Situated on Bali’s northeastern coast, Amed offers shallow and sheltered slopes teeming with reef fish. However, in 1998, Amed was badly affected by coral-bleaching as a result of El Nino that affected the reef within the bay and down to 10 to 12 meters. Today the reef is recovering well and offers diving conditions more suited to those uncomfortable in the raging currents of the Strait. Ribbon eels and clown trigger fish can be spotted among the coral bommies in the sheltered bays here.
Amed also has a number of walls where gorgonians sway in the current and bigger pelagics come to feed. The main eastern reef off Cemeluk curves around a rock outcrop just east of town. There is a drop off to around 50 meters just out of Cemeluk bay where marine life is plentiful and currents are gentle. Lipah Bay lies around 3 kilometers southeast of Cemeluk. There is a small wreck of a steel freighter at 6 to 12 meters encrusted with gorgonians, sponges and black corals, with a lot of glass fish sweeping around. Nice hard coral cover with plenty of anthias and even some pygmy seahorses if you look hard enough.
Gili Selang is a small island lying off Bali’s most eastern point and like most of the dive sites in this area it has intensely strong currents. There is an interesting coral and sand slope to the north of the island that has large leather and brain corals along with a few barrel sponges. The current will sweep you along the outer wall which drops off into a deep channel and you will end up at the south of the island where you can escape the torrent. Jacks, tuna and barracuda frequent the area so look out for them along with occasional the shark or two.
Three Fingers and Waterloo
Around 500 meters south of Gili Selang are three rocky outcrops carpeted in coral. Current permitting you can dive around the formations looking out for macro life. Waterloo is a newer spot even further south with good coral and marine life.