Bali Island

Not too many people make it up to Candi Dasa. You could say that it’s quite a shame many people are missing out on such a slow paced tropical hideaway. Or on the flipside you could argue that because not many people get there, it remains a tropical hideaway.

I’ve stayed there several times – granted, I didn’t do much more than sunbathe, read a book, wander through the few shops and wile away a sunny afternoon at a local cafe, but that’s what holidays are all about – relaxing.

Candi Dasa (pronounced Chandi Dasa, although Candi does sound sweet and appealing) made it onto the tourist map of Bali back in the 1970’s as a good dive and snorkelling spot.

There’s not so much of a beach here but beautiful views looking over the ocean. Snorkelling and diving are good options for day trips at sea or inland it’s a good place to base yourself to explore North East Bali.

As a general rule, tourists stay two or three nights here and the rest of their time at one of the main beach areas Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua etc) or else continue travelling around exploring Bali with stops in Lovina and Ubud.