Discovering Amed: Beautiful Landscape, Slow Living, and Diving

Discovering Amed: Beautiful Landscape, Slow Living, and Diving
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We wanted to do something different in Bali, so despite the allure of luxury accommodations, clubs, and restaurants, we chose a more ‘genuine’ Balinese experience by traveling along the East Coast, where we heard we could see some fairly incredible species beneath the shimmering Pacific water. The North-East coast of Bali is the place to go if you’re searching for a more peaceful location with great diving. The Amed Bali is a growing city with a lovely long coast line, lots of black sand beaches, and a plethora of outstanding scuba diving places.

The Hidden Beauty of Amed 

East Bali, in my opinion, is the most naturally gorgeous region of the island. The pace of life is calm, the seaside beauty is breathtaking, and the isolation makes it ideal for a romantic break. Divers, snorkelers, surfers, and beach bums flock to East Bali because of the profusion of marine life, wrecks, great surf breaks, and stunning beaches. It also gives a welcome break from the cultural overload of central Bali. In Ubud, it’s quite simple to overindulge in culture. The sensation reminded me of being in slow days during the childhood, and all you need to rejuvenate at that point is some serene rough and tumble East Bali hinterland.

Getting Away from the Busy Bali

Central Bali’s inland attractiveness has a landlocked quality to it that can make one feel claustrophobic after a few days. Streams, balsam plants, palm trees, and locals dressed in sarongs, lace blouses, and flowers in their hair may be seen all around you. Though central Bali appears to be utterly dreamy, after a few days, one develops a desire for spaciousness that only oceans can supply. As a lover of space and freedom, the immensity of east Bali pulled me in like a moth to a flame, and I made an effort to visit it as often as possible. Thus, throughout my month in Bali, I visited Amed for scuba diving, and it was awesome.

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The Highlight: Scuba Diving in Amed Bali

The Highlight: Scuba Diving in Amed Bali
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The coastal strip of Amed is economically impoverished and has minimal infrastructure due to its semi-arid location, compared to south Bali. The region’s economy is centered on salt production, fishing, and diving-related tourism, and the water around Amed is filled with marine life. There are several scuba diving spots in Amed that you can visit during your dive trip there. It’s a snorkeler’s dream, with beautiful coral reefs with schools of parrotfish, black snapper, wrasses, sharks, sponges, and barracudas. In the shallow sections, there are a few wrecks as well. Tulamben village was always one of my Amed visits, and I enjoyed snorkeling there. The diving in Amed experience is overall remote, quiet, and rustic, with colorful outrigger canoes and deep blue waves breaking over the sparkling silky black sand.

The Vibrant Underwater in Amed

Each dive in Bali was distinct from the one before it. What else could there be to view besides giant gliding mantas, wobbegong sharks, and colorful nudibranchs?

This is one of those settings where you need to take your time to appreciate all of the small details. When you first start diving, I recommend leaving the camera at home. There’s so much going on around you that it’d be a shame to miss out on it because you’re focused on the camera. Examine the movie to see how many species you can identify. Then go back and watch the video again to catch up on whatever you missed the first time around.

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Diving with Jukung in Amed

Diving with Jukung in Amed

This time, the diving boat wasn’t your standard cow boat. We opted for Jukungs instead. A Jukung is a tiny outrigger canoe made of wood. Ours was about 2 1/2 feet wide and had enough room for three divers and the captain. Because of the limited space aboard the boat, your dive gear will be handed to you once you’ve disembarked. Imagine getting on your scuba gears on this jukung boat. It might be a little hard, but it’s going to be a new and unique experience, isn’t it?

Are you ready to visit Amed this summer?