Amed is located on the north east coast of Bali, about 2.5 hours
drive from Kuta. But if you stay overnight at Tulamben, it will take
approximately 20 Minutes drive to the south of Tulamben. From a
landscape point of view, Amed is much prettier than Tulamben. You will
see many rice fields along the way, traditional salt-panning and also
sandy beaches as apposed to Tulamben’s stony ones.
This reef discovered as a dive site in 1984 is in a quiet bay and the
reef was extremely healthy. A site with such a variety of hard corals,
magnificent barrel sponges and gorgonian fans, and it could serve as a
kind of museum of scleractinian coral diversity.
However in April – May 1998, Amed was badly affected by coral
bleaching as a result of El – Nino, harder than anywhere else on the
island, and effected the reef within the bay down to a depth 12 meters.
The reef is slowly recovering, but we cannot yet tell when and if it
would ever return to its original splendour. The deeper section fared
better. The gorgonian and coral on the outer reef below 12 meters were
never effected and are still healthy and worth the dive to see.
There are two dive sites outside Jumeluk bay, Amed Reef and Amed Wall
and both of which can be done as a shore or boat dive. The boat is a
traditional fishing boat ( Jukung ) which is a small outrigger with the
max capacity of 3 divers.
Jumeluk bay is suitable both for novice and experienced divers. The
condition is easy, very rarely any wave action at the surface and the
visibility is usually 15 to 30m.