Exploring East Bali by Car or Boat


Your stay at Villa Nilaya Bali can be complemented by exploring the areas of East Bali which offer an exciting array of adventurous and cultural pursuits. Here are some ideas, but please talk to us for details to tailor your trip to your time and special interests.


OM181236 Bali White Beach Boat Trip8A few kilometres further to the East after Candi Dasa, this sandy beach is popular for beach walking and swimming Beach warungs (local food outlet) serve fresh seafood. Our driver can drop you here and either wait or pick you up at an agreed time. You can stop in Candi Dasa along the way.

Hundreds of colourful fishing boats line the coves and bays, many offering their services for a small charge to take you out for a bracing trip, from where you’ll enjoy the best views across to the volcanic peaks of Mt Agung and Batur.

Dive wreck snorkelling and diving are available within easy swimming distance from the shore at Tulamben and Amed. If you’re a little unsure, or a first-timer, you could hire the services of a dive or snorkeling buddy, for just a few dollars to keep you company and point you in the right direction ( I always do that!), and our driver will be able to make this an easy day-trip for you.

For more adventurous divers, the islands in front of Villa Nilaya – Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan – offer fantastic underwater adventures, and you can take a local outrigger across there for the day from the front of the villa.

Don’t want to go that far ? Pick up the boat anyway and take a joyride along the coastline towards Candi Dasa… it’s a lovely way to spend the afternoon.
If cultural activities attract you, then don’t miss the water palace gardens of Tirtagangga and Ujung, 30-45 minutes from the villa. Formerly belonging to the kings of this region, they are botanical splendours, and we can arrange a special meal for you here if you wanted to do something really romantic!

And speaking of Romance .. why not consider Villa Nilaya Bali as the venue for your wedding, if not your honeymoon ? Its seductive interior is a perfect location for celebrations and we can work in conjunction with the local 5-star resort hotel to cater for your every need.. just ask us !

Perhaps what Villa Nilaya Bali does best of all is provide you with the beautiful surroundings to just be still, to experience Nature at close hand, to enjoy the interactions with the village people, who once greeted are very happy to walk on, leaving you to enjoy their island in peace.
We hope you’ll come and enjoy our hospitality soon.

DAY TRIP to AMED snorkelling, diving, and scenic vies along the Seraya coast

DAY TRIP to UBUD shopping, galleries, culture, restaurants,


Start around 8.30 and take as long as you like on this extensive tour of spiritually significant sites including the bustling town of Ubud, where handicrafts, particularly wooden objects, are extensively available, and a great place to explore restaurants of every description.

Besakih Temple is the most ancient and most important temple in Bali – an extensive complex of 23 temples which is easily enjoyed on your own – the services of a guide not being essential.

KUTA FULL-DAY TOUR including Kuta, Nusa Dua, Uluwatu and Jimbaran Bay

This is a tour which can start around 8.30 am and take as long as you like. You’ll visit the shopping hub of Kuta, Nusa Dua, the dramatic cliffs at the southern surf mecca of the island at Uluwatu and picturesque Jimbaran Bay. Your driver will be able to recommend restaurants in each location should you decide to make it a restaurant tour too!

BANGLI FULL-DAY TOUR including Sideman, Bamboo Garden, Lake Batur

This beautiful day trip takes you into some of the most picturesque mountain scenery of central and East Bali. The rice fields of SIDEMAN are those which usually appear on the postcards, while BANGLI is a mountain village specialising in fine metal work and the making of excellent kitchen knives (we have some available for sale from our display cabinet).  The mountain temple of TIRTA SARI is not far away towards the beautiful region of TAMPAKSIRING offering many temple and sites of spiritual significance. Speak to your driver about your areas of special interest and drive leisurely though this region to enjoy the true experience of Bali life.


OM170676 Bali Royal Bathing PoolsAmlapura is the regional capital of East Bali’s Karangasem regency and offers the visitor relaxed local covered markets and an opportunity to experience authentic Balinese regional life. Along the way visit the royal water palaces of TIRTA GANGGA (literally ‘Water of the Ganges’) and the site of a holy temple, and TAMAN UJUNG built by the last king of Karangasem, and subsequently damaged by earthquake. A part of old palace is surrounded by ponds and terraces and perhaps stop to visit the WHITE SAND BEACH on the way home.

TENGANAN – BALI AGA VILLAGE  In addition to these destinations, those closer to Villa Nilaya include the VILLAGE OF TENGENAN, a Bali aga village ( where original Balinese customs still practiced), where local textile production includes the beautiful double-ikat, which you can see being woven onlooms in the village houses. Local guides will show you around and an entrance donation is requested. Tengenana is a ten minute drive from Villa  Nilaya.


A Small local fishing  outrigger  boat can take you snorkelling around the local waters and beauty spots including the White sand Beach and Blue Lagood or all the way across the Straits to Nusa Penida.

Villa Nilaya, Candidasa, a piece of paradise in North East Bali

Villa Nilaya, Candidasa, a piece of paradise in North East Bali

HarryIsra Perth, Australia

Amazing, stunning, wonderful, fantastic, words do not do justice to my 6 day stay at Villa Nilaya.
As I first walked through the front entrance I was prepared for something special but was amazed at the beauty of the Villa, it exceeded my expectations.
The open design, expansive rooms, clean lines, the beautiful works of art and ornaments, this is Bali at its best.

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