Amed is one of the most recent places in Bali to be hit by tourism. It wasn't until the year 2000 that development started and Amed has come a long way since then. Due to its location on the east coast, it has at times been overlooked as a possible destination for tourists but the roads connecting Amed have recently been recovered making this lovely area a popular spot amongst travelers and scuba diving enthusiasts.
Amed is referred to as probably one of the best dive sites in Bali as many divers flock here to experience a dive on the USS Liberty wreck at Tulamben. Tulamben is a small village located around 30 kilometers north of Amed and it is popular for some divers to base themselves here so they can have easier access to the wreck. Most of the Hotels in Tulamben run as dive operations so it isn't difficult to find a good operator. The beautiful thing about the USS Liberty wreck is that it can also be seen by snorkellers. The wreck lies 30 meters off shore so it is easily accessible. It can get a little busy around this sight so it is best to explore early in the morning. There are numerous other dive sites around Tulamben you will just need to enquire at your dive operation.
If you are not interested in Scuba diving, Amed's coastline offers some fantastic snorkeling as the reef is relatively untouched. This is due to the low level of visitors Amed attracts, thus resulting in keeping the reef pristine. It is possible with your snorkel to see other wrecks in the area as the water is relatively shallow. A popular one for snorkellers is at Lipah bay and is commonly referred to as 'the Japanese Wreck although it has to be said this wreck isn't Japanese. A few popular spots along Amed's coast for snorkeling are:
1. A Japanese Shipwreck in Banyuning, this small ship rests only 20m from the beach which makes it very accessible. The wreck is home to some amazing corals and is abundant in sea life.
2. Jemeluk, which is just south of Amed about 20 minutes drive is a very popular spot with amazing coral life.
3. There is a small wooden shipwreck at Lipah Beach.
4. Selang beach, in front of Good Karma Bungalows (visibility isn't always good because of strong currents)
5. in front of Amed Cafe in Amed
6. Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben, some of which is in water shallow enough to allow snorkeling
Go Travel Indonesia is proud to recommend some of the below dive operations based in and around Amed.
Aside from tourism, the local people of Amed make their living from fishing and salt. The salt produced here is some of the best Indonesia has to offer and if you get the chance to purchase some, it would definitely make a great souvenir.
To get to Amed from Denpassar International airport will probably take you around 2 -2/5 hours by taxi. If you have booked a hotel ask them if they could pick you up. This isn't always a guarantee as the location is rather far. From Lovina it will take you around 45 minutes along some of the best coastal road in Bali.
There isn't an ATM in Amed so make sure you have enough cash. The nearest ATM is a 30 minute drive located in Amlapura.
Amed's location on the east coast makes it a very different Bali. You won't see much in terms of rainforest as the area is very arid. Most of the rain falls south of here, making it a great place for sun worshippers.
Amed is a great place for people wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It really is very low key here and you can get the feeling you are staying in a small village. There is just one road that runs along the coast and it is rarely used by any form of traffic. There are a few shops scattered along the main road and you will find all necessities like shampoo, toothpaste and the odd snack. What you won't find sure supermarkets and clubs. This is what makes Amed so special; the tranquility of a traditional Balinese village and you will be welcomed very warmly by its people.