Highlights: * Beaches * Wildlife * Accommodation
Places of Interest in Bali
Other Indonesian locations
The east coast of Bali is dominated with Gunung Agung (3142m) and Gunung Batur, with a beautiful coastline with numerous spots for great snorkeling and scuba diving. Gunung Batur has an impressive landscape with Danau Batur at the base of the volcano. Towns to stay on the east coast of Bali include Padangbai (which has the ferry port to Lombok) Candidasa and Amed.
The main area with loads of accommodation is Candidasa though there are hotels and resorts all along the east coast of Bali.
One of the best places for snorkeling and scuba diving is Amed, which is a 10km stretch of white sandy beachs, located north of Candidasa. See below for more information about snorkeling and scuba diving. There are no ATMs in Amed though there are money changers.
Lipah Beach (Selang)
Nusa Penida and Nusa lembongan
There are plenty of money changers in Padangbai which offer comparable rates to what you will find in Kuta.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
There are too many locations to list here for snorkeling and scuba diving along the east coast of Bali.
The best spots are just off Candidasa as well as at Blue Lagoon, 11km south of Candidasa, close to Padang Bai, also around Amed.
Around Amed you will find some awesome dive spots including 2 WWII ships that were sunk off the coast. 30 minutes from Amed is Tulamben village which has off it's coast the wreck of the USS Liberty.
15 minutes by speedboat off the coast from either Candidasa or Padang Bai are a group of small islands which have some excellent dive and snorkeling spots. Some of the larger islands are called Gili Tepekong, Gili Mimang, Gili Biaha and Gili Selang. There are good soft coral and the reef drops off dramatically not far from the islands with some good wall diving with chances of seeing schools of baracuda and turtles. Some of the islands have under water caves to explore.
Restaurants in Candidasa
There is a good selection of restaurants to choose from apart from those already found in the hotels. A number of the restaurants also offer a nightly movie to watch while enjoying the food and drinks.
There are a number of good cafes like Candidasa Cafe, Cafe Wayan and Malibu Cafe serving traditional Indonesian food and a selection of international food including Aritka's serving good Indian restaurant, Italian at Garpu Restaurant and Queen's Bar and Asian seafood at Kedai Restaurant.
Lotus Seaview Restaurant serves great Asian cuisine including Indonesian, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese and Malaysian. Located at the entrance to Candidasa. www.lotus-restaurants.com
PADI Dive operators
Amed Dive Center is a registered PADI dive resort in Amed. Offering fun dives and PADI dive courses. www.ameddivecenter.com
Jukung Dive Centre is a PADI dive centre in Amed with introductory dive course from 70 Euros (US$98) for a 1 day course. www.jukungdivebali.com
Ecodivebali is located on Jemeluk Beach in Amed. Run by 2 PADI instructors with over 30 years experience. Dive trips and PADI dive courses. Dive trips from US$95 for 2 dives the same day. A 3 day PADI certificate course is US$375 www.ecodivebali.com
Euro Dive Bali is located in Amed/Tulamben with a PADI dive instructor from Hungary. They operate dive trips as well as instruct PADI dive courses. www.eurodivebali.com
Getting there and away
A taxi from the airport will cost 385,000Rp (US$38) to get to Candi Dasa. The prices are fixed. The trip takes 1.5 hours.
Many of the hotels can arrange a car to pick you up from the airport and taken directly to your hotel.
There are ferries from Padangbai to Lombok or the Gili Islands. The main ferry leaves Padangbai at 10.30 to go to Lembar in Lombok.
Last updated 13th December 2013
Ida's Hometay budget bungalows in Candidasa.
