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