Amed is probably most well known for being Bali’s best dive destination. There are a range of dives suitable for both beginners and the more advanced diver. You can dive shallow fringe reefs, dramatic drop offs and fascinating wrecks. There are also many easily accessible snorkeling spots around the Amed coastline. There are several good dive shops in the area, the most established being ECO DIVE and Jukung Dive.
Also available now are glass bottom boat tours, a great opportunity for those who are not swimmers or snorkelers to see and experience the beautiful coral reefs and sea life.
For the more energetic traveler there are several trekking expeditions around Amed. Mount Agung is Bali’s highest volcano (3,142 meters) and if you leave from Anda Amed early in the morning you can climb to the peak in time for sunrise.
All around the Bali coastlines you have probably noticed the small fishing boats of the local people. The Indonesian word for these is Jukung. If you wish to see the picturesque bays and rugged mountain peaks of Amed from the sea or even go out with the locals for a spot of fishing this can also be arranged at Anda Amed Resort.
Motor bikes or bicycles are available for rent should you wish to pass a few days touring the local area in your own time.
Another new edition to the area are cooking classes at the Bali Asli Restaurant. This is about a 25 minute drive from the resort into the countryside. Bali Asli is a traditionally built restaurant with wonderful views across the valley to the sea. The owner and chef is Savoy trained and holds a variety of one day Balinese Cooking Classes. These can be arranged by the staff at Anda Amed Resort.
Cultural activities accessible from our resort
The province of Karangasem where Amed is situated has nearly all of Bali’s major temples and culturally significant tour destinations.
Besakih can be found half way up the majestic Mount Agung. This is the most important temple for all of the Balinese Hindu people and several times a year the temple comes to life with huge and colourful ceremonies.
Another temple of great significance to the Balinese is Lampuyang which can be seen on a hillside as you near Amed. It has recently been renovated and the white facade stands out against the tropical forests. By pass the main temple and continue up to the upper level and you will find yourself, at times, beyond the clouds.
The nearest town to Amed is Amlapura where you can visit the King’s Palace and on the way stop for a cool swim in the natural cold springs of Tirta Ganga Royal Water Palace. Continue through Amlapura and you will reach the old water gardens of Unjung. These too have recently undergone a face lift and are now restored to their former glory.
There are only two Aga villages left in Bali and one of these is located just an hour away from Amed. The Aga people are infact the original people of Bali. They have a unique lifestyle and the village has been maintained in the old traditional ways.