Head east from Denpasar and you’re on your way into some of the most appealing parts of the island. On your way, you can enjoy a stop at the Bali Safari and Marine Park, only a short detour off the main road leading east. Here you can discover the amazing native wildlife of Bali along with other animal species that are part of conservation and breeding programs.
About an hour and a half drive up the coast, you’ll find the town of Candi Dasa. It offers a virgin beach environment with little to no development, and a very relaxed, peaceful way of life.
From here, there are many attractions within a short distance, including Lempuyang Temple, an incredibly old structure that is so remote, it’s a genuine hike to get there. For those willing to go the distance, the reward is nothing short of spectacular, with spires reaching to the sky, overlooking absolutely stunning mountain passes.
Much of Bali is known for spectacularly structured rice paddies, and some of the most beautiful examples are found in the east, around Tirta Gangga. In fact, it’s here where you’ll find the famed water palace, featuring numerous fountains and pools amidst a stunning garden setting. This is a beautiful location for a day communing with nature.
The east is also home to one of Bali’s more active volcanoes, Mount Agung, which last sent a plume of smoke into the air in November 2017, and has certainly made its presence felt on Bali flights.
Also to be considered for your east Bali experience is a visit to the Bali Aga at Tenganan. Very much a traditional Bali village, Tenganan is one of the few that still adheres to the pre-Majapahit Balinese culture.
Much about this location is distinctly different to other Balinese towns and villages, from the architecture to the strict social order that is observed. For that reason alone, it is absolutely worth a visit to experience truly authentic Balinese life, and it may be recommended to arrange your travel to the village with a professional guide to ensure you make the most of your time with due respect to the local customs, traditions and laws.