If you’re looking for a totally different Balinese experience than the usual toursity spots of Kuta, Seminyak and Ubud, then the fishing village of Amed is a PERFECT choice! Think rustic, slow paced, chill, quiet and quaint (this is NOT a party place). It’s also a HUGE dive destination.
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How To Get To Amed:
From Denpasar: Hire a driver for $40USD for the 3-hour journey.
From The Gili’s: 45-minute fast boat for $30USD via Freebird Express Fastboat.
How To Get Around Amed:
Scooters: The BEST option to get around, for only $4USD/day. Be VERY careful, as the roads are very windy and hilly (wear a helmet!).
Driver: Your accommodation can call you a driver to take you wherever you need to, at about $7USD roundtrip, including wait time.
Where To Stay In Amed:
Airbnb Pondok Built Bungalow:
Our Airbnb in Amed was great, located in the middle of everything, with large, clean rooms, 2 pools, hot showers and air condition. $33USD/night
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If you’re not on a budget, then the Griya Hotel is your place to stay. The accommodation is gorgeous and the service is great! We didn’t stay here but we used their gym daily and their facilities are superb. Rates start at $210USD/night.
Blue Moon Villas:
Blue Moon Villas offers GREAT ocean views, an infinity pool and delicious food. We will most likely stay here next time we return to Amed. Rates start at $87USD/night.
Where To Eat In Amed:
Smiling Buddha Restaurant has delicious, homemade, organic food. This is a great place to do yoga as well!
The Grill was our FAVORITE restaurant in the city. The fresh fish dishes are delicious, the service is excellent and the atmosphere is magical. Be sure to get the Mahi Mahi cooked in a banana leaf and a mojito. We loved this restaurant so much, we ate here three times!
For EXCELLENT local food, dine at Warung Enak! The spring rolls and curry are delectable. Go early/late as it gets very crowded at peak hours.
For a special occasion with an epic sunset, head to Sails Restaurant. It’s located on top of the cliff, overlooking the beautiful ocean. The decor is super sheik, with white decor and marble floors and the menu has a wide range of western options, as it’s owned by New Zealanders.
What To Do in Amed:
Diving With EcoDive:
Eco Dive is the BEST diving company in the city. Be sure to dive the Liberty shipwreck in Tulamben and the Japanese wreck. Sadly, my ears were a total mess from diving every day in the Gili’s, so we missed out on diving in Amed. They charge $75USD for two dives.
Mount Batur Sunrise Trek-Bali Trekking Tour:
Mount Batur is an active volcano with the best views being from the top. The 4-hour, moderate, sunrise trek with Bali Four Peaks is the most well known, although you’ll be getting up VERY early! At the top, be sure to have breakfast cooked by the steam from the volcano. From Amed, Mount Batur is a 2-hour drive, so, in order to catch sunrise, you’ll have to be picked up around 2:00am from your accommodation. The weather was too rainy or we didn’t have enough time during all our visits to mainland Bali, so we didn’t have enough time to do this trek, which I GREATLY REGRET! Do this trek for me and send me your pics! Expect around 8-hours total for the entire tour. Cost is $60USD per person.
Lipah Beach is the best beach in the city, which is very unique with black sand due to the previous volcanic eruptions. The beach is decent sized and the snorkeling is great. Note: Amed is not known for its pristine beaches, so do NOT expect the same caliber as in Southern Bali.
Sunset Point is just on top of the hill in Amed and is a MUST see, even during the day! The restaurant is quaint, with plenty of chairs/tables overlooking the cliff with breathtaking views of the ocean. They have a wide range menu although we never ate there.
Gym & Yoga In Amed:
The Griya has the best gym in the city and the first visit is free. $7USD for each visit thereafter. This gym has basic equipment (no bench or square rack/Smith Cage), but you can make it work. You’ll also get full use of the pool with your entry.
Yoga at Smiling Buddha:
Smiling Buddha is an awesome little spot that offers up accommodation, yoga and an organic restaurant.
Tips For Going To Amed:
The rainy season in Bali is October-April. You can still go (we did) and have a great time, just expect daily showers and some cloudy skies.
Money changers are found all over town, but you’ll get a better rate in the larger cities.
If you’re looking for liquor, then purchase duty free at the airport prior to coming to Amed, as only beer is in abundance.
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