Amed – Bali Indonesia
Reasons to Visit or Stay in Amed:
- Friendly locals
- Escape Bali’s touristy areas
- Scenic views of Mount Agung
- Charming homestays and hotels for every budget
- Fun, small town vibe
- Local reggae bands and beach bars
- Calm water! Sorry, surfers.
- Amazing sunrise views
- Excellent scuba diving & snorkeling
- Learn how to free dive, or improve your existing skills
About Amed: A Snapshot
As of late, Amed has become an all-encompassing name for a number of small fishing villages on Bali’s northeastern coast, including Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah, Lean, Selang, Banyuning and Aas.
While local residents will tell you they’re trying hard to boost tourism to this area of the island, its quiet, relaxing nature is really what makes it special, in our opinion. Take from that what you will. The busiest months are June, July, August and December, when European visitors dominate the market, but outside of these months, you’ll likely enjoy a smaller backpacking community or expats in a growing number of available accommodations.
One of the best things about Amed is that it offers something for everyone. The views and seclusion make it ideal for honeymooners, while the available activities make it a prime destination for adventurous travelers, groups of friends or even families.
Though Amed is touted for its vast underwater activities, don’t miss the chance to learn more about salt-making, a long-running tradition in this area of the island. Or, for a different kind of experience, take a sunrise outrigger boat tour with a local fisherman!
Hiking enthusiasts will also love the grueling Mount Agung hike, which often begins at 11pm the evening before in order to reach the summit in time for sunrise.
If scuba diving is on your Bali travel list, you’ve come to the right place! Check out companies like Ecodive Bali or White Sand Divers and others to experience popular shore and boat dive locations, including the USS Liberty Shipwreck in Tulamben (about 30 minutes north of Amed), Jemeluk Wall, the Japanese Shipwreck, Pyramids, Bunutan, and Gili Selang, among others.
And if none of that sounds particularly appealing, relaxing in the sand and sun, enjoying inexpensive spa treatments, yoga classes, or sipping Bintang over a plate of mie goreng is always an option!
Where to Stay in Amed:
For honeymooners and couples, Aquaterrace offers amazingly sexy accommodations at both of their cliffside and newest beachside locations. Rooms start at 650,000 IDR/night.
For families or groups exceeding 2 people, our pick goes to the gorgeous Life in Amed. Cottages, villas and a private beach house available.