Candidasa was just another picturesque village till the 1970s when construction activity suddenly picked up and quite suddenly it was transformed in to one of the most happening beach places in Bali. Candidasa offers a good base for exploring the eastern part of Bali. It is close to one of the greatest cultural treasures of Bali, the Besakih (Bali's Mother Temple).
Tourists can also explore the rustic charm of the nearby Tenganan Village - a unique village belonging to the original surviving Bali Aga aboriginal communities. Candidasa is also an important diving destination in Bali.
Gili Tepekong, a series of coral heads at the top of a sheer drop off, is popular with divers and snorkelers.
Just about everything in Candidasa is within a few kilometres of the main Gianyar-Amlapura road. The numerous restaurants dotting the main road offer fresh seafood. If you want to dine in quieter surroundings, you can head for one of the waterfront restaurants. For the budgeted traveller there are plenty of food stalls lining the road leading to the sea.
Warung Astawa: It is usually open from 7 am to 10 pm and offers decent three-course set menus. A nightly Legong dance lends an ethnic touch to the environment.
Raja's: The outlet is famous for pizzas.
Candi Bagus pub: The menu here includes fish & chips, sausages and mash.
TJs Restaurant: Stop here for creative pan-Asian food. The restaurant also has a cocktail bar.
Lotus Seaview: Try out the pastas while enjoying the amazing sea views.
Candidasa has some lively entertainment options to round off a perfect day in Bali. Some restaurants offer free Legong dances most nights. You can look out for various notice boards around town that advertise current performances. Then again, there are many restaurants that offer happy hours from 5 pm onwards. You can watch movies and play darts at the Candi Bagus pub or enjoy Legong performances at Warung Astawa.
Rama Candidasa Resort and Spa: The spa therapies offered by the resort are designed to soothe the body, spirit and soul. Take advantage of different kinds of massages, cream baths, lulur exfoliation treatments, manicure, pedicure and many more natural treatments.
The Nirwana Resort and Spa: Surrender your body to natural aromatherapy or enjoy a traditional massage therapy that is bound to revitalize your mind, body and spirits.