Amed: The Quiet Paradise In Bali
Amed refers to a long strip of fishing village in Eastern Bali. Once a remote area, now Amed is being developed as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in this island. In 2003, telephone lines were installed and it took until four years to build a bridge over a section of the main road regularly washed away during the heavy rain.
To reach this place, you can go by taxi from Ngurah Rai International Airport. It takes two hour and the taxi service cost you Rp. 400.000,- from the airport. Alternatively, you can take the direct shuttle bus from Candidasa and Lovina, thanks to the improved road condition. If you are in the Gili Islands in Lombok, Amed Sea Express offers pick-up service in the three Gilis (Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno).
What can you do in Amed? This place is ideal for diving and snorkeling. However, there are also some attractions you cannot miss while you are there, such as 30-40 minutes of trekking to Mount Agung from this tiny village as well as day trips to Besakih Temple and the stunning water palace at Tirta Gangga are some of the choices available. In addition, this place is famous for its beach. After you go tired, feel the sensation of a traditional massage on the beach to make you feel fresh again.
For divers and snorkelers, there are some diving centers in Amed that offer the best service and attractive dive and accommodation packages:
- Amed Dive Center
Built in July 2002 and run by two Balinese and one German, this dive center is more than just a diving center in Amed as this center also encourages its guest to preserve environment and focuses on sustainable development. Amed Dive Center has been actively engaging in some reef protection projects and this center involves local community as well as tourists to help clean the beach.
Interestingly, this center also offers dive course packages including accommodation. For Introductory Dive Course including accommodation, the price is 109 Euro (high season, single occupancy, for low season the price is 92 Euro). The courses offered range from Introductory dive course to Open & Advanced Open Water Dive Course Package.
Meanwhile, the prices for diving package and accommodation are quite affordable, from 69 euro to 519 Euro. Accommodation in double or twin bungalow with breakfast, dive mask, snorkel, weight-belt, tanks, transport to and local fees at dive sites, dive guide and applicable taxes are included in the prices (for dive packages and dive course packages).
- Bali Reef Diver
Puri Wirata is home to Bali Reef Divers, one of PADI 5 Star diving centers in Amed. As what most dive centers offer, Bali Reef Diver offers PADI Course, under the guidance of professionally trained dive instructors. There are some attractive packages offered that also include special discount for diving and accommodation.
The rates for accommodation start from Rp. 500.000,- (low season) and Rp. 600.000,- (high season) for Deluxe Room to Rp. 1.700. 000,- (low season) and Rp. 2.000.000,- (high season) for Full Villa.
- Baruna Dive Center
This dive center offers a personalized dive trip as divers are grouped in small group maximum 4 divers. If you want to preserve your underwater moment, free photography service is ready for you as they take the picture of you surrounded by exotic critters and fish.
In addition, this dive center also has various attractive dive trips to several dive sites such as Menjangan Island, Lenbongan, Nusa Penida and many more. The price starts from US$ 60 (for 1 night dive) to US$ 130 ( 2 dives in Marine Park of Menjangan Island). Transportation, snacks and drinks are included in the prices.
So, what are you waiting for? Let us dive and explore the dazzling of Bali’s underwater.