The surprisingly beautiful Candidasa

Bali – Australia’s best-kept secret

Sunset over Amed
Sunset over Amed

 

I’m in the process of researching next year’s winter sojourn, a 3-week motor biking holiday around Bali.

Although I technically won’t be on a motorbike. I’m requesting an automatic Honda Scoopy scooter with hello kitty stickers on it.

 

The surprisingly beautiful Candidasa
The surprisingly beautiful Candidasa

 

Anyway it got me reminiscing.

 

Bali caught me by surprise. It was a destination that I’d long written off as for package tourists, not real travellers.

 

Seminyak street art
Seminyak street art

 

Our first day, spent walking the streets of trendy Seminyak didn’t do much to change my preconceived ideas. It was like a hot and humid North Fitzroy, great for Instagram filtered photos but not so good for Indonesian food.

 

It took us all day to find this restaurant serving only Indonesian food. By that stage I couldn’t resist filtering the bejesus out of it.
It took us all day to find this restaurant serving only Indonesian food. By that stage I couldn’t resist filtering the bejesus out of it.

 

But once we got out of the south we were pleasantly surprised. The traffic cleared, green countryside appeared and we started to genuinely like Bali.

 

A view of fishing boats coming back to shore from the coast road between Amed to Candidasa.
A view of fishing boats coming back to shore from the coast road between Amed to Candidasa. And a view of my Honda Scoopy from our last trip.

 

We only spent 5 days tripping around the eastern most tip of the island, staying in Candidasa and Amed but we saw enough to warrant a more extensive trip.

 

View of Gunung Agung from Amed
View of Gunung Agung from Amed.  That’s a real volcano!

 

And with it being only a 6-hour flight it’s technically only a day jaunt away.

Fishing boats on the beach in Amed
Fishing boats on the beach in Amed

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