This former fishing village, in the east of Bali, is a tranquil alternative to the busy southern beaches offering narrow volcanic sands and a relaxed seaside ambience. There are also several small pockets of white sand along the waterfront where hotels have created artificial beaches.
The town itself is pretty much one long road that runs the length of the bay and is lined by hotels, guest houses and restaurants. A focal point of the town, sitting between the main temple and the sea, is a pretty lotus-filled lagoon with a small garden island at its centre.
Candidasa’s offshore islands – Gili Biaha, Gili Kambing and Gili Mimpang – are just a short boat ride away and have excellent snorkelling and diving sites, although the currents can be strong so more suited to experienced divers.
Other area attractions include Goa Lawah Temple, Lempuyang Temple, Taman Ujung Water Palace and one of the oldest villages on the island, Tenganan Pegringsingan.