Amed is a quiet beachside village located in the northeastern part of Bali. The relaxed fishing village attracts mostly divers and snorkelers who come to explore the coral reefs not far from shore, particularly at Jemeluk Bay, and to also dive the ship wreck at Tulamben.
Affordable hotels and bungalows with mountain and sea views line the coast, and tourists are drawn to the area to enjoy the rustic atmosphere and snorkeling opportunities.
Escape the hustle and bustle of busy Kuta and Seminyak, and head east for a relaxing getaway close to nature. In addition to fishing, the area also produces natural salt.
There are several tour companies and dive shops in Amed that offer a variety of watersport activities, such as kayaking, snorkeling and fishing tours.
Many of the dive shops located on the main road, facing the beach, also have a restaurant or cafe on site as well as a swimming pool and shower facilities.
Due to the large number of Western tourists who have chosen to settle in the area, there is a good choice of restaurants serving international dishes. However if it's Japanese and Indonesian fusion food you're after, head to the Japanese-owned Aquaterrace in Amed.
There are no major tourist attractions in Amed like a zoo or famous temple, but you can visit some salt mines and purchase purified salt. This large-grain salt is recommended to use as bath salts and is also great for cooking.
○ Cafe Garam Amed (cafe where you can purchase natural salt)
Other local attractions include the old town and temples, and historic scenic spots in the Amed area. Shop around to rent a car, as distances are fairly big.
This impressive temple is situated 30 minutes' drive from Amed. With amazing views of the ocean and Gunung Agung, Pura Lempuyang is one of Bali's most sacred temples.
It is a two-hour climb to the summit, up 1700 steps, however there is also a bottom temple close to the parking area if you don't feel like the trek right to the very top. The lower temple is still fairly high up though and offers beautiful views of the volcano and the ocean.
Ceremony days are a good time to visit, when worshipers will be dressed in their temple finest.
Located in a small fishing village 5 km south of Amlapura, Taman Ujung is another of Bali's famed water palaces.
The complex was built by the last king of Karangasem in 1921 but was extensively damaged by an earthquake in 1976. Now restored, the palace features scenic gardens, bathing pools and fountains - all make for great photo opportunities.
Tirta Gangga, which means "Water of the Ganges", was built in 1946 by the late King of Karangasem. The holy temple features a number of swimming pools and koi-filled ornamental ponds, although the main attraction is an impressive 11-tiered fountain.
The one-hectare complex also boasts beautiful lush rice field views, and is just 10km from another of East Bali's attractions, Pura Lempuyang Luhur.
The magnificent temple complex of Pura Besakih is located at an altitude of almost 1,000 m on the slopes of Mount Agung in north-east Bali. Besakih is the "head temple" for Balinese Hindus, and many important ceremonies are held here.
The complex features 23 temples, the most important being Pura Penataran Agung. The usual souvenir shops selling hand crafts, sarongs and refreshments are also available.
Amlapura is the administrative capital of the Karangasem regency, as well as East Bali's major transport terminal. It is located halfway between Amed and Candidasa and offers little attraction for visiting tourists.
Most simply pass through on their way to somewhere else, for example to Tirta Gangga. There are however three palaces on Jl. Teuku Umar that may be of interest to some.
Most of the accommodation in Amed is located along the main road which runs parallel to the beach, however there are some cute bargain bungalows to be found scattered around the area.
There are no hotel chains or fancy resorts like in Nusa Dua, but there are a handful of luxury private pool villas from around Rp. 3,000,000 per night. If Rp. 300,000 per night is more within your budget, basic homestay accommodation is available and is especially affordable outside the peak months of July and August.