Located on Bali’s eastern tip, Amed has a black, volcanic, sandy beach full of natural beauty. Amed Beach promises extraordinary panoramic views of Mount Agung. Apart from its scenery, Amed beach is more known as the ultimate Bali destination for snorkeling. You will discover various snorkeling spots and dive sites directly from the beach in Amed.
An interesting fact about Amed Beach is that it was popularly known as a traditional site for salt farming once. Salt farming is done by pouring filtered seawater into dugout halves of coconut tree trunks to be dried under the glorious sun. Visitors can buy little packets of salts harvested by the local farmers as tokens of the trip.
Part of Amed Beach – Jemeluk Bay is one of Bali’s most visited snorkeling spots, promising vibrant coral reefs and abundance of fish species. It is exceptional to snorkel off the beach at Amed due to the mystifying panorama of the majestic Mount Agung looming in the background as you step foot on Jemeluk. In Amed’s nutrient-rich waters, you can discover the snorkeling spot which gave Jemeluk its fame – an ocean temple known as the “Underwater Post Office.” It is a beautiful site to explore, indeed. Those who are more adventurous can opt for freediving with a Go-Pro ready.
The dive sites on Amed Beach have attracted diving and snorkeling enthusiasts alike. Resting on the seabed off Amed’s volcanic, black beaches is the Japanese Shipwreck, one of Bali’s most enthralling diving spots. The ruins of a rusting, sunken vessel, have become a coral garden swamped with sea life. Prepare to see emperor angelfish, white-spotted boxfish, lined surgeonfish, and large schools of colorful yellow damselfish. It is a beautiful sight underwater with the ship propellers covered with huge gorgonian fans and sponges with schools of small reef fish and nudibranchs swimming around the wreck. If in luck, the elusive pygmy seahorses can be spotted.
Located next to Amed, Lipah Beach boasts picturesque fishing villages and rustic atmosphere. With soft, inviting, black sand, Lipah Beach features a vibrant coral reef close to the shore, similar to Amed Beach. The waters are usually calm, and visibility is excellent for great snorkeling from the beach. Expect to see a variety of fascinating sea inhabitants here, including butterflyfish, angelfish, and trumpet fish. Lucky snorkelers may even have the opportunity to spot the sea turtles and reef sharks as they dive deeper. Due to the high demand for diving here on Amed Beach, it is no wonder that many dive operators have set up base here.