Snorkeling is one of the main reasons why guests come to the Amed area of Bali. Here, everything revolves around experiencing the underwater world.
Along the coastline, there are several dozen dive centers lined up, many of which offer snorkeling equipment rentals. Additionally, Amed is actively developing new freediving centers. If you want to make your underwater adventures more confident and memorable, consider taking a freediving course to feel like a fish in the water.
If you already feel comfortable in the water and are ready to explore the underwater world, check out the places in Amed where you can find the most vibrant and memorable sights and encounter a wide variety of marine life.
1. Jemeluk Bay
This is one of the most popular snorkeling sites in Amed. It is conveniently located with easy access, and the underwater life is rich with marine creatures. It is recommended for all levels of experience, including children. The sea is usually calm without waves thanks to the crescent-shaped bay.
The reef is located at a distance of 20-70 meters from the shore, and you can reach it without a boat by swimming from the Jemeluk Beach. There are plenty of sun loungers and cafes on the beach, so if you feel uncomfortable on the pebbles, a sun lounger will come to your rescue.
Jemeluk Bay is famous for its underwater temple, sometimes referred to as the Underwater Post Office. The temple is located in the center of the bay and is marked by a large buoy.
The best snorkeling can be found in the right part of the bay when facing the ocean. However, the left part of the bay also has its charms. There, you'll find a small reef with underwater statues. The statues were installed to promote coral growth. They are located at a depth of 5-6 meters, but the water is clear enough to see them even from the surface. However, it's more comfortable to explore the statues if you can free dive or dive with scuba gear.
The best time for snorkeling is during low tide, as the surface is calmer, and the waves are smaller.
You can rent snorkeling equipment at the warungs (local eateries). There are boats in the bay, so be cautious when diving underwater. Pay attention to where you resurface or bring a buoy with you.
What you can see: hard corals, angelfish, surgeonfish, damselfish, blue-spotted stingray, underwater temple, artificial reef, moray eels.
2. Japanese ship
The Japanese wreck, or Japanese sunken ship, is the second most popular and well-known wreck on the east coast of Bali after the Liberty. The ship itself is relatively small, likely a tugboat or patrol boat, measuring about 20 meters in length, which sank during World War II.
The depth of the wreck ranges from approximately 2 to 12 meters. It rests on muddy sand, which can easily become stirred up by waves or divers, affecting visibility, which can vary depending on the wind and waves.
The ship lies about 20-30 meters from the shore. Entry into the water can be somewhat challenging, especially during strong waves due to large rocks near the shore. Many scuba divers start their descent from here, exploring the nearest reef to the left of the entry point. The comfortable dive depth on the reef is about 26 meters.
Of course, the wreck is also beloved by snorkelers and beginner freedivers.
The ship is covered in numerous soft corals and teems with schools of colorful tropical fish. If you've come here for shore snorkeling or freediving, you can recognize the wreck by two spherical buoys in the water.
Parking near the entry point is subject to a fee of 20,000 Indonesian Rupiahs. For this fee, you can use the facilities at the Kavi Karma resort, where you can enjoy a complimentary welcome drink, take a shower, securely store your belongings, and have a meal after your dive.
What you can see: Hard and soft corals on the surface of the ship, batfish, clownfish, angelfish, and colonies of staghorn corals.
This place is better known as a dive site. However, it has structures that are located at a depth of 5-7 meters and can be easily observed during low tide. The corals are attached to concrete blocks, turning this place into a reef. It's especially interesting how this reef contrasts with the smooth sandy bottom.
You can find the first pyramid by swimming away from the shore in front of Warung Pyramids for about 50-60 meters. It's suitable for beginner freedivers and advanced snorkelers. The next pyramids will be to the right, which is to the east, but they will be deeper.
If you head to the east towards the coral reef in front of Kembali Beach Resort, you might encounter turtles. On the reef in front of Kembali Resort, you can find corals and fish at a depth of about 3-4 meters.
You can leave your belongings at Warung Pyramids or Warung Bobo. Both places have a pleasant atmosphere, and they are usually not crowded.