Snorkelling & Swimming: The Amed coastline is fringed by coral reef, making this a wonderful place for snorkelling and scuba diving. The calm bays are perfect for swimming. Only 300 metres North, along the road is Jemeluk Bay, one of the nicest spots for swimming & snorkelling. Stop at the top of the hill for a view of Mount Agung and the coral reef through the clear waters of the Bay. At the bottom of the hill, turn into the driveway of Blue Star and Villa Coral. You can leave your belongings with the staff at Blue Star while you go into the water. Snorkel close to shore on the flat coral or venture out to the headland for some spectacular “bommies” and large schools of fish. Have lunch at Blue Star Café right on the beach.
Walk to Santai Restaurant (about 100 metres South) and the staff will mind your valuables while you go snorkelling. Just off shore is the reef, which stretches along the coastline so you can swim parallel to the beach and see many varieties of coral formations and types of fish. Afterwards, have a cappuccino and lunch at Santai with its Indonesian and Western Menu.You can also use their swimming pool if you stay for lunch.
Hire motor scooters for the day (or a driver) and go to the Japanese shipwreck, about a 20 minute drive South along the scenic coastal road. The shipwreck is nothing spectacular, but the coral off the headland is well worth the drive. On your way back, stop at Vienna Beach and go for another snorkel, also different and beautiful in its unique way. Lunch is always nice there as well.
Diving: .There are several diving companies along theAmed Rd for you to choose from including Eco Dive and Jukung Dive.
Free Diving: Something new in Amed that has everyone talking is freediving! Check it out at Apneista on the beach at Jemeluk (with the alang-alang roof)
Pura Lempuyang: One of Bali’s nine directional Temples, Pura Lempuyang is about a 30 minute drive from Bunutan. For the fit and adventurous, there is a beautiful walk (up about 1700 steps!) to the temple. Take your time; enjoy the expansive views and cool mountain air. For those not so fit, you can go to the first temple (Pura Ayu) near the parking area. Take a sarong and sash for the visit.
Local Family Visit: An enjoyable ½ day activity is to organise a trek with Wayan from Blue Star Café, a delightful young girl who will guide you on the one hour hike up to her family’s home. The views are spectacular and you will pass many local Balinese carrying goods to market or tending their crop.
Sunset over Jemeluk and Mount Agung: As you leave the Om Shanti Carpark, turn Left and walk 300 metres up the road to Sunset hill and join others (both tourists and local people) to watch the sunset.
Tirta Gangga: Less than ½ an hour away is this lovely water temple with its special water features and views across rice fields and the ocean. You can swim 2 of the pools (small fee) and have lunch in the restaurant. If you want to go in to the temple and make offerings, take a sarong and sash. The natural spring flows through this temple and continuously fills the pools.
Fishing: Get up at dawn and go with a local fisherman on an original jukung (fishing boat). Catch tuna, mackerel, or reef fish the Balinese way. The sunrise is so beautiful and you may be lucky enough to see dolphins!
Other things to do: *Visit the onsite Lotus Healing Spa where you can receive massages, Reiki and Pedicures/Manicures and facialTreatments as well as Special Indonesian Healing Baths. When staying at Om Shanti, be pampered by one of our special packages!
Organise a Day Trip to Besakih Temple (Bali’s Mother Temple)
*Go rapid river rafting to a beautiful crystal clean river at Rendang
*Visit the morning markets in nearby Culik or Amlapura
*Do a downhill bike tour with East Bali Bike Tours and enjoy the amazing views before going for a swim at the beautiful White Sand Beach.
*Go on a sunrise trek to the volcano on Mount Agung (4 hour difficult trek) or Mount Batur (2 hour easier trek).
*Visit the Chocolate Factory at Jasri and take a swing on the “Chair to Enlightenment”
*Go to the White Sand Beach (near The Chocolate Factory) for a swim and lunch.
*Make a round trip tour on a motorbike from Amed along the coastal road through Seraya and the Ujung Water Palace, then through Amlapura and back to Amed via the rice fields. You can ask Om Shanti staff to organise motorbikes or drivers to take you on the trip.
*The Holy Springs and Hidden Waterfall: You can drive yourself or have staff drive you (by car or motorbike) to these 2 special places not far from Om Shanti (20 minutes driving and 20 minutes walking).
*Les Waterfall: This is a 1 hour drive north along the main highway, then an easy 20-30 minute walk to the falls. Very beautiful place and not well-known.
*Walks/Hikes: If you enjoy walking/hiking, there are 2 paths not far from Om Shanti (just off the road) that lead up into the hills. You can hike for more than an hour. Take a camera as the views are incredible.
* Ask staff if you want to go on other adventures on the back of a motorbike. They can make suggestions as they are the experts on this area!
*Yoga is available at Apneista, a lovely place right on the beach at jemeluk (15 minute walk). Ask staff for more information and check the board outside Apneista for yoga times (usually at 6:30 pm).