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In tourist terms AMED is the name given to a 15km stretch of coastline along the beautifull north east coast of Bali. The journey time from the airport is now just over 2 hours, with the opening of the new bypass road.
Amed is famous amongst divers, snorklers and those looking for peace, quiet and relaxation.
The village of Amed is just at the beginning of this area and has a wonderful view of Mount Agung.. but the beach is not so good here. ..shingly black sand and stones.. The road then snakes along through the bays and villages of Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah, Lean, Selang, Banyuning and Aas
There is a backdrop of majestic mountains, steep valleys with locals living high into the hills. Tourism is relatively new to this part of Bali. Fishing, farming for peanuts, corn and squash and saltpanning are the main "industries'.
Jemeluk bay is famous for snorkling and diving and there is a good dive center there called Ecodive. There are also quite a few budget places to stay and eat.
Bunutan is less populated and has some more upmarket accomodation. Santai Hotel and Apa Kabar villas are both on the beach.
There is a lovely little outdoor spa "A Spa" set in the rice fields that is well worth a visit.
Beyond here is Anda Amed resort up on the hill, Puri Wirata, Dancing dragon and Indra Hotels closer to the beach. There is also a gorgeous round meeting hall where they have seminars on Feng Shui with the wll known Karen Kingston.
By the time you reach Lipah the beaches have changed. They are now sandy. A mix of golden and volcanic sand. The beaches change depending on the season. Sometimes more golden, sometimes more volcanic. They also shift from one side of the bay to the other. There are 3 long established hotels on this beach,.. Hidden Paradise, Coral View and Pondok Vienna
There is live music twice a week at Wawa Wewe reataurant with local bands playing regae/blues etc and eveyone gets up to dance. Locals and tourists, young and old! It is fun!
The next bay is at Lean. Another sandy beach with many fishing boats and just one small and lovely resort "Life in Amed"
Selang beach is next. Long famous for its snorkling and also Good Karma bungalows which has an almost cult following.
Blue Moon Villas is beautiful and set overlooking this beach. They have recently opened a private 4 bedroom villa with pool.
Before you reach the next bay, Batu Tangga and Deep Blue Studio are perched on the cliff edge.
There is one more lovely sandy beach before you get to Banyuning with Reincarnasi bungalows for the budget traveller..
At Banyuning the beach is long and made up of large stones.There is a small Japanese shipwreck here. It is easy to snorkle to it, as it is close to the shore..
There are many choices for eating. All the hotels have restaurants open to non residents. Then there are independent small restaurants and warungs. Restaurant Gede in Lipah also doubles up as an art gallery and there is an extensive menu. The view from The Pavillion restaurant in Banyuning is gorgeous..
There are several local silversmiths who sell their jewellery. Some locals make models of the colourful jukung fishing boats, which they sell..and there are small souvenir shops in some of the hotels.. but if shopping is your thing, Amed is not the place for you. Also if you are into nightlife, there isnt much to be found!
But if you want a beautiful scenery, quiet beaches with calm waters ,NO HAWKERS ,the odd fishing or sailing trip, A long or short trek through the hills to watch the sunrise, friendly local Balinese with their big smiles.... you may be delighted with this eastern tip of unspoilt Bali.