What to do in Amed if you are interested in more than diving and snorkelling? Discover hidden spots and find out how you can explore this part of East-Bali by land and by sea. Amed is actually a long coastline of small villages, connected together, as places to visit for those who love water sports, nature and agricultural landscapes.
Enjoy a magnificent sunrise
Rise up at 6 in the morning and find a place where you can see the sunset. Easy if you happen to stay on the beach. Otherwise take a nice early beachwalk or head out on a boat to see the sunrise at sea. This is a great opportunity to see the fishermen on their traditional sailing boats, called ‘Jukung’.
Catch your own fish
Amed is a traditional fishing village, where the fishermen go out to sea early morning or at night. If you like to go fishing, you can go sailing with a local fisherman and combine this with a sunrise or sunset sight seeing trip. If you happen to catch fish, you can have it prepared at the place where you are staying, either grilled or steamed in banana leaves.
Taste Amed sea salt
Amed is known for their sea salt that is popular among chefs in and outside Indonesia. You can visit the Amed Salt center to learn about the production and buy the salt.
AMED SALT CENTER Jl. I Ketut Natih, Purwakerti, Abang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852 80852 Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, telephone: +628819-3645-1718
Walk around the farmer fields
If you walk around in Amed, you will find fields of corn, peanuts, vegetables and rice plants. If you love to see the local agricultural life, you can see farmers planting the fields or prepare for harvest. Sometimes before or after school children help to wash their cows and feed the pigs and chickens.
Go tracking to a refreshing water fall
The hills behind the coastline of Amed are great to explore especially if you love tracking. Here you will see panorama views and even find a ‘hidden waterfall’. To visit this area you have to be an experienced driver or go with a guide.
Learn how to dive
There are many great spots in Amed for diving and snorkelling as I have described my experiences on my blog. If you can spent a few days here you will have a good opportunity to learn how to dive and get your PADI certificate. There are SSI dive instructors who teach in multiple languages.
Take in the views on Mount Agung
Wherever you go in Amed, you will see the volcano Mount Agung. Especially during sunset it looks spectacular. Combined with a drink or dinner on the beach or from the hills, it’s a sight to enjoy at the end of a perfect day.
If you are looking for delicious food here are my favourite places to eat in Amed. There are many choices for Indonesian dishes, western, vegetarian and vegan meals. Some places are within walking distance of our Villa Sinar Cinta. A big plus is that some restaurants offer free transport for your convenience.
Meeting Point Amed
The Meeting Point restaurant is on walking distance via the beach in front of Villa Sinar Cinta. It’s a nice place with a small garden where you can have a great lunch or dinner. They are linked to restaurant Gusto (where you can also order pizza!) by the same owner who has a bakery. So they have lots of fresh baked bread and serve for instance sandwiches and baguettes.
Chill Bar & Grill on the beach
If you have a craving for some Mexican food like taco’s or home made french fries with fresh fish and/or hamburgers Chill Bar & Grill is a great place on the beach with sunset view.
Galanga fusion food in Amed
Galanga restaurant is known for their yummy fusion Asian food. You will be pleasantly surprised by their food and drinks and the way it is served. Galanga has a terrace and a garden and more info can be found via their facebookpage. It is located in the Bunutan area of Amed and from Villa Sinar Cinta you will need to drive like 15/20 minutes up here, either by scooter or by car.
Local warungs and streetfood
Amed offers a great variety of streetfood and small restaurants, called ‘warungs’ in Bahasa Indonesia. You can get favourite Indonesian dishes like fried rice (nasi goreng), fried noodles (mie goreng), local soups, grilled fish and meat or chicken on sticks (saté), mixed vegetables with peanut sauce and several cooked or friend tofu (tahu) or wedges of soya bean (tempe). One of our favourite places to eat in Amed is Warung Ole. They have a menu for Indonesian food plus Western fast food like potato fries.
