Candidasa is a secluded northeastern beach town located away from the tourist hot spots of Sanur, Kuta and Nusa Dua in the tranquil and traditional eastern real Bali. Candidasa is physically and culturally extremely beautiful, it is widely accepted that Bali’s most beautiful scenes are in the northeast where black sand beaches meet vast rich flowing rice terraces, and huge mountains decorated by luscious tropical forests and of course the impressive presence of the Volcano.
Candidasa is around an hour and 30 minutes drive away from the airport, Denpasar or the tourist hotspots, which is the one of the main attractions for most people who visit. Offering unspoilt landscapes and culture where you can find your own tropical paradise and indulge in the real Balinese charm that still remains unchanged here dispite the growth of tourism and what’s best of all there is no need to sacrifice luxury accommodation to experience this.
Accommodation in Candidasa is not as plentiful as in other areas of Bali but there are a selection of high quality hotels, villas, traditional Balinese bungalow villas and modern contemporary villas. Many of these have infinity pools, luscious natural spas and all luxury services one may expect from the southern more tourist populated areas. These are well spaced out along the long sea front with very large grounds and gardens that further the secluded feel. There are also a few budget places although surprisingly it can be difficult to barter to the prices you can easily get in Kuta. There is also the presence of specific diving resorts in this area and listed on this site.
The resorts here generally have very cozy restaurants offering exceptional cuisine from around the world and Bali’s famous breathtaking BBQ fish and seafood with delicate salads and side dishes often served on the beach front, by the pool or on terrace balconies but always somewhere with an amazing view. Besides eating in your resort a selection of independent restaurants that are also of a very high standard, these are not over priced but also not the budget bargain prices of Kuta although neither is it the bargain basement food of Kuta.
Activities include beautiful hiking for all abilities down to leisurely strolls, cycling, swimming, diving and snorkeling. The diving and snorkeling in this are of Bali is unreal, some of the best diving in the world is very close by such as the Liberty wreck in Tulamben and various sites in Amed and Candidasa itself. Boat trips can be taken from this are directly to Nusa Lembogan and Lombok for small guided or unguided trips and diving, surf specific trips. In the Candidasa there are also many points of interest including the islands mother temple of Pura Besakih and local indigenous villages. Adventure trips can be taken into the mountains, up the volcano and for whitewater rafting is also popular.
In round up Candidasa is comfortably located in the center of the most untouched and culturally rich corner of Bali and can be enjoyed in high-class accommodation. An ideal location for couples honeymooners and mid to high budget dive orientated travelers who will all bask in the natural and cultural tranquility surrounding Bali’s most sacred area. The beach side traditional style bungalows are recommended here to really get the full experience. For those who search tranquility and distance from the rat race Candidasa is tropical perfection.