Where To Stay in Senggigi – Top 3
Homestays in SenggigiThere is a wide range of budget homestays in Senggigi, most within easy reach of the beach. Homestays on Lombok tend to offer no-frills accommodation and may not provide hot water or air conditioning, so be sure to check the fine print before booking. Click here for more accommodation in Senggigi!
Top Things To Do in Senggigi
1. Lounge On Pantai Senggigi (Senggigi Beach)Senggigi’s big attraction is its long stretches of white sandy beach. Head to Senggigi Beach to hang out with tourist crowds and local hawkers. A trip to Kerangdangan Beach on a Sunday afternoon will give you a taste of local beach life, as families from the area enjoy their day off. The sunsets in Senggigi are magnificent, so don’t miss a chance to watch the sun sink behind Bali’s Mount Agung.
2. Scuba & SnorkelWhile it’s possible to snorkel just off Senggigi beach, a day trip to the Gili Islands will be more rewarding. There are some up-and-coming scuba sites arrayed on the Senggigi coast but to dive the more popular (and busier) sites will also require a trip to the Gilis.
3. Learn to SurfSenggigi beach is a great place for novice surfers to get their first taste of riding the waves. Experienced surfers can find much better waves elsewhere on Lombok.
4. Book your Trek to Mount RinjaniMany backpackers arrive in Senggiggi with the sole purpose of climbing Lombok’s largest volcano, Mount Rinjani. For those who want to undertake this physical challenge, Senggigi has many travel agents where you can book your 2-4 day trek up the enormous mountain. However, if you want to arrange a hike with a trekking company that gets solid 5-star reviews, check out this Rinjani Summit Trek with Oke Trekker.
5. Get a Traditional MassageAfter an active day on the water, unwind with a local massage or spa treatment, which will cost just a fraction of what you would pay at home.
6. Practice YogaThere are regular public classes at Lombok Yoga House and Gypsea Yoga, and many Senggigi resorts offer classes too, some of which are open to the public.
7. Take a Day Trip to the WaterfallsOne of the most popular day trips from Senggigi is to Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls. The waterfalls are just outside of Senaru, which doubles as a base-camp for Rinjani hikers. The drive to Senaru is around two hours and from there, an easy 45-minute walk through the jungle takes you past both sets of falls. You will get wet at Tiu Kelep, so bring a water-resistant bag or case for your phone and camera.
8. Visit Pura Batu Bolong TempleLocated near Senggigi Beach, the Hindu temple Pura Batu Bolong sits above a holey rock (that’s holey, with an ‘e’). It is, in fact, named after this volcanic rock, ‘Batu Bolong‘ translates as ‘Rock with Hole‘. The temple makes for another great place to watch the sunset, with the sound of the waves crashing below you.
9. Set Sail for Flores!One of the most popular adventures from Lombok Island is the 4-day, 3-night boat trip from Lombok to Flores Island. The adventure takes you via the spectacular Komodo National Park and you’ll visit uninhabited islands, go snorkelling, hike to viewpoints and spot Komodo Dragons along the way. Highly recommended backpacker voyage. Check out our Flores Travel Guide!
Food & Drink in SenggigiVegetarian Food In Indonesia, tempeh and tofu are staple foods, making it easy for vegetarians and vegans to get their protein. One of the most famous Indonesia dishes, Gado Gado, is a vegetarian salad of compacted rice, tempeh, veggies and boiled eggs doused in a thick, spicy peanut sauce. Seafood As with most seaside towns, fresh seafood is available almost everywhere you look in Senggigi, from the budget-friendly local “warungs” to the high-end exclusive resorts. You’ll find a huge selection of fresh whole fish, squid, and juicy prawns cooked over a charcoal grill. Local Beach Snacks Head to Senggigi beach to try a helping of a local beach snack, sate bulayak. Traditional sate, which is a grilled skewer of chicken or beef served with spicy peanut sauce, is paired with bulayak, a rice cake wrapped in palm leaves. You can grab this Lombok speciality at vendors all along the beach. Western Food Though Senggigi isn’t a great foodie destination, those looking for pizza, pasta, Mexican, and steak will find a decent selection along Senggigi’s main road.
How to get to SenggigiFrom Bali, you can take a fast boat from Padang Bai directly to Senggigi which takes around 2 hours. The trip costs around 750,000 IDR, depending on the company you choose. You can also fly from Denpasar Airport on Bali to Bandara International Lombok Airport. The half-hour flight may be cheaper than the fast boat, but it’s also less exciting and less environmentally friendly. From Lombok Airport, an official Airport Taksi costs around 150,000 IDR to Senggigi, while the public bus costs 35,000 IDR and takes 1.5 to 2 hours. Officials at the DAMRI bus counter outside the terminal will show you where to get the bus. Pay for your ticket after you board.
Where To Go NextFor more laid-back beach time, the Gili Islands (Gili Meno, Gili Trawangan and Gili Air) are only a short boat ride away. Surfers and divers will want to head south to Kuta, where you’ll find some of Lombok’s best dive and surf spots. About the writers: Jane & Stephen are adventure-seekers and full-time yoga nomads. Five years ago, they quit their jobs and sold all their stuff. Now, they travel full-time, teaching Adventure Yoga around the world and sharing their mindful adventures on My Five Acres. If you’re aching to live an extraordinary life, follow them for inspiration, advice, and adventure! You can find us on Facebook and Instagram.
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