Amed is located on the north-east coast of Bali. By car, about 15 mins south of Tulamben, along the main road, and then 15 mins on a local road, so Amed is much prettier than Tulamben. It is also a sand beach as opposed to Tulamben’s stony one. On the outskirts of Amed, you can see traditional salt-panning and buy sea salt as a souvenir of your visit! As recently as 1997 the reef within the shallow bay at Amed (more accurately called Jemeluk) was extremely healthy – full of hard corals, magnificent barrel sponges and gorgonian fans. However, in 1998, Amed was badly affected by coral-bleaching as a result of El Nino that affected the reef within the bay and down to 10-12M.
The reef is slowly recovering but we cannot yet tell when it will reach its former glory. Immediately outside Jemeluk Bay are 2 dive sites, Amed Wall and Amed Reef, both of which can be done as a shore- or boat-dives. The boats are small outriggers (jukung) – long and narrow fishing boats. Due to the easy conditions at Amed, it is suitable both for novice and experienced divers. There is very rarely any wave action at the surface, so any surface swims and ascents/descents, are worry-free. Divers have virtually no currents to contend with, so no buoyancy problems for the less-experienced, and the opportunity to get right up close for those who have perfected their buoyancy and enjoy all the smaller animals on offer. The water temperature can be affected by thermoclines, and the visibility is usually 14-22M.
This small coral reef lies in depths ranging from 12-22M. In this area you will find many different kinds of sponges and gorgonians and the marinelife includes everything from gobies and shrimp as well as anemones with attendant clownfish to schools of barracuda and Blue Spotted Ray. Many different kinds of parrotfish, angelfish, surgeonfish and moray eel.
This dive site is from 10-35M in depth and although the Wall itself is a relatively small part of the dive, there is great diving to be had here. On the Wall you can usually find white tip reef shark, Napoleon Wrasse and occasionally big trevally. Huge numbers of fish can be found: butterflyfish, bannerfish, snapper, fusilier and triggerfish. The deep slope after the wall is rich in corals and invertebrates with crinoids as well as fishlife. Coming shallower – hard and soft corals, bommies with sponges and gorgonians. The fish found here include Lionfish.