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This cozy little town is usually touted in travel literature as a tourist destination. However, I found very little around town that would entice very many people to leave the more touristy towns like Kuta and Ubud. There are a number of tourist hotels and resorts here, but the town lacks a beach, despite being right on the coast. This was an unfortunate lesson learned to late in developmental controls and effects on the environment. Most hotels were built with the corals off the coast of the town. And when they were gone, so went the beach. That is not to say, though, that Candi Dasa has nothing to offer tourists. In fact, it is a great place to base yourself when making travels around East Bali, an off-the-beaten-path area of an island stampeded by tourists 365 days a year. The most memorable time I had in Candi Dasa was when I stayed at a Hindu ashram with a feisty old woman who ran the place (who has since passed away). The ashram was open to anyone of any religion, despite its Hindu origins. Everyone was assigned a chore to earn their keep. Some had to collect cow feces and dry it out to make fuel for the fired oven. I was lucky to only have to play the bamboo flute after dinner when the residents would share stories of their homeland or village and teach new songs to the others. It was a great experience and one that I will remember for a long time to come.

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