14 Unmissable Things to do in Amed Bali

Looking to visit Amed, Bali? In this guide, I share all of the top things to do in Amed, plus where to eat, where to sleep, and all of our top tips for visiting.

Amed is a hidden gem in Bali. One of the most exciting and beautiful locations on the island, yet doesn’t find its way onto many Bali itineraries.

Highlights of Amed Bali include its white and black sand beaches, its flourishing underwater world, and unrivalled views of the surrounding volcanic mountains.

In this guide, I’ll share all the unmissable things to do in Amed. Let’s get to it.

Bukit Cinta Bali & Mount Agung Viewpoint
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Amed Bali At a Glance

There is a lot to cover in this Amed Travel Guide. So, for those with limited time to read, here is a taster of the best things to do in Amed Bali.

Amed East Bali
Epic Scenery
  • Snorkelling & Diving
  • Black Sand Beaches
  • Mount Agung Viewpoint
  • Pura Lempuyang Temple
  •  Tirta Ganga
Things to do in Amed
Volcanic Beaches
  • Amed by Scooter
  • Sunset Point
  • Lahangan Sweet
  • Mount Agung Hike
  • Beji Guwang Hidden Canyon

Things to do in Amed Bali

Breathtaking viewpoints, world-class diving, and stunning religious sites make up the best things to do in Amed. Here are 14 ideas to help you plan your trip. 

1. Scuba Diving

Diving in Amed Bali
Diving is one of the most popular things to do in Amed Bali

The waters of Amed in Bali are an underwater playground, boasting a variety of dive sites and marine life.  

As well as your general reef diving, Amed is well-known for its muck diving, wreck diving, and even night diving opportunities.

Swim with reef sharks, sea turtles, octopuses, and barracudas, – big fish lovers will be in their element.  

To help plan your diving venture, here is a list of some of the best dive sites in Amed:

Best for Wreck Diving: Tulamben

Best for Spotting Big Fish: Gili Selang

Best for Muck Diving: Ghost Bay

Book a Tour: Amed Scuba Diving


2. Snorkelling in Amed Bali

Jemeluk bay Amed
Find the underwater temple in Amed Bali!

If diving isn’t really your cup of tea, there are several reefs just metres out from the coast that are perfect for snorkelling.

Jemeluk Bay is the most popular snorkelling spot in Amed and is ideal for a calm and gentle snorkelling experience.

Here you’ll find a variety of coral species playfully circulating the reef, as well as an ancient underwater temple which makes for epic photo opportunities.

For a more adventurous snorkelling experience in Amed, Visit Lipah Beach or Selang Beach where it isn’t uncommon to see sea turtles and black tips sharks.

Book A Tour:  Snorkelling in Bali Tour

Tip – Snorkelling gear is available to rent from most shops, restaurants, and hotels. The going rate is 50,000 IDR ($3.50) per day and should include a mask, snorkel, fins, and lifejacket.

3. Relax on a Volcanic Beach

Black Sand Beach North Bali

Black sand beaches in Bali are not unusual; however, with Mount Agung dominating the view, the Amed coastline is especially unique.

The looming volcano adds an air of mystery to the otherwise sleepy town. You can’t help but feel intimidated yet totally in awe at the same time.

Separated by small villages along the coast, there are seven beaches in AmedHere are some of our favourites:

Best for Sunset Strolls: Amed Beach

Best for Lazy Beach Days: Jemeluk Bay

Best for Snorkelling: Selang Beach

Best for Clear Water: Lipah Beach

Beach Clean Ups

Our only complaint about the beaches in Amed is that there is lot of rubbish both on and offshore which is sadly becoming the norm for most beaches in Bali.

You can make a small difference by collecting any rubbish you see while enjoying the beaches. 

Or to get involved on a bigger scale, you could join the weekly beach clean-ups with Trash Hero.

4. Watch the Sunset

Amed Sunset View Point
Enjoying a sunset beer at sunset point was one of our favourite things to do in Amed!

The best sunset spot in Amed is undoubtedly Sunset Point, and during this time, the rest of the strip transforms into a ghost town.

The elevated viewpoint boasts an outdoor restaurant serving drinks and food; however, you can escape the crowds by finding a quiet spot along the cliff edge.

Sunsets in Amed are dramatic, and watching the sun disappear behind Mount Agung is quite a surreal experience. 

