Diving & Snorkeling in Amed

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About Amed

Amed is a fishing village on the east coast of Bali, Indonesia. Although there are a number of distinct villages with black sand beaches around it, travellers often refer to the whole coast as "Amed". The main attraction here, other than diving and snorkeling of course, is getting away from the crowds at the southern tip of Bali and enhancing your diving trip with some hill trekking or yoga.

Beginner divers will love Jemeluk Bay with usually calm waters and experienced divers may opt for some drift dives at Seland and Bunutan, east of Amed. Be surprised by the amount of coral lying underwater in front of Amed beach itself. Just walk past the colourful fishing boats lining the beach, strap your mask on and head into the water to discover wild coral formations and more tropical fish than in a National Geographic Indonesia special. Amed is also a base for divers and snorkelers visiting nearby Tulamben and the USAT Liberty wreck site on a day trip.

Current Weather

Local time
13:27
Temperature
81.9oF
Weather condition
few clouds
Wind speed
11 mph
Humidity
98%
Sunrise & Sunset
06:06
18:13
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188o
Pressure
29.9 inHg

Best diving spot in Amed - Amed Drop Off

This is a world class dive site that offers something to anyone from snorkelers to expert divers. You will start off from the shore and head down following the undersea slope to encounter your first staghorn corals at a depth of 6 m (20 ft). The main attraction here is the amount and diversity of tropical fish as opposed to the variety of coral at other sites. Schools of dozens and hundreds will swarm around you or zip away to safety if you come too close for their liking. Angelfishes, sapphire yellowtails, blennies, damsels, butterflyfishes, and many other species grace these shores. The cornucopia of fish not only attract divers but also moray eels. It is never a good idea to poke your hand into a hard-to-see crevice underwater but especially not in Amed: a feisty moray eel may be lurking there! You can find your own safe depth here based on your experience level. Deeper down there is also a small reef wall dropping to around 27 m (90 ft).

School of juvenile fish in Jemeluk, Amed, Bali

Exploring the Underwater World

Chromis, large clown triggerfish, basslets, lionfish, longnose emperors, baitfish, surgeonfish, blue-streak fusiliers, wrasses and hundreds of other tropical fish live around Amed. There is also a good amount of small critters and the occasional large pelagics like whitetip sharks and blue-spotted sting rays who are drawn to all that vibrant marine life. Large fish include giant trevally, blue-fin trevallies and tuna.

Gonnadive travel tip

The Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar, Bali) is only 95 km (60 mi) from Amed but it usually takes around 3 hours by car or even longer by bus to get there. Once the road skirts around Mount Agung you will be enchanted by the coastal secenery in front of you. The following villages are part of the "Amed" coast: Culik, Amed, Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah, Selang, Banyuning and Aas. You need to walk a bit or organise transport as accommodation, meal providers and dive operators may be distant from each other on this 14 km (9 mi) stretch of grey and black sand beaches.

As the soil here is poor for much farming, a sizeable chunk of the local population lives from tourism and they operate good dive shops covering the east coast of Bali. Traditional professions include fishing and salt-making; the fishing boats are everywhere and you will see the salt drying pans on some of the streets.

Dive sites in Amed

  • Amed Wall - Jemeluk Bay - Perfect for beginner divers and snorkelers as the bay protects them from currents. There is a coral reef (Amed Reef) to the left of the grey and black sand beach, offering soft corals and sponges and to the right with depths of 12-24 m (39-78 ft) a reef wall (Amed Wall) featuring sea fans and barrel sponges. Fish are everywhere - bluefin trevally, snapper, bannerfish, surgeonfish, parrotfish, blue-spotted rays and reef sharks. The area is also excellent for macro-diving, that is bringing your macro lens with you to photograph small citizens of the marine world: nudibranchs, shrimp, gobies, etc.
  • Juvenile moray eel in Amed, Bali
  • Ghost Bay - Artificial Coral - A shore dive that focuses on artificial reefs right next to Amed Beach. As some coral was used in the 1980s to build accommodation and restaurants quickly for tourists who came to see the ... erm... coral reefs, it was decided that artificial objects cast from concrete should be placed underwater to allow the regrowth of coral. Luckily the experiment was more or less a success and the Ghost Bay now offers great muck diving conditions, with many rare species only available for a macro photo here on the Amed coast (mimic octopus, clown frog fish, razor fish, etc.)
  • Banyuning - Japanese wreck (off Lipah Bay) - Past the black sand Banyuning bay at shallow depths of 6-12 m (20-39 ft) lies this small broken wreck completely covered with gorgonian fans, black corals and sponges and visited regularly by hundreds of fish like schools of angelfish. The diesel engine of the vessel is in much deeper water at 30-35 m (98-115 ft). It is well worth exploring the deeper sections of the reef teeming with abundant critters (ghost pipefish, seahorses, nudibranchs).
  • Bunutan Point - A short boat trip away from Jemeluk Bay and by short we literally mean less than fifteen minutes including your last, non-alcoholic drink on the beach, Bunutan Point has a gentle slope which a lot of small creatures call home. The big attraction here are garden eels and chevron barracudas as well as all the other fish you would expect in east Bali like reef sharks and giant trevally. There is often a strong current at this site and potentially thermoclines - dive with a reputable operator here and start your dives at high tide between July and September in dry season.
  • Lipah Bay - Great snorkelling site with some wood from a tiny wreck in just 2 m of water (6 ft).
  • Gili Selang - A small island off the easternmost point of Bali, accessible by traditional boats from Amed or by more modern dive boats from Padangbai. This site is for advanced divers only as there can be various currents and thermoclines requiring local diving knowledge and diving with experienced operators. The water temperature can quickly drop to 20 °C (68 °F) from 30 °C (86 °F) and the current may bring you up or push you down or out to sea. Follow your dive master's pre-dive brief closely and stay close to your diving group underwater.
    After a black sand slope you will encounter reef at 3-4 m (10-12 ft) depth then a reef walls as you dive deeper. The marine life is amazing here, cuttlefish, morays, white-tip reef sharks, small and big rays, Napoleon wrasse and parrotfish. If conditions are favourable dolphins and hammerhead sharks can be spotted as well.
Colorful nudibranch in Amed, Bali

GonnaDive recommends in the neighborhood

Once you had your fill of Amed diving adventures head north to nearby Tulamben to do a lap around the USAT Liberty wreck or even travel further north to wonderful Lovina Beach. If you are completing a clockwise Bali diving safari, world class diving and snorkeling sites will keep you busy for days in Padangbai.

Best Time for a Scuba Diving or a Snorkeling Vacation

All year round essentially, but visibility is truly great, sometimes up to 40 m (130 ft), from April to July and October to November.

Let's get you sorted with an Amed Dropoff dive and see how you feel about staying another day in the area.

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