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AMED & TULAMBEN GUIDE – BALI

Amed & Tulamben is known for…

  • Beautiful Snorkel and Dive Spots
  • Traditional Salt Farming
  • Community of Yoga and Diving from France, Germany and other European Countries
  • Beaches and viewpoints with a nice sunrise view and Mount Agung
  • A Weekend Getaway Destination

How is Amed & Tulamben in general?

Amed is a diver’s paradise to descend into the underwater world

Amed is a perfect example of a secluded and natural part of Bali. It has large stretches of black sand beaches, which are rarely visited by tourists due to how far and remote it is from the more popular areas. It will take about a three-hour drive to get to Amed from the south. Visitors who come up to this place are mainly divers and those looking for a tranquil place to de-stress.

It’s best to stay in Amed as a general area to stay if you’re looking to explore Tulamben, though it’s just a short drive away. The Amed area offers a very diverse landscape of sandy and rocky beaches and mountains in the background with a close-knit community in between. The journey moving up to Amed follows small winding roads to the famous hilltop vantage point at Jemeluk Bay. This is a must-visit spot at this destination; many cafes and restaurants are normally packed with guests during golden hour.

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Almost all of the hotels here are small establishments by the beach, making it possible to walk out of your room with direct access to the ocean. Though most activities surround Amed beach, some of the accommodation stretches as far as the beach and even a 10-minute drive further down just a little bit past Jemeluk Bay.

Hotel & Resorts
Accommodation

From charming guest houses to cottages, Amed serves their guests with decently private and fan-cooled rooms. More mid-range bungalows and modern villas that provide air-conditioned rooms and swimming pools have recently popped up as well to accommodate tourists who prefer a higher level of comfort. Nonetheless, having an ocean view in one of the remote areas creates an unbeatable experience in Bali that is constantly developing, so don’t miss out on a chance to enjoy this undisturbed region before crowds of tourists start spreading to this side of the island.

Accommodation
Culinary

From ‘catch-of-the-day’ meals, local cuisine, and western dishes, upscale eateries have popped up in and around Amed. These restaurants serve mostly western food with a number of choices for authentic local cuisine. A more affordable alternative are local family-owned businesses with delicious home-cooked style food. There is still an eclectic variety available for visitors who may be worried about being in a remote area, so don’t fret as the number of places to eat in Amed are always increasing.

Going out
Nightlife

Live music performance by local bands is typical entertainment in Amed. It gets quiet at night with only a few bars serving cold beers and cocktails. Despite the lack of dining options you would normally find in the south, the night scene is still just as fun with reggae music in the air. It’s a decent place to have a couple drinks and enjoy the ocean breeze, it has a certain charm you can only get away from the commotion of tourist areas.

Going out
Beaches & Diving

Diving is the main activity when coming to Amed. The coast along Amed is mostly covered with rocks, which gives the area a very different look from the rest of Bali, especially with the bewitching black sand. This may not be Bali’s most beautiful beach, but it is known as one of the most peaceful, especially for a diving expedition. The water here is always gentle and usually free of currents, and snorkelling directly offshore is terrific with an abundance of fish surrounding you everywhere you turn. Because the area is less populated by tourists, you’ll find the beaches not as polluted, so you’ll be able to see healthy coral reefs and clear blue oceans ready to enchant you below the water. The diving schools in the area can provide training and even tours on whatever you are looking to do, whether it’s free diving, snorkeling in the nearby shores, or even scuba diving.

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Sightseeing

The vantage point atop of Jemeluk Bay makes the trip up to Amed all the more worthwhile, you can even see the volcano Mount Agung in the distance. However, the real places that would really take your breath away lies beneath the land surface. People come to Amed mainly for its diving sites. Some visitors use Amed as a starting point to visit Tulamben and dive to see the shipwreck of the USS Liberty. The USS Liberty is one of many popular underwater attractions as it is a fascinating sight underwater for both the beginner and pro divers. Following Amed beach down to Lipah lies another shipwreck from the Japanese. It has become a shelter of beautiful plate corals and fluorescent gorgonians you can snorkel towards. This underwater site is perfect for beautiful shots, but be mindful of the wonderful marine life thriving that calls the shipwreck home.

Culture/History

Amed region is well known for its traditional salt production. It was not until recently that electricity became available in Amed. It has slowly turned into a tourist diving destination with locals turning to the industry to help drive traction to the village. However, you won’t just find the local community working to shed more light on this northeastern area. Surprisingly, you’ll find French-speaking expats too who are running the dive shops available in Amed.

Transportation

Amed and Tulamben can be hard to get to and require careful driving through dirt roads, so it is best to come with a driver. Motorbikes can be rented to get around once you are there—most of the tourists coming on Friday are picked up on Sunday afternoon by a car. But if you are an adventurous traveller, going on a long scooter ride can be a great trip. The view of the Abang area in Karangasem is very beautiful, with wild monkeys swinging around from one tree to another.

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