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Spread out along six miles of Lombok's coastline, Senggigi is the island's tourist hub. Lined with beaches, enjoying gorgeous weather and a wonderful dive site, Senggigi is a resort with something for everyone.
Many people come to Senggigi specifically for the underwater attractions. You'll find PADI-certified dive schools and, more importantly, a sub-aquatic world that teems with life - including thousands of sea turtles.
Six miles of sandy beaches and tropical sunshine are a pretty good match in Senggigi, allowing anyone to work on their tan in a secluded spot.
Just outside central Senggigi you'll find Pura Batu Bolong, a coastal Hindu temple where the architecture is impressive, but the sunsets are superb.
At beaches like Kerandangan tourists can couple their snorkeling and sunbathing with local delicacies like chicken satay skewers from beachside "warungs" (small food bars) - much more convenient than packing a picnic.
Senggigi offers more than sunbathing if you need to relax. You can also book a therapeutic Sasak massages at seaside locations like Santai Beach Bungalows.
The dry season is the best time to go (from May through September). However, even the rainy season can be pleasant, with warm temperatures and slightly reduced humidity working in its favor.
Lombok International Airport (LOP) is the closest point of entry, providing links to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Jakarta. From there expect to pay around Rp140,000 for a taxi or Rp35,000 for the DAMRI bus.
If you are driving from Mataram and the airport, take Jl. Raya Senggigi along the coast.
DAMRI buses run into central Senggigi from Mataram to the south and Pamenang to the north.
Senggigi has plenty of standout accommodation options, including the Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort and the Katamaran Resort.
Mangsit Beach - located at the center of the six-mile beach, Mangsit Beach is home to the area's liveliest nightlife, thanks to bars like Verve Beach Club.
Klui Beach - heaven for beach lovers, Klui is much quieter than Mangsit and home to some of the area's best luxury accommodation, including the Jeeva Klui Resort.
Batu Bolong - just south of central Senggigi and Mangsit, Batu Bolong possesses an equally attractive beach and more excellent hotel options.
Bemos (covered trucks) whip through town and are the cheapest way to get around, charging about Rp4,000 per mile.
Taxis in Senggigi will charge around Rp4,500 for the meter drop, followed by at least Rp500 for every mile after that.
If you want to rent a car, check out companies like Lombok Car Rental and Kotasi, where you can find deals for as little as Rp70,000 per day.
If you want to shop for traditional Lombok furniture or works of art, you'll find plenty of stores in Senggigi like the Senggigi Art Market. Just look along Jl. Raya Senggigi and you'll find plenty of places to buy gifts.
Local supermarkets include Alfamart and Senggigi Abadi, where 12 eggs will cost you around Rp12,000.
Seafood and satay sum up Senggigi's dining scene, and there are plenty of great places to book. Spice (next to the Art Market) is a stylish contemporary eatery, while Coco Beach is great for vegetarians, and Warung Menega cook up seafood barbecues by the ocean. Meals should come to (at most) Rp80,00 per head.