Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Princes of The West Coast

Senggigi, named after a princess in local legend, is the main tourist centre on Lomb0k. 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.
Senggigi Beach is the large bay that forms the centre of the Senggigi, with the main road running paraller to the Beach, and the large resort accupaying 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.

Tourism Information:
  • The pasar seni (Art Market) is on the beach between the Santosa and Sheraton resort. There are numerous small stalls selling handicrafts and souvenirs from around Lombok, as well as t-shirt, sarongs and clothing similar to Bali's market.
  • Batu Layar, on the hill a couple of kilometers before Senggigi, has an important ancestral grave (makam) where Muslims come to picnic and pray for health and success.
  • Pura Batu Bolong (meaning: ''Rock witha hole'') is an interesting Hindu Temple facing Bali across the Lombok Strait. Built on a large rocky outcrop with a natural hole near the base, it is said that virgins were once sacrificed to the sea from the seat-like rock at the outermost point.
  • Kerandangan Valley, with a popular beach nearby and some nice hotels slightly out of town in a pretts valley
  • Mangsit has developed as an accommodation alternative to Senggigi, with boutique style hotels positioned along the breathtaking bays of the section of coast.

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