Our ferry arrived about 20 mins late, and once we got loaded we set off. As what is becoming standard procedure on our travels, a simple description of the ‘Fast ferry to Amed’ turns out to be a bit vague as we started heading the opposite direction, to Gili Air. Again, we offload and unload passengers/luggage, and set off again. Yet again we continued in the wrong direction, and after a quick check of Google Maps, we were heading to the mainland of Lombok, to repeat the process, before we eventually set off towards Amed about an hour or so later than expected.
We sat out the back of the boat again, next to the 5 powerful 300cc Honda engines, and we were soon speeding across the sea, as water splashed all over the back area for most of the hour or so crossing, soaking everyone.
When we arrived in Amed, it was an easy 10 minute walk along the small narrow road that runs along this North East coastal area of Bali, which consists mainly of Warungs, tourist shops and dive centres.
Our guest house for the next few days was the Three Brothers, with beach access in a large villa which included the standard breakfast in Indonesia of eggs, toast and fruit salad.
We decided to go snorkelling off the beach late afternoon, it was low-tide though and getting in and out to the reef was tricky.
The first evening we just had a beer on the black sand beach and watched the sunset over the bay with Mt. Agung as the backdrop, which was stunning, and she even gave off a little smoke for us to see. We then went to a small Warung just along the road for dinner, and we had an amazing couple of local Indonesian dishes.
Our first stop was at Lipah Beach which was a black sand beach with sparkly sand, we went out for a little bit but wasn’t much to see. Then we went down the coast a bit more to snorkel over a small Japanese wreck, but the visibility was poor, and we didn’t see much. Finally, we went back up to Jemeluk, the beach next to the one we are staying at, and this had the best snorkelling out of the 3 places. We managed to see a small Moray Eel and various other fish, plus some weird little underwater shrine and Sadie got followed by a small crab (which we think attached itself to her as it seemed to appear when we got back to the beach!).
At night, we went back along the coast to a place called The Grill, which was run by an eccentric old Aussie lady, and I had the most amazing 3 course dinner as a treat. I had the Pork Ribs which were the best I’d had since being away, whilst Sadie had Sesame crusted Tuna.
That day we took off up the coast this time on the scooters, and did plan to try get to see Mt. Batur, but the heat of the day combined with a very boring road, we turned around after an hour and just headed back to the guest house, but not before stopping at probably the worst Warung in Bali for lunch. I ordered a prawn cocktail salad which consisted of a whole pineapple chopped up, 4 frozen prawns on a huge bed of lettuce with the blandest Marie Rose sauce I’d ever tasted. Sadie opted for a cheese, bacon and onion Jaffle (toastie) which came just on a small plate, no garnish or anything with it.
The food that night made up for it as we went to a highly rated Warung called Amed Sea View Restaurant and had 2 amazing seafood dishes, I opted for Grilled Squid which was huge and delicious whilst Sadie had Grilled Barracuda.
So about 2 hours later than we thought, we checked into our hotel for the night, which was actually next door to the one we stayed at the night before we flew to Flores, but far better for a similar price. We then went out to drop my trousers to get repaired at some tailors I found on Google, which was a little tiny room at the front of someone’s house, so I explained to the lady there I needed a new button sewn on plus a small rip repaired. She told us to come back in an hour or so, we went to grab some food at the supermarket and had a coffee. On the way back to the hotel, we stopped to collect the trousers, which had been lovingly repaired with a stud placed instead of a button, and the rip had been repaired so it’s hardly noticeable. This cost me a whole £1, total bargain!
That night we had an amazing Satay meal set from a local Warung, then I wasn’t feeling too good so didn’t go to watch the World Cup final as planned, and just got score updates on the laptop.
We booked the Ibis Budget Hotel, which despite being a worldwide brand, was well below par in both cleanliness and available breakfast… oh well we had a long day of travelling to look forward to as we had to do a quick stopover in Kuala Lumpur too!
Link to Amed Photos
Link to Amed Snorkeling Photos