Favourite places to eat in Amed with special view
Our staff at Villa Sinar Cinta can tell you more about favourite places to eat in Amed with a special view and on the beach. They can arrange for your transport to the restaurant and for food delivery at our private villa.
If you are travelling from the south of Bali to Amed our drivers can give you advice for restaurants on the way or near the hotspots that we recommend in East-Bali. Read this post if you like to find out more about what to do in Amed?
Special service at Villa Sinar Cinta
As guests at our private Villa Sinar Cinta you can enjoy homemade food for breakfast, lunch or dinner, especially vegatarian. Plus famous Bali dishes, like suckling pig (Babi guling) and stuffed chicken (Ayam betutu) are on special delivery. If you want to celebrate a birthday or wedding anniversary, we can also arrange special cakes and festive fruit baskets with flowers and other decorations.
Explore amazing hotspots enroute to Amed in East-Bali and discover fascinating temples, waterpalaces, great panorama views on Mount Agung, rice fields and the Virgin beach. All locations can be found via roadsigns on the main coastal road and your navigation program.
Lake Yeh Malet
Yeh Malet is a tiny lake and one of the newest attractions enroute to Amed. Local villagers offer you a roundtrip on a bamboo raft. It is located near the main road before the harbour of Padang Bai.
Batcave Goa Lawah
Goa Lawah is one of the most popular temples in East-Bali. It has a big batcave and many Balinese ceremonies are being held here. On the beach opposite of the temple Balinese people especially gather here for the festive cremation ceremonies.
The lotuspond in Candidasa is a popular hotspot near the sea. Many people like to walk around here and have a meal at the nearby restaurants.
Panoramaview Mount Agung
Enroute to Amed you can also decide to have a (lunch)break at the Virgin Beach aka White Sandy Beach. The Bukit Asah hill road has this amazing panoramaview on Mount Agung and the Bali Sea.
White sandy beach
Virgin Beach aka White Sandy Beach is a special spot as the North East coast of Bali is known for its black sandy beaches. The secret beach’s bay is secluded by huge rocks on both sides. You can relax by yourself at the far end or rest in the central part of the beach. Here free sunbeds are available in front of the restaurants where you might like to eat and drink.
In 1909 ‘Taman (meaning garden) Ujung’ was built by one of the kings of Karangasem. The water palace was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963 and rebuilt again after an earthquake in 1979. Although not all the buildings were restored the remaining ruins give it a certain archeological charm.
Traditional market Amlapura
If you like traditional markets than this is one of the favourite hotspots enroute to Amed, the market in Amlapura. Here you can buy groceries, fresh fruit, spices, hot peppers and also local handicraft.
The Tirta Gangga water palace is a beautiful water garden, where you can cross the water basins via stepping stones and watch the giant Koi fish. After you have finished your early morning walk a cool dive in the special royal swimming pool is the best reward. Here you can bathe in the holy water coming from Mount Agung.
Rice fields Tirtagangga
The rice fields in Tirtagangga are a green oasis and a special landscape in East-Bali. A local guide brings you for an unforgettable walk up the hill, through the forest, the villages and the rice fields where you can photograph the daily process of seeding, growing and harvesting rice.
Heavens Gate at Lempuyang
The area of Lempuyang consists of many temples on different levels. If you don’t want to climb all the way up, you can choose to stay at the first level of the so called Heavens Gate. If you are lucky and it’s not cloudy you can see Mount Agung through the impressive gateway at the temple. As this is one of the most popular places for pictures on social media, the waiting time to take your picture can be more then one hour during high season. Luckily there are many more alternatives to take amazing picture.
Sunset view Jemeluk Bay
Even if you just visited a view hotspots enroute to Amed, you might like to conclude the day with a drink and a great sunset view in Jemeluk. This is actually also one of the favourite hotspots for snorkelling and diving in the Bali Sea.
On the hill overlooking Jemeluk Bay in Amed you can see Mount Agung and mountain top of two other giants in East-Bali. Cheers!!! Selamat minum!
