26 Best Attractions in Candidasa (East Bali)

What to Do in Bali's Eastern Region

Candidasa and other areas around Bali’s eastern region are home to well-preserved ancient villages and mysterious temples that help make up Bali’s list of must-see landmarks. Due to its far-flung location away from the popular beach resorts on the island's south, Candidasa and most of East Bali offer landscapes of rugged beauty and laidback seascapes with treasures hidden under their waves.

The main Jalan Raya Candidasa road winds through the region and it helps you navigate the exotic and less-explored highlights of Bali’s remote east. Candidasa alone serves as a great stopover on tours to the north-eastern parts of the island, where some of Bali’s major dive sites like Amed and Tulamben reside.

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    Goa Lawah Temple

    Goa Lawah is Bali’s ‘bat cave’ temple which is unique and mysterious – it features a complex of shrines built around a cave opening that’s home to hordes of bats. The 11th-century temple is one of the first landmarks that you’ll come across on your way to the eastern region before entering Candidasa.

    Locals on pilgrimages to Besakih Temple in the Karangasem regency generally make their mid-journey stop here for brief prayers. The temple’s outer perimeter features majestic temple gates and tall shrines, while the main cave opening is loud with chirping bats – even in broad daylight. The height of the frenzy is at dusk when the bats feed on flying insects. Read More...

    • Location: Jalan Raya Goa Lawah, Pesinggahan, Dawan, Klungkung, Bali 80761, Indonesia
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    Lempuyang Temple

    Lempuyang Temple is one of Bali’s oldest and most remote temples set on the peak of the mountain of the same name. If you manage to reach here, be prepared for one of the most breathtaking temple and mountain sceneries on the island. The journey up has steep ascents and comprises 2 parts.

    The main temple at the peak is at 1,175 metres above sea level. A steep staircase with over 1,700 steps leads you up through a forest inhabited by grey long-tailed macaques. The midway temple is sufficient for most visitors, with towering shrines and temple gates with dragon staircases. The high panoramas over the hilly region make great Instagram shots. Read More...

    • Location: Jalan Pura Telaga Mas Lempuyang, Tri Buana, Abang, Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
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    Amed Beach

    Amed Beach is one of Bali’s main diving destinations offering underwater beauty that’s in total contrast to its dry and arid overland terrain. The coast features a combination of black volcanic sand and pebble beach that add to its exotic appeal.

    The coastal villages of Amed are inhabited by traditional Balinese fishermen who set their sails and wooden jukung boats out to sea in the early mornings. The sight often creates a spectacle on the horizon at sunrise. Amed is also known for its traditional salt farming still practised until today. Amed is an hour’s drive up from Candidasa. Another of Bali’s major dive sites, Tulamben, is another 25 km north from Amed. Read More...

    • Location: Jalan Raya Amed, Bunutan, Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
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    Jemeluk Viewpoint

    Jemeluk Viewpoint

    Jemeluk Bay, part of the coastal area of Amed, features a high viewpoint from where you can enjoy one of East Bali’s best seascapes. The view comprises the beach dotted with traditional jukung fishing boats, together with the majestic outline of Mount Agung in the distant background.

    The viewpoint also features small sheltered areas and some gazebos where you can have a lazy siesta or enjoy a brief lunch before hitting the road again. While Amed appeals to underwater photographers, the viewpoint is a hit for landscape photography, especially for capturing East Bali’s dramatic sunrises.

    • Location: Bunutan, Abang, Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
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    The landmark lotus lagoon of Candidasa is one of the area’s unique attractions. The lotus lagoon provides a spectacular sight with its large body of water filled with pink and fuchsia lotuses. There’s also a small garden island with statues at its centre.

    The lagoon is open to the public and easily accessible from the side of the Jalan Raya Candidasa main road. Across the road on a higher elevation is the namesake temple that gave the area its name. The temple features 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. Read More...

    • Location: Jalan Raya Candidasa, Bugbug, Sengkidu, Karangasem, Bali 80811, Indonesia
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    Kerta Gosa or Taman Gili Kerta Gosa is one of Bali’s most important historical landmarks that’s right in the centre of Semarapura, the capital of Klungkung regency. This former courthouse is part of the royal complex of the Puri Semarapura palace and is fully open to the public.

    Inside the complex, you’ll find the grand hall or the namesake Bale Kerta Gosa with its ceilings covered in Kamasan or wayang-style paintings, and the Bale Kambang ‘floating hall’ in the centre of the complex. Ceiling paintings depict spiritual teachings and guidance, each telling a different story of karma, reincarnation, and various Balinese rites of passage. Read More...

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    Pasir Putih Beach

    Pasir Putih, literally ‘white sand’, is one of the so-called secret beaches of East Bali. It’s a great place to escape to if you’re looking for a remote setting with unique coastal features. The beach features a pristine stretch of white sand that’s mixed with faint streaks of black volcanic sediments near the cliffs.

    The seascape includes the small rocky islet of Gili Biaha on the horizon. Several locally-run restaurants and cafes line the coast, serving light meals and refreshments. You can also book a fishing, snorkelling or sailing tour from the local kiosks here. You can enjoy sunbathing on the beach and the waters are also good for swimming although currents can be strong at times. Read More...

    • Location: Sengkidu, Manggis, Karangasem, Bali 80813, Indonesia
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    Taman Ujung Water Palace, known locally as Taman Sukasada Ujung, is a royal water garden complex in East Bali. It comprises various large pools and historic structures that are set against a backdrop of Mount Agung and the eastern shoreline.

    The complex showcases a combination of Balinese and European architecture through its 3 large ponds that are connected by elegant dragon bridges and stone pathways. The physical features and superb setting with the forested hills to its north and the open sea to its south make it a favourite location for pre-wedding photos. The park usually sees more local crowds during the weekends. Read More...

    • Location: Tumbu, Karangasem, Bali 80811, Indonesia
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    Tirta Gangga is a royal water garden complex in East Bali that was built in 1946 during the reign of the late king of Karangasem. The lavish water garden complex spans 1.2 hectares, featuring a collection of freshwater pools, ponds and functioning fountains surrounded by well-manicured gardens.

    The garden is within an hour’s drive up north from the main Candidasa area and offers a cool highland retreat. Besides many small warung stalls selling snacks and refreshments outside the main entrance gate, there’s also a restaurant that’s part of the hotel run by the royal family just behind the main fountains, where you can enjoy local and western cuisine and ice-cold beers with open views to the beautiful scenery. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 11pm
    • Location: Jalan Raya Abang, Ababi, Abang, Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
    • Tel: +62 (0)363 22503
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    Tenganan Pegringsingan is one of the oldest villages in Bali where you can visit and take a closer look into the old Balinese way of life. As one of the Bali Aga (original Balinese) villages in the island, Tenganan is well-preserved and predates the arrival of the Majapahit Kingdom to Bali. One of the village’s most unique attractions is the ancient the double-weave ikat cloth produced here called geringsing.

    Another highlight is the Perang Pandan battles, which involves village boys coming of age engaging in friendly but bloody matches. They arm themselves with bundles of thorny pandan leaves as ‘swords’. The battles take place around a village temple anniversary, usually around June and July. Read More...

    • Location: Tenganan, Manggis, Karangasem, Bali 80871, Indonesia
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