Candidasa beach is located between the ton of sea port Padangbai and Amlapura city or 3 km east of Padangbai, 13 km from Amlapura 27 km from Semarapura, and 72 km from Denpasar city. With the opening of southern shore road to the east of Bali the time of driving has been much shorter from around 2.5 hours into only 1.5 hours to Candidasa.
Today the beach which is called Candidasa is dotted with various hotels, bungalows and restaurants as well as souvenir shops starting from east border of Manggis village to the border of the village called Bugbug, which stretches around 4 kms long. The name Candidasa meaning 10 candis taken from ancient rock cut miniature of Hindu temples on the slope of the stone wall. This location is now in the center of Candidasa town just behind the road. There is no document or any historical data to disclose the history of the art work, only the possibility that this art work was built not later then 18th century, during the height of Karangasem kingdom. The beach is not with whte sand beach but black color, mixed here and there with cliff and stones, with some also beautiful beach with real clear water such as gili Tepekong, a small islet off the beach. The view to the ocean from this area is very beautiful, quiet and giving total equalizer to the travellers. This natural condition giving inspiration to the travel business to built travel facilities such as accommodation and scuba diving companies as one of the most interesting activities can be organized form this area. One can even found 4 star deluxe category hotels in this area such as Puri Bagus and Rama Candidasa
Travel Interest of Candidasa
Europe and American travellers are the first who were always looking for original tradition of Bali, and it must be reflected on all travel itineraries. With this concept local tour operator exploring the most possible places of interest that is original and preserved tradition or at least showing the originality of the island. The only way to organize tour like this is to bring the travellers to the country side of the island by exploring villages and natural beauties of the island. This tour is known as Bali round trip, with on the way overnight at some places such as Candidasa, Lovina beach and Bedugul mountain or sometimes at Kintamani mountain. This itinerary has een able to give the travellers deep impression of the island tradition and people activities. Aside from this cultural interest travellers also honeymooners who need quiet ambiance for some nights away from the sparkling destination such as Nusa Dua and Kuta.
Places of Interest Near Candidasa
Travellers no need to worry if they wish to stay more then 1 night there are some interesting places can be visited close to the area.
This village is only around 10 km from Candidasa toward the mountain pass and encircled by high mountaneous environment. This village is well known because of its tradition is said much more older then the rest of Balinese, or known as Bali Aga people. The fact is true that physically their population has more bright color, slim, and stgright hairs. Their system of traditional organization and rituals are also different from the rest of Bali Hindu. More interesting is that the population growth rate is very low, or can be said zero, so the village as if no change from probably hundreds of years ago. They have unique craft such as famous gringsing cloth, and palm leave writing. Lately they also make pandanus leave weaving craft, and unique way to conduct marriage.
This small island off the coast between Padangbai town and Candidasa is very popular scuba diving site. Together with best diving site such as Tulamben and Amed, this site has become first choice for professional divers to explore whenever they see under water Bali on the east. This special interest activities has made Candidasa become the base of divers.
Tirta Gangga and Taman Ujung
This water park was built at the middle of 20th century by the king of Karangasem that is in 1948 as the royal bathing and recreation spot. This water park is not far from the capital city of the kingdom, around 9 kms away to the north east. Very close to the capital city is Taman Ujung, known also as Taman Sukasada, desgined by European architect who combined art of China and Islam. Today both parks seem to be managed by private companies because the entrance fees is very expensive.
Located 15 km before Candidasa, or still close to Klungkung city, is a natural cave probably a result of undersoil ancient river open to the beach. At the mouth of the cave built a temple to protect hundreds of flying foxen or probably fruit bats. There is myth says the cave goes through up to Besakih temple, but non can prove it until today. The temple is now worship for people around Bali who usually conduct a ritual called Ajar-Ajar after Ngaben. The environment now around the temple is very nice with some shading of trees, manicured zone for parking and walking that look beautiful beside also the view of the ocean is really stunning from the beach, although the sand i black color.
- Amed Beach
- Candisasa Beach
- Dreamland Beach
- Geger Beach
- Jimbaran Beach
- Kandara Beach
- Kuta Beach
- Lovina Beach
- Merta Sari Beach
- Nusa Dua Beach
- Padang-padang Beach
- Pandawa Beach
- Sanih Beach
- Tulamben Beach
Among various tour packages and tour options in Bali there are some tours which can be said always on the publications and interest a large part of travellers to Bali. Kintamani mountain tour sits at the first number as the most popular sightseeing tour, second is Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot tour, third is Uluwatu temple tour.
- Kintamani tour bring combination of watching barong dance, beautiful temple architecture, beautiful natural views, dance, carving, accessories and painting see description
- Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot temples are two historical heritages from 17th, Taman Ayun palace temple which is always found near palaces of Balinese king starting 18th century see description
- Uluwatu temple located on steep drop cliff on the southernmost tip of Bali island. see description