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Here I am in Amed, in the very east of Bali. The coast is hemmed in by a series of cute creeks of black sand and pebbles, where the bright colors of junkungsI have already been to Amed, a few years ago, to see the small outrigger fishing boats of the area. I have already been to Amed, a few years ago. I had forgotten how beautiful it is!
From cove to creek along the coast
I rediscovered all these little coves on my scooter, with my nose to the wind, while following the laces of the pretty little coastal road towards the east.
The walk is quiet, because there is little traffic between the villages that dot the coastline, dominated by the impressive shadow of the volcano Agung: Amed, Bunutan, Jemeluk, Lipah ...
Gunung Agung and the wreck of the Liberty
The last major eruption of the Gunung Agung dates from 1963. It has killed 1000 to 2000 dead, a hundred thousand homeless and covered the region with ashes.
It was this eruption that caused the Libertywho was then in the bay. This American freighter was towed to Tulamben in 1942 during the war, after being torpedoed by a Japanese submarine.
The wreck, broken in two, measures more than a hundred meters. It now lies between 5 and 30 meters deep, close to the shore. It has become Bali's most famous dive site.
Good plan for accommodation and diving in Tulamben
July 2012. Small addition: I went back to Bali several times since 2008, and I dived again on the fabulous wreck of the LibertyBut with a guide for me alone and at the right time (when there are less people)... I would like to point out this real good plan of resort for divers, which is also an excellent address, especially if you are a sub photographer, and you want to discover the wreck in the best possible conditions:
→ Liberty Dive Resort
Black sand handles
As in Pemuteran, there is no tourist frenzy in Amed. The small coastal villages are very scattered, so that one has the impression to be a little at the end of the world, far from everything.
Charming welcome everywhere, accommodations of all categories, with, often, a splendid view of the sea.
Wawa Wewe II
On the advice of the efficient Ketut fromEco-Dive, I asked myself Wawa Wewe IIIt is located on the edge of Bunutan and Lipah. It is a small resort with a dozen spacious and charming bungalows, set in a beautiful garden that slopes down to the sea, to a small infinity pool surrounded by statues of Ganesh.
It's peaceful as I like it. No dogs barking until late at night, no roosters playing alarm clocks before dawn, no thundering bars nearby. Just the sound of the waves and, in the evening, the young people who run the place strum a little guitar.
Another nice corner where I risk to tape a lot of time ...
Get up with the sun
Today, the Balinese were electing their new governor. My dive-master Kadek had to go all the way to Singaraja to vote (1 hour to 3 hours drive west, depending on the driver's temerity).
His family, originally from Tulamben, moved there in 1963, after the eruption of Gunung Agung. All his papers are still with his address in Singaraja. So we exceptionally advanced the time of the first dive, so that I got up right with the sun, this morning.
Here is the fabulous sunrise that I can admire every morning since Wawa Wewe II...on condition that I get up at 6:00 a.m.!