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* in front of Amed Cafe
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* Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben, some of which is in water shallow enough to allow snorkelling.
* Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben, some of which is in water shallow enough to allow snorkelling.
Revision as of 22:12, 9 August 2018
- For the city in Turkish Southeast Anatolia with the Kurdish name Amed, see Diyarbakir.
Amed is a long coastal strip of fishing villages in East Bali.
Amed refers to a long stretch of coast running from the village of Culik about 14 km eastwards incorporating the seven villages of Amed, Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah, Selang, Banyuning and Aas. The pace of life here is slow and the coastal scenery quite stunning making Amed the perfect place for a relaxed holiday in Bali.
Amed Beach with the sun disapearing behind Mount Agung
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 main road that regularly washed away during the rainy season.
This is the most commonly used base for visitors wishing to dive the USS Liberty wreck at Tulamben and that area is also covered by this article. There are other good dive sites close at hand and a thriving dive industry has developed all the way along the coast here.
Amed's inhabitants live from fishing, salt-making and tourism. The lack of tourism-based revenue, its remote nature and the generally harsh environment for farming, meant that this area was very much one of the poorer areas in Bali. Amongst others, the East Bali Poverty Project  drew attention to the plight of the local villagers in this area and that, together with recent tourist development, has gone a long way to improving general standards of living, health and education.
Amed lies on the north-eastern tip of Bali, about three hours drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport. A taxi service to Amed is available outside airport (turn left after customs) van rental parking lot about Rp 450,000 as of Nov. 2014.
Amed is accessed by turning east at the village of Culik which lies on the main east coast road from Karangasem to Singaraja.
Shuttle buses regularly serve the destination from Candidasa and Lovina and now that the road has been greatly improved, they take you all the way into Amed (previously all buses stopped at Culik and motorbikes ferried visitors into Amed).
Perama  operates optional shuttle buses from Padang Bai or Candidasa to Tirtagangga, Amed and Tulamben (Rp 125,000, min. 2 people). Depart : 9.30AM & 2PM - Return : 11AM. There is no Perama office in Amed, however there are two shops serving as pick-up/drop-off points, as well as ticket offices. One is Amed Cafe and the other one is No Problem Shop (at Amed Beach, the first village of Amed).
The easiest way into Amed though is to hire your own transport with a driver. Be aware that the Amed district is stretched out over more than 10 km. Transport by local drivers is widely available in Amed. Transport to Padang Bai should not cost more than Rp 150,000.
If you are coming from the islands to the east, Amed Sea Express  offers pick-up in Lombok, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air with twice daily service to Amed arriving at 9:15AM & 1:15PM.
Public transport in Amed is rare. There are bemos (mini buses) from Culik as far as Aas (that pass through Amed) but mainly in the morning. Later in the day it is almost impossible to find public transport. The easiest way to get around is to hire a car and driver. Motorcycles are widely available for rent and you should expect to pay Rp 50,000-80,000/day.
Taxi with child seat now available at Dillons Bungalows and Restaurant.
There are bicycles to rent at Fusion Free Dive for 30,000/day. It is halfway between Amed Beach (Fun Divers/Zen Divers) and Amed Cafe.
Family friendly, safe drivers with modern, air-conditioned minivans are much more widely available now. In September 2014, an airport transfer, taking around 3 hours, cost USD 55, approx Rp 660,000. A return trip to Ubud, taking around 2.5 hours each way, cost Rp 700,000. You may be able to haggle them down on the price, but it may be fixed if arranged through a resort.
- Bali Indo Tour (Transport for tulamben And Amed), Jalan Labuan Sait, ([email protected]), . 10 hours. Transport to visit amed,tulamben,tirta gangga beach,taman ujung,this is long trip and no public transport to visit here,best way is use private transport. USD 55/Car.
- Krishna Bali Tours (Cheap Transport Service to Amed), ☎ 62811388199, . 10 hours. Will enable you to have appropriate transportation to anywhere you go around the island, including to the spots with no public transportation could reach. Travel by private air-conditioned car or minivan and be assisted by an English-speaking driver. USD 45/Car.
The black sand and fishing boats of Amed
Amed is famous for its beaches, lined with traditional outrigger fishing boats. There is quite coarse black volcanic sand at Amed village beach. As you move further east (and away from Mount Agung), the beaches have softer sand and become more of a mid grey-brown in colour. The prettiest bays are probably those at Jemeluk and Lipah but the whole stretch of coastline is very attractive.
Salt production is a declining but still important industry in this area. As you drive along the main coast road through the villages you will see large open drying pans crusted with salt crystals. Those little boxes of gourmet Bali salt crystals you see in delicatessens and speciality food stores all over the world may have started their long journey from these very pans.
There is vibrant marine life close offshore in clear seas.
- Mini Zoo, Selang (at the Selang Resort), ☎ +62 85 237506739 ([email protected]), . 7AM-9PM. Many kinds of birds (cockatoo, lory, hornbill), reptiles (python, tortoise, skink) and mammals (slow lori, palm civet, porcupine). Rp 20,000.
- Shell Museum, Bunutan (at the Aiona Garden of Health). An odd little place and a very charming one to boot. Exactly as it says, shells. Rp 20,000.
Jemeluk Bay with Mount Agung in the distance
Most people come to Amed as a getaway, including expats from other parts of the island. It is a favourite honeymoon destination for tourists and is very popular with divers and snorkelers. Day trips to local places of interest such as the water palace at Tirta Gangga and Bali's most sacred temple, Besakih, can easily be arranged.
Mount Agung with lots of trekking options just 30-40 minutes from Amed.
Traditional outrigger boats are available for fishing charters from the main beaches in the Amed area. This normally involves early morning trolling for mackerel, barracuda and tuna.
Have a traditional massage on the beach. Women from the local villages are always on hand for an invigorating massage, especially at Lipah Beach.
Enjoy nature and go with the wind on a traditional sailing boat for diving, fishing, exploration, dolphin watching, snorkelling or just swimming and relaxing.
