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East Bali Travel Guide

  
 
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East Bali is a region of Bali, Indonesia.

East Bali is a large region with natural habitat ranging from lush forests and black sand beaches to barren gravel plains and an active volcano.

The south coast is home to the popular seaside resort town of Candidasa and ferries to Lombok at Padang Bai.

Mighty Mount Agung, Bali's highest volcano, looms large over the whole of East Bali and hosts Bali's holiest of temples, Pura Besakih.

The climate is noticeably drier in low lying areas of East Bali than in the rest of the island, because it is in the lee of Mount Agung. On the slopes of Mount Agung (especially) and at Kintamani it gets distincly cold. Plan accordingly.

In the far east, Amed is an increasingly popular and ever charming stretch of coast.

The pools at Tirta Gangga Water Place are a wonderful public bathing facility and a great way to freshen yourself up in the heat of the day.

East Bali offers numerous walking and trekking opportunities. The serious trekker will find climbing Mount Agung extremely rewarding. Mount Batur is an easy two hour climb and is one of the easiest accessed of all the active volcanoes in Indonesia. There are lots of other very scenic hiking routes through the region.

Many of Bali's best dive spots are in this region and include a notable wreck dive at Tulamben and very rewarding reef dives at Amed, Candidasa and Padang Bai. Non-divers should not feel left out with each of those locations also offering excellent snorkeling.

There is a laid back beach bar scene in Candidasa, Padang Bai and Amed but do not expect too much in terms of live music. Everything will stop quite early.

Eating fish is a very wise choice in this region as just about the whole of the coastline here is populated by traditional fishing communities. A local speciality in the Candidasa area is satay lilit, minced fish satay served on a lemongrass stick. Look for streetside vendors.






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