Among the best things to do in Amed are its underwater galleries. These comprise specially made statues and other manmade structures that were deliberately submerged into sea beds, attracting coral growth and eventually becoming strikingly beautiful new homes for marine life. Amed is considered the more developed diving resort counterpart to neighbouring Tulamben to its north, and offers more overland sightseeing opportunities other than what lies beneath the waves.
Most notable for Amed is the Jemeluk viewpoint, a hill near its southern coast where you can head up to for one of the most dramatic seascapes that puts in the majestic Mount Agung and the main section of Amed’s beach and calm blue waters into frame. Besides the overland sightseeing and underwater wonders, you can also discover and enjoy a few activities while in Amed, including yoga and freediving – two popular activities and which are often offered as combined programs by dive centres here. Check out these most popular Amed attractions for your next East Bali trip.
Amed is locally referred to as Jemeluk, which gives this dive site its name. The Jemeluk Underwater Gallery features sculptures overseen by The Marine Foundation, a UK-based ‘eco art’ group and several environmental NGOs. Among the sculptures are the works of Indonesian artists Wayan Winten and Eddi Prabandono, ranging from a giant baby head, beautiful Apsara Hindu water nymphs, mermaids, treasure chests, a Balinese barong, and many others in its unique series of ‘living sea sculptures’. A longstanding underwater feature includes a working underwater mailbox. You can purchase waterproof postcards from local shops, then dive and find this box to post it in - look for a big yellow dive buoy in the middle of the area, it's about 20ft straight down. Read More...
While neighbouring Tulamben has its USAT Liberty shipwreck, Amed’s Lipah Bay, which is around 3 kilometres from Amed’s main site of Jemeluk, has its own 20-meter-long wreck of a Japanese freighter that lies in very shallow water. It’s quite a small wreck, but overgrown with colourful corals and gorgonians with sightings of nudibranchs and variety of other critters. Macro photo enthusiasts will love going on a hunt for the elusive pygmy seahorses. The wreck lies around 6 to 10 meters deep, with fairly good visibility throughout the year. Lipah Bay is also known as Lipah Beach and Pondok Vienna Beach after the beachfront hotel overlooking the waters. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Raya Lipah, Amed, Karangasem, East Bali
When you’ve discovered the underwater treasures of Amed, head up to the hills of Jemeluk to take in the area’s most beautiful panoramas. Jemeluk viewpoint offers Amed’s most iconic view: the curving bay with fishing outriggers parked in rows along the coast, the clear and calm blue waters off the shore, and the outlines of Bali’s highest peak, Mount Agung, serving as its dramatic backdrop. The viewpoint also features small sheltered areas and some gazebos where you can have a lazy siesta or enjoy a brief lunch before hitting the road again.
- Location: Jemeluk village, Amed, Karangasem, East Bali
Amed has seen a number of dive centres popping up, specialising in freediving courses. Among these are Apneista, Ocean Prana and Fusion Freediving. It’s a great way to get into the deep blue unfettered by all the heavy and technical dive gear that usually relates to diving. Freediving provides you with a greater sense of freedom and unity with the ocean. It’s basically a great way to better connect with nature. The courses are offered for different levels of abilities. While most are based in Amed, they also organize freediving trips to the popular shipwreck site off the coast of Tulamben in the north. Rates start from IDR 50,000 (USD 4) per person, per session.
- Location: Apneista, Jalan I Ketut Natih, Purwakerti, Amed, Karangasem, East Bali
Almost all freediving centres in Amed such as Apneista, Ocean Prana, Fusion Freediving and Fathom Freedive combine freediving courses with yoga, as it’s considered a perfect complement converging similar principles. The most important though, is the incorporation of breathing exercises which become instrumental in achieving longer dive times and an improved state of mind. Regular yoga courses you can join separately range from hatha yoga, vinyasa, power yoga, ashtanga yoga and anti-gravity yoga which utilises harnesses and suspended ropes. Single classes are from IDR 40,000 (USD 3) per person.
- Location: Ocean Prana, Jalan I Ketut Natih, Purwakerti, Amed, Karangasem, East Bali