Amed refers to the long stretch of coast from Cucik village about 14 km east of combining seven villages Amed, Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah, Hose, Banyuning and Aas. Amed is located in the eastern part of Bali Island, about 80 kilometers from Denpasar city. Amed is a fishing village on a horseshoe bay with waters so clear that coral and fish can be seen with the naked eye. The sea is one big aquarium. The beach is of grey volcanic sand. The sea doesn’t have the big waves as on the west coast.
Amed is mostly a quiet place with a stunning ocean view. Since this area is one of the best places to go to for scuba diving in Bali, travelers mainly come here to marvel at the diverse sea life. Besides diving and snorkeling the main activity is just relaxing far away from the crowds in the south. Amed area offers stunning ocean vistas. Headland after headland offers amazing ocean landscapes. Everywhere you go you will see crystal clear water which we can’t get enough of…
You can rent a car or motorcycle to go there because public transportation is quite hard to find in Bali. Also, by renting your own car or motorcycle, you can enjoy the journey to Amed or perhaps wanted to come to Sukawati to buy little souvenirs.
What is offered in Amed?
Serenity, peace, and friendliness of local residents. If you’re already bored with the crowd in Sanur and Kuta, try to Amed. Amed is still deserted by tourists, offering many interesting things for you. One of the famous in Amed is the beauty of the underwater tours
Accommodation is reasonably priced and ranges from basic to good quality, with new places opening every couple of months. Food is adequate and cheap but don’t expect nightlife, as there isn’t any.
Amed lies on the north-eastern tip of Bali, a little more than a two hours drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport. A taxi service to Amed is available at the airport for about Rp 400,000.
Amed is accessed by turning east at the village of Culik which lies on the main east coast road from Karangasem to Singaraja.
Shuttle buses regularly serve the destination from Candidasa and Lovina and now that the road has been greatly improved, they take you all the way into Amed (previously all buses stopped at Culik and motorbikes ferried visitors into Amed). Perama  operates optional shuttle buses from Padang Bai or Candidasa to Tirtagangga, Amed and Tulamben (Rp 125,000, min. 2 people). Depart : 9.30AM & 2PM – Return : 11AM. There is no Perama office in Amed.
The easiest way into Amed though is to hire your own transport with a driver. Be aware that the Amed district is stretched out over more than 10 km. Transport by local drivers is widely available in Amed. Transport to Padang Bai should not cost more than Rp 150,000.
If you are coming from the islands to the east, Amed Sea Express offers pick-up in Lombok, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air with twice daily service to Amed arriving at 9:15AM & 1:15PM.
Public transport in Amed is rare. There are bemos (mini buses) from Culik as far as Aas (that pass through Amed) but mainly in the morning. Later in the day it is almost impossible to find public transport. The easiest way to get around is to hire a car and driver. Motorcycles are widely available for rent and you should expect to pay Rp 50,000-80,000/day.
ATTRACTIONS IN AMED
Amed is famous for its beaches, lined with traditional outrigger fishing boats. There is quite coarse black volcanic sand at Amed village beach. As you move further east (and away from Mount Agung), the beaches have softer sand and become more of a mid grey-brown in colour. The prettiest bays are probably those at Jemeluk and Lipah but the whole stretch of coastline is very attractive.
Salt production is a declining but still important industry in this area. As you drive along the main coast road through the villages you will see large open drying pans crusted with salt crystals. Those little boxes of gourmet Bali salt crystals you see in delicatessens and speciality food stores all over the world may have started their long journey from these very pans.
Mini Zoo, Selang ☎ +62 85 237506739 ([email protected]), . 7AM-9PM. Many kinds of birds (cockatoo, lory, hornbill), reptiles (python, tortoise, skink) and mammals (slow lori, palm civet, porcupine). Rp 20,000. (at the Selang Resort)
Shell Museum, Bunutan An odd little place and a very charming one to boot. Exactly as it says, shells. Rp 20,000. (at the Aiona Garden of Health).
ACTIVITIES IN AMED
Most people come to Amed as a getaway, including expats from other parts of the island. It is a favorite honeymoon destination for tourists and is very popular with divers and snorkelers. Day trips to local places of interest such as the water palace at Tirta Gangga and Bali’s most sacred temple, Besakih, can easily be arranged. Mount Agung with lots of trekking options just 30-40 minutes from Amed.
Traditional outrigger boats are available for fishing charters from the main beaches in the Amed area. This normally involves early morning trolling for mackerel.
Have a traditional massage on the beach. Women from the local villages are always on hand for an invigorating massage at Lipah Beach. Enjoy nature and go with the wind on a traditional sailing boat for diving, fishing, exploration, dolphin watching, snorkeling or just swimming and relaxing.
Diving. There is some fine diving in Jemeluk Bay both from the beach and from boats in deeper water. After a gentle slope out from shore, the wall here drops off dramatically to depths of 40 m plus. The coral is healthy and fish life abundant. There are some good drift dives further east at Selang and Bunutan but these are generally only suited to more experienced divers. Beware of diving after a heavy rain, the water from the run-off can greatly reduce visibility in the water.
Snorkeling. Amed has some good snorkeling within meters of the shore. A reef follows the majority of the coastline and is quite close in. Due to the limited number of visitors to the area, the sea life is healthy and abundant. There is a small wreck in quite shallow water off Lipah Beach. This is not the World War II “Japanese Wreck”. David Pickels’ book on diving in Bali described this dive site for the first time back in 1999 as the Lipah Bay Wreck, and he admitted his mistake in the meantime. Matter of the fact is that this little wreck is not located in Lipah Bay at all, but some villages further east along the coast, namely in the village of Banyuning. The dive site is locally known among the dive operators as the “Japanese Wreck”. Lipah Bay is a nice snorkel spot and has a small wooden wreck in only 1.5 m of water.
Best places for snorkeling are:
- Japanese Shipwreck in Banyuning, small ship at 20m from the beach, awesome corals with tons of fish
- in front of Pondok Vienna Beach in Lipah. Waters can be very rough here.
- small wooden shipwreck at Lipah beach
- Bunutan (beautiful coral, not so many fish)
- Selang beach, in front of Good Karma Bungalows (visibility isn’t always good because of strong currents)
- in front of Amed Cafe
- Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben, some of which is in water shallow enough to allow snorkeling.
Most restaurants in Amed cater only for tourists and no local will ever or can afford to eat there. It is virtually impossible to find any food that is not adapted to western palate (read: bland). In some restaurants you can ask and they will be happy to make it a little more authentic.
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