Amused in Amed



There have been many times when travel has been the right life choice for me but so many people say, “You are leaving again? That is just not normal!” It has seemed unusual that I have spent so many years working at sea or on the road with George, but it is normal for me and normal for us. Travel makes us happy.

In The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger, the somewhat dramatic and crazy character, Kim says: “I wanted to go to India, which turned out to be the best thing I ever did. Have you ever noticed that—the way the best and worst things in your life can be all twisted up so you couldn’t have done one without the other?

For George and I, travel is twisted up and the most important part of normalcy. After a week in Kuta and Ubud, we traveled to Deddy’s bungalows in Amed. We looked at many hotels on and, finding some “in town” and some “out of town.” After three days at Deddy’s and wandering around by foot and motorbike, we realized there are about seven fishing villages that line up in a row, and the Bali Amed in Lipah (which seemed out of town on the map) would be where we’d return for our next stay in Amed.

We liked our stay at Deddy’s bungalows. The pool area with the ocean view was pretty but lounge chairs were seldom available, due to the number of guests. The staff were very attentive and friendly. Breakfast was included in the deal and we ate several meals at their café. We ate a lunch of sate ayam (chicken) under a wooden canopy next to the pool. Our room was nicely decorated with a four-poster bed and there was plenty of space for our things. We also had an outdoor area with table and chairs for more relaxing! George played one night with the guitarist at C’est Bon.

A highlight of this area was the sunset viewing spot, walking distance from Deddy’s. We saw the sunset and Mount Agung—truly gorgeous!! We drove a motorbike one day to the Japanese Wreck and snorkeled. There was current in the water, but it was not too bad and the visibility was incredible.  We had lunch at Kawi Karma Bungalows, which were in a Sulawesi style and looked very inviting.

All in all our three days in Amed were great. We knew we would return again but we’d promised to be in Tulamben so George could play with a local band there before we went back to Ubud for the Royal Cremation Ceremony. After our time in Ubud, we returned to Bali Amed for seven nights. The black sand beach in Lipah was lovely for long walks and the natives were friendly; they enjoyed teaching us a few words of Balinese! I highly recommend you stay at Bali Amed and enjoy snorkeling as well as the warungs by the sea.

August 14, 2012

Video: Enjoy Amed

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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