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Candidasa is a tourist spot a little bit further from the southern crowd. The accommodation here is quite upmarket compared to other popular places around Bali. It is a perfect place to spend a nice relaxing holiday with your family or to spend a romantic moment on your honeymoon.

Candidasa Beach

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An important note is that unfortunately, due to erosion, there is no longer any decent beaches around Candidasa however all of the resorts offer large swimming pools if that is what you are after.

Candidasa does however provide excellent diving opportunities with several rocky islands to dive again and again. It is maybe one of the best diving spots around Bali for big pelagic fishes, hunting action and sharks!

In this page you will find practical information to plan a scuba diving trip to Candidasa:

Where to stay?

I usually use this website to book in advance my hotels in Candidasa as they usually have the lowest rates I find. I like it because it's free to cancel and change the dates.

Candidasa has the reputation of an upmarket somewhat classy destination compared to Kuta. Accommodation here offer luxury, often with stunning sea views and splendid Balinese gardens.

Some of the Hotels and diving resorts around Candidasa:

  • Le 48, Zen & Happy Rezort
  • Amarta Beach Inn Bungalows
  • Nirwana Resort and Spa
  • Candi Beach Cottage
  • Bali Shangrila Beach Club
  • Royal Bali Beach Club at Candidasa
  • D’Tunjung Resort & Spa
  • Balina Beach Bungalows

Like everywhere in Bali you will also find a large range of guesthouses and homestays to suit every kind of budget and comfort.

Health and Safety

If you are planning an upcoming dive trip or travelling to Candidasa, it is a really good idea to invest in travel insurance for scuba diving, because you never know what could happen and when you might need it (because accidents do happen!). I recommend this diving insurance as they offer worldwide coverage and focus on providing scuba divers a quality insurance and medical assistance service.

Where is Candidasa located in the world?

Candidasa is located on the North side of the Amuk Bay. Padangbai is just a few kilometres more South.

See the map below.

Candidasa Map

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How to get to Candidasa?

Candidasa is accessible via the main road of the island directly from the South of Bali. It takes about 3 hours to drive there from the Ngurah Rai International Airport of Denpasar or South Bali depending on the traffic.

The best way to go there is by hiring a car/van with a driver (about 200000 IDR to 350000 IDR from the Airport/South Bali, but don’t be afraid to bargain!). You can also reach Candidasa by local transport but it will take some time (and will make for an interesting journey).

Getting Around

There are four inhabited small islands close to Candidasa easily accessible by diving boats:

These Three islands are terrific scuba dive sites and among the best diving in Bali but is for experienced divers only. See the scuba diving section for more information.

Candidasa Beach Ceremony

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Candidasa Photos

Scuba diving

You will find all information about sea life, best time to visit, top dive spots, etc. in our review: Candidasa Diving

Diving Reviews for this region


It is all about action! Big pelagic fishes, hunting action in the current, and many Sharks! Regular seeing of Hammerhead Sharks and Mola Mola!

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  1. Having visited Bali for over 20 years, Candi Dasa was not really our dream holiday destination. However, our first trip quite recently changed our view.

    We are fortunate to experience Candi Dasa the 5-star way. Staying at Villa Dahlia, an oceanfront high end boutique villa which is a stone throw away from The Alila where we hung out when we felt like stepping out. They also offer amazing spa, a fabulous culinary journey through cooking class and dining experience. We did ricefield trekking nearby and was fascinated with the cleanliness of the area and the Alila Organic farm is a must stop. We then had a lovely local lunch at Joglo, the next day we also tried Lotus Seaview in Candi Dasa. Both are really good cafes serving local food but there are some thing for everyone, not all of them are spicy stuff. Dinner at Vincents, offering fushion kind of cuisine exceeds the expectation. My boys did a fishing expedition and came back with some catch of the day for chilling and grilling by the pool.

    We can’t fit in everything in 5 days with activities that must be done at Candi Dasa, famously known for best spots for diving or mountain climbing. We don’t really want to come home and feel like we need another holiday.

    Highly recommend the places I stated above. Better safe than sorry so advance bookings are always essential, except at Joglo and Lotus Seaview cafes. Eventhough they can be quite busy but they don’t seem to be overly crowded.

    If you book in advance, most likely the establishments can provide you with free-pick up and drop off services, if you stay locally.

    If you are a frequent consumer of alcohol, Bali has produced local wines. Look for Hatten or Two Islands. We prefer Two Islands eventhough produced by same company. Unlike Hatten that uses homegrown grapes, Two Island uses Aussie grapes but processed in Bali.

    Our stay in Candi Dasa was bloody bagus, mates!

  2. I absolutely love your website.. Great colors & theme.
    Did you build this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m planning to create my very own website and would love to learn where you got this from or exactly what the theme is named. Cheers!

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