Feel free to contact me if you like to book a tour to hotspots enroute to Amed and discover the spirit of East-Bali. Also if you are interested about what to do in Amed?
Enjoy your own private villa in Amed East-Bali just steps away from the beach and the sea. Relax at the big swimming pool in the middle of the colourful tropical garden. Eat delicious food and fruit and have a unique holiday in old Bali style.
A beautiful Balinese style house with a great but deep pool. Relaxing and quiet surroundings. Excellent and generous breakfast. Great place for families and friends. Our guest Megan wrote about our private villa in Amed East-Bali in her AirBnB review.
Villa Sinar Cinta can accommodate up to eight people
The main house has a living room, a small kitchen, a master bedroom with kingsize bed and a bunkbud, two bathrooms with hot/cold water, and an upstairs and downstairs veranda. The separate garden pavillion has two double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a terrace. All rooms have AC and extra fans. The whole property can be rented as one private villa and is also very suitable for your honeymoon.
“Très bon séjour à amed ! La maison correspond parfaitement aux photos, les chambres sont propres, la villa forte agréable à vivre. Rien à redire ! Je recommande” Clémence & les amis de France
Authentic villa in Balinese Style
The ground that Villa Sinar Cinta is built upon was farm land. We found a young talented Balinese architect, called Weda Asmara, who designed the buildings and the swimming pool. He also became our contractor and with his help Villa Sinar Cinta was created as an authentic Balinese private villa in Amed East-Bali. Everything was manually build with almost no machines.
Signing the building contract
Drinking beer with the guys who made it all by hand
Unser Aufenthalt in der Villa Sinar Cinta war unglaublich schön! Nicht nur das die Anlage, die schönste war, die wir jemals gesehen haben, ein wahres Paradies, übertrafen die Angestellten mit ihrer offenen, herzlichen, liebevollen Art, alle Erwartungen! Sie haben sich um uns gekümmert, als gehörten wir zur Familie. Tanja von Hamburg, Deutschland
‘Old Bali Bliss’
Many guests who stay at our private villa enjoy the ‘old Bali’ as some of them call it. Our staff is much appreciated and loved for their service. Whatever your needs are, we will ensure that you will have a great time at Villa Sinar Cinta in Amed. You can read more about me and our private villa in Amed in this article of travel writer Bill Dalton in the Bali Advertiser. If you are interested in snorkelling and diving in Amed I’m happy to share my experiences.
With Putu our manager, our friend Paula, our staff Wayan and Komang and me in the middle at our private villa in Amed.
Villa Sinar Cinta is a registered and fully licensed tourist accomodation. We follow all necessary health protocols for the safety of our guests and our staff during the covid19 pandemic. This applies to the cleaning of the entire villa and to welcoming our guests. We expect our guests to wear masks and follow the rules of the Balinese government in preventing the spread of the virus.
Daily and special offerings are an essential part of Bali life. To celebrate birth, death and all important stages in between. Ceremonies are held to thank the Gods and pray for blessings. You are welcome to join Bali ceremonies in Amed and we can help you dress in Balinese clothes.
When I am in Amed I love to join the ceremonies that mark the special occasions in life. For me this was especially important when we started to built Villa Sinar Cinta. But also before riding my new scooter and car!
Wayan performs a Bali ceremony for my new scooter with colourful offeringsMary during a Bali cleansing ceremony at Villa Sinar Cinta. This ceremony was held in preparation for Nyepi, the Balinese New Year.
Join our Balinese ceremonies in Amed
Sinar Cinta was built in the courtyard manner following Balinese architectural traditions. In the center of our garden we have an altar for daily offerings. Guests are welcome to participate in the ceremony and learn more about the Bali Hindu way of life. If there is a big ceremony on the beach next to our place or at the temple or wedding, our staff can help to dress you in Bali clothes and bring you along.
You can join Bali ceremonies on the beach next to our Villa Sinar Cinta in Amed.
