Set on the northern coast of Bali’s eastern tip, Amed is a succession of seven fishing villages that only recently started developing as a tourist destination. Tourism has provided a boost to the local economy, which was previously based on fishing and salt manufacturing, and helped one of Bali’s poorest communities. It was not until 2007 that the road access was possible year-round, yet now a range of comfortable accommodation and a wide choice of restaurants have cropped up to make this one of Bali’s best-kept secrets. The azure sea lapping this stretch of the coastline is clear and calm, making it an ideal place for many types of water sports. Amed is popular with divers and snorkelers who come for the tropical fish, sea turtles, reef tip sharks, rays, vibrant coral gardens and a number of shipwrecks in the area – including a wooden vessel lying at a depth of 1.5 m off Lipah Beach. The beaches have volcanic sand, ranging from coarse black to softer brown shades, lined with traditional outrigger fishing boats which set out at dawn for the morning catch – a sight not to be missed.