Where to stay in Amed
Amed is the best place to stay in Bali if you are visiting the eastern part of the island. We stayed at the Bali Dive Resort Amed, a hotel located in front of the beach. It is focused on people who want to dive but everyone is welcome. Our room was very spacious and nicely decorated. In addition, the hotel has a swimming pool. We were very comfortable, therefore, if you still do not have a hotel in Amed, I recommend this one.
Here are other hotel recommendations in Amed for different budgets:
- $: Bubu Racok Homestay.
- $$: Amed Beach Villa, Blue Earth Village.
- $$$: Nalini Resort, MATHIS Lodge Amed.
Things to do in Amed, Bali
Ready to discover the best places to visit in Amed and its surroundings? Let’s begin!
1. Sunset at Amed beach with views of Mount Agung
I always say that Amed is one of the most magical places in Bali. You’ll definitely feel this magic at Amed Beach, the main beach and one of the best beaches in Bali. My advice is to go to this beach at sunset and enjoy a relaxing swim in its calm waters while watching the sun set behind Mount Agung. It will be an unforgettable moment, I assure you!
In addition, at this time of day, you will also be able to see how the fishermen get into their boats and go into the sea, ready to fish. On the other hand, the shore is filled with local children playing in the water, which will surely entertain you and draw a smile.
2. Go snorkeling in Jemeluk Beach
One of Bali’s many tourist attractions are its waters, which are perfect for snorkeling and diving. It is possible to see coral, various kinds of fish and even sunken ships, which I will show you later. Among the different beaches where you can snorkel, the one I recommend the most is Jemeluk Beach, located just after Amed Beach. If you do not have equipment, you can rent it in a store or in your accommodation in Amed.
However, do not expect to find beaches as beautiful as the ones in Uluwatu. In Amed, the beaches have black sand and normal water. However, its waters are very calm since there is hardly any current. This means that the snorkeling or diving in Amed is always guaranteed to be enjoyable.
3. Visit Tirta Gangga Temple, things to do in Amed’s surroundings
Tirta Gangga Water Palace is located approximately half an hour away from Amed. It is one of the main places to see in Bali. It was built in 1946 by the Karangasem family in a one-hectare enclosure full of ponds, fountains, tropical gardens and stone sculptures. Inside the Tirta Gangga, the most famous corner is a pond that has koi fish and stone columns that you can walk on.
Being that it’s a very touristy place, I recommend you go first thing in the morning. In order to visit the temple with much more peace of mind.
4. Sunrise from Bukit Cinta, one of the best things to do from Amed
If you feel like going on an adventure in the early hours of the day, I recommend going to see the sunrise in Bukit Cinta. This viewpoint has become one of the most popular places in Bali to watch the sunrise. It is nothing more and nothing less than a little piece of meadow overlooking rice fields with Mount Agung in the background. In order to appreciate the beauty of this place, you will have to be lucky that it is clear.
5. Lahangan Sweet viewpoint, near Amed (Bali)
One of the things to do in Amed that I highly recommend is visiting Lahangan Sweet, a viewpoint located just over half an hour from town. From there, you will have spectacular views of Mount Agung if the weather is favorable. The most popular place at the viewpoint is the wooden platform built into a tree’s trunk. The view is beautiful! I recommend going at sunrise or sunset.
To get to Lahangan Sweet, you simply have to put the name in Google Maps. When you arrive, park your vehicle on the side of the road and enter the dirt road located next to a local restaurant. You will have to walk for about 20 minutes to reach the place. There is a moment when the path splits in two; head to path located on the right.
6. Lempuyang Temple
If you’re visiting East Bali, one place you shouldn’t miss is Lempuyang, one of Bali’s holiest temples. It is located near Mount Agung, just over half an hour from Amed. Although the complex has a total of seven sanctuaries, this temple stands out for its famous “Gates of Heaven” with Mount Agung in the background, which is the highest and most sacred peak in Bali.
I recommend visiting Lempuyang Temple as early as possible. It is a place that gets crowded after 8:00 a.m., therefore, going around 7:00 a.m. would be a great idea. If you go later, you will find a huge line of people waiting to take a photo…
7. Diving or snorkeling in USAT Liberty Shipwreck
On the coast of the Tulamben region, very close to the shore, there is a huge sunken ship at the bottom of the sea. This is the USAT Liberty Shipwreck, an American cargo ship that, while en route from Australia to the Philippines, was struck by a Japanese torpedo. This happened in 1942.
For many years, the shipwreck was on the beach of Tulamben. However, in 1963, after the eruption of Agung, it was dragged to the bottom of the sea. Now it is possible to visit it by diving or snorkeling. In Amed you will find many centers that offer this tour. If you prefer, you can do it for free.
8. Explore Amed’s surroundings on your bike
One of the simplest but most enjoyable things you can do in Amed is to take your motorbike and start to explore the road towards the easternmost tip of the island. Going parallel to the coast, throughout the journey you will have views of the sea and you can make stops at different places, such as Lipah Beach or Selang Beach. You will also have the opportunity to observe local life as you pass through each town.
9. Blue Earth Village, Bali
A place in Amed that I love and highly recommend visiting is Blue Earth Village. At first glance, it looks like just a restaurant made of bamboo with beautiful views; however, it is much more than that. It is an educational and community center whose objective is, among many others, to promote Amed as a sustainable tourism destination.
They’ve also wanted to create a space in which to train the mind and body. For this reason, the two main activities that are promoted in this place are yoga and apnea. The place also has rooms to stay in. I recommend getting to know a little bit about Blue Earth Village and going to eat or have a drink at their restaurant. You will be luxurious!
10. Snorkeling in Japanese Ship Wreck Point
I’ll wrap this list of things to do in Amed with the Japanese Ship Wreck Point, another place where you can see a sunken ship at the bottom of the sea. In this case, it is a Japanese patrol boat that ran aground on the Bali coast during World War II. Being located very close to the coast, it is very easy to go snorkeling at this site for free, although it is also possible to get closer by boat.
Where to eat in Amed
Despite Amed not being one of Bali’s most touristic places, there is a good variety of cafes and restaurants, both local and international, many of them of a high standard. From eating fresh fish in front of the sea to trying one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in Bali, in Amed you’re going to enjoy food a lot!
Here are some of the best places to eat in Amed:
- Rimba Cafe. Delicious breakfasts and a very nice place.
- Restaurante Galanga. One of the best restaurant I have been to in Bali. It’s fusion food. If you are going to go, book a table, as it is usually full.
- Warung Segara. Local place to eat fish by the sea.
- La Cocina Mexicana. Yummy mexican restaurant in Amed.
- Cafe People Point. Healthy Food.
- Melon Cafe. Very cool place to go for breakfast or lunch.
- Good Stuff Cafe & Eco Store Amed. Delicious food and a store with organic products.
- Green Leaf Cafe. Cafeteria where you can eat or have a drink facing the sea.
Map of Amed, Bali
In the following map, I have indicated the places to see in East Bali, the cafes and restaurants in Amed that I recommend and the hotels where I recommend staying.
Do not forget to read my Indonesia Travel Guide to finish organizing your adventure to this Asian country.
I hope this article on what to see in Amed has been very useful for you to organize your visit to East Bali. If you have any contribution or question, feel free to leave a comment or write me an email. Enjoy your trip!