Amsterdam view from Amsterdam Tower

Amsterdam view from Amsterdam Tower
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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Candi Dasa, Bali - Go & Explore!

Where else should we stay in Bali… I felt like exploring a new area that I had never been to, quiet and far from tourist buzz. It was the law of attraction. Mr. Right wished for the same thing. Another law of attraction, by talking to a friend, we would be in Bali for the same few days. 

View in front of Candi Dasa, Bali

Thanks to Nijsen family, we were introduced to Candi Dasa. It is near to where we stayed in the previous day, Padangbai (Tranquil bay, Padangbai) - Candi Dasa, Bali

"Just drive along the main road, you will see a pool on the right side, drive a little bit more until the main road turning left and.. bla bla bla...."

Candi Dasa main road

Restaurant along Candi Dasa main road

What's in Candi Dasa main road

Restaurant next to lotus pond, Candi Dasa

That's the instruction given to reach the gorgeous villa facing Candi Dasa beach"... Anyway, we passed "the pool" which apparently to be a lotus pond. 

Lotus pond, Candi Dasa

Candi Dasa is situated in Karangasem district Bali, the area that I had never been to.  It is around 90 minute drive from the airport.  

Government elementary school, Candi Dasa Main Road
This seaside town is growing, some hotels, restaurants and shops were established along the main road of Candi Dasa.
Jump for the lovely sunset!


Let the pics tell everything… Gorgeous moments during sunset in Candi Dasa…

Gorgeous sunset, Candi Dasa

Sunset, Candi Dasa

The weirdest thing happened? It is one in a ten million ---- It was almost sunset, I was standing behind the fence of the pier looking at a guy who was fishing. He pulled his string with a big squid! Lucky him, squid for dinner!

Red circle: a squid squirted on me!
I was wrong! The squid defended himself by squirting his ink. Quickly, the black ink squirted toward me who was standing quite far away!! 

Just before sunset, Amankila, Candi Dasa

Lovely rainbow on before the sunset was the perfect Valentine’s present ever!

Valentine's rainbow was seen from Amankila, Candi Dasa
Pasir Putih (White Sand) Beach 

One morning we rented a boat and eight of us (four adults, one teenager and two kids) boarded to Pasir Putih. Leaving Candi Dasa, we were welcomed by big waves, splash, splash, wooo... Hari ini ombaknya bagus, kemarin lebih besar lagi, the guy said.  He, captain of this wooden boat took us passing the big island for sightseeing…  This boat can also be rented to go Blue Lagoon in Padangbai for snorkeling/diving (15 minute drive by car). 

Pasir Putih from far...
Pasir Putih beach can also be reached by car, five kilometers north east of Candi Dasa. But I was told the road is not smooth. It took us around twenty minutes until we saw the five hundred meter long, isolated, beautiful white sand beach - pasir putih... is known as one of East Bali's well-kept secrets.  

Pasir Putih, Candi Dasa, Bali
There is plenty of small wooden boat along the shore, and a few small restaurants on (warung) the beach. They offer local cuisine and seafood, as well as sunbeds and umbrellas for rent provided we buy food there. Shower and changing room are also available.  

Pasir Putih, Candi Dasa, Bali
As soon as we arrived, a group of men assisted the boat guy to position the boat well, helped us to walk to warungs and even carried our belongings...
We settled in a warung belongs to Wayan, Balinese guy who is running this business with his wife.

Fresh coconut & umbrella @ Pasir Putih
A fresh of young coconut was a good way to start sunbathing… Sun, white beach, waves, umbrella by the beach,… Balinese women offer massage/manicure/pedicure or "kepang" hairstyle (hair braids) walked around the beach…

So relax… Pasir putih, please remain virgin...

Tirta Gangga Water Palace

Other than water sports activities, Candi Dasa has other interesting attraction such as Tirta Gangga Water Palace. In fact, this site is ranked number one in Candi Dasa main attractions according to TripAdvisor.

Tirta Gangga, Water Palace, Karangasem, Bali
Literally Tirta Gangga means water from the Ganges. It is a site of some reverence for the Hindu Balinese. Strictly, the name refers to the water palace built here in 1948 by the King of Karangasem Bali.

The palace area is not very huge but it nice to walk around, run on stepping stones and see the fishes, take pics and even to swim in the open swimming pool...

Tirta Gangga, Water Palace, Karangasem, Bali
An old lady selling local fruit called Salak, or it is known as snakeskin fruit. She did not have change when my friend ‘Ida’ gave her Rp50,000 note. So, she told us to pay the entrance tickets first, eat her Salaks and pay later when we get out the palace. Only in Bali… Terima kasih Ibu, Salaknya manis...


Thanks to TripAdvisor, we found Vincent's ( where we dined in our first evening in Candi Dasa.  Without having any reservation, we could sit outdoor at the backyard tropical garden.
Fresh squid, prawn & lobster
Jukut Urap Bali as appetizer (Balinese salad?) and big prawn with bean (prawn with les haricots verts) in Balinese herbs as main course were perfect. Sedap! Enak! Yummy! Miam!

Being in Bali means eating local food! Returning home, after being away from Indonesia, means gaining a few kilos! But that’s partly the beauty of returning home…

Psst… honestly I only started to like Balinese food in the last few years, when my friends introduced me to Nasi Campur Bali (Balinese Mixed Rice) and Sambal Matah (Balinese raw sambal/chili). Since then, Nasi Campur Bali has become my favorite. 

Balinese cuisine; bebek betutu, urap vegetable, sate lilit, etc
Most of our stay, we dined at the villa. Candi Dasa; seaside = fresh seafood! 

Pertamina oil port - tankers, view from the high hill of Candi Dasa

Go and explore! That’s what we did in our last vacation in Bali. By exploring new areas, we got to see new things and have new experience...

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Domestic airport, Ngurah Rai Airport, Denpasar, Bali - under renovation

Next posting? It is still related to Indonesia as travel destination...

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