Amed is located in the most eastern part of Bali. It is a very quiet area, remote from the airport. Amed is about 100 km away from the airport. Together with Lovina and Pemuteran, it is one of the smallest tourist areas in Bali.
Amed is often referred to as a few neighboring villages that are named after the most popular of them. In a broad sense, Amed consists of 7 coastal fishing villages stretching for 14 kilometers along Bali's east coast - Amed, Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah, Selang, Banyuning and Aas.
Jemeluk, Bunutan and Lipah are the most popular villages, Amed is the cheapest to live in and Aas is the least developed in terms of tourism infrastructure. The villages follow each other along small bays.
It takes 3 hours to get to Amed from the airport. Yes, it is a short distance if you check with km, but in the last part of the road in front of Amed is a loop and it is unlikely to get there fast. If you go to Amed, it makes sense to take a taxi or take the bus.
The company Perama Tour takes buses to Amed.
There is one flight from Kuta at 7.00 for Rp 175,000 per person.
From Sanur at 7.30 for Rp 175,000.
From Ubud at 7:30 for Rp 175,000.
The current schedule can be found on the Perama Tour website. The Perama Tour bus stops between Amed and Jemeluk around the Amed Café.
From Amed you can get to the islands of Gili by boat rather quickly. Kuda Hitam speedboats go there and tickets can be booked through Maybalitrips. Tickets cost Rp 650,000 one-way and Rp 1,200,000 round-trip.
Also from Amed to Gili and Lombok can be reached by Freebird Express boats. A one-way trip costs Rp 500,000 - 650,000 (depending on the season) back and forth between 900,000 and 1,200,000.
There is also a company called Pacha Express but people complain about their boats and write that they are small and it is very scary to sail on them as the boats are heavily thrown and rocked. The boats smell of fuel very badly. The staff changes flight times unexpectedly for passengers. And the flights change from those that leave Amed to those that leave Padang Bai, which means that the travel time increases greatly. Sometimes they sell more tickets than there are seats on the boat. There is information that Kuda Hitam and Pacha Express both have the same owner, so if you buy a Kuda Hitam ticket you can end up in a Pacha Express boat.
There is very free traffic in the area itself. There are not enough bikes and cars. To put it crudely, Amed and the surrounding villages are the same road along the coast. It is not always in perfect condition. There may be rocky areas 10 meters away. The road is heavily looped along the cliffs, so it is better not to speed up especially at night.
There's practically no public transport. Early in the morning, local Bemo vans run from Celuk to Aas. But their schedule is poorly regulated and you shouldn't rely on them.
It's better to rent a motorbike. The cost of the bikes is the same as in the tourist south of Bali. You can find the bike by the road or by hotel owners. You can post your request that you are looking for the bike in Amed Bali Community on Facebook.
You can rent a bike from some of the guesthouses, but they are not very popular as many of the expensive ones in Amed Bali Community are dodgy and will be difficult to ride.
Amed is famous in Bali for its beautiful sunrises and picturesque narrow paths. You can climb inland, see Balinese life and ancient little-known temples. There is a lot of greenery here, and it covers both rice fields and hills that run from the ocean up to the clouds.
Along the coastline, there are a large number of viewing points with stunning views. In the evenings, the sun sets behind Agung, creating dusk before time; the sky is painted with all shades of red. As a result, the evening twilight lasts about an hour. The most popular and beautiful sunset point is called Sunset Point. Here the enterprising Balinese have equipped very cute café Waroeng Sunset Point. The food there is so much, the drinks are decent and the view is a million.
twilight on Jemeluk Beach; photo: Edmund Lowe
twilight on Jemeluk beach; photo: Edmund Lowe
The inhabitants of Ameda have traditionally lived off fishing, agriculture and partly salt mining. The climate in Amed is much hotter and drier than in other parts of Bali. Amed is one of the driest areas in Bali. Unfavourable conditions for agriculture have made it one of the poorest areas in Bali in history.
If you come to the island during the rainy season, it makes sense to schedule a few days stay in Amed to enjoy the drier weather. The rains only come here from the east, from the sea. If they come from Bali, it's the tall ridge.
The phone in Amed only appeared in 2003, and paved roads in 2000 - 2007. Tourism development has improved the overall living standards of local Balinese.
Salt production is now declining, but there are rare places along the coast where it can still be seen evaporating from sea water.
There are still no large-scale parties or large shopping centres. Only beaches of black sand and pebbles, wooded mountain slopes and traditional Balinese villages. The clear water and rich underwater world make Amed one of the most interesting places for diving and snorkeling. And neighbouring Amed Tulamben is considered a world class diving site because of the shipwreck of the Liberty.