5. Bukit Cinta - Mount Agung Viewpoint

Bukit Cinta Bali & Mount Agung Viewpoint
Magical Sunrise at Bukit Cinta Viewpoint

Bukit Cinta is not only the best viewpoint of Mount Agung on the entire island but a strong contender for our favourite view in Bali.

If you don’t mind the early start, we suggest visiting Bukit Cinta for sunrise. On a perfect morning, morning mist cloaks the rice fields while pink hues in the sky cast a magical glow on Agung.

We can honestly say it’s one of the most memorable mornings of our lives, and if you are to experience only one sunrise during your time in Bali, make it this one! 

Tip – You can read everything you need to know about Bukit Cinta Viewpoint here.

6. Pura Lempuyang Temple

Pura Lempuyang Temple
Pura Lempuyang Temple is a must-visit when exploring near Amed, Bali.

Located upon Lempuyan Mountain, a 30-minute drive from Amed, this Hindu temple is considered to be one of the most sacred sites in all Bali.

While the temple complex is made up of seven separate sanctuaries, most are only familiar with the famous ‘Bali Gateway to Heaven‘.

Boasting a perfectly framed view of Mount Agung, this spot has become one of the most Instagrammed places in Bali.  But prepare to wait up to 3-hours for a photo!

If your motive is to explore the spiritual side of this ancient temple, we recommend arriving early to skip the crowds. 

Book A Tour: Pura Lempuyang Tour 

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7. Lahangan Sweet 

Another epic Mount Agung viewpoint and photo spot, Lahangan Sweet is an absolute must on your list of things to do in Amed.

Set high up in the hills, various viewpoints allow for epic views of the volcano and it’s surrounding landscapes. The most popular is the tree platform which you’ll need to climb a ladder to get to.

Again, the best time to visit is at sunrise for both the best lighting and to escape the crowds. There is a small entrance fee and you can get there by car or scooter.

Book a Tour: Lahangan Sweet Tour

8. Cruise Amed Bali by Scooter

Amed East Bali

One of the advantages of being away from the bigger tourist hubs of Bali is that there are far fewer developments tainting the scenery.

Whether it was cruising the coastal road or travelling inland, exploring Amed Bali by scooter was one of our favourite things to do.

If you didn’t bring a scooter with you, there are several shops in the town where you can rent one. In line with other areas of Bali, rentals start at 60,000 IDR per day.

As always drive safely, wear a helmet, and don’t even think about driving without travel insurance! 

9. Tirta Ganga

Tirta Ganga Amed Bali
Tirta Ganga should be on your list of things to do in Amed!

Another cultural attraction in East Bali is the former royal palace of Tirta Ganga.

Today the grounds have been transformed into a lavish garden, adorned in intricate carvings, fountains, and typical Balinese flora and fauna.  

Located just 30-minutes outside of Amed, a visit to Tirta Ganga makes for a peaceful and spiritual retreat.

Exploring the palace grounds will not take you long, so we recommend combining your visit with Bukit Cinta or Pura Lempuyang Temple. 

Book your tour here – Tirta Gangga Tour 

10. Restaurants in Amed Bali

With so many exciting things to do in and around Amed, you will want to fuel your adventures with some nutritious food.

Thankfully, there is a choice of great restaurants in the town suitable for all budgets and diets. Here is a pick of our favourites.

Warung Enak – Serving up delicious local food, Warung Enak is a modest but cosy restaurant in the heart of Amed. If you are on a budget, this is a top choice!

Blue Earth – Boasting incredible views over Jemeluk Bay and serving 100% organic produce, Blue Earth offers a unique dining experience in Amed.

Green Leaf Cafe – Vegans and vegetarians are in no shortage of options in Amed, although Green Leaf Cafe is a winner when it comes to variety and flavour!

Other Things to do near Amed Bali

If you run out of things to do in Amed or fancy exploring further afield, here are some other places to visit in the East of Bali.  

11. Bias Tugel Beach

Bias Tugel Amed
Bias Tugel is one of our favourite beaches in Bali!

50km South of Amed lay Bias Tugel Beach – a strong contender for one of our favourite beaches in Bali.

In deep contrast to the black sand beaches in Amed, Bias Tugel boasts pristine white sand and beautiful azure waters. It’s also a popular spot for snorkelling.

Sun loungers and warungs make it convenient for chilling out for the day. The beach is easily accessible, and the water is generally calm for swimming.

12. Hidden Canyon (Beji Guwang)

Beji Guwang Amed
Beji Guwang Amed

If you are looking for adventurous things to do in East Bali, the Hidden Canyon should be at the top of your itinerary.

