Top things to do in Candidasa Bali

Candidasa Beach, Jemeluk Bay - Credit to Martin Fuhrmann

One of the popular tourist destinations in Bali located in eastern side of Bali, Candidasa is a picturesque coastal town and home for the mysterious temples, magnificent seascapes and more. Here’s the top things to do in Candidasa.

Things to do in Candidasa

1. Admire Goa Lawah Temple (Bat Cave Temple)

Bali Goa Lawah or Bat Cave Temple is one of favorite landmarks in Bali. It is located in Pasinggahan countryside, Dawan sub district, Klungkung Regency, east part of Bali, and is about 1,5 hours from Denpasar.

This temple is called reef of middle hill due to it is location close to the hilly bank, in opposite direction to the beautiful beach with black sand along the coastal area.

This unique and mysterious temple complex was built around a cave opening home to hordes of bats on the 11th century.

Normally the local villagers who are on their pilgrimages to Besakih Temple in the Karangasem regency stop here for brief prayers.

2. Hike up to Gate of Heaven at Pura Lempuyang (Lempuyang Temple)

Lempuyang  Temple is one of Bali’s oldest and most remote temples, featuring its breathtaking mountain sceneries on the island.

You will have to stride over 1000 steps to reach the top where the temple is, as it is located  at 1,175m above sea level on the peak of the namesake mountain.

The hike is very pleasant through a hilly forest inhabited by cynomolgus monkey. The midway temple is sufficient for most visitors, with towering holy temple structures and dragon staircases.

Address : Jl. Pura Telaga Mas Lempuyang, Tri Buana, Kec. Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852

3. Snorkeling

Candidasa one of the best snorkelling destinations in Bali. Blue Lagoon, Pasir Putih beach, Gili Mampang are the popular snorkelling spots in Candidasa.

You can either do snorkelling independently or with a tour guide. Just be careful with the currents as it can be quite strong.

You can buy/rent snorkel mask at the shops near by beach if you want to do snorkelling independently.

4. Chill at Jemeluk Bay

Jemeluk Bay part of the coastal area of Amed, features a high viewpoint from where you can enjoy the best seascapes comprising the beach dotted with traditional jukung fishing boats, and the majestic outline of Mount Agung in the distant background.

The viewpoint also features small sheltered areas and some gazebos where you can have a lazy siesta or enjoy a brief lunch before hitting the road again.

Candidasa Beach, Jemeluk Bay - Credit to Martin Fuhrmann
Candidasa Beach, Jemeluk Bay – Credit to Martin Fuhrmann

5. Swimming and sunbathing at Secret beach, Pasir Putih Beach

Pasir putih beach is a hidden beach which is also known as a secret beach located in approximately 4.5km east of the main hub of Candidasa, east of Bali.

Pasir Putih, literally means ‘white sand’, and is also known as Pantai Perasai. It is beautiful unique and remote beach offering a pristine stretch of white sand with faint streaks of black volcanic sediments near the cliffs, and the seascape includes the small rocky islet of Gili Biaha on the horizon.

There are a number of locally-owned restaurants and cafes by the beach, where you can have some light meals.

This beach is also relatively safe for swimming and indeed great beach for sunbathing..

Location: Perasi Village, Karangasem

Pantai Pasir putih Perasi Candidasa - Credit to Antoine 49
Pantai Pasir putih Perasi Candidasa – Credit to Antoine 49

6. Diving at world class diving spot

Candidasa is located at the center of all the popular diving sites on Bali island, and it offers the world class diving spots.

Within one hour of Candidasa you will find the famous shipwreck USAT Liberty (Tulamben), Amed, Seraya (especially for muck-diving) and the nearby Padang Bai area.

Along the front coast of Candidasa are located the small islands of Biaha, Tepekong and Mimpang, with beautiful coral gardens and the chance of seeing pelagics and a high possibility to see the famous Mola Mola (Oceanic Sunfish) in season.

You can easily find professional diving centres around Candidasa. Some of the most popular one are:

Bambu Divers – Address : Jalan Raya Candidasa, Candidasa 80811 Bali, Indonesia. Phone : +62 363 41534, website : www.bambudivers.com

diving CANDIDASA – Address : Candi Beach Resort and Spa, Jalan Raya Candi Dasa, Mendira, Sengkidu, Manggis, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80033, Phone : +62 812-3677-0281

Zen Dive Bali – Address : Jl. Sengkidu, Candidasa, Karangasem 80871, Phone : +62 363 41411, website : www.zendivebali.com

Amed, one of Bali world class diving site - Credit to Bertrand Gimat
Amed, one of Bali world class diving site – Credit to Bertrand Gimat

7. Visit and take a walk at Candidasa Lotus Lagoon

Candidasa Lotus Lagoon is one of the main landmarks in Candidasa, which offers an outstanding sight and great place to have a pleasant walk. Its filled with expansive body of water featuring  pink and fuchsia lotuses, lilies, and a small garden island with statues at its centre.

The lagoon can be accessed from the roadside and is open for free to the public. Across the road on a higher elevation is the temple that the area is named after, featuring twin shrines under a densely forested hillside.

From here, you get a better perspective of the whole lagoon, including a glimpse of the sea and the small offshore rock formations iconic to the Candidasa seascape.

Address : Jl. Raya Candidasa, Sengkidu, Manggis, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali

8. Join the Ashram Yoga for body, mind and soul exercise

The Ashram is located between the lagoon and the ocean but the entrance is next to the ATM. The yoga classes are open for everyone by donation. The ashram also has accommodation by paying Rp 250,000 per night including all meals.  The English yoga class is every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 4:30pm.

  • Address : Jl Raya Candidasa (next to the lagoon)
  • Phone : +62 363 41108
  • Email: ashramgandhi@gmail.com

9. Visit the nearby village

Visit the Tenganan Aga village is a nearby village to Candidasa  where a strong community which retains ancient pre-Majapahit Balinese culture and known as the Bali Aga (literally, the original Balinese) resides. You can easily find the village as it has a sign placed from the main coast road in Candidasa. All the drivers should know where to take you.

You can also take a motorbike from from Candidasa on a motorbike which only about 4 km from Candidasa, walking is also possible.

You may want to continue your walk up to Tirta Gangga from this village, both Tenganan and Tirta Gangga are marked on google map.

  • A admission fee is charged by donation
  • Address : Tenganan Aga village, Jalan Raya Nyuh Tebel, Tenganan, Manggis, Indonesia
  • Phone : +62 813-3834-9417

10. Tirta Gangga Water Gardens

Another royal water garden reminiscent of the palace of Karangasem is Tirta Gangga, built in 1946 during the reign of the late raja of Karangasem. The lavish water garden complex spans 1.2 hectares, featuring a collection of freshwater pools, ponds and functioning fountains surrounded by well manicured gardens.

The garden is within an hour’s drive up north from the main Candidasa area, and offers a cool highland retreat for locals and international travellers.

Apart from many small warung stalls selling snacks and refreshments outside the main entrance gate, there’s also a restaurant, part of the royal family owned hotel behind the main fountains, where you can enjoy local and western cuisine, and cold beers while enjoying beautiful open views and scenery.

  • Address : Jalan Abang, Ababi Village, Karangasem, Karangasem 80852
  • Phone : +62 878-6224-0233
  • Website : tirtagangga.com
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