Top 10 Hidden Honeymoon Place in Bali
1. Amed - Paradise in the East Area of Bali
Amed refers to a long stretch of coast running from the village of Culik about 14 km eastwards incorporating the seven villages of Amed, Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah,Selang, Banyuning and Aas. The pace of life here is slow and the coastal scenery quite stunning making Amed the perfect place for a relaxed holiday in Bali.
Lies on the north-eastern tip of Bali, about three hours drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport. A taxi service to Amed is available outside airport (turn left after customs) van rental parking lot. Amed is accessed by turning east at the village of Culik which lies on the main east coast road from Karangasem to Singaraja.
Amed is famous for its beaches, lined with traditional outrigger fishing boats. There is quite coarse black volcanic sand at Amed village beach. As you move further east (and away from Mount Agung), the beaches have softer sand and become more of a mid grey-brown in colour. The prettiest bays are probably those at Jemeluk and Lipah but the whole stretch of coastline is very attractive.
Most people come to Amed as a getaway, including expats from other parts of the island. It is a favourite honeymoon destination for tourists and is very popular with divers and snorkelers. Day trips to local places of interest such as the water palace at Tirta Gangga and Bali's most sacred temple, Besakih, can easily be arranged. Mount Agung with lots of trekking options just 30-40 minutes from Amed.
Traditional outrigger boats are available for fishing charters from the main beaches in the Amed area. This normally involves early morning trolling for mackerel, barracuda and tuna.
Have a traditional massage on the beach. Women from the local villages are always on hand for an invigorating massage, especially at Lipah Beach.
Enjoy nature and go with the wind on a traditional sailing boat for diving, fishing, exploration, dolphin watching, snorkelling or just swimming and relaxing. Go stand up paddleboarding (SUP) in Jemeluk bay beside Apneista freediving school, this is a beautiful way to explore the coast and stay in shape, there are amazing views of Mount Agung.
Beside of that, Amed also has some good snorkelling within metres of the shore. A reef follows the majority of the coastline and is quite close in. Due to the limited number of visitors to the area and a growing conservation awareness among the locals, the sea life is healthy and abundant. There is a small wooden wreck in only 1.5 m of water off Lipah Beach, however this is not the World War II "Japanese Wreck". David Pickels' book on diving in Bali described this dive site for the first time in 1999 as the Lipah Bay Wreck, and he later admitted his mistake. The Japanese shipwreck is not located in Lipah Bay, but a few kilometres further east along the coast, in the village of Banyuning and is great for diving and snorkelling with abundant coral and fish life - this dive site is locally known among the dive operators as the "Japanese Wreck" and is clearly signposted with ample car parking and snorkel equipment rental on location.
Best places for snorkelling are:
- Japanese Shipwreck in Banyuning, small ship at 20m from the beach, awesome corals with tons of fish
- Jemeluk, an absolute highlight with beautiful coral formations and loads of fish.
- in front of Pondok Vienna Beach in Lipah. A highlight, beautiful corals and lots of fish. Waters can be very rough here (as they can be at all the beaches when the wind is strong - going in the morning is best to avoid this).
- small wooden shipwreck at Lipah beach
- Bunutan beach, very good stretch between Bedulu Resort and Hotel Santai (eel garden, beautiful coral, not so many fish)
- Selang beach, in front of Good Karma Bungalows (visibility isn't always good because of strong currents)
- in front of Amed Cafe
- Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben, some of which is in water shallow enough to allow snorkelling.