Many people ask where the best place to go snorkelling is on the island of Bali. Due to the fact that Bali is a major surfing destination, most of the beaches on the island have too many waves for snorkelling. Amed, however, is the ideal spot.
This fishing village lies on a remote part of the island on the North East Coast, and is the best place for diving and snorkelling.
Amed isn’t a major tourist destination, and the people who live there are mainly Balinese fishermen. However it’s certainly worth a visit to see the rugged scenery and the views over to Lombok. If you want to pop your snorkel on and look at some fish, then several of the small bays in the area are ideal for this.
Divers often visit Amed to see the Japanese shipwreck, which lies in fairly shallow water just off the shore. Fishermen will take you to the wreck, which attracts many colourful reef fish.
Amed lies between Mount Agung and Mount Seraya, so if you’re the outdoors-y type then you have options to go hiking.
In Amed you can also see how the locals make salt from the sea water, and watch fishermen bringing in their daily catch of fish.
photo courtesy of Jesse Wagstaff on flickr