Dec 24 2010
Why settle for one beach when you can have a bunch of them? In practical use, Amed is used to refer to a series of bays in east Bali (well, it’s really to the north of the island, but it’s lumped in with the east — no idea why). Each of these black sand (and pebbly in places) beaches offers bountiful snorkelling and ample opportunity for just laying around in the sun soaking it up.
As with most beaches on Bali, these remain primarily beaches used by fishermen, so don’t turn your nose up at the boats pulled up onto the sand. Instead, drag yourself out of bed early enough to see them come in with a catch, or get up still earlier to go out on a trip with them (but that’s another story).
Amed is well regarded for both its snorkelling and diving — there is a wreck that can be visited, but most keen divers head to Tulamben further to the west. Snorkellers should be more than happy with the corals and there are plenty of fish — plenty.
Unlike the beaches on the south coast, there are no waves in Amed, so leave the boards in storage in Kuta — you won’t be needing them here (unless you’re planning on stopping elsewhere of course). Off the beach are a range of things to do and you can arrange to climb the bloody big volcano you can’t help but notice (but that’s another story too).
Amed is a great choice for families with children because the waters are calm and the swimming pretty safe — a lot of the resorts have swimming pools as well. There are a lot of family-friendly digs here and we quite like the Santai Hotel if it fits into your budget, but there are plenty of cheaper options as well to choose from.
Amed is around three hours from the beaches at Kuta, so you’re really looking at an overnight stay at least, but we’d recommend three nights if you can manage it — come on, you’re on holiday!
Many first-time visitors to Bali find themselves a little underwhelmed by the beaches. It’s a response easy to imagine considering all the beautiful beaches featured on Bali brochures and the reality of crowded Kuta. Luckily, Bali is a big island with pretty beaches enough for everyone, and over the next seven days we’ll show you one a day to help you fill out a week’s beach holiday in Bali.
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