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.
How To Get There…
From Denpasar: Hire a driver for $40USD for the 3 hour journey.
From The Gili’s: 45 minute fast boat for $30USD.
How To Get Around…
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…
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Airbnb Pondok Built Bungalow:
This place 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 this is your place to stay. The accommodation is gorgeous and the service is great! $210USD/night
Blue Moon Villas:
GREAT ocean views, an infinity pool and delicious food. $87USD/night.
What To Eat…
Delicious organic food. This is a great place to do yoga as well!
This was our fave restaurant in Amed. 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.
For EXCELLENT local food, dine here! The spring rolls and curry delicious are delectable. Go early/late as it gets very crowded at peak hours.
For a special occasion with an epic sunset, head to Sails. 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…
The BEST diving company in Amed. Be sure to dive the Liberty shipwreck in Tulamben and the Japanese wreck. $75USD for two dives.
Mount Batur Sunrise Trek-Bali Trekking Tour:
Hours: Moderate trek, 4 hours return
Time At Attraction: 8+ Hours roundtrip
Mount Batur is an active volcano with the best views being from the top. The sunrise trek 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 best beach in Amed, 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.
This spot 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.
Another great, black sand beach for snorkeling.
The Griya has the best gym in Amed 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.
Smiling Buddha Yoga:
This awesome little spot offers up accommodation, yoga and an organic restaurant.
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.