Candidasa and eastern Bali has the most natural beauty on Bali, combined with great beaches, interesting sights and plenty of history. Our Insiders Guide will help you with what you shouldn't miss.
4 EXPERIENCES YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS
Indisputedly, eastern Bali has the most beautiful scenery on the island, and many of the most historical sights as well. It is the relatively undiscovered jewel in Bali's crown and we are fortunate to be in close proximity to most of the area's worthwhile sights. RICE FIELD TREKKING The best rice field trekking is near Tenganan, about 3 kms away from central Candidasa. It's best to do it in the early morning when it's not too hot, and the farmers are in the lands ploughing and planting - it makes for great photos. It's easiest to start at the rice fields and walk down to Tenganan. TIRTAGANGGA Supposedly built as a folly by the king of Karangasem for his mistress (who never actually got to see it), this enchanting water palace - with the biggest koi you've ever seen - is well worth a visit. Take your costume as there are beautiful clear mountain-water stone pools to swim in. KINTAMANI Kintamani is the area that surrounds Mount Agung. Because of the high rainfall and altitude, and its relative remoteness, it has a very different feel from the rest of the island. More of a drive than an actual destination, it has some of the most beautiful scenery in Bali. PURA BESAKIH Not known as Bali's Mother Temple for nothing, a visit to Besakih is very worthwhile. You should put aside a day as it takes about 90 minutes to get there (through magnificent scenery, so it's not a hardship). There's lots to see when you're there and the views of the volcano, Mt Agung, are incredible.