s home to one of Bali’s oldest villages, where ancient arts and traditions live. This Candidasa Beach survival guide will give you some more pointers.

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Candidasa Beach at a Glance

You can find some cool beach spots a short distance from the main hub of Candidasa Beach, though admittedly not on the same scale as other parts of Bali. A short drive east from the town is the exotic and hidden Perasi Beach, often nicknamed White Sand Beach. Another is Mendira Beach, closer to the main resort area. The area offers fantastic calm blue seascapes and wide sky panoramas.

  • A backpackers’ paradise, with plenty of budget options
  • Good escape from the crowds
  • Ideal for divers
  • Rich in traditional Balinese arts and culture
  • Base for exploring the highlights of East Bali
  • Remote location might not suit everyone
  • Points of interest are spread out far and wide

Things You Can Do in Candidasa

Staying in Candidasa gets you closer to some of Bali’s wonderfully unique sites. One is a vast royal water garden, filled with impressive European-influenced architecture. From up a hill, you can get a sweeping view of this complex, backed by Mount Agung and the sea. A centuries-old temple complex built around a bat cave is another must-see in the area. Then, for a contemporary attraction, visit a chocolate factory near the seaside with its impressive wooden huts and a ship replica. If you’re planning your first time in Candidasa Beach, visiting at least these three places will allow you to get the most out of your stay.

  • Goa Lawah Temple

    Goa Lawah Temple

    Goa Lawah is one of Bali’s most important temples. It features a complex built in a cave opening inhabited by hordes of Read More»

  • Taman Ujung

    Taman Ujung

    A 'floating palace' that combines elements of Balinese and European architecture, Taman Ujung is a magnificent landmark Read More»

  • Charly’s Chocolate Factory in East Bali

    Charly’s Chocolate Factory is a unique sightseeing spot on Jasri Beach near Candidasa, East Bali. The chocolate factory Read More»

Best Places to Shop in Candidasa

Candidasa’s main road is a good starting point for your shopping walks. Various local art shops sell curios and handicrafts, often at bargain prices. If you’re curious to see authentic art pieces and their creators, you can visit the old Balinese village of Tenganan. This village is the producer of a rare dyed, woven cloth known as geringsing, as well as basketry and many art items. For an aromatic Bali keepsake or gift, get your herbal soaps and spa products from a producer nearby. There are other shopping options in the Candidasa area, but these are the three we recommend as must-visits for any shopaholics.

  • Jalan Raya Candidasa

    Jalan Raya Candidasa is the main street that runs parallel to Candidasa’s coastline. The road also runs along most of Read More»

  • Sensatia Botanicals

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Best Places to Go at Night in Candidasa

Although you can’t compare Candidasa nightlife to the clubbing hubs of Kuta or Legian, it does have its own scenes, where you can sing, drink and dance the night away. There are bars that have a weekly line-up of gigs, featuring local cover bands. Here are some cool spots in laidback Candidasa, around which you can sit back with a cold beer or cocktails and meet up with locals and perhaps make some new friends.

  • Crazy Kangaroo Bar and Restaurant in Candidasa

    Crazy Kangaroo is one of the most prominent street-side venues along the Jalan Raya Candidasa main road. It features a Read More»

  • Vincent Restaurant Bali

    Vincent's Restaurant in Candidasa

    Vincent’s Restaurant in Candidasa serves up international cuisine in relaxing tropical garden settings. Steaks, burgers, Read More»

  • New Queen Pub & Restaurant in Candidasa

    New Queen Pub & Restaurant is a friendly nightspot for drinking and dining in Candidasa. Read More»

Great Restaurants We Like in Candidasa

You’ll find no shortage of great dining spots around Candidasa. In addition to the hotels and resorts that have great dining venues attached to them, there’s a good variety lining the main road of Jalan Raya Candidasa. Some others are worth the half-hour drive up from the main hub so that you can enjoy local cuisine in refined settings and accompanied by vast rice paddy views. You can even sign up for a cooking class to learn the art of traditional Balinese cooking. If you try no other restaurants during your first time in Candidasa Beach, we suggest trying at least these three.

  • Bali Asli Restaurant

    Bali Asli Restaurant

    Bali Asli Restaurant is a restaurant, cooking school and a tourism destination all rolled into one. The restaurant is Read More»

  • Lezat Beach Restaurant in Candidasa

    Lezat Beach Restaurant is the beachfront dining venue of the Ashyana Candidasa Resort. The restaurant is open to outside Read More»

  • Warung Padang Kecag in Candidasa

    Warung Padang Kecag is a restaurant serving local Balinese dishes near Candidasa. The restaurant is in the small coastal Read More»

Hotels We Recommend to Our Friends

Most hotels in Candidasa make good use of calm sea views and East Bali’s appeal of a remote escape or getaway. Some feature beautifully landscaped tropical gardens or onsite dining spots, from where you can take in the gentle ocean breezes and panoramas. Here are some of our most favourite places to stay, whenever we head up to Candidasa. So that there’s something for everyone, we’ve picked out a low-cost option, a mid-range place and a luxury resort.

Candi Beach Resort and Spa

Welcome to the delightful Candi Beach Cottage.Escape from the hustle and bustle, and embrace the tranquility.Our enchanting and Read More...

Bali Seascape Beach Club

The Resort has 22 apartments comprising 9 One-Bedroom units, 7 Studios, 5 Hotel Rooms and 1 Two Bedroom Penthouse Suite with Read More...

Sea Breeze Candidasa

With a stay at Sea Breeze Candidasa in Manggis, you'll be within a 15-minute drive of Tanah Ampo and Padangbai Pier.Featured Read More...


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