Calling all snorkellers, shipwreck explorers and sunrise seekers. Bali’s arid East Coast is made up of a series of rustic seaside villages. As the road winds from one volcanic sandy beach to the next - this is the place to see the island’s most vivid marine life, find pristine beaches and undiscovered surf breaks.
Home to some phenomenal dive spots like the USAT Liberty Shipwreck and with a mountain backdrop (by mountain we mean the gently active volcano - Mt Agung). The 11km stretch of seaside villages from Culik Aas is known as Amed and has a laid back, traditional vibe. With coral gardens, villages and shipwrecks to explore - it’s rustic, low key and scenic. Take your time and explore the region.
The East is a popular place to escape the crowds, hang out for a few days and do a dive safari at Tulamben or a diving course. Bias Tugel Beach or Blue Lagoon are tranquil, secluded places to laze a day away.
The black sands of Kusamba Beach are known for traditional salt farms that are over a thousand years old. Run by the local fishing villages - get up early to watch the action.
Klungkung Palace and Kerta Gosa (Hall of Justice) in the centre of Klungkung is famous for its classical Balinese Ramayana paintings that adorn the walls and ceilings of this historic landmark. There are lotus ponds and halls to get lost in - a cool detour.
Nearby Tihingan Village in Klungkung is renowned for producing Bali’s unique gamelan instruments. From traditional gongs, drums and all the ritual objects any high priest needs Tihingan is like stepping back in time. Go for a wander and discover local workshops and galleries. Look for each family’s individual heritage mark on every instrument.
The East is also home to some of the island’s oldest villages. The Aga people of Tenganan Pegringsingan produce one of the rarest textiles in the world. And are also famous for their intricate basketry and weaving.
Then head to Watu Klotok Temple a 10th century beachfront Hindu temple. The site its built in is old - megalithic times old. It looks over Watu Klotok Beach which is framed by farming villages, rice fields and black sand.
Written By: Fotini E Douglas