Candi Dasa Travel Guide

Tirtagangga Water Castle

CANDI DASA TRAVEL GUIDE

Candi Dasa Travel Guide covers the beach-side area which is 67km from Denpasar and 13km from Amlapura.  The main street of Candi Dasa is shaded by overhanging Kapok and coconut trees, and most of the accommodation is set among coconut plantations, so the whole area is cool and breezy. The view from the beach sweeps from Nusa Penida island to the inlet of Padangbai with a lighthouse on the head­land. On the landward side, there are rolling hills which are difficult to climb, but offer fantastic views once you get to the top. Candi Dasa is named after the temple overlooking the tidal lagoon,

The first budget tourist lodgings, such as Kelapa Mas, Agung Bungalows and Puri Pandan were built among the coconut trees near the lagoon and ashram in the mid-1980’s. At that time the beach near the lagoon  was 15 metres wide at low tide and you could walk 50 metres out on the rock shelf with the coral gatherers.  The shelf extended along the whole length of Candi Dasa beach except for a small section where the fishing boats entered.

Unfortunately, by the late 1990’s all the coral had been taken, and the surf was causing severe erosion along the beachfront. Breakwaters have been built to try to stop this, but the beach has mostly disappeared. East of the lagoon the beach is rockier, but this hasn’t stopped the spread of accommodation to this beach also. On the eastern headland the locals used to cultivate seaweed on rope suspended between stakes.

Candi Dasa Travel Guide covers the ideal place to make your base if you want to keep away from the southern resorts. You can stay at the beach and go sightseeing without having to brave Denpasar traffic every day.

Finding Places in Candi Dasa

Most places to stay, eat and shop are strung out along Jalan Raya Candi Dasa, between the beachfront carpark as you enter from the south, and the sharp left-hand turn just after the Lotus Lagoon and temple. After the sharp left turn the road is named Jalan Raya Bug Bug.
Online you may also find the area named Sengkidu, which is the official name for the local area.

However, there is no systematic numbering of building blocks, and most places don’t have numbers at all.

With that in mind, we have divided Candi Dasa into four sections:

Jln Raya Candi Dasa Central – between the Lotus Lagoon and the 3 story Candi Dasa Beach Hotel.
Jln Raya Candi Dasa East – between the Lotus Lagoon and the left turn.
Jln Raya Candi Dasa West – between Candi Dasa Beach Hotel and the beachfront carpark.
Jln Raya Candi Dasa Teganan Turn-off – between the beach-front carpark and the Teganan Turn-off as far as the Pertamina petrol station.

PUBLIC SERVICES IN CANDI DASA

ATM BCA, ATM Mandiri      Jln RCD Central (next Kelapa Mas)
Money Changer      Jln RCD Central
Bank Sinar      Jln RCD Central
ATM Danomon      Jln RCD West
Western Union      Jln RCD West
ATM BRI     Jln RCD Teganan Turnoff

Tourist Information     Jln RCD Central
Internet Café    Jln RCD Central

Pharmacy/Apotek Fortune      Jln RCD Central
Yagya Dasa Clinic & Pharmacy/Apotek      Jln RCD Teganan Turnoff

Police

Polres Karangasem     Jln Bhayangkara, Amlapura
Kantor Polisi Padangbai      Jln Pelabuhan, Padangbai (at entrance to harbour)

 

HOTELS IN CANDI DASA

Jalan Raya Candi Dasa East

Rama Bungalows
Dewata Agung

East – along Jalan Puri Bagus

Orion’s Bali Villas
Shangrila Beach Club
Oka Beach Bungalows
Puri Bagus Candi Dasa
Samuh Hill Residence

Jalan Raya Candi Dasa Central

Kelapa Mas Central
Ida’s
The Natia
Dewa Bharata Bungalows
Pondok Bamboo
Agung Bungalows

Jalan Raya Candi Dasa West

Candi Dasa Beach Hotel
Puri Pandan
Puri Bali Bungalows
Temple Seaside Cottages
Segara Wangi
Bungalow Gerinsing
Villa Rindik
The Watergarden

Jalan Raya Candi Dasa Teganan Turnoff

Bali Samudra Hotel
Bali Palm Resort
Candi Beach Cottages
Lotus Bungalows

Manggis Village

Amankila Resort
Alili Manggis
Vila Citakari Sari

 

