Spectacularly blue ocean water and epic sunsets over Bali are the main attractions at this traditional tourist destination. Composed of several distinct areas along a 6.2-mile (10 km) stretch of coastal highway, Senggigi is known for its west-facing beaches and proximity to other nearby attractions. Although there are a number of things to see and do, the beaches and surf can’t compete with other parts of southern Lombok. It makes a convenient base from which to explore northern Lombok and the Gili Islands. Senggigi is located 30 minutes north of Mataram in West Lombok Regency, about 1.5 hours from Lombok International Airport.
Senggigi developed its reputation as Lombok’s tourist hub prior to the opening of the new Lombok International Airport, as it was the closest beach to the previous main airport hub in Mataram. The Senggigi area has several moderately developed hamlets with blurry boundaries, seated along sweeping bays separated by headlands. To the far north is Mangsit, home to the most upscale resort accommodations. Mangsit has a long strip of hotels along the beach. There isn’t much here for tourists to do, but there is a port where tourists can depart for the Gili Islands. The quiet, almost rural area of Kerandangan is south of Mangsit.
Senggigi Beach is the center of the action and has hotels, beachside bars, restaurants, tourist services, and plenty of great spots to watch the sunset from the beach. The beach gets a lot of local tourism, so don’t be surprised to find weekend crowds. The beaches are good for swimming and there are a few good spots for surfing, but nothing on the level of what can be found in the Kuta area. Activities include snorkeling, dive trips, and canoeing. The coral reefs here are considered average.
From town, you can book day trips to Mount Rinjani, waterfalls, the monkey forest, traditional handicraft villages, and other tourist hot spots. The southern end of Senggigi is Batu Bolong, which is home to a sizable Balinese population. Hotels and restaurants are sparse and spread out. The Hindu temple Batu Bolong is worth a visit, if only for photos of the iconic empty chair shrine facing the ocean. This chair represents Brahma, the god of creation. Be sure to visit the nearby headland for a terrific combination of fresh barbecued corn and an incredible view of the sunset.
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