- Goa Lawah Temple
Goa Lawah the ‘bat cave’ temple of Bali is unique and mysterious, featuring a temple complex that was built around a cave opening home to hordes of bats. The 11th century temple is one of the first landmarks that you will encounter along your way to the eastern region before entering Candidasa. Locals on pilgrimages to Besakih Temple in the Karangasem regency generally make their mid-journey stop here for brief prayers. The outer perimeter features majestic temple gates and tall shrines, while the main cave opening is loud with chirping bats even in broad daylight. Goa Lawah temple is located at Jalan Raya Goa Lawah, Pesinggahan Village, Dawan District, Klungkung.
- Lempuyang Temple
Lempuyang Temple is one of Bali’s oldest and most remote temples, but if you manage to reach here, be prepared for one of the most breathtaking temple and mountain sceneries on the island. The journey here resembles a mountain trek, with steep ascents, and comprises two parts with the main temple at 1,175 m above sea level on the peak of the namesake mountain. A steep staircase with over 1,700 steps lead up to the peak, through a forest inhabited by grey long-tailed macaques. The midway temple is sufficient for most visitors, with towering shrine and temple gate structures and dragon staircases. Lempuyang Temple is located at Karangasem district.
- Amed Beach
Amed Beach is a diver’s haven, one of the main destinations in East Bali. The coast is an hour’s drive up from the main Candidasa area, and another major dive site, Tulamben, is another 25 km north. Amed’s underwater beauty is in contrast to its overland terrain, which is arid and usually dry, and the coast features a combination of black volcanic sand and pebble beach. The coastal villages are inhabited by traditional Balinese fishermen who set their sails and wooden jukung boats out to sea in the early mornings, creating a spectacle on the horizon at sunrise. Amed is also known for its traditional salt farming still practiced until today. Amed Beach is located at Amed Village, Karangasem.
- Jemeluk Viewpoint
Jemeluk Bay, part of the coastal area of Amed, features a high viewpoint from where you can enjoy the best seascapes comprising the beach dotted with traditional jukung fishing boats, and the majestic outline of Mount Agung in the distant background. The viewpoint also features small sheltered areas and some gazebos where you can have a lazy siesta or enjoy a brief lunch before hitting the road again.
- Candidasa Lotus Lagoon
One of the focal landmarks of Candidasa is the lotus lagoon, which provides a spectacular sight with its expansive body of water filled with pink and fuchsia lotuses, and a small garden island with statues at its center. The lagoon is free to the public, and is accessible from the roadside. Across the road on a higher elevation is the temple that the area is named after, featuring twin shrines under a densely forested hillside. From here, you get a better perspective of the whole lagoon, including a glimpse of the sea and the small offshore rock formations iconic to the Candidasa seascape.