Snorkelling in Amed Bali with kids
Thinking of trying snorkelling in Bali with kids? Head over to Amed in the east of Bali! The clear water and gentle surf paired with rich marine life make Amed a very popular snorkel spot for families.
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Amed is actually just one of a number of villages along the east coast of Bali that includes Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah, Selang, Banyuning and Aas. Because it’s undeveloped, the pace of life in Amed remains slow. In fact, it wasn’t until 2003 when telephone lines were installed in the area. Paved roads and concrete bridges are also relatively new being just 15 years old.
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Amed may be too stripped down for those who are accustomed to the frenetic Kuta or Nusa Dua nightlife, but the slow pace of life is perfect for families who want to get close to nature and escape the crowd.
Amed and Tulamben Snorkel Spots
You can snorkel all along the the Amed coastline. Just stroll into the water off any of the beaches and you’ll find gorgeous marine life all around.
Tulamben is a small fishing village a short drive from Amed and it’s one of the main attractions of the region. Apart from the unspoiled coast and the colorful marine life, Tulamben is home to the USS Liberty wreck. The ship is a transport vessel that was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942. The wreck is just 25 meters to the shore and about 5 meters from the surface so snorkelers don’t have to go far to check it out. During peak season, at least 100 divers descend the wreck every day!
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Because the wreck is located in shallow waters, it’s suitable for divers of all certification levels and snorkelers alike. After more than 70 years under water, the wreck became encrusted with corals. It’s now home to hundreds of marine animals such as the Mola mola and whale sharks, as well as Black-tip reef sharks. The wreck is very large and most experts say you’ll need to go back twice just to cover the whole area.
Apart from the USS Liberty wreck, a Japanese shipwreck off the coast of Banyuning is a great snorkel spot for beginners too. For those who want to see colorful, massive coral formations and thousands of fish species, we recommend checking out Jemeluk.
There’s also a beautiful snorkel spot in Pondok Vienna Beach in Lipah. However, the water can get a little rough on midday so we recommend snorkeling very early in the morning. During the mornings, the wind is calm and the water is mellow.
The best time to snorkel and dive in Amed and Tulamben is between October and November. During these months, the waters are calm, the wind is not too strong and it’s not raining. Southeast monsoon rains typically start from May to July.
Useful Tips When Snorkeling with Kids
Wear the Proper Gear
Since you will be spending a long time under the sun while snorkeling, bring a bottle or two of sunblock with high SPF. The higher the SPF, the longer the time you can spend in the sun before reapplying the product. We also recommend getting the kids to wear rash guards to protect their skin from the harsh rays of the sun.
You may not have your own snorkeling equipment, but not to worry, there are plenty of places to rent from. Make sure you give everything a good clean before you use it and that it fits well before hitting the water.
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However, a great thing about having your own diving gear is that your child can practice even before the trip. If the kiddos are snorkeling for the first time, let them practice in the bathtub or the pool with you.
Snorkel gear is pretty compact so you can fit it easily in your luggage. We recommend bringing your own reef shoes to protect your feet from sharp stones or shards of corals.
Crocs are great for small children because it won’t weigh them down while in the water. Floating boards or blow up rings work great to help kids stay afloat when they snorkel.
There are loads of dive shops in Bali where you can buy snorkeling equipment – check out Pro Dive Bali in Kuta, Divemaster in Sanur, or for cheap gear just find the nearest Carrefour outlet.
Snorkeling in Safe Water
Kids are easily intimidated in water so it’s best to let them snorkel at a protected bay or lagoon especially if your child does not know how to swim or is not a strong swimmer. A protected bay or lagoon has calmer waters and smaller waves, if any at all. Make sure the kids are wearing all the right gear before heading to the water. Keep the child near you at all times as you snorkel.
For kids who can either swim very well or have intermediate skills in snorkeling, you can let them explore the deeper water but only under supervision. Some guides can point you to the spots in shallow waters so the kids don’t have to swim too far into the open water.
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Nevertheless, it’s best to take note of areas that have strong currents during high tide. If you’re visiting a wreckage, study the shipwreck first and look for the safest spots to explore the shipwreck prior to the excursion.
Do Not Feed the Marine Life
Tour guides often bring bread to attract schools of fishes. This will allow tourists to get a closer look at the fish and take pictures. Although the practice seems beneficial to the animals, it’s not. It will make the critters completely dependent on human beings for food. Take this opportunity to teach your kids proper ways to observe wildlife without upsetting the delicate balance in these environments.
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Have an awesome trip
You can arrange a tour to Amed through a tour company or just arrange for a driver to drop you off. It’s about a 3 hour trip from South Bali depending on traffic. You will notice a far more lowkey vibe in Amed – lots of people on dive trips and heading out on paddle boards. You can get great rates on some of the resorts and villas in Amed, too.
Amed: The Perfect Spot for Snorkelling in Bali with Kids!
Amed is a fabulous place for snorkeling with kids in Bali thanks to calm water and easy access from the beach. Just don’t forget to be careful of the sun!! Even in the water, the strong sun in Bali will burn you. Slip, slop, slap!
If you’ve already been to Amed, please tell us all about it!