When you think of Bali you probably think of popular hotspots like Ubud, Nusa Dua, and Canggu. While all of these places are indeed incredible you may want to find more of an undiscovered and less touristy place to visit during your stay in Bali.
We ended up finding just that when we visited Amed Bali, a long coastal strip on the island full with breathtaking views of Mt. Agung volcano and a fisherman village.
You may not find a party here, but instead, you’ll find a quiet paradise destination in Amed Bali. You’ll need to prepare for days of relaxing on the beach, great diving and snorkeling, and a pleather of seafood to enjoy.
There are tons of dive shops scattered throughout the coastal area of Amed. If you aren’t certified – no worries, every single dive shop here is willing to do so for you for a fraction of the cost it would be in other spots in the world. Although I never mustered up the courage myself to actually do this here, I seriously considered it!
Jl I Ketut Natih, Amed, Abang 80852, Indonesia
Snorkeling & Beaches
Here’s where we really had fun! There’s some great snorkeling in Amed and we were lucky enough be footsteps away from great snorkeling from our guesthouse. You can rent snorkel gear from almost any guesthouse or even at the snorkeling site for just a few bucks. We paid around $3 for masks and flippers per day.
The best snorkeling spots are easiest to find by going to the locations listed below. Most spots are next to a restaurant or guesthouse making it easy to locate!
After you’re done snorkeling you can take a nap on the warm black sand beaches. Be prepared as some beaches are a bit rocky, make sure you bring a towel or mat to lay on!
Rising Star Beach Resort
This is where we stayed and can confirm has great snorkeling! The beach is black sand and can be a little more difficult to walk in and out of the water.
Jalan Raya Amed Bunutan, Bunutan, Amed, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80853, Indonesia
Amed Café & Warung Bobo
Another great snorkel spot during high tide, also easier to get in and out of the water because the beach is sandier.
Jalan. Raya Bunutan, Amed Beach Bali, Purwakerti, Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
Pondok Vienna Beach
Located on Lipah beach it’s best to hit this snorkel spot early in the morning as the water can get rough here in the afternoon. This beach is more sandy so it’s easier to get in and out of the water here.
Jl. Raya Lipah, Bunutan, Abang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
Life in Amed
From the hotel hit the beach on the left hand side for some coral reef and fish.
Good Karma Bungalows
Located on Selang Beach this snorkeling spot can be hit or miss depending on the current. The beach is also sandy making it easy to get in and out of the water.
This shipwreck is a popular spot for divers and snorkelers and is close enough to shore for even beginner swimmers to enjoy. The beach is a bit rocky so it can be a little difficult getting in and out of the water.
Jl. Karangasem – Seraya, Bunutan, Abang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
When we first arrived in Amed we couldn’t help but admire the views here. Along the coastline, you are rewarded with cliffside views and an epic view of Mt. Agung volcano. Many of the hotels here are on the water offering balconies with ocean views right on the beach. This is a place you can find serenity by just looking around.
Jemeluk Viewpoint Restaurant
Get here around an hour before sunset to snag a table at this popular scenic spot. The food is just okay, but the view is worth it. Overlooking Jemeluk beach and offering stunning views of Mt. Agung, eating here is worth that selfie!
Amed Bali is a known fisherman village, meaning you’ll have your fair share of delicious local seafood to indulge in! We found ourselves liking the same place and going back for every meal. Whether you’re looking for a local warung, western food, or a restaurant with a good view you’ll be able to find it in Amed.
We love the name of this one! Located on the beach in front of a great snorkeling spot! Park here and snorkel yourself up an appetite and enjoy some of their delicious seafood options.
Jl. I Ketut Natih, Purwakerti, Abang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
The Grill Bar & Restaurant
We ate here by accident but loved the food so much that we came back for a second feast. We loved their Mediterranean cuisine and daily fish specials.
Jl. Raya Amed Bunutan, Bunutan, Abang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
You’re going to want to rent a motorbike here to get around to and from the different snorkel spots and beaches. Exploring Amed was one of the best things about staying there. We were able to rent a motorbike from our guesthouse for $4 a day, which is the standard rate in the area.
When booking your guesthouse check to see if they offer motorbike and scooter rentals.
When it’s time to go to the airport or move areas on Bali you can also ask your guesthouse or nearby guesthouses for a driver. The price will depend on where you’re going.
Another small fishing village about a 20 minute drive from Amed that offers more diving and snorkeling for water lovers. There’s also another shipwreck here to explore.
Amed Bali is the perfect paradise for anyone looking to relax with wonderful views. Even though there is some tourism here, we feel like this area has been unspoiled by too many visitors. This is not the place to go to if you’re looking for a party, most nights are quiet with the exception of a live musician at certain restaurants. The snorkeling and diving here make it a great place for an adventure and the views here are incredible.
We have a feeling that Amed won’t be this way forever, so it’s better to visit sooner than later to experience one of the last quiet and affordable places left on the island.
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