East Bali Tourist Centres
The three main tourist areas of East Bali are Candidasa, with its great variety of restaurants, hotels, cottages, backpacker bungalows and up market private beachfront villas. Padang Bai, where you can find public ferries and speed boat services to Lombok and the Gili Islands and Amed with all the possibilities to snorkel and dive to see the fascinating world of colourful marine life. Each major centre has its own charm and they are excellent bases to explore the region.
Tourist Village of Candidasa
Candidsa, is the most popular destination in the East Bali region. It offers a sophisticated alternative to the hussle and bussle of Kuta and the south western regions. Originally developed in the 1970’s around the lily pond lagoon and fishing village which then extended along the beach in both directions.
Today, Candidasa and surrounding villages have now matured by offering accommodation ranging from basic to 5 star luxury resorts, complete with helipad and private yacht jetties, luxury beachfront villas, boutique hotels, bungalow style hotels to backpacker accommodations. Catering for all forms of tourist accommodation.
Many of the resorts offer world class in-house dining at quality restaurants with cooking schools as an added attraction. Generally, the quality of the food in this region is excellent as much of it is grown locally using traditional organic methods. Temple Cafe and Seaside Cottages is no exception. Expect sumptuous home cooking here.
You won’t find discos or nightclubs in here! Candidasa is better than that. Here you are living in a thriving tourist/fishing village where you will find an instant connection with the friendly local community. Although there are night spots that offer a range of musical entertainment ranging from Rock and Roll through to Jazz. Candidasa is alive and well!
Fishing, Snorkeling or Diving
If you’re into fishing, snorkeling or diving, then Candidasa is definitely the best place to be. Here you are on the door step of one of the world’s best diving locations, with beautiful coral and some unique fish species abound. There is no shortage of dive shops available in the area, all ready to take care of all your diving and snorkeling needs.
For a quick survey of the snorkeling and diving available, hire a local fisherman to take you out early one morning. You will be amazed out how beautiful the water, coral and marine life really is in East Bali.
It is the beautiful hinterland that provides the other interest of Candidasa and it makes a great base to explore the surrounding area and its beautiful vistas. Spend a day or two and get to know some of the special places nearby. To make it even better you should hire a car and driver so you can relax and take in all the great scenery, temples and historical sites. Speak to the friendly staff at Temple Cafe and Seaside Cottages to arrange for a guided tour of Candidasa and its surrounding environs.