The colourful cultural life and ceremonies in Bali are amazing
The cultural life in Bali is marked by a amazing variety of art, dance and ceremonies. If you like to know more about its background and enjoy local activities, we are happy to bring you along.
In the garden we have an altar for daily and special offerings during important Bali ceremony days like Nyepi and Galungan & Kuningan.
Amed and Tulamben offer some of the best hotspots for diving and snorkelling right next to the coast of East-Bali. Near Tulamben is the famous WWII USA shipwreck called ‘The US Liberty’. Close to Amed there is a small Japanese WWII shipwreck just in front of the coast. And there are many more exciting places to go diving and snorkelling.
This picture was taken by one of the divers who stayed at Villa Sinar Cinta in Amed.
Snorkelling with your family in Jemeluk Bay Amed
The most suitable place to go snorkelling and diving in Amed is at Jemeluk Bay, as mostly the sea current here is not so strong. Small children and those who are trying for their first time can step easily into the sea to discover the colourful fish, coral and sea stars in the Bali Sea. It’s also very exciting to explore the special underwater statues of a ‘mermaid’ and a ‘temple’.
We organise snorking & diving trips from our Villa Sinar Cinta
If you want to go snorkelling or diving in Amed, we can arrange this for you with individual snorkelling guides and with the local diving schools. There are SSI dive instructors who can speak English, German, French, Bahasa Indonesia and Chinese. Amed is also known for special Free Diving courses. Contact us for more information.
This new snorkelmask has greatly improved my time and my pleasure snorkelling, also here at Jemeluk Bay.
What to bring with you when snorkelling
Masks and other gear can be rented in Amed, but I always bring my own snorkle mask.
See my first GoPro recording of a turtle in the Bali Sea
I am so proud of my first GoPro recording of this turtle in the Bali Sea
The villa is about 40m from the beach with some of the best macro sealife you can find (shrimp, crabs, seahorses, etc) 10/10 would stay again!
Claude & Melissa from Michingan in the USA about diving in Amed in their review of Villa Sinar Cinta on Airbnb.
Let me show you how to make a simple homemade mango ice cream with max 3 or 4 ingredients and enjoy it every day without too many calories. I just use mango or pineapple with banana and plain yoghurt. You can use other soft fruit like red dragon but most important is to use banana because it makes the ice cream more creamy. A bit of lemon juice adds an extra fresh flavour.
Peal the fruit
Slice it in small parts or cubes
Mix it with a little lemon juice
Put it in plastic bag or jar which is suitable for the fridge
Keep it in the fridge for a couple of hours untill it is deep frozen
Use a blender to put in two table spoons of plain yoghurt
Add parts of the frozen fruit to the blender and mix it till the fruit looks smooth
Put the mango ice cream in small plastic cups with a lid
Put all the cups in the fridge for a few hours untill it is frozen
Enjoy your home made mango ice cream 🙂
I feel so lucky to pick mango from our tree in Amed. When the tree had no fruit in the first years I was disappointed but when it started to bear fruit I was so happy. This mango is very suitable for a home made mango ice cream.
Tropical Fruit names and origin
Bali offers many sorts of fresh fruit from its own land. Some exotic fruit is also imported from other Indonesian islands and from abroad. I am very happy to grow some fruit in my own garden.
A very nice alternative for mango is pine apple. This is my 2,5 kilo trophy I picked from my garden just before Christmas. I got this by topping a pine apple and putting the top right into a big pot with fresh soil. Woohoo so this is how small miracles can happen.
When I turned age 50 I had the pleasure to be interviewed by travel writer Bill Dalton, who wrote the first ever travel guide about Indonesia! This is his article about Amed, East-Bali and life and career of Mary Afdan.
Bill Dalton about Mary Afdan in the Bali Advertiser
Mary was born, of a Javanese mother and Moluccan father, in the small country village of Hardenberg in the east of Holland in 1962. Her father had been a member of the Dutch Colonial Army (KNIL) and after Indonesia’s independence former KNIL soldiers and their families were forced out of Java when it fell under the control of Indonesia. In 1951, a total of 12,500 were transferred to the Netherlands where they were housed in provisional camps socially and physically isolated from Dutch society.