Go stand up paddleboarding (SUP) in Jemeluk bay beside Apneista freediving school, this is a beautiful way to explore the coast and stay in shape, there are amazing views of Mount Agung.
You can get your visa extended here for Rp 500,000, which takes a week. That's generally cheaper than doing so in south Bali. Dive Concepts can tell you where to go for that and probably other dive centres too.
Since decennia has the area some fine diving in Jemeluk Bay both from the beach and from boats in deeper water.
Beware of diving after a heavy rain, the water from the run-off can greatly reduce visibility in the water.
- Adventure Divers Bali, Jl Jemeluk, Amed, ☎ +62 813 5313 6113 ([email protected]), . PADI and SSI dive shop ofering a full range of courses. Instructed by an Englishman who moved to Amed with his Belgian wife.
- Amed Dive Centre, Jl Pantai Timur 801 (Hotel Uyah), ☎ +62 363 23462 ([email protected]), . Full range of PADI courses, fun dives, diving and sailing trips. English, French and German speaking.
- Amed Scuba, Bunutan, ☎ +62 81 999 123 847 ([email protected]), . Offers diving tours around Bali, local Amed-based dive-safaris and yoga classes. Instruct all PADI courses from Open Water to Divemaster. German, English and French speaking. Instructed by a German biologist.
- Apneista Freediving & Yoga (""address=Jl), ☎ +62 812 382 67356 ([email protected]), . Offering freediving (apnea diving) courses- Levels 1,2, 3 SSI certification as well as Instructor training SSI and Apneista, Masters training, Coaching, Fun Dives, Night dives, Manta trips, Liveaboards and more.
- Bali Diversity, Jl Raya Bunutan, Amed (2kms after Jemeluk Bay), ☎ +62 822 3014 1772 / +62 822 1016 9996 ([email protected]), . Bali Diversity is a new Indonesian and French owned Dive Center in Amed. Bali Diversity offers the full range of PADI courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Divemaster training. Learn to dive in Amed, the best and easiest place in Bali, or discover the extraordinary diversity of sites and critters on the East coast of Bali with Fun Dives, Trips and Packages in Amed, Tulamben, Seraya, Kubu, Padangbai and more. Bali Diversity has experienced Instructors that teach in English, French, Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia. They also provide accommodation in a Beach Front Resort or small budget villas for their divers.
- Bali Reef Divers, Jl Raya Bunutan, Amed (After passing Amed and Jemeluk the road continues very steep uphill to a viewing point where you can see Mount Agung. Follow the road for another 2km and after you reached the top of another hill you will see Bali Reef Divers on your left hand side), ☎ +62(0)87863203076 ([email protected]), . PADI 5 Star Dive resort located at Puri Wirata Dive Resort and Spa. Offering the full range of dive courses starting from Discover Scuba upto Divemaster Level. Daily dive trips to Amed and Tulamben region. Also offers dive safaris around the island and beyond. English, french and dutch PADI Courses available. They also have an office in Tulamben if you would like to dive the USS Liberty Shipwreck. .
- Baliku Dive Center, Banyuning, Amed (Baliku Dive Resort), ☎ +62 828 3686 138, +62 812 3954 0812 ([email protected]), . PADI and SSI dive shop offering a full range of courses. Managed by a Belgian, courses and dives are available in French, English, German and Indonesian.
- Baruna Dive Center, Amed, ☎ +62 87 762 631 634 ([email protected]), . PADI and SSI dive centre. French management with professional and local staff, multilingual courses and dives. Associated with Citra Lestari Cottages for accommodations. Free Wi-Fi
- BLD Diving (Bali Loisirs DIVE), Amed Jl. Jemeluk Bali (On the Amed Beach Road next to Warung ENAK in Jemeluk), ☎ +62 (0) 8214 762 73 10, . In BLD DIVE SCHOOL you can start your Dive Career from TRY SCUBA over OPEN WATER diver up to SSI INSTRUCTOR for Open Water with our experienced Teacher/ Instructors. They will help you in any Moment and help you by any questions. You will get from the first Moment a safety Feeling for diving. (,""''')
- Dive Concepts, Bali, Jl Raya, Amed & @ Pura Aries Hotel, Tulamben (In Amed, directly after crossing the bridge entering the first villiage), ☎ +62 81 21 684 5440 ([email protected]), . 9AM- 6PM. PADI dive centre offering local fun dives around Amed and on the USAT Liberty wreck. Day trips to Nusa Penida and Menjangan Island, multi-day dive safaris and courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Assistant Instructor. Foreign instructors and divemasters emphasis speaking French and English but also offer courses in Italian, Spanish and German. The shop has multiple locations; in addition to the Amed and Tulamben shops, there are offices in Kuta, and Gili Trawangan. They also know a local travel agent who can arrange visa extensions for 500,000 that take a week. Rp 500,000 for 2 dives.
- Divers cafe dive resort, Jl Jemeluk, Amed, ☎ +62 877 6119 1041 ([email protected]), . PADI and SSI dive center , they offer all courses from beginner to dive master. They also organize daily fun dives between amed and tulamben including the famous USAT liberty.Managed by a french instructor with 20 years experience you will feel safe , greatly welcome by the team and benefit from sharing their knowledge as well in technics for courses as in environment for fun dives
- Ecodive Bali (Ecodive Bali), Jemeluk Beach, ☎ +62 363 23482 ([email protected]), . Ecodive Bali, a PADI 5*Dive Centre. Amed's oldest and largest dive centre, established in 1997 and run by a PADI Master Instructor/SSI Instructor Trainer with over 40 years professional experience. Daily dive trips and a full range of courses from Open Water to Instructor. Languages served: English, French, German, Dutch and Indonesian. Responsible and sustainable tourism policies; pledges US$1 from every dive and US$10 from every course to local social and ecological projects.
