The coast is one small fishing village after the other. The fishermen go out to sea every evening and return at dawn.
It is quite a sight to look out over the ocean and see all of the boats, with their multi colored sails, returning to shore.
This is one of my favorite things to see.
Just a few steep steps down the side of the hill is the beach.
You can sunbath, snorkel, get a fisherman to take you out for a boat ride, or go out fishing.
Ask at the hotel and they will take you to the Padi shop for diving.
Amed is mostly an attraction for divers because of it's great and accessible reefs which include walls and wrecks, but also for its warmer waters (as compared to Southeast Bali) and it's peaceful tranquility. Unlike south Bali, which is seriously overcrowded, Amed offers visitors a little bit of quiet island charm with gorgeous pebble or volcanic beaches, cheap, quaint or up-market accomodation, friendly hosts, and a little bit of sea and sky.
There's no loud music, noisy cars or rowdy attention seekers. Amed attracts the different tourist, one who integrates and not imposes. There are a few large fishing communities who reside on the coast of Amed but the work together with the dive operations and tourists to keep the coral reefs safe and fish harvests moderate.
The only pity is that it seems Ameds ground water has been contaminated. Like anywhere in Indonesia, you are to drink only bottled water or boiled water, however, some of Amed's ground water seems to have been comtaimated by sea water. Only some areas are affected, but everyone has learnt to cope with it and it really isn't that big a fuss. Just that rinsing dive equipment will be a tad challenging!
You can also rent little motorbikes to cruise all over the area, even ride up to Tulamben or check out the hills and rice fields. The view is awesome - bring lots of film or a big memory stick.
Also ready yourself for amazing seafood at a very very afforable price.
From the airport it is around a three hour drive to the north- east of Bali.
I had read about a place there that sounded like just what I was looking for, somewhere to relax for our last few nights in Indonesia.
The hotel was actually in Selang but most people call that whole coast line Amed.
There are no large resorts along this coast it is just small fishing villages and a perfect place to get away from the crowds.
Spend your days snorkeling, diving, or just hanging out at the pool.
"Blue Moon Villas"
We were glad to finally see the Blue Moon Villas sitting up on a hillside, as we rounded yet another curve.
I loved to watch the fishermen coming in with their fishing boats. Each one has a different color and design on their sail. I wonder if this is to help their family spot them sooner out on the water.