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The view over Jemeluk’s tiny bay with impressive Mount Agung in the background is an iconic image of Bali. This place is located at the heart of Amed, a segment of the Island’s east coast reputed for its authenticity and quietness. Jemeluk indeed is a quiet place loved by travelers. Its bay also shelters one of the best snorkeling spots in the region: here, the reef drop-off it home to gorgeous coral formations and fish for every color of the rainbow, and it can be accessed directly from the beach.
Jemeluk Beach is located on Amed Coast, less than 4 miles (6km) East of Culik. It is a 3 hours’ drive to the spot from Denpasar and Ngurah Rai International Airport. Most travelers use one of the various shuttle services available on the island, however if you decide to take the local bus remember that it only stops on Culik’s main road.
Walk to the beach’s eastern end (look for the Bali Amed Bluestar and Villa Coral). Enter the water facing the reef.
The exploration area covers the coral formations that grew over the eastern edge of the small bay (on your right when facing the sea). Here the reef drop-off is only 20 to 70 meters from the beach: you can access it by yourself, using fins.
The closest areas to the beach are shallow and coral don’t settle here (↕0.5-2m). Once in the water, head directly to the drop-off (↕2-6m): it is where marine life truly clusters.
Coral formations are well preserved and you will most probably spot a wide variety of fish species. Schools of hundreds of green chromis and bright yellow damselfish stay above finger coral. Small, unfearful batfish shoals seem to prefer the shadows of the drop-off. Lined surgeonfish, emperor angelfish, sixbar wrasse and white-spotted boxfish are amongst the other species you will most probably come across during your exploration.
The best preserved areas of the reef are for fit swimmers only: swim along the drop-off towards the North-East, until the viewpoint located over Jemeluk Beach (see map above).
Be careful when in the water, since many small fishing boats move over the area. Unfortunately, as often along Indonesia shores the spot can be polluted by plastic bags, bottles and other floating pieces of garbage brought along by tides.
In Jemeluk Beach, and more generally over the whole of Amed Coast, you will find a wide variety of accommodation options fitting all budgets. Several cafes and restaurants are settled directly on the beach, just in front of the spot.
These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.
This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
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