Reasons for coming here are: very friendly locals, distance from the busy tourist south, stunning ocean views, views of the Agung, many inexpensive Gesthouses and villas with ocean views, the atmosphere of a small town, calm water for diving, freediving and snorkeling.
Accommodation of acceptable quality can be rented from 150.000 rupees per night. Look carefully at the location of your accommodation because not all good guesthouses are right near the beach.
Amed Family Hostel
But if you have a bike and are ready to drive to the beach 5 minutes, you can save a little and get a clean, beautiful and fresh accommodation. An overview of inexpensive guesthouses can be found in the article about inexpensive guesthouses in Bali and Amed.
If you are looking for expensive and luxury holiday accommodation, Amed is mainly represented by 4 star villas.
The Griya Villas and Spa
Aquamarine Beach Villas
Most tourists visit Améd for relaxing on the beaches and scuba diving. The best places for snorkeling are Jemeluk Bay, Lipah Beach, Bunutan Selang, Japanese Ship, Pyramid, Reef in front of Kembali Beach Bungalow Hotel. For a detailed overview, see the article about snorkeling in Ameda.
There are a lot of diving centers and dive sites in Amédée. The average dive depth varies from 5 to 50 meters. The water temperature does not drop below 25 degrees. In almost all places the current is weak or average, which makes the sites safe for beginners. Some coral reefs originate from the coast, allowing them to dive from the shore.
One of the most interesting places to dive in Amed, and the whole of Bali - the wreck of the American ship Liberty. It is not in Amed itself, but in the nearby Tulamben area, just 20 minutes away. There's a Japanese shipwreck in Amed itself, which is on the shore. But in addition to submarines, there are reefs that beat up fish, turtles and sometimes reef sharks, underwater artificial reefs. You can read more about the diving sites in Amédée in the article about them.
There are a total of 4 freediving schools in Amed and Tulamben, which teach students from beginners to advanced freedivers and issue international certificates. There is more than enough dive space - and shipwrecks - for Japanese and American divers and many coral gardens and underwater temples with artificial reefs.
The Freediving Centres in Amed
Apneista Bali Freediving and Yoga School
The oldest freediving school in Amed. Offers SSI certification (3 levels) and SSI instructor course. Diving, mantle rides, night diving. They teach yoga classes.
They provide training at all levels. Offer AIDA, Pure Apnea, SSI certification. Conducts personal coaching (short or long training from the boat). They specialize in underwater hunting training and freediving training for surfers.
Fathom Freediving Amed
OCEAN PRANA freediving & Yoga school Bali
The guys have a nice pool for classes, their own hostel and an organic cafe.
Apnea Bali (site)
Located in the Tulamben area. Provides training from any level up to the preparation for competitions. Offers SSI certification. Provides training on a freediving platform.
Fishing enthusiasts can negotiate on the beach with the owners of traditional jacuzzi boats and go out early in the morning for trolling tuna, mackerel or barracuda fishing.
Kayaking and stand-up paddling
Along Jemeluk Beach, kayaks and stand-up paddles (a surfboard but bigger and oars) are rented. No special instructions are given, but even a beginner will understand how to handle them.
The hilly area around Amed has many hiking trails. The nature is especially beautiful during the rainy season (November-April). Ask your hotel manager and he will help you organize everything you need for hiking in the foothills.
Amed has tour agencies offering bicycle tours through rice paddies. If you are inseparable from the dream of such a trip, you can try this green and healthy entertainment.
East Bali bike tours organize bicycle tours from the slopes of Mount Agung or Lempuyang to White Sandy Beach (Pantai Pasir Putih), one of the best beaches in Bali. The trails range in length from 22 to 38 kilometres. Tours include local fruit (pineapple, guava, mango, coconut, but only in season), meals, free shuttle service to and from the hotel. Stops on the way for commemorative photos, learning about the life of local peasants and traditional farming methods.
photo: Martina and Andrew's New Life Adventures
Salt mining is still considered an important industry in the village of Amed. Sea water is filtered, scraped off long wooden chutes, sorted and sent to consumers. In addition to the village of Amed, salt is mined on a smaller scale in the village of Jemeluk.
On the way to Amed from the tourist south there are several attractions that are fascinating to tourists who take excursions to the eastern direction of Bali. If you live in Ameda or are heading there to spend a few days in this area of Bali, it makes sense to stop and admire these places.
Tirta Ganga Water Palace
photo: Dmitry Polonsky
It's a complex of fountains and ponds with fish. There are usually a lot of tourists during the day, but if you come in the morning, you can find the best time. Some people are attracted by fountains and ponds decorated with ornate Balinese stone ornaments. If you're more into wildlife, you'll be attracted by the huge carps the size of a fat cat, which curl up by the shore waiting for food. Fish food is sold right away.