Both the Indonesians and the Dutch government believed that the exiles would return in a couple of months, but it wasn’t until the end of the 1960s, while Mary was still a little girl, that the family emigrated to Java, moving eventually to the Kei Islands. Life was tough; at times Mary wore torn clothes and the family didn’t have enough to eat. One of her new songs is about a young girl in Saparua who keeps herself alive by singing for a living. This experience was torn from the pages of Mary’s own life.
Mary’s musical life began at an early age.
The family finally settled in Sorong in Papua in 1972. Mary’s musical life began at an early age when her father taught her to sing and play guitar in the church and in school choirs, winning several singing competitions. When her father passed away in 1983, Mary supported herself by making mosquito nets and giving guitar lessons to young children while she studied economics at university.
Mary arrived in Jakarta in 1989 where she performed with The Crown band in the nightclubs of Jakarta and Bandung. In 1991, the internationally acclaimed Jakarta live music venue Jaya Pub invited her to sing. When the Jaya Pub opened a branch in Kuta in 1992, Mary moved to Bali and on her own and in duet with other singers became the voice of Jaya Pub Bali during the Golden Years from 1992 to 1996 when south Bali enjoyed a vibrant nightlife. On saturday nights you could hardly walk through the crowds of tourists, expats and locals.
At the end of 1995 Mary returned to Amsterdam where she continued to sing professionally at private parties and pasar malams. It was at this point that Mary started to compose her own Indonesian and English material, a tropical mix of Moluccan and Papua elements with a little dash of Dutch.
Wanting to have a place of her own in her homeland, Mary built Villa Sinar Cinta in 2006 and opened it for guests in 2007. Located on its own stretch of beach, the family who formerly owned the land on which the villa sits is now involved in the it’s operation, maintenance, security and guest services. Guests can now wake at sunrise to accompany Putu to market for the day’s shopping, join Wayan in the kitchen to see how a Balinese meal is prepared from scratch, or hire Kadek to drive them to the exquisite Pasir Putih white sand beach, a 45-minute drive via Amlapura.
Painted Jukung, Tasty Sea Salt, Unspoiled Coral
Though tourism didn’t reach the Amed area until the mid-1990s, by early 2012 every house seems to double as a cubby hole restaurant or homestay, creating an oversupply of some of the best accommodation deals on the island (Rp50,000 per night or Rp100,000 facing the sea). Family ties are still strong here and tradition prevails in everyday life. It’s not that uncommon that a hotel staff member will invite you home for a wedding, a cremation, a tooth filing ceremony or a sibling or cousin’s six-month-old-touching-of-the-ground ceremony.
Salt-making on the beach in Amed, East-Bali
The people along this coast make a meagre living out of dry crops like peanuts, cassava, sweet potato, beans and corn. Twenty years ago, the whole beach was lined with salt-making businesses. Salt making is still a significant source of income for the locals, but these family enterprises are now being eclipsed by the frenzied establishment of tourist-related businesses. The one industry that hasn’t changed is fishing. All the village’s boats have set out to sea by 5 am to fish for tuna and mackerel. For the best photograph over one of Amed’s jukung-lined beaches, climb the hill up to the Anda Amed Resort.
Amed’s slightly greyish unprocessed salt crystals, only Rp20,000 per kilo at almost any roadside warung, are sweeter and more flavorful than most Indonesian sea salt, don’t leave a bitter taste, and make a great gift for people who love to cook. Salt panning takes place in the dry season. While still dark, workers head to the beach carrying a pole with two hanging zinc containers that look like sagging accordions. The women fill the containers with sea foam, froth and sea water, carry up to 50 kg of water on the back of their necks, then climb the wobbly ladder of the square, roofless, two-meter high stack of coconut trunks to the cone at the top, then pour the water in. Workers carry up to 500 liters of water per day. The salt museum at Hotel Uyah (see the Cafe Garam sign), the “Salt Hotel” in the center of Amed, displays photos, samples and equipment showing how traditional salt making is done.
