Information before you go
Traditional salt from Bali is mainly made in Amed. In this part of the island life is hard compared to other areas of the island. Here the local people are poor while the landscape is dry and arid so instead of tending lush green rice fields the people of Amed plant corn, tobacco, peanuts, cassava and beans.
Fishing is also important and that is evident with the strings of traditional fishing boats along the coast of Amed, however the daily catch are minimal and irregular.
Local fishing boats. lined up along the Amed beaches
An other source of income is traditional salt winning.
When driving through Amed you will see little plastic bags filled with salt for sale; a nice souvenir to take home. Once you a realize how much work is needed for a dash of salt you will appreciate this basic ingredient even more...
First large quantity of sea water is carried from the ocean and poured in a 5 by 5 meter squared area to dry. Salt water is added to increase the salt concentration. After three days, the mixture of soil and salt is poured into a cone shaped basin made from bamboo. Just like with grapes for wine, the salt farmer walks around in the basin and compresses the salt with his/her feet.
Saltwater is compressed in the bamboo basin
The water is leaked out of the basin and collected so it can be dried again by the sun in wooden drying pans. Once all the water is evaporated the salt is gathered and ready for sale. In a good week salt farmers can collect 70 to 100 kg of salt worth Rp. 100.000 (USD 10).
As you can imagine carrying hundreds of liters of water on your bare shoulders everyday is hard work and the income is low compared to working in an hotel. Salt winning is therefore not at all popular among the younger generation.
The last drops of sea water are evaporated in the drying pans
Luckily restaurants such as those in Seminyak are acknowledging the quality of Amed's salt and hopefully it will become more popular and the income of salt farmers will increase.
At Cafe Garam visitors can learn and see the process of salt making. Baskets made from local materials filled with salt are for sale and the income generated is shared among the salt farmers.
This little restaurant in Amed is not only perfect for grilled fish prepared with traditional salt produced just meters away, but you can see the whole salt winning process too.Read more
While the beaches in the south remain the most popular, East Bali has beaches worth exploring too. Besides Amed, the beaches nearby Candidasa are stunning...Read more
If you arrange a day trip with a private driver then he is very likely to recommend heading to the East. Not surprisingly since there are many stunning sights here...Read more
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