Amed and around

Amed on the north coast attracts visitors for the diving and snorkeling and every building along the coast is either a homestay or other accommodation, eaterie, or dive shop. I was told by a local that in high season all the dive shops are ultra busy doing four dives a day. The are stretches of about 20 km along the coast.

There’s also freediving, a Bali specialty, which you can learn here. Talking of bali specialties, I’ve been told the luwak (civet poo) coffee tastes really good. however just found this article about it and the conditions they keep the civets in. You can buy wild civet luwak though.

I hired a scooter and explored along the scenic coast, with scenic you usually get windy and steep…right? Less touristed further along. Went to one of the water palaces and the chocolate factory. Then took the more direct route back – one hour along a busy road with trucks and all but scenic nevertheless.
I enjoyed snorkelling best at Jemeluk as the day i went to Coral Garden and Japanese Shipwreck the visibilty wasn’t the best, fun being able to snorkel a wreck 50m offshore though. Was told Jemeluk is usually good visibility.

Amed area

Outside my homestay. Dive boat

Outside my homestay. Dive boat

You can buy petrol from a roadside stall by the litre container or a system like this one. You turn the red round bit to refill the glass . They don't have to sieve this petrol like they do with the containers.

You can buy petrol from a roadside stall by the litre container or a system like this one. You turn the red round bit to refill the glass . They don’t have to sieve this petrol like they do with the containers.

Some sort of acacia?

Some sort of acacia?

Backyard view - only one chicken and some assorted cooking implements

Backyard view – only one chicken and some assorted cooking implements

Building more tourist accommodation

Building more tourist accommodation

Some lovely shaded roads

Some lovely shaded roads

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Drying salt, view from Sony’s Homestay rooftop.

Water Palace

Interesting portrait of ?...someone

Interesting portrait of ?…someone

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Palace water gardens

Palace water gardens

Wall murals in one of the buildings

Wall murals in one of the buildings

Another design in one of the buildings at Palace Wster Gardens. Not sure what the random pieces of anatomy are about

Another design in one of the buildings at Palace Water Gardens. Not sure what the random pieces of anatomy are about

Accommodation

I stayed one night at Sony’s, a room by the beach and two at Ganeshamed.

My favourite room at Ganeshamed

My favourite room at Ganeshamed

Mind you, the other option wasn't bad either

Mind you, the other option wasn’t bad either

Chocolate factory
Best thing about this place is the swing. Hardly had any chocolate the day I went and it’s all a bit try hard sell.

At the Chocolate Factory

At the Chocolate Factory

The biggest song in Bali. You climb to the platform to get on

The biggest swing in Bali. You climb to the platform to get on

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