A different side of Bali
Now that the year is definitely underway, (yep, schools back!), our summer holidays are already fading into distant memories.
We went to Bali for our summer holiday. I was a bit reluctant to go because, well, I’ve been before and my idea of Bali has been marred by what I consider the worst of Australian culture, especially in areas like Kuta and Seminyak.
A friend who has lived in Bali for over twenty years suggested we visit Amed on the North Eastern tip of the Island, right on the Coast. We decided to trust her advice and check it out.
To get there we hired a car and drove up through the centre, among the lush jungle covered mountains studded with rice paddies. I’d never been out of the populated areas before and the scenery was breathtaking.
Not knowing what to expect, Amed was a big surprise! We loved it from the moment we arrived.. It’s so pretty! A handful of tiny fishing villages that winds along the coast, Amed is a popular place to dive and snorkel. It’s full of small resorts, guest houses, and restaurants yet much quieter and more low key than the main Balinese tourist destinations.
Colourful fishing boats line the coast and with green mountains in the backdrop, Amed reminded me of an exotic, tropical version of the Mediterranean.
We swam and snorkeled in beautiful bays, did a scuba diving course, saw an amazing underwater turtle and even did some yoga! The little restaurants along the beach served delicious food. (I’m still thinking about an outstanding chocolate mousse I had!)
By the end of our six days we were enjoying ourselves so much, it was hard to leave. We could have stayed much longer
If you’re thinking of travelling to Bali, Amed is a little gem waiting to be explored!