Taman Ujung Water Palace
This is the former residence of the rulers of Karangasem, one of Bali's districts. From a Balinese perspective, it is a luxurious and refined palace in the middle of a pond. But if you have seen a lot in your travels around the world, you will also find a lot of interesting things in this nice and elegant pavilion.
The Temple of Pura Lempuyang
The highest temple in Bali, located at the highest point. Of course, only the most faithful pilgrims get to the top temple of this complex. Most tourists are satisfied with photography in installations from one of the lowest and most accessible temples in Lempuyang.
photo: Wanderers & Warriors
By the way, it is also the biggest and most picturesque. You must have seen many of his photographs from the temple gates overlooking Agung. If you want the same photo, get ready to stand in line.
view of Agung from Amed at dawn; photo: Hack your Brains
view of Agung from the observation point of Jemeluk Beach; photo: Wisata Bali
This volcano is the highest point in Bali and a spiritual reference point for the Balinese. From October 2017 to June 2018, there were volcanic eruptions, so few tourists climb it now, although it is possible. If you are in very good physical shape and this is not your first ascent to the volcano, you can try to conquer this peak.
Also in the area of Amed and Tulamben there are quite a few lookout points with beautiful views of the natural landscapes of the surrounding area. One of these points is on the way to Tulamben. It has no official name. It is just a beautiful hill overlooking the sea, green forests and Agung. It is about 200-300 meters after turning off the main road.
If you like beautiful views, then you will definitely like the road to the Lempuyang temple that comes from the east. It is not often visited because most of the tourists come to the temple from the west, but the eastern road is a hundred times more picturesque. It runs through the mountain hills. In some places it is loopy, but the asphalt on it is flat and well-groomed. The slope does not exceed 30 degrees. If you decide to choose it, do not drive on it in rain or after rain. There are landslides along the road after heavy rains, but the locals clean up the sliding soil in time. There are a couple of sites where you can see that the road has collapsed. Just move on them slowly and further away from the cliff.
Adequately assess the power of your scooter, considering whether it will take out so many passengers and check that the brakes are working before you go. In general, for a less experienced girl on a good Honda 115 scooter, it's a good ride. And it's madly beautiful.
The road starts at the Grill Bar and Restaurant and goes uphill past the hills and rice paddies. There are plenty of vantage points along the way where you can stop and take pictures.
Of course, diving sites are Amed's greatest pride and exactly what people come to this area of Bali for. The most important and interesting are the shipwreck of Liberty and the Japanese ship whose name was lost in the depths of history.
The ship damaged a torpedo of a Japanese submarine in 1942 and was towed to Tulamben Beach, but another eruption of Agung volcano in 1963 caused the ship to move into the sea and is now only 25 meters from the shore and only 5 meters deep. The cuttings and the bow of the ship have been completely covered with corals and algae. The whole village is engaged in scuba diving. In each hotel tourists are offered diving and snorkeling equipment.
On a hill rising above Jemeluk, there is an observation deck overlooking the bay and Mount Agung. Residents of Jemeluk village can walk to the top of the hill, and if you are not afraid of difficulties, from the neighbouring village of Bunutan. If you live in other villages in the Amed area, use a car. The observation deck is on the top of the hill on the east side of Jemeluk Bay and there is a car park nearby. Many people come during the day but it is best in the evening to admire the sunset over Mount Agung. It is a fantastically beautiful sight.
Shops and markets
There aren't many shops and markets in Amédée. Along the coastal street you'll find mini shops selling snacks, drinks and more called mini-markets. If you are looking for a local fruit and vegetable market, you will have to drive to Chulik at the fork of the main road from Amlapura to Tulumamben.
There is a good Rumah Adi & Adi Shop in Bunutan where you can buy groceries.
There are enough ATMs in Ameda that accept both Visa and MasterCard cards.
Galanga - Very creative menu. Delicious jackfruit curry, potato slices, samosa, coconut rice. Homemade ice cream with crushed coconut flesh. In the evenings everything is busy here and in high season it is necessary to reserve a table. There's a beautiful gazebo in the garden. On the map.
Gusto Resto is the owner of Gusto Resto restaurant from Hungary, so the menu offers not only local cuisine, but also the most popular Hungarian and European dishes. The pizzas are large and very large. Very recommended margarita pizza, pizza with chicken curry. Delicious mushroom ravioli, chicken burgers, goulash. Pasta is made from dough in the restaurant itself. The staff shows a great mood, dancing during the work. On the map.