- Euro Dive, Lipah, ☎ +62 363 23605 ([email protected]), . PADI 5 Star resort established in 1999. English, French, German and Indonesian speaking. Associated with Hidden Paradise Cottages / Coral View Villas.
- Jukung Dive Bali (Formerly known as Euro Dive), Jl Jemeluk, ☎ +62 363 23469 ([email protected]), . PADI 5 star Gold Palm Resort run by a Dutch family. They speak English, French and Dutch. The 2 swimming pools are used for instruction sessions but are also a place to relax. 3 bungalows with sea view available, A/C, hot water and a restaurant with very good food. Bali Dive Safaris , is part of Jukung Dive and offers dive safaris to dive spots in Bali.
- No Fear Diving (Bila Restaurant and Bungalows), Amed Jl. Jemeluk Bali (On the Amed Beach Road next to Harley Bar in Jemeluk), ☎ +62 81916573021, . No Fear Diving is a Word Wide Exclusive & Individual PADI Specialty Course for Anxious People offered by Oliver Radosav a German State Approve Ergo-Therapist. (,""''')
Ergo-Therapeutic Client Centered Scuba Education for Children an People with Special Needs. Different Therapy is a Ergo-therapeutic Concept, which let Scuba Diving and Travel Activities become a Customized Intervention to Improve Personal and Individual ability, to Reach Personal Goals. Experience and exceed boundaries and individual fears under professional supervision.
Amed and Tulamben are fast becoming recognised as the best place in Bali to learn freediving (apnea or breath-hold diving). There are three Freediving schools located in Amed and Tulamben. There are also several other instructors that use those locations for courses.
Jemeluk bay in Amed has deep coral walls and a lack of strong currents. Based there is the Apneista Freediving training and Yoga space.  It is Bali's first freediving school and they have a beautiful training space and Yoga sala right on Jemeluk beach. The training is open to all and ranges from complete beginners, the basic level freediver to more advanced coaching for those who have received freediving training elsewhere. The training is influenced and supplemented with various aspects of Yoga education.
In Tulamben, closeby the famous Liberty wreck and with easy access to depth of 150m+, Apnea Bali is located. All levels are welcome, ranging from beginners to freedive athletes training for competitions. The school offers Apnea Total and SSI certified courses. Those that have a bit more time can sign up for their master program, which is an intensive, personalised training over 4-5 weeks. The team at Apnea Bali also does coaching, competition preparation and depth training on their freedive platform out in the bay. The main goal at the school isn't the certification card at the end of the course, but to enjoy being in the water and develop everyone's individual skills.
For more see: Apnea Bali
In the centre of Amed Fusion Freediving and Yoga Centre  is located. They teach all levels from very beginner to advanced freediver and pay a lot of attention to relaxation and having fun in the water. The school offers AIDA, Pure Apnea and SSI certified courses and personalized coachings (short or long-term and deep trainings with their own boat). They also specialize at spearfishing training or trips and breath-hold clinics for surfers.
For more see
Apneista Freediving and Yoga school  has recently opened a beachside yoga sala and training space in Jemeluk bay, most days there is a 90 minutes Asana class in the evenings and often in the mornings. They also offer workshops in other aspects of Yoga such as Pranayama and Meditation.
Life Yoga Shala  offers a beautiful yoga shala with wooden floors, a sea view, 2 classes a day (8am & 5:30pm) with a variety of styles to suit all levels including a kids yoga class (Wed 4-5pm) for local and visiting youth.
Coconut Yoga AND Yoga Here & There Teacher Trainings  ☎ Whatsapp: +31631624215. A quiet shala situated in the forest, a little set back from the main road, at Kelapa Cottage. Daily yoga classes, retreats and yoga teacher trainings. Classes are accessible to all levels.
Amed has some good snorkelling within metres of the shore. A reef follows the majority of the coastline and is quite close in. Due to the limited number of visitors to the area and a growing conservation awareness among the locals, the sea life is healthy and abundant. There is a small wooden wreck in only 1.5 m of water off Lipah Beach, however this is not the World War II "Japanese Wreck". David Pickels' book on diving in Bali described this dive site for the first time in 1999 as the Lipah Bay Wreck, and he later admitted his mistake. The Japanese shipwreck is not located in Lipah Bay, but a few kilometres further east along the coast, in the village of Banyuning and is great for diving and snorkelling with abundant coral and fish life - this dive site is locally known among the dive operators as the "Japanese Wreck" and is clearly signposted with ample car parking and snorkel equipment rental on location.
Best places for snorkelling are:
- Japanese Shipwreck in Banyuning, small ship at 20m from the beach, awesome corals with tons of fish
- Jemeluk, an absolute highlight with beautiful coral formations and loads of fish.
- in front of Pondok Vienna Beach in Lipah. A highlight, beautiful corals and lots of fish. Waters can be very rough here (as they can be at all the beaches when the wind is strong - going in the morning is best to avoid this).
- small wooden shipwreck at Lipah beach
- Bunutan beach, very good stretch between Bedulu Resort and Hotel Santai (eel garden, beautiful coral, not so many fish)
- Selang beach, in front of Good Karma Bungalows (visibility isn't always good because of strong currents)
- The Pyramids artificial reef in front of Camessa Hotel
- Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben, some of which is in water shallow enough to allow snorkelling.
Tulamben is a small fishing village, 30 km north of Amed, about 20-30 min by road. As well as local dives off the various Amed beaches a notable attraction is diving the wreck of the USAT Liberty at Tulamben. Some divers base themselves at Tulamben itself where all of the hotels have either in-house dive operations or are associated with one of them.
The Liberty is a US Army transport ship torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942. The wreck lies about 30 m offshore and is covered in soft corals. A huge range of reef fish have made this their home with occasional visits by pelagics. Some of the wreck can be seen by snorkellers. There are other dives in the Tulamben area and keen divers will have no problem entertaining themselves for a few days in this area. A night dive on the wreck is strongly recommended, with bumphead parrotfish looking for a place to sleep and chances of seeing the Spanish dancer. One word of warning - The Liberty is a very popular dive and unless you are actually staying at Amed or Tulamben and get there early in the day, it can be very crowded indeed.
