Candidasa is a popular tourist destination set away from the busy, central hub of Bali in the south. When compared to other tourist hotspots on the island, the hotels and resorts here in general are decidedly more upscale. It is an ideal location for a tranquil getaway with the family or a romantic vacation just for two.
Due to erosion, there are only a few sandy beaches left in the Candidasa area, but this is compensated for by the stunning Oceanview properties available in the village and a plethora of top activities.
Many rocky islands off the coast of Candidasa provide world-class scuba diving. There is an abundance of pelagic fish, frogfish, lantern fish, oceanic sunfish and even white tip reef sharks. Dive enthusiasts agree that this location is by far the best in Bali for doing what they love.
According to most sources, a fishing settlement had been established in the area by the 12th century. It had previously been known by the names Teluk Kehen (which means "Bay of Fire") and Cilidasa. Cilidasa means "ten children" in Balinese, and it refers to a temple near the lagoon where many Balinese who wish to have a family can pay their respects to the fertility goddess Hariti. Many people believe that the current name is a mangled original form. Shortly after the tourism industry kicked off in Bali in the 1960s, people began to visit Padang Bai for its convenient location, its harbor and its proximity to unique cultural sites in the eastern side of the island. By the 1970s, developments had begun a 15-minute drive away and Candidasa has been growing as a must-see Bali getaway destination ever since.
Candidasa: What to Do There?
Visit the ancient village of Tenganan, take an exciting trip to Amed Beach, and see the dazzling waters of the Blue Lagoon. Take in the grace of the Goa Lawah Temple, marvel at the remarkable charm of Virgin Beach, and much, much more.
Visit Jasri - a small seaside town in eastern Bali known for its black sand beaches, tranquil atmosphere and surfing. Or simply relax in Candidasa and spend your time marveling at the local lagoon's flowering lotuses. Learn about Balinese culture at the Candidasa temple, or enjoy water sports, 10 minutes away, at Sengkidu Beach.
Tirta Gangga and Taman Ujung Water Palaces are just two of the many historical sites worth seeing while you are in Candidasa. Both have stunning water gardens and intricate ancient sculptures.
Candidasa is also a great place to go snorkeling, fishing, or even trekking if you're looking for a more active vacation. Also, there are many opportunities for photography, beach parties, and shopping for locally made goods.
Where To Stay
When compared to Kuta, Candidasa is seen as a more exclusive and sophisticated option. The accommodations here are high-end, and many of them come with beautiful views of the ocean and lush Balinese gardens.
Some examples include Bali Palms Resort - an Oceanfront luxury Resort complex in an excellent location, close to the town's main restaurants and bars- and Ramayana Candidasa - a Five Star Hotel with private beach access. For a more traditional, boutique-style experience, stay at Bali Seascape Beach Club.
Candidasa Beach: How To Get There?
The recently opened east coast road makes it possible to reach Candidasa Beach in as little as 70 minutes from Sanur. It's also a breeze to get there from Ubud. It takes roughly 90 minutes to get there from Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport. Public ferries from Lombok dock at Padang Bai, about 15 to 20 minutes east of Candidasa.