Senggigi, named after a princess in local legend, is the main tourist center located on the west coast of Lombok. The resort area is about 10 km north of Ampenan, and about 20 minutes drive from the island’s Selaparang airport. Nowhere near as large or as busy as its Bali counterparts, Senggigi is a great base for exploring the rest of the island. The pace is very laid-back, with activities centered around the beaches and day trips to places of interest, which are all within a few hours drive from the town.
Senggigi Beach is the large bay that forms the center of Senggigi,with the main road running parallel to the beach, and large resorts occupying the space between. The beach provides picturesque views of Bali’s Gunung Agung to the west and stunning sunsets with the volcano silhouetted on the horizon. Senggigi Reef, off the point near the Senggigi Beach Hotel, has good coral for snorkeling and, in the right conditions, some decent surf breaks. Canoes can be hired from the beach on the weekends and during peak tourism times. Local outrigger boats can be chartered from the beachfront for trips along the coast or out to the Gilis.
Tourism development runs north along the coastal road for about 10 km, with many hotels and restaurants positioned along the beautiful beaches that line the entire west coast. About 2 km north is Kerandangan Valley, with a popular beach nearby and some nice hotels slightly out of town in a pretty valley. Further north, Mangsit has developed as an accommodation alternative to Senggigi, with boutique style hotels positioned along the breathtaking bays of this section of coast. Furthest north is Lendang Luar, with two hotels perched on a long stretch of pristine beach.
Mainly deserted white sand beaches, flanked by coconut groves and untouched by hotel development, continue all the way north along the main coastal road. Malimbu and Nipah are two picturesque bays less than half an hour from Senggigi, which are good for snorkeling and getting away from it all. Teluk Nara and Teluk Kodek are on a large bay about 25 kms north of Senggigi. All the main dive operators have boats here, which transfer guests to the Gili islands, as an alternative to nearby Bangsal Harbour. The harbour itself is reached at the crossroads in Pemenang and from here it is easy to catch the public ferries (actually large outrigger boats) out to the Gilis, or to charter boats for island hopping. (The Lombok Guide/Senggigi)
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