Things to do in Amed, Bali

After 11 thousand kilometers of flights, 3 hours of driving, and arriving at the hotel late at night, it turned out that all the “vicious” insects on Bali are in their peak period. For this reason, nothing could make us happier than a wonderful, relaxed stay in Amed. That was what happened in fact and we still managed to explore lots of things to do in Amed, Bali.

We woke up just before 6 am. The pleasant whiff of the wind and the endless verdure in the garden were the beginning of a chain of wonderful days in Bali. We rushed through the waking garden and after a few steps and photos, we were at the beach from where we observed the sunrise. The black silhouettes of far-away jukung boats were passing through the bright, enormous, yellow-reddish sun, which was slowly appearing on the horizon. It was not hot yet, which helped us contemplate the sunrise peacefully and enjoy our first breakfast in Amed. Of course, we were the first guests in the restaurant – what other crazy people would wake up at 6 am on Bali? We kick-started the day with a fruit salad, juice, and pancakes, ordered in a very amusing way to the sleepy waiter (their business hours had not started yet), joyfully watching the sea.

Good morning, Bali!

exploring Amed in Bali and its magical beaches

Sunrise on the beach, chilling in the pool

It was the abundant amount of hotel personnel that struck us… for every activity, however negligible and rarely taken care of, there was a different person. For instance, there was a man who was cleaning the pool with a rake; another one was collecting the dry grass; a third person was removing the broken branches of the palms, and a fourth was watering the plants. Only this… several times a day. It was fun to have people wander around you all the time, and salute you whenever your eyes met. Friendly and smiling.

exploring Amed in Bali and its magical beaches
exploring Amed in Bali and its magical beaches
exploring Amed in Bali and its magical beaches
exploring Amed in Bali and its magical beaches
exploring Amed in Bali and its magical beaches

Rent a scooter to explore the area

We quickly heard of the opportunity to hire a bike and explore Amed’s ambiance. In no time, we were given a scooter, hopped on it, and drove off the narrow, winding roads. We had the incredible luck to go through intact villages, where people lived a normal life, having no idea what tourism is. The children were playing, household activities were carried out while there were some that were lying under the thick shade of leaf rooftops.

exploring Amed in Bali and its magical beaches
exploring Amed in Bali and its magical beaches
exploring Amed in Bali and its magical beaches

The standard way to transport a thing from one place to another on the island is by carrying it on your head. Mainly the women were carrying big bowls, cardboard boxes, and buckets full of different kinds of stuff. Among those women, there were some that were so adept at this activity that they did not need their hands to balance the weight. Or, probably, the load was lighter. It may look unhealthy, but these women were upright – a fact half of the world’s dancers and models can only envy.

Local villages in Amed area

In one of the villages, we even “spoke” with the eldest of a bunch of kids. He asked us where we came from and smiled incomprehensibly. Meanwhile, more and more children, together with a mother and her baby, gathered around us… we turned into the local attraction. It was obvious that they were living a poor life, but everybody was smiling and happy to see us. Wherever we passed, each and everyone was greeting us and waving warmly at us. With this kind of local people’s reaction, you cannot help but feel amazing.

When you find yourself in Bali, you cannot miss the rice fields. To feel their magic, only seeing them is not enough. You also need to smell them. They recharged us with a whiff of fresh air after the several hours spent on the scooter after which certain parts of our bodies were numb. Rice in Bali is a staple food and taking care of the rice fields is hard work. Every single strip, sown with rice, looks beautiful.

exploring Amed in Bali and its magical beaches

Sailing in Amed

When you live at the ocean coast you have to be able to sail. Here’s a photo diary of how locals sail in Amed. Is the ocean capable of feeding everyone? Let’s get onboard one of the most used boats – the jukung. We enjoyed the views towards the coast of Bali, jumped together with our jukung over the naughty waves. Our captain, using a motorcycle helmet, enlightened us on how to catch fish. We used a cord with many baits wrapped around the reel. After unwrapping and a decent amount of waiting you can see the first fish who took the bait. 7 pieces of fish, to be precise. 🙂 We decided to donate our catch to the boys from the village – after all rise is not enough for proper nutrition! To sail in Amed provides food for the local families.    

The sun is going down, a jukung is happy.

Fed by nature, every child is sappy.



Gastronomy

The people from Bali eat rise mainly. Maybe meat on holidays and ceremonies. The fruit is everywhere and it’s cheap. By default, the daily meal set includes 3 cups of rice per person. Maybe that’s why the Balinese people are small. However, their hearts are huge.

At around 6 pm, the sun started to set. At the Equator, the sun rises at 6 am and sets at 6 pm. We were seething with emotions from the first 12 hours on the island. Hence, we decided to give our bodies and perceptions some rest by feasting on a traditional dinner in Amed.

In order for us to keep our bigger sizes, we enjoyed hefty dinner including the local specialty Penyusuan babi (Suckling pig). Let the photos do the talking 🙂

exploring Amed in Bali and its magical beaches
exploring Amed in Bali and its magical beaches

We fell asleep some minutes after 8 pm (really!) exhausted by our first day in Bali. Later, we woke up and looked if anything was “alive and moving”. Since almost everything was closed or asleep (excluding the outside bathroom), we continued our relaxed sleep until the end of the night. Indeed, Bistra better speaks for herself since Nace is not capable of sleeping dozens of hours like her, so at night he usually has a beer or uploads some photos in our online albums…

Good night, Bali!

Enjoy the hotel premises and surroundings

The morning was filled with laziness – from lying on the balcony in front of the house to just general relaxation. We hardly managed to pack the bags and go. It was time to leave Amed and move to Ubud. We took a few shots of our lair which we left with a great deal of reluctance.

Hotel bathroom in Amed, Bali
The restaurant’s toilet
trip to the hearth of the island of Bali in Indonesia
trip to the hearth of the island of Bali in Indonesia
This is a part of the bathroom. Mother Nature waters the flowers since there is no roof above them.

Our last delicious breakfast (pancake with embedded bananas) in the restaurant on Amed’s beach – hopefully, it wouldn’t be our last for the stay in this region.

trip to the hearth of the island of Bali in Indonesia
trip to the hearth of the island of Bali in Indonesia

Love is in the air on Bali – it’s not a marketing gimmick. Not surprisingly, many people around the world choose to have their marriage ceremonies or spend their honeymoons there.

Here’s an example that true love cannot be limited by race or nationality:

trip to the hearth of the island of Bali in Indonesia

Amed in Bali is the perfect place to relax and enjoy pristine nature, and you can combine it with exploring the nearby are – it’s full of amazing rice fields and local villages where you can make new friends!