Besides the wide-angle dive sites, e.g. USAT Liberty Wreck and Coral Garden,there are numerous Marco dive sites, e.g. Seraya Secrets, Melasti, Segara, Big Tree, Kubu Reef, and Sidharta. The above sites are all for shore entry. If you want to do a boat dive, there are various destinations you can choose from, e.g. Alamanda, Batu Kelebit, Emerald, Sidem, and Bulakan.
- Liberty Dive Resort, Jalan Raya Tulamben - Kubu (End of Tulamben main street, on the way to Kubu), ☎ +62 81337762206 (Mobile); +62 363 23347 (Office) ([email protected]), . 24 hours. Just around 1-2 mins (150 meters)to the Wreck entry point. A dive resort famous for its diving service for UW photographers. Plenty of dive guides with abundant dive experience for the local dive sites. The staff are superb friendly. The environment is neat and comfy.
- Apnea Bali, Jl. Kubu-Abang, Tulamben (Tulamben main street, opposite Matahari resort), ☎ +6282266125814 / +62 82237398854 ([email protected]), . 9AM-5PM. Freediving school - provides education in Apnea Total and SSI systems. Located in newly built, traditional style bamboo house, with a friendly team and laid-back atmosphere. They go diving a short walk away from the school and have a platform for deep diving out in the bay. Trainings, coaching sessions and internships are available. All courses end with a fun dive at the Liberty Wreck!
- Aqua Dive Paradise, Jl. Raya Amplapura, Tulamben (At the north end of the strip, down towards the shore, follow the signs towards Liberty Dive Resort and Ocean View), ☎ +62 812 3793 3104, +62 817 0661 347, +62 817 475 6420. A small, locally-owned place with friendly, professional local staff and negotiable prices. They also have three new, clean, affordable, fan-cooled rooms available (a decent breakfast included). $30 per dive (Oct 2015).
- Bali Dream Divers, Jl. Raya Amplapura, Tulamben (On the main road, right in front of USAT Liberty wreck), ☎ +62 87762706100 ([email protected]), . 24/7. Local dive centre, great guides, passionate about diving, marine macro life, underwater photography and teaching dive courses. Located in Tulamben, close to the Liberty wreck. Accommodation available right next to the dive centre: airconditioned rooms with hot shower and private verandas. New and perfectly maintained dive equipment. Nitrox. All PADI courses and Discover Scuba Diving program. Special offers for underwater photographers too. 55 USD/2 dives (July 2014).
- Deep Blue, Tulamben (opposite the police station), ☎ +62 363 22919 ([email protected]), . 7AM-9PM. Czech owned and managed PADI Dive Resort just 300 m from the Liberty shipwreck. Has 8 rooms and a restaurant with large open-air grill. Daily fun dives, dive courses up to Instructor (PADI, IANTD, CMAS, UDI, DAN), dive trips to Nusa Penida, Menjangan Island. Also operate a second dive centre at the Selang Resort. You can get a discount if you just drop by and speak directly with the DM. € 45 for 2 dives.
- Dive Concepts, Bali, Jl Raya, Amed & @ Pura Aries Hotel, Tulamben (In Amed, directly after crossing the bridge entering the first villiage), ☎ +62 812 1684 5440 ([email protected]), . 9AM- 6PM. PADI dive centre offering local fun dives around Amed and on the USAT Liberty wreck. Day trips to Nusa Penida and Menjangan Island, multi-day dive safaris and courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Assistant Instructor. Foreign instructors and divemasters emphasis speaking French and English but also offer courses in Italian, Spanish and German. The shop has multiple locations; in addition to the Amed and Tulamben shops, there are offices in Kuta, and Gili Trawangan. The one in Nusa Lembongan is not recommended. Rp 500,000 for 2 dives.
There are a few shops in Amed selling basic necessities as well as sarongs and T-shirts. Recently some shops opened with a range of handicrafts, clothing and silversmith artwork.
Three ATMs recently opened in the Amed area that support Visa & Master Cards.
Further down the coast, there is an ATM in Bunutan Village outside Adi Shop. This ATM gives Rp 50,000 notes, with a maximum of Rp 2,500,000 in one transaction. You can withdraw more in separate transactions.
Adi Shop in Bunutan Village, opposite Arya Amed Resort and dive shop, caters mostly for the tourist trade. A small supermarket type of shop, it stocks groceries, a good range of alcohol (though the spirits aren't cheap), some swimming and snorkeling gear, as well as tourist trinkets, postcards and stamps. They accept credit cards with a 3% transaction fee.
There is also an ATM in Culik (a 10 minute drive north west from Amed village). The bank is BRI but only accepts Mastercard and withdrawls of up to 1.25 million rupiah.
Alternatively, in Amlapura (a 30 minute drive) there are two banks: BRI (no ATM) and Bank Danamon (ATM, but only withdrawal of small amounts of money). Larger amounts can be withdrawn at the stand-alone ATM on Jl. Diponegoro at the Hardy's shopping.
The Amed coast remains very clan based, with most locals living off their own land and bartering for their food. Most warungs (restaurants) in Amed cater only for tourists. It is virtually impossible to find any food that is not adapted to western palate (read: bland). In some restaurants you can ask and they will be happy to make it a little more authentic.
