Amed, Bali island (Indonesia)
According to Liuxers.com, Amed is a small village on the east coast of Bali. The resort area in the vicinity of the village is also called. This is the driest place on the island. From June to September it is very hot and there is almost no rain. The hotels here are small, bungalow type.
The resort is suitable for swimming and diving. Most of the beaches are composed of black volcanic sand. The water is clear here, and local currents bring a lot of food here, which attracts a variety of ocean inhabitants, which is why Amed is famous all over the world.
One of the main dive sites in the region is the USS Liberty wreck in Tulamben, which is located 13 km north of Amed. This is a large transport ship (length 120 m), which was driven here for repairs during the Second World War. Later, during the eruption of the Agun volcano, which is located west of Tulamben, it sank right off the coast. The beach in this area is rocky. Not far from the coast at a depth of 10 to 30 m and lies the ship. It is all overgrown with corals, in which you can see a wide variety of fish, including schools of big-eyed karnkas.
Not far from this place there is a coral wall. It is not steep, but smoothly goes into the depths. Here you can see big fish – manta rays, hammerhead fish, dog-toothed tuna and Mola-mola fish (sunfish).
For those who want to see rare fish, you should dive in a place called Gray Secrets – a needle fish, a mimic octopus that imitates the behavior of other marine life, and a frog fish live here.
In the waters of Jemelu Beach, you can hunt with a spear gun. The beach is located in a bay and is interesting for its coral reef, which is located 100 meters from the shore. Here you can see coral columns, around which marine life is seething.
If you head west from Amed, you can drive to the hardened lava flows of the Agung volcano, which are now used in construction, and those who love hiking should go to the volcano itself, whose height is 3142 m above sea level. It is the highest volcano on the island. Bali, last erupted in 1963 Trekking routes are laid along the slopes of the volcano. They are all pretty heavy. The way to the top takes about 6 hours. Agung is a sacred mountain for local residents, so it is not possible to climb during religious holidays. The best time for trekking in terms of weather is from April to mid-October.
Gilimanuk, Bali island (Indonesia)
Gilimanuk is located on the western tip of Bali. This is the main port from where the ferry goes to the island of Java.
The city beach stretches along the coastline for 2 km, but Gilimanuk is not known for beach holidays. From here, tourists usually go on a trip to Bali Barat National Park, whose office is located in the nearby town of Tsekik. In order to get into the park, you must obtain a permit, buy a ticket and hire a local guide. The park was founded in 1983. It covers an area of 760 sq. km, this is about one tenth of the island of Bali. Initially, the park was created as a reserve for the protection of an endangered bird species – the Balinese starling (now there are about 200 of them left). Among the tourists of Bali, Barat is known as one of the best places in Bali, where you can admire the birds. Now, in addition to 160 species of birds, various monkeys and other animals, a rare Javanese deer lives here.
In the park you can see wet forests, mangroves and savannahs. The best time to go here is from July to September, when the chance of rain is minimal. On the peninsula of Parat Agung rises the mountain of the same name, the foothills of which are dotted with hiking trails that will appeal to lovers of hiking.
The National Park also includes Menjangan Island., which is located off the northwestern coast of Bali. It stretches for 1.5 km in length and has a width of 500 m. The island is considered the most interesting place in the National Park, tourists come here to go diving. The most popular local coral walls. The diving depth near the island is from 20 to 60 m. Here you can see the largest variety of gorgonians, which are very similar to soft corals. Visibility in the vicinity of Menjangan can reach 50 m.
Of the dive sites in this region, one can single out the Garden of Eels, Post 2 and the sunken ship Anker, which is located at a depth of 40 m, so it is only suitable for experienced divers. In the area of the Post 2 site (on the south coast of the island), you can find caves under water, in which you will see large gorgons, as well as barracuda. In the north of Menjangan, in the coastal waters lies the sunken ship Anker. This is an old ship, it was built in the early 19th century, the story of how it sank is not known. Visibility here is from 15 to 25 m. In addition to a variety of fish, you can see white sharks, very interesting antiques left after a shipwreck in the vicinity of the ship, which were never raised from the bottom of the ocean. The eel garden is located in the north-west of the island, here at a depth of about 15-20 m, a colony of blue eels settles along the coral wall.
In Gilimanuk itself The Secret Bay beach is suitable for diving. It is located near the city’s ferry pier. The diving depth here is from 2 to 6 m, visibility ranges from 3 to 15 m. There are no corals in this place, no big fish, the local marine life is mostly small and hides in the grass or camouflage. You can see sea snakes, sea eels, cockatoo fish, frog fish, all kinds of gobies, flounder and sea snails.