Beach in Amed, Indonesia

Why Amed? Top Reasons to Choose Bali’s Secret Getaway

Every time I talk about Amed with fellow travellers, nobody knows where is it! Bali is much more than the touristy hot spots. In this blog post, I’ll tell you 10 compelling reasons why you have to visit Amed, bringing this incredible place to the top of your travel bucket list. This beautiful Balinese gem is located on the east coast of Bali and it”s one of the best places on the island for snorkelling. There are also incredible temples to visit and it’s near the impressive Mount Aging!

If you’re already intrigued, keep reading…

1. Admire the Highest Balinese Peak!

Close your eyes and picture this: you are walking on a black sand beach. Local children are playing on the beach and dogs chase each other. It’s just after sunset and the sky is blue. A shade of blue you didn’t think your eyes would be able to see. And there it is Mount Agung, It’s so tall that clouds would cut through it! If you are familiar with Mount Fuji in Japan, well, you will find a lot of similarities with Mount Agung!

2. Tranquil Black Sand Beaches

Unlike the more popular white sand beaches in Bali, these volcanic shores offer a unique charm, and so do the colourful fishing boats! Take leisurely strolls along the shoreline, bask under the warm sun or indulge in some well-deserved relaxation by listening to the gentle lapping of waves.

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Best beaches to explore

  • Lipah Beach: This beach is a hidden treasure with its shimmering turquoise waters and vibrant marine life. It’s the perfect spot for snorkelling or simply unwinding with a good book under the palm trees.
  • Jemeluk Bay: This scenic bay is renowned for its stunning sunsets and world-class snorkelling. With a vibrant coral reef just a short swim from the shore, you’ll be able to spot colourful tropical fish, sea turtles, and maybe even a playful pod of dolphins if you’re lucky.
  • Selang Beach: For those seeking a bit more adventure, Selang Beach offers excellent opportunities for diving and exploring shipwrecks. Plus, the beachfront warungs (local eateries) serve mouthwatering Balinese cuisine, perfect for that post-adventure refuel.

3. Snorkeling and Diving Paradise

Amed is renowned for its exceptional snorkelling and diving opportunities. Dive into vibrant coral gardens teeming with colourful marine life just steps away from the shore. Explore Japanese shipwrecks from World War II or marvel at schools of tropical fish dancing beneath crystal-clear waters. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or an underwater novice, Amed’s coastal treasures will leave you breathless! For diving and snorkelling excursions, you can ask your accommodation or I made a list of places you can check out!

Best snorkelling and diving organisations

  • Amed Jepun Divers: These people are pros when it comes to providing a top-notch snorkelling experience. Their knowledgeable staff and commitment to safety make for an unforgettable underwater adventure.
  • Ecodive Bali: Known for its eco-friendly approach, Ecodive Bali offers guided snorkelling tours that will introduce you to the wonders of the deep while minimizing your environmental impact.
  • Dream Divers: This friendly bunch is all about making your snorkelling dreams come true. With their expert guidance, you’ll feel comfortable and confident as you explore Amed’s underwater wonders.
  • Adventure Divers Bali: If you’re an adrenaline junkie, Adventure Divers Bali offers thrilling snorkelling and diving excursions that will get your heart racing.

4. Visit Gangga Water Palace

Immerse yourself in Balinese history and culture with a visit to the breathtaking Gangga Water Palace. This stunning royal landmark offers a glimpse into Bali’s rich heritage, featuring ornate gardens, tranquil lotus ponds, and traditional Balinese architecture. Lose yourself in the relaxing ambience as you stroll through this enchanting palace—perfect for capturing Instagram-worthy shots!

Water palace in Bali, Indonesia

Getting to the Gangga Water Palace is super easy. From Amed you can hop into a cab or scooter taxi if you’re feeling adventurous (there is no Go-Gek in Amed). It’s about a 40-minute ride, but with Bali’s scenic routes, it’s an enjoyable journey. As for the entry ticket, it’s only a small fee of IDR 50,000. That’s less than $4!

5. Embrace Authentic Village Life

Experience the charm of traditional Balinese village life as you wander through the narrow streets of Amed. Engage with friendly locals, observe their daily routines, and gain insights into their vibrant culture. Don’t be surprised if you’re invited to join in a game of sepak takraw—a popular local sport—or are offered a taste of delicious Balinese delicacies prepared with love and care.

More about Sepak Takraw:

A blend of volleyball and soccer, sepak takraw is a heart-racing sport that’ll give you a real taste of Balinese competitive spirit. Picture this: locals in a high-energy game, skillfully kicking a rattan ball over a net with their bare feet! It’s a sight to behold, trust me. And in Amed, it’s more than just a game—it’s a community bonding experience. The locals are super welcoming and don’t be taken aback if you’re asked to join in—give it a go! Who knows, you might discover a new sporting passion. Plus, can you imagine the bragging rights when you tell your friends back home you played sepak takraw in a traditional Balinese village? Now, that’s a story to tell!

6. Unwind with Yoga and Meditation Retreats

Yoga in Bali, Indonesia

For those seeking inner peace and rejuvenation, Amed is home to various yoga and meditation retreats. Find your zen amidst lush green landscapes or practice your sun salutations overlooking the ocean. Indulge in holistic healing practices that will nourish both your mind and body, leaving you feeling refreshed and centred. The best place I would suggest is the Blue Earth Village, a wellness hub that offers yoga with a breathtaking ocean view. Whether you’re new to yoga or an experienced practitioner, you’re welcome here.

