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Amed Beach
Popular for its shipwreck, Amed Beach is a quite non touristy area up in South Bali. Img: Jukka-Pekka Leppänen

Amed Beach may not popular enough compared to Bali’s top beaches such as Lovina or Kuta. Located at the “tail” part of Bali, the beach is indeed rather secluded. Lucky tourists who happen to find this place will enjoy the serenity this beach offers. That and the opportunity to discover life under the sea.

Amed Beach is more known among avid divers and snorkeling enthusiasts. The seabed is covered with corals and many other sea creatures. The hidden feature of Amed diving spot is the existence of two WWII Japanese shipwrecks. Which was a tourists’ favorite to discover!

Amed Beach has gentle waves. Therefore swimming and snorkeling here provide little to no challenge. Amed itself is also the name of the village surrounding the beach. It’s a fishing village. With resident’s main occupation is fishing and some do salt farming.

Jukung, the fisherman boat
Fishing boat or Jukung parked on the beach. Img: Ahuva Levi

Although the sea here is relatively calm, Amed experiences one or two high waves in a year. In January 2019, a high wave hit the land. Causing quite a damage especially on fishing equipment. Thankfully there were no casualties.

The Beach of Real Bali

If visitors hoping for a white sandy beach. Then Amed Beach is not the one. The beach is too rocky to lay a mat and sunbathe. Pebbles spew by Mount Agung eruption in the past, comprising most of the beach surface. The beach serves more like a parking space for locals’ boats.

Notice plenty of Jukung, Bali’s traditional fishing boats, park neatly along the shoreline. This is the beauty of Amed Beach. Forget about beach bars with loud music. Forget about tourists crowding the sand to sunbath. Amed is all about the quiet and authentic side of Bali.

Amed Fisherman
Local fishermen collecting their catch of the day. Img: Peter Perhac

One can see fishermen coming from the sea with their catch or doing maintenance for the boat. Locals go and about their daily activities, undisturbed by anything touristy. As a tourist, enjoy being in the middle of this mundane, yet interesting Balinese life.

Go to the beach and strike up a random conversation with a fisherman. Ask him about what he has caught or how he does his work daily. Learn a bit about salt farming too, a livelihood which about to go extinct at Amed.

Amed Beach Dive & Snorkel Spot

When it seems idyllic on the surface, Amed is way livelier under the water. Rent a snorkeling gear to discover a whole new world. The clear water of Amed Beach is home to the biodiversity of fish and corals. In the past, some of these corals were destroyed by dynamite fishing.

Japanese Shipwreck Amed Beach
WWII Japanese Shipwreck in Amed. Img: Enzo Komatz

These days many corals begin to come back and grow again, on the process of becoming colorful coral gardens it once was. Catch sight of teeming marine creatures such as turtles, various of colorful fishes, rays and various sea critters. If lucky, a diver can encounter a reef shark and even dolphins during a diving session.

The mysterious Japanese shipwrecks are located a bit far from the shore, around 15 miles. A diver who wants to have shipwrecks expedition will need to rent a boat and also a guide. No worries, plenty of diving companies offer affordable diving tour package around Amed.

Sunrise of Amed Beach

Wake up at 4 am in the morning along with the local fishermen at Amed Village. As the fishermen head out to the sea to catch some fish, a tourist gets up from bed to catch something else: the beautiful sunrise of Amed. In the morning, the sight of a giant yellow ball breaking the darkness is a view not to miss.

Jemeluk Bay Sunset Viewpoint
Silhouette of Mount Agung during sunset from Jemeluk Bay. Img: Christoffer hove

Especially with the silhouette of fisherman boats in a distance. There’s a better way to experience Amed’s sunrise. It is to join a fisherman while he goes fishing. Hop into his boat and help him gathering the catch of the day. As the sun begins to up, take a rest to mesmerize a beauty only nature can offer.

Enjoying this sunrise from the shore is already amazing. To enjoy it from the sea, while hauling 400 mackerels, is totally something else.

Go Fishing

Arrange a fishing trip at Amed Beach. The villagers open their jukung boat to guests. It means that, with an affordable price, a visitor can be a fisherman for one day. Renting the boat also comes with several pieces of equipment. Such as nets and fishing rod.

Local Fisherman in Amed
A local fisherman trying to catch fish. Img: Dominique

After a hard but fun time fishing at the sea. Bring back the catch and head into one of the restaurants here. Then ask for the fish to be grilled and cooked into any kind of dish the customers choose.

Amed Sunset Spot

While Amed Beach is located on the eastern shore of Bali. It does not mean one can not enjoy sunset here. Sunset here is as remarkable as the sunrise, if not better. Hike up on the Jemeluk Bay by the south side of Amed for the best sunset viewpoint.

When the sun sets, it goes hiding behind Mount Agung. The shadow cast by the volcano creates such a dramatic display that will leave onlookers breathless.

Jemeluk Bay Sunset Spot
Jemeluk Bay, the best sunset spot to go in Amed. Img: Satriyani Anindita

Amed Beach Opening Hours

Amed Beach is open from 9 AM to 5 PM. However, tourists can also visit outside operational hours.

Amed Beach Opening Hours
Every dayOpen 24 Hours

See: Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple Guide & Tips.

Amed Beach Entrance Fee

Prepare IDR 10k for ticket/donation and IDR 5k for the parking fee. Rent for snorkeling gears is around IDR 30k-50k but remember to haggle. Renting a jukung or boat from a tour company costs around IDR 350k. But it’s better to approach a fisherman and negotiate for the price directly.

Amed Beach Entrance Fee
Ticket / DonationRp10.000
Snorkeling GearRp30.000 – Rp50.000
Rent BoatRp350.000
Parking FeeRp5.000

See: Tirtagangga Water Palace, Natural Hot Spring & Guide.

Facilities

There is plenty of accommodation in the village to choose from. The rate is as cheap as IDR 150k/night for a room at a homestay. Shops, diving and snorkeling rentals, and restaurants line up along the coasts.

Beach lounges are free if visitors buy food and drinks from the shops nearby. Basic facilities including toilets and parking. Note that restaurants here don’t open until late in the night as in other popular beaches.

How To Get To Amed Beach

Visitors can use shuttle buses by Perama Tour Company to get to Amed. They offer a shuttle service from Kuta and Ubud. The ticket is reasonable at IDR 175k for a one-way trip. Get the ticket at Perama Tour has offices throughout Bali, in Amed included. Tourists can also book a ticket online on their website.

Note that shuttle buses usually takes some times at each stop to load and unload passengers. Renting a private vehicle can be a choice for anyone who has limited time. Prepare IDR 70k-80k/day for scooter rental or IDR 650k/ day for a car.

The route is as follow: Ngurah Rai Bypass Road – Ida Bagus Mantra Road – Padang Bai Road – turn left at Bugbug Street to Bungaya Street – continue to follow the road northward until Amed. The whole journey takes about 2 hours from Denpasar to Amed.

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