Being the main Lombok seaport, Senggigi welcomes thousands of tourists every year, travelling from Bali and other islands by ferry. Naturally beautiful, Senggigi area is an attractive holiday destination boasting beautiful white sandy bays ringed with verdant mountains and coconut palms.
Senggigi region set on the west coast of Lombok island is composed of four towns with the same-named capital Senggigi. Senggigi spans for 10 kilometres along the coastline and houses numerous bars and great value villa accommodations and hotels.
Even though the central beach of the town is a home to the pier that receives fast boat services from the nearby islands and Bali, Senggigi never gets overcrowded. Most of restaurants and nightlife are concentrated in the city centre and are easily reachable from other areas by car or motorbike. Most of the travellers use Senggigi as a base to explore Lombok further afield or to take a day trip to the nearby Gili Islands.
The upscale Mangsit located only three kilometres north from Senggigi provides an ample choice of hotels and amazing villas lining the sweeping beach with traditional outrigger boats dotting the shoreline. Mangsit is a more traditional resort town than Senggigi regarding tourist facilities and accommodation; it offers some of the best western beaches for your tropical holiday.
WHAT WE LOVE
The proximity to the pier
Great beaches lacking people
An ample range of dining venues
Fascinating natural attractions
Unique culture and cuisine
Senggigi is situated on the west coast of Lombok island, and it’s the ideal base to take in all the sights of the western and northern area and take a day trip to the nearby islands.
Numerous fast boat services bring tourists from Bali to Lombok. The voyage takes between 2 to 2,5 hours. Depending on the travel agent, season and the route the ticket price can vary.
Although it is possible to get to Senggigi, Lombok over land or water, the best way is to fly:
It can take anywhere between 1 to 1,5 hours to reach Senggigi from Lombok International Airport (a.k.a. Bandara Udara Internasional Airport) depending on traffic. Ministry of Villas can arrange a chauffeur to greet you upon arrival and escort you to your villa.
Alternatively, there are several taxi companies available at the arrival level: Airport Taksi Koperasi, Blue Bird and Express Taxi. Make sure you have agreed on a price or metered rate with a taxi driver before getting into the vehicle.
There are plenty of options, so we’ve ranked them according to our recommendations for first-time travellers:
Ministry of Villas can arrange a private car and chauffeur for you. Depending on which villa you are staying in, the cost for the private car and chauffeur can vary, so it’s recommended to contact our Ministry of Villas team to get the complete information about the private transfers.
The most common taxi widely available in Senggigi is Lombok Taksi. You can flag one down in the street, request a pick-up by phone, or find one at designated taxi ranks (tourist attractions and other popular areas). There are other taxi operators in Lombok: ‘Blue Bird’ and white coloured ‘Express Taxi’. All taxis in Lombok are equipped with meters, which should be used by drivers at all times.
The preferred way of exploring Senggigi, like many other parts of Lombok, is by rented motorbike. There are numerous rental shops spread around Senggigi so opt a trustworthy company, and make sure the bike is in proper mechanical condition. Most important: you must have an international drivers license on your person at all times otherwise the local police can issue you a ticket with a summons to appear in court. And, of course, make sure you wear a helmet.
Car hire in Senggigi is widely available at most hotels, and it’s the most efficient way to get around the western areas as the traffic here is light and finding a parking place is not a problem.
A local outrigger boat can be chartered on the Senggigi beaches either from the designated travel agent (the additional commission will be charged) or directly from the boatmen, however, note that a language problem can occur.
Due to the reasonably light traffic, getting around by bicycle is an excellent way to explore the area at your own pace and get a unique cultural experience. There are a cycle tour operator and multiple rental shops dotting Senggigi.
There are eight private Ministry Approved villas located within a 40-minute drive from the Senggigi pier, on the northern tip of the island. Due to a rather remote location, villa prices tend to be lower than in other popular tourst destinations. Lombok villas range from USD $190 per night for a two-bedroom villa to over USD $1,100 per night for a six-bedroom luxury villa.
Most of our villas have dedicated staff including butlers, chefs, nannies, 24-hour security personnel, and many other services you won’t find in a hotel. This is why we say “Spend just one night in a villa and you’ll never stay in a hotel again.”
Senggigi has a surprisingly wide choice of eating establishments ranging from the local eateries to the Western-style restaurants. Most of the midrange restaurants line the beach or set along the main road of Senggigi.
The fine-dining in Senggigi is represented with some great establishments serving barbequed seafood and other local specialities at the stunning setting. Even though the prices in these venues are higher than in the midrange restaurants, the dining experience you receive is well worth paying a bit more.
Sample a popular evening meal – grilled corn – which is sold by the street vendors right on the beach. There are two dressings on choice: garlic butter and spicy. The spicy sauce might be very hot for the unused to local cuisine tourists so better to opt a garlic butter. For the truly authentic dining experience try satay ayam or chicken satay from the local street vendors; it’s a delicious traditional dish popular among locals.
Senggigi hosts numerous bars, which come to live when the sun goes down. Trendy tunes mixed by a local DJ or a live band playing acoustic music put Lombok’s nightlife in the row with Gilis.
After a savoury dinner in one of the restaurants, most of the travellers head to the beach to relish in a relaxed stroll and grab a beer or cocktail at the beach bar. Senggigi nightlife caters to people of all ages, providing an ample range of fun drinking venues featuring with a rather quiet ambience.
Even though there are not so many frantic parties and the nightlife is rather laidback, you will not be disappointed with the range of sophisticated drinking establishments and late-night venues showcasing sports broadcasts or providing vivid traditional dance performances.
A renowned Senggigi Art Market set in the centre of the town is where shoppers can hunt out some amazing handicrafts, locally made souvenirs and a usual collection of T-shirts, sarongs and accessories.
If you want to buy some authentic souvenir, head to one of the local stores dotting the town, where you will find a Lombok-style woodworks, tall masks and a wide selection of freshwater pearls.
Pearls sold by the hawkers on the beaches or in the centre are all authentic, however, can vary in shapes and colours as the majority of pearls used in the adornments are industry left-overs. Do not forget that prices are negotiable so you can purchase the jewellery at a half of the primarily announced price.
Surfing, diving and snorkelling are only a few activities to number that are available in Senggigi. Travellers seeking for the relaxed leisure will be spoilt for choice of the magnificent series of sweeping bays and aqua blue waters seducing to lay around.
Local women offer traditional therapeutic massages right on the beach, so you do not need to go far to get the ultimate relaxation and reduce the tense in your muscles after hours of paddling and swimming.
Those who prefer outdoor activities rather than the beach rest can opt a forest trekking, which is an excellent way to unwind, get a closer look to the naturally beautiful West Lombok, and pry into the traditional lifestyle of the local people in the rural villages.