Located on Bali’s far eastern coastline, Amed is the island’s fastest growing beach destination yet is still refreshingly tranquil. Amed is in fact just one of a number of small fishing villages which make up the official Amed area. It includes Jemeluk Bay, Bali’s premier diving spot, Bunutan, Lipah Beach, Selang, Ibus, Banyuning and Aas. Each has its own distinct character and all feature picturesque bays of volcanic black sand.
Amed appeals predominantly to people searching for a back to basics beach lifestyle with few distractions and is especially popular as a honeymooner’s hideaway. However, it has built its reputation as Bali’s finest diving destination. There is a fabulously rich diversity of marine life in these calm and crystal clear waters with over 300 species of fish and abundant soft and hard corals. It is suitable for all levels but especially rewarding for more experienced divers.
Amed guide – colourful marine life and tranquil village charm
The whole Amed area is a series of tranquil bays dissected by rocky headlands and it is easy to find yourself alone on a wide stretch of sand. Beach hawkers are few and far between and for non-divers, daily life revolves around nothing more than soaking up the sun or perhaps an hour or two exploring the reefs with a snorkel and mask. Amenities and infrastructure are primitive for Bali standards but these are the very things that attract a growing number of adventurous travellers.
There are a few interesting distractions in Amed including a charming shell museum and a small animal park and day long fishing trips are becoming ever more popular. Despite its rather off the beaten track location, Amed is still well placed for exploring Bali’s best natural attractions. It sits in the shadow of sacred Mount Agung which is a popular excursion for energetic trekkers and the spectacular Lake Batur region is just over one hours drive away and not to be missed.
There is now a full range of accommodation options to suit every budget and taste. All Amed hotels are located on the main coast road and many offer direct access to the beach. Scuba diving is the main focus and Amed is universally regarded as Bali’s best. Travel between the villages of Amed is a breeze with regular morning buses and abundant motorcycle taxis everywhere. There are also a handful of laid back beach bars which buzz with the chatter of divers and some have live music or late night movie screenings.