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East Bali Offers Tourists A Beach Getaway Steeped In Authenticity And Relaxation

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Life in East Bali moves at a different pace.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the tourism resorts off the southern coast, East Bali offers tourists an alternative beach vacation.

Sleepy villages, small boutique resorts, and plenty of nature to lose yourself in — East Bali is a must-visit.

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The most well-known vacation destination in East Bali is Amed. Resting in the shadows of striking Mount Agung, there is a sense of oneness with the elements that is inescapable in Amed. For many who visit, Amed offers an ‘authentic’, laid-back island vibe.

The village is popular with backpackers who are chasing the next sunset, couples on romantic retreats, surfers, and divers looking a spend more time under the water than above.

Amed is probably too well known within travel circles to be called a ‘hidden gem,’ but it is certainly quieter and less commercially developed than Bali’s leading vacation destinations like Kuta, Nusa Dua, and Canggu.

@haz_and_loz East Bali Mini Guide ⬇️ The east coast of Bali is a hidden gem with so much to offer! Here’s a mini guide when exploring the Amed area 🗻🌿🐠 Don’t forget to save this for when you visit! 🗻 Watch sunset over Mt Agung from Lahangan Sweet or Bukit Cinta 🤿 Go on a snorkelling day trip from Amed 🛕 Visit Lempuyang Temple to watch sunrise over the mountain 🌽 Check out the village markets every day from 3-9am ⛵️Join sunrise fishing with the locals on a traditional sail boat 🐠 Explore the waters and relax on a sun bed at Jemeluk Bay Have you been to this part of Bali or is it on your list? 🥰 #eastbali #amed #balitrip #amedbali #baliholiday #baliguide #fyp #foryou ♬ original sound – Lauren and Harry

For anyone seeking a quiet coastal retreat destination in Bali, it kind of doesn’t get better than Amed. Especially if you’re a water baby, Amed offers some of the finest diving and snorkeling in all of Bali.

The area is best known for its dive schools, so if you’ve always wanted to get your PADI certification, try free diving, or just become more confident in the water, Amed is the place to go.

The joy of Amed is its relaxed vibe. It’s definitely the kind of place where you could arrive without a plan, and the travel experience would fall into place serendipitously.

Nevertheless, if you want to book your accommodation ahead of time, there are plenty of options to choose from.

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@olibrandon Traveling Amed, Bali #traveling #bali #dayinmylife #dayinthelife ♬ Jazz – Aylior

Whether you want to stay in a family-run guesthouse, a boutique resort, or even a private villa, there’s something for every taste and every budget in Amed.

In fact, many of the accommodation options in Amed are priced far more affordable than their equivalents in the busier resort areas.

If you’re budget conscious, you’ll most likely find great value for money in Amed.

Blue Earth Village sits on the edge of Amed, overlooking the vast ocean and offering breathtaking views of Mount Agung. Blue Earth Village offers guests the chance to stay in the cutest wooden cottages that have a real earthy, grounded feel. The resort is also open to non-residents, and the cafe menu features fresh, local produce and seasonal goodies.

The mini-village regularly hosts yoga retreats and wellness workshops; there are often community events at the restaurant too. It’s a great place to hang out and meet new people while traveling through Bali.

@nomeoio 1️⃣ Sunset spot you must go to in Bali is… #amed #bali #travel #nomeobali #nomeo ♬ original sound – Nomeo

Sama Sama Amed is a fantastic guesthouse in the heart of the village. Many of the rooms offer uninterrupted views of the vast open ocean and are complete with A/C and free Wi-Fi, ideal for digital nomads.

If you want to stay as close to the beach as possible, check out Hidden Paradise Cottages in Amed. The resort is located right on the black sand beach, and guests can step out of their rooms and into the sea!


East Bali is a region steeped in culture and tradition. There is so much to explore in Karangasem Regency, which covers most of the eastern part of the island.

Many travelers use Amed as a base to visit some of Karangasem’s most iconic landmarks, including Tirta Gangga, Rumah Pohon Tulamben, and Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang.


Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang is one of the most important sites in Bali for Balinese Hindus.

Also known as the Gateway To Heaven, the temple gate is perhaps one of the most famous sites for tourists, certainly one of the most photographed.


Getting to Amed is fairly easy.

Though there are no direct public transport routes to Amed from the popular resort areas in Bali, all tourist taxi drivers know where the village is and are happy to make the mission over to the east.

The drive time from Bali Airport to Amed is 2.5 hours (98km).

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Tuesday 4th of April 2023

East Bali doesn't start and finish at Amed or around Gunung Abang. There's a lot of easily accessed old Bali and other places in Gianyar, Bangli, Klung Klung and Karangasam using the Ida Bagus Mantra freeway and well maintained roads.


Friday 31st of March 2023

Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang or Gateway to Heaven: A first class example of how the Balinese have made big business out of fooling the Instagram crowd using a simple mirror & handphone camera to fake water in front of the Candi (gate)! Well played.

Wayan Bo

Thursday 30th of March 2023

Yeah was last time there around 40 years ago.

Karen North

Thursday 30th of March 2023

Getting close. Yesterday Sanur, today Amed, maybe tomorrow Lovina. Give Lovina some free advertising.


Saturday 1st of April 2023

@Karen North, Be careful what you wish for.... Reading some of your posts you don't want Lovina and the area becoming another tourist centre overcoming or inhibiting local culture. Perhaps covid and traffic/accessibility problems could be beneficial. Forcing the local economy to develop in a way which isn't reliant on tourist presence. But maybe could be an integral part of the supply chain.


Saturday 1st of April 2023

@Karen North,

Contact the The Bali Sun and demand a free article promoting your resort.

Karen North

Thursday 30th of March 2023

I was in Amed 3 weeks ago. The main road is an absolute disgrace. It is so damaged by the rains. The traders and people of Amed want it fixed but the government is not helping them. In all my travels around Bali this is the worst road.