Candidasa Area

The quiet seaside village of Candidasa boasts a rich heritage close to many of Bali's most important historical landmarks, ancient kingdoms and palaces. This beautiful, undeveloped area is set in the Island’s eastern regency of Karangasem, well away from the excesses of mainstream tourism, with Mt Agung, Bali’s most sacred and mystical volcano, providing a dramatic backdrop to the scene.

The beach at Candidasa is sandy and golden, albeit narrow due to erosion. There is however, a beautiful beach known as Pasir Putih five kilometres to the east and snorkelling and diving off Candidasa is good with some excellent sites close to the shore and accessible by local boat.

During the early 1980s it was thought that the seaside community of Candidasa might compete with Kuta as the island’s premier beach destination. This somewhat forlorn hope was fostered by an ever-growing river of tourists to the quiet little village. Unfortunately these visitors had sought out Candidasa in order to get away from the hubbub of Kuta and Legian. Once the locals built Kuta-style bars, restaurants, money changers sarong shops and reggae bars, the solitude-seeking visitors stayed away in droves.

The Aman group of resorts had recognized the area’s potential a number of years ago and built an exclusive and very private resort on a cliff-side a little to the south of Candidasa. More recently the Alila hotel group opened a property along the coast.

The building of the East/West Bypass, which has almost reached Candidasa itself, has cut travel time to just about an hour from Sanur and plans are afoot to build a harbour and terminal for international cruise ships that dock in the area.

As a result, individuals and developers have been taking another look at the area in recent years, since it offers a pristine stretch of coastline, is suddenly only an hour to the airport, and offers stunning views and affordable land prices.

To the north, Amed offers arguably the best diving and snorkeling on the island, and the fish served at the many little restaurants puts Jimbaran to shame both in freshness and in price.

There are already a number of extremely popular boutique hotels in the area, some very attractive villas, and in the season, it’s hard to find accommodation, and you will hear as much French spoken as you will hear English or even Indonesian.

A few kilometres along the coast to the northwest from Amed, Tulamben is something different entirely, for it’s sited at the foot of Mount Agung, Bali’s biggest volcano. The environment is starkly beautiful with lava flows that stretch from the summit to the shore.

Tulamben has long been famous throughout the world because of the extraordinary diving to be experienced on a sunken cargo ship that’s just a stone’s throw from the shore. More recently colonies of extremely rare sea creatures which inhabit the area’s sandy sea bottom have acted as a magnet to underwater photography enthusiasts.

This is one part of the island where beachfront land is still affordable, though it should be noted that being so close to the volcanoes, most of the beaches are dark in color.

CANDIDASA AREA PROPERTIES

1km beach frontage in Tulamben

REF#: L584

Location: Candidasa
Land Size: 240398 m2
Views: Beach/Cliff front, Mountain, Ocean
Title: Freehold
List Price (IDR): Upon request
Equivalent (USD): Upon request

Architectural Digest beachfront

REF#: V251

Location: Candidasa
Bedrooms: 6
Views: Beach/Cliff front, Mountain, Ocean, R...
Title: Freehold
List Price (USD): Upon request
Equivalent (IDR): Upon request

Amed beachfront, diver's paradise

REF#: V437

Location: Candidasa
Bedrooms: 5
Views: Beach/Cliff front, Mountain, Ocean
Title: Freehold
List Price (USD): Upon request
Equivalent (IDR): Upon request