RESTAURANTS IN CANDI DASA

Jalan Raya Candi Dasa East

Legend
Bali Club
Warung Astawa
Rendevous Restaurant
Friends
Balissa Bar & Restaurant
Vincents
Raja’s Restaurant
Mr Grumpy’s

Jalan Raya Candi Dasa Central

Kelapa Mas Bar & Restaurant
Legong Restaurant
Crazy Kangaroo
Warung Srijati
Café Wayan

Jalan Raya Candi Dasa West

Temple Café
LE Zat Restaurant
The Dining Room
La Rouge Restaurant & Bar
Candi Bakery
Candi Dasa Restaurant
Aquaria Vegetarian Café
Kafe

Jalan Raya Candi Dasa Teganan Turnoff

Lotus Seaview Restaurant

BARS

Jojo’s Bar Jln Raya Candi Dasa Central
New Queen Bar Jln Raya Candi Dasa West

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TRANSPORTATION IN CANDI DASA

CV Candi Dasa Rent Car     Jln Raya Candi Dasa Central (next Kelapa Mas)
Perama Tours      Jln Raya Candi Dasa West
Gotya Transport      Jln Raya Candi Dasa Teganan Turnoff
Candi Dasa Taxi      Jln Raya Candi Dasa Teganan Turnoff
Pertamina Petrol Station     Jln Raya Candi Dasa Teganan Turnoff

Getting to Candi Dasa from Kuta

From Kuta or other southern beaches, take a bemo via Tegal or Kereneng to Batubulan Terminal on the northern side of Denpasar. From there a bus or bemo takes about 1-1.5 hours if direct. From the airport takes 1.5 – 2 hours, and up to an hour longer in morning and afternoon peak hours.

Candi Dasa Transport Groups

Candi Dasa Taxi      Jln Raya Candi Dasa near Teganan Turnoff, opposite Pertamina
Gotya Transport Services      Jln Raya Candi Dasa (opposite the Teganan Turn-off)
Gotya charges around Rp 400,000 for a one-way trip to Kuta
Perama Tour      Jln Raya Candi Dasa Central, down laneway between Candi Dasa Beach Hotel and Puri Pandan Bungalows.

Candi Dasa to Amlapura

Wait for the local bemo or bus at the Tourist Information Office on Jln Raya Candi Dasa Central.

Amlapura Bemo Terminal

The Amlapura Bemo Terminal is on Jalan Kesatrian, opposite the Amlapura market.

For a bemo to Kuta or Denpasar –  take the bemo to Batubulan, then change to Tegal.
For bemo to Amed, Tulamben, Singaraja or Lovina – take the bemo to Singaraja.
For bemo to Candi Dasa, – take the bemo to Padangbai, Klungkung or Semarapura.
For bemo to Tirtagangga –  take the bemo to Culik.

On the way from Candi Dasa to Amlapura, near the village of Bug Bug, the road passes a small temple, Pura Gamang (Dizzy), which is on the side of the main road overlooking the coast. Most bemo and buses stop here for a moment while the driver or offsider runs over to the shrine and leaves an offering for a safe drive through the winding bends

Amlapura Market      Jln Kesatrian, Amlapura (opposite Bemo Terminal)

DIVE SHOPS IN CANDI DASA

Bali Club Diving      Jln Raya Candi Dasa East
Shangrila Beach Dive Club      Jln Puri Bagus (East)
Bambu Divers      Jln Raya Candi Dasa Central (at Pondok Bambu)
PADI Bambu Dive      Jln Raya Candi Dasa Central

 

SHOPPING IN CANDI DASA

Family Shop – Store      Jln Raya Candi Dasa East
Lucky Shop     Jln Raya Candi Dasa Central
Happy Shop      Jln Raya Candi Dasa Central
Eddy Shop      Jln Raya Candi Dasa Central
Alfamart Conv. Store      Jln Raya Candi Dasa Central
The Bottle Shop      Jln Raya Candi Dasa West
Alfamart Conv. Store      Jln Raya Candi Dasa West
Indomaret Conv. Store      Jln Raya Candi Dasa West
Lenia Art Shop      Jln Raya Candi Dasa West
ASRI Shop      Jln Raya Candi Dasa West

 

PLACES TO VISIT NEAR CANDI DASA

Teganan Bali Aga Village

This village of the Bali Aga people provides one with an insight into Balinese life before the 15th Century. Teganan is at the end of a narrow valley less than one hour’s easy walk from Candi Dasa. The villagers live in brick and mortar houses in the form of longhouses, set in three rows. Gerinsing weaving is a famous handicraft from here.