This is another rare spot where tourism hasn’t completely taken over, so it feels like a real off the beaten path adventure.

Accompanied by a guide, you will navigate your way through chest-high water through the mystical canyon.

The trek itself isn’t too strenuous; however, you should be prepared to clamber over obstacles and face a bit of climbing and jumping.  

13. Climb Mount Agung

Sunrise Mount Batur Bali

Marvelling the view of Mount Agung may be one of the top things to do in Amed; however, how do you fancy the challenge of actually climbing it?  

Despite Agungs volatile history, travellers continue to hike the island’s tallest and most sacred volcano. That is unless the government declare it unsafe to do so.

If conditions allow for you to tackle the hike, it is common to start trekking during the middle of the night to reach the summit in time for sunrise.

This is a challenging hike and it can be dangerous. We recommend that you hike with an experienced guide.

Book a Tour:  Mount Agung Tour

Tip – If you find Mount Agung is out of bounds, we recommend the sunrise trek to Mount Batur instead.

14. Take a Boat to Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida Bali

If you’re planning a trip to Nusa Penida, the Gili Islands, or Lombok, you may want to consider travelling from Padang Bai port in the East of Bali.  

Regular ferry transfers run between the neighbouring islands.  Often at a lower price than any services provided within the tourist areas.  

For just 60,000 IDR/pax, we were able to get a return ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida, while the same journey from the South will set you back 300,000 IDR/pax.

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Where to Stay in Amed Bali

Things to do in Amed Bali

Accommodation options are continually on the rise in the Amed, ranging from budget through to mid-range and luxury.  

In case you are yet to arrive, here are some Amed Hotel recommendations that you may wish to consider.

Budget: Ocean Resort Amed 

Mid-Range: Oasis

High-End Aquamarine Beach Villas 

You can also check out many other accommodation options here. Or use the Map below to see all your options:


Tips for Visiting Amed Bali

Here are some useful tips that I hope will enhance your travel experience when enjoying all the things to do in East Bali.

Getting to Amed Bali

The Amed coastline hugs the far Eastern part of Bali, which is pretty far from the tourist hubs of Canggu, Ubud, or Uluwatu.

If you can drive a scooter, this will be the cheapest and most convenient way to get to Amed. However, this may be tricky if you have lots of luggage.

Your other options are to rent a car, or take a private car or taxi. From Canggu it takes approximately 2.5-3 hours without traffic.

Amed Beaches
Discover plenty of beautiful beaches in Amed Bali

Getting Around in Amed

Again, the best way to get around in Amed is by scooter or motorcycle. The landscapes here make for some epic road trips and rentals are fairly inexpensive.

If you’re not confident on a motorcycle, you can book a guided tour that will allow you to visit some of the Amed attractions on this list. 

If you want full control over your itinerary, then a private tour may be a better option.

How Long to Stay in Amed Bali

To cover all of the top things to do in Amed will take no more than 2-3 days; however, to enjoy all the other attractions in East Bali, I’d recommend 4 days or more.

Amed is also one of those places where you don’t feel like you have to do things all time. I recommend embracing the slow pace of the beachside town and enjoying some time doing nothing at all.

We could have easily spent a week or more in Amed, soaking in the chill vibes. 

Jemeluk Bay Amed Bali
Jemeluk Bay Amed Bali

Best Time to Visit Amed Bali

The best time to visit Amed will be in the dry season, which runs from April to late September.

While there is always a chance of an odd rainy day, this is when you have the best chance of calm waters and clear visibility.  

July and August are considered the high season in Bali, and consequently, prices are higher, and places are busier.

To assess the best time of day for snorkelling, it pays to keep an eye on the Bali tide timetable and check for low tides.

At low tide, you have a better chance of clear, calm waters, as well as spotting the underwater statues.

Enjoy These Adventurous Things to do in Amed Bali!

So there we have it, 14 unmissable things you should do when visiting the East of Bali. I hope you have an incredible trip!

If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to reach out to us in the comments, we are always happy to help.

Stay adventurous and Happy travels.

Planning a trip around Bali? Check out our Indonesia series for more travel tips and advice. 

Charlotte & Natalie
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    1. Hello Denise & Ryne, Thank you so much! We are so pleased to hear our article has helped you plan your time in Amed. Yes, get yourselves to Lipah Beach or Selang Beach! Let us know how it goes!

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