- Aroma de la Mer, main road at the sunset point overlooking the bay of Jemeluk, free pick up in the area of Amed), ☎ +6281999123847 ([email protected]). 9am - 10pm. "Balinese, Indonesian and French food 15,000-45,000 IDR. This place is fantastic for the view. A modern style traditional bamboo restarant with a breathtaking view on the Agung and the bays of northeast Bali. The sunsets are absolutly amazing. The Cocktails and Mocktails are fresh and very delicious and they use straws from bamboo to avoid plastic. The food is all fresh, made to order and so delicious. The portions are very generous and Made Putu and the other woman who run Aroma de la Mer are very sweet and allways helpfull. The vegetarian food, the soups from healthy local vegetables, the curry and the fish are really delicious and cheap
- Bila Restaurant & Bungalows, Amed Jl. Jemeluk Bali ((On the Amed Beach Road next to Harley Bar in Jemeluk)), ☎ +62 81916573021. Balinese German/Serbian owned Restaurant and bungalows with attached PADI Dive Shop. The Organic Restaurant offers Western/Mediterranean and Balinese food for reasonable prices. A three course breakfast is for free as well for bungalow overnight guests. Free WiFi. The facility is wheelchair-friendly. SAT/TV Hot Shower and AC. Start from 10.ooorp.
There are a few budget options,many new Restaurants open recently in the Amed area. Dishes starts from Rp 10,000.
- OLE Warung, main road near the beginning of town in Amed), ☎ +6281936455626 ([email protected]). 9am - 11pm. "Balanese, Indonesian and Western food 18,000-45,000. This place is fantastic. The food is all fresh, made to order and delicious. The portions are very generous and the lady that runs it is so nice. The pumpkin soup, veggie curry and the fish are so good and cheap
- D'LEAN Warung, main road Lean beach (near Hotel life in Amed), ☎ +6285237759711 ([email protected]). 9am - 8pm. Balanese, Indonesian and Western food. This is where the locals get their fried rice, fried noodles and fruit ice shake from! very personal atmosphere, good dishes for the budget traveller. western size mains 20,000-25,000.
- Warung Bobo II, Jl Jemeluk (200 m from Kembali Beach Bungalows). Fresh fish and local cuisine. Located at the edge of the waves, popular at sunset. Prices over 20,000
- Warung Kemulan, Selang. On a hill with views and a traditional style menu.
- Warung Rusti, Tulamben main road (near Bali Dream Divers), ☎ +6281338562486. 7am - 10pm. Balinese, Indonesian and Western food. This is where the locals get their fried rice, fried noodles and fruit ice shake from! The best Mie Goreng in the village. Very personal atmosphere, good dishes for the budget traveller. main course 20,000-30,000.
- Warung Segara, Amed, Main Rd. Authentic atmosphere, tiny restaurant, one woman show, varied menu 15-40 000 IDR, locally made arak is a winner and take away half litre bottle 30 000 IDR.
- Warung Makan TriYoga, Bunutang-Lipah (opposite 'The Grill' restaurant, a little hard to find, as it is very local. There is a big babi guling sign.). The place where the locals get their babi guling and one of the few places which are not adapted for western palate. Serves breakfast as well. Rp 14,000-25,000.
- Warung Mama I, Amed (on the main road about 500 m along from Amed village). Run by a very friendly local family who are happy to look after your kids while you eat. Good local food - especially the fish which is brought in fresh from the sea each morning. Their western breakfast dishes are pretty good also. Rp 15,000-32,000.
- Warung Pantai I, Amed (jemeluk, opposite bamboo bali). excellent local food. Best curry in amed. Tofu tempe curry with rice only 20,000. Great nasi campur special also. Rp 15,000-40,000.
- Warung Enak, Jl Amed (20 m before Lily Amed Beach Bungalows on the right hand side when going eastward), ☎ 081 915 679 019 ([email protected]). Best warung in this area of Amed, often full. Fresh fish and local cuisine.
- Amed Resto, Amed (600 m before Amed Cafe on the left hand, when heading east), ☎ 087 8611 89197. One of the best restaurants in the area. Run by a friendly, English-speaking family from Bali. Various menu. Especially the barracadu-fish isgreat. Most dishes under 30,000. Clean place, food is prepared with fresh water, instead of salt water. Free WiFi. Pick up service possible. And every Tuesday & Saturday live music and Balinese dancing. Wife also gives cooking classes!
There is a huge selection of mid-range small family restaurants. Most of them have the same items at the same prices, but quality can be vary greatly. It is worth trying a few of them as alternatives to the more expensive places, as some of the mamas cook a lot better.
- Ary Warung and Homestay, Bunutan. Small family restaurant serves good food. They have some Bungalows as well. Free WiFi. Rp 20,000-45,000.
- Bedulu Resort, Bunutan (traditional grass roof and bamboo Warung about 150 metres towards Amed from the Hotel Santai on hill-side of road), ☎ 0821 4625 6165 ([email protected]), . Cheap delicious local dishes and seafood as well as great Italian/Western dishes such as wood-fired pizzas, fresh pastas, cappuccino/espresso coffees, desserts & more all with a sea-view. Includes very nice/clean accommodation also with sea view and a great pool. Cheap to mid-range.
- Dillons Bungalows and Restaurant, Amed Central (heading out of Amed towards Culik on your right), ☎ 082146936252 (dillonsb[email protected]), . open 8am until late. offer a great fish BBQ with veggies, rice and sambal start from 35,000 for mackerel up to 45,000. also kebabs and fresh prawn BBQ. serves other popular Indonesian dishes. Arrive for sunset, great views of Mount Agung. Cheap to mid-range.
- Jukung Dive, Jukung Dive Center. Nice little restaurant operated by the diveshop. Very friendly and well trained staff. Excellent local and western food. Rp 20000-50000.
- Titi Sedana, Jl Raya Bunutan-Amed (opposite Bali Dream House), ☎ +62 877 62023711. Small family restaurant with 6 tables. Serves absolutely delicious food, especially the Ayam Nenas. They have two bungalows as well. Free WiFi. Rp 20,000-45,000.
- Warung Kadek, Lipah-Bunutan (opposite of the Coral View Hotel), ☎ +62 852 37997885 ([email protected]), . Balinese, Chinese, Indonesian and European food in a nice location.
- Wawa Wewe, Lipah (near Hidden Paradise), ☎ +62 363 23522 ([email protected]), . Restaurant with bar serving cocktails, attached to Wawa Wewe I bungalows. On Tues and Sat a band is provided. On Wed and Fri traditional Legong Dance is performed.
- Amed Cafe, Jl Jemeluk, ☎ +62 363 23473 ([email protected]), . A cafe attached to the 23 bungalows of the same name. Serves fresh seafood, Balinese food and international style food. Public internet access is available. Rp 200,000+.
- Barong Cafe and Restaurant, ☎ +62 818 05585010 ([email protected]). Balinese, Indonesian and international cuisine. Provides free pick up and drop-off around Amed area.
- Garam Cafe (Salt Café), Jl Pantai Timur 801, ☎ +62 363 23462 ([email protected]), . 7AM-10PM. Part of Hotel Uyah Amed&Spa. Built behind the salt production fields and uses salt production as a theme aiming to preserve traditional salt production and explaining the production process to visitors. Souvenir shop, billiard tables, table tennis and salt panning. Western, Indonesian, Balinese and regional Asian style menu. Free Wifi Rp 30,000-120,000. (8°20'6.07S,115°38'37.00E)
- Sails, Lipah, ☎ +62 363 22006. A very good, more upscale restaurant in great headland setting. Modern and clean with an extensive well thought out menu. The restaurant specialises in Western food but includes Indonesian favourites. Offers a free pick up and drop off service anywhere in the Amed area.
For an evening drink and entertainment, a local band performs live at the Double One Restaurant once a week and there are sometimes free Balinese dance performances in some of the restaurants. Generally Amed is quiet at night and it is certainly not a late night drinking spot.
The best places for a evening are Wawa Wewe, Wawa Wewe Beach Restaurant or Pacha Bar.
|This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
|| Under Rp 250,000
|| Rp 250,000 to 1,000,000
|| Over Rp 1,000,000
There is a wide selection of hotels in the area and more are appearing all the time. Most tend to be quite small and intimate and built by westerners in partnership with local Balinese. These have brought a welcome increase in employment and prosperity to the area.
Everyone knows everyone here so there is a real feeling of village community. The hotels are well spaced out though so you feel that you have your own private space. There are few TVs in 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.
There are also several hotels at the village of Tulamben to the north of Amed which specialise in providing for visitors intending to dive the wreck of the USS Liberty. These establishments are normally affiliated with a dive operators
- Bila Restaurant & Bungalows (No Fear Diving / Euro Dive II), Amed Jl. Jemeluk Bali (On the Amed Beach Road next to Harley Bar in Jemeluk), ☎ +62 81916573021 ([email protected]), . checkin: 11am; checkout: 11am. Bila Restaurant and Bungalows" alt="No Fear Diving / Euro Dive II" Popular Balinese German/Serbian owned Restaurant and Bungalows with attached PADI Dive Shop. The Organic Restaurant offers Western/Mediterranean and Balinese High Quality Food for Reasonable Prices. Nice and Clean Ambiente with European Hygienic Standards. There is a Free Dessert Attached to Every Main Course. A 3 Courses Breakfast is for free as well for Bungalow Overnight Guests. Free Wi/FI is Provided. The Facility is Barrier-Free and Suites Guests using Wheelchairs. SAT/TV Hot Shower and AC 2500000.
- Amed Harmony, Jl.Raya Amed - Bunutan, Karangasem ("), ☎ +620363-23570 ([email protected]). 5 very nice cottages with veranda set in a beautiful garden, small pool, very quiet. Excellent restaurant, nice staff. US$35.
- Aries Bungalows Tulamben, Tulamben (~500m after entering the village, the resort is on the left), ☎ +62 81 33 076 0077 ([email protected]), . For divers and non-divers with deluxe, standard and budget rooms. 10 double occupancy rooms available with both twin and double bed configurations, as well as a 6-bed hostel. All rooms have fans, western toilets and showers. The set-menu restaurant provides a complimentary breakfast and also serves lunch and dinner. It has an associated travel agent & dive shop providing diving, adventure and cultural trips around the island. € 5/10/15.
- Arya Amed Beach Resort, Bunutan, Karangasem ("), ☎ +62 363-23513, . All have A/C and free WiFi, a balcony with reclining chairs and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Restaurant, bar, swimming pool, meeting facilities, room service. Tour assistance and airport transfer. From US$45.
- Beten Waru Cottages & Restaurant, Banutan, Karangasen, Amed beach, ☎ +62 817 971 0558. Peaceful with unobstructed sea views from two recently constructed 1 room cottages decorated with teak furniture. Glass door gives a sea view from the bed, the half-covered bathroom has an outside shower. Cottages are well maintained and include hot water, fan or A/C. Flowering bushes are scattered around the property and a restaurant is available. Below the cottages is a 5 km waterfront good for snorkelling and scuba diving. US$20-25.
- C'est Bon Cafe, Jemeluk. Four rooms, two of which have great views. Helpful staff and the owners speak some English. Clean and it is possible to have something cooked from 8AM-midnight. Breakfast (very small pancake, but better than nothing) included. Rp 150,000.
- Dillons Bungalows and Restaurant, Amed Central (on Jl I ketut Natih driving from Culik just before you reach the bridge), ☎ 081337205116 or 082146936252 ([email protected]), . Three rooms (hot water, fan), with great views of rice paddies and Mount Agung. English/Balinese owners. Coffee machine and restaurant serving wraps, fresh fish, veg sticks and dips etc. Friendly, clean. bike hire and laundry offered. Wifi in restaurant. Rp 200,000.
- Eka Purnama Cottages & Restaurant, Aas (eastern edge of the Amed area), ☎ +62 828 372 2642 ([email protected]), . Family run budget hotel with 4 cottages in a quiet location overlooking the sea and a short step away from the beach. The cottages are comfortable with a double bed and single bed, ceiling fan, wardrobes and a spacious bathroom with shower and a western toilet.
- Fisherman´s House, Jemeluk, ☎ +62 818 0543 7543 ([email protected]), . Main rooms are small with fans, western toilets and showers. The low budget rooms have an outside shower. The friendly Balinese family will invite you to traditional ceremonies and aim to showcase the life of local people. The accommodation price includes eating fresh fish of the day.
- Geria Giri Shanti Bungalows, Jl Jemeluk, Amed, ☎ +62 819 16654874 ([email protected]), . Very pleasant and clean rooms, lush garden property and centrally located. All four bungalows have their own bathroom with warm shower and toilet. Discount offered if you're also taking diving lessons from Adventure Divers. €15-€20.
- Lily Amed Beach Bungalows, Amed (within the first 3 km strip at Amed), ☎ +62 89 60609 7666; [email protected] gmail.com, . checkin: 1PM; checkout: 12PM. Lily Amed Beach Bungalows is a charming beach-front home stay villas with a large garden. Lily is surrounded by the rolling green hills, Mount Agung (Bali's highest mountain) and the crystal clear blue sea. Lily believes in smart and sustainable eco-living. It has 5 large rooms with hot shower and multiple fans. It has lounge area with self-service minibar, day-bed and hammock. Free WiFi. Breakfast is served by Warung Enak. From Euro €17-37.
- Pondok Tirta, Jln Melasti, Amed (entering amed from Culik 1 km before the bridges turn left on to jln Melasti), ☎ +62 818 05555484. Just 2 rooms set on a lovely quiet street. beautiful garden and just a few mins walk to the beach. Rooms have fan (you get a nice breeze so sometimes dont even need that, cold water bathroom (hot water can be provided by the bucket), and the big selling point for budget travellers is a kitchen consisting of 2 gas hobs, fridge and water cooler. Price also includes breakfast and Kadek and her husband Nyoman take really good care of you. From around Rp 150,000-200,000.
- Dharma Yoga Homestay, Amed - Jemeluk (in Jemeluk, across the street from Apneista), ☎ 62(0)81 916 190 570, . 4 rooms. Newly constructed. Top rooms are bright and have balcony and view of the ocean (Jemeluk Bay) and nearby cliff in Jemeluk. Lower rooms are in the shade of the garden. Very comfortable beds. Clean even by western standards. Owner, Ketut, also works across the street at Apneista. Her sister does brilliant massage for $60k Rp. Fan -no A/C, no hot water for showers. 300,000 Rp top room for triple including breakfast.
- Toyabali Beach Bungalows,, 3 luxurious bungalows ( build 2008, 2012), each with private whirlpool, just beside Puri Madha Diving Center, free WiFi, swimming pool, restaurant.
- Anda Amed, Bunutan, ☎ +62 363 23498, . Nicely designed and furnished bungalows built into a hilside overlooking the beach and ocean in the Lipah village part of Amed. Restaurant, gift shop and small in-house library. From €55.
- Apa Kabar Villas, Bunutan, ☎ +62 363 23492 ([email protected]), . A small and quiet collection of ocean front bungalows (sleep up to four) and Balinese villas (sleep up to six) surrounded by lush gardens. Restaurant, swimming pool and some nice coral for snorkelling right off of their beach. But make sure you head into the water in front of their restaurant, not from the pool gate as there's no coral just there.
- Baliku Dive Resort, Banyuning, ☎ +62 82 83722601 ([email protected]), . Five free standing villas with a dive centre overlooking the Banyuning bay, swimming pool, international cuisine and good service. From US$90, breakfast included.
- Bayu Cottages, Lipah, ☎ +62 363 23495 ([email protected]), . Six ocean- view rooms on a hillside overlooking the sea. Managed by a mixed Indonesian-Dutch couple. From €27, breakfast included.
- Bedulu Resort, Bunutan (hill side near Hotel Santai & Kusmajaya Indah.), ☎ 0821 4625 6165 ([email protected]), . checkin: 12 noon; checkout: 1 pm. US $25 - $75 (includes breakfast for 2). Great location - sea views everywhere & lovely people. Huge infinity pool + 2x spa/jacuzzi. All rooms clean & include hot water, large comfortable bed & private balcony with daybed. Traditional Balinese rooms (Standard Room - no A/C) from Rp.250,000 (low season) to Rp.300,000 (high season). More spacious modern rooms further up hill close to pool - all with A/C, bath, mini-bar, private garden & even better views. Superior Room from Rp.400,000 (low) to Rp.500,000 (high). Family Room from Rp.600,000 (low) to Rp.700,000 (high). Beach access via short walkway with good snorkelling directly below Resort..
- Blue Moon Villas, Selang, ☎ +62 363 21428 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. Great location on a headland just east of Selang beach. Double rooms with private balconies and a private 4 bedroom family villa. Two swimming pools, a spa and incorporates Komang John's Café-restaurant. From €48, breakfast included.
- Coral View, Lipah, ☎ +62 363 23493, . One of the older Amed hotels but with cottages renovated in 2012. Service is good and is located on the Lipah beachfront. All of the cottages have private terraces, hot water and A/C. Small communal pool. Deluxe bungalow US$70, family bungalow US$140, American style breakfast included.
- Hotel Uyah Amed Spa & Resort (Salt Lodge), Jl Pantai Timur 801, Amed (the first hotel on the approach from Culik), ☎ +62 363 23462 ([email protected]), . checkin: 12 noon; checkout: 1PM. 16 spacious bungalows and one family villa (4 persons) with private bathroom and solar heated water. Takes environmental considerations seriously. Simple in-house spa, restaurant and bar. Bicycles for hire. Pool side bungalow with fan €39, ocean view bungalows with A/C & hot water €48/night/bungalow, ocean view family bungalow for 4 persons with 1 king size double bed & 2 single bed € 89. All prices include breakfast & taxes. (8°20'4.52S,115°38'37.66E)
- Kembali Beach Bungalows, Jl Jemeluk, Amed, ☎ +62 81 74768313 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Eight spacious bungalows with a double bed, mosquito net, ceiling fans, A/C, private bathroom with toilet & hot shower, safe deposit box and large wooden veranda. The 10x6 m pool is on the edge of the resort and overlooks the sea. The restaurant next to the pool serves breakfast, drinks and simple food (no dinner). From €28-34, breakfast included.
- Life in Amed Beach Cottages, Selang/Lean, ☎ +62 363 23152, . Six cottages around a large pool, in a quiet spot. Natural stone bathrooms and is well equipped and decorated. From US$45-80. 2 beachfront villas and the newer Perfumed Garden Beach House with a private salt water pool.</sleep>
- Puri Madha Bungalows & Resort, Tulamben, ☎ +62 363 22921. Rooms are located in front of the Liberty Wreck. Clean comfortable beds, fan or A/C options available, cold showers. Offers a full range of PADI dive courses, air tanks may be available for rent if you have your own equipment. From Rp 250,000, simple breakfast included.
- Puri Wirata Dive Resort & Spa, Jl Raya, Bunutan, ☎ +62 363 23523 ([email protected]), . All rooms and villas are spread out on a slope between the mountains and the sea. Tropical garden with two swimming pools. Offers a full range of PADI dive courses. From US$50, continental breakfast included.
- Puri Wirata Tulamben, Tulamben, ☎ "+62(0)87761053230 ([email protected]), . Small resort about 200 meters from the USS Liberty Shipwreck dive site. Rooms are located around a nice garden with a swimming pool and spa. There is an amazing ocean view room as well. Breakfast included and the restaurant is open all day for lunch and dinner From 35 USD.
- Santai Hotel, Bunutan, ☎ +62 363 23487 ([email protected]), . Six bungalows and four room units, all with Sulawesi-style architecture. Three of the bungalows have ocean views, the others are inward facing around a large swimming pool. The rooms are nice enough with decent furnishings, open air bathrooms, hot water and A/C. From US$50, includes breakfast.
- Selang Resort (Deep Blue Selang), Selang, ☎ +62 852 37506739 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. Boutique hotel with sea-views from each of 14 rooms. Has a restaurant and a swimming pool with bar. Singles, doubles and a 2 room family bungalow. Deep Blue Dive is attached. From €35, breakfast included. (S 8° 21.495',)
- Tauch Terminal Tulamben, Tulamben, . Dive Resort close to the wreck of the USS Liberty. Run by a German dive operator and offers many different diving packages.
- Tulamben Wreck Divers Resort and Restaurant, ""Jl, ☎ +62 812 44407672 ([email protected]), . Dive resort only 200 m from the USS Liberty wreck site. Opened in July 2011. 6 superior rooms, beach front villa suites, 2 penthouse rooms, swimming pool, free WiFi, attached restaurant. Directly associated with Tulamben Wreck Divers , ([email protected], ☎ +62 363 23400, 363 21166), is around a 1 min walk away. Dive and accommodation packages are available. From US$37 per night/room includes full breakfast for two and tax & service.
- Galang Kangin, Amed. Beautiful bungalows in a lush garden with bonsai trees. Just across the street from the associated cafee directly at the beach of a nice bay with excellent snorkling. US$25.
- Emerald Tulamben, Tulamben, ☎ +62 363 22925, . Dive resort located close to the USS Liberty wreck. Diving packages and accommodation from double rooms to a private 2 bedroom villa. They are closed for renovations until the beginning or April 2012. From US$126.
- The Griya Villas & Spa, Amed, ☎ +62 361 8361717 ([email protected]), . Imagine the beautiful, intimate and luxurious modern Balinese villas set in the most awesome natural and exotic surroundings that you can find in Bali. From US$375,excludes breakfast.
- Villa Flamboyant, Banyuning, ☎ +62 828 3722636 or (Austria)+43 676 4003869 ([email protected]), . Five bedroom private villa set back on the hillside with sea views. On the upper floor, there are 4 double bedrooms with their own bathrooms. From the terrace, you have a view of the mountains, the garden and the sea. Fully staffed and serviced. From €70, includes breakfast.
Phone lines are limited in the area and most hotels only have one landline each. It is wise to bring a mobile phone when visiting if you need to stay in touch with the outside world. Local Indonesian (GSM) SIM cards can be purchased in thousands of places around Bali. There is a public telephone office at Lipah Beach close to Coral View bungalows.
Internet coverage was non-existent until quite recently but is getting much better with several hotels investing in their own ADSL backbones. Public internet facilties are available at Amed Cafe in Amed village, in Lipah next to Hidden Paradise and Anda Amed in Bunutan. Coverage is expanding fast though and any visitor should look out for public internet cafe signs.
As of September 2014, most resorts and many warungs offer WiFi. Due to the close physical proximity of many warungs, most WiFi networks are "security protected", and a purchase from them will get you the key. Speeds can range from virtually unusable (especially if the place is busy and lots of people are accessing the WiFi), to surprisingly good.
There is a complete lack of public transportation available to leave Amed, very surprising considering how large a number of hotels there are in the area. Many tourism offices exist that advertise shuttles, but they are really cars with drivers, so the prices are accordingly high. It is possible to negotiate lower prices if the vendor has other clients with which the vehicle can be shared. In June 2014 a shared vehicle to Ubud was available (after negotiation directly with driver) for 120,000 Rp per person. Also, 75,000 per person to Candidasa. If you want a private vehicle, make sure this is clear with the driver.
From Tumbalen - as this village is on the main road from Amlapura round to the north of the island, from there you can catch a public bus is heading along the coastal road, such as to Lovina or indeed all the way to Gilimanuk for the ferry to Java. Buses pass by at irregular intervals but by placing your rucsac on the pavement you can sit in a warung etc on the road and look out for one passing, it will stop if you wave at it as it passes by. Single trip from Tumbalen to Lovina is 30-50k (i.e. 30k for locals but maybe 50k tourist price, do not pay more than this - 2014)
- Lovina beach in north Bali is a good next stop for more quiet coastal life.
- Padang Bai is a nice stop in itself and starting point for boat services to Lombok.
- A journey back to South Bali will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
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