10 Best Things To Do In Senggigi, Indonesia: A Piece Of Lombok's Charm

things to do in senggigi indonesia

The Senggigi region located on the West coast of Lombok may not be as popular as Gili Islands or Mount Rinjani. However, it remains the home base for travelers destined for Lombok adventure, taking only a 35-minute drive from the capital city. Senggigi has numerous things to offer; the tropical style resorts, bars, and restaurants are always alive. Don’t get perturbed by your life problems. Just read this guide of 10 best things to do in Senggigi to make your trip more colorful.

1. Enjoy an exotic sunset

Sunset at Senggigi beach in Lombok
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Leave the bustling Mataram and head to Senggigi for a sunset adventure. There is no word to describe the sunset at Senggigi Beach except for “exotic”. The orange sky and blue water, perfectly paired with the shade of Balinese Mount Agung, should not be missed. Lie down on a comfy lounge chair and slurp a fresh young coconut while enjoying the view. This experience is highly recommended and will make you forget all about the neighboring Bali. Be sure to avoid weekends for the best bliss.

Senggigi Beach

Address: Senggigi, Lombok

2. Go surfing

June 06 2017 (Desert Point Morning and Mid-Afternoon) (1362 of 1523)
Source: Photo by Flickr user Mike Sutherland used under CC BY 2.0

There is nothing more fun than surfing in Senggigi. Get ready with your surf board and explore the waves. Senggigi has strong swell, ideal for all types of surfers. For those who are still beginners, you can try the surfing class. A surf instructor will guide you on how to paddle, take off and stand up. Some surf spots for your first trial are Seger, Mawi, Senggigi, and Desert point. If you are an experienced surfer ready for the challenge, trying Gerupuk point, which is highly recommended.

Surfing Senggigi

Address: Central Senggigi, Lombok

Website: Surfing Senggigi

3. 3. Try the local food, sate bulayak

Sate Bulayak
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You have probably heard of the famous Indonesian sate; grilled skewererd meat with peanut sauce, haven’t you? Lombok has plenty of amazing traditional dishes, one of which is sate bulayak. It’s a type of ordinary sate made of chicken and beef with spicy, sour peanut sauce. The tasty sate is uniquely served with bulayak, a rice cake wrapped in palm leaves. To get the sate, just go to Senggigi Beach. There are numerous local vendors offering the food for a cheap price. The nearby small restaurants also provide this dish.

Kerandangan - Ikan Bakar, Sate Bulayak, Pelecing Kangkung

Address: Jl. Raya Senggigi No.16, Senggigi, Batu Layar

4. Get a pampering treatment at Lemongrass Spa

Spa Picture
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Going surfing and exploring Senggigi can be exhausting. Give yourself time for relaxation at a local spa. Lemongrass spa, with a pleasant ambiance and lovely setting, is good for your mind and refreshing for your body. The skillful therapists will pamper you with an amazing massage. There are different treatments you can opt for ranging from the aromatherapy massage, traditional massage and foot reflexology to a whole body scrub. The unique hot stone massage is the best pick for a spa experience in Senggigi.

Lemongrass Spa

Address: Batu Layar, Kabupaten Lombok Barat, Nusa Tenggara Bar. 83355, Indonesia

Price: 8 USD per hour (massage), 4 USD (other treatment)

5. Go scuba diving

Scuba diver in silhouette
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Photo is only for illustrative purposes

Senggigi holds some awesome marine life you need to discover. Go scuba diving to enjoy the typical north coast underwater world of Lombok. The flat sandy floor, brightened by plenty of coral reefs varying in color and shape, and tropical fish, is absolutely fascinating. Never miss out on an opportunity to swim with the beautiful inhabitants such as the sea turtle, the ghost pipe fish, the titan trigger fish, and the angel fish. On a rare occasion, the white tip shark can be spotted.

Blue Marlin Dive

Address: Jalan Raya Senggigi

Website: Blue Marlin Dive

6. Snorkel and be amazed with the coral reefs

Reef Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef
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Exploring the shallow water in Senggigi should be on your bucket list. Although the discoveries are not as assorted as those found on the site on Gili Islands, the hard corals and the tiny fish are astonishing and worth an underwater exploration. Depending on your luck, you will be captivated by the sea turtles swimming over the coral reef. To avoid murky water and stormy weather, snorkel in the dry season (May to September). This snorkeling spot has a unique feature, being adjacent to a surfing site.

Senggigi Beach

Address: Senggigi, Lombok

7. Take a cooking class (from 26 USD (IDR 350,000))

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There is no more worthwhile cultural experience in Lombok than learning the local culinary trades. There are several cooking courses you can take in Senggigi, one of which is through Anggrek Putih. You will have a wonderful opportunity to learn deeply about Indonesian cuisine, which is cooked with various herbs. You will be taught how to cook spicy Lombok delicacies, to the sweet and flavorful Javanese foods. The half day class is held from Tuesday to Friday (2 to 7 people per class).

Pondok Anggrek Putih

Address: Meninting (Dusun Presak), Senggigi

Price: from 26 USD (IDR 350,000)

Website: Pondok Anggrek Putih

If you want a private home cooking class, check out this verified activity:

Private Home Cooking Class in Lombok

Getting there: Pick-up from hotel in Senggigi at around 9.45am

Duration: Approximately 2 hours

Price: From 31.18 USD

8. Visit Batu Bolong Temple

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If you are a temple enthusiast, don’t skip Batu Bolong Temple as one of your main destinations in Senggigi. The temple facing the ocean will remind you of the epic temple in Tanah Lot, Bali. “Batu Bolong” literally means “perforated boulder” and you will see the sacred boulder at the temple. To enter this site, you need to pay the admission fee, which is about 20,000 IDR (1.5 USD). Don a sash to respect the local culture when entering the Hindu temple. Evening is the right time for temple hopping, as you can enjoy the sunset simultaneously.

Pura Batu Bolong

Address: Jl. Raya Senggigi, Batu Layar

9. Take in the amazing views from the top of Malimbu Hill

Malimbu Beach Lombok 2
Source: Photo by Flickr user Lam used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Malimbu Hill is a wonderful spot to capture the breathtaking scenery in the Senggigi area. A twenty-minute drive away from Senggigi on the main Senggigi-Manngsit road brings you to the mountain. It’s free to go up there and snap photos. Allow about an hour to look at the views over the water and mountains.

Mesmerising views of the cliffs and distant beaches will look great on your Instagram. There are two hills to choose from with slightly different views. You may spot some monkeys looking for a free handout while you’re up there. Along the way back to your hotel you can stop off and snap a few pictures of the Villa Hantu (“Ghost” villa).

Malimbu Hill

Address: Senggigi-Mangsit Main Road, Lombok, Indonesia

10. Spend the day discovering local villages of Sukarara and Sade (from USD 101.0)

Take a day tour from Sengiggi or Mataram. On the way, you’ll see some of the best unspoilt beaches of Lombok. Your tour includes collection and hotel drop off. Your first interesting stop is the village of Banyumulek where you will see pottery craft. In the next village of Sukarara, meet the traditional hand weavers who’ve done it for many years. Pass through a traditional Sasak village where homes are constructed with wood, bamboo, thatch and buffalo dung floors. Next, stop and eat a pleasant lunch in Kuta. Your journey with a knowledgeable guide will last approximately eight hours.

Sasak Classic Tour

Duration: 8 hours

Feel the charm of Senggigi

There is no excuse for not exploring this piece of Lombok. Ignoring the pearly white sand beaches along with the beautiful Hindu temple is a big mistake. To uncover the grace of Senggigi’s underwater life, be sure to make time for both scuba diving and snorkeling adventures. For relaxation, you can enjoy the relaxing spa or take a siesta under a tree’s shade at Senggigi Beach. There is something for everyone.

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I am Rofiq from East Java, Indonesia. I am passionate about exploring new places, meeting new people, learning new languages and cultures. I always do solo traveling and backpacking since they are...Read more

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