Candidasa offers a great option for those seeking a quiet coastal escape in east Bali, fairly away from the crowds of the island’s south. The main stretch of coastline on this popular resort area spans 6 kilometres between the villages of Manggis and Bugbug, with its focal point being a unique seaside lotus lagoon and a namesake hillside temple.
The tranquil coast is dotted with numerous hotels, from beach bungalows to five-star resorts, and you can discover great dining spots around the area, as well as enjoy some low-key nightlife scenes at several fun bars and pubs. It is also an excellent base to explore the highlights of east Bali, with ancient temples to world-class dive sites all close by. Here are all of our Top 10 guides to the best of everything Candidasa has to offer, including hotels, attractions, restaurants, nightlife and shopping options throughout this picturesque east coast area of Bali.