I had been sick in bed for more than one week, which was basically the entire time we planned to stay in Amed. After a couple of days we decided to book another week at Anugerah Villas, because it would be a shame to leave Amed without actually seeing and exploring it.
Amed is actually one of the many seaside villages along the eastern coast of Bali but also the name commonly used for an entire stretch of coastline. Everything, mainly restaurants and (dive) shops, seems to be on one long road following that coastline. Because of this most things tend to be spread apart and not really within walking distance. Not many taxis to be found either, so the best way to explore Amed is definitely by motorbike. The streets are not well lit at night and have a lot of turns, so do be careful though!
While exploring the coastline you’ll notice countless jukung lined up on the grey pebble beaches. These traditional boats used for fishing or transporting divers or snorkelers, remind me of water striders when they’re on (they’re not really in) the water. The way of life in Amed, simple and relaxed, makes you forget the rest of the world and simply enjoy nature and life on this tropical island.
What to do in Amed? Diving!
We learned how to dive with Roctopus in Koh Tao, in September of last year. We hadn’t dived since, so we had been looking forward to our visit to Amed, famous for its beautiful dive and snorkel sites. We did five fun dives with Bali Reef Divers for 1,750,000 IDR each. Our favourite dive sites were the Pyramids and the Jemeluk Wall. We saw lots of beautiful sea creatures and coral, it was amazing! You can read about our full experience in another one of our blogposts.
Snorkeling in Amed
We only went snorkeling at the Japanese Wreck, but nearly all dive sites are great for snorkeling as well, you’ll definitely spot some beautiful fish! We turned left to the pebble beach at the sign you see on the photo. We could drive all the way to the beach, where we parked our motorbike in the shadow of a tree.
You’ll see two black buoys, the left one marks the Japanese Wreck. If it’s not clear or you want to make sure you swim in the right direction, just ask at the nearby restaurant. It’s probably better to go down to the beach at the Baliku Dive Shop though, like we did when we went diving there a couple of days later. It’s closer to the buoy, but chances are you’ll have to pay a small fee for parking.
Exploring the Amed countryside by motorbike
On a hot and sunny day, we took our motorbike inland in search for some more beautiful views. We took a scenic route through fields and greenery to Bangle, a small rural village. Up until Bangle the road is good, but starting there it’s in a quite bad shape. Driving further than Bangle didn’t yield any more stunning views than we’d seen on the way over, so we advise you not to try and conquer the bad road. In Bangle there’s a small path leading to the 5 holy springs. We skipped it though, as it’s supposed to be quite the hike.
Visiting Tirta Gangga
We visited Tirta Gangga on the way from Ubud to Amed, as you might have read, but it’s definitely possible to go there as a day (or half day) trip from Amed. You can rent a motorbike or book a tour, it’s only a half an hour drive. Tirta Gangga literally means “water from the Ganges”, and is known for its water palace. There are plenty of pools, fountains and statues, all surrounded by beautiful gardens. For a small charge, additional to the 20,000 IDR entrance fee per person, you can even take a swim! I’m sure there are a lot of other interesting places in the neighbourhood to add to your day trip.
Enjoying the Amed sunset at Jemeluk Lookout
And last but not least, go see the sunset at Jemeluk Lookout, it’s definitely worth it! You’ll not be the only one sitting there staring at the sky, but that makes it a beautiful shared experience. You can buy drinks at decent prices from a small stand and while we were there, there was even a group of guys playing guitar and singing. The sunset was behind the mountains (you’ll see Gunung Agung), but the sky seemed to be on fire, it was absolutely stunning.
We loved Amed, it’s so laid back and far from the busy everyday life. The most famous activities are diving and snorkeling, and the views are amazing. Apart from that there is not much to see, so one week would have definitely sufficed if I hadn’t been sick. Enjoy your stay in Amed and don’t forget to visit the underwater world!