Candidasa is a traditional and cultural tourist area located on the east coast of Bali and is around an hour and a half's drive from the international airport. Located in the real east of Bali you will find that there is a highly relaxed and tranquil atmosphere in the east of Bali and the local people are friendly and have a high focus on the traditional and spiritual parts of traditional Balinese life. There are a number a ancient sights to see in the area including temples and palaces as well as areas of extreme natural beauty showcasing the classic Balinese and Indonesian landscapes of rice paddies that stretch over the lowlands where you will also find coconut groves and carve out the hills leading up to mountains and volcanoes which are covered in tropical forests, lakes and rivers. There are also many cultural areas such as some of the largest temples and some grand and beautiful palaces as well as traditional villages located along the coast and right up into the mountains. Candidasa is located right on the beach and offers a long coastline of black and white sand beaches as well as great facilities and plenty of hotels, resorts and villas that can be found along the beach and on the hillside overlooking the beach.
Candidasa has a number of excellent resorts, hotels and villa arrangements which vary between the budget, mid range and top end types of accommodation although usually these establishments will exhibit the traditional style with the use of local materials and thatched roofs in the classic Balinese style and the colonial style which will often be more luxurious and exhibit classic hardwoods and international classic values. All of these places in Candidasa offer great facilities including spas, restaurants pools and other services. Diving and snorkeling is very possible in the east of Bail and in the Candidasa area and due to this all of the Candidasa hotels offer snorkeling facilities as well as links to diving companies for diving. There are also a few specialized diving resorts which offer not only a luxurious level of accommodation and all of the different facilities you would expect of any of the hotels, but also offer dive tours and dive courses for those who want to learn. The pools and facilities are all ready to go and usually there will be a boat and land transport to all of the surrounding diving areas.
Tours into the mountains to the lakes such as Lake Batur and the mountains as well as the Bali Age Villages and the temples located in the mountains close to Candidasa are also common and a great way to spend at least on of your days. With all of this around you and a great family atmosphere, Candidasa is perfect for those who are interesting in getting away from the crowds and enjoying the traditional landscapes as well as the more cultural areas. Candidasa is also popular with couples and honeymooners as well as those interested in diving.