Amed is the destination of choice for travelers looking to explore the north-east coast of Bali. It’s known for its beaches, diving, and snorkeling and close to some of the island’s main attractions.
It’s more ‘off the beaten track’ than Ubud, Sanur, and Canggu, but still very tourist friendly with plenty of restaurants, accommodation options, and dive resorts. From honeymooners to backpackers, Amed is perfect for anyone looking for a great beach destination in Bali.
Scuba Diving Sites in Amed
Amed shares many dive sites with nearby Tulamben, though since Amed is larger and more tourist-friendly (in terms of places to stay, restaurants etc.), most people choose Amed over Tulamben for scuba diving in the area.
These are Amed’s dive sites:
- Ghost Bay: An artificial reef great for muck diving. Visibility isn’t great, but that’s ok as the highlight here is the macro critters.
- Jemeluk Bay: Another popular spot for macro diving. Little to no current so great for beginners as well. Also a good spot for night dives.
- Amed Reef: A nice reef with lots of marine life. Watch for blue spotted rays and baraccuda. Around 30m you may see some whitetip sharks as well.
- Amed Wall: A beautiful wall covered in corals and sponges. Around 30m keep an eye out for pygmy seahorses.
- Japanese Wreck: Sunk during WWII these Japanese patrol ship is now a gorgeous reef filled with life. The wreck lies at 2-12m with a coral plateau on the slope below at 35m.
- Gili Selang: One of Bali’s least visited dive sites. This is a great spot to see pelagics including grey reef sharks and even hammerheads. However, the currents here can be quite strong so it’s only suitable for experienced divers.
And, of course, the dive sites that it shares with Tulamben, including the famous Liberty Wreck.
- Liberty Wreck/ USAT Liberty: Liberty wreck is the reason why divers come to Tulamben to start with. The massive US Transport ship was sunk by a torpedo in 1942 and lies just off the coast of Tulamben. Divers can easily do 2-3 dives here to explore everything this wreck has to offer. One of the best times to dive is at sunrise, when all it’s night inhabitants (including some impressive bumphead parrotfish) wake up and leave for the day.
- Boga Shipwreck: A cargo vessel that was scuttled in 2011. Just minutes away from the Liberty Wreck.
- Tulamben Drop Off: A wall that starts at 1m and drops down to 40m. Its covered with corals and has plenty of overhangs where lots of little critters like to hide.
- Tulamben Coral Garden: A healthy reef filled with bright corals and lots of reef fish. You may spot some reef sharks here as well.
- Suci Place: Suci Place looks like an underwater museum. Numerous statues have been sunk here to create an artificial reef.
- Shark Point: Not far past the Tulamben Drop Off, Shark Point is a good place to spot reef sharks. If the currents are strong you may even see a hammerhead.
- Tulamben Drift: This drift dive takes divers from the bay, past the gardens, and towards Liberty Wreck. Expect to see tons of marine life (5-15m gives the best variety)
How to get to Amed
Amed is located on the north eastern tip of Bali, about a three-hour drive from Denpasar International Airport. If you are coming from the airport, or somewhere in southern Bali, then you will need to hire a taxi or a private driver to take you.
If you are coming from Lovina, Tulamben, or Padang Bai then you can take the Perama shuttle. Keep in mind there have been comments that Perama will need a minimum of two people to going to the same destination.
Travelers should also know that Amed stretches 10km, so when taking the shuttle or hiring a driver you should have an address or hotel/resort/homestay name to be dropped off at rather than just ‘Amed’.
Once in Amed, if you plan on doing much travelling in the area you will need to rent a motorbike or hire a driver. There is no public transit.
Things to do in Amed
Amed is a low-key place where many travellers come to kick back and relax. There isn’t a ton to see and do here, but there are a few ways you can keep busy.
- Beaches: Amed is definitely a beach destination. You can lounge on the sand, swim, snorkel, dive, free dive, or rent a SUP for a few hours. If you are looking for beautiful beaches without the huge crowds, Amed is a great spot.
- Massage/Spa: Amed, like pretty much every city in Bali, has plenty of spots offering massages and other spa services for incredibly cheap prices. Take advantage of the low costs and indulge.
- Yoga: Amed has a couple of spots that specialize in yoga. Whether you are looking just to drop in for a class or two, or are interested in a Yoga retreat, Amed is a great spot for yogis and lacks the crowds that can be found in Ubud.
- Mount Agung: Only about 40 minutes from Amed, Mount Agung is a popular destination for trekking and hiking. You can easily make a day trip to explore the area.
- Tirta Gangga: Tirta Gangga is Bali’s best known water palace, and a day trip here can easily be arranged from Amed. The water palace itself is stunning, but you should also take some time to explore the nearby trails and paths.
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Where to Stay in Amed
Amed has plenty of accommodation options to cater to travelers of all budgets, this includes dive resorts as well. As mentioned above, the stretch known as ‘Amed’ is quite large, so if you are going to be doing some diving make sure to stay close to your dive resort (or actually at it).
Amed is a popular destination for scuba divers looking to explore Bali’s north-east coast. While we recognize that it can be tricky and expensive to get to, we definitely recommend taking a few days and actually staying here rather than trying to come from Sanur, Seminyak, or Kuta. By staying on site you’ll get to dive before the crowds hit and therefore get the best dive experience.