A. Brief Information

If you ever imagined yourself lying on white sands on a beautiful beach surrounded by exotic view under bright sunlight then you must come to Senggigi Beach in Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara. The beach located on 12 kilometers to the west of Mataram is well known for its beauty. People often suite this beach with those famous beaches in Bali such as Kuta, Legian and Sanur. Some even say that Senggigi Beach is much more beautiful than those beaches because of its calm and peaceful nuance.

As the main tourism destination in West Nusa Tenggara, the cleanliness and the pureness of Senggigi Beach are well kept. Along 10 kilometers of this coastline, you can feel the waves racing to touch your bare feet. In addition to its exotic view, Senggigi also offers you an unforgettable moment of diving or snorkeling since it has an amazing undersea view. No doubt, many local or foreign tourists prefer this location to enjoy their vacation.

Recently the numbers of foreign tourists come to Senggigi Beach increase since the information about the beach is largely known. Anticipating more increase local government and some private corporation cooperate to develop the facilities of the beach to guarantee the comfort and satisfaction of the visitors.

B. Distinctive Features

Visiting Senggigi Beach will be an unforgettable moment in your life. Right from your very first step in the beach area, you will feel the touch of zephyr caresses your skin, which will always accompany you along your steps. Fresh calm and peaceful nuance will lessen your stress after working along the week. Exotic view will spoil your eyes; pure blue seawater and white sands with thousands of small sea creatures spread on it stretch along your eyes can see. When you walk along the coast, you can feel sea waves racing to touch your bare feet and let you feel the fresh water giving you a remarkable sensation. A beautiful landscape of Gunung Agung Mount located in Bali is seen from Senggigi Beach as if emerges from under the sea.
The calmness of Senggigi Beach offers different exotic experience than those given by the beaches in Bali. Thus, Senggigi Beach is a new alternative for you who need peaceful and calm nuance in your vacation.

You can do many activities along your vacation in Senggigi Beach such as swimming, diving, snorkeling, building sand palace, or letting the sun touch your skin and makes you looked exotic. However, you must be careful when you are swimming in the beach because there are many pointed coral stones, which may hurt your feet. After those activities, you cannot miss the beautiful sunset view that you can enjoy while you are walking along the beach or sitting on your hotel balcony accompanied with a cup of tea.

Walking along the coast of Senggigi Beach, you cannot miss to visit Pura Batu Bolong, which you can meet after 30 minutes walking. The pura is built on a giant coral stone on the beach. There are some myths related to the pura. Some people believe that the pura was once used as a place to sacrifice a virgin for a shark living in the sea. Some others believe that the pura is a place for brokenhearted women to commit suicide by jumping down to the sea.

Another interesting activity to do is walking along the beach in full moon night. You will see locall people use the warmness of the sand for health therapy. They will bury their body from feet to neck in the sand and listen to the sound of the wave. They believe that the therapy will help them to cure weariness, muscle pain, and even paralysis. If you are interested to try, you can join the local people and bury your body under the warm sand of Senggigi Beach.

In addition to the exotic and amazing view, Senggigi is also well known for its culinary richness. You can taste many kinds of local food, which you can meet in the restaurants along the beach. The price is varied from IDR30.000 to IDR300.000 per person (December 2008). The menus that are highly recommended are Ayam Taliwang or Taliwang Chicken and Plecing Kangkung, which you can find in every restaurant. It will be an unforgettable moment to taste the food in the peaceful atmosphere of the beautiful beach accompanied with the sound of the sea waves. You also can try to taste your delicious food accompanied with musical performance from local artist playing traditional instruments. Visitors are allowed to sing and dance with the artist and feel free.

If you want to give your beloved family gift from Senggigi you can bring them pearls and locall woven clothes. You will find the pearls as necklace bracelet and other handmade accessories. However, you can buy loose pearls and arrange them by yourself.

You can visit some places near Senggigi beach such as Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. You can also visit Kerandangan Beach and Batu Layar Beach. Batu Layar is a sacred place for the followers of Islam Wetu Telu in Lombok Island (Sasak Tribe).

C. Location

Senggigi Beach is located on the northwest of Mataram, West Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

D. Access

Senggigi Beach is quite accessible since there are airport and seaport in West Nusa Tenggara. If you are from Bali you can go to Lombok from Karang Asem Seaport and take the boat to Senggigi. It takes 30 minutes. If you want to shorten your time, you can take the plane from Ngurah Rai Airport to Selaparang Airport in Mataram. It takes 15 minutes.

Another seaport in addition to Karang Asem is Padang Bay Seaport. From Padang Bay, take the boat to Lembar Seaport in Lombok. Along your boat trip, you will see dolphins swimming around the boat. The boat trip from Padang Bay to Lembar takes 4 hours. From Lembar take the bus to Mataram. You can reach Senggigi Beach, which is 11 kilometers away from Mataram by taxi or other public transportation.

If you want to use plane instead of boat you can go to Senggigi from some places in Indonesia such as Jakarta Bali Surabaya and Yogyakarta. From those places, take the plane to Selaparang Airport in Mataram. From Selaparang you can reach Senggigi Beach by public transportation.

E. Ticket Price

The ticket price of Senggigi Beach is still under confirmation.

F. Accommodation and other Facilities

There are many hotels in the beach area, which you can choose along your vacation. There are also restaurants café bars open market souvenirs stands mosque restrooms parking area etc.

Source : Wisata Melayu

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