7. Explore Lush Rice Terraces

While Bali is famous for its emerald-green rice terraces, Amed offers its own unique version of these natural wonders. Take a leisurely bike ride or hike through picturesque landscapes adorned with cascading rice paddies and swaying palm trees. Let the tranquillity of these rural vistas transport you to a state of pure bliss.

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Here are the best rice terraces you can’t miss:

  • Bukit Cinta: This spot is a personal favourite of many. The sprawling green fields offer not just peace and tranquillity, but also a breathtaking view of Mount Agung.
  • Tirta Gangga Rice Terraces: While you’re visiting the famous Tirta Gangga Water Palace, make sure to stop by the nearby rice terraces. It’s a sight to behold!
  • Ababi Rice Terrace: Tucked away in the serene village of Ababi, these terraces offer a real off-the-beaten-path experience. It’s a little slice of rural paradise!

8. Indulge in Fresh Seafood Delights

As an idyllic fishing village, Amed boasts an abundance of fresh seafood delights that will tantalize your taste buds like never before. Feast on succulent grilled fish, delectable prawn curries, and mouthwatering seafood barbecues prepared with locally sourced ingredients. With every bite, you’ll savour the flavours of the ocean in a culinary experience like no other.

Grilled fish in Bali, Indonesia

These are the seafood dishes you can’t miss:

  • Grilled tuna: Freshly caught and grilled to perfection, this dish is a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. Served with a Balinese salsa that’s to die for!
  • Prawn curry: This local delicacy features plump, juicy prawns simmered in a fragrant blend of spices. You’ll be mopping up every last bit with your rice!
  • Seafood barbecue: A mix of the day’s catch – could be anything from snapper, mahi-mahi, to mackerel. It’s grilled on an open fire and served with a tangy, mouthwatering sauce.
  • Squid satay: Yes, you heard it right! This is satay like you’ve never had before. Tender pieces of squid are skewered and grilled, then slathered with a rich, sweet and spicy satay sauce.
  • Fish sambal matah: A Balinese speciality, this dish features grilled fish topped with a refreshing and fiery sambal matah – a raw sauce made with shallots, lemongrass, and chillies.

9. Chase Waterfalls in the Jungle

Venture into the lush Balinese jungle and uncover hidden waterfalls that cascade into natural pools—an adventurer’s paradise! Embark on thrilling treks through dense foliage, where emerald-green canopies give way to magnificent cascades of crystal-clear water. Take a refreshing dip in these pristine pools or simply revel in the beauty of nature surrounding you.

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You can visit Tukad Cepung Waterfall if you are coming from Ubud, it will be on the way. Otherwise, there are Kunyit Waterfall and Air Terjun Yeh Labuh Waterfall which are closer to Amed.

10. Witness Traditional Salt Making

Gain insight into an age-old Balinese tradition by visiting Amed’s traditional salt-making sites. Watch as local villagers harvest sea salt using traditional methods passed down through generations. Capture the mesmerizing sight of shimmering salt fields against a backdrop of blue skies—a truly unique cultural experience that will leave you enchanted.

Best places to learn about Salt Making in Amed:

  • Amed Salt Center: This is the hub of salt production in Amed. Here, you can witness the entire process, chat with the friendly locals, and even try your hand at traditional salt making. Trust me, it’s a salty adventure you don’t wanna miss!
  • Jemeluk Bay: Apart from its stunning underwater garden, Jemeluk is also a buzzing salt-making site. Catch the early morning sun glinting off the salt pans for an unforgettable sight.
  • Lipah Beach: Known for its crystal-clear waters, Lipah Beach also hosts salt farmers who carry on the ancient tradition. The contrast of white salt fields against the azure sea is simply mesmerizing.
  • Selang Beach: On a good day, you can spot salt farmers working along the shorelines of Selang Beach. It’s the perfect opportunity to appreciate this age-old craft in a peaceful setting.

Insider Tips for Your Amed Adventure:

#1 Plan your trip ahead

In Amed, it is not possible to book a taxi through apps. Therefore, it is advisable to prearrange a driver for transportation to and from Amed, as well as for exploring the surrounding areas.

#2 Waterproof Bag Essential

Don’t forget to pack a waterproof bag for your snorkelling or diving adventures. This will ensure your belongings stay dry while you immerse yourself in Bali’s underwater paradise.

#3 Salty showers

If you are planning to stay in a guest house, don’t be surprised if the water coming from the shower is Ocean water! It’s not as bad as it seems but make sure you use extra moisturiser after your shower as your skin will feel tight!

FAQs: Answering Your Burning Questions

Is Amed worth visiting?

Absolutely! Amed offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and recreational activities that make it an unforgettable destination for travellers seeking off-the-beaten-path experiences.

What to visit between Ubud and Amed?

If you find yourself travelling from Ubud to Amed, be sure to explore the stunning rice terraces of Tegalalang, visit the ancient water temple of Tirta Empul, or stop by the majestic Kintamani volcano to witness panoramic views of Mount Batur.

Where could I go after Amed?

After Amed, you can either move north to Lovina. Alternatively, I would suggest taking the ferry to Gili Trawangan because Amed is the closest point of Bali to the Gilis

Conclusion:

Amed attracts adventurous souls with its unrivalled beauty, exciting things to do and peaceful ambience. From its breathtaking views of Mount Agung to the vibrant underwater world waiting just offshore, this hidden gem in Bali has something special in store for every female solo traveller. So why wait? Embark on your journey to Amed today and create memories that will last forever. Get ready to fall in love with this incredible destination!

Ciao for now,

Silvia x