Exploring Candidasa - Guide to Candidasa, Bali
If you’re looking for peace and quiet in a lovely beachside setting, try Candidasa.
Though less developed than the tourist hubs of South Bali, this east-coast gem still has all the amenities you might need.
Five-star stays and international-standard restaurants stand alongside beach bungalows and warung (simple local eateries).
It’s a great option for families, with gorgeous white-sand beaches and waterfalls within easy reach. Or, if culture’s your thing, take a day trip inland. Ancient water palaces, Insta-worthy hill temples, and one of Bali’s oldest villages are among the sights.
Where to Stay in Candidasa , Bali
Candidasa has a good mix of accommodation options. And as development here has been slower, many places have retained that beautiful old-Bali charm.
There are cute cottages with traditional thatched roofs, beachfront bungalows shaded by palm groves, and plush resorts with private beach access and infinity pools.
And compared to the popular resort towns in South Bali, prices are very economical.
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The dining scene follows suit with good variety and pocket-friendly prices. You’ll find French cuisine, European fusion food, and plenty of local specialties here.
You can eat dinner with a live jazz soundtrack or pig out on local eats under a traditional Indonesian joglo roof. Sate ayam (chicken satay), nasi goreng, (fried rice) and soto ayam (lemongrass infused chicken soup) are among the street food staples you’ll likely encounter.
Don’t expect a buzzing night life scene here though. Sipping a Bintang or a coconut on the beach is more Candidasa’s style.
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Things to Do in Candidasa
Relaxation is top of the tick list for many visitors to Candidasa. But with beauty spots and cultural landmarks in all directions, there’s much to keep anyone entertained.
Virgin Beach, with its calm crystalline waters and white sand, makes a great day trip. Sun beds are available for rent and warung (food shacks) sell beers and simple lunches all along the sand.
The fairytale-like Tibumala Waterfall is also within close reach. Hidden within lush jungle and shrouded in mist, it’s a favourite place to cool off and capture a few Kodak moments.
A bit more of a hike away is Tukad Cepung Waterfall. But as it’s relatively untouched by commercial tourism, you’ll likely have this gorgeous spot to yourself.
If it’s culture and temples you’re after, you’re in luck too! The majestic fountains and ornate pools of Tirta Gangga and Taman Ujung water palaces await a short drive away. Or, head to the mountains to Lempuyang Temple, the place Instagram has hailed “The Gates of Heaven”.
Trek upwards for the main temple and you’ll find another seven shrines dotted further up the hill. Finally, an excursion to Tenganan, an ancient Bali Aga community, is a must. You’ll see traditional Balinese housing compounds, locals dressed in ceremonial attire, and craftsmen selling traditional ikat weaving.
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