It’s insane to think about. I’ve been traveling to Bali for the past four years. I’ve visited this island a whopping six times, spent a total of six months here and thoroughly explored seven different areas of the island. Yet somehow before my recent trip to Amed, I had never traveled to northern Bali.
How is that even possible?
During my latest stint in Bali, I figured it was about time to change that. So, last week I decided to take a much needed break from work and embark on my first ever trip north — to the unbelievably gorgeous town of Amed.
Amed is located on the north-eastern tip of Bali. While it’s not as touristy as Seminyak or Ubud, it is definitely becoming increasingly popular. In recent years it’s become famous for a lot of things, including this view…As I came to find out, Amed proper actually consists of a handful of tiny fishing villages that extend along 14km of stunning coastline. Drive up the coast and you’ll spot black sand coves, a mind-boggling amount of fishing boats and unreal vistas courtesy of Mount Agung, Bali’s largest volcano.
I honestly didn’t know all that much about Amed prior to my visit. But the second I landed in Amed Beach I was head over heels in love. Literally, I’m pretty sure I want to move there.
After checking into our hotel, Aaron and I immediately rented a scooter and zipped down the coast to see what we could find.
It’s hard not to be impressed by Amed. On my left were picturesque fishing villages and the glimmering ocean that extended as far as the eye could see, and on my right were rugged green mountains that reached so high their peaks were ringed with clouds.
There’s a lot of natural beauty to get distracted by in Amed. So it’s no huge shock that after about 15 minutes we were lured by the waters of Lipa Bay, one of the best-known snorkeling spots in Amed.
Because the weather was perfect and the water so clear, we decided to rent snorkels and masks and dive in. After all, Amed is famous for its lively coral reefs and excellent offshore snorkeling. How could we resist?
We immediately spotted giant purple starfish, enormous angel fish and so many other colorful sea creatures that I won’t attempt to identify.
After snorkeling, lounging on the beach and sipping on Bintangs in the ocean, we sped up to Sunset Point, which is the place to watch the sun sink behind the massive Mount Agung (aka the most picturesque volcano ever). Sure it was touristy and yes the food and drinks were a tad overpriced, but man the show was magical.
And that kind of sums up how I spent my time in Amed. I snorkeled my days away, got lost in tiny fishing villages, marveled at rice terraces and splashed around in beautiful bays.
There’s not all that much to Amed, but I suppose that’s part of the appeal. For the first time in a long time, I felt like I was discovering a new facet of Bali. And I couldn’t help but wonder what had taken me so long to visit this place.
I realize that my time in Bali is winding down. I only have two more weeks before I head back to my normal life in Beijing. But the next time I have the chance, I’m going to explore the hell out of the less visited parts of northern Bali, because I was absolutely blown away by Amed. Now that I’ve gotten a taste, I can’t help but wonder what other gems are up there just waiting to be explored.
Stay tuned for a much more detailed travel guide on Amed. I have tons of tips and photos to share!
Have you ever explored northern Bali? Do tell!