Amed the Little Paradise in Bali

Amed is a group of peaceful villages bordered by black sand beaches, ideal for lazing around but especially for snorkeling and scuba diving in the east part of Bali. Renowned for its vertiginous drop-offs and coral gardens, this region of northeast Bali is home to some of the best dive sites on the Island of the Gods.

Amed is one of the increasingly popular destinations in Indonesia. Located at the eastern end of Bali, this village is relatively isolated. You will not regret making the trip, especially since the road that will take you there will take you through some beautiful places. Before arriving in this charming fishing village, you will come across beaches, rice fields and sumptuous palaces.

Location of Amed

Amed is located just at the foot of the Agung volcano, one of the volcanoes of Bali. If this place attracts more and more people, it is for several reasons. In the surroundings, you can enjoy superb beaches, such as Lipah Beach, Jemeluk and Virgin Beach.

A fishing village

Amed is a fishing village on the east coast of Bali with beautiful volcanic black sand beaches, where there are several spots for snorkeling and scuba diving to see fish, corals, and blue starfish.

Late afternoon you could take a nice ride in a traditional fisherman’s boat for fishing and watch the sun set behind Mount Agung…

Scuba diving

For those who do scuba diving, it is also possible to see the Liberty wreck in the village of Tulemben which is not far from Amed.

Volcanoes

Speaking of volcanoes, we advise you to climb the Batur volcano rather than Agung if you only have to do one 🙂 It is simpler and the view is magnificent in the early morning!
Jemeluk Beach is a beach of pebbles and black volcanic sand which is probably not the most attractive beach in Bali, but which turns out to be a true paradise for diving enthusiasts. Its clear water and very rich seabed make it one of the best diving spots in Indonesia.

Spending a few days in Amed is the perfect opportunity to discover some of the most beautiful buildings in Bali, such as the Taman Soekasada Ujung water palace, the Tirta Gangga water palace and the Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang temple.

How to get around?

Amed is just under 3 hours drive from Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu or Ubud. To get there, you will have to rent a scooter or opt for a private driver.

What to do in Amed, Bali?

After these few practical information, let’s see together what are the places to visit in Amed. As I said before, the road that leads to Amed is lined with superb places and I therefore really advise you to stop there during your road trip. If you are on a scooter, you will be free to stop wherever you want, but if you book a private driver, remember to tell him to stop here and there according to your preferences.

  • Virgin Beach
  • Taman Soekasada Ujung Water Palace
  • Tirta Gangga Water Palace
  • Ababi rice fields
  • Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple
  • Jemeluk Beach
  • Sunset Point
  • Lipah Beach
  • Tulamben and the wreck of the USS Liberty

A little story: The most famous spot is undoubtedly the wreck of the USS Liberty, a former US army ship torpedoed by the Japanese during World War II in Lombok Bay. Towed onto Tulamben beach, the cargo ship was eventually pushed to the sandy bottom by lava following the 1963 volcanic eruption.

To make the most of Amed, I think you have to stay there at least 2 nights. The first day can for example be devoted to visiting the places of interest on the road to Amed. On your second day, you can visit the places in Amed itself and go diving or snorkeling.

See you soon my traveling friends. JWe wish you a wonderful stay on the island of the gods!

Sources: CleverlySmart, PinterPandai, Museum of Wander

Photo credit: Wawansatriawan Bali via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)