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Candi Dasa Beach, Karangasem

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Candi Dasa is a seaside town in eastern Bali that rests on the edge of a fresh water lagoon. It is popular tourist stop and is often described as a more sedate and laid back beach alternative to the teeming, nightclub filled Kuta area or the large, manicured resorts at Nusa Dua.HistoryMost sources say a fishing village was founded on the site by the 12th century and before the modern name of Candi Dasa was adopted it was known as both Teluk Kehen and Cilidasa. There is a temple near the lagoon, with a statue of the fertility goddess Hariti surrounded by a group of children, and cilidasa translates from Balinese as "ten children", so many Balinese who want to have children go on pilgrimage to this place. The modern name is thought to be a corruption of this older name. The town began to catch on as a tourist destination in the 1970s, since there is good snorkelling and diving in the area and the town provides easy access to other destinations in eastern Bali.Beach erosionIn the 1970s and 1980s, the area received a large amount of investment in tourism and a construction boom. To fuel the construction of beach bungalows, new homes and restaurants, the offshore reef was mined for lime to make cement and other construction materials. This removed the coastal barrier that had protected the beach which was undermined and washed away. Local hotel owners constructed a series of t-shaped groins jutting out into the water in an attempt to preserve the beach, with mixed results.DivingCandidasa is a great spot for snorkeling and diving. There are three islands just of the coast: Gili Tepekong, Gili Mimpang and - a bit further north-east, Gili Biaha. All three offer excellent diving, especially for more experienced divers. Currents can be quite strong and surprising, but most of the dive centres in Candidasa are trust-worthy. Other dive sites include the Jetty (in between Candidasa and Padang Bai), which is a paradise for macro fans.
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  • Candi Dasa Beach, If you have trip to east Bali past this beach is located in the south. This is one of the best dive sites in Bali, such as crystal clear water and ornamental fish and nice coral reef...  more »
  • Just stop by to update my trip. Found pantai cinta with love sign near the pond. Nice breeze and relax in the gazebo  more »
  • A very friendly but the town has the look that it was once vibrant but now very rundown there is no beach at all at high tide due to greedy developers dynamiting the coral reef that protected the whit...  more »

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The primary places to stay in Karangasem lie next to the sea. Take the coastal road east from Manggis to find luxury resorts and spas, offering sea views and modern amenities at relatively high prices. The eastern peninsula provides something to suit all tastes and boasts a range of simple hotels and rental apartments.
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