The Bali Sea in front of Villa Sinar Cinta with Mount Agung on the background
With the Bali Sea at your feet, there are any number of watery pursuits like going out with fishermen in the early mornings, getting a lift out to the reef on a jukung to spot dolphins, or just laying on the beach. Fifteen minutes drive to the south in Lipah is a small Japanese ship sunk in World War II; one half of the ship is still intact. The nice sandy black beach offers safe swimming for children and easy access to snorkeling.
Further afield, walk to Amed village along the beach or through cassava gardens, hike in the nearby hills, rent a pushbike in the cooler hours of the morning or late afternoon, explore the coast on rented scooters, arrange a road trip to visit Bali’s premier dive center in Tulamben to the northwest or have lunch at the Tirtagangga Water Gardens or the Ujung Water Palace near Amlapura.
Amed is also an active trekking and eco tourism area. Aficionados claim that the sweet salak grown around Sibetan, 45 minutes away – Bali’s most prolific salak producing area – is incomparable. Known as the snakefruit because of its reddish-brown scaly skin, this variety of salak is called salak gula pasir. Pura Lempuyang temple sits gleaming white on the slopes of Gunung Lempuyang; access from Abang, north of Tirtagangga, by climbing the 1700 steps to the top.
Sinar Cinta Villa, Jl. Melasti 7, Amed, www.sinarcinta.com, email@example.com, tel. 081-747-37869. Three double rooms with double beds, plus a bunk bed. Weekly rates (including breakfast): E700-E850 in the low season; E850-E1000 in the high season. Payment via bank transfer. The villa is ideal for parents with 2-3 children, a party of adults or two couples who rent the whole premises for average stays of from 1-3 weeks. Busiest in May and December (school vacations) and July-August (vacation time in Europe). Amed is 22 km (one half hour) north of Amlapura; Singaraja and Denpasar are both two and a half hours distant. Catch an angkot six km to Culik, then board another one for Amlapura. If coming from Culik, the road (Jl. Melasti) to Sinar Cinta is one and a half km before Amed on the left-hand side.
All pictures on this page are made by us or by our guests. You can read more about the construction of the villa on my blog or visit the website of Villa Sinar Cinta for more information www.villasinarcinta.com Or contact Mary Afdan directly.
Welcome to my Blog about how to travel and explore hotspots in East-Bali. Please allow me to share with you how Bali colours my life and answer frequently asked questions about the fishing village Amed. I like to inform you about my private villa in Amed and what activities you can do, like snorkelling and diving.
I am happy to give you some ideas of the beaten track, so you can experience the old authentic Bali. Just like the Dutch family Van Mierlo enjoyed their holiday when they stayed at our Villa Sinar Cinta in Amed twice. See their photo’s below as they loved to go rafting, sailing and tracking. They can’t wait to come back again.
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Ceremony on Melasti Beach in front of our house in Amed, Karangasem, East-Bali
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Imagine walking through these ricefields in East-Bali. This is part of our walking tours.Komang is from Amed and he is one of the most favourite private drivers for our guests. He can tell a lot about the culture in Bali and he has a great sense of humour. He is one of our experts on how to travel and explore hotspots in East-Bali.
Explore hotspots enroute to Amed
From the south of Bali, like for instance from the airport it takes about 2,5 hours to travel to Amed. If you like to know which hotspots you can explore be sure to read my article about these 11 hotspots enroute to Amed.
Villa Sinar Cinta is a registered and fully licensed tourist accomodation. We follow all necessary health protocols for the safety of our guests and our staff during the covid19 pandemic. This applies to the cleaning of the entire villa and to welcoming our guests. We expect our guests to wear mouth masks and follow the rules of the Balinese government in preventing the spread of the virus.