Amed in the north east of Bali is the perfect destination for visitors looking for tranquil bays, superb diving spots, traditional villages, and black sand beaches. This area has become a popular choice with honeymoon couples in recent years, and there are plenty of local resorts that can provide the perfect setting for newly married couples. The fact that there are so many great diving spots in the local area, including the wreck of the USS Liberty, means that Amed is also a popular choice for those wishing to do a bit of underwater exploration – there is also plenty of coral to enjoy as well. This part of the island offers a good range of tourist facilities, but it is still a long way from being overdeveloped.
Transportation to Amed
The original Amed is just a small village, but these days this place name is used to refer to an area that includes a number of villages and beaches in the north-east of Bali. Amed is 85km (53 miles) from Denpasar and 78 (48 miles) from Ubud. The options for traveling to this part of Bali would include:
- Perema provides a shuttle bus service to Amed from; Kuta (185,000 IDR), Ubud (175,000 IDR), Padang Bai (125,000 IDR), Sanur (185,000 IDR), and Candi Dasa (125,000 IDR) – prices correct as of mid-2013.
- A taxi from Ngurah Rai Airport to Amed costs about 450,000 IDR (as of mid-2013)
Getting around Amed
Amed covers an area of about 10km, so some form of transportation is required if people wish to really explore the area. The best options for this would include:
- If visitors are feeling energetic they can hire a bicycle for exploring the local area. This can be arranged by most hotels and resorts in Amed.
- Walking can be a nice way to get around in the mornings and evenings.
- There is a bemo service that runs between some of the villages in the Amed.
- The easiest way to get around this part of the island is probably to rent a car or motorbike.
- The local hotels and restaurants will usually be able to arrange taxis, but there is no actual taxi service based in this part of the island.
Some of the main local attractions would include:
- There are many beaches close to Amed but the four most popular would include Lipah Beach, Lean Beach, Bunutan Beach, and Jemeluk Beach. One of the nice things about staying in the Amed area is that visitors can walk in any direction along the coast, and they will find plenty of beaches to explore. The beaches here are famous for having black sand.
- The USS Liberty Wreck is in easy reach of Amed, and this is a great place to go scuba diving, free diving, or snorkeling. This Us transport ship was torpedoed by the Japanese in 1942.
- Mount Agung is about an hour away by car (40 km) from Amed, and tours can be arranged by any of the local travel agents.
- There are a number of local villages that still practice salt farming including Amed Village. Up until the arrival of tourism, this was the way many local people made their living.
- The villages and bays around Amed are well worth exploring and one of the benefits of staying in this part of the island is that the location has yet to be spoiled by over development.
Some of the most interesting things to do in Amed would include:
- Amed is close to some of the best scuba diving spots on the island, and there are many dive shops that can arrange diving lessons or trips. This can be a good place to do the PADI Open Water Course which provides people with a good foundation in this water sport – it also gives them their first diving license.
- Snorkeling is one of the other popular activities around Amed. Bali Aqua can arrange snorkeling trips and snorkeling lessons.
- There are a few venues in Amed offering yoga lessons including Solaluna Yoga.
- If people are looking for a combination of yoga and diving they might try the free diving course at Apneista. This school teaches students special yoga techniques so that they can master free diving.
- Visitors who enjoy walking will find plenty of treks within easy reach of Amed including trails around Mount Agung.If visitors are looking for something a bit less challenging, they might try Mount Seraya.
- There are plenty of boats available for charter, and these can be a good option for foreigners who want to go fishing, snorkeling, or just exploring
- If visitors wish to take their feelings of relaxation to a new level, they might choose some traditional Balinese Massage. This can be provided by local women on Lipah Beach. .
- The sea around Amed tends to be very calm so swimming is definitely a good option. There is plenty of coral in the nearby waters so swimmers need to be careful not to cause any damage to this fragile ecosystem.
- Aroma Del La Mer offers cooking class for visitors who wish to learn how to make the local food. As well as learning how to cook, participants will also get to visit a local market to find out more about ingredients selection.
- There are a number of health spas around Amed including Golden Rock Retreat which aims to provide a detox for the mind and body.
- East Bali Bike Tours will be able to arrange cycling tours around the local area. There are options to suit almost every level of fitness.
One thing that Amed has no shortage of is nice restaurants. Some of the best local places to eat would include:
- Sails Restaurant is located at a prime spot in the hills overlooking Lean Beach. They offer a good selection of western dishes as well as local food.
- Amed Cafe is a good choice for couples looking for a romantic dinner – the restaurant is surrounded by tropical jungle. This venue has a good selection of snacks as well as full meals.
- Barong Cafe is a good choice for Balinese, Indonesian, and Italian food. They have a nice swimming pool here that overlooks the sea.
- Bedula Resort Restaurant specializes in seafood, and they also have a few western dishes on the menu. This venue is located in Bunutan Village.
Amed doesn’t have a reputation as a party town, it is a bit more laid back than that, but there are certainly a few nightlife options to choose from:
- Pacha Bar can be found right beside the beach on Jalan Pantai in Amed, and they open from midday until 01:30. This venue serves food throughout the day, but in the evening it turns into a reggae bar.
- Blue Moon Villas Bar on Selang Beach offers a nice selection of cocktails, beers, and wines.
- Bali Beer N Grill is a fashionable Balinese restaurant that serves local food as well as a good selection of beers.
- Double One Villas has a spacious bar with a unbeatable ocean view. They also serve food here as well.