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If you’re looking to escape to an idyllic tropical paradise for a few days, Candidasa might just be the place for you. Situated in the east of Bali, Candidasa has been touted by some as the pearl of Bali.
It’s easy to see how it earned this reputation. A treasure trove of Balinese temples and hidden beaches, this former fishing village has all the amenities you need for the perfect vacation…without the need to jostle with crowds.
Continue reading to find out what’s in store in Candidasa!
P.S. If you are coming with your family, you may want to consider these beachfront villas with private pool!
1. Discover the unique bamboo house – Rumah Bambu Pengalon
Trust us, we’re as surprised as you that there’s so many amazing things to be discovered around Candidasa – and Rumah Bambu Pengalon just might be the cherry on top.
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Although this project has been cancelled, Rumah Bambu Pengalon is still a unique construction of beautifully architectured bamboo houses worth visiting.
Initially planned as the venue for a music festival, Bali Unite, the views here are surprisingly incredible with a small and beautifully clear lake just around the area.
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Another instagram-worthy location, finding Rumah Bambu Pengalon might be a little confusing, but it will definitely be worth your journey.
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Have you always wanted to know what the inside of Charlie’s Chocolate Factory looked like? Well, you don’t need a Golden Ticket to get to this
Charlie’s Charly’s Chocolate Factory.
The only difference is, this chocolate factory was not built by an eccentric Willy Wonka, but by an American Expat named…(surprise, surprise!) Charly.
15 minutes away from Candidasa, this cluster of wacky bamboo houses situated at the end of Jasri beach look a little out of place. In fact, some visitors even compare the quirky infrastructure to a smurf’s hut!
Here, they sell healthy raw dark chocolate made from cocoa beans grown on the island. Be prepared for some chocolate tasting as the staff brings you around on a sampling tour.
How could you resist a snack that is both decadent, and guilt-free?
In Charly’s Chocolate Factory, there is also a small soap studio where you can purchase delicious smelling handmade soaps.
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Best of all, there even is a giant swing outside, where you can have fun with your little ones. Swing yourself towards the ocean, or take an instagram photo to end this scintillating tour that engages all your senses!
3. Find nirvana in your Candidasa haven
Candidasa is also known to have a plethora of affordable beachfront resorts, where you pay 2-3 star price for a 4-star experience.
Also read -> 13 incredible Bali’s beachfront stays for under $100
Try Bali Palms Resort, Segara Wangi Beach Cottages or Pondok Bambu Seaside Bungalows, all for under $50!
If you can spend a couple of bucks more, our recommended choice would be Nirwana Resort & Spa.
It’s only a stone’s throw away from the ocean, and boasts picturesque views of the mountains. There’s also a restaurant that’s right by the infinity pool where you can spend days just lazing and watching the drifting clouds.
Best of all, cocktails can also be delivered right to you, as you laze by the infinity pool, gazing out at the gorgeous views of ocean, and mountains.
But of course, we’d advise you get the most out of your time in Candidasa – and leave this nirwana – to check out all the activities above for the perfect island getaway you’ve always wanted!
4. Uncover a hidden tropical paradise – Pasir Putih Beach
Pasir Putih, which translates to White Beach, is one of the most idyllic beaches in Bali. Tucked away in a village named Perasi, you’ll have to make a 90-minute drive from Denpasar, the capital.
The scenic view is definitely worth venturing through the rocky trails though. Besides, it’s always fun to take the path less travelled!
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The aquamarine water and pristine white shores are relatively untouched by civilization, aside from a small stretch of local restaurants, better known as Warungs.
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Because of its secluded location, you’ll never have to worry about jostling with tourists for space.
Simply take a dip in the aquamarine water whenever you want, rent a lounge chair to soak up the sun, or indulge in some delicious local food at a Warung.
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Experience this exquisite stretch of sand, before it becomes a popular tourist spot.
And if you revel in secluded tropical paradises, check out our previous story on hidden beaches in Bali!
