Amed is the most recent tourist development area in Bali. It was only in 2000 that tarmac was laid on the roads, telephone lines were installed in 2003, and it took until 2007 for a bridge to be built over a section of the road that regularly washed away during the rainy season. To this day, phone lines are so limited in the area that most hotels only have one landline each, so it is wise to bring a mobile phone (cellphone) when visiting if you need to stay in touch with the outside world. Local Indonesian SIM cards can be purchased in thousands of places around Bali. There is also a public telephone office in the centre of Amed and a couple of internet cafes (the connection speed is V-E-R-Y slow, though).
English is widely spoken in all the hotels, restaurants and shops.
There are public 'bemos' that pass through Amed several times a day but the easiest way to get around is to hire a car and driver.
Most people come to Amed as a getaway, including expats from other parts of the island. It's a favourite honeymoon destination for tourists and is also popular with divers and snorkelers. Sailing trips in small Balinese sail boats can be arranged, and day trips to local places of interest such as the Water Gardens of Tirta Gangga and Bali's most sacred temple, Besakih, high on the slopes of Mount Agung.
White Dragon temple at Lempuyang
Lempuyang Temple, half hour drive from Amed. One of the eight most sacred temples on the island. Park in the car park and walk up the steps to the temple. The lower temple is always open but the upper temple (at the top of the dragon staircases) is often locked, so it is best to go with a Balinese driver who will usually be able to arrange for the temple priest to open it up for you. It's situated high up a mountain and there are magnificent sunset views at dusk.
For entertainment, a local live band performs at Double One Restaurant once a week and there are sometimes free Balinese dance performances in some of the restaurants. A local Gong & Genjek group performs about once a month in the Bali Mandala room at Dancing Dragon Cottages.
Scuba diving -- There is some fine diving in the bay. The beach diving is great or take a small boat out five minutes if you want to get to the deeper water. Beware of diving after a heavy rain, the water from the run-off can greatly reduce your visibility. There are some excellent dive companies in Amed and also some that are based in Lovina and run day trips to Amed that you can be part of if you call ahead.
Snorkeling -- Amed has some fine snorkeling within meters of the coast. A reef follows the majority of the coastline. Due to the limited number of visitors to the area, the sea life is healthy and abundant.
There are a few shops in Amed selling basic necessities (shampoo, bottled water, etc) as well as sarongs and tee-shirts, but it does not have the range of handicrafts and clothing shops that other tourist areas have.
Dancing Dragon Restaurant, Dancing Dragon Cottages, ☎ 0363 23521 (email@example.com), . 7.00am - 10.00pm. International and Balinese cuisine. Also buffet catering for group events.From $10.
There is a wide range of hotels in the area, with rooms ranging from $20 - $200 per night. Most of them have been built by westerners in partnership with Balinese people and have brought a welcome increase in employment to the area. Everyone knows everyone so there is a real feeling of village community, but the hotels are well spaced out so you feel that you have your own private space there. There are no TVs in most of the hotel rooms, so bring a good book to read or better still, spend your time getting to know the locals. The pace of life is very slow and relaxed in Amed, the people are friendly, and they have time!
Apa Kabar Villas is a small and quiet collection of ocean front bungalows (sleep four) and Balinese villas (sleep six) surrounded by lush gardens. They also have a lovely restaurant, swimming pool, and some nice coral for snorkeling right off of their beach.
Dancing Dragon Cottages, Amed, Bali, Indonesia, ☎ 0363 23521 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 0363 23521), . checkin: 3.00pm; checkout: 12 noon. Feng shui boutique hotel. Air-conditioned thatched cottages with ocean views, 100-person conference center, pool, restaurant, bar.From $48.
Villa Sinar Cinta is a traditionally built seaside villa with privacy and excellent service. It is the perfect place for maximally eight persons. Also with its large swimmingpool of 15 x 3 meters. The site url="http://www.sinarcinta.com" offers information on how to discover East Bali.
Theft is almost unheard of in the Amed area. However, when travelling anywhere in the world, it is always wise to lock any valuable in a hotel safety box or safety deposit facility, and lock all doors and windows when you leave your room and when sleeping at night.