Senggigi, Lombok

Your Gateway to Adventure

The Senggigi region is formed by several adjacent yet subtly different areas all lying along the same 2 lane coastal road. The exact boundaries of each area can seem rather ill-defined. While pockets of development can be found in some areas, long stretches of open undeveloped land lie in between. Nightlife and major restaurants are concentrated in the central township of Senggigi. The first time visitor should be aware of these distinct regional differences. Simply booking a hotel in Senggigi could mean a relatively remote location where the town centre can only be reached by taxi or public transport.

  • Mangsit — a little to the north of Senggigi township it has a well established hotel strip running along a long tranquil sweeping beach with traditional outrigger boats resting on the sand. Mangsit is the gateway to the northern area of activities at Gili Islands, Tanjung and Mount Rinjani. It has well established resort hotel choices but few other tourist activities, such as shopping and nightlife. Mangsit can be quickly and conveniently reached from the centre of Senggigi by taxi or public bemo.
  • Kerangdangan — in a large quiet bay to the immediate north of the Senggigi township with some rental villa’s in the valley behind the beach.
  • Senggigi (centre) — not a typical tourist resort town, such as may be found in Bali where a day can be spent shopping and socialising at the local bars and restaurants. However there are enough bars, pool tables, TV screens with sports broadcasts, relaxing lounge areas and beach side restaurants to keep people occupied should that be their focus. Many visitors use Senggigi as a home base and take day trips to the waterfalls, the Gili Islands, or just go exploring the still authentic villages, temples, and forest habitat found within a couple of hours drive.
  • Batu Bolong — is to the immediate south of Senggigi and has a sparsely spread out collection of hotels, cafes, restaurants, several karaoke style establishments and a large barn like nightclub all situated along the coast road. A smaller restaurant and hotel strip is concentrated at the Senggigi end. It feels in the most part like a southern satellite extension of the Senggigi township. In the valley behind Batu Bolong is a large housing complex catering to both Indonesian and expatriate long term residents and visitors. Taxis, or bemo if during daylight hours, give very quick access the centre of Senggigi.

Both Mangsit and Batu Bolong are more focussed on the hotels situated along their respective beachfronts where at night the centre of Senggigi has a more lively street feel to it with live music playing and people moving about from one venue to another.

Lombok’s tourism sector has had a difficult past decade and tourism activity in Senggigi went through a very subdued period with many developments halted and businesses closed.

Recently things have been starting to improve again, with new villas and hotels going up and new shops and tourism ventures opening. Senggigi is now becoming increasingly popular with visitors seeking out the stunning scenery and unique culture and flavours of Lombok.

 

Lombok’s traditional tourist resort, Senggigi enjoys a fine location along a series of sweeping bays, with light-sand beaches sitting pretty below a backdrop of jungle-clad mountains and coconut palms. In the late afternoon a setting blood-red sun sinks into the surf next to the giant triangular cone of Bali’s Gunung Agung.

Tourist numbers are relatively modest here and you’ll find some excellent-value hotels and restaurants. Still, the tacky main strip could be more appealing, the noticeable influx of bar girls is sleazy, the influx of garish billboards is ugly and the resident beach hawkers can be over-persistent.

The Senggigi area spans 10km of coastal road; the upscale neighbourhood of Mangsit is 3km north of central Senggigi.

Blue Marlin Senggigi is located at the Holiday Resort on mainland Lombok.  As a PADI 5* Dive Resort, we guarantee a quality of service and diver education above other operators in the area. Our personalised attention and small group size ensure a more personal experience for you and your family. Join us and…dive the difference!

Benefits of staying on mainland Lombok

    •    Easy access from the airport and fastboat services
•    Great resort accommodation options with our partner hotels
•    Access to a wide variety of restaurants, spas and nightlife
•    Other Lombok cultural and adventure tours
•    Much less crowded resorts than the islands

Things To See around Senggigi

SALTWATER LAKE

SALTWATER LAKE

On the northwest of the island is a saltwater lake unique to Gili Meno where salt is harvested in the dry season. This is a great place for nature lovers and birdwatchers! Visit the viewing platform and take in the great view as you pan the skies and trees for a variety of birdlife. It’s a great area to wander to for a late afternoon walk and view the sunset. Don’t forget to keep a look out for the elusive Monitor Lizard!

GILI'S REEFS

GILI'S REEFS

What can we say? It's the reason we're here! Gili Meno is an increasingly popular destination for everyone from snorkelers to advanced divers. Come see us to start your underwater adventure today, but be warned you may get addicted! Not an ocean dweller but still want the visual experience? No problem! You can see it all by booking a glass bottom boat to show you around the great coral reef and marine life viewing spots- all without getting your hair wet!

Things To Do around Senggigi

RELAX

RELAX

Meno is the ultimate island retreat, so bask in what Meno's best for - enjoying doing nothing! Whether it's taking a book out by the beach, catching up on some new music, soaking in some rays or just enjoying listening to the sound of the waves break on the sand - break away from the rigours of daily life and recharge.

EXPLORE

EXPLORE

If you’re up for a leisurely beach stroll, take off your shoes and get the sand between your toes as you view the island at your own pace. You can walk around Meno in roughly an hour and a half- and make sure not to forget your camera! Find your own perfect secluded beach and enjoy your day in the true island style. Or if you’re up for an adventure, grab yourself one of the friendly local horse cart drivers near the harbour and get moving! You can even take a horseback riding tour from the local stables.

YOGA

YOGA

On the south of the island located in a serene jungle setting is Mao Meno Yoga Centre where you can do everything from daily yoga classes to full immersion yoga retreats. Facilities include bungalows, an art studio, kitchen and juice bar as well as an onsite cook and masseuse. The ideal site to be at one with your surroundings! For more information visit www.mao-meno.com or email info@mao-meno.com

KAYAK

KAYAK

Hire a kayak by the hour or for the day and be your own tour guide. This is a great activity to do on Meno to have a look at the island and its pristine waters from a different angle!

SURF

SURF

On the southwest side of the island there is a right-hand reef break known as “Bongkas” that can be enjoyed by intermediate and advanced surfers all within the company of an enthusiastic local crowd. Bring your board as there are no rental facilities on the island.

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