Padangbai and Kusamba

These are ferry terminals to the islands off East Bali. From Padangbai ferries cross to Lombok, where you can connect to other islands further east. There is a beautiful beach next to the ferry terminal, and a few cheap but dirty losmens. One place to stay is the Padangbai Beach Inn.

Kusamba is a much smaller port where the ferry crosses to Nusa Penida, just 100 metres off the main road.

Tirtagangga Water Palace

Earthquakes have caused repeated damage at Tirtagangga which is situated on the slopes of Mt. Agung. Fortunately the local people and government are engaged in a continual restoration programme. Stay and eat at the Dhangan Taman Inn which overlooks the pools. The water in the pools is so clear, fresh and cool you can easily spend half the day basking in the sun cultivating a tan. To get there, take the turnoff 1/2 km just before Karangasern bridge towards Singaraja.

Ujung Water Palace

On the way from Candi Dasa to Amlapura, around 2 km before the turn-off to Tirtagangga and Amed, is the turn-off on the right (Jalan Karangasem-Serayu) to the Ujung Water Palace. From the centre of Amlapura town, head south past the Bus Terminal for about 5 km.
Known by the locals as Taman Soekasada Ujung, the gardens and building were built in 1919 by the king of Karangasem. Unfortunately, similar to Tirtagangga Water Palace, much of the palace and gardens were destroyed in the eruption of Mt Agung in 1963, and the later severe tremor in 1979. Some restoration work has been done since then. Ujung Water Palace

On the way from Candi Dasa to Amlapura, around 2 km before the turn-off to Tirtagangga and Amed, is the turn-off on the right (Jalan Karangasem-Serayu) to the Ujung Water Palace. From the centre of Amlapura town, head south past the Bus Terminal for about 5 km.

Known by the locals as Taman Soekasada Ujung, the gardens and building were built in 1919 by the king of Karangasem. Unfortunately, similar to Tirtagangga Water Palace, much of the palace and gardens were destroyed in the eruption of Mt Agung in 1963, and the later severe tremor in 1979. Some restoration work has been done since then.

Putung and Selat

There are spectacular views to the coast along this rough road. Turn off at Subangan at km 78.

Klungkung

The royal families of the Majapahit Empire from East Java settled here when they fled the onslaught of Islam in the 15th Century. The ancient Kerta Gosa law courts and gardens are on the main street. The last king of Klungkung was Ida Dewa Agung Geg. He died in 1 964, having married some 40 wives and had over 100 children. In town there is a bank, post office, chemist and doctor, as well as a variety of handicraft shops. The paintings that these sell come from the village of Kamasen and are based on the paintings on the ceiling of Kerta Gosa meeting hall. The only authentic antiques are wooden doors from the Singaraja area, or the traditional sash called Songet which are very rare now. Klungkung is 41km from Denpasar. Candi Dasa is 24km further east. If travelling by colt mini-bus you may have to change here.

Amlapura

Also known as Karangasem. The western side of town was destroyed by a river of lava from the 1968 eruption of Mt Agung. The Royal Palace still stands and is open to tourists. The area is well known for its fresh fruit. On the way to Karangasem from Candi Dasa the road traverses a rift valley near the village of Bug Bug. Very spectacular scenery. Four km town past the bus terminal is the Ujung Water Palace.

Climb Mount Agung – An Active Volcano

One proven climbing route is via the village of Selat. Be sure to take a jacket, torch/flashlight, and enough food and water to last two days as none will be available after Selat. Inform the police at Selat of your plans and see them again upon descent. Your route from Selat takes you 5km along a rocky road of lava to Sebudi and on to Sangkawasa

See if you can stay the night with the priest of Pasar Agung temple, and pay for offerings for a safe journey before you go. Leave early next morning at 2-3 AM for an easy walk through a pine forest and another hour to a small glacial valley of stones with a permanent spring.

At 2,000 metres the trees thin out. At about 8 AM you should reach the 3,142 metre peak and the crater full of sand and sulphur. The descent to Sangkawasa takes six hours. Don’t forget to report to police.

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