History

Until the 1970s, Candidasa was a quiet little fishing village. From the end of that decade, beachside losmen (small Balinese hotels) and restaurants sprang up and suddenly this stretch of coast became a tourism hotspot. As the facilities developed, the beach eroded – unthinkingly, offshore barrier-reef corals were harvested to produce lime for cement in the orgy of construction that took place – and by the late 1980s Candidasa was a beach resort with no beach. Mining stopped in 1991 and concrete sea walls and breakwaters have limited the erosion and provided some tiny pockets of sand.