Sails Restaurant - The menu consists of local and European dishes. Open kitchen. Restaurant has views of the beach and ocean. There is a free shuttle service to Amédée. Cleanliness and professionalism are visible. Lamb, onion soup, fish cakes are highly recommended. On the map
Not too expensive
Warung Pantai - Very tasty fish and especially mahi-mahi grill. They bring a large piece of fish with rice and vegetable salad. Very tasty tuna steak. If you want to try something local, take a nasi chumpur or vegetable curry. Huge portions, delicious food. It's a good view. Pleasant service. The menu includes dishes from 20,000 rupees on the map.
Di Lipah Warung - Big and very tasty burgers, Balinese sate kebabs lilith. Very well cooked fish. Pleasant atmosphere. Chicken with potato chips excellent. Squid portion is not big enough. Excellent and smiling staff. On the map.
Warung Osin - Excellent food, excellent staff and low prices. There aren't many tables at all. Very clean - you can see the food being cooked in the open kitchen. Delicious pork rendering, Balinese curry chicken, fresh fish sate. Very recommended nasi chumpur, fish and banana punks. On the map.
Amed Sea View Warung - From here you have a beautiful view of the bay. The restaurant is very cozy. Very tasty milkshakes, dessert dadar gulung. This dinner is wonderful. Recommended barbecue of seafood, fish, juices. Excellent service, happy and cheerful staff. On the map.
Warung Amsha - Friendly staff and delicious food at a good price. Delicious cocktails (especially Amsha Breeze), very recommended dessert varnish. You can also recommend fish in banana leaves, curry, rendering from fish, rendering from chicken, French potatoes. It is a small restaurant, where the tables are standing right on the sand. On the map.
Warung Sabar - Great place with delicious food and friendly staff. Traditional Indonesian food and European dishes. There is a good choice of dishes for vegetarians. Recommended fish cakes, pepes icans (fish in banana leaves), shrimps in garlic sauce. On the map
Warung Celagi - Great food. The place itself is beautiful, located on the beach. Very delicious cocktails. We can recommend curry, fish. On the map
Warung Enak - Not only is it deliciously cooked, it's also quite cheap. Excellent Balinese and Indonesian cuisine, the menu includes many dishes of fish and seafood. The quality of food is excellent. Restaurant owners organize culinary courses, training includes visiting the local market and organic farm, where vegetables and fruits are grown without using chemicals. From food we recommend pizza, coconut ice cream, fish.
The beach is just fine pebbles and volcanic sand, but very clean water and an abundance of sea creatures right by the shore.
Yes, the water isn't always perfectly clear. After storms and strong winds it can drop down and visibility can drop to 5-7 meters. After storms it also sometimes happens that currents bring plastic to bays like Jemeluk and small "islands" of plastic bags float near the shoreline. In this case, you can just go to another nearest point for freediving or snorkeling.
In Amed there are rarely waves and so it is safe to swim even with children. Swimming is generally not bad, except for the sand color. The total length of the coastline is about 14 kilometers. On the beach line there are fishing boats in many places.
Bathing beaches are concentrated in Lipaha, Bunutan and Jemeluk. Lipah beach has more sand in general and Jemeluk has more coarse pebbles.
Jemeluk Beach; photo: Alain Secretan
Jemeluk Beach; photo: Alain Secretan
Sand on Amed beach of volcanic origin. Moving further south (further south of Mount Agung), the dark colour of the sand on the beaches changes to a soft grey-brown colour. The most beautiful bays are Jemeluk and Lipah.
Lipah Beach; photo: Bea Pierce
Lipah beach; photo: John Meckley
On most beaches on the coastline there are fishing boats where locals go fishing. So if you dive to the depths, make sure you do not accidentally dive under the boat. Either take a companion who would be on the surface for the duration of your dive, or take an inflatable circle or signal buoy next to which you will dive, or just more often inspect the environment around you.
Sports, fitness, yoga.
No waves for surfing.
If you come to Amed, you are going to spend some time in the peace of this quiet corner, but you don't want to get bored - try yoga. Even if you are an experienced yogi player, the company of people who are passionate about the same thing with you will be pleasant and the exchange of experiences will bring many positive emotions.
Yoga is held in several places in Amed. One of the most important is Blue Earth Village. The place is near Sunset Point. The pavilion is built of bamboo and it is gorgeous in itself.
The philosophy of the school is to conduct practices that solve specific problems of the students and help to solve some pressing issues. With this in mind on some days the classes can be more dynamic, on some days the focus can shift towards a revitalizing yoga. The school has a tantric approach, which is explained by the fact that it teaches to accept the body as it is, with all its imperfections and peculiarities, and to use the energy of the body to move to another level.
The cost of one class is Rp 100,000.
There's a yoga studio, a healthy food restaurant. On Tuesdays at 19.00 there are film screenings of new movies. Thursday games at 7 pm, Saturday quiz night from 7 pm.