Candi Beach Cottage located on Mendire Beach Candidasa. http://candibeach.com
Fajar Candidasa Hotel is located on the Beach at Candidasa between Klungkung and Amplapura villages. Room rates from US$25 per night including taxes and American breakfast. www.fajarcandidasa.com
Resort Prima Candidasa overlooking Candidasa Bay. Room prices from 300,000Rp (US$30) http://hotelprimagroup.com/candidasa
Bayshore Mystique Candi Dasa offer 6 luxury villas with great views over the beach and ocean. Room rates from US$75 per night for a 2 bedroom villa. www.bayshorevillascandidasa.com
Rama Candidasa Resort and Spa has a private beach right in front of the resort. Room prices from US$75 per night www.ramacandidasahotel.com
Alam Asmara Dive Resort a romantic resort which offers dive trips along the east coast of Bali. 12 deluxe bungalows with prices starting from US$95 Nett. www.alamasmara.com
The Water Garden Hotel one of the most romantic boutique hotels in Bali. Specialise in weddings set in their tropical gardens. Room prices from US$125 per night www.watergardenhotel.com
Alila Manggis Resort is located at Manggis village close to Candidasa. With rooms facing the ocean with views across to Nusa Penida. Offer cooking classes. Internet room prices from US$155+ www.alilahotels.com/Manggis
Hotels and Resorts in Amed
Following is a list of hotels in Amed and surrounding areas including current 2013 prices and contact details:
Amed Cafe Hotel has 23 Balinese styled bungalows. Room prices from 10 Euros (US$) single or 15 Euros (US$) double. www.amedcafe.com
Geria Giri Shanti Bungalows located just 100 meters to the beach this is probably the cheapest place to stay in Amed. Prices are 12 Euros (US$17) per night in the low season and 16 Euros (US$22) in the high season www.geriagirishanti.com
Bulih Hotel a beachfront hotel in Amed with views to Gunung Agung. All rooms have a private terrace. Room rates from US$21 in low season and US$27 in the high season including breakfast. www.bulih.com
Eka Purnama Cottages is a family run hotel on the hillside overlooking the ocean at Amed. With cottages and a large family house. Room prices from 225,000Rp (US$22) per night for 1 person or s75,000Rp for 2 -3 people. www.eka-purnama.com
Double One Villas with bungalows and self contained villas. Room rates from US$22 per night low season and US$25 high season www.doubleonevillasamed.com
Bayu Cottages located in Amed offer 6 ocean view rooms on the hillside over looking Lipah Beach. They have an in house PADI dive instructor for trips or lessons. Room rates are from 24 Euros (US$33) low season and 30 Euros (US$42) high season. www.bayucottages.com
Kembali Beach Bungalows is a new hotel on the beach at Amed. With 8 bungalows with prices from 28 Euros (US$39) low season and 31 Euros (US$43) high season including taxes and breakfast.. www.kembalibeachbungalows.nl
Hotel Uyah the first eco-resort in Amed located right on the beach. Room prices from 29 Euros (US$40) low season and 35 Euros (US$49) high season. http://hoteluyah.com
Dancing Dragon Cottages is a unique feng shui boutique hotel located right on the beach at Amed. Prices from US$68 per night. www.dancingdragoncottages.com
Puri Wirata Dive Resort and Spa located right on the beach at Amed, with coral reefs just a short swim. A PADI dive resort with in house dive instructors. Prices from US$40 low season and US$48 high season. www.puriwirata.com
Blue Moon Villas a luxury boutique resort with 2 swimming pools overlooking the ocean with 1, 2, 3 or 4 bedroom villas available. Room rates from US$72 per night. www.bluemoonvillas.com
Anda Amed Resort located on the hillside over looking Amed, though only a short walk to the beach. Room prices from 55 Euros (US$77) low season and 65 Euros (US$90) high season. www.andaamedresort.com
Life Boutique Cottages located in the village Lean in Amed. Prices from US$75 low season and US$100 high season www.lifebali.com
Santai Hotel with beautiful bungalows and swimming pool. Room rates from US$90 low season and US$115 high season. www.santaibali.com
Apa Kabar Villas located in Amed they offer 2 villas and 4 cottages. Room rates from US$120 per night for up to 4 people. www.apakabarvillas.com
Other resorts on the east coast of Bali
Spa Village Resort is located in Tembok, around half way between Candidasa and Lovina. Luxury accommodation in a remote, private setting with spa facilities for massage and beauty treatments. Room prices from US$400 per night including breakfast and 3 course lunch and dinner. www.spavillage.com/tembokbali
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