the E coast of Bali, Candidasa, once a fishing village, underwent
rapid tourist development as a beach resort during the 80's.
As a result of un-ecological building practices - using the reef
for building material - much of the beach was eroded. Many hotels
have built artificial beach areas.
Despite the development and the beach problem, Candidasa remains
an attractive, hassle-free destination, offering good value accommodation.
It is also a good base for excursions to sights in the vicinity.
neighboring towns of Amed & Padangbai are quieter, less developed
alternatives. Both have white sand beaches, blue crystal water
and excellent snorkeling options.
Candidasa has one main road that runs parallel
with the beach. The lagoon is at the far E end, the turn off
to Tenganan village is at the far W end
: Lotus-filled Lagoon, E end of the town
Lower: The coast of Candidasa