Candidasa is a former fishing village in the regency of Karangasem located a one and half hour drive from the Airport. Its name means ďhundred templesĒ in the Balinese language and already gives a hint to what wealth of historical and cultural sights occupy Karangasem and are easily accessible from Candidasa.
Only 10 minutes away you can explore Baliís village life in Tenganan, home to the ancestral Bali Aga. Learn about the set-up of a traditional village, how the Balinese people used to live and treat yourself to one of the areaís famous double ikat gerengsing sarong.
Visit the historic water-temples of Tirtagangga and the newly restored Ujung water palace and take a dip into the holy waters.† Climb the over thousand steps of Pura Lempunyang and take in the breath-taking view of the surrounding landscape.
Have an adventurous day in one of the regency cities Amlapura or Klungkung, exploring ancient court history or very to-day market life. Here you can buy everything, from fruits to incents to fabrics in all colors and quality. If you are in for a special treat explore the night markets with its hundreds of scents and people.
Drive up into the mountains for exploring Baliís most sacred Temple, the Pura Besakih with its beautiful setting at the foot of Mount Agung or conquer Mount Agung himself in the early hours of dawn and view a sunrise from its peak that you will never forget.
Discover the U.S. Liberty at Tulamben where you can learn diving while feeling like Rousseau himself.† See barracudas and sting-rays or be engulfed in the huge school of jack-fishes that call Tulamben their home. For the less adventurous, snorkeling offers a perfect opportunity to watch fish and men alike from above since the U.S. Liberty goes up until almost the shore of Tulambenís beach.
For more casual divers Padang Baiís Blue Lagoon offers a spectacular dive site with sparkling blue waters and amazing views. The Lagoon itself once again offers a perfect site for exploring it the easy way by snorkeling.
In the best Balinese tradition Baliís people love babies and children, making traveling with young ones easy and relaxed.