A popular base for divers visiting the Liberty Wreck, Amed offers incredible muck dive sites with abundant macro life. Explore black sand seabeds or head further offshore to experience easy drift dives with sharks along walls and deep drop-offs.
Diving in Amed
Situated in North-East Bali is the calm found in the village of Amed. Often acting as a base for divers who want to dive the Liberty Wreck at Tulamben, make sure not to overlook the dive sites which can be explored directly off of Amed shores. Muck dive in black sands to discover ghost pipefish and pygmy seahorse or head further out by traditional ‘Jukung’ boat to spot sharks and the occasional oceanic sunfish basking in the current.
Amed dive sites can be accessed from plenty of dive centres and dive resorts in the area, who all want to showcase the very best of Amed diving. The colourful, calm reefs and seabeds offer a great opportunity for new divers to partake in dive courses and training.
Best time to dive
Scuba diving in Amed is best during the transition between the rainy and dry seasons. From April to July and October through to November the visibility is greatest as surface conditions are their most calm. On a good day of Amed diving, the visibility stretches to as much as 40-metres - bringing to light every creature, from the very big to the very small.
If you’ve come to Amed to visit the nearby Liberty Wreck at Tulamben, it is best to arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds. This way, you’re likely to get a much more intimate experience diving in one of Bali’s top dive sites.
Types of diving
Scuba diving in Amed is known to be a great place to search for macro creatures as there are a number of incredible muck dive sites in the area’s volcanic black sand, namely Ghost Bay. As there is very little to no current in sites close to shore, Amed is also an excellent place for those who want to complete dive courses. Head out to the Liberty Wreck to dive Bali’s most famous wreck dive or explore the Japanese Wreck and its many different corals, sea fans and sponges.
There’s the opportunity to dive in from the shore into beautiful reefs or enjoy easy drift dives at the Amed Wall or Pyramids. A traditional ‘Jukung’ boat ride further into the blue to Bunutan will find you among big fish while you drift along a gentle sandy slope
What to see
Descending onto the black volcanic sands, underwater photographers will delight in the fascinating subjects. The mimic octopus, ghost pipefish and cute pink pygmy seahorse all inhabit the area. In easy drift dives you can discover sea turtles, reef sharks and blue-spotted stingrays as stronger currents invite barracudas to school and perhaps even draw in the incredible oceanic sunfish.
Where there is coral in Amed, it is thriving. Many gorgonian sea fans cover the surface of wrecks while hard and soft corals adorn steep walls and sandy seabeds. Peer into soft corals for your chance to uncover harlequin shrimp as nudibranch, crabs, and pipefish all hide in the rocky walls many cracks and crevices. Along with abundant coral life comes abundant fish life, with everything from lionfish, and triggerfish to the napoleon wrasse.
Best places to dive
Amed Pyramids gets its name from the artificial structures that were built to regrow coral in the area. Along the black sandy bottom, you can find scorpionfish, blue-spotted rays and nudibranch hiding as the gentle current propels you along. Another dive site named after its location is Amed Wall. Reached by traditional boat, the sloping drop-off consists of sand as well as an incredible coral reef. Often you will spot large schools of jackfish, trevallies, and fusilier as pygmy seahorse, frogfish and pipefish all rest in the rocky cracks of the wall.
At Ghost Bay, there is a very good chance to see the rare mimic octopus and ghost pipefish while hunting along the artificial reef. The reduced visibility invites more weird and wonderful creatures to appear from their sandy hideouts - one of Amed’s many great muck dives.
Further North at the USAT Liberty Wreck, search the metal remains for macro creatures which can be found within encrusted soft coral or observe as reef sharks pass by in the blue. Dive the Japanese Wreck, sunk in World War II, for a less-crowded dive site. The lively wreck is carpeted thick with soft coral and lies within a depth between 2-12 metres, making it a great for novice divers that have always hoped to explore a wreck. More experienced divers can descend down a slope to reach a beautiful coral reef at 35-metres. Here, pygmy seahorse and sea turtles are residents to the area.