Candidasa is one of the most promising districts of Bali – located on the eastern coast of the island, around one and a half hour drive from the airport. This is a small resort village situated at the meeting point of the two oceans: Indian and Pacific. There are many small hotels, restaurants and shops where you can find everything you need. The modern villas have started to appear in Candidasa only recently. The daily rate on these is still considerably lower than in Kuta, Jimbaran or Seminyak. This is perhaps due to Candidasa’s remoteness in relation to the main touristic spots in the south and the absence of night-life. Indeed, there are very few tourists here, which, actually, is an important advantage – the treatment of the guests is extra friendly and more privileges tend to come your way! Also, in Candidasa there are breath-taking traditional Balinese landscapes: mountains covered with the thick palm forests, rice plantations filled with a dense network of streams, and the untamed and un-westernised Pacific coast with no restaurants, sunbeds, street vendors and tourists.
Candidasa is just 10 minutes drive from Bali’s port Padang Bay from which boats and ferries sail off to the neighbouring Lombok and Gili islands. This place is also an important point for the divers – Bali’s best places for diving are located here as well as the numerous professional diving clubs and instructors. In Padang Bay there are also some great white sand beaches, such as the small but very picturesque Blue Lagoon. This area is great for families with children, as well as for the easy-going lovers of travels and exploration who appreciate the newly established and unspoiled by tourists resorts. The main beach in Candidasa is not very big, however, just 5 miles from the village you will find White Sand Beach (aka Virgin Beach) – a sacred beach where many Hindu religious ceremonies take place and which is considered to be one of the best beaches in Bali. As its name suggests, it is a beautiful white sand beach. There you will find cheap restaurants, coral reefs and rich marine life, so you can snorkel in addition to swimming in its beautiful blue waters.
Candidasa is just half hour drive from both Amed and the sacred Mountain Agung where you will find the tribal people called Bali Aga whose ancient faith and customs survived until the modern day virtually unchanged since the time of their forefathers.