Alila Manggis is situated within the regency of Karangasem, close to the village of Candidasa. Here the local people follow a traditional lifestyle, whether it is cultivating rice, farming, fishing, weaving baskets and the famous double ikat textiles, or salt making. Various walking tours are available at Alila Manggis, taking in sights like Mount Agung, home to Bali’s mother temple at Besakih, and the spectacular terraced hillsides. Other tours can be arranged to see the traditional Bali Aga village of Tenganan, the water palaces of Tirta Gangga and Ujung, the weaving village of Sidemen, the Kerta Gosa Palace of Justice at Klungkung, and various Balinese temples. The waters east of Manggis teem with rich and diverse marine life and are home to seven wondrous dive sites.
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Nusa penida is the largest, 17km long, of 3 island the others being Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan that lie the other side of Badung Strait from Bali's East Coast. The water here is fairly cold, due to a deep upwelling south of Bali, but often startlingly clear, with gorgeous corals and prolific fish and some turtles, grey reef and silver-tip sharks. In Juli - mid November Mola-Mola, the wonderful Ocean Sunfish can be seen here.
Cooler temperatures and currents are what make the sites here so special and yet also unique. All are surrounded by healthy and abundant reefs that attract a myriad of marine species from schools of sweetlips and bannerfish to sharks and other pelagics.Padang Bay are actually eight different dive sites, the most famous is Blue Lagoon. Bottom composition is mainly sand ornate with stunning coral formations of great variety. Very common are massive table corals providing a protection to various small coral reef fish. It is perfect for divers or photographers interested in unusual marine life as curious creatures are known to frolic these waters such as nudibranchs, strange walking scorpion fish, flying gurnards, pipefish and turtles. Hidden gem in this area is dive site called The Jetty, ask about it!
USAT Liberty Shipwreck
The USA Liberty is Bali's famous diving destination. The USAT Liberty is a 125 meter long American cargo ship that was sunk by a Japanese submarine in 1941. To salvage the cargo the Americans ran the Liberty to the shore, where it sat for almost 20 years. In 1963, Mt. Agung erupted, pushing the Liberty back into the water, where she now lies on a sandy slope between 9 and 30 meters of water.
Besakih Temple (Pura Besakih) is considered by the Hindu Balinese to be their mother temple. This is the single most important temple on the whole of the island and is dramatically located on the slopes of Mount Agung. The Besakih Temple complex consists of more than 20 separate temples and numerous other smaller shrines, spread out over three kilometres.
Tenganan is perhaps one of the most secluded and conservative villages on the island of Bali. Protected by a strict code of isolationism, this original Bali Aga village has retained its unique culture and customs over the centuries. High walls surround the village, and marriage to outsiders is frowned upon. The famous double-ikat or ”Gringsing” woven cloth is made here, in a process which takes anything up to four years to complete.
Standing some 3,142 metres above sea level, Mount Agung is the highest mountain on the island and its omnipresence dominates the region. Aside from specifically hosting Pura Besakih, the mountain is of great spiritual significance to the Balinese who regard it as a fragment of mythical Mount Meru and as the seat of the Gods. No visitor can fail to be impressed by the majesty of Agung.
Tirta Gangga literally means "water from the Ganges" and it is a site of some reverence for the Hindu Balinese. Strictly speaking, the name refers to the water palace built here in 1946 by the King of Karangasem. However, it is widely used to refer to the general area which includes the water palace and some particularly stunning rural areas around.
East Bali beaches
The beaches around Candidasa are the most visited and Amed in the far east of the region is becoming increasingly popular. All the way along the south coast from Padang Bai in the west to way beyond Candidasa in the east, you will find attractive waterfront villages, some far more visited than others. Take the time to explore and understand a little of coastal life in the region. The two coves (both with white sand beaches) either side of the port town of Padang Bai are absolutely gorgeous and often remarkably free of visitors.