Senggigi is the most developed area for tourists on Lombok. You can find a variety of restaurants, bars, discotheques, travel agents, photo processors, money changers, souvenir shop and a range of accommodations starting from budget losmens to 5 star hotels.
The town of Senggigi spreads out along nearly 10 kilometers of coastal road. This road continues north to Bangsal, the port for the Gili Islands. Along the way be in store for winding turns, steep hills, and a fantastic scenery of the coast. Say hello to the friendly kids playing in the villages along the way.
Restaurants and small cafes line the colorful main beach road. Swimming off the beach is safe. Most visitors to Lombok usually start their stay at Senggigi, Lombok’s oldest and most famous resort area.
Getting There & Away
Coming from Lembar harbour, you can go straight to Senggigi by Perama Shuttle bus, or any other Shuttle service available. Lombok taxi available on call for 24 hours of service. If you are coming by plane, there is a taxi service at the airport that will take you to your hotel destination for Rp. 35,000 (US$4.00). Public transportation or ” Bemos ” are available from 06.00 AM – 06.30 PM for about Rp. 1,500 (Ampenan-Senggigi, or Senggigi-Ampenan) one way. See the Getting there and away to see the updates and flight schedulle info…Ojek service (ridding the mopads with advanced bargain deals) are available at night until the bars closed.
Cellular phone in Indonesia is GSM. If you have brought your cellular handphone, you can purchase prepaid calling cards to make outgoing calls at lower cost than calling on your home SIM. Shops which sell thesencards are prolific. Major service providers are: Telkomsel, Satelindo and XL Ritel. Look for signs and banners with those markings.
Most larger hotels and restaurants automatically add Government Tax and Service charge up to 21% to the bill. Tipping is usuall in main tourist area, but you’re not compelled to tip at restaurants. If you like your driver or local tour guide, a tip of 10-15% is appreciated. Carry small changes with you as taxi drivers often have none. Airport or hotel porters expect Rp. 1000 per bag depending on the size and weights.
Renting a car is a good alternative to get around Lombok, either self-driving, or with a driver so you can relax and enjoy the view. (tip driver pocket money for meals if you stop for lunch or diner. If you are pleased with service, tip (Rp.20,000 minimum) at the end. If you collide with anything, or it collides with you, you are responsible for all costs.
Self drive cars are available in Senggigi and Mataram. You must have a valid Tourist, Indonesian or International Driving License. Test drive the car before paying in advanced. Take the Insurance coverage for vehicle damages. Book a car through reputable Car rental which includes insurance coverage in the price.
Wheelchair ramps and van lifts are non existent. Many major hotels have limited handicapped facilities and accommodation. Advise your tour operators or hotel for special assistance.
Where Can I …?
Make a long distance call? Next to Princess of Lombok and at Internet Cafes. Find an ATM machine? BNI Bank is located near Pacific Supermarket, and BCA’s (Bank Central Asia) ATM is located near the road of Senggigi Square and next to Senggigi Abadi (Click the map to see more details). Find a pharmacist (Apotik)? The apotik is located in front of Senggigi square next to Intan Laguna hotel. The prices there are inflated for tourists. If you have the time try going to Ampenan where there are many apotiks offering a more reasonable price.
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