Great dive sites abound in the bays along the Amed strip beside the villages of Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah, Selang and Aas. There are very colorful coral gardens and marine life off the coast at Selang and a wreck of a Japanese fishing vessel that has attracted coral and marine life off the coast at Aas. Its a fascinating underwater experience.
Equipment: There are many dive shops in the area with equipment for hire and tuition.
The wreck of the USAT Liberty was abandoned on the beach in Tulamben but following the eruption of Gunung Agung in 1963, it toppled over the drop-off. Now it is home to a myriad of fish, corals and other plant life. It is very easily accessed - the drop-off is just a short walk from the beach, although you need to take care over the loose stones at the water's edge. Parts of the liberty are still intact - you can carefully swim into the cargo hold. Lots to see in the scree in the deeper water too. A great place for an easily accessible dive.
Equipment: Many dive shops in the Amed area will drive you to the wreck site.
Amongst the many fantastic sights underwater in the Amed area, two of the standouts are the cuttlefish and the rays. Spotting cuttlefish on the sandy ocean floors is often easier than in the reefs as they the camouflage abilites to merge into the corals and algae. On the other hand, rays are often harder to spot on the sandy floor with which they merge but you may be lucky enough to catch them unaware of your prescence until they take off in a flash.
Equipment: Several dive shops in the area hire all required gear or provide tanks if you have your own gear.
The Amed area is reknowned for its diving and I certainly wasn't disappointed. One of the dives I took was from the beach at Jemeluk bay and drifitng south around a headland. The start of the dive was a 100 metre swim and as we approached the drop off, I witnessed an incredible sight in relatively shallow waters - thousands of garden eels 'standing' more than a metre tall waiting for food to drift up from below the drop off. As we approached, the eels snuck back into their holes. It was quite an eerie feeling drifitng over the top - almost as if we were floating over an enormous family of snakes ready to bite at any moment.
There were many more special sights including beautifully colored lion fish as we casually drifted along. One of my other favorites was the huge moray eels.
Equipment: I used the equipment from euro dive, the web address is below. Very professional, very friendly people.
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.