Amed and Tulamben

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

A Traditional Salt Farmers Village with Amazing Dive Sites

Amed is a perfect example of secluded and natural part of Bali. It has large stretches of black sand beaches, which are rarely visited by tourists. You will need about three-hours drive to get here from most of the areas at the South. Visitors are mainly divers and those looking for a quiet and peaceful place to relax. The area offers a very diverse landscape, and mountains rise steeply from sandy and rocky beaches, moving up through small winding roads to the famous sunrise and sunset point at Jemeluk bay. This viewpoint is a must-visit destination in the area; many cafes and restaurants are normally packed with guests during sunset hours.

Only about 30 minutes away to the north, there is Tulamben. Serious divers can take a day trip north to Tulamben, where the American USS Liberty’s famous wreck can be seen. Simultaneously, snorkelers can seek out a secret Japanese shipwreck that can be found nearer to the beach, better ask local for the accurate location. The wreck is a top place for a snorkel, as it is close to shore, full of marine life, and not very deep.

Amed - Tulamben Weather

Amed – Tulamben Brief

Beaches

The coast at Amed is mostly rocky cobblestone beaches, which gives the area a very different look from the rest of Bali. This may not be Bali’s most beautiful beaches, but it is one of the most peaceful. The water here is always gentle and usually free of currents, and the snorkelling directly offshore is terrific, with fish everywhere you look.

Culinary

Upscale eateries have popped up in Amed. These restaurants serve mostly western food and a few choices of authentic local cuisine. A more affordable alternative is a family-owned business with delicious home-cooked style food.

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.

Transportation

Amed and Tulamben can be hard to get to and require heavy driving, so it is best to come with a driver. Motorcycles can be rented for getting around once you are there—most of the tourists coming on Friday and 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 Abang area in Karangasem is very beautiful, with wild monkeys swinging around from one tree to another.

Activities

Diving in the morning is the best activity to do in Amed. The Japanese shipwreck in Lipah has become the shelter of beautiful plate corals and fluorescent gorgonians. The shipwreck of USS Liberty is also a popular underwater attraction as it is interesting for the beginner and the pro diver. For beautiful underwater photography, Jemeluk is a nearby diving site with wonderful marine life. Wander around the village on foot or by motorcycle. Alternatively, you can take a trip to Lombok; a 40 mins hop from Amed to Gili by fast boat.

Accommodation

Almost all of the hotels here are smaller places by the beach, making it possible to walk out of your room, direct access to the beach. From guesthouses to cottages, Amed serves mostly European tourists with decent private fan-cooled rooms. More mid-range bungalows with air-conditioned rooms and swimming pools have recently popped up to accommodate tourists who prefer a higher level of comfort. Amed is an alternative place to stay instead of Tulamben, as it’s just a short drive away.

Sights

Amed has a fish market where fishers go to bring their catch in the morning. 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.

History

Amed region is well known for its traditional salt productions. It was not until recently that electricity became available in Amed. It has slowly turned into a tourist diving destination.