Candidasa Beach in East Bali
Candidasa Beach is the famous tourist places in east part of Bali. In this place, we can find many hotels, villas, resorts and other accommodations which have been built to accommodate the visitor to pay a visit and enjoy the holiday in this beautiful area. Restaurant and art shop to sell the souvenir are also completing this area as a resort area in the tranquility of Bali.
Most hotels and resorts in Candidasa is located around the coast, started up from Padang bay until the hill towards the village of BugBug. There is something interesting about the beaches around Candidasa where some beaches have white sand, some other parts have black sandy and rocky in some other places. Candidasa Beach is a convenient stopover along Bali tour package itineraries to Bali’s eastern region.
Candidasa’s main road runs parallel the coastline, and it’s where you’ll find most of the great hotels in the area. The length of the road is also lined with great spots to eat and drink. A few bars feature live bands nightly. If you travel further up the hills, you’re bound to discover wonderful sightseeing and cultural attractions. This area’s home to one of Bali’s oldest villages, where ancient arts and traditions live.
There is a quiet and little visited black sand beach west of Candidasa proper called Pantai Labuan Amok. Although it has an unsightly Pertamina oil terminal at one end, this is a clean beach in a pretty bay, and the offshore waters offer good snorkeling with live coral in shallow waters. There are many other small coves and bays to explore in this area and all visitors are encouraged to do so.
5 km north east of Candidasa Beach is Pasir Putih (White Sand Beach), one of East Bali's well-kept secrets. It's a 500 m long, isolated, beautiful, white sand beach fringed with coconut palms. There are a few warungs (small shops) who rent sunbeds and umbrellas. Massage ladies make it into a tourist place.
Most sources say a fishing village was founded on the site by the 12th century and before the modern name of Candidasa was adopted it was known as both Teluk Kehen ("Bay of Fire") and Cilidasa. There is a temple near the lagoon, with a statue of the fertility goddess Hariti surrounded by a group of children, and cilidasa translates from Balinese as "ten children", so many Balinese who want to have children go on pilgrimage to this place. The modern name is thought to be a corruption of this older name. The town began to catch on as a tourist destination in the 1970s, since there is good snorkelling and diving in the area and the town provides easy access to other destinations in eastern Bali.
What to do in Candidasa
Apart from enjoying a wonderful stay in your private luxury villa, breathing in the fresh ocean air and enjoying the magnificent views, you can go shop in the centre of town, cycle through the rural landscape, enjoy ocean-front meals at fine dining restaurant, go swimming or explore the rich colourful marine life.
Candidasa is a great spot for snorkeling and diving. There are three islands just of the coast: Gili Tepekong, Gili Mimpang and - a bit further north-east, Gili Biaha. All three offer excellent diving, especially for more experienced divers. Currents can be quite strong and surprising, but most of the dive centres in Candidasa are trust-worthy. Other dive sites include the Jetty (in between Candidasa and Padang Bai), which is a paradise for macro fans.
Some dive operators boat out from Candidasa towards famous dive spots nearby. It also serves as a good base for exploring some of Bali’s important historical sites, such as the Taman Ujung Water Palace and the Tirta Gangga royal water gardens. From the hub of Candidasa alone, you can travel uphill towards Tenganan Village to discover one of Bali’s oldest villages, where ancient arts and traditions live on.
How to get Candidasa Beach.
Candidasa Beach is 60–80 minutes from Sanur along the recently opened east coast road, and is also easily reached from Ubud. A direct trip from the Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport will take about 90 minutes. Candidasa is about 15–20 minutes further east from Padang Bai where public ferries from Lombok arrive.