Candidasa holidays are the ideal way to soak up authentic Indonesian culture and enjoy some peace and quiet in stunning surroundings. Located in the Karangasem Regency and in the shadow of Mount Agung, the entire seaside town is focused around an idyllic lagoon that’s scattered with beautiful pink and white floating lotus flowers.
If you are hoping to feel sand between your toes then you can rest your head in numerous Candidasa hotels situated along secluded beaches that are ideal for sunbathing and swimming. If you’re keen to embark on an intrepid snorkelling adventure, you can do so from Candidasa Beach, at the Blue Lagoon, or at magical Gili Tepekong a 30 minute boat ride away.
Overall, Candidasa is a prime location for your bespoke Bali holiday, whether you’re seeking a scenic spot for a romantic getaway, somewhere with plenty of family-friendly options, or simply looking to experience a more authentic side to Bali.
Experience incredible Indonesian culture first-hand on Candidasa holidays
If you’re looking to soak up some of Bali’s traditional culture then you will be in your element during your Candidasa holiday. The coastal town is a fantastic starting point for some of the island’s best heritage sites, including the glorious Taman Ujung - a water palace - in nearby Seraya.
You can also take a journey to another major cultural spot near Candidasa: Tenganan. Tenganan is an impeccably preserved village and is one of the oldest on the island - in fact it’s still populated by the Bali Aga (indigenous Balinese people). This is a wonderful place to witness traditional ceremonies and purchase handmade items such as batiks, handicrafts and Tenganan’s famous gringsing – exquisite double ikat textiles that can take weeks to weave.
Great sample itineraries
Explore more of Bali with a multicentre Candidasa holiday. Experience the serene coastline and the region’s lush hilly interiors when you split your time between this delightful seaside town and Ubud. Find inspiration from one of our sample tours below.
Our favorite hotels
Enjoy soothing spas, private beaches and excellent sports facilities. From relaxing five-star resorts to affordable bungalows, we have ample options available when it comes to choosing your accommodation in Candidasa.
“Candidasa is the perfect place to base yourself for explorations to East Bali's fascinating historical sites. Don’t miss the spectacular Taman Ujung water palace or the Tirta Gangga Royal Water Gardens – both constructed by former Karangasem kings.”
“Candidasa really is a paradise for those who love swimming alongside magical marine life. The ocean waters are warm and usually clear, plus you can easily catch a local boat to prime diving and snorkelling spots at Gili Tepekong or the Blue Lagoon.”
Perang Pandan is an ancient two-day cultural festival that takes place in Tenganan and sees the villagers pay tribute to Indra, the God of War, and their ancestors. Men dressed in traditional battle costumes challenge each other to friendly duels, while the women adorn themselves in garments made from gringsing cloth. The date of Perang Pandan (known locally as Makare-kare) changes every year depending on the local calendar, however it’s typically held in June or July.
Festival Karangasem is a regional festival that takes place in June and is a celebration of Karangasem’s food, people and traditions. You will have the chance to watch enchanting dance performances, listen to atmospheric gamelan music, shop for local handicrafts and witness the festival’s peaceful prayer procession.
Tirta Gangga Festival
Hosted at Tirta Gangga Royal Water Gardens, Tirta Gangga Festival is a vibrant arts festival that was set up to encourage guests to discover this beautiful monument. As well as wonderful dance performances on a purpose-built stage across the water, the event programme includes various art installations and creative workshops.
Candidasa’s coastal position ensures that seafood is a prominent feature on most of the region’s local and hotel restaurant menus. Look out for fresh prawns or fish prepared Indonesian-style in fragrant spices, and steamed in banana leaves. You’ll also spot bowls of bakso, flavoursome fish meatball broth or soup, at simple canteen-style restaurants. This simple-yet-tasty dish is the ideal option for a quick and filling lunch.
Just like its close cousin, nasi goreng, nasi campur is a delicious rice dish that has become a staple in most restaurants across Bali. Immensely satisfying, nasi campur is essentially vegetable or meat-fried rice that is seasoned with sweet soy sauce, and is usually accompanied with a choice of mouthwatering side dishes.
Sate lilit is Candidasa’s local version of Bali’s much-loved satay. Instead of using minced chicken, sate lilit is made up of minced fish skewers that are then drenched in an aromatic coconut-based marinade before being served alongside a rich peanut dipping sauce.
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