5. Witness Balinese villagers honor their God of War – Makare-kare Festival
If you happen to visit Candidasa in June, you should make sure to participate in a ceremony known as Mekare-kare.
Also known as Perang Pandan, it’s an annual theatrical fight amongst Balinese men to honor the God of War as well as their ancestors.
This tradition is unique to the village of Tenganan, and the event lasts a month long. During this period, all villagers will dress in traditional Tenganan clothing.
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All males, from young to old, will participate in Mekare-kare by fighting with an opponent. Dressed in just a sarong, two men at a time fight on a central stage…armed with (surprisingly sharp-edged) Pandan leaves and straw shields.
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The purpose of the ceremony is to draw blood from the opponent, so as to honor the God of War. As they fight, there will be a cacophony of sounds – the excited cheers of the other villagers, the native Gamelan music of the Tenganan village, and the grunts of the men fighting…
This match usually lasts less than a minute, and the next match continues until all the males in the village have participated.
Boys, if you’re feeling up for it, you can also participate. Otherwise, sitting amongst the villagers and cheering is also quite the experience!
After the ceremony, all the wounds are treated with traditional medicine – made from turmeric, ginger, coconut oil and other herbs – which the villagers believe to have powerful healing powers. (These Tenganese villagers have really preserved their ancient traditions well!)
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During this festival, there is also a traditional ferris wheel made entirely out of wood for children to play with. If you have children, this would truly be an extraordinary experience for them. Afterall, how many of us can say we’ve sat on a handmade ferris wheel?
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Making a visit to to the ancient village of Tenganan in June to experience one of the most exciting village customs will definitely be an enriching experience – as well as indelible memory that you will not be able to replicate elsewhere.
6. Visit (and even stay!) in a holy water palace – Tirta Gangga Water Palace
While we’ve already mentioned one water palace, we simply had to add this in.
Tirta Gangga Water Palace will pleasantly surprise you with its incredible architecture and design – and the cultural significance behind it.
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A unique mix of Balinese and (surprisingly) Chinese architecture, you are sure to get some of your favourite holiday snaps here. Constructed in 1948 by the last King of Karangasem, Tirta Gangga is royal magnificence come to life.
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Tirta Gangga (which also means water from the Ganges), is regarded as sacred to the Balinese Hindus – and the holy water of Tirta Gangga is regularly used for religious temple ceremonies.
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With a maze of beautiful pools surrounding the palace, and many fountains (notably, the lovely 11-tiered fountain), sacred ceremonies with colourful processions are often held here – and you just might be able to catch one happening when you visit!
Ps: If you’re interested, villas are available for rent, and you’ll get to swim in the pool (with holy water) too!
7. Treat your eyes to a visual feast – Taman Ujung Water Palace
Be amazed by the grandeur of this royal abode the moment you step foot on its grounds.
Built in 1919, Taman Ujung Water Palace, also known as the Karangasem palace – was once the recreation and relaxation site of the King of Karangasem.
Here, endless lush tropical verdure mark out the parameters of the palace, bringing visitors a sense of calm and tranquility.
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If you’re observant enough, you will realize that the water palace incorporates elements from Chinese, European and Balinese culture. One of the key features of the palace are the three large ponds, connected by the long elegant European bridges (what great lengths the Balinese royalty go to for relaxation time… ;p).
While you’re here, take some time to wander around the grounds of the palace, and be transported to a Bali of another time. Additionally, check out the deer roaming the compounds too!
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Although you most probably won’t be able to tell, this palace was almost completely destroyed from the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963 and a subsequent earthquake in 1979. Restoration works are now almost complete and the palace is a favourite spot where Balinese couples take their wedding photographs.
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While you may not be here on honeymoon, or here to take your wedding photos, you need no excuse to take beautiful pictures with your family and friends when you’re in such a beautiful place!
If you’re feeling more adventurous, you could also climb up the stairs for a bird’s eye view of the palace and the ocean. Truly, the view will be worth it.