Karangasem Things to Do
You will see several strange looking troughs lined up along the beach. These troughs are made of palm tree trunks split in half. Seawater is put in these and left out in the hot sun so the water will evaporate. The almost dry salt is then scraped out of the troughs and put in baskets.This salt is used mostly for packing fish, not for eating.The...more
Candidasa may not have a beach now that the coral has all been destroyed but it is still worth a visit. Candidasa is a 1km strip on Bali's east coast. You will find some nice resorts in that area as well as some inexpensive bungalows.You can also engage in numerous water sports.If you just want to chill then you can do that also. There are numerous...more
Pura Lempuyang is one of Bali's extremely holy temples. It is perched on a hilltop at 768m.There are several ways to reach the temple. You can climb the 1700 steps in 2 hours or so, take the bus that is always fully packed with locals and emittes puffs of black smoke on it's way up the hill, or you can get a car and driver to take you.There are a...more
Tirtagangga was built in 1947 as a holiiday retreat for the rajah. The ornate pools are fed by a spring from the mountain. In 1963 Gunung Agung spewed the water park with lava and ash.It is still a lovely setting for relaxing, swimming, and taking photos.There are also accommodations if you don't mind paying a bit more.Open daily 6am-6pmmore
Be sure to visit Klungkung, an important historical landmark in east Bali. The kingdom fell in the battle of 1908 but the monuments and intriguing sights are still there.The floating Pavilion and the ceiling paintings are a must see.Klungkung is a small city consisting of a traffic circle and four streets. There are several shops and markets here....more
Need a massage?Want it at your place,while in Candi Dasa.Nenghah Sukartha will come to your hotel or villato give you a traditional healing thatinvolves massage and body rubs with ointments and herbsas well as a local jamu drink that he dispenses with sageadvice about taking care of your body and spirit.more
P.O.Box 129 Candidasa , Karangasem, 80801, Indonesia
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Jln. Sengkidu, Candidasa Beach, Karangasem, Bali, 80801, Indonesia
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We ate most of our meals at the restaurant located at the Blue Moon Villas where we stayed.It is a small restaurant but big on atmosphere.There have low tables with pillows placed on the floor around. You can sit there and look out to see.Komang John tries to please. He makes all the local favorites that my hubby loves. Plus he makes good veggie...more
If you happen to be visiting this beautiful area of Bali,a nice way to pamper yourself is by treating yourself to lunch or dinner at the luxurious property, Amankila.This property has been written about in several travel magazines,and has even been featured as one of the best on the Travel Channel.It’s also give you the opportunity to see what all...more
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You will need a driver
While staying at the Blue Moon Villas, you can book a car and driver for tours around the countryside, a trip into any of the small villages, or even to find an internet so you can get online.
You can also make arrangements for them to pick you up at the airport(3 hrs), Lovina, (3hrs) or Ubud(2 1/2 hrs).
We were very satisfied with each time that we used them.Related to:
- Road Trip
Roadside stand: Local fruit
As you drive along you will see stands where fruit is being sold on the roadside.
There are also fruit stands at many of the markets and outside the temples.
It is fun to try something different.
What to buy: What ever fruit is in season at the time you are there.
We bought bananas, salak, mangosteens, durian, and rambutans.
What to pay: Very inexpensiveRelated to:
- Road Trip
Karangasem Local Customs
A three-day odalan festival takes place in a village every 210 days on the anniversary of the village temple's dedication.
There is a very good chance that you will get to see a village that is decorated for a festival while you are there.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Religious Travel
Karangasem Tourist Traps
Potential risk of rip off at White...
While staying at Candi Dasa,
one of the best beaches to visit is White Beach.
You can pay to be taken by boat,
or drive there.
you will encounter the 2,000 Rh p.p. toll,
and then your on your way.
Or at least that may be what you think.
You will encounter a useless sign that says 'White Beach'
which would lead you to believe to follow the road that goes towards the water.
That same road becomes a dirt road,
and before you know it??
it's straight down hill.
So the logical thing would be to stop
and put it in reverse.
this same dirt road soon becomes a booby trap,
while your car may surely get stuck.
The same 'toll' man will offer assistance at 500,000 Rp at least,
along with two other men.
Apparently, this is a common mistake taken by tourist driving on their own.
When I asked the 'toll' man why there was not some kind of signage
indicating the correct wa...all I got was a laugh.
The actual road to White Beach does not look like a road at all.
But rather a dirt ramp, sidewalk.
So when visiting White Beach....make sure to take the road that doesn't look like one.Related to:
Karangasem What to Pack
Take your polish remover pads
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't forget your sarongs. You never know when you may want to visit a temple and you must wear proper dress. They make great cover-ups for the pool also.
Wear shoes that slip on and off easily.
Miscellaneous: I forgot to take my nail polish remover pads with me. We stopped at every shop, market, store on the east side of Bali without finding any. Either remember yours or don't wear polish.Related to:
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- Spa and Resort
Karangasem Off The Beaten Path
I’ve often heard remarks from visitors about how one does not see starving people in Bali.If you have the timeand care to look,you can travel between Amed and Candi Dasavia the seafront road.It will take longer,but in East Bali's Karangasem Regency,one witnesses one of the most impoverished regionswhere families are living below the...more
If you happen to be stayingin Candidasa or traveling on the east coast, then a stop atTanganan may be worth the visit.Just 7 km off the beaten path of Candidasa.Somewhat like the original Bali,with the exception that everyone wants to sell you something,this village is tranquil and somewhat like a 'living museum'.When you go in,you pay a small...more
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One of my favorite memories of my stay at the Blue Moon Villa is my wonderful foot massage.The guy that was to give me my message arrived by bike. He had with him a beautiful pottery foot tub. He filled it with water, drops of peppermint oil, and flower petals.While I sat soaking my feet, he massaged my neck and back. Then he poured the water...more
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