At the height of the 1960s, Mount Agung blew up, sending fiery boulders and red hot lava to Amed. Locals believe that the gods were angered by a dispute, causing the Mother Mountain to erupt. It took 10 years before we began resettling in the Amed river. Today, this dry, rocky outcrop is a sleepy fishing village. Our black sand, lava stone, and steep shores lead to the water which houses abundant corals and sea life. Learn about my village’s fiery history and warm people and traditions.
What You Will Do
• Be enchanted by our small fishing village in Bunatan district of Amlapura, where 100 families live on the edge of the beach or in the back hills. It’s mostly the families of men who are fishermen.
• Meet some of the local fishermen at Bunakan village community center. Test your carpentry skills by learning how to build an Indonesian Jukung, a dug-out fishing boat. Or try making fishing nets, hook and line. Observe how the locals live closely together in very basic homes next to the beach.
• Explore the volcanic lava coast by Jukung with my father.
• Snorkel in the underwater coral gardens where you will see a large variety of colourful fish and sea life. Alternatively, venture off the coast and try some deep water fishing.
• Relish a fresh fish BBQ with the local neighbours when we return to Bunakan. In fact, grill your catch of the day! Return to your hotel.
Why We Do This
I grew up in a fishing family and my father taught me how to fish when I was very young. He was a very kind and loving man. We caught 1000 mackerel once! My father was very proud of me. After high school, I started fishing in my own boat and enjoyed being alone and watching the sunrise above the ocean. This fishing village is personal to me, but I want to share its wonders with people.
- Transportation to and from your hotel in Amed
- Boat Fee (snorkel equipment extra)
- Fishing gear (basic)
- Fresh fish BBQ dinner on the beach
- Snorkel equipment
- Children under 6 FREE. Tours are available all year even in the rainy season!
- 3pm pick-up at your hotel in Amed / return time approx.9pm.
- Bring a sun hat, sarong, sunscreen, plenty of drinking water and a waterproof bag to carry your valuables on the boat (Please bring only a small beach bag for on the boat, other bags will be locked safely in the car).
- If you are interested in snorkeling, then bring along your swimming suit and small towel. Snorkel Rental gear is available or you can bring your own.
- Generally there aren't mosquitoes but you might want to bring a pair of long pants and insect repellent for the night beach BBQ just in case.
- Transportation options available, to/from other areas, $25 to $45 depending on distance for car up to 6 people. Please ask me after placing your booking.
Please book 7 days or more in advance especially in peak tourist months from July-September and Dec. 15 - Jan 15.