Candidasa Bali Travel Guide
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Candidasa (pronounced Chandidasa) is a small town on the east coast of Bali famous for the excellent snorkeling and scuba diving off the coast. It will take around 2.5 hours to drive from Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport. The taxi fares from the airport have a fixed price of 335,000Rp.
Candidasa is a quiet little town which reflects the true Bali lifestyle. Candidasa is surrounded by rice paddies and terraces and just behind these the many hills that lead up to Gunung Agung, the most revered volcano in Bali.
The coast line of Candidasa is quite rugged with no real beaches. Just a few kilometers north of Candidasa, around 20 minutes by car is one of the nicest beaches in all of Bali - The White Sandy Beach. Well worth the trip with the beautiful white sand, the turquoise water and a few relaxed cafes to get some food and drink.
The drive to White Sandy Beach takes you through some hills. At the top of the hills are a few places to stop to see some long talled macque monkies. It takes around 15 minutes to drive to the turn off to White Sandy Beach which is only marked with a small sign located within a small village. It is then a very bumpy 5 minute drive down to the beach.
Gunung Agung volcano is around 1 hour by car from Candidasa. At the base of Gunung Agung is Bali's most important Hindu temple called Basakih the 'Mother Temple'. A trek to the top of Gunung Agung takes around 6 - 7 hours. The best trek to do leaves around 10pm and treks during the night for arrival at the summit in time to watch the sunrise.
Water Temple - around 20 minutes drive north of Candidasa is The Water Temple of Tirta Gangga which was built in the 1948 by the Raja Anak Agung Angluran Ketut Karangasem. The beautiful water gardens were built around natural springs. The name Tirtaganngga was derived from the name Tirta meaning blessed waters and Gangga from the Ganges the holy river in India. See more about Tirta Gangga Water Temple.
Getting to Candidasa
It takes around 2.5 hours to drive to Candidasa from Kuta. From the airport the taxis have fixed prices of 335,000Rp to get to Candidasa. Just line up at the taxi office and pay at the airport then a taxi driver will be allocated to take you to Candidasa.
Last updated 12th December 2015
Most people visit Candidasa to go snorkeling or scuba diving. If you do not dive than Candidasa is a perfect place to just sit back and relax. Many of the hotels have swimming pools overlooking the ocean.
Infinity swimming pool at Lotus Bungalows
Cooking Classes in Candidasa
There are a number of restaurants and hotels that arrange Indonesian cooking classes. These include a trip to the local markets to select all the ingredients, then back to the kitchen for some cooking instructions and then sit down to eat the food you creating.
Cooking classes are available at Alam Asara Dive Resort which charge US$50 per person with a minimum of 2 people for lunch or dinner cooking.
Hotels in Candidasa
Candidasa has a range of accommodation to suit all budgets. Many of the hotels have a swimming pool. Here are some of the hotels and accommodation in Candidasa:
Temple Cafe & Seaside Cottages (reviews) one of the cheapest hotels in Candidasa with room prices from 120,000Rp per night (US$13) in the low season or 140,000Rp per night (US$15) in the high season. Located on the main road of Candidasa with the front of the cottages facing the ocean. For more photos and hotel reviews for Temple Cafe & Seaside Cottages click here.
Kelapa Mas Cottages (reviews) has budget accommodation starting from US$35 per night for a garden bungalow. Discounts available during the low season. Kelapa Mas is located in the heart of Candidasa with it's own white sandy beach right out the front, one of the only hotels with a beach out the front. There is no swimming pool at the hotel, just the big blue ocean for swimming. For more photos and hotels reviews for Kelapa Mas Homestay click here.
Rama Candidasa Resort and Spa (reviews) located right on the waterfront at Candidasa with a large swimming pool, free WiFi, Rama Spa, Cooking Classes available. Prices from US$64 per night including breakfast. For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for Rama Candidasa Resort and Spa click here.
Rama Shinta Hotel (reviews) Jalan Raya Candidasa Bali located right next to the large lotus pond in the heart of Candidasa. The Rama Shinta Hotel does not have direct access to the ocean but just a 50 meter walk to a small sandy beach. Room prices start from US$75, discounts are available in the low season. For more photos and hotel reviews for Rama Shinta Hotel click here.
Alam Asara Dive Resort (reviews) Jalan Raya Candidasa Ph: +62 363 41929. Room prices start from US$80 per night. Located right in the main street of Candidasa with swimming pool at the front over looking the ocean. With PADI dive instructors. For more photos and hotel reviews for Alam Asara Dive Resort click here.
Puri Bagus Candidasa Hotel (reviews) Candidasa Beach Karangasem Bali - located right on Candidasa Beach with a large swimming pool. Room prices start from US$82 including breakfast. For more photos, online reservations and hotel reviews click here.
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