Unforgettable scenery and  local fishermen’s lifestyle discovery are awaiting the early risers in the northeastern tip of Bali. Amed, one of the seven villages stretching over 14 kilometers along the coast, is popular for its laid-back lifestyle and good spots for diving and snorkeling.

Amed's eastern costal road ride, Bali
Amed’s eastern costal road ride, Bali

The eastern coastal road of Bali begins in the village of Amed, home of several diving centers and a free diving school, and continues south to the village of Candidasa.

Amed's eastern costal road ride, Bali
Amed’s eastern costal road ride, Bali

The landscape here gives the area a hilly and winding road, so you have to be in good shape if you want to ride a bicycle.

Amed's eastern costal road ride, Bali
Amed’s eastern costal road ride, Bali

Otherwise, a small automatic motorbike would be a good pick to enjoy this adventure.

Amed's eastern costal road ride, Bali
Amed’s eastern costal road ride, Bali

Start the ride before 7am when the sun is still low and not too hot. It will allow you to catch the hustle and bustle of the local life in the morning. 

Amed's eastern costal road ride, Bali
Amed’s eastern costal road ride, Bali

After Amed, the road follows the coast through other small villages where the locals, captured in their daily morning activities, offer an alluring sight of the coastal lifestyle.

Amed's eastern costal road ride, Bali
Amed’s eastern costal road ride, Bali

People collecting sea salt from open drying pans, fishermen wives’ setting up stands to sell their husbands day catch, kids playing around or riding-in-four on a bike..

Amed's eastern costal road ride, Bali
Amed’s eastern costal road ride, Bali
Amed's eastern costal road ride, Bali
Amed’s eastern costal road ride, Bali

Running piglets, wannabe flying chicken and cows lazing on the ground are also part of the neighborhood and the obstacles on the road. So look up and adapt your speed. Ride slow, the more you will see!

On the sea, I was fascinated by the view of hundreds fishing boats, all sailing in the same direction to get back home while the sun was going up in the sky.

Amed's eastern costal road ride, Bali
Amed’s eastern costal road ride, Bali

Sometimes on the road you will find nice viewpoint areas where you can stop, enjoy the view and take lots of pictures.

Amed's eastern costal road ride, Bali
Amed’s eastern costal road ride, Bali

Village after village, you can decide to keep going south all the way to Candidasa (which would take more than an hour with a motorbike), or you can go back and enjoy the rest of your morning in Amed.

Amed's eastern costal road ride, Bali
Amed’s eastern costal road ride, Bali

As for me, I went back and stopped at one of the village’s warung to get some healthy breakfast!

Amed's eastern costal road ride, Bali
Amed’s eastern costal road ride, Bali

With that, my journey on the coast was complete. It’s time to continue my already-great day in Amed!

Amed's eastern costal road ride, Bali
Amed’s eastern costal road ride, Bali

By Florian.

 

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