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 8 best things to do in Senggigi to make your trip more colorful.
1. Enjoy an exotic sunset
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.
Address: Senggigi, Lombok
2. Go surfing
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.
Address: Central Senggigi, Lombok
Website: Surfing Senggigi
3. Try the local food, sate bulayak
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
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.
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
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
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.
Address: Senggigi, Lombok
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
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
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.