Candi Dasa, or often Candidasa is a seaside town on the eastern coast of Bali that rests on the edge of a freshwater lagoon, named Candi Dasa Lagoon. Most 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 (Bay of Fire) and Cilidasa. It is thought that the temple near the lagoon, with a statue of the fertility goddess Hariti surrounded by a group of children is the origin of the name cilidasa which translates from Balinese as "ten children". Many Balinese who want to have children go on pilgrimage to this temple to pray. The town began to catch on as a tourist destination in the 1970s. The diving and snorkeling in the area brought many tourists and the village began to grow. Hotels, villas, and restaurants popped up along the main strip, and in more recent years, atms, health clinics, and mini marts are also found here. Apart from great diving and snorkeling, the town provides easy access to other destinations in eastern Bali. Top sights to visit while in Bali are Jalan Raya Candidasa, Besakih Temple, Mount Agung, Balai Gili, Tirta Gangga, etc.
There are private airport transfers and other logistics services available for you to move around the city conveniently. There are also different tour packages to indulge in when visiting the city. With sightseeing tours in Candidasa, you can go snorkeling at the Blue Lagoon, explore the Ubud area, have lunch at a seaside restaurant, pamper your eyes with the view of Lempuyang temple and visit the Gili Islands. The water sports and cruise tours are best for enjoying the city's water bodies. You will learn more about Candidasa's beliefs and myths on these cultural themed tours.
The fun does not stop there. Outdoor activities like hiking and touring Bali's natural wonders are great things to do in Candidasa.