Amed is a small fishing village on the east coast of Bali with crystal clear waters, beautiful coral reefs, and picturesque views. It is a popular destination for backpackers looking to explore and escape the hectic crowds of the south.
A stunning place to explore local culture and stunning natural surroundings, the town is slow and quiet, with the main pastimes being snorkelling, diving, trekking, and fishing. The coral reefs are full of life and colors, perfect for exploring with a snorkel and mask. Many of Bali’s best dive sites are in Amed!
When you tire of the busy streets of central Bali and want to try something a little different, backpacking Amed is a peaceful island getaway!
Why Go Backpacking in Amed
Amed is an idyllic fishing town that screams peace and serenity with real Bali charm.
It is known for its outstanding black sand beaches, stunning views of the volcanoes, and some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world. For a break from the crowds, Amed is a magnificent location.
One of the main reasons to go backpacking in Amed is to enjoy a more local culture. You will find traditional Balinese architecture, friendly locals and a slower pace of life that will allow you to truly relax and bask in the famous chilled out island vibes.
With some world-renowned snorkelling, it can also be an amazing place for adventure seekers. The crystal clear waters, vibrant coral reefs and a diverse range of marine life, make Amed the perfect place to explore Bali’s underwater world.
Let’s not forget the amazing food in town. With a mix of traditional Balinese and Western cuisine, there is something for everyone. Try out some of Bali’s delicacies, or find tasty, delicious Western faves.
In addition to its culture, stunning scenery and incredible food, Amed is also known for its great value. Accommodation and restaurants are relatively inexpensive compared to other parts of Bali, making it the perfect destination for budget travelers.
For some time away from crowds of tourists, Amed is a beautiful destination with lots of Balinese culture to explore.
Where to Backpack in Amed
Although a relatively small area compared to other parts of Bali, Amed has a lot of different options of where to stay, each offering something a little different.
Backpacking Amed Street
As the main street in town, Amed Street is an easy spot to have a little bit of everything.
It stretches along the black sand beachfront with crashing waves and stunning views of the surrounding mountainside. The street is lined with small stores, cafés, and restaurants, as well as comfortable, cozy accommodations.
Exploring Amed Street on foot is easily done, but hiring a bike or getting a driver is recommended for adventures a little further out.
With so many hostels in Amed, great resorts and beachfront properties, you will be able to find a beautiful place to stay at the drop of a hat. As the area isn’t as jam-packed as the south, you can even find last minute accommodations.
Amed Street is still heavily catered to tourists, but not in the same extreme way as other parts of Bali. You can get an inside look at local life, and immerse yourself more in the amazing culture of the island.
Our Favorite Places Stay in Amed Street
Backpacking in Jemeluk
Jemeluk is a diver’s dream with a magnificent underwater stone temple in the bay. A great Bali diving spot for beginners and experienced divers, there is a layer of mystery about the temple. There are also magical coral reefs filled with marine life to be explored.
The Jemeluk Viewpoint, or Sunset Point, is one of the top attractions in the area. From the high vantage point, you can admire endless views of the surrounding landscape, including rocky cliffs and crystal-clear waters. At night, the stars are particularly bright and beautiful as there is so little light pollution, making it ideal for stargazing. The peacefulness of the night is unparalleled, and it is a great way to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
In Jemeluk, the local restaurants serve delicious and fresh seafood, while the local bars are a buzzing place to socialize and have a drink. If you are looking for a bit of a party in Amed, Jemeluk is your best bet.
Our Favorite Places Stay in Jemeluk
Backpacking in Bunutan Village
Bunutan Village in Amed is a great destination for travelers looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience.
Nestled in the hills of East Bali, the village is surrounded by lush greenery and terraced rice paddies. For immersing in nature and escaping the hustle and bustle, it is an outstanding spot.
The area is full of snorkeling and diving opportunities with boat tours available to explore the nearby islands and coral reefs.
There are several secluded beaches, which are great for sunbathing and swimming if chilling is more your thing.
Make sure you take a stroll around Bunutan Village and experience the unique culture of the area.
At night, there are local bars and pubs, and night markets.
Our Favorite Places Stay in Bunutan Village
Backpacking in Lipah
Lipah is a serene place, ideal for travelers looking for a peaceful and leisurely getaway. It is home to a one of the cleanest bays in the region, perfect for divers and those who want to dip into the ocean.
The beach is a beautiful place to catch a tropical sunset, as well as being a great spot for snorkeling and swimming. Lined with restaurants and warungs, you can tuck into a tasty meal with amazing views.
Packed with local culture and daily life happening around you, Lipah is a chilled and quiet place to stay in Amed.
Our Favorite Places Stay in Lipah
Backpacking in I Ketut Natih
I Ketut Natih Street is the main road leading to Amed beach. The area is not too touristy, so accommodation is super affordable and still of a Western standard.
The closer to the beach you get, the more villas and homestays you will find that aren’t so expensive! They are surrounded by local restaurants and bars too.
The area is well-known for its diving schools and centres, making it a top spot for those wanting to try out diving in Bali.
Our Favorite Places Stay in I Ketut Natih
Travel Tips for Backpacking Amed
- Get off the beaten path – Amed is full of small, remote villages and stunning beaches. Take the time to get off the beaten path and explore some of the hidden gems.
- Try some fresh seafood – as a beachside town you are guaranteed super fresh and delicious seafood. Many restaurants in Amed have a selection of freshly-caught fish to choose from.
- Bring a waterproof camera – Amed is a paradise for divers and snorkelers, with many incredible underwater scenes. Make sure to bring along a waterproof camera if you’re heading under the waves.
- Bring your own toiletries – as a super local, small area, Amed doesn’t have all the fancy shops like the south. If you need a particular brand, be sure to bring it with you.
- Have cash on hand – a lot of the smaller stores around Amed might not accept card. Bring along a wad of cash in case you fancy a little treat from the nearby warung.
With its quiet beaches, clear waters, and lush jungles, Amed it is a perfect spot for an adventurous getaway. There is something for everyone from snorkeling, to trekking, and even yoga.
Whether you are looking for a relaxing beach day, an adrenaline-filled adventure, or a cultural experience, Amed has something to offer. Super affordable and away from the usual tourist crowds, Amed is a MUST for any good Bali backpacking trip.
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