Amed Lodge is a beach-front property located in the famous Jemeluk Beach of Amed where you can stroll and enjoy a most magnificent view of the sacred Mount Agung. Within easy reach of many facilities, such as reputable dive centres and dining options, Amed Lodge’s location is unbeatable.
With bucket-list worthy diving locations nearby, Amed is home to more than 20 established dive centres and is a mere 11 km away from the world-famous diving spot, Tulamben, where the USS Liberty wreck is positioned. Many divers choose to base themselves in Amed while exploring Tulamben and the surrounding area.
Mark your plan to visit the best dive sites in Bali on top of your diving plans. Amed is a famous quaint village in the Karangasem Regency in the eastern part of Bali. It has long been well known for its underwater beauty – healthy corals and impressive variety of tropical fishes, which attract many snorkellers and divers from around the world.
There are some top diving spots in Karangasem, Bali where you can explore the island’s marine life beauty. Amed itself has grown into a premier diving destination. These great spots each have something special to offer. There’s one for every skill level, and most have year-round visibility that is fair to excellent.
Amed is a perfect place to learn to scuba dive. The black sand beaches slope gently into sheltered bays in a gradual descent, creating ideal conditions for curious beginnings. With a mixture of sandy bottoms, pretty reefs and both small and big fish, you are guaranteed to fall in love with the underwater world here including the Pyramid dive site, an artificial reef structured offers some great coral reefs that easily accessed from the beach right behind the lodge.
Tulamben was an anonymous fishing village in the dry lands of Karangasem, in the northeast coast of Bali, for a long period. Its beach has black sand and is covered by smooth, fist-size rocks. It’s just 30 minutes from Amed and you can find a beautiful dive sites without a doubt of a unique experience.
At Mount Seraya’s coral encrusted foot lie some of Bali’s – if not Indonesia’s – most beautiful dive sites. A recent discovery, Seraya’s Secret Dive site is fantastic for macro and muck as well as night diving. With a 10 metres deep black sand bottom, you can stay for hours searching for strange sea creatures hiding all over the place. If you are lucky, you might even get to see the rare mimic octopus!
Kubu is 30 minutes from Tulamben. The two dive sites on Kubu reef are easy and ideal for beginners. Start your dive in a shallow coral garden before going down along a nice wall with healthy marine life. The current is usually very light which makes it an easy and relaxing drift dive. You can see white tip and black tip reef sharks patrolling the area along the wall. There is also a superb pinnacle covered with soft and hard coral. On the sandy bottom you can see numerous blue spotted stingrays.
USS Liberty Wreck
Just 30 metres from the beach at Tulamben is the impressively large wreck of a World War II cargo ship broken up, stretching 120 metres long on a steeply sloping sandy bottom. The top of wreckage is just 3 metres below the water surface and the bottom is at 29 metres. The Liberty ship was hit by a Japanese torpedo and was beached near Tulamben. In 1963, the eruption of Mount Agung caused the vessel to slip off the beach, and it now lies on a sand slope. The best time to dive here is early in the morning or late in the afternoon as the dive site gets very crowded. It makes an eerie but out of this world night dive experience.
The Tulamben Coral Garden lies to the east of the well-known Liberty wreck and to the west of the Tulamben drop off. The black tip sharks patrol this area. This magnificent coral reef also shelters numerous varieties of clown fish hiding in the anemones (white, green and blue), accessible to divers of all levels. Great for underwater photography, it is also a great snorkelling spot – well suited for a snorkelling session during the surface interval between dives or for non-divers. Besides the usual reef fish there are several kinds of moray eels, porcupine fish, ghost pipe fish, octopuses and nudibranchs.
Probably Bali’s most famous dive site, the USS Liberty Shipwreck in Tulamben. A long but majestic ride to reach it but certainly worth it as we always stop on the way for pictures of the landscape. After swimming for about 20 metre off shore, snorkelers will start seeing part of the ship now a dwelling place for marine life. A snorkelling guide will assist you during this time, not only to make sure you know where the wreck is but also to accompany you in case you are a single snorkeler. As we start with visiting the shipwreck from above, we move forward to the other sites such as Coral Garden.