The coral-encrusted USAT Liberty shipwreck in Tulamben is one of Bali’s most famous dive sites but the bays around Amed have plenty more to captivate novice and experienced divers. Many of the sites here are quite shallow (including a Japanese wreck that nestles on pretty coral gardens, accessed directly from the beach) so snorkelers won’t miss out. In the sheltered bay of Jemeluk, just metres off shore, a vibrant reef teems with tropical fish, including pygmy seahorses, while a short swim or boat ride to the rocky headland reveals slopes covered in giant gorgonian fans and red barrel sponge corals.
Amed is a relaxing place to spend a few days and a great option for dive courses. It is also home to Bali’s first freedive school, Apneista (apneista.com). Two-day beginner courses teach the basics, including yoga and Pranayama. Moving gracefully underwater without a trail of bubbles or the encumbrance of a tank allows a far more intimate and natural experience with marine life.
Amed refers collectively to a number of small fishing villages that nestle between the mountains and the sea in northeast Bali. A range of accommodations can be found here, including luxury resorts, private villas and dive resorts.
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