Amed Beach is a 14-kilometer long stretch of coast in East Bali incorporating several fishing villages. It has been on the radar of keen divers for a while due to the vast coral reefs, which are following the coast line closely. Just a few meters away from the shore, hundreds of colorful fish meander gracefully over dazzling corals, some of which can be admired only two meters below the water surface. Further out, divers can enjoy big reef formations and coral gardens teeming with marine life, such as sea turtles, reef tip sharks, rays and a variety of vibrant tropical fish. Amed Beach is also a popular base for visitors learning the extreme sport freediving or wanting to dive to the Liberty, a US cargo ship wreck in Tulamben.
Large resorts and big hotel chains can’t be found in Amed and it still shows much of the original Balinese life, but there are countless small hotels, guesthouses, bars and of course, diving schools scattered along the grey-black beach. Colorful outrigger fishing boats line the coarse volcanic sand, some of which you can charter for an early morning mackerel fishing trip. But even though fishing is a big part of daily life, due to having a hotter and drier climate than the rest of Bali, traditionally, Amed was known for salt farming. While production is declining, to this day farmers fill the hollowed out halves of coconut trees with sea water, let it dry under the hot sun and then collect the remaining salt crystals. Small packets of this gourmet salt can be purchased everywhere along the roads.
Amed Beach can be found on the northeastern tip of Bali, about a 2-hour drive from the capital Denpasar. There are regular shuttle and public busses making the trip from either the Denpasar area in the south, or Lovina in the north. For travelers arriving from the Lombok or the Gili Islands, Amed Sea